Monday, August 27, 2012

Essay 1 - instructions

You have to write an individual essay twice during the course; in the beginning and in the end. Writing these essays are compulsory. Below are the instructions for the first essay.

Please download and use the template that is available in Bilda ("FoM essay 1") when you write your text. Use your family name when you designate a name your file ("Pargman essay 1") and upload it to the "drop box" that has been created exclusively for this purpose in Bilda. Do note that you can only upload the file formats .doc, .docx (MS Word) or .pdf to the drop box.

Deadline for handling in the essay is Friday August 31 (23.59). This task is neither very comprehensive nor time-consuming.


1A. "Expectations and apprehensions". This is the 10th time the course is given, but it changed and morphed into an English-language course last year. Some students have talked about the course with older students, or seen earlier final presentations, while others know very little about the course beyond the course introduction that was given earlier today. In both of these cases, it is important for us teachers to avoid misunderstandings, to adapt the course according to the participants' preferences (where possible) and to explain why that is impossible in other instances.

Please write 200-600 words (0.5 - 1.5 pages) about your hopes and expectations, or your fears and apprehensions as the course now starts - based on whatever information you have available right now. Perhaps you have opinions that you would like to get heard about the form or the content of the course?

1B. "My relationship to magazines". Please write 400-1000 words (1 - 2.5 pages) about your personal relationship to magazines. What do magazines mean to you? How do you consume magazines (in paper or on screens)? What kind of magazines do you read? In what context? Have your magazines habits changed lately or at some earlier point in your life? If you don't read magazines a lot, why do you think that is? Have you ever been involved in making (writing, editing, producing) a magazine? Are there already now magazines-related issues that you find particularly interesting and that you would like to immerse yourself in (or suggest that someone else should immerse themselves in) during the project phase of the course?

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