Media Project with Economic Commentary
(Satisfies the University Writing Component)
This project asks you to create a lyric video of a song with
substantial economic content. The song you choose must be from
2018 or 2019. You can use any platform you like to create your
project. You should assume that your audience is your fellow
students. The project should be straightforward, captivating, and
Project Outline and Requirements:
1. Working Together
You may work with as many as 4 students from your
section to complete your lyric video. All students whose
names appear on the title screen earn the same amount of
credit. The amount of credit earned is not divided by your
group size, so I encourage you to work together and use
your respective comparative advantages to complete the
project as efficiently as possible.
2. Cool Opportunity
The best lyric animations will be shown before class during
the last week of the semester. Every lyric video shown
in class will also receive an additional $10,000. The
top lyric animation of the semester will earn another
3. What to Include in Your Final Project
A. Title Screen
The title screen should include your name(s), the artist
and song title.
B. How Your Song Choice Relates to Economics
I want you to link your choice of song to economic
concepts as appropriate. A song that is repetitive and only
covers one or two ideas is not as good as one that hits on
many concepts. Therefore, your choice of a song dictates
how successful you will be in uncovering the economics.
Each economic concept should be highlighted in a distinct
color so that it stands out in the animation.
4. Ways to Make Your Project Better
Use Google Images to find interesting pictures that illustrate
key points, are amusing, or identify people and places
mentioned in the song.
The layout should be easy to read (uncluttered).
You can also set the timings so that the lyrics, economics
commentary and pictures appear and then disappear. This
adds visual interest. Keep the commentary short.
5. Want help before you submit?
Bring your lyric animation to office hours and we’ll give you
advice so you can to revise your submission.
1. You must upload your completed lyric animation to an
online platform (e.g. YouTube) by Thursday April 12th at
2. Send an email to your section class email account. Late
submissions will not be accepted. Include the following:
Full name/s of each group member and a hyperlink to the
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materials. However, graded work/exercises must be the
product of independent effort unless otherwise instructed.
Students are expected to adhere to the UA Code of
Academic Integrity as described in the UA General Catalog.
Absences for any sincerely held religious belief, observance,
or practice will be accommodated where reasonable:
accommodation-policy. Absences pre-approved by the UA
Dean of Students (or dean’s designee) will be honored.
In order to validate attendance, I will display some portion
of the class roster at the end of class. If your last name
appears you will need to show your CAT CARD to a TA or
me. If you do not validate, I will initiate procedures to have
you administratively dropped from the course. In other
words, don’t have someone else sign you in unless you are
in class and have your CAT CARD.
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grade and absence policy, may be subject to change with
advance notice, as deemed appropriate by the instructor