DST 500: History of Madness Final Assignment Guidelines Due date: Wednesday April

DST 500: History of Madness
Final Assignment Guidelines
Due date: Wednesday April 7th
Submit: Online at or before 11:59pm on the due date
Worth: 25% of final grade
Please note: For the final assignment you have the option to do either a final essay OR a final creative project.
There are two (2) options for the final assignment in this course:
OPTION 1: Essay Option
Once you have decided on a topic, please remember to develop a thesis statement based on the topic you choose and introduce clear arguments in correspondence with this thesis statement that engage with themes examined within the course.
The total length should be 10-pages including a cover page and a page for the bibliography (thus, 8 pages of content), double-spaced.
Use 12-point font in Times New Roman.
Use a minimum of five references, one of which must be from the course.
Use APA citation style consistently and include a bibliography. Cite your sources throughout your paper.
Include a title page with your name, student number, date, the title of your essay, your section number and instructor’s name.
You may write yourself into your paper (using the first person “I”), if you so choose.
Your essay should relate to one or more themes or issues in the course. A list of essay topic ideas is provided on D2L. If you are uncertain, check with your instructor about your topic. If you wish to develop your own essay topic please discuss it with your instructor first
How to submit your work:
Upload a digital copy of your assignment to the assignment dropbox located in your course shell in D2L by 11:59 pm on Wednesday April 7th.
Please ensure that you upload the assignment to your section’s dropbox on the portal [Content/Assignments/FinalProject]. If you submit it to the wrong section, your assignment will be considered late and/or incomplete.
Please label your file: lastname_firstname_finalprojectDST500.docx.
OPTION 2: Creative Assignment Option
The creative assignment is a product or performance in any medium or style. Whether you are a practicing artist or just trying something new we encourage you to consider doing a creative project. You are not marked for your artistic technical skills, but for your ability to explore critical ideas and express them in unique and innovative ways. The assignment should directly explore course content and refer to the research topics/ideas posted in D2L. The creative assignment is designed following the principles of arts-based research, also known as research-creation, and is not ‘art for arts sake.’ This means that you need to develop your creative work through research and theoretical exploration; you will use your chosen medium to express and explore your own unique critical analysis.
Your creative project should relate to one or more themes or issues in the course. A list of project topic ideas is provided on D2L. If you are uncertain, check with your instructor about your topic.
If you are planning to involve other people in your creative project, either as collaborators or as participants, you must obtain permission from your instructor in advance.
Your creative project must be accompanied by a doubled spaced, 2 page (font size 12 point, Times New Roman) artist statement. Your artist statement is a written component that clearly and concisely expresses your central thesis and your main supporting points represented in your creative work. 

Use a minimum of five references, one of which must be from the course.
Use APA citation style consistently and include a bibliography. Cite your sources throughout your artist statement.
Include a title page (not counted in the 2 page requirement) with your name, student number, date, the title of your project, your section number and instructor’s name.
How to submit your work:
Depending on the medium, submitting your work may mean different things. It could mean uploading an audio file, providing a link to a YouTube page, or submitting high quality photographs showing multiple perspectives of the work. If you are unclear about how to submit your creative project, please speak with your instructor.
In addition to submitting evidence of your creative project, you must upload a digital copy of your artist statement to the assignment dropbox located in your course shell in D2L by 11:59 pm on Wednesday April 7th.
Please ensure that you upload the assignment to your section’s dropbox on the portal [Content/Assignments/FinalProject]. If you submit it to the wrong section, your assignment will be considered late and/or incomplete.
Please label your file: lastname_firstname_finalprojectDST500.docx.
Late Policy:
Students are expected to hand in assignments on time. Unless a documented and justified extension has been agreed upon prior to the due date, there is a penalty for late assignments. Any final assignments handed in past the due date will receive a grade deduction of 2 percent per day. Assignments that are more than 10 days late (without an extension) will receive an automatic F. If you are handing in an assignment past the due date, you must coordinate with your instructor officially via email.