Communication 280 Theory Analysis Paper Assignment The object of this assignment is to develop your ability to identify and analyze the use of theory in scholarly Communication research, deepen your understanding of that theory, explain that theory, and apply it to a communication phenomenon. By the time you begin work on this assignment, we will have practiced exactly this kind of theoretical analysis through class readings and discussion. Step 1: Choose a specific theory from course materials and lecture We are reading many articles this semester that use theories and ideas relevant to communication, as well as introducing additional concepts in lecture. From "hegemony" to "imagined community" to "performativity" to "encoding/decoding" to "marked/unmarked bodies" to "cultural capital" (and many, many more), we are encountering a wide range of perspectives that enable us to ask interesting questions and generate useful insights into communication and society. For this assignment, choose one of these theories or ideas that particularly interests you and you would like to learn more about. The only restriction is that it cannot be "the male gaze," since that was our class example. Once you have selected a theory or concept, identify the "source text," i.e. the best originary statement of that idea, usually by the author most closely associated with it. This might be an article that we read for class. If you are having trouble identifying a source text, come talk to me for help. You must email me the theory or concept that you are planning to work with by Nov. 8 at 5:00 (do so right away if you already know what you want to work on). In an email to [email protected], tell me 1). which theory/concept you will use, 2). what the source text for that theory you will read, and 3). at least one article applying the theory that you will read (see below).
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