ASSIGNMENTS Given that this is a Writing Intensive (WI) course, students will use their writing as a learning tool. The emphasis on developing writing skills will enhance the capacity of students to think more critically about the content of the course as well as their writing. The instructor and student peer review processes built into the evaluations of the assignments will provide critical feedback to help students to further develop their written assignments before final submission. The submission dates will be posted on Blackboard at the start of the semester. The assignments for this course are as follows: 1. Assignment 1: Research Essay on the Origins of the Transatlantic Slave Trade or Slavery in the Americas for 40%, submitted online. ? Instructions: In this assignment, you will write a research essay in three stages. Your essay should reflect the views of at least three scholars who have written on the reasons for the origins of the Transatlantic Slave Trade or Historical Slavery. Failure to submit the requirement for each stage of the assignment will mean forfeiture of the entire grade for the assignment. ? Grading: i. Task One, 20% ? Formulate a question and write an annotated bibliography consisting of at least three scholarly books and/or journal articles that you will use to write your essay. Examples of annotated bibliographies will be available online at the start of the semester. You will have one opportunity to revise this part of the assignment after review by the instructor. The maximum word count for Task One is 700 words. ii. Task Two, 10% ? Write an abstract of no more than 300 words outlining the aims of your essay. Examples of abstracts will be available online at the start of the semester. You will have an opportunity to revise your abstracts after these have been peer reviewed and following a class discussion of the reviews. iii. Task Three, 70% ? Write a 2,000-word essay that argues the points indicated in your abstract and using the studies from your annotated bibliography. The instructor will provide feedback to give you a chance to resubmit the essay for a final grade. iv. Final Grade ? Sum of Tasks 1-3. Note: Assignment 1 is an essay on the origins of the Transatlantic Slave Trade or Historical Slavery in the Americas for a total of 40%. In this essay, students are required to discuss the views of at least three scholars. The essay gives students a chance to engage with debates over historical slavery, debates which have re-emerged in the discussions over abolishing contemporary slavery. 2. Assignment 2: Film Review for 20%, submitted online. ? Instructions: Students will have three opportunities to write this film review based on the revisions suggested by your peers and the instructor. No marks will be given to students who do not fulfill all of the requirements for this assignment. The maximum word count at each stage of the film review is 1,000 words. ? Films (To be sourced by each student): a. Very Young Girls, directed by Nina Alvarez, 2009. b. Trade, directed by Marco Kreuzpaintner, 2007. ? Grading: i. Task One, 20%, first draft (1,000 words). ii. Task Two, 5%, peer review (at least 300 words). iii. Task Three, 25%, second draft (1,000 words) and instructor feedback. iv. Task Four, 50%, final submission (1,000 words). v. Final Grade ? Sum of Tasks 1-4. 3. Assignment 3: Book Review for 20% of overall grade, submitted online. ? Instructions: Choose one of the two required texts below and write an original 1,000 words review of this book. The guidelines for writing the original book reviews will be posted on Blackboard at the start of the semester, and you will be given a chance to make corrections to your reviews through a two-stage submission process. You will be given feedback on the first submission to improve your book review for final submission. Note that both submissions must be presented in order to receive a grade for this assignment. ? Books (choose only one book to reveiw): o Kevin Bales & Ron Soodhalter, The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today (U. of California Press, 2010), 336 pp. o Douglas A. Blackmon, Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II (Anchor, 2009), 496 pp. ? Grading: i. Task One, 40% (1,000 words) ii. Task Two, 60% (1,000 words) iii. Final Grade ? Sum of Tasks 1-2. 4. Assignment 4: Group Presentations (maximum of five students per group) for 20%, both in-class and online submissions. ? Instructions: Working in groups students are required to create a PowerPoint presentation on Combating Slavery. The presentation should identify a specific form of contemporary slavery and outline strategies to combat this form of slavery. The presentation should be evidence-based using scholarly books, journal articles, and newspapers. Organization of the presentations should be as follows: o A total of 20 slides o One slide should be a short film clip (no more than three minutes) with presentation notes outlining how the film contributes to the presentation. o One slide should be a short voice clip of an interview, press release, radio program, etc. (no more than three minutes) with presentation notes outlining how the vocal recording contributes to the presentation. o One slide should be a short music clip (no more than three minutes) with presentation notes outlining how this piece of music contributes to the presentation. o Two slides should be comprised of pictures with captions explaining the contribution of each to the presentation. o Fourteen slides should be bulleted text, accompanied by presentation notes on each slide with further explanations. o The last slide should be reserved for your reference list or bibliography. o Note that the arrangement/ordering of the slides is to be the decision of the group, except for the reference list/bibliography, which must be the last slide.
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