1.  Global Now (25% of grade). 7 blog posts. Weeks 2-7 and week 11.

Post the Global Now assignment as a new post that will appear on the home page. (Scroll over “Global Issues” in the bar at the top of the page. Scroll down to “new” and choose “post.” This option can also be found in the menu in the dashboard.) Please post the assignment by Wednesday at noon so there is time for all of us to read the work before we meet in recitation. Come prepared to talk about your own post and those of your colleagues. If you have trouble posting, send me the assignment via email.

We are adapting the assignment–rather than voting and having formal presentations (as is noted on the assignment guidelines), we will have more informal discussions as we view the posts in class. This means you must come prepared each week to:

  • present your ideas clearly;
  • to engage with the ideas of your colleagues (you should have two specific comments or questions written in your notes to contribute to the class discussion); and
  • to connect the examples—your own and your colleagues—to course readings and themes.

You will be graded on your post as well as your participation in the discussion.

*Add tags to your posts so we can track emergent themes. Also add a picture to keep it visually interesting and to illuminate what you are discussing.

For the title of the post, create a short descriptive phrase. Also include your name with each post.

Global Now Assignment

Global Now Sample Assignment

2.  Intellectual Autobiography and Artist/Designer Statement (5% of grade). Due: Week 8.

What are your intellectual and professional histories, and how have those intertwined histories led you to your discipline? What intellectual, creative, or professional models have most profoundly impacted your development? Think about favorite authors, creators, teachers, classes, schools of thought, and so forth. How do you define research questions or problems, or develop project ideas? What do you want to study, what would you like to learn, to enable you to follow those intellectual, creative, and professional interests? What are your work patterns? What aspects or stages of research or project development come easily to you, and which do you struggle with? Do you commonly reflect on your own thinking processes and creative practices, and if so, how? What contribution (intellectual, political, creative, professional, etc.) do you want to make to the field? (Keep in mind that this is not a personal autobiography—that is, it is not intended to be a cathartic exercise, or to provide an opportunity for you to reflect on your emotional development, past relationships, or other similar personal life events. Rather, an intellectual autobiography is the history of yourself as a thinking, creative being; as a student in your field.) Write one to two pages to hand in. From this, develop a shorter version—a concise artist/designer statement that sums up your approach (theoretically, topically, methodologically) to your work. Post this shorter version on the course blog.

3. Class participation in discussions (20% of grade).

4.  Global Studio: Project Submission (30% of grade–includes the proposal and the bibliography discussed below) and Presentation (20% of grade).

We will discuss this assignment in more detail in recitation. In the meantime, take a look at the guidelines (posted below) and begin keeping a notebook of your ideas as they develop.

Global Studio

The Global Studio project will include the following assignments:

Proposal for Global Studio Final Project. Due: Week 9.  Include the following in a one-page document. Post this on the blog. Each student should make substantial comments on at least three proposal postings. Constructively critique your colleagues’ proposals, ask questions, suggest sources, and so forth. In your proposal include:

  • a descriptive title;
  • a thesis statement and/or research questions (A thesis statement is generally longer than a single sentence. Clearly state your argument and then ‘unpack’ this argument in a short, supporting paragraph. If using research questions, use a similar structure. Pose an overarching question followed by a series of more detailed questions that will assist in answering the larger question.);
  • five keywords (These terms should indicate—at a glance—the subjects addressed in your project);
  • a theoretical overview (This must include material from course readings and lectures.); and
  • a clear statement of your methodology and the form the project will take (Explain how you will approach the analysis and what form this will take. Will you write a paper? Will you create a book, website, an installation, a collection or some other cultural/material artifact that is then explained with accompanying text? Explain the rationale for your choice of format and clearly outline what you will present to the class and submit as final work in the course.).

Your ideas will change and develop. It is expected that you will develop and alter the project as it progresses. You are only loosely bound by the proposal. Your proposal should show how you plan to critically approach and analyze your own work. The focus may be on current studio work, work you have done in the past, or on a project you are planning for the future. Be sure to include any illustrations, photos, storyboards, mock-ups–any visual, sound or other files that will illuminate the proposal. I have posted supplemental articles and book chapters on the course blog. Some of these deal directly with artistic research, reflective practice, and design thinking. Have a look—these readings could be helpful in developing the project.

Annotated Bibliography (to go with Global Studio final project). Due: Week 10. List all the sources you have identified thus far in developing your final project and annotate the most important five. The annotation should consist of a few sentences (a solid paragraph) that summarize the key ideas discussed in the source and how this source is relevant for your project. Your bibliography can include articles, books, films, talks/lectures, exhibitions, and so forth. That said, at least five of your sources (although I suggest even more) should be scholarly. Your bibliography should include sources from the course. This document should ‘place’ your work in various conversations and debates in the fields of art and design—it should be clear how your work relates to/responds to the work of colleagues in your discipline (and perhaps other, related fields).


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