Short Essay (100 marks) Instructions Please do not use any essay writing AI-tools. Everything must be in your own words. Must cite all sources of direct quotations and borrowed ideas. A citation consists of two parts and must be in APA format: 1. An in-text citation (either a footnote or brief information in brackets) to indicate that an outside source is being cited. 2. A list of References or Works Cited, containing complete information about all of your sources It's a course in visual studies, so what's visible is always our primary concern. Write a short informal essay (approximately 1000 words) on the following topic. Be sure that you are presenting the concepts in your own words and that you include current information. (You may use "I" when it seems appropriate.) Follow conventional format for preparing your essay and citing sources. Check with your Open Learning Faculty Member regarding preferred documentation style (ie., APA, MLA, Chicago Manual of Style). For guidance on various aspects of conducting research and writing essays and research papers, consult the detailed information in Study Room 3991. If you have any questions about the assignment, consult your course Open Learning Faculty Member. When you have completed the assignment, submit it to your Open Learning Faculty Member for comments and evaluation. Note: Keep a copy of your assignment before submitting it to your Open Learning Faculty Member for evaluation. That way, you have a copy to refer to during a telephone conversation or email conference with your Open Learning Faculty Member. Also, in the unlikely event that your assignment is lost, you will have an extra copy of your work. Today, many student writing manuals suggest that students keep copies of all early drafts of their work as well, to protect themselves against mistaken charges of plagiarism. Essay Topic One of the learning outcomes for Unit 4 is to explain how these theories are useful in visual studies. For this assignment, I'd like you to do that by choosing a visual representation (with or without text) and relating it to your understanding of one of the theoretical concepts we have studied: ideology,/nhegemony, the male gaze, or the other. Write an essay that begins with a succinct account of the theoretical model of your choice and describe why you think it is appropriate for analyzing the visual material you have selected. However, there may also be reasons why you think it's inappropriate or reservations you may have about it. Include those in your paper as well. Use the approach you have selected to discuss the image without necessarily arguing for or against it. Raise questions that the approach suggests, but don't ignore others that occur to you-questions that might be discouraged by this outlook or questions you may have about the concept itself. Criteria for Evaluating Essay Assignments Here is a set of criteria that will form the basis for evaluating essay assignments. Substance (75 per cent) • The essay provides evidence of critical thinking and presents an informed and thoughtful discussion. • Research sources are relevant, current, and credible. They are clearly documented in the paper. • The introduction explains the purpose of the paper and the issue or issues you will address. This can take the form of a question or questions. The body develops your enquiry by providing explanations /information and organizing ideas and examples as clearly and directly as possible. • The conclusion summarizes the learning that has taken place through writing the paper; it also presents a (tentative) position statement and/or suggests direction for future research. Again, queries might be more suitable here than assertions. Writing Style and Format (25 per cent) • Paragraphs are coherent, with transitions between ideas. • Sentences are grammatically correct; words are chosen for accuracy and impact. • The writing follows the conventions of spelling and mechanics (punctuation, etc.). • The format follows the documentation style (ie, APA, MLA, Chicago Manual of Style) accurately and consistently.

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