Define persuasion. What makes someone persuasive?

Define persuasion. What makes someone persuasive? Give an example from your personal or professional life and explain how it is relevant.
Explain how you can use persuasive speaking in your current or future career. Finish this sentence: “The most important thing to know about being persuasive is…” Then comment on a classmate’s response.

Discuss the delivery problem(s) of poor public communication and propose suggestions for improvement OR ways to avoid the problem(s) in future communications.

Use what you’ve learned this week to respond to the following:

Find and share an example of poor public communication. Discuss the delivery problem(s) and propose suggestions for improvement OR ways to avoid the problem(s) in future communications.

What can you learn from these poor examples (both yours and those of classmates)?

What does “death by PowerPoint” mean to you? What are some best practices for effectively using visual aids?

What does it mean for to be imaginative, to imagine and what sorts of experiences, objects or processes inspire one to be imaginative?

Write three to six paragraphs on each of the two essay questions below:
One ( 20 Points) How have your views on creativity been changed by this course, by your engagement with course materials and/or by your work in this course? Or take another approach, perhaps one that argues the course reinforced views you already held, or did nothing to add to or change your views of creativity. You may respond creatively and/or refer to readings as you choose.
Two (20 Points)
All three required course texts discuss the role of “imagination” in terms of inspiration for, and development of creativity in human societies. Briefly, discuss how each of these texts offer differing views of imagination as essential to creativity. Cite at least one passage from each text to support your view about creativity and imagination. 
“Reflect on your own creativity. Where does imagination come into play in your own sense of personal creativity? What does it mean for you to be imaginative, to imagine and what sorts of experiences, objects or processes inspire you to be imaginative?

Assess to what extent capitalism motivates social stratification in society.

  
Assignment 1
THEMES AND METHODS IN ORAL LITERATURE
Based on your knowledge of ethno poetics from any community, discuss the role of the audience in a performance that you have observed.
BASICS IN LITERATURE THEMES
Apply feminist criticism in the interpretation of any African literary work
(4 pages; in text citations and references)
Assignment 2
Assess to what extent capitalism motivates social stratification in society from the Marxist view point. Illustrate your argument using citation from a representative novel you have read (30mks)

Assess to what extent capitalism motivates social stratification in society.

  
Assignment 1
THEMES AND METHODS IN ORAL LITERATURE
Based on your knowledge of ethno poetics from any community, discuss the role of the audience in a performance that you have observed.
BASICS IN LITERATURE THEMES
Apply feminist criticism in the interpretation of any African literary work
(4 pages; in text citations and references)
Assignment 2
Assess to what extent capitalism motivates social stratification in society from the Marxist view point. Illustrate your argument using citation from a representative novel you have read (30mks)

Can a clear distinction be made between morals and ethics?

**Be sure to follow all of the paper guidelines as well as consulting the Paper Rubric**
List of Topics for Final Paper
Please choose one of these topics for the central question around which you will construct your Position Paper. Be sure to follow all of the assignment guidelines as well as consulting the Final Paper Rubric. 
1. Can an unexamined life ever be worth living for a human being?
2. Can a clear distinction be made between morals and ethics? Is the philosophical delineation of ethics as a principled form of moral inquiry and self-reflection really different from the practice of sharing moral ideals? 
3. Are there universal moral principles that are right for all persons at all times?
4. Do people, at the end of the day, always do what they desire most? Or do people sometimes act strictly for the good of “the Other,” without even a trace of self-interest?
5. Is there a reliable way for a person to rationally determine the ethically right thing to do in most cases of human behavior and decision making?
6. Are religious ethics interchangeable with philosophical ethics? Can one take the place of the other in living a morally good and Socratically examined life?
7. Are virtue ethics, or ethics of character, superior to an ethics of conduct?
8. Can a theory of justice, such as that of John Rawls, that is grounded in an abstract conception of the social contract, ever provide a satisfactory practical framework for a totally egalitarian and completely just society?
9. Are existentialist thinkers who claim that there is no pre-existing moral reality or pre-determined purpose in human life right?
10. Are feminist ethics necessarily a version of the ethics of care? Is it possible for a version of feminist ethics to be based solely on the exercise of abstract, logical reason?
-1800-2300 words
-write in the third-person voice
-include at least three citations from the course text (Rosenstand. The Moral of the Story: An Introduction to Ethics, 7th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2013), and at least two sources external to the course text, for a total min of 5 sources cited in the paper. 
-MLA format

  Drama (Playwriting) When an author writes a dramatic piece, he or she does so

 
Drama (Playwriting)

When an author writes a dramatic piece, he or she does so with the expectation that it will result in a performance. Complete the following for this assignment:
Access The Stronger, a one-act play by August Strindberg, through this Web site. You can read the play, or you can listen to it on this Web site. Note: The audio version is number 9 in the list at the top. (Please click on link)

Part 1

In 1 paragraph, discuss the following:
Identify the two characters in this play, and give a brief description of each. 
Identify the protagonist. Support your answer. 
Identify the antagonist(s). Support your answer. 
Identify the setting. Explain why this is important to the overall theme of the play.

Part 2

In 1–2 paragraphs, discuss the following:

How are the theme/characters in this play familiar to a reader today? Explain using details from the play. 
How are the theme/characters in this play unfamiliar to a reader today? Explain using details from the play. 
What do you think the playwright’s intention was in creating this play? Explain using details from the play. 
What can you take away from this play as a reader, and how can it be applied to your own life?

