Select one of the following essay prompts for your “Real World vs. Reel World” Paper. The syllabus
provides details of what should be included in the paper. Remember, each paper should be 3-5 pages in
length in 12-point Time New Roman with 1-inch margins. All papers should be double spaced and the
pages should be numbered. References should be included (and do not count as part of the paper
A significant portion of your grade (20 points) will be completing a short research paper
pertaining to one of the key issues covered in class. This paper will provide you the opportunity
to link the scholarly literature covered in class with a film / several films viewed during the
semester. The essay prompts will be provided in class and will be posted on Blackboard.
Each paper should be 3.5-5 pages in length in 12-point Time New Roman with 1-inch margins.
All papers should be double-spaced and the pages should be numbered. References should be
included (and do not count as part of the paper length).
Careful consideration of the films or other scholarly sources is essential. You must cite a
minimum 3 articles covered in class and 2 additional outside sources, which can include journal
articles, book chapters, books, periodicals, etc. Papers will be graded based on the presentation
of well-considered observations and interpretations, and on elements of good composition such
as grammar and spelling. You will be graded on the content of the paper (70%), format, length,
and grammar (15%), and your ability to bridge ideas, concepts, and terminology presented in
lecture and the readings (15%)
length). In text citations need to be in the following format: (Author, Year).
1. The Portrayal of Myths in Disaster Movies. The purpose of this essay is to describe the portrayal
of three different myths in the disaster films viewed in class. Supported by the course readings
and your own outside research, detail these myths and discuss how the “real world” differs from
what was presented in the films shown in class. Considering the three myths you describe,
provide a thoughtful discussion of realistic consequences that could arise should the audience
believe these myths and accept them as fact.
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Discipline: IMAGES OF DISASTER IN FILM AND MEDIA