Paper assignment

Paper assignment

As you know, COMM 3530, Communication and Sexualities is a writing intensive course. This means that over the course of the (short!) semester, you will produce an 18-to-20-page paper in APA style (double-spaced, 12 point font, standard margins).

The completed paper is due June 29 by 3:00 pm EST.

For your paper, you will be analyzing how sexualities are represented in media texts, such as television shows and movies. You will analyze a minimum of 10 hours of content (e.g., a season of a television show or several movies). You will use theories and concepts learned in class to guide your analysis.

You will be completing your paper in stages. You will submit each section of your paper to me. I will grade it and provide written feedback. At the end of the semester, you will put the paper together and submit it as a whole. Then, I will grade the entire paper.

Project proposal and outline: 3 pages, 75 points – due May 19 by 3:00 pm EST

This assignment will outline your project and explain to me what you plan on writing about. In this assignment, you will explain:

• What media texts you plan to study (names, episode numbers, etc.)
• Why you chose the texts that you did
• How you will have access to the texts you want to study (do you own the DVDs Are the texts on Hulu, Amazon, or Netflix How will you get them You cannot analyze a text if you do not have access to it)
• What you hope to analyze in the texts (relationships, interactions, etc.) and why you decided to analyze it
• Why your analysis is important and valuable
• A brief summary of the text — characters, plot, setting, when it was released, where it was released (e.g., television network), etc.

Literature Review: 5 pages, 100 points – due June 2 by 3:00 pm EST

This assignment will explain the theories and concepts you plan to use to guide your analysis. You will select a minimum of two theories or concepts from class materials (e.g., essentialism, constructivism, Communication Theory of Identity, Cass Identity Model, stigma, stereotypes, Schema Theory, Clark’s Stages of Representation, etc.) and use outside academic sources (journal articles and books) to learn more about them. You will need to cite a minimum of eight outside sources (four for each theory/concept). You will use APA style. In this assignment you will include:

• A description and definition of the first theory/concept you will use in your analysis.
• An explanation about why the first theory/concept you chose is appropriate for the project.
• Material from four academic sources, cited in APA style, (journal articles or books) that help you better understand your first theory/concept beyond what was presented in lecture.
• A description and definition of the second theory/concept you will use in your analysis.
• An explanation about why the second theory/concept you chose is appropriate for the project.
• Material from four academic sources, cited in APA style, (journal articles or books) that help you better understand your second theory/concept beyond what was presented in lecture.
Findings, part 1: 4-5 pages, 150 points, due June 9 by 3 pm EST

This assignment will be the first half of your analysis. You should have findings from about half of your texts (about 5 hours of texts). For this assignment, you will apply the two theories/concepts you chose in the Literature Review to analyze your texts. You should cite specific examples from the texts in your analysis. Here are some issues to be thinking about:

• How is the text consistent with the theories/concepts you chose Give specific examples from your texts. Why do you think the text is consistent with the theories/concepts
• How is the text inconsistent with the theories/concepts you chose Give specific examples from your texts. Why do you think the text is inconsistent with the theories/concepts
• To what extent does your analysis offer a deeper understanding of the theories/concepts that you chose
• To what extent does your analysis offer a deeper understanding of the text that you chose
Completed findings: 4-5 pages, 150 points, due June 16 by 3 pm EST

This assignment will be the second half of your analysis. You should have findings from about half of your texts (about 5 hours of texts). For this assignment, you will apply the two theories/concepts you chose in the Literature Review to analyze your texts. You should cite specific examples from the texts in your analysis. Here are some issues to be thinking about:

• How is the text consistent with the theories/concepts you chose Give specific examples from your texts. Why do you think the text is consistent with the theories/concepts
• How is the text inconsistent with the theories/concepts you chose Give specific examples from your texts. Why do you think the text is inconsistent with the theories/concepts
• To what extent does your analysis offer a deeper understanding of the theories/concepts that you chose
• To what extent does your analysis offer a deeper understanding of the text that you chose

Conclusion: 2 pages, due with final version of paper – June 29 by 3 pm EST

This section will wrap up your paper. You will need to include:
• A brief summary of your findings (just a few sentences)
• A discussion of what you have learned, overall, about your texts.
• A discussion of what you have learned, overall, about your theories/concepts
• A discussion of ideas for future research for your texts and your theories/concepts
• Final assessment of the appropriateness of your theories/concepts for your texts (are you happy with your selection Do you wish you picked something else If so, what do you wish you had picked )
Introduction: 1 page, due with final version of paper – June 29 by 3 pm EST

This section will start off your paper. You should use material from your Project Proposal and Outline to help you write it. Include:
• The purpose of the project
• Mention the names of the texts you analyzed
• Mention the names of the theories/concepts that you used
Helpful links:

Finding scholarly sources

Communication and Mass Media Complete Database from the NU Library (scroll down): http://library.northeastern.edu/research/resources/a-to-z-index#C

Google scholar from the NU library (scroll down): http://library.northeastern.edu/research/resources/a-to-z-index#C

Citing in APA style

Journal articles and book, in-text citation: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/2/

Journal article, bibliographic citation: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/10/
http://www.easybib.com/reference/guide/apa/journal

Book, bibliographic citation:
http://www.easybib.com/reference/guide/apa/book

How to cite TV shows and movies:
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/11/