In this assignment, you will have to explore a global social problem through a multimedia, documentary film project. Why do I ask you to do this? Well, art, such as documentary film, can impact the emotional, social, intellectual & spiritual well-being of people.[i] For example, music has informed such social movements as labor unionization and the US Civil Rights Movement.[ii] This project gives you the opportunity to inform social change, raise awareness, tell a story, to polarize or unite, or whatever you deem appropriate to meet the assignment charges – in new ways.[iii]
Secondly, this method allows you to explore global social problems in new ways. In consideration of the above phenomena and our discussions of these issues in class, you must develop a mini documentary that demonstrates how you and your audience think about your thinking around the topic addressed. The essence of this exercise is to use a unique frame of reference – the film – to explore global social problems. To this end, you must identify a global social issue, analyze that issue, and offer an ethical consideration of the problem. To this end, you may also incorporate components of music, photography, words, speeches, video, visual art, etc – you are unlimited as long as you offer appropriate citation! The idea is that you are not going to cobble together other people’s work, but you are going to create work of your own. You might think of it as a “film collage.” That is to say that when an artist creates a collage, he/she might gather items created by other people and then change them and put them together in a unique way to advance the artist’s message. It is not unlike writing an essay. The author does not simply take material written by others and reuse it in the same way. Instead, the author quotes or paraphrases (with appropriate citation) the existing material and creates the new material that supports the author’s perspective.
What do I need to do?
You must complete all of the following 3 requirements to score a C or better on the assignment – if you do not explicitly meet all of the assignment charges you will earn a failing mark on your work:
1. You may take one of two approaches . . . .
a. Evaluate how your personal philosophy on a social issue influences your perception of that social issue. For example, the person’s personal philosophy can be deeply rooted in humanistic ideals, such as a belief that all people are essentially good, but we just need to develop their potentialities. Therefore, when reflecting on a social issue, such as poverty, this “humanistic-oriented” person, will relate to the humanistic philosophy. Your suggestions for improvement of the social issue, are also rooted in your own philosophy.
b. or, evaluate more generally how a general educational mini documentary can enlighten the public on a social issue. Basically, tell your audience how your documentary is helpful. You are raising awareness about the important social issue.
2. This project requires that you utilize and incorporate the following elements:
1 Exploration of the selected global social issue. Please include a detailed and well-researched examination of a global social issue of your choice. What makes a social issue have global impact? You must be able to show how the social issue impacts society in three continents. YOUR THESIS MUST BE OBVIOUS AND EXPLICIT – consider how you can use the documentary film platform to express your main idea, influence others and educate the public.
2 Critical analysis of the global social problem.
1 Offer ideas for the improvement of the identified problem. What are some possible ways to make a positive impact? You must demonstrate the understanding of advanced ethical practice in this framework.
2 Inclusive consideration of your issue – what does this problem mean in a global context?
-Incorporation of relevant information from the textbook
-Thoughtful and relevant research on the designated global social issue – make sure to employ a myriad of appropriate resources to do this credibly. Minimum of 7 sources are required.
-YOU MUST cite all sources, list your sources in a separate bibliography posted using the link in elearn.
What is a global issue?
A global issue, according to the citizenship roundtable, is one that impacts life on three continents. Therefore, your presentation must address the impact of the global issue on at least three continents.
Some things to consider
Given my research, experience, and some additional questions you may want to consider the following questions as well – these may be explicitly addressed within the context of your project or may help you to think about the assignment objectives in more general terms:
1 What is your motivation? What do you care about? WHY DOES YOUR PROJECT MATTER? What do you want to motivate others to do, educate about, influence others to care about? Use this opportunity to DO IT!
2 How can you promote others to care – develop compassion/empathy through this assignment?
3 Can documentary film be important in addressing global social movements? Prove it!
v Written project proposal/reflection (around 1000 words) that addresses:
• Why did you select your global social issue?
• What is the thesis of your film?
• Why/ how does your global social issue present an ethical conundrum?
• Do you consider your film to be successful in meeting your thesis and why?
• If you had to do it all over again what you would do differently?
• Posted using the link on elearn (50 points)
• Must be 3-7 minutes long.
• You may use any software you like – PowerPoint, I-Movie, Movie Maker, etc.
• It should include your own narrative, meaning you will tell (record) what you have to say and include it in your video or Power Point presentation.
• Make sure your project matters! Don’t bore me, wow me, and wow others!
• Posted using the link on elearn (100 points)
v Bibliography (references)
• Must include at least 7 resources of varying types, for example, the textbook, articles from scholarly journals, info from various government and other organizational websites. No Wikipedia, please.
• Cited in APA format
• Posted using the link on elearn (50 points)
The project will assessed using the communication, critical thinking, and ethical practice rubrics, a score of three is necessary to pass.