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If students are unsure, they can check with me whether the organization or newspaper they are getting their primary sources from are appropriate.

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Students will be asked to write a paper analyzing the discourse used to describe migrants in either a specific newspaper (can be mainstream, left-wing or right-wing leaning) or in the communication materials of an organization working on migration (either pro or against migrants). These should be well-known and established (e.g., major news sources like The New York Times, The Guardian, The Economist, The LA Times, Fox News, CNN, PBS or organizations like UNHCR, the IRC, Catholic Charities – Refugee and Immigration Services, Center for Immigration Studies or the CATO Foundation). If students are unsure, they can check with me whether the organization or newspaper they are getting their primary sources from are appropriate. Students can use written or visual primary sources from any country as long as they are in English.
Students can either choose to focus on one specific longer article or on a series of articles focusing on a specific issue. They can also choose to compare how one specific issue was addressed in different sources from different political sides. The most important thing is that students engage in in-depth analysis of the discourse used in their chosen primary sources rather than providing scant analysis of a larger number of pieces.
The paper should be five pages in length (Times New Roman 12, one-inch margins, double-spaced), excluding references. Please make sure to include a full bibliography. Each paper should start with a justification explaining why the student chose the specific material they will be discussing and an explanation of how they will carry out their discourse analysis.
Paragraph 1 – Introduction (short intro that includes your main research question, the media that you’ll look at, and your argument)
Paragraph 2 – Methodology (should be a ‘methods’ para where you explain what your sources are, why you picked them, and what you will do with them. This should include a brief outline of how you will analyze the text and what you will be looking it. If you are comparing different texts, this para should include why you chose to compare these texts (why you picked them) and what we can learn from a comparison)
Paragraph 3 – Background Information (You can either explain some background to the thing you are discussing, or if you are taking a specific angle to a problem , you can include a quick overview of the main academic literature which helps you set up your project and provided the background information.)
Paragraph 4 – Specific quotes (engage thoroughly with the text or texts you choose so really focus on that. You can include short quotes or examples.)
Paragraph 5 – Conclusion

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