An Analytical Manifesto

DescriptionAssignment:
Reflecting on class-assigned sources and integrating current scholarship, write a manifesto for living more fully and ideally human in the modern world. For this assignment you will:
1. Identify three class-assigned sources, from three different traditions, that have enriched or expanded your understanding of what it means to live fully and ideally human in the modern world?
2. Identify a problem or concern that directly interferes with your or others? ability to live more fully human.
3. Make a persuasive declaration that addresses the concern you identified and provide a solution or action plan for positive change/transformation based on your selected sources.
4. Build a case (make an argument) to support your declaration and your suggested methods for achieving this transformation using the three class-assigned primary source readings and at least class two outside scholarly secondary sources (as evidence of the problem or to support the suggested action plan). What actions will you take or encourage others to take?
5. Address alternative approaches or counter-arguments that are relevant to making your argument
6. Explain the significance/implications of this manifesto: how do steps toward self- or interpersonal transformation help one become more fully human and how might this influence positive change in one?s community (interpersonal relationships, classroom, campus, local, regional, nation, or global)?
Academic Rigor and Building your Case: The manifesto will be structured as an analytical essay; you will be making a declaration (thesis) and an argument about how it and your action plan address a problem that you have identified. Your declaration must include all of the required components of argumentation you worked with in the CRA assignments. You will identify a problem/issue, advance a thesis (your declaration and action plan), support it with evidence (from in-class and outside scholarly sources), address alternative approaches (counter-arguments), and discuss significance/implications in your (or your peers?) personal and/or academic life.

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