Scenario: Complexity in Contemporary Issues
As the producer and correspondent of a television or radio news magazine (like “60 Minutes,” “VICE” or “All Things Considered”), you have been assigned to deliver an informative 12-minute segment on one of the contemporary issues you and you classmates have been discussing during the past three weeks. Corporate policy requires that you consider insights from two or more academic disciplines for example: nursing and social work, or philosophical ethics, psychology, and biology. (Note: These are only examples—you are free to choose your own disciplines!) Corporate policy also requires that you interview credible representatives of at least two distinct positions on the issue. You need not remain neutral on the issue. In fact, you are expected to state and defend your own position with clear reasoning in your own words.
- Explain the selected contemporary issue, with reference to practical instances.
- Describe the relevant contributions to the issue from at least two different academic disciplines.
- Explain at least two distinct positions on the issue.
- Defend one’s personal ethical position on the issue.
- Create a video or audio presentation that reports on a contemporary social issue from multiple perspectives.
Produce an audio segment, like a radio program or a podcast. You will be the correspondent, but you are welcome to invite others to participate or record yourself in different roles. You may record the audio in any way that suits you. Make sure to submit the audio file or a link to it as the submission for assignment.
In addition, you must submit your script alongside the media production.
- Communication: Create a video or audio presentation that reports on a contemporary social issue from multiple perspectives.
- Media presentation: Ensure your video or audio recording is a minimum of 12 minutes in length, with notes or a transcript to ensure accessibility to everyone. Upload the presentation.
- Resources: Use your judgment to ensure your topic is thoroughly researched. There is no minimum number of resources required, however.
- Font and font size: Use a font of appropriate size and weight for presentation, generally 24–28 points for headings and no smaller than 18 points for bullet-point text.