This course guide will help ETHN 101 students find audiovisual, print and online sources for research assignments.

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Assignment Fall 2015


30/70 points

For this assignment, we will focus on mass media/multi-media. You will prepare a 6-8 minute PowerPoint presentation. You will select a specific cite/production within a medium for your research: MUSIC/RADIO, TELEVISION (News, Dramas, Sitcoms, Reality Shows, etc.), FILM, SOCIAL MEDIA (Twitter, Facebook, tumblr. Instagram, Pintrest, etc.).

Using yourself as a space for research, consider how the medium you have selected has had a cultural influence in/on your life?; How does this medium inform and impact your worldview (epistemology)?; How has it influenced your cultural perceptions?; How does it portray you/people like you?; How do you view yourself and your social enclave because of it?; How do you view others; Why is it important and/or significant in today’s society?

Your research and analysis must focus on how one or more ethnic groups are treated and portrayed within the medium (cite/production) you have selected: Is this treatment and portrayal limited?; Is it fair?; Is it contradictory?; Is it biased?; Is it sexist?; Is it racist?; Etc.

You MUST submit a Literature Review (30 points). Identify and use 3-4 academic sources that inform you/us about your selection: So and so says this and that about this; How has it been studied?; How have others interpreted the medium you have selected?; Why is your observation(s) and analysis important?


Welcome to the ETHN 101 Study Guide

Welcome to the Library Research Guide for ETHN 101!

This guide will offer you information and strategies on using library resources to access PRIMARY and SECONDARY sources to help you complete your assignment. 

PRIMARY SOURCES: are first hand testimonies or direct evidence on a topic and are considered original material. Created by witnesses, recorders of history, or researchers, these items are usually created at the time an event takes place, but also can be created afterwards as a autobiography, memoir, etc.  Think letters, diary entries, photographs, interviews, news stories at the time, research data, oral histories, speeches, television programs, etc.

SECONDARY SOURCES: are created after something occurs and usually look back at primary sources. Think criticisms, books on a topic, textbooks, history books, journal articles, etc.

Warning: these definitions and examples can get all muddled depending upon the area of study and context.


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