Using the data provided in The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s report: Nuclear Attack Planning Base-1990 Final Project Report, Annex A and Annex B, and the associated information sheet, you will write a summary of what you would experience if a nuclear war broke out during the Cold War (or breaks out in the future!).

Using the data provided in The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s report: Nuclear Attack Planning Base-1990 Final Project Report, Annex A and Annex B, and the associated information sheet, you will write a summary of what you would experience if a nuclear war broke out during the Cold War (or breaks out in the future!). 150 150 Affordable Capstone Projects Written from Scratch

The Assignment

In class we discussed the history of nuclear weapons and the potential for and consequences of a nuclear war. This assignment asks you to reflect upon what you have learned and then apply it to your own life and then to two films.

The assignment is in two parts. For Part I of the paper you will analyze data provided by the U.S. government and Professor Mann to determine your personal experience during a hypothetical nuclear war. For Part II of the paper you will watch two Cold War era films related to nuclear war and apply what you learned in class to those films.

The paper is due by class (11:00 a.m.) on Monday the 9 of April (oooo…ominous).  Papers must be uploaded to the D2L Dropbox folder by this time and a hard copy must be provided.

 

Part I: Nuclear War Survival Exercise

  • Using the data provided in The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s report: Nuclear Attack Planning Base-1990 Final Project Report, Annex A and Annex B, and the associated information sheet, you will write a summary of what you would experience if a nuclear war broke out during the Cold War (or breaks out in the future!).
  • In the summary you will compare and contrast your personal experience of nuclear war if it broke out while you were at home (your county of residence) vs. if you were here at Eastern (Coles County). If you happen to live in Coles County, or if your home is no in the United States, you are to compare and contrast your experience being at EIU in Coles County with being in Chicago (Cook County).
    • Example A: You are from Urbana, IL. You will compare and contrast your experience in Champaign County with your experience in Coles County.
    • Example B: You are from Mattoon, IL or Paris, France.  You will compare and contrast your experience in Coles County with your experience in Cook County.
  • You must address what your experience would be in each of the two locations according to the following:
    1. The flash
    2. The blast/shockwave (overpressure)
    3. The radiation fallout

Part II: Films

 

  • Writea paper which does the following:
    • 1) compares and contrasts the narrative of each film
    • 2) demonstrates both films were watched attentively and were thought critically about. Discusses how each film addresses the topic of the Cold War.
    • Does the above by discussing how things we learned in class about the Cold War and the nuclear age were depicted in the films. Focus on lecture, but you can also discuss items from the textbook. Be specific. If we discussed something in class, and it was directly or indirectly referenced in a film, discuss it!

 

Required Format & Other Information

  • Two Files
    • Part I and Part II are to be typed up separately. Upload Part I to the folder for Part II on the D2L Dropbox, and upload Part II to the Part II folder on Dropbox. Think of it as two separate papers.
    • The file name for each must take the following format:  for Part I it will be “Student’s Name – Part I” and for Part II it will be “Student’s Name – Part II”.
      • For example:  Jane Doe – Part I
    • Minimum Length:
      • Part I: 450 words
      • Part II: 1250 words
    • There is no font, spacing, or margin requirement as long as the choices made are reasonable.

 

  • Materials to Use
    • You are notpermitted to go outside the parameters of the class to write this paper. You are only allowed to use: the films, lectures, D2L assignments, and the textbook. That is it.

 

Evaluation

Part I

  • Are all three stages of a nuclear detonation (flash, shockwave, fallout) and their effects covered?
  • Does this section contain detailed use of the data from FEMA’s statistical tables and the other information sheets?
  • Is the section written as a narrative – no bullet points or lists?
  • Does the section contain an introduction and a conclusion paragraph?

Part II

  • Does this section demonstrate that the student watched the entirety of each film, watched each film attentively, and thought critically about them?
  • Does this section use lecture (and where applicable D2L assignment and/or textbook) material to discuss and analyze each film?
  • Does the section contain an introduction and a conclusion paragraph?
  • Does the introduction include a thesis statement and body paragraphs that relate to the thesis?

General

  • Content and analysis
    • Do both parts of the paper demonstrate comprehension of the materials and ideas and does the paper demonstrate that the student has thought critically about the materials and ideas?
  • Writing mechanics
    • e. spelling, grammar, and punctuation
  • Style and organization
    • e. paragraph construction, transitions, overall clarity

Deductions if…

  • either part does not meet the required minimum word length.
  • the paper is not uploaded as two separate files, one for Part I, one for Part II.
  • files are not named as instructed
  • all components of the assignment are not completed.
  • any material obtained from outside the course is used for writing the paper (e.g. internet, other books, etc.).
  • submitted late.

 

 


 

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