Your final paper will be an in-depth analysis wherein you will compare and contrast two of the films from the course. The focus will be the ways in which these films deal with a common issue regarding science and/or technology. This issue will be of your own choosing. You can approach this in two ways:
Choose a topic or idea we have already covered and expand on it in greater detail and/or take it in a new direction
Come up with an original issue that has not been covered widely in the course
Just as with the discussion forums, the purpose of the paper is for you to advance an argument using the films and your research as evidence. The difference is that here you will go into much greater depth. As with the discussion forums, do not simply restate or summarize the plot of the films.
Evidence to support your point will also come from outside sources, of which you must utilize at least four. A minimum of two of these must be scholarly sources. A scholarly source is something that comes from an academic publication or journal, or a book from an academic press. You are also welcome to use non-scholarly sources from legitimate popular press/news sources (i.e. Wired, The New York Times, etc.). Wikipedia, HowStuffWorks, an individual’s movie blog, etc., are not valid sources, and you will lose points if these are included.
As always, proper formatting, source citation, spelling, and grammar are part of the grading criteria, so make sure you proofread before you submit.
Length: 1500-1750 words (not including footnotes, headers, footers, works cited, etc.)
Formatting: 12pt Times New Roman, double-spaced, 1-inch margins on all sides, PDF file
Sources: At least 4 sources, including at least 2 scholarly sources
Citation Style: MLA or Chicago
Failure to follow these instructions will result in a loss of points. Late submissions are subject to the lateness policy laid out in the syllabus. All submissions will be checked for plagiarism through SafeAssign. Please reach out to me with any questions or concerns.