Public Awareness Project (General Education, all levels)

This project was used in a general education course on genocide. Throughout the semester, students learn about the stages, starting with how othering creates out-groups, discrimination against those groups, and how that leads to more series action such as persecution before genocide actually occurs.

Students have created some really innovative materials for this project! I love giving them some flexibility to choose the format.

Text of Assignment:

Your group project is a public awareness campaign designed to educate people about a topic relevant to class (it can be very tangentially related to class!).

Students should create something informational that can be easily shared online. Some examples include:

  • Podcasts
  • Flyers
  • Web sites
  • Blog posts
  • Videos
  • … anything else you might think of!

Your issue should focus on something that’s important for the public to know about. This is likely a current event, but could also be something from history about which we know very little (or maybe a new discovery has changed our understanding!).

Students should allocate tasks within their group so that each person has designated responsibilities:

The rubric for this assignment is:

  • Depth of Information Provided: 20 points
  • Quality of Sources (at least three journal articles): 10 points
  • Creativity of Sharing Method: 10 points
  • Grammar/Spelling/Formatting: 10 points

TOTAL: 50 points

Some of the examples created by students:

Published by christinadejong

I am an Associate Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. My areas of research focus generally on gender and justice, as well as genocide and violence in conflict.

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