Assignment Options (these are in-progress and subject to change - email me if you have questions):
1. An analysis of a published research study or educational program involving youth. Your essay will (a) draw on the readings to offer a critique of the research study; and (b) re-design the study using principles learned in the course (2000 words).
2. A 20-minute Theatre of the Oppressed performance that involves audience members and that can be performed either during class or at the Faculty of Educational Science as a planned or impromptu theatre event to highlight issues from this course that you feel are important. You will work in a group of 2-3 people and submit a reflection that includes: (a) the design of your theatre piece, the question/problem you are highlighting, and your rationale for using theatre as your medium to address this problem; (b) your theory of change – what transformation do you hope to provoke with your theatre performance, how, and why does it matter?; and (c) a 1200-word reflection on your experience of performing your theatre with an active audience and your feelings about the outcomes in relation to your theory of change.
3. A portfolio that critiques images of youth from mainstream media, social media, and/or advertising. Your portfolio will include: (a) 6-8 images with a 250-500-word analysis of each image that draws from course concepts; (b) an introduction and conclusion that links the images.