FSC Assessment 4                                                             



Change and Continuity: HOW and WHY does society and culture change or stay the same?

Using ideas and concepts studied in this subject you will prepare a visual annotated bibliography that discusses change and continuity in your selected topic.

What historical events, cultural attitudes, specific people, technology or media have helped your sociocultural movement or phenomenon to develop?

Research framework

Sociocultural change Continuity

Cultural adaption – how do societies adapt to change?


What social norms and values stay the same in periods of change?


Cultural traditions imposed/brought in from other cultures – how do other cultures change society?


What patterns of thinking and behaviour stay the same in periods of change?


Human innovation and invention – how does human creativity change society?


What social trends stay the same over periods of change?


Environmental and economic effects – how does the environment or the economy bring social change?











Research Topic Task

Using the list below OR a topic of your choice – research a sociocultural phenomenon or movement from the last 117 years (since 1900) that is relevant to your future study and career.


The topic should begin before 1996 because you will need to evaluate changes over the last 20-30 years.


Nursing IT Engineering Biological and Physical Science Design Business Arts & Social Sciences
Nanomedicine Education and technology Modern transport  


Participatory design Modern Marketing Indigenous knowledge systems
Remote medicine Social media GPS


Nuclear Weapons A fashion design item Disruptive business  

Gay marriage


Cosmetic surgery

Computers and the internet  

Nuclear power


GM food

Logos and trademarks  

Disruptive technologies


Women’s rights






Green Energy




Shopping malls  

Mining and



Racial equality


Aging population








Product design  

Polymer bank notes


Animal rights



smart drugs




Electronic and digital music  




Arts & Crafts revival

Ethical Business Investment  

Media and Censorship


Burn therapy

WiFi & Mobile



Modern sanitation

Fast Food & Food Packaging  

The Modern Movement

Monopolies and competition Health and Fitness Industry



You can choose your own topic but you MUST EXPLAIN how that topic is relevant to your future study and career path.




You will begin by developing a RESEARCH QUESTION. This is the main, overarching question that sets the purpose of your VAB. It is called an ‘overarching’ question because it encompasses or summarises the intention of the research. It sits above and informs the individual questions you should ask in your research. These individual questions are called ‘focus’ questions.


You will choose 6 out of the 8 FOCUS QUESTIONS outlined below.  The focus questions assist you to organise and structure your research.


See the 8 focus questions below.

Use these 8 focus questions to help guide your research. You will choose 6 of the 8 topics and create 6 Visual Annotated Bibliography templates.


Each text should focus on one of the 8 focus topics and questions.


Text Focus Topic Focus Question
Text 1: Origins What events helped start the movement or phenomenon?
Text 2: Causes What caused this movement or phenomenon to grow?
Text 3: Reactions How did society react to the spread of the movement or phenomenon?
Text 4: Groups Were there different reactions to the movement/phenomenon in different countries? Find details of specific groups who supported or opposed the movement or phenomenon.
Text 5: Leaders Who were the leaders who helped this movement or phenomenon to grow and change?
Text 6: Changes over time How has this movement or phenomenon changed in the last 20-30 years?
Text 7: Results What are some of the results of these changes?
Text 8: Sameness What things have changed? What things have stayed the same?




Task Details

Find 6 sources/references related to your chosen topic.

They should include written texts such as books, journal articles, magazine articles, or web articles. In addition, they should include images such as photographs, maps, graphs, videos, film or artworks.


You will use screen shots of all texts.


  • Two sources MUST BE written texts.
  • One MUST BE an image.
  • One MUST BE a video or film.
  • All 6 sources MUST HAVE a reference using UTS Harvard Style.
  • All 6 sources MUST HAVE an annotation source analysis (80-200 words) using the template provided.








Create a Visual Annotated Bibliography (VAB) using the template provided. The VAB will have

Cover Page with:

  • Student Name and Student Number
  • An image that represents the topic (with reference).
  • The RESEARCH QUESTION that you want to answer.
  • A STATEMENT explaining HOW your topic relates to your future study and career plans.


Six A4 pages

  • One A4 page for six sections chosen from the 8 topic areas: 1. Origin Causes   3. Reactions   4. Groups 5. Leaders   6. Changes over time   7. Results   8. Sameness.
  • Each page should use the annotation template and include an 80-200 word annotation summary.
  • Each page should use a screen shot relating to that reference source.


  • UTS Harvard Style Referencing for all 6 texts.



  • Submit your hard copy portfolio of VABs to your teacher in your Week 12 workshop.
  • Submit your portfolio of VABs to TurnItIn by midnight on the day of your Week 12 workshop.


Assessment Criteria

Students demonstrate:

  • ability to do secondary research through source/content analysis.
  • source texts should be analysed objectively for reliability and relevant details.
  • students MUST NOT include their own opinions but MUST WRITE in their own words.


The VAB will demonstrate:

  1. Ability to locate and choose information for relevancy, currency and validity.
  2. An understanding of the key points represented in the selected sources.
  3. Critical and creative thinking and analytical skills in understanding and responding to focus questions.
  4. Ability to reference sources correctly using Harvard Referencing Style.
  5. Ability to write and present information clearly, using relevant academic conventions.

What is a source analysis?

A source analysis should:

  • Identify the purpose of the source, who created it and when it was produced.
  • Identify the type of source it is and the target audience.
  • Identify the perspective of the source – the viewpoint of the creator/writer.
  • Analyse the information in the source – is it helpful; is it reliable?
  • Evaluate the usefulness of the source in understanding your chosen sociocultural movement. or phenomenon. It should state what we can learn from the source.

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