All the activities in this course lead to a Final Project due in Unit 9. Throughout this class, you should consider how you will compose your project. The Final Project will provide you with an opportunity to integrate all of the concepts covered in this class.
To study the humanities is to study what it means to be human. In your 10 weeks, you thought critically about concepts like myths and narratives, morality and decision making, freedom, and happiness, as well as specific subjects like literature, art, music, film, and popular culture. All of these ideas and applications are ways to communicate with the past, present, and future.
Your Final Project for this course will be a virtual time capsule. A time capsule is a grouping of items for future discovery. Imagine that your time capsule will be buried at the end of the course and opened 100 years later.
The goal of the capsule is to provide an overview of what you believe future generations should remember about the 20th and early 21st Centuries. The project can be composed in Microsoft Word or PowerPoint. It can include multimedia if you wish.
You must include the course materials in your time capsule; incorporate APA formatting, including citations and a references section. Word count specifications are described below for each category.
The Final Project should include the following EIGHT criteria
Item 1: Letter of introduction:
Write a letter, including a minimum of 250 words, describing your current life to a potential reader 100 years in the future.
In your letter, consider the following questions: What is your daily experience? Describe your daily routine, as well as your customs and habits (i.e., holidays, work schedules, etc.). Also describe your perspective on the modern era, and your dreams/goals for the future.
Item 2: Morality/Decision Making
Include one specific example of morality and decision-making in current culture. Reference the course materials, or specific examples of morality. Include at least 100 words for this category.
Item 3: Happiness
Include your definition of happiness in 100 words or more. Describe how you reached this view of happiness. Do you believe your definition of happiness corresponds with one of the theories of happiness you studied in the unit on happiness?
Item 4: Literature
In one paragraph, select one specific literary work (poem, short story, play, or novel). Indicate why this literature selection is significant to you. Why is this item worth preserving for readers 100+ years in the future? What does this selection communicate about our culture today?
Item 5: Art and Architecture
In one paragraph, select one piece of architecture or art. Indicate why this art or architecture selection is significant to you. Why is this item worth preserving for readers 100+ years in the future? What does this selection communicate about our culture today?
Item 6: Music
In one paragraph, select one specific song (or group of songs). Focus specifically on the selected song(s) and not the artist/musician for the song(s). Indicate why this song or group of songs is significant to you. Why is this item worth preserving for readers 100+ years in the future? What does this selection communicate about our culture today?
Item 7: Film
In one paragraph, select one film. Indicate the film genre as well as why this film selection is significant to you. Why is this item worth preserving for readers 100+ years in the future? What does this film selection communicate about our culture today?
Item 8: Pop Culture
In one paragraph, select one specific item from pop culture. Indicate why this item from pop culture is significant to you. Why is this item worth preserving for readers 100+ years in the future? What does this selection communicate about our culture today?
Summarize your time capsule in a concluding paragraph. What should a reader in the future learn about the current era after reviewing your time capsule?
Please feel free to include examples that you discovered in your studies this term; incorporate the course materials in your time capsule. Challenge yourself to choose items that might be valuable for the future, though they might not necessarily be your favorites. The course materials are required sources for the unit 9 Final Project; feel free to incorporate additional outside sources as well. Add citations and references for all consulted sources. Complete the project using the Microsoft Word template in Doc Sharing.
Incorporate APA citations throughout the time capsule as well as a references section at the end of the time capsule. Review the APA quick reference guide on the left-hand sidebar under course home for APA formatting guidelines. As always, contact your instructor if you have questions.
Your Final Project must be original work written for this class. This means that you must be the author and you must not have turned in your project, or another version of it, for a grade in this or another class. Turning in a project written by someone else is plagiarism and will not be tolerated, in accordance with the Kaplan University plagiarism policies described in the course Syllabus.
In addition, the items included in this time capsule must be selections for which you have not previously received a grade in this course. For example, if you reviewed a song by the Dave Matthews Band for the music discussion in Unit 7, you should not use that same song as your song example for the Final Project.
The Final Project will be due at the end of Unit 9. When you are ready to submit the project, go to the Unit 9 Dropbox, and complete the steps listed.
Submitting Your Assignment
Put your project in a Microsoft Word document. Save it in a location and with a name that you will remember.
When you are ready to submit it, click on the Dropbox and complete the steps below: