Outcomes and Assessment
1. Read, listen and come to class with critical questions or comments: The classes will include lectures, but there will also be lots of input from students. You will be required to discuss, debate and interrogate the readings and listenings during the class. Some weeks are a little heavier on readings, but on some weeks there is not much to read at all – it evens out over the semester. Some weeks there are also podcasts, radio shows or videos included – listening is as important as reading, so please treat them as you would a text.
(10 % of final grade)
2. Presentations: You must present once on a case/sonic phenomena linked to (at least) one of the readings on the syllabus and the topic of the class. You should not present the text. You should introduce a relevant case/phenomena/idea into the class that enhances and complicates our discussions. The presenting students should contact the instructor at least three days in advance (i.e. the Tuesday before class) to discuss the content of the presentation. Please copy in Ian to the correspondence even when he is not the instructor. Please note, there may be more than one of you presenting per week and, if so, you must coordinate amongst each other to ensure there is no repetition of cases. You can present on a similar topic to your final assignment. Some weeks there will be no presentations.
(25% of final grade – students will be graded on how well their case enhances to the topic(s) of the week, the clarity of their presentation and originality of application or argument.
3. Midterm research plan: By the end of Week 7 you need to have decided upon your final research topic and begun to think about what concepts or theories you want to think the topic through. You must submit a circa 500 word research plan that:
- Introduces the topic (i.e. the sonic phenomena or case that can be explored and understood through sound)
- Suggests the concept/theory/approach that you think can best shed light on the topic and tells us why you think it might work
- What medium you think will best work for your final assignment and why (i.e. one of the options below)
(15% of final grade)
4. Final assignment: You have to take a case/topic and apply a concept/approach/theory that we have covered in the course to your case/topic. You have three choices as to how you realise the assignment:
- Option One: Field Recordings. Using the collaboratively produced pool of field recordings made in the field recording class along with any independently collected recordings, produce a circa 10 minute audio piece. High quality pieces will be eligible for airing on the London based radio station Resonance FM or Resonance Extra. The piece must be accompanied by a theoretically informed circa 1200 word essay using at least one concept covered in the course.
- Option Two: Podcast. This must include one or more sound clips relating to the topic (of varying lengths); context – circa 800-1000 words of scripted narration that introduces the case study and/or the theoretical or other debate you are addressing (7-10 min); an interview with a relevant person (10-15 minutes); analysis – circa 500-800 words of scripted argumentation (5 minutes). High quality podcasts will be published within CEU’s podcast library.
- Option Three: Essay. Inspired by the theories, debates and concepts covered in the course produce a circa 2500 word essay on a sonic case or phenomena. You may integrate audio and visual material if you wish. Refer to at least two concepts or ideas covered in the course.
DEADLINE: December 16th MIDNIGHT
(50% of final grade - work will be assessed on understanding of key concepts and theories, the application of theories to a case study, originality of approach and clarity of presentation, including production quality)