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Latin American and Caribbean Studies

This guide provides resources on Latin America and the Caribbean to help you with your research.

Assignment

Length:              5 pages (minimum, not including works cited page)

Format:             12pt font, double spaced, typed. Cite sources using MLA format.

Due date          WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 9:00 am

ASSIGNMENT – RESEARCH PAPER & ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY

  1. CHOOSE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING TOPICS:
  • Contemporary Cuba as represented in film. Students will research how Cuba (after 1959) has been depicted by the Cuban and/or international film industry. Students will carefully examine the ways in which at least two films have represented Cuba and its peoples through the visual medium of film. One of the films researched can be from those we have studied in class.
  • Latin American social issues in film. Students will research how a particular social issue (gender, racism, poverty, indigenous rights, drug trafficking, migration, etc.) is portrayed in at least two films. Students can choose the social issue of their choice. One of the films researched can be from those we have studied in class.

  1. ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY (5 sources)

Research papers should…

  • be well-written and carefully checked for grammar and spelling errors
  • make use of at least four (4) academic secondary sources (journal articles, books)
  • contain a well-articulated thesis statement
    • Thesis statement must be underlined
    • Thesis statements take a position; the paper proves that position
  • avoid sweeping generalizations and prove their point using evidence, reasoning, and concrete examples
  • late papers will penalized according to the syllabus

*** All students must schedule a meeting with a WRITING CONSULTANT from the TJs Writing Center. Schedule your consultation well in advance of the November 18th deadline. Failure to have a writing consultation will result in the loss of 5 points from your final grade. ***

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