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AAS 1500 African Media Studies, Dr. Akil Houston

African experience through media

The Assignment

Black Media Research Paper (50) - (5-7pgs)

This research paper is an argumentative paper. The argumentative essay requires that your research include investigating a topic, evaluating, collecting and establishing a clear position on the topic.

Research topics include the Black freedom movement, contemporary media, and media theory. You will use APA writing style, peer-reviewed references and class material to write your paper.

To complete this assignment you have two options. 1 Compare and contrast media images (based on your thesis) before and after a specific time period during freedom movement; or

2, Use specific media (advertisements, TV shows or films) discussed in the course to develop a specific argument. All Hip Hop related topics must have instructor approval after the abstract stage.

You will need a minimum total of 8 sources to complete this assignment.

  • Five (5) references must be peer-reviewed references (articles and/or books) and
  • Three (3) sources must be from films screened in class.

This paper should be informed by your research and critical thinking not anecdotal detail.

Please note that when writing this paper figures like Dr. King Jr. and Harriet Tubman are important but the requirements for this paper go beyond the surface. There will be updates on the website and class discussions on this paper throughout the term.

Abstract and outline due in safe assign: 2/17 Paper Due: 4/16 (hard copy due @ and submit copy in safe assign)

African American Studies

The link on the left panel will take you to research guide for African American Studies.  There are even more resources that may prove useful to your research process.