Project 1: Exploring New Perspectives

Terms You Should Know

  • Complex issues: compelling issues that might impact the health and wellbeing, safety and security, sociocultural, economic, and/or environmental experience for university/college students
  • Stakeholder: a party who has an invested interest in the outcome of a particular cause or complex issue
  • Public writing: a style of writing that is accessible for general audiences and meant to be shared in a public forum. Public writing might include blogs, newspapers, magazines, or multimedia platforms
  • Scholarly/Academic writing: a style of writing that shows knowledge of a subject area targeted to informed audiences within that specific area of expertise. Arguments within scholarly/academic writing are backed by evidence that is appropriately referenced. Scholarly/academic writing might include research articles in peer-reviewed journals, or papers delivered at scholarly conferences
  • Annotated Bibliography: a collection of annotations that are comprised of summaries and evaluations of each of the sources included in a research investigation


In Project 1, you will explore perspectives on complex issues that impact your life. You will accomplish this by practicing research methods and processes. Exploring perspectives on complex issues that impact your life will require that you consider what these complex issues might be through broad preliminary research and analysis.

This project asks you to consider five broad topic areas that may reflect some of these major complex issues: 1) Health and Wellbeing, 2) Safety and Security, 3) Society and Culture, 4) Economics, and 5) Environment.

By addressing each of these broad topic areas, you will have opportunities to narrow your topic area to a more specific research focus. You will select a subtopic that falls under one of the broader topic areas to determine a research focus for the semester by the end of this project.

Project Parts

Project 1 has four parts that will help you explore new perspectives:

  1. Recognize an argument by citing, outlining, and summarizing a public writing source. 
  2. Practice peer review skills by evaluating a published article.
  3. Compile research and narrow your focus area by creating a process log. 
  4. Write annotations and make connections among the research you have discovered.