Essay

This assignment is meant to help you collect and organize your thoughts about the course. It's a "personal reflection" essay, for which you'll select one of two options:

  1. An Experience Essay, in which you connect your personal life experience to the course
  2. or
  3. A Film Essay that connects at least one of the four films screened in class to the course

Note: Film essays can only address films for which you attended (all portions of) the in-class screening.

The content guidelines for this assignment are essentially the same as for the Papers assignment. So, you should

Presentational guidelines are also basically the same:

For this assignment, use only assigned readings (listed on the syllabus), classroom material (including your notes), and your own ideas or personal experiences. Using other ("outside") sources constitutes cheating and could subject you to disciplinary action.

The word count for your essay (excluding your reference list) should be at least 500 words and no more than (about) 600 words. (Don't forget to include a typed word count.)

Email me your essay as a PDF file attachment, sent from your Oswego email account, before the indicated deadline. For your attachment, use the file name "Surname Essay" (without the quotation marks and with your own last name substituted for "Surname"). If you don't use the indicated file name, you should not expect to receive an A or A- on your paper.

Your essay is due at 4 pm on Tuesday, May 14. Late submissions will not be accepted for this assignment. Nor will I accept submissions that aren't PDF files or don't include both parenthetical (in-text) citations and a reference list.


We'll screen at least some of each film in class, but you may need to finish watching movies on your own time. All the films are available on Hulu or Netflix and linked below. If you don't have your own account, or know someone who does, you can sign up for a free trial to finish (or rewatch) a movie.