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Learning Goal: I’m working on a humanities project and need support to help me l

Learning Goal: I’m working on a humanities project and need support to help me learn.
Course Outcomes
In this project, you will demonstrate your mastery of the following course outcomes:
Analyze the various components of popular culture for investigating their influence of wellness on one’s discipline of study or chosen profession
Integrate interdisciplinary approaches for determining the impact of popular culture on various institutions
Explain how interdependent influences impact the social, historical, and theoretical approaches to popular culture by employing appropriate research strategies
Recommend strategies for utilizing the critical analysis of popular culture to develop one’s personal and professional identity
Articulate informed viewpoints on how popular culture shapes one’s framework of perception using effective communication skills
Assess the impact of popular culture on cultural and social attitudes, choices, and behaviors through the incorporation of diverse perspectives and viewpoints informed by relevant literature
Overview
This course explores popular culture and its impact on the world around us. Popular culture influences society, and society influences popular culture, creating a feedback loop between them. You will critically analyze a specific example within an area of popular culture and how it reflects and engages individuals and society using the four general education lenses: history, humanities, natural and applied sciences, and social science. From this enhanced understanding, you will be equipped to draw connections between popular culture, self, and engagement with your community. You will demonstrate your ability to think critically, investigate, and communicate clearly. These skills are often necessary to achieve personal and professional goals across many disciplines.
Directions
For this project, you will write a 10-page paper that examines the specific example within an area of popular culture that you chose at the beginning of the course. In the paper, you will examine how this example reflects and engages individuals and society. You will also describe the key features of your specific example within an area of popular culture, present a thesis statement, perform a critical analysis, and reflect on how your specific example informs your personal life and experience.
The area of popular culture could be a genre of books, comics, music, video games, or other media. It could also be a musician’s discography, a fandom, a sport, or a fashion style.
The specific example within the area of popular culture you choose should be a direct and singular representative of that area of popular culture. For example, if the area is science fiction films, the example could be Blade Runner. If the area is augmented-reality video games, the example could be Pokémon GO. Similarly, if the area is baseball, the example could be a player, a team, or an incident within that sport. Note that in the case of TV shows, you must narrow your analysis to an individual episode or a selection of episodes; an entire series is too broad for this level of analysis. Therefore, if the area is television office dramas, then the specific example could be a particular episode or a few episodes of Mad Men.
Specifically, you must address the following rubric criteria:
Evidence: You will use evidence to support your analysis throughout the project.Integrate reliable evidence from varied sources throughout your paper to support your analysis. Use at least two resources from the module resources sections of this course and two resources that you find through your own research using the Shapiro Library.It is important to draw from a more diverse pool of perspectives from varied sources to support the analysis, which is different from the Citations and Attributions rubric criterion.
Reliable evidence from varied sources should be interwoven throughout the paper itself. Citing and attributing sources will be represented as APA in-text citations and a reference list at the end of your work.
You will be evaluated on both criteria.
Topic Description: In this section, you will identify and discuss the factors that shape your thesis statement.Describe the area of popular culture that you will analyze and a specific example that represents this area by using effective details.Effective details include the kind of popular culture it is, where it exists, how people engage with it, or what value they get from engaging with it.
Describe the relationships between the example you chose, the area of popular culture it represents, and the population that engages with this area of popular culture by using effective details.Effective details about the example include how it represents or is connected to this area of popular culture.
Effective details about the population include demographics, cultural practices, social identity, or key aspects.
Assess how society may impact the example and the area you chose.
Explain your choice of general education interdisciplinary lens for analyzing the example and the area you chose.
Construct a thesis statement that combines the example you chose, area of popular culture, population, societal situation, and choice of general education interdisciplinary lens.
Critical Analysis: In this section, you will analyze the example and the area you chose using one of the general education lenses. You will then recommend strategies for using this kind of analysis to meet your personal and professional goals.Analyze the example and the area you chose through one of the general education interdisciplinary lenses to determine their impact on various institutions.
Analyze how social, historical, or theoretical approaches have shaped the example and the area you chose.
Describe how the example you chose could help someone better understand the world.
Assess how the example you chose could broaden an outsider’s understanding of the cultures or societies depicted in it or the people who engage with its popular culture area.Consider how the example you chose could contribute to understanding others in productive ways that do not reinforce negative representations of other people.
Describe how the example you chose reflects an aspect of your field of study or profession.
Recommend strategies for using this kind of critical analysis for meeting your personal and professional goals.What might this look like in your everyday life? Consider how popular culture can be used to address the day-to-day responsibilities or questions faced by practitioners in your field or discipline.
Reflection: In this section, you will describe how using critical analysis tools influences your personal experience, your field of study or profession, how you interact with others.Describe how critically analyzing popular culture has informed your individual framework of perception.Consider how your analysis has altered the way you perceive the world.
Describe how examining your bias may alter the way you engage with popular culture personally or professionally.Reflect on your own bias and then consider how an awareness of one’s bias can change how you interact with popular culture.
Explain how critically analyzing wellness can influence your field of study or profession.How can popular culture inform your understanding of the next big topic of study in your field of study or profession?
Explain at least one way in which your analysis might have been different if you had used one of the other general education lenses to analyze the example and are you chose.
Describe how your analysis of the example you chose could be used in other aspects of your life.
Explain how critically analyzing popular culture can help in your interactions with people with different viewpoints, cultures, or perspectives.
What to Submit
To complete this project, you must submit a Word document of 10 pages in length (plus a reference page) with 12-point Times New Roman font, double spacing, and one-inch margins. Use at least two resources from course materials and two resources from the library. Sources should be cited according to APA style. Consult the Shapiro Library APA Style Guide for more information on citations.
Supporting Materials
The following resource supports your work on the project:
Library Guide: IDS 404: Popular Culture
You may find the resources in this library guide helpful as you work on your project.

