Project 1: Exploring New Perspectives

Terms You Should Know

  • Complex Issues: compelling issues that might impact the health and well-being, 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. The public forum for writing typically can be distinguished from academic and scholarly writing in its tone, detail in specialization, and lack of citations. Public writing might include blogs, newspapers, magazines, multimedia platforms, etc.
  • Scholarly/Academic Writing: a style of writing that demonstrates knowledge of a subject area which is targeted for informed audiences generally within a 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; evidence-based books, research essays, white papers or conference papers, and other publications ready by instructors and researchers.
  • 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.

Project 1 asks you to consider five broad topic areas that may reflect some of these major complex issues: 1) Health and Well-being, 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 area that falls under one of the broader topic areas to determine a research focus for the semester by the end of this project.

Project Assignment Components

Project 1 has four parts that advance the research process:

  1. Recognizing an argument by citing, outlining, and summarizing a public writing source (performing preliminary research).
  2. Practicing peer review skills by evaluating a published article (evaluating research).
  3. Compiling research and narrowing your research focus area (creating a process log).
  4. Writing annotations, making connections, and identifying stakeholder interests (formalizing research).

Each project component will target specific learning outcomes, describe the assignment, and identify the assignment weight and assessment criteria. Each project component will be introduced and supported by in-cass activities and homework assignments. Project 1 is worth 20% of your final grade.