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you consider to be an interesting or fascinating aspect of human relations. The paper should begin with a literature review about that phenomenon. Then, you must select three theories that we covered in class and use the assumptions of those theories to explain your phenomenon of choice. How would the theory account for this phenomenon in people or their relationships? To what would the theory attribute this phenomenon? What would the theory suggest as a means of addressing this phenomenon. To accomplish this task, you should first summarize the assumptions of the theory. Then, link those assumptions to aspects of your phenomenon of interest to explain how the theory accounts for the phenomenon.

We will discuss some of the nuts and bolts of writing this paper as the semester progresses. For the time being, you should start thinking about a phenomenon on which you would like to focus your paper. The sooner you have selected a topic, the sooner you can begin reviewing the literature on that phenomenon.

Extra Credit:

It may be possible to earn extra credit by taking part in research projects conducted by faculty and graduate students in the Department of Communication. Any such research participation opportunities will be announced in class.

Final Grade

Your final grade will be determined by summing scores on all assignments completed this semester.  Final grades will be assigned according to the following scale:

A      (92-100%)       =    460-500 Points

B+    (88-91.9%)     =    440-459 Points

B      (80-86.9%)     =    400-434 Points

C+    (77-79.9%)     =    385-399 Points

C      (70-76.9%)     =    350-384 Points

D      (60-69.9%)     =    300-349 Points

F       (00-59.9%)     =    000-299 Points

All grades are final.  Please do not ask to have your grade changed for reasons other than mathematical error.  Applying subjective standards after the fact invalidates the standards applied to the entire class and is unfair to every student.

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