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Economics/Peace Studies 2004W: Socioeconomic Perspectives on Science & Technology


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Gwen Gray
172 Ellis Library
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO


Story of Stuff Assignment Description

Story of Your Stuff Assignment Overview
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 three students (concise is a good thing)
LOGISTICS: Three versions. See online schedule for due dates


  1. Connect to class concepts and themes (3 economic 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 issues – both local and global
  7. Context –How does the product compare with substitutes in the above content areas?
  8. Make it interactive- 3 questions for the audience that connects 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