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International development study: Sharing your dream in 2021

A Message From the Future II: The Years of Repair is an animated short film that dares to dream of a future in which 2020…

A Message From the Future II: The Years of Repair is an animated short film that dares to dream of a future in which 2020 is a historic turning point, where the lessons of the Covid-19 pandemic and global uprisings against racism drive us to build back a better society in which no one is sacrificed and everyone is essential.Sharing Your Dream in 2021For many people around the world, 2020 has been a painful and dismal year. But in this short film, the creators ask us to imagine 2020 as a turning point, a wake-up call for us to reclaim our collective imagination to build a better society where “everyone is essential.”In this exercise, we would like you to study the film carefully and identify ONE key message that resonates with you most. After picking a message, write an essay that responses to the following questions. As this is a critical reflective essay, a thesis is optional. But you are expected to draw from materials from the course or other relevant sources to support your answers and provide proper citations with APA style. Also keep in mind that you should compose your responses to the questions in a coherent narrative form, with a clear introduction, body text, and a conclusion. Why did you choose the particular message to highlight? And how does it resonate with you or your personal experience? How does this message challenge a “conventional wisdom of development” that you learned about in this course? What new lenses have you acquired from this course? How could you apply this lens to identify, and challenge, an accepted ‘conventional wisdom’? What is the kind of society that you can imagine in which “no one is sacrificed and everyone is essential”? (What foundations would this future build on? What are some existing evidence that makes this future possible?) How do you see yourself taking part in this radically different future that you imagine? What would it take for you to fully participate in that future? What skill or knowledge can you bring, and what else do you need to learn or acquire?You are expected to cite supporting sources (scholarly articles and other legitimate sources) and following the APA style. Feel free to draw on other materials. I also encourage you to cite non-English materials, as long as there is a citable source, and if they are online, a working link as well. The bibliography you compile at the end of the will not be part of the page count.
To cite the video, use:The Intercept. (2020, October 1). A Message from the Future II: The Years of Repair. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2m8YACFJlMg&feature=youtu.be
In assessment of your response, looking for signs of critical engagement with the issues. These include: Critical engagement and application of appropriate course contents (theories, themes, concepts, readings, lectures, etc.) Critical contextualization identifying the broader context and history of the issue rather than being purely descriptive Evidence of reflexivity: Explaining and unpacking assumptions (e.g. consideration of positionality; consideration of ideological, epistemological and/or theoretical commitments etc.) Praxis: How you plan to take-up the insights/lessons learned, their new/evolving understanding Compelling or persuasive use of appropriate example, evidence, illustrations Appropriately research/sourcing/citation Narrative flow: Conceptual coherence and/or consistency, initial framing is consistent with the conclusion

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