New Futures Project

Description

The New Futures Invention Project is worth 20% of your total grade:
For this project, you will invent a future world that solves the problem you think most threatens the continued existence of life on Earth, while also exploring the social, ecological, and economic ramifications of your solution. The final draft will be 2,000-2,500 words, and you can develop the topic you discussed in your presentation OR generate a completely new one. 

Goals

Upon completion of their project, students should be able to
  • 1. Recognize ways concepts of ‘the future’ participate in the production of power and identity categories
  • 2. Historicize ‘the future’ and describe ways it has changed over time 
  • 3. show what happens to all of the elements in an interrelated system when one element changes
  • 4. Persuade audiences of your ‘future’s’ potential

Part I Requirements

Please complete the following for full credit:

  • Drawing on Utopia, “The Evaluators,” and Blackpanther for inspiration, in 2,000-2,500 words, invent a future world that solves for what you perceive to be the greatest threat to life across social, ecological, and economic spheres.
  • Your New Future must include a short Introduction that sets up the future world and discusses ways the goals you outline respond to a current problems. Then develop a description of at least five of the following topics/elements of your world: Government, Economy, Education, Geography, Transportation, Agriculture, Reproduction, Identity, Medicine, Sex/Gender, Marriage, Social Relationships, and/or Technology. Be sure to explain how each of these elements relate to each other. That is to say, if you have society where cars have been outlawed, for example, how would interpersonal relationships change?
  • For full credit please include any relevant visual and/or document design to hold audience attention

Assessment

The New Futures Project is worth 20% of your total grade:
  • 1. Rhetorical Awareness/Stance: Does the New Futures Project address the situation (and assignment) completely? Does it explore the social, ecological, and economic ramifications of the solutions to the problem you outlined? Does the New Futures Project include a short introduction that sets up the future world and how it responds to the contemporary problem?(25%)
  • 2.Development: Does the New Futures Project describe at least five least five topics/elements of the future world? Does the Project explain how those elements are intertwined or related to one another? (25%)
  • 3. Organization: Are transitions from one element of the world to another logical and clearly marked? Is there a conclusion? (25%)
  • 4. Design for Medium: Does the New Futures Project (written and visual) use the affordances of its mode to enhance the goal/content? (10%)
  • 5. Process: Does the New Futures Project demonstrate that the author planned the project through drafting, feedback, and revision? (15%)
  • 6. Conventions: Does the New Futures Project meet grammar, mechanics style, and syntax conventions with few or no errors? (15%)