Please respond with your Creative Topic before doing assignment so I can submit topic to the Professor to see if she approves the chosen topic. Your topic proposal should include the following information: (1) an emergency or disaster topic idea that we haven’t discussed at length in class, (2) the phase of emergency management you’d like to focus on, and (3) the style of media you intend to create for your project.
The creative project allows students to do just that- be creative. Students are tasked with constructing a piece of literature that inspires thoughtful discourse about a facet of emergency management, using either a fiction or nonfiction example. Students are free to conduct a project on whatever topic they see fit, following approval from the instructor Specific topics already discussed in class (for example, doomsday preppers) are not eligible for this project. Any outside sources or information you utilize must be cited in APA format.
Here are a few additional parameters for your creative projects:
Restive Project should be 6-8 pages long, double-spaced, and written in APA format. You must cite (in APA format) any outside resources or examples of media you might reference. If I have approved the medium or style of your project via the topic approval portal, then that project is acceptable. I will not accept creative projects without an approved topic.
Creative Project Rubric: Your projects will be evaluated for their creativity, content/depiction of fiction or nonfiction media, relevancy or application of a specific topic, and the project’s relation to emergency management. Every project must focus on a topic within the context of a phase (or phases) of emergency management.
Additional parameters on the creative project:
As you identify topics of interest for your projects, please keep the following thoughts in mind:
- It’s up to you to create a new piece of “disaster media”. This is different from the critiques, where we analyze existing work, and apply principles of emergency management to better understand each phase of EM. For example, because I’m interested in oral histories, I could decide to put together a work on interviewing people in my area who remember impacts from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
- Based on the same previous example, I could go from there and decide that I wanted to focus my work on the “response” phase of EM. I recommend focusing on one phase of EM, in order to limit the scope of your project- otherwise, it’s possible to start a huge project with no definitive scope or purpose.
- Your chosen topic may be fictional or non-fictional. Whichever product you elect to create, ensure that it is robust and professional in both content and delivery.
Keep in mind, your creative project should be a stand-alone piece of disaster media. It should not simply critique an existing piece of media- that is why we conduct the critiques!
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