As I mention on the “course requirements” page, this course is designed to include many different kinds of writing opportunities. In addition to the regular short writing assignments, you’ll have the chance to design and create three papers -- two short (3-5 pages) and a longer final paper (8-10 pages).

Although I am always happy to talk through ideas with you and read drafts, I will not assign you a topic for any of these papers. Thus you’ll need to create your own topic for each paper from the course readings, films, lectures and discussions. In this process, it might help to look at the questions your colleagues are asking about the course materials. It is perfectly acceptable, and highly recommended, to form your paper’s thesis around one of these questions.