Choose a topic for your essay from the list below. Develop your essay using a combination of course materials and readings, and secondary research. At least 60% of the sources that you use for the essay must be taken from the course readings; up to 40% of the sources that you use for the essay must come from your own research. Your sources outside of the course materials must be critical, peer-reviewed articles or books; please consult AU Library’s Discover tool and the AU Library journal databases.
Your essay must address one or more questions raised in the course. Given that the field of children and media is very broad, this requirement reduces the possible scope of your essay, which should make it easier for you to narrow down your topic. Please finalize a topic with your tutor after you have completed Unit 8. It is recommended that you submit your essay at least two weeks before the end of your course contract.
You mark will not only be based on your ideas and your clear presentation of them, but on your demonstration of appropriate academic essay writing. Please consult the guide Writing Academic Essays section in the Course Information.
Use APA Style to cite your sources and to create a corresponding references page. Ten percent (10%) of your mark for this assignment is allotted to your properly citing your sources in the text and in your references list. Consult your tutor with any questions.
Your essay should address one or a combination of the following topics. Alternatively, you may devise another topic in consultation with your tutor.
Your tutor will only accept an original essay topic that the two of you have discussed beforehand.
Generic essays on “Violence in Video Games” or “Sex-Role Stereotyping in Video Games” will not be accepted, as these areas have been covered thoroughly by students before you. Be original. Take this general topic and apply it specifically to a narrative text or an aspect of narrative that has not yet been studied or thoroughly analyzed. For example, consider the questions raised about narrative in video games in the course readings. Do any of these questions or issues interest you?
Before you complete this assignment, please read the section on Plagiarism on AU’s Write Site.
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