Provide a brief description of the character, including what they do for a living, relationship status, role in the work , and anything else you think is important in understanding the character.

ASSIGNMENT

Throughout this course, we have examined a variety of different dimensions of diversity, how diversity is represented, what role intersectionality and privilege play in creating and maintaining bias and discrimination, and how we learn our “single stories” about diversity. This final project in the course will require you to bring all of these ideas together as you analyze representations of diversity in the media.

On the Week 2 Assignment, you identified a fiction book, TV episode, or movie that you have recently read or watched and did an initial analysis of the representations of diversity in it. On the Week 4 Assignment, you identified two scholarly sources to help you extend your analysis of the work you chose.

In this assignment, you will build on those two assignments to complete your analysis of diverse representations in your chosen work.

For this assignment, you will take as your starting point the conclusion you came to on your Week 2 assignment: does this work provide a positive representation of diversity?

You can maintain the position you took at the end of your Week 2 assignment or contradict it. Then provide evidence from the work and from at least 5 scholarly or credible resources, including the two scholarly sources you identified on your Week 4 assignment to support your argument.

Be sure to do the following:

Provide an introduction that includes the author and title of the fiction book, name of episode and name of TV show, or the title of the movie that you chose, as well as a thesis that tells the reader whether you think this work provides a positive representation of diversity.

Include a brief summary of the book, episode, or movie.

Discuss whether you think the cast of characters in this book, episode, or movie is diverse. To back up your discussion, identify 3 characters from the work and do the following for each:

Provide a brief description of the character, including what they do for a living, relationship status, role in the work , and anything else you think is important in understanding the character.

Is the portrayal of the character stereotypical? Why or why not? Provide specific examples from their dialogue or actions.

Does the character have privilege and in what circumstances? Provide specific examples from their dialogue or actions.

Is this a positive representation of the group(s) that the character represents? Why or why not? Provide specific examples from their dialogue or actions.

Taking a step back, consider who isn’t represented in this work. Do you think this/these groups were left out intentionally? In other words, would it affect the story to include them?

Finally, consider why representation of diverse groups is important. Draw on your resources to construct an argument for greater inclusion. Does this argument extend to other areas of life beyond fictional representation? Why or why not?

In your conclusion, reiterate your argument statement and summarize the main points of your paper.

Provide a brief description of the character, including what they do for a living, relationship status, role in the work , and anything else you think is important in understanding the character.