Case Study Write-Ups

 

While you should read every case study following the guidelines that Keyton and Shockley-Zalabak suggest, and engage in some form of preparation for class discussion based on the case, three times over the course of the semester (as noted on the syllabus) you will be asked to turn in a “write-up” of a particular case as a part of your overall participation grade.   You may choose from either case assigned for that particular day.  These write-ups should be 1 page, single-spaced, and should include the following:

 

·        A paragraph describing the case in general, from your theoretical perspective

·        A diagnosis of the central communication problem in the case, based on your “reading” of both broad patterns and specific details.

·        Your suggestions for how to solve that problem, based on your theoretical perspective (you’ll need to remember what you learned in 3170!)

·        An assessment of the appropriateness of your theory to this particular case.  Are there weaknesses/blind spots that hinder your ability to suggest adequate solutions?

 

You will have an opportunity to write from each of the main theoretical perspectives we will discuss this semester, according to the following schedule:

 

 

Your Theory Specialization

Assigned Perspective

Case Study One

Classical/HR

Systems

Cultural/Critical

Classical/HR

Systems

Cultural/Critical

Case Study Two

Classical/HR

Systems

Cultural/Critical

Cultural/Critical

Classical/HR

Systems

Case Study Three

Classical/HR

Systems

Cultural/Critical

Systems

Cultural/Critical

Classical/HR