Essay 1: Content Analysis
Each student should compose an essay that analyzes the content of a television episode, season, or series to make a claim about the representations of sex, gender, women, or LGBT+ individuals therein. Students will be required to identify and discuss at least 3 pieces of evidence that support their claim. Additional information about this assignment can be found on D2L.
Essay 2: Audience Response
Each student should compose an essay that analyzes the response from a fan community to a television episode, season, or series relevant to sex, gender, women, or LGBT+ individuals therein. Students will be required to research a fan community, including consideration for ways that the community may use the text of the show in ways that the producers did not intend or ways that they produce material that adds to the text of the show. Additional information about this assignment can be found on D2L.
Essay 3: Social Impact
Each student should compose an essay that analyzes the impact of a television show’s representations of sex, gender, women, and/or LGBT+ individuals on meaning making, identity formation, politics, or a social justice issue. This can include consideration of production, content, or audience response, but should include a claim that is supported by evidence from research. Additional information about this assignment can be found on D2L.
So that students may learn from each other’s ideas, at the end of the semester, each student will present information about their final essay. Students should plan to speak for approximately 5 minutes. Additional information about this assignment can be found on D2L.
For face-to-face sessions/sections:
- All students should be prepared to present at the beginning of the scheduled presentation times. The instructor will determine the order of presentations from there.
- Students should speak from prepared notes, and Power Point presentations are optional.
For online sessions/sections:
- Students will post videos of their presentations to the relevant discussion forum.
- Each student’s video may be a recording of the student (speaking from notes) or a screen recording of the student speaking through a power point presentation (the student should not simply read the power point however).
- The recorded presentations will function like discussion leadership (so everyone is a discussion leader), and everyone should also respond to other people's presentations with the usual 2 participation posts.
Extra Credit Opportunities
Opportunity #1: By 11:59pm on the day of Session 1, you can post a video introducing yourself to your classmates in the "It's lovely to meet you..." discussion forum. This video is worth up to 10 bonus points.
Opportunity #2: You may attend a university sponsored academic event (or an appropriate off campus event with instructor's permission) and write a 300 word response to it. This response should include: 1) a very brief summary of the event, 2) a reflection on what you learned (bonus knowledge!), and 3) some thoughts on how the event connects to a reading or theme from our course. This essay should be submitted to the appropriate D2L Dropbox by the Friday before finals week, and it is worth up to 30 bonus points.