Articles analysis: Trace the debate occurring in the article/podcast: who are the main groups and what does each group argue?

Instructions:

Please read these instructions thoroughly before looking at the exam questions.

You may use quotations from the readings in your answers, but each quote should be no longer than four lines.

Grading criteria

  • Demonstrate that you have read the readings, paid attention in class, and thought deeply about the issues and ideas
  • Specificity
  • Thoroughness
  • Accuracy
  • Creativity
  • Clarity

Exam questions: You will write two essays. Pick TWO (2) of the 4 articles/podcasts below to analyze. 3 pages per essay. For each essay question, answer all the following prompts:

  1. Trace the debate occurring in the article/podcast: who are the main groups and what does each group argue?
  2. What is the author or creator’s main argument or arguments in the article/podcast?
  3. What would four of our course authors say about the views expressed in the article/podcast, related to ethnicity, race, and/or nation? Name each of the four and show clearly why you think he/she would make this analysis. (Use quotes to back up your statements).
  4. Compare this incident/issue to at least one example from your interviews or from a classmate’s presentation.
  5. In your view, is most important about this article/podcast for understanding society today?

 

Option A: July 11, 2018 NPR’s All Things Considered, 3-minute segment with reporter Eleanor Beardsley: “What France’s World Cup Run Means for the Country’s Minority Population.” (Podcast and Transcript) https://www.npr.org/programs/all-things-considered/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Option B: July 3, 2018 NYT “An ICE Raid Leaves Iowa Town Divided Along Faith Lines.” https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/03/us/ice-raid-iowa-churches.html (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Option C: July 3, 2018 NYT “Trump Officials Reverse Obama’s Policy on Affirmative Action in Schools.” https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/03/us/politics/trump-affirmative-action-race-schools.html (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

 Option D: June 27, 2018 NYT “Migration to Europe is Down Sharply. So, is it Still a Crisis?” https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/06/27/world/europe/europe-migrant-crisis-change.html

Up to 3 possible bonus extra credit points

Answer one of the three sets of reflection questions.

Option 1: you understand by the term patriotism or nationalism? How have you experienced patriotism (or not)? How, if at all, has your understanding of patriotism or nationalism changed since beginning this course? (1 page, min., double spaced)

Option 2: What do you understand by the term ethnicity? How do you understand yourself in terms of ethnicity? How, if at all, has your understanding of the concept or your own experiences of ethnicity changed since beginning this course? (1 page, min., double spaced)

Option 3:  What do you understand by the term “race”? How do you understand yourself in terms of race? What have been your experiences of race? How, if at all, has your understanding of the concept of “race” or your own experiences of “race” changed since beginning this course? (1 page, min., double spaced)

 

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