Chat with us, powered by LiveChat LE 300 PU Serial Killers as Heroes in Popular Culture Essay - Uni Pal

DescriptionResearch topic: What does everyone think? Were people more afraid in the past? Has the
popularity of these kinds of stories (both real and fictitious) over the past two centuries made
some immune to the terror that might be felt when confronted with the possibility (real or
imagined) that a killer is on the loose? Examples of stories we’ve gone over in class (You,
Frankenstein, Jake the Ripper, Dexter, The Talented Mr. Ripley).
Assignment
Paper: Your first research essay should be a fully completed work of 5 pages. Your topic may
be related to the development of any idea that has already been expressed as part of the course;
your thesis should be a synthesis of carefully documented research and critical analysis of this
topic. The essay should incorporate the general parts of an academic essay—an introduction and
thesis, a body of specific evidence/support/analysis, and a conclusion that emphasizes the
answers to questions you may have asked within your research.
Your writing should address the Core Learning Outcomes of the course and the Instructor
Specific Learning Outcomes, as specified on the syllabus. I have included them here for your
convenience:
1. Analyze the disciplinary content in its own context and in relationship to the issues,
questions, and positions of other disciplines.
2. Compare and contrast differences and similarities among the disciplines in terms of
central concerns, values, methodologies, and relationships to public life.
3. Synthesize diverse perspectives to achieve an interdisciplinary understanding.
4. Analyze the relationships among academic knowledge, professional work, and the
responsibilities of local and global citizenship.
5. Interpret and critique the possible “real world” connections or behaviors associated with
the viewing or playing of media violence.
Instructor Learning Outcomes:
1. Identify, discuss, and critique the representations of serial killers as heroes, celebrities,
and icons in modern media forms. Explain the characteristics of the media forms, genres,
and methods for each subject.
2. Describe and analyze the popular culture forms that encourage audience identification or
participation through violence or vicarious experience.
3. Evaluate multiple perspectives, modes of inquiry and expression, and processes for
decision-making in the disciplines.
Specifics
Your essay should conform to the MLA format for citations within the text and in your
works cited. Therefore, your writing should be double-spaced, with one-inch margins, in
a 10-12-pitch font. The grading of this essay will be based upon the objective skills we
have focused upon in our course lectures and discussions—incorporating your research
sources seamlessly within your own writing, building upon your skills as a “closereading” expert and analysis of your topic, and answering the larger questions about
“why” we are studying serial killers as heroes (as well as, “why” your topic is popular?
important? significant? worthy of study? definitive of its audience?)

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