Welcome to Capstone, the culmination of AI's General Education curriculum. 
This course asks you to explore questions about art, culture, technology, politics and social issues, and ethics through a focused investigation of the topic of your choice. Over the quarter you'll research and write an analytical 2,500-word essay and present a roughly 12-minute multimedia talk on the subject. The final presentation will be open to the public.    

The goal here is to cover the in-depth topic of your choosing--ideally, it'll be related to your major in some way--with as much analytical rigor as possible. That means bringing a variety of critical perspectives to bear on the topic, considering it through the lens of race, class, gender, economic theory or cultural theory, etc. This class isn't about summary; it's about complexity and critical thinking, about creating work that informs and entertains while asking--and answering--crucial questions.

The course is taught by Chris A. Smith, an award-winning journalist who's written dispatches from war zones and medieval desert cities, profiles of big-city mayors and squatter punks, and deep dives into everything from political messaging to asteroid strikes to African acid rock. 

Tuesdays, 6-10pm, room 208 (weeks 1-7) and 506 (weeks 8-11)

We'll use Brightspace primarily for grading. For almost everything else, we'll use this Google site:
If you miss a class, check in with me or with a classmate. It’s your responsibility to make sure you stay on top of the work. 

Recommended text on research practices (pdf):
The Craft of Research

Another great research resource: The Purdue Online Writing Lab

Questions? Contact me: chrsmith [at] aii [dot] edu.