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Prior to beginning work on this assignment, review briefly each weekly module of this course, and consider the overarching themes that have shaped each module and the literary (and non-literary) texts that have dealt with those themes. In the final paper, you will analyze how one specific theme is illuminated in both literary and non-literary texts.
To begin, choose one of the following five themes explored in the course:
Traditions (religion, folklore, community traditions and customs, festivals or holidays, coming-of-age traditions, etc.)
Working Lives (occupations, economic considerations, social class, wealth vs. poverty, etc.)
Family and Gender Roles (domestic themes and issues, marriage, roles of men and women, gender identity, generations—youth vs. age, etc.)
Ethnicity (race or ethnic groups, racial identity, discrimination, self vs. “other,” colonizer vs. colonized, borders and migrations, power dynamics, etc.)
Environment (landscape and topography; how landscape influences identity and culture; environmental issues—deforestation, pollutions, global climate change, preservation of the land or environment, etc.)
In your final paper, discuss how your chosen theme is explored in at least two works from different writers read during the course and in at least one non-literary work (e.g., painting, sculpture, mixed media, music, dance, film, graphic novel, etc.; you may choose a non-literary work of your own that was not discussed in the course). You must integrate a minimum of three scholarly sources into your discussion.
In your paper,
Analyze how a trending, universal theme is explored in at least two literary works of at least two different writers.
Analyze how a trending, universal theme is explored in at least one non-literary work.
Evaluate how theme and text are influenced by historical, sociopolitical, and cultural contexts, including cultural norms and values.
Explain how genre and literary conventions convey meaning, significance, and theme.
Examine the interdisciplinary connections between literary texts and other arts forms that illuminate cultural values, shared history, and identity.
Assess how literary and non-literary texts shape and are shaped by the traditions, archetypes, and individual identities of diverse human cultures.
The final paper
Must be eight to 10 double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages and formatted according to APA Style (Links to an external site.) as outlined in the Writing Center’s APA Formatting for Microsoft Word (Links to an external site.)
Must include a separate title page with the following:
Title of paper in bold font
Space should appear between the title and the rest of the information on the title page.
Name of institution (The University of Arizona Global Campus)
Course name and number
Must utilize academic voice. See the Academic Voice (Links to an external site.) resource for additional guidance.
Must include an introduction and conclusion paragraph. Your introduction paragraph needs to end with a clear thesis statement that indicates the purpose of your paper.
For assistance on writing Introductions & Conclusions (Links to an external site.) and Writing a Thesis Statement (Links to an external site.), refer to the Writing Center resources.
Must use at least three scholarly sources in addition to the course text.
The Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources (Links to an external site.) table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types. If you have questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this assignment, please contact your instructor. Your instructor has the final say about the appropriateness of a specific source.
To assist you in completing the research required for this assignment, view Quick and Easy Library Research (Links to an external site.) tutorial, which introduces the University of Arizona Global Campus Library and the research process, and provides some library search tips.
Must document any information used from sources in APA Style as outlined in the Writing Center’s APA: Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.)
Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA Style as outlined in the Writing Center. See the APA: Formatting Your References List (Links to an external site.) resource in the Writing Center for specifications.