You are required to write a term paper which is due at the end of the course on the date specified on the syllabus. For this assignment, you must choose one member of the Kennedy family (but NOT Jack, Bobby, or Teddy) and explain how his or her depiction on film (dramas and/or documentaries) is consistent with and/or diverges from both their actual persona and the â€œKennedy imageâ€ broadly speaking. In short: how accurate are filmic depictions and how do they relate to the image, myth and reality of the Kennedys? Choose any of the following Kennedys including, but not limited to: William â€œHoney Fitzâ€ Fitzgerald; Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr.; Rose Kennedy; Rosemary Kennedy; Joseph â€œJoe Juniorâ€ Kennedy Jr.; Lady Kathleen â€œKickâ€ Kennedy Hartington; Eunice Kennedy Shriver; Sargent Shriver; Patricia â€œPatâ€ Kennedy Lawford; Peter Lawford; Jaqueline â€œJackieâ€ Bouvier Kennedy Onassis; Ethell Skakel Kennedy, Jean Kennedy Smith; Joan Kennedy, Joseph P. Kennedy, II; Caroline Kennedy Schlosberg, John F. Kennedy Jr., Caroline Bissett, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.; Kathleen Kennedy Townshend; Joseph P. Kennedy, III; Patrick Kennedy; Maria Shriver; Rorie Kennedy; William Kennedy Smith. In this paper I expect you to go beyond the course material. You can either examine themes in required films and then add to that by screening similar films on your own, or you can choose a theme that we do not cover in the course but that relates to the course topic: the Kennedys. The paper must include an appropriate discussion of at least four films that are relevant to your topic. These films can be ones we view in class and/or films you view on your own.
The paper must be 5-6 pages long and contain at least four different scholarly/academic sources such as books or articles that relate to your topic. These sources can be on-line and can be sources linked from the syllabus and/or sources you locate on your own. They must be discussed and cited in your paper and also listed in your bibliography at the end. While you may use any book, article, or other source, in order to earn an â€œAâ€ on the paper at least four sources must be scholarly books from university presses or lengthy articles (roughly a dozen pages or more) in academic journals that contain original data and/or arguments. Toward this end I strongly recommend using JSTOR or another scholarly database to find articles in media studies, communications, film, political science, sociology, and other related areas. Note: JSTOR is NOT a source â€“ it is a database that helps you locate potential sources. Also, not all cites found on search engines are scholarly/academic research. Scholarly journals are those that are peer-reviewed and provide original research and arguments. University librarians are experts in helping you locate sources and I recommend consulting with them. I also recommend that you work with the campus writing center â€“ long before your paper is due. Papers that rely only on popular sources such as newspaper articles, magazines, Wikipedia, or other websites and contain no scholarly sources can only earn a â€œDâ€ at best and will likely earn you an â€œF.â€ Of course any of these kinds of sources may be used in addition to the required scholarly sources. Also, required course material such as lectures and readings do NOT count as a source toward this requirement, but you may and should use them where appropriate.
2. As with all papers, the paper for this class must be type-written or word-processed, double-spaced, 12 pt. Times New Roman font, and one inch margins all around. Make sure that you properly attribute and cite whenever you use information from a source such as a book, article, webpage, or film. Your paper must contain citations. You may use either within-text-cites or endnotes (but not footnotes). Your paper must include a works cited/references/bibliography at the end of your essay. You must use an accepted bibliographic style that includes the following for books: author(s), title, publisher, year; for journals: author(s), title of article, title of journal, volume, year, pages, for newspapers/magazines/internet articles: author(s), title of article, title of source, date, web address. Examples: