Final Project

December 8th, 2015

Final Project

The final project is a demonstration of your accomplishment of either of the two learning goals of this course: a) to develop the ability to use the appropriate visualization tools for humanistic inquiry, and b) to develop the ability to critically evaluate how different visualizations shape our understanding of humanities subjects differently.

Therefore, the final project may take either of two forms: a) an application of one or more of the visualization tools to answer an intellectual question, and b) a critical reflection, supported by specific examples, of how different visualizations encourage different interpretations of the same subject. Your final project may be a refinement of one of your module projects, or with the instructor’s approval, a brand-new project created from scratch. Your final project should speak to the broader academic discourses on the subject of your inquiry and/or the methodological discussions of humanities visualization. You final project will be evaluated on the basis of its intellectual depth and the effectiveness of your use of visualization for developing an argument.

Presentation: You are required to present your final project in our classroom (Vaug Lit 101) during the final examination time (3:30-6:30 p.m., Friday, December 11). Your presentation is expected to take 7 minutes, followed by a short Q&A.

Absence from the final project presentation: The presentation is an integral component of your final project. Those who cannot attend the presentation must receive approval from the instructor no later than 5 pm, Wednesday, December 9. Those who excuse themselves from a final presentation must write a five-page essay, explaining your final project and its intellectual significance. The essay must be emailed to the instructor by 6:30 p.m., Thursday, December 17.

Submission: If you attend the presentation, you must submit a preliminary version of your PowerPoint slides to the online drop box no later than 3 p.m., Friday, December 11 for your presentation. Revise your slides based on the feedbacks you receive during the presentation and submit your final version of the slides by 6:30 p.m., Thursday, December 17. All students, including those who are excused from the final presentation, must submit their slides before the December 17 deadline.

Late Work Policy: A grade deduction of 1/3 of a letter (B+ to B, for example) will be applied for each 24 hours the submission (slides and essay) is overdue. Late work will not be accepted after 48 hours unless you have been in contact with and obtained permission from me to submit the work. Extensions will be granted on a case-by-case basis and only when requested more than 24 hours prior to the deadline.

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