Course Objective: Understand sociological approaches to gender. Learning Outcome: Students will identify, interpret, and compare different approaches to gender from a variety of sources and points of view. Guidelines: Students will take a midterm, take-home, essay exam, covering the first 5 topics of the course: The Social Construction of Gender Chicana Feminism Decolonizing Feminism Abolition Feminism Intersectionality Based on the following materials, students will discuss the sociological concepts of patriarchy, gender, and feminism, and infer 1 example from the media to verify their ideas: De Beauvoir, Simone: The Second Sex (Introduction) Video: Simone De Beauvoir (1975 Interview) Garcia, Alma: Chicana Feminist Thought (writings by Chicana women) Abu-Lughod, Lila: Do Muslim Women Really Need Saving? Anthropological Reflections on Cultural Relativism and Its Others Davis, A, Gina Dent, Erica Meiners, and Beth E. Richie: Abolition. Feminism. Now (Chapter: II: Feminism) Lorde, Audre: The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House Step by Step Guidance STEP 1 Gather all the materials to solve the exam. **The essay is meant to be integrative, i.e. to make use of lectures, readings, discussions, and note-taking in order to elaborate arguments. It should provide evidence to support your statements, demonstrate your critical reading, and conceptual thinking, refer with regularity to the appropriate readings and lecture material and be clearly written. STEP 2 Carefully study or review the 6 study materials listed above. Tip: when you review the sources, make annotations – critical notes or comments. Annotating a text promotes interest in reading and gives readers a focused purpose for writing. It supports readers’ ability to clarify and synthesize ideas, and capture analytical thinking about a text. STEP 3 For each source, think: What do I learn about patriarchy from this source? What do I learn about gender from this source? What do I learn about feminism from this source? Take note of your answers for each source. Remember to also make use of lectures, discussions, and the note-taking forum. This way the essay will be integrative. STEP 4 For each concept (gender, patriarchy, and feminism), select a few ideas to focus on in your writing. For each idea, identify quotes from the sources, and segments from your own notes from class that relate to the ideas. STEP 5 Based on the raw material that you produced (the answers to the questions on Step 3, notes, and annotations), outline your essay. All 6 sources need to be mentioned in your essay. In your writing, explain what you have learned about gender, feminism, and the ways in which patriarchy shapes the place of women in society. This is the topic of your essay. This is what your essay needs to address, engage with, and respond to. Support your ideas with evidence from the readings, lectures, notes, and so forth. Use at least 3 quotes from the sources. Keep the quotes short (2 or 3 lines). Identify and include a few points of comparison between the readings — i.e. similar and dissimilar ideas between the authors. For instance: whereas Simone de Beauvoir suggests patriarchy is the root cause of gender inequality, the Chicana feminists argue that the root cause of not only gender but all oppressions, is capitalist exploitation. Please, keep in mind that you need o elaborate an academic essay. Integrate your ideas into a single, coherent text. Avoid writing an essay that will simply summarize the readings. Students will elaborate their own ideas based on the materials. Your goal is to demonstrate how much you have learned in this class thus far. Meaning, the questions listed in STEP 3 are guiding questions. The content of your essay will focus on the topic: what did I learn from gender, feminism, and the ways in which patriarchy shapes the place of women in society? Tip: be focused – do not try to cover everything. Select for inclusion in your essay those materials and topics that are most appropriate to support your ideas. STEP 6 Select one media example to verify your ideas. The example will relate back to the arguments that you will present. In particular, explain how your ideas relate to the media example. In other words, how the media example illustrates or confirms your ideas about gender, feminism, and patriarchy. Media sources include: Newspaper and magazine articles Photographs Television content Radio broadcasts content Films and series from online platforms such as Netflix TED Talks Lyrics Advertisements Video games Social media such as Instagram and Facebook Theater performances, including musical performances Art displayed in public spaces and museums STEP 7 Review, edit, and polish your essay. Be sure to proofread your essay for correct punctuation, spelling, and grammar before you submit it. Please remember that your ideas, no matter how good they are, will suffer if they are not presented clearly and coherently. Avoid overly complex writing in favor of short, descriptive, clear, and accurate sentences. If you are wondering how to proofread your work, here are some useful resources: https://writingcenter.unc.edu/tips-and-tools/editing-and-proofreading/ https://owl.excelsior.edu/esl-wow/editing-polishing/ Requirements Students will write 5-6 word-processed, double-spaced pages on the proposed topic. The word count should be at least 1000 words. Format Introduction: an introduction is usually the first paragraph of an academic essay. A good introduction gets the reader’s attention. Offer an interesting opening remark – perhaps an example or rhetorical question. Describe the essay’s topic and the essay’s structure (roadmap). Keep the introduction simple. Main Body: the body of a paper contains the actual development of the paper’s arguments. Each body paragraph presents a single idea or set of related ideas that provide support for the paper’s arguments. Considering this, present and discuss your ideas, based on evidence from the readings, lecture, notes, etc. Include different types of evidence, such as quotes, statistics, and examples from personal experience. Make sure you tie the evidence you provide back to the paragraph’s main idea. In other words, discuss the evidence. Transitions between paragraphs are important. They will help you move fluidly from one paragraph into the next. Use connectors to create transitions. This link includes a list of transitions: https://englishstudyhere.com/conjunctions/connectors-list/ Conclusion: summarize the ideas and arguments. Simply restate the main points without adding new information. End with a sentence that explains the significance of learning the meaning of gender and patriarchy. In other words: why is what I am writing about important?
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