Assignments

Daily Argument Summaries: Students must come to class with argument summaries for the reading they did every day.

  • For every reading, you should jot down in your notes a summary of the main argument, alongside 1-3 key examples, 1 or more key concepts and definitions, and connections to ideas in other readings. Bringing this to class to help you participate in class discussion. Students can expect to be occasionally called on to read their Argument Summary.
  • If you are called on to read from your Argument Summary and have not prepared one, you should admit freely that you have not completed it (because it’s a day you have missed working toward the B bundle, for example).
  • At least once in the semester you should type up 1-2 argument summaries, print it, and bring it to office hours.

Weekly social media sharing:  Each week, students will use Instagram, or Twitter (or Alternative Assignment) to comment upon the reading and/or share online articles, images, and memes that relate to the topics we are discussing. Both students and I will read these before class, and students are also encouraged to bring them up during class time in terms of how they relate to our readings and discussions. (See how this participation counts on the Grading page).

Instagram instructions for 2022:

  1. Follow @Davidson_GSS 
  2. Add your handle to this page, so that I can make a chat for us to share posts on the app.
  3. Follow the accounts of posts I add to the chat.
  4. Identify at least 5 new accounts to follow by Week 7.
  5. Share at least one post per week and connect it to feminism, gender and/or sexuality studies. Identify which Unit in class relates to (Units are on the Reading Schedule).

Alternative Social Media assignment:

  1. We will use a group chat to share content.
  2. Add you phone # and name to the bottom of this page, which is only accessible to Davidson-affiliated students and faculty

Peer Comments: Students should each comment at least 8 times (for the A Bundle) on a different student’s blog post (e.g. the Media Analysis and Book Review), spread throughout the semester. Try to start by making a comment on the blog post that has no comments yet. Try to focus first on content posted by current classmates; however, if you find the work of a “former student” engaging, please leave a comment there. Videos with instructions for posting to WordPress are below.

Media analysis:  Students will complete a 3-5 page (double-spaced in Word, but single-spaced on the blog) essay analyzing a piece of contemporary media (such as a social media meme, print advertisement, or scene of a television program). The essay should evaluate the assumptions about gender, race, and sexuality that ground the source. Instructions here. Videos with instructions for posting to WordPress are below.

Feminist MixTape: For this assignment, you will submit a song of your choosing to our class Spotify playlist (refer to the instructions) and upload to the Blog a brief  explanation of how the song relates to feminism(s) as you have come to understand them through our readings and class discussions.

Book review: Students will read and analyze a scholarly monograph on a topic of their choosing from the field of gender and sexuality studies. Papers should be 4-6 double-spaced pages in Word, but will be posted single-spaced on the course blog.  The book review must identify and explain the (multi)disciplinary methods used in the monograph. See general instructions here before you get started. Then consult the specific assignment and rubric here as you plan your review.

Theory to Praxis Deliberation Guide: (Instructions here) As a culmination of their research and theorizing for the course, students will draft a Deliberation Guide for having a conversation on a complex topic related to gender and sexuality studies. The Guide will specify a group for the conversation, such as an eating house/fraternity group, a co-curricular interest group, or an athletic team. Due: at the end of the semester.

Self-Assessment: Students will turn in a self assessment of their work for the course at the end of the year, explaining why their work fits into the A, B, or C bundle (see the Grading page for more information on the bundles). Due: at the end of the semester.

WordPress Tutorials:

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