1. Analyse relations between popular cinema and political, economic and cultural contexts.
2. Compare differing historical and cultural representations of and responses to youth culture in popular cinema.
3. Film titles should be italicised each time they are used, with the director and year either mentioned in sentence on first use only, or in brackets after title on first use only.
4. Characters’ names don’t need quotation marks, but should be followed by actor’s names in brackets after first use only.
5. Dialogue from the film should appear in quotation marks (no need to italicise or use in-text citation).
6. Your essay must have an introduction, body paragraphs, conclusion, and a bibliography.
7. The introduction lets the reader know what the topic is about about and what the main argument will be. It should identify the film/s you will discuss. Keep it quite tightly focused.
8. The body paragraphs are where you support your argument with evidence from your film/s and from scholarly sources. Often this will be mean analysing specific shots or scenes from a film, and/or it might mean analysing some of its promotional materials, depending on the question. Engage with scholarly sources and cite them in the paragraphs.
9. The conclusion ties everything together – this is your “so what” and “so there”! Don’t introduce new arguments or new evidence in the conclusion.
10. The bibliography should be presented in alphabetical order by author surname.
You are expected to develop an argument (or contention) in relation to the topic you have chosen from the list provided. The quantity of this research is less important than the depth and quality of the arguments you present through and in relation to it. You need to have cited a minimum of five separate academic sources, of which at least three must be the product of your own research. Citing them means using them in the actual essay, engaging with them and applying them, and providing a properly formatted citation. Having a source that is only listed in the bibliography but not actively cited in the essay will not count towards these minimum. The best places to go for research materials are Google Scholar (not Google, unless you are only searching for paratexts – in which case be sure to combine them with academic sources) and the AFI Research Collection. Visit their website (Links to an external site.) to contact their library staff and receive research advice. You may not cite Wikipedia as a research source. It’s a great place to begin your research, but it is a volunteer-created encyclopedia and is therefore largely descriptive and superficial. Academic research requires you to critically examine arguments in depth. Similarly, most blogs will not be sufficiently detailed or academic. As well as citations for all of your references, you must include a list of works cited in a bibliography at the end of the essay, listed in alphabetical order by author surname.