Mr. T. Theriault Notes

World Issues, Sociology, Media Studies, Digital Productions, and Journalism.


Posted: December 6, 2016

Above is the link to take you to the handout for the Genocide assignment due on Monday, Dec. 12th.


In whatever means you with (TYPED) please answer the following 2 questions in your own words. Please use sources to back up your opinion.

- If you were asked to discuss the Prison Experiment in light of one of the three major perspectives, which would you choose? Why?

- One of Prof. Zimbardo's conclusions was that the brutal behaviour found in real-life prisons is not due to the antisocial characteristics or personality defects of the guards or prisoners. (Environment, circumstance, leadership, etc.) Can you argue sociologically that he is right in his conclusion? How?

Value: 25

Posted: November 23, 2016

Students  are going to write an essay on the effects of Mass Media on gender and socialization.

- Why does it matter how commercials and television and movies portray the appearance and behavior of males and females?

- What effect on socialization might there be if television shows and movies offered a wider range of gender traits and behaviors?

Please include any facts/stats/information that you find pertinent to your hypothesis.

(Should not be more than 2 pages, have them cite their work)

Value: 20

Posted: November 9, 2016

In groups of 2 or 3, you are going to research an NGO and present it to the class. Keep in mind that you are going to be teaching your classmates about this particular NGO, and it’s cause!  

You need to answer: Who are they? How did they start? Why? History? Are they Human Rights/Environmental/etc?Are they Campaigning/Operational? Where are they located? Headquarters? Regions of interest? What are their goals/purpose? How do they accomplish this? Approach? How are they funded? Grants? Donations? Other support?  

Lastly, why did you pick this NGO? Are you behind it? Support it? Pitch it to the class! Show your classmates what they are all about and why they feel so passionate about this cause.

You will be marked on: Mechanics  – 10, Content – 10, Pic/Video  – 10, Delivery – 10, Relevance – 10, 

Extra Work – 10 – Handouts/Poster/Flyer/Shirt… etc.     

Value 60  

Posted: November 1, 2016

In a group of no more than 2 people (or by yourself) you are going to create a presentation for the class on a specific tradition in another culture other than our own. In presenting this CULTURE to the class you MUST include some of their values and norms, their IDEAL values and REAL values, and material and non-material culture. This will help explain why the tradition you are talking about to the class exists today. Why do they still do it. How does it fit within THEIR value system. Remember in presenting these different cultures try to remain "culturally relative" and try not to bring in your own personal beliefs.


Delivery - 10,  Content - 20,  Mechanics -10,  Use of pictures and video - 10,  VALUE - 50

Posted: October 25, 2016

Subculture / Counterculture Project

You and your group are to create a presentation on one particular subculture or counterculture and present it to the class. You are to teach the class about your chosen group and include the following in your presentation: language (slang, lingo, terms) formal norms informal norms goals brief history how does the outside world view the group? true?

You are to keep in mind the following rubric for your presentation: - Delivery - 10 - Content - 10 - Pic/Media - 10 - Mechanics - 10 - Extra - 10 - Anything extra you want to do as a group to make your presentation stick out. Use of costume, music, create a video, handouts, poster, etc.

Due: Thursday, 27th of October

Posted: October 3, 2016

Reminder to World Issues class of their upcoming Map Test on the Middle East this Wednesday.

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Your assignment making the comparison between Flint, Michigan and Miramichi is due on Wednesday, Oct. 5th.

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You will read the following link:

Afterwards you will get a "Storyboard Template" from Mr. Theriault and begin the process of designing you final film project. Your Storyboard should not be the template alone. You will hand in a TYPED description of the plot of your film. On a separate sheet you will have a description of all of the gear you will require for filming, AND all of your film locations with a justification of WHY you need that gear and WHY you want to film there. Your actual storyboard template will consist of sketches of what you want to take place in each scene as well as very brief notes. On a separate page again (typed) you will have a numbered, and in point form, sheet that expands on all of your brief notes on each slide that you sketched. As an example, was there a sound effect, which direction did it come from, what is the camera angle or shot, is there a specific background you want, even weather matters. Does it need to be rainging in that scene?

In total you should have 4 different pieces. 1) Your description or plot of your film. 2) A list of gear and locations explained. 3) Your actual storyboard which may be 2, 3, or even 4 pages. 4) Further explain your storyboard in point form, numbered, as explained above. This MIGHT be more than one page.

Plot due May 17th
Gear and location list due May 18th by end of class.
Storyboard and expansion due May 20th by the end of class.

Remember, this is a film pitch for you. You are pitching this film to a producer, me, who decides whether or not this film will happen.



View a small segment of a TV program or movie (5 minutes worth) and identify as many different camera angles and movements as you can. (At least 20) Use your own PowerPoint as a guide.


In groups of no more than 2 you will work to create a one minute film of which the goal is to

teach a lesson. You are to use several camera angles and shots (at least 8), with no text, and no sound. You will refer to the camera angles in your PowerPoint for guidance as you film, and each group will edit their footage to create a polished, finished product.


DUE DATES: PART A - Tuesday, May 10th

PART B - Friday, May 13th


There are NO Groups for this assignment.

You are going to create a PowerPoint explaining PROPER FRAMING, BASIC SHOT TYPES, and ADVANCED SHOT TYPES. You are to create your own example to show proper framing, as well as all basic shot types. You will have to FIND examples of advanced shot types because we do not have the proper equipment. If you do one example of each per slide you should have approximately 15-16 slides in your presentation.

You can use the links on the note below to help you.

DUE Monday, May 9th. 

This assignment will not be accepted late.


Please have a look at the following link for Camera Shots, Angles, and Movements. Please pay special attention to the Rule of Thirds.

The following video explains Camera Shots, Angles, and Movements in under 2 minutes. Please watch:

Fairy Tale Project

For this assignment you are to choose a fairy tale that is public domain and record an audio story using it. You can work in groups of 2 or 3 or you can choose to do it on your own.


-          You are to record your own reading.
-          Use at least 10 sounds in your story.
-          Record at least 3 of these sounds yourself. (If not recorded yourself sounds must be copyright free.)

Organization: 10           Mic’ing: 10           Quality: 10              Value: 30

In this Introduction to Digital Sound assignment you will create a “Microphones for Dummies” presentation/guide. Be creative and use your skills you have developed in this course so far to create pictures for your examples, instructions, etc.

You will need to explain: Dynamic Microphones\Condenser Microphones            
>  Their uses and differences

Ribbon Microphones                 
What is a frequency? What is frequency response? Why is it important in understanding microphones and different mic’ing situations? 

What is Directionality?          Omnidirectional          Bidirectional          Unidirectional 

You can use the following link for help: