Comparative Essay

Topics: Research, College, Human condition Pages: 9 (2317 words) Published: January 28, 2014
October 20, 2013

The University of U
2014 Graduate Lane
Somewhere Else, US 55555

To Perspective Honors College Students:

You have been selected to apply to The University of U Honors College! Students who are inducted into the Honors College Program receive automatic financial assistance, first choice dormitory placement, and have the potential for early graduation. In addition, the Honors Program is proud of their 100% graduation rate as well as the fact that 80% of graduates continue on to the graduate program of their choice with a 100% acceptance rate.

In order to gain admittance into the Honors College Program you must command the ability to incorporate multiple curriculums while demonstrating a command of the human condition as seen through the human spirit and/or human nature. As such, you will be asked to answer the 2014 Driving Question Challenge:

What makes a person good or bad? Is it their environment or how they were raised? What defines a person as a hero or a villain?

After you have completed the challenge below, you will be expected to both present and defend your findings to review board of your social and academic peers.

The Challenge:

Analyze the character of Victor Frankenstein and diagnose his overall mental state by exploring various mental diseases/disorders as defined in Psychological texts.

Group Member Assignments
Collaboration Consultant- responsible for merging the overall ideas of the group, scheduling, editing of and verification of all materials (MLA Specialist) Research Analyst-responsible for research synthesis and group education of researched materials Media Master-responsible for the actual creation of the group presentation Group sizes will vary; however, all positions must be recorded, assigned and completed. In some cases 2 group members may be responsible for one position. As a member of this group you will psychoanalyze the character of Victor Frankenstein. A brief synopsis of the character should be given.

You must identify and utilize both direct and indirect characterization as provided by the speaker to determine Victor Frankenstein’s mental state. Your findings must be verified by incorporating basic research in the field of Psychology. Special attention should be paid to the following diseases/disorders: Bipolar Disorder, Anti-Social Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, and Sociopath Disorder. Your diagnoses will need to be rooted in the character’s behavior and traits and your research into the diseases/disorders listed above. In addition, your diagnosis will need to be supported by critiques offered in peer reviewed articles. Peer reviewed articles can be found through independent library and/or internet research; however, when used, the research will need to be properly documented using MLA in order to avoid a plagiarism charge. Plagiarized work will not receive credit and violators will be doomed for life with no hope of college admittance; plagiarists can forget Honors College admittance! By the end of this challenge you and your group will present a multi media presentation that will academically support your answer to the 2014 Driving Question. The media type utilized in your group presentation should be decided on by the group. Visuals should either be supplied to members of the review board or should be clearly presented and easily seen by the review board. Presentations should be between 10-15 minutes in length.

All group members should participate in the presentation.
Although presentations will be given by groups, admittance into the Honors Program will be based on individual performance.

PRESENTATIONS WILL COMMENCE DECEMBER 9TH/10TH

Best wishes,

P. Sutherland, La D. Da, Ph.D.
The University of U
Honors College Admissions

October 20, 2013

The University of U
2014 Graduate Lane
Somewhere Else, US 55555

To Perspective Honors College Students:

You have been selected to apply to The...
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