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SOCIOL 3460W: Technology and Society

Story of Stuff Assignment Description

Please refer to detailed assignment description posted on the Story of Stuff Resource Page on Canvas.

Focus: Pick an item that is important to you and focus on a component of it

Written: Word document 8 pages per student for WI credit

Oral: PowerPoint 5-7 minutes for individual presentations; 9-13 minutes for two or  (concise is a good thing)

Logistics: Four Versions. See online schedule for due dates

1. Connect to class concepts and themes(3 sociology and 2 science/technology concepts)

2. Personal and/or societal/historical significance-Why this item? Why is it important?

3. Process-i.e., extraction/cultivation, production, distribution, consumption, disposal

4. Marketing/consumption dimensions-e.g.,emotional marketing

5. Human dignity/community dimensions-e.g., labor, access, human communities

6. Environmental issuesboth local and global

7. ContextHow does the product compare with substitutes or alternatives in the above content areas?

8. Make it interactive-3 questions for the audience that connect to class content

9. Reflection on process-successes and struggles with research, reflection on improvement.

10. Bibliography 3 peer-reviewed articles required. In-text citations required