Project #86371 - Contemporary Society

The word limit for each question is 400 words (plus or minus 10%). The total word limit for the assignment is 1,600 words. Chicago referencing only. Do not use any other scholarly texts or other texts of any kind. Weekly lectures will be provided.  Subtitles and transcripts in a number of languages are available through the TED Talks website at www.ted.com or by following the hyperlinks supplied below.

 

QUESTION 1

Using the lecture, weekly reading and keywords from Week 6, discuss the following quotation from the textbook in relation to the TED Talk Yassmin Abdel-Magied: What Does My Headscarf Mean to You?

https://www.ted.com/talks/yassmin_abdel_magied_what_does_my_headscarf_mean_to_you

 

“But we can also see a dark side to nationalism. This occurs when, in the process of seeing ourselves as uniquely Australian, others suffer. That is, we see others as inferior to us. In this way, our sense of nationalism can be exclusionary, excluding those we do not think are worthy.” (P. 119)

 

QUESTION 2

Using the lectures, weekly readings and keywords from Weeks 7 and 8, discuss the following quotation from the textbook in relation to the TED Talk Khadija Gbla: My Mother’s Strange Definition of Empowerment.

https://www.ted.com/talks/khadija_gbla_my_mother_s_strange_definition_of_empowerment

 

 “When we start thinking about gender as a category for analysis, we’re thinking about the ways in which masculinity and femininity are produced in our world. How is it they are produced, reproduced and understood? To understand this we need to explore the differences between masculinity and femininity and the relationship between sex, sexuality and gender. These constructions of social categories combine in particular ways. We need to think not just about gender and norms, but also about gender’s relationship to biological sex.” (P. 78)

 

QUESTION 3

Using the lecture, weekly reading and keywords from Week 12, discuss the following quotation from the textbook in relation to the TED Talk Dame Ellen MacArthur: The Surprising Thing I learned Sailing Solo Around the World.

https://www.ted.com/talks/dame_ellen_macarthur_the_surprising_thing_i_learned_sailing_solo_around_the_world

 

“Environmental threats can lead to the end of our contemporary society as we know it.” (P. 138)

 

QUESTION 4

Using the lecture, weekly reading and keywords from Week 13, discuss the following quotation from the textbook in relation to the TED Talk Maajid Nawaz: A Global Culture to Fight Extremism.

https://www.ted.com/talks/maajid_nawaz_a_global_culture_to_fight_extremism

 

“I also want to emphasise that when I talk about globalization, I am not referring to an abstract phenomenon – something that is ‘out there’. It is something that is here, shaping us all the time: it influences what we buy, how we entertain ourselves, and how we feel when we go to bed at night.” (P.157)

 

 

Marking Criteria

Clear written expression –

Listed below are the descriptions of generic standards and criteria.

85-100

HD

High Distinction

 

Work of outstanding quality, broadly speaking, which may be demonstrated by means of criticism, logical argument, interpretation of materials, or use of methodology. This grade may also be given to recognise particular originality or creativity.

75-84

D

Distinction

Work of superior quality demonstrating a sound grasp of content, together with efficient organisation and selectivity.

65-74

C

Credit

Work of good quality showing more than satisfactory achievement.

50-64

P

Pass

Work showing satisfactory achievement.

0-49

F

Fail

Unsatisfactory performance.

 

AF

Absent Fail

Student has not officially withdrawn from the unit and has failed to complete one or more of the compulsory assessment requirements for the unit.

Final marks and grades are subject to confirmation by the School and College Assessment Committee, which may scale, modify or otherwise amend the marks and grades for the unit, as may be required by University policies.

 

 

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 10/13/2015 12:00 am
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