University of South Florida Interpersonal Communication Analysis Paper
The course is certified for the core area of Capstone, and enrolled students are expected to demonstrate the following dimensions:
- critical thinking;
- inquiry-based learning;
- creative and interpretive processes and experiences.
As demonstration of the above expectations, students will prepare a public pedagogy syllabus on any topic of their choice. All assignments will include the following components:
- 500-700 word academic paper explaining the purpose of studying the topic
- a syllabus containing six (6) distinct sections on the topic
The syllabus portion of the assignment can be delivered in any of the following options:
- conventional paper
- digital storytelling (includes Instagram and websites)
- other modes of delivery must be approved by course instructor
The assignment may be completed in a group or individually. Students can use the Public Pedagogy Syllabus discussion board to find group members.
- a communication-oriented response
- 500-700 words, excluding bibliography
- 12 pt. font, double spaced, one-inch margins
- APA-style bibliography
- Do not include a cover page or course information
The paper serves two purposes:
- demonstrate student’s knowledge about the topic
- i.e., the student has conducted adequate research to demonstrate a level of expertise
- introduce the syllabus to any reader
The paper should answer a simple question: Why should someone be interested in the topic?
An example of the question is, why study media literacy? In order to answer the question, it is worthwhile to answer the following: what is media literacy? what are the origins of media literacy? what are the benefits of being media literate? what careers can someone pursue with media literacy? how can media literacy be applied in different careers? There are several questions to consider, but these should guide the paper.
You can also access the Academic Paper Example.
- six (6) distinct sections
- the sections can build off each other, but should not be the same.
- each section will have a theme
- each section will contain at least two popular press articles (newspapers, magazines, blogs)
- each section will also contain at least one multimedia text (documentary, movie, podcast, video)
- each section will include a discussion question that brings together the different material
The following is an example of a section for a syllabus on #MeToo:
Theme: Confronting Men of Colour
Article: How the Myth of the Artistic Genius Excuses the Abuse of Women (Links to an external site.), The New York Times by Amanda Hess
Article: Aziz Ansari, Consent And The Difference Between “Okay, Fine” And Yes (Links to an external site.), Junkee by Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen
Discussion Question: What role does race play in the public response to the #MeToo movement?
Note: The above is not cited following a particular style. But the active links and author and publisher information indicates to the reader where to find the article. There is no citation format for the syllabus, but there is an expectation that information be presented in a consistent format