Final seminar project and paper (30%)

Final seminar project and paper (30%): 15-18 pages. This is an original, student-generated research-based paper that describes, assesses, and interprets your final term project and/or its findings. The purpose of this project and paper is to synthesize and put into practice the theoretical and hands-on work we’ve been doing in the class in a way that speaks to your critical interests and professional goals. You may choose to turn your final project in a pedagogical direction or an interpretive direction, as you like. Your paper must be analytical in nature, as well as descriptive of your project. You must take up either Frankenstein (either/both versions), or a text or corpus or topic of your choice, approved by me.

Some ideas: Your term project might take up a tool/analytical method we used in class, or one we have not overtly discussed in class. It might explain a textual interpretation derived from quantitative analysis. It might hypothesize, from an informed position, a project yet to be developed. It might focus on pedagogical opportunities–you could design an ideal class, with a sequence of assignments, and then use your paper to explain and contextualize your choices. You might develop a writing class for NOVA that thinks through writing digitally, and use your paper to explain and contextualize your choices. You might look at a collection of student texts and analyze them computationally. It might do any number of things–this is just a place to start!

Include at least 7 well-chosen secondary sources to help contextualize your work and frame your argumentation or analysis. MLA format. Grade is A/B/C (see the catalog for graduate grading criteria).

This project should be submitted to the Student Research Conference.

Other criteria:

  • Your writing should be polished, well-calibrated to its audience, and reflect your own academic persona.
  • Your essay must have a clear, strong thesis that captures your central claims and provides structure for the essay.
  • The essay should have a clear and well-developed organizational schema with effective transitions throughout.
  • The essay must thoughtfully and thoroughly incorporate well-chosen sources and/or data in an ethical manner (both in the logistics of source use and in terms of analysis).
  • Your essay should clearly and deliberately address your project in a way that serves the thesis.
  • The essay should be correctly formatted in MLA style throughout.
  • The project may take a number of forms, but it should be, in all cases, well-calibrated to its audience, thoughtfully designed, publicly accessible to the extent possible, and thoroughly discussed in the essay.

Include at least 7 well-chosen secondary sources to help contextualize your work and frame your argumentation or analysis. MLA format. Grade is A/B/C (see the catalog for graduate grading criteria).