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Writing Resources for HMNT 3001C: Weekly Tips

Introduction to Weekly Writing Tips

In HMNT 3001C, you have weekly assignments that require specific writing skills. To make these skills easier to master, we have provided writing information based on this course's particular weekly assignments. Click on the week (at the left of the screen) that corresponds with the current week of the course. Once you've clicked on the appropriate week, you will find definitions, resources, and useful tips to help you complete each assignment successfully! 

Course Definitions

Academically relevant sources

In addition to your course texts, some assignments call for academically relevant sources. Such sources are articles, books, and websites that have been published by credible organizations or institutions. If you are researching on your own (rather than using the provided articles), view Walden Library’s Guide to Evaluating Resources. You can also contact the librarians for a better understanding of academic sources.

Artifact

For the purposes of this course, an artifact is an example of pop culture.  Your artifact might be a specific song, TV show, or advertisement, for instance.

Category

All artifacts fall into broad pop culture labels, types, or categories. Those categories are

  • Film
  • Episodic moving image
  • Music
  • Music videos
  • Fashion
  • Advertising
  • Animation
  • Food
  • Printed material

Social issue

A social issue refers to a problem or concern affecting a large amount of people. In this course, you are analyzing how pop culture handles these issues. Social issues include

  • Race/ethnicity
  • Sexuality
  • Gender
  • Social and economic class
  • Violence
  • Indecency/free speech

Student-contributed resource

In addition to the provided articles, each student in the course adds relevant articles to the class Doc Sharing. These student-contributed resources can be used to enrich discussions and artifact analyses.