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Assignment | Interpersonal Communication Project (Dragomir): Getting Started

Fall 2019 | SPCH 1318 | Prof. Dragomir

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Assignment Options

External Research:

A. Research and analyze an interpersonal problem in society as reported by the media.

D. Research a theoretical perspective in communication from a more in-depth perspective than the text.

E. Micro-research! Four theories of communication.

Dig into research.

Original Analysis & Research:

You may still find a need to pull in external sources -- as true researchers do, as well! But these prompts rely more on you observing a situation and analyzing it.

B. Research and analyze a competent communicator.

C. Write a personal memoir based on your family's experience from their perspective of their heritage. Research your family's perceptions by interviewing family members across generations on their culture today. How to Cite an Interview You Conduct

F. Watch and discuss (using at least one theory) a movie, August: Osage County or Fences.

G. Journal your social media usage and analyze your patterns of behavior.

I. Visit a religious ceremony for a religion you do not practice, and analyze/compare the service.

J. Attend a political rally or candidate meet and greet, and observe communications and reactions.

K. Your choice, to be approved by your professor.

First Steps

Depending on which topic you're pursuing, you'll have a somewhat different process to think through. However, in all cases, you'll be starting BIG and narrowing your way down to smaller and more specific.

You may find creating a mind map to be a helpful way of organizing your ideas and notes at this early stage.

 

Start getting a sense of your basic background information using:

Research Process

Research process steps: 1, pick a general direction. 2, do some broad background research. 3, Select a specific topic and start your deeper research. 4, Let your research results guide your thesis and talking points. 5, Assemble your argumetn and evidence into a logical order. 6, Write, re-write, edit, and revise.

In-Class Activity (Library)