Guidelines for "Website Analysis" (GBS 3331)

August 1, 2009

August 1, 2009

This assignment presents an opportunity to critically investigate the contemporary online presentation of one of the "religio-philosophic" traditions explored thru this course (Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, Shinto, Hinduism).  On the due date in question bring to class a two - three page paper that addresses the questions outlined in the following four sections:

Presentation
What is the URL for the website you’ve selected?  How did you discover this site?  Was it easy to find?  Who “authored” the site (ex: organization or author’s name, bio, contact info)?  Is the “author” a qualified authority / source on this subject matter? Explain. 

How is the site designed? (i.e. page layout, color, interactivity, usability) Is the purpose of the site clear?  How is the information presented?  Explain. (ex: Is the content presented as fact or opinion?  Does the site present more than one point of view on the subject matter?)  Is the website current?  Does anyone sponsor the site (ex: advertisers, educational institutions, religious groups, etc.)?  Is the site linked to other sites?  Which ones?

Content
Does the site describe the religio-philosophic tradition (i.e. religion) in a manner that seems consistent or inconsistent with our textbooks, article assignments, and class discussions?  Explain.  What does the site seem to emphasize?  In other words, name the top three points the site wants you to understand/learn?

Audience
Does it appear that the site is especially meant for people who already know something about this tradition (ex: practitioners, adherents, followers, etc.) or is it meant for a more general audience?  Is the site more academically oriented or “popularly” oriented.  Explain and give concrete examples.

Relevance
Would you feel comfortable citing this website in a research paper?  (i.e. Do you think your professor would accept this as a credible source?)  Would you recommend this website to a friend or family-member who knows little or nothing about the religious tradition (i.e. religion) in question?

This assignment is worth 10 points or 10% of your final grade.

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