The student should demonstrate an understanding of the issues raised by the research question and offer an objective, balanced analysis of these issues.
The essay must be presented as a coherent argument, supported by relevant examples.
Essays that are simply descriptive are unlikely to achieve a high mark.
In the case of an essay of a general cultural nature, the student should focus on, and research, what makes the topic specific and unique to the country or countries concerned.
To all of the incredibly ambitious and creatively inclined students out there, the time has come. And, as always, they’re totally bizarre, challenging to the core, and, if you’re essay nerds like us, an endless supply of inspiration and entertainment. How does the University of Chicago, as you know it now, satisfy your desire for a particular kind of learning, community, and future?
How will you make the most of this opportunity to let your personality shine through (and your freak flag fly? Please address with some specificity your own wishes and how they relate to UChicago.The essay should be an analysis of a literary type, based on a specific work or works of literature exclusively from the target language.In the case of a comparison of texts, all texts must originally have been written in the target language.Essays of a general cultural nature must be based on specific cultural artifacts.Cultural artifacts in this context are understood to include a wide variety of phenomena, ranging from works of fine art to newspapers, magazines and cartoons, to films, television programmes and popular music.Students should put the category in which they have presented their essay alongside the subject in which it is registered on the cover sheet of the extended essay, for example, English B Cat: 2 (b); German B Cat: 3; Spanish B Cat: 1.This is achieved by enabling students to pursue their interest in the language through research based on texts (taken to be any meaningful piece of spoken or written language, for example, an article, a book, a play, a poem) or on specific cultural artifacts (such as works of fine art or architecture, films, radio or television programmes, or popular music).Sometimes, people talk a lot about popular subjects to assure ‘victory’ in conversation or understanding, and leave behind topics of less popularity, but great personal or intellectual importance. We’re familiar with the previously-noted set and with actual elements like hydrogen, oxygen, and carbon, but select and explain another small group of things (say, under five) that you believe compose our world.What do you think is important but under-discussed? Why are you interested in it and what courses or areas of focus within it might you want to explore? The late New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham once said “Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life. It would be like doing away with civilization.” Tell us about your “armor.”Fans of the movie Sharknado say that they enjoy it because “it’s so bad, it’s good.” Certain automobile owners prefer classic cars because they “have more character.” And recently, vinyl record sales have skyrocketed because it is perceived that they have a warmer, fuller sound.You will select which of your IB subjects will form the basis of your EE in the Spring Term of the first year of IB.This will usually (although not always) be one of your Higher Level subjects.