Student Presentations

Base your presentation on a "human interest" story in the news. A human interest story is a personal story about a particular individual or family, caught in the web of impersonal social forces. Choose your story to illustrate impersonal social forces that mirror our readings and discussions in class. For example, student presentations in the China segment of the course should illustrate how economic inequalities (class differences) continue to impact people in contemporary China. Student presentations in the section of the course dealing with health epidemics should illustrate how health care delivery works, or fails to work, in an African or Haitian community today.  For the topic of environmental resources, a "case study" of how sustainability can be achieved by grassroots action would be suitable, preferably in Africa.  For the topic of cultural contraction, a story of how an individual or set of individuals is confined to a single set of values and finds it difficult or impossible to cross cultural boundaries will work well.  For this topic (and this topic alone), any region of the world can be used to illustrate your points.  

Be creative in the way you present your human interest story. Be theatrical if you dare. In any event, be engaging -- hold our interest. It may help to see yourself as a storyteller with a message. Your story/presentation might have a beginning, a middle, and an end. It should last about 10 minutes and demonstrate the following attributes:* a) creative and engaging, b) comprehensive (all the information necessary to make sense of the story is provided), and c) analytical -- the story serves to expose social forces that are relevant to the course.

Can you say Lexis-Nexis? It is the online database of news stories hosted on the SSU library webpage.

*Basic rubric

A strong presentation will:

1. Engage the audience and keep them interested.
2. Illustrate the forces (social, political, economic, etc.) that give rise to the issue being covered.
3. Provide enough information for the viewers to fully understand the issue.

A mediocre presentation will:

1. Be inconsistently interesting and engaging.
2. Leave some question as to which forces (social, political, economic, etc.) are important.
3. Provide information, but leave some important details out.

A poor presentation will:

1. Fail to engage the audience most of the time.
2. Leave the audience not understanding which forces (social, political, economic, etc.) have contributed to or created the situation.
3. Leave out a lot of important information and create more questions than answers.