Objective: In this assignment, you will not complete a project. Rather, you will propose a project. This assignment is designed to allow you to be imaginative and draw on your own life experiences. Making use of a 250-word proposal and 6 slide PowerPoint, you will have the opportunity to demonstrate your mastery of Course Goals 1, 2, and 3 by:
Accurately and effectively communicate ideas, information, arguments, and messages to present material in a historical context.
Investigate and evaluate historical information from global, social, and ethical perspectives to guide decision making.
Applying historical precedent to contemporary roles, responsibilities, and relationships in order to advance the goals of a community or organization.
You will briefly identify and propose a solution for a problem for a community or organization. You should propose sources of funding; detail the means by which you would achieve your project; and support the need or viability of your idea with historical precedents from the course materials.
Instructions: Briefly identify a problem for a community or organization, and propose a solution. You should propose sources of funding; detail the means by which you would achieve your project; and support the viability of your idea with historical precedents from the course materials. Feel free to dream. The sky is the limit. Imagine that you could actually get the Department of Transportation to fund a light rail project to enable dog owners to get home to walk their dogs at lunch time in Los Angeles. It is fine to dream, so long as the problem is real and your solution would do actual good.
You may choose a problem that is rather simple or one that is complex. For an example, you might want to propose a solution to the issue of potholes in your community, a very basic problem. However, you might want to be more creative and propose a project to convert every car in your city to an electric one. This is probably not feasible, of course, but it is fine to dream, so long as the problem is real and your solution would do actual good.
In a 250 word summary, identify a problem for a community or organization and propose a project that would either solve that problem or increase the well being of its members. Propose sources of funding; detail the means by which you would achieve your project; and support the viability of your idea with historical precedents from the required readings. For an example, you could make a comparison to cities installing sewers and running water in the 19th and 20thcenturies or the TVA bringing electricity to rural areas in the 1930s.
You may always write beyond the minimum guideline. Your proposal must have a thesis statement.
Including additional relevant and substantive content beyond the minimum word count will help your grade. For historical background, if you would like to include it, you may consult any of the course materials, including the required readings and classroom discussion posts (by you, me, or your peers). Cite everything you use, and cite abundantly.
PowerPoint: Your PowerPoint of at least six slides will allow you to illustrate your proposal, providing supporting imagery. Do not fret about the PowerPoint! Remember this is history. The people we study did not have PowerPoint.