Jamie BaxterWestern Social Science

Evaluations

Assignment #1 - There's More to the Story

Critical Appraisal of Environmental Issue Reporting in the Media 

Assignment 1 Outline

The purpose of this assignment is to further hone your critical thinking skills  - in this case, regarding environmental issue reporting. One of the challenges we face as media consumers is deriving meaning from environmental reporting.  What are the "facts"?  Are those "facts" distorted in any way?  How so?  One way to sift through the rhetoric is to consult academic material on the topic at hand.  Thus, you will compare media reporting with academic reporting on the same issue.  You are required to use at least two types of references for this project - *"newspaper" media reports and journal articles.  

*"newspaper" can include online articles from media outlets (e.g., London Free Press, Globe and Mail)  that also provide the same material in print form.  Hence they are referred to here as "news media articles".

For a full description of assignment 1, please see the outline posted here.

 

Assignment 2 - Raising Awareness for Environmental Change

Group Poster

Assignment 2 Outline

The purpose of this assignment is to leverage the power of a team to produce a poster to raise awareness of an important environmental issue.  This could flow from assignment #1 in the sense that you could select an issue one of your group members wrote about for that assignment.  While you are supposed to use your critical thinking skills for both assignments, the intent of assignment #2 is to do this in the context of providing the best available information on your topic - e.g., to motivate poilcy change, mitigation, or individual behaviour change.

For a full description of assignment 2, please see the outline posted here.

 

Midterm

Weight: 25% Duration: 1.5 hours Date:
Oct. 27 Location: B&GS-0165

Possible Format: mixed, all answers on exam paper - 85 marks

Multiple Choice and True/False - 20

1 mark ea.

MC usually 1 of 5 choices (a - e)

NOT scantron, circle on exam paper

no "correction factor" (i.e., NO subtraction of incorrect answers from correct answers)

Definitions - 25

5 marks ea

Choice - you will choose 5 from at least 7

Identify what the thing is, why it is important, how it relates to other things in the lectures and provide an example(s)

I have been told by students that I, "expect a lot in a definition". I agree.

only those definitions that include an example will receive full marks

space - use only the space provided - approximately 1/5 of a page

Short Answer - 40

10 markes each

choice - you will choose 4 from at least 6

address the question directly and include at least one example.

e.g., if you are asked to "compare" - identify and describe both similarities and differences e.g., for policy?

examples - only those short answers that include at least one example will receive full marks

space - use only the space provided - approximately 1/3 of a page.

Material Covered

All lectures and readings up until the end of the class immediately prior to the midterm date. The focus will be on lectures, but the readings typically overlap the lectures considerably. Generally speaking you do not have to know specifics like who said what in what year for the multiple choice, but it would not hurt to know some of the more important figures mentioned in class to round out your definitions and short answer.

Final Exam

Weight: 35%

Duration: 1.5 hours

Date: Mon. Dec. 21 14:00 - 17:00 (always verify on official exam schedule)

Location: UCC 37

Possible Format: mixed, all answers on exam paper - 100 marks

Multiple Choice and True/False (15 marks)

1 mark ea.

MC usually 1 of 5 choices (a - e)

NOT scantron, circle on exam paper

no "correction factor" (i.e., NO subtraction of incorrect answers from correct answers)

Definitions (25 marks)

5 marks ea

Choice - you will choose 5 from at least 7

Identify what the thing is, why it is important, how it relates to other things in the lectures and provide an example(s)

I have been told by students that I, "expect a lot in a definition". I agree.

only those definitions that include an example will receive full marks

space - use only the space provided - approximately 1/5 of a page

Short Answer (30 marks)

10 markes each

choice - you will choose 3 from at least 5

address the question directly and include at least one example.

examples - only those short answers that include at least one example will receive full marks

space - use only the space provided - approximately 1/3 of a page.

Essay (30 marks)

choice - you will choose 1 from 2

address the question directly and include examples.

space - use only the space provided - approximately 1/3 of a page.

outline - though there are no marks explicityly awareded for this, sketch an outline on the extra sheet of paper provided (back of last page)

Material Covered

All lectures and readings since the midterm date. You are also responsible for material you might use in an essay answer. That is, the essay question will be quite general and will allow you to draw on material from the entire course. The focus will be on lectures, but the readings typically overlap the lectures considerably. Generally speaking you do not have to know specifics like who said what in what year for the multiple choice, but it could not hurt to know some of the more important figures mentioned in class to round out your definitions and short answer.