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Your project this week focuses on your exosystem. Write a self-analysis of the groups and institutions that make up your community and how their interactions have influenced you.

Your project this week focuses on your exosystem. Write a self-analysis of the groups and institutions that make up your community and how their interactions have influenced you. Include discussion about events that have occurred within your community and how they affected your development. Make sure to use reference support in APA format to explain the networks and conclusions you have identified. This section should be done in 1-2 pages.

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Since March of 2020, it seems the world has been turned upside down first with the Corona Virus and the egregious cost to BIPOC communities. The unjust killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Abery ignited millions of people to march with the Black Lives Matter Movement to demand complete systemic change. We have just all found ourselves at the unexpected crossroads between an old world and a newly emerging world. We find ourselves stepping into a mythological crossroads begging for a change in the great narrative of humanity. Meade calls this a “Kairos Moment” in his book, The Genius Myth on pg 56-57:

Since March of 2020, it seems the world has been turned upside down first with the Corona Virus and the egregious cost to BIPOC communities. The unjust killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Abery ignited millions of people to march with the Black Lives Matter Movement to demand complete systemic change. We have just all found ourselves at the unexpected crossroads between an old world and a newly emerging world. We find ourselves stepping into a mythological crossroads begging for a change in the great narrative of humanity. Meade calls this a “Kairos Moment” in his book, The Genius Myth on pg 56-57:
Change, which is the only constant thing in this world, happens in the flash of a moment. People can prepare for a great change and make careful plans, and yet, in order to make the change, all preparations and expectations must be released in favor of the flash of vision and inspiration. Of course, ancient people had a name for that moment when time stands still when the usual forces are suspended and almost anything can happen. In Sanskrit, the opportune moment was called ksana, “or the flash in time, the inspired instant.” In Greek, the moment that becomes momentous was called Kairos. The Kairos moment opens before us and we must become swift as a bird or else miss out on the opportunity to slip past the guardians and ride through the gates of time. Kairos names the moment of sweeping change that arrives “just in the nick of time” and turns everything around. The opportune moment is a crack in time in which, a breach in the march of time in which the eternal enters and redeems us from certain doom. The ancient Greeks had two primary words for time: kronos and kairos. Kronus referred to sequential time, the “chronological” order of time marching on; the arrow of linear time always moving forward. Thus, time waits for no one. Kronos is quantifiable and measurable time; the hourglass emptying out, the end of time coming ever closer and closer. Kairos referred to a different order of time altogether, a timeless stretch that cannot be scheduled ahead of time. Whereas kronos stands for quantitative time, Kairos time is qualitative by nature. Under the unforgiving rule of kronos, we have to be on time, do our time, and pay our dues. When we are under the influence of Kairos, time opens up before us, there is a break in time as something timeless and beyond time enters and alters the world around us. The Kairos moment arrives when it will, when the time is just right when things become more possible and life is ripe for change. Kairos is the mythic moment, that is the end and beginning at once, when the hard pulse of time becomes “once upon a time,” and past, present, and future secretly converse with one another, (56-57).
If you were to analyze our culture, why could you call these last few years the time of Kairos? What opportunity has Covid, BLM, and all the other large events of these unprecedented times presented to us? What were some of the structures of our society, of our species, that clearly needed to be re-visioned? Think of Inanna lending her ear to the Great Below, or the Child Archetype of Kirakou arriving just when we had become complacent in our unsustainable practices. Does Allegory of the Cave come to mind with the veil of illusion seems to have dropped? What is this Kairos moment trying to teach us? How have you found yourself growing or deepening? How has your genius met this Kairos moment?
Your paper should be a minimum of three pages. Please quote from within the class readings or media at least three times. Your paper needs to have a works cited page. The paper is one-part personal journey and one-part conversation with ideas presented in Meade, Paris, Jung, Kimmerer, Kiriakou, “The People Could Fly” and Mythic Journeys, and one-part analysis of the changing times. How are these writers helping you to discover the writing on the walls of your heart?