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Contemporary Issues_Research Presentation


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Beginning description of research project presented by Mr. Doris in preparation for in-depth analysis of a chosen news topic.

Beginning description of research project presented by Mr. Doris in preparation for in-depth analysis of a chosen news topic.

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  • 1. Contemporary Events Course Overview
  • 2. Research Domains There are four domains we will be using to guide our research into the topics we will be assessing. These domains will help us build the thesis, design our research questions and identify key terms. By starting this way we begin to build a map and signposts to help us understand where we are at through this process. • Governmental Concepts • Economic Concepts • Relationships • Historical Perspective
  • 3. Governmental Systems It is important to consider how contemporary events and the elements of government (civics, government, laws, and public policy, etc.) function in shaping and changing each other.
  • 4. Economic Concepts In order to understand contemporary events, it is important to consider the influence of economic systems and policies on people and institutions in the moments and issues of today.
  • 5. Relationships Contemporary events and issues are consequences of many factors. It is essential to understand how elements such as groups of people, geographic places, physical and political environments relate to one another and the consequences of these interactions.
  • 6. Historical Perspective Individuals, groups, ideas, events, eras and developments; these are parts of our past that shape today’s events and issues. With an understanding of the history of these elements we cannot gain the proper perspective to understand the events of today.
  • 7. Identifying Sources Before we begin to look at sources it is important to have a plan. We must consider where the information we want is and how it is organized. By doing this we make our efforts efficient and purposeful.
  • 8. Governmental Systems Examples of Key Terms • Rule of law • Common good • Socialism • Conservative • Propaganda • Legislation Types of Sources • Government reports • Local, state and federal websites • Political reporting • Journals • Magazines
  • 9. Economic Concepts Examples of Key Terms • Capitalism • Multi-nation Corporations • Resources • Consumption • Cost/Benefit analysis • Fiscal policy Types of sources • Economic Blogs • Academic Research • Literature • Magazines • Statistics
  • 10. Relationships Examples of key terms • Distribution • Diaspora • Culture • Sustainability • Migration • Conservation • Climate Types of sources • Google Earth • CIA’s world site • Census • Interviews • NPR
  • 11. Historical Perspective Examples of Key Terms • Revolution • Pandemics • Social Justice • War • Religion • Generations • Modernity Types of Sources • Art • Academic Research • Smithsonian/National Archives • Interviews • Documentaries
  • 12. Research Strategy Graphic Organizer This will be the tool you will use to organize your groups thesis, identify your domain, write your key words, sources selected and your research questions you will answer.
  • 13. Name: Topic: Date: Domain: Strategic Research Organizer Question 1 Question 2 Thesis Key Words Media Source