Explain what modernism is.

 

Final Essays are due on Wednesday of Week 4 by 11:59 p.m. ET.
This is a formal essay and should be formatted according to APA guidelines. Review the APA Format link (click on “Start Here” and then “Course Resources”) if you need assistance in creating a title page, headers, citations, or a References page. You do not need to include an abstract.
Write a 750-word (minimum) essay addressing one of the topics described below. You must meet the minimum word count to get full credit.
Your essays must include quotes from each text used to get full credit. Be sure to quote, cite, and reference from the text(s) using appropriate APA format.
You can obtain additional writing help by reviewing the material in the Essay Tutorial link (click on “Start Here” and then “Course Resources”) or the Keiser Online Writing Lab (OWL).
Save your essay as Microsoft Word document, and identify your work by using your last name in the file name (example: LastnameFinal.docx). Upload it by clicking on the “Final Essay” link below as an attachment. 

***Submissions that are not in accepted file formats or cut and pasted into the comments section of the submission area will not be accepted. Please check to be sure your file has uploaded correctly. It is your responsibility to verify that you submitted the assignment successfully. Do not wait until you see a zero in the gradebook!

Final Essay Topic Choices
Topic 1: Write an essay in which you compare Art Spiegelman’s Maus to a more traditionally formatted story assigned for this class or a comic book you are familiar with. How are elements including theme, plot, and conflict different or alike in the two works? How successful do you think Spiegelman is in conveying his message through the more unfamiliar format of the graphic novel?

Topic 2: Choose two texts that we’ve read from week 3 (you may use Trifles for one of them) and discuss them in relation to modernism. Use the definition of modernism given in the Terms lecture from Week 3. Make sure to explain what modernism is and show how the texts you chose demonstrate modernism.

Topic 3: View one of the films below. Choose one character from the film and compare him/her to another character from another reading we’ve studied in class. How are they similar? Why did you choose these characters? Do they have characteristics that you can relate to? You may include elements of psychoanalytic criticism (see Week 2 Terms).

The table below identifies the three films you may choose from.

Film
The Great Gatsby, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel. Available to rent on Amazon; available for streaming on Netflix as of May 2013;
also in theaters in May of 2013)Of Mice and Men, based on John Steinbeck’s 1937 novel. Available to rent on Amazon; available for streaming on Netflix as of May 2013
The Glass Menagerie, based on Tennessee Williams’s 1944 play. Available to rent on Amazon; available for streaming on Netflix as of May 2013
STOP! Before clicking on the “Final Essay” link below, make sure you have followed all instructions.

Final Essay 

Why is it important to have a philosophy of education?

Create an Outline in Word – An outline helps create an organized structure for what you plan to say. 

Topic for outline: Why is it important to have a philosophy of education? 

Create an outline or speaking notes in Word using the topic above. Develop a specific purpose, central idea, and several main points. Please use outline template attached.

Explain what modernism is.

 

Final Essays are due on Wednesday of Week 4 by 11:59 p.m. ET.
This is a formal essay and should be formatted according to APA guidelines. Review the APA Format link (click on “Start Here” and then “Course Resources”) if you need assistance in creating a title page, headers, citations, or a References page. You do not need to include an abstract.
Write a 750-word (minimum) essay addressing one of the topics described below. You must meet the minimum word count to get full credit.
Your essays must include quotes from each text used to get full credit. Be sure to quote, cite, and reference from the text(s) using appropriate APA format.
You can obtain additional writing help by reviewing the material in the Essay Tutorial link (click on “Start Here” and then “Course Resources”) or the Keiser Online Writing Lab (OWL).
Save your essay as Microsoft Word document, and identify your work by using your last name in the file name (example: LastnameFinal.docx). Upload it by clicking on the “Final Essay” link below as an attachment. 

***Submissions that are not in accepted file formats or cut and pasted into the comments section of the submission area will not be accepted. Please check to be sure your file has uploaded correctly. It is your responsibility to verify that you submitted the assignment successfully. Do not wait until you see a zero in the gradebook!

Final Essay Topic Choices
Topic 1: Write an essay in which you compare Art Spiegelman’s Maus to a more traditionally formatted story assigned for this class or a comic book you are familiar with. How are elements including theme, plot, and conflict different or alike in the two works? How successful do you think Spiegelman is in conveying his message through the more unfamiliar format of the graphic novel?

Topic 2: Choose two texts that we’ve read from week 3 (you may use Trifles for one of them) and discuss them in relation to modernism. Use the definition of modernism given in the Terms lecture from Week 3. Make sure to explain what modernism is and show how the texts you chose demonstrate modernism.

Topic 3: View one of the films below. Choose one character from the film and compare him/her to another character from another reading we’ve studied in class. How are they similar? Why did you choose these characters? Do they have characteristics that you can relate to? You may include elements of psychoanalytic criticism (see Week 2 Terms).

The table below identifies the three films you may choose from.

Film
The Great Gatsby, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel. Available to rent on Amazon; available for streaming on Netflix as of May 2013;
also in theaters in May of 2013)Of Mice and Men, based on John Steinbeck’s 1937 novel. Available to rent on Amazon; available for streaming on Netflix as of May 2013
The Glass Menagerie, based on Tennessee Williams’s 1944 play. Available to rent on Amazon; available for streaming on Netflix as of May 2013

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