Writing Assignments Summary

Students will be required to write 3 essays and give 1 presentation over the course of the semester.


Essay 1: Identities and Orientations

Mechanical Requirements:

  • Your essay must be at least 900 words.

  • Your essay must include direct reference (with citations) to at least 3 texts discussed in class (through session 11).

Substance Requirements:

In her chapter entitled, “What Is Sexual Orientation?” Robin Dembroff suggests that an ideal definition of sexual orientation would meet four criteria. Those criteria are that the definition world:

  1. Clarify the criteria for ascribing sexual orientation, as well as how these criteria translate into a taxonomic schema of sexual orientation.

  2. Be consistent with relevant social scientific research— in particular research concerning sex and gender

  3. Reduce or eliminate the presumption that cisheterosexuality is the normatively standard sexual orientation and all queer sexual orientations are normatively deviant

  4. Be conducive for establishing legal and social protections for persons who have queer sexual orientations.

(page 223-224 in our textbook)

In response to this, in this essay, you should:

  • analyze these four criteria to argue whether or not they are sufficient for an ideal definition of sexual orientation

  • craft a definition of sexual orientation that either meets those four criteria or whatever criteria you decide could sufficiently replace them

  • discuss the way that your definition would be deployed in at least two specific scenarios or case studies found in our text or discussed in class

Grading:

This essay is worth 200 points. It is due to the appropriate Canvas Dropbox by 11:59pm on the day of Session 12, and late submissions will not be accepted.


Essay 2: Relationships and Behaviors

Mechanical Requirements:

  • the essay must be 900+ words

  • the essay must include research (with at least 3 citations)

Substance Requirements:

  • This information will be announced as the deadline approaches.

This essay is worth 200 points, and it is due to the appropriate Canvas Dropbox by 11:59pm on the day of Session 17.


Essay 3: OITNB

Mechanical Requirements:

  • the essay must be 1500+ words

  • the essay must include research (with at least 5 citations)

Substance Requirements:

  • This information will be announced as the deadline approaches.

This essay is worth 300 points, and it is due to the appropriate Canvas Dropbox by 11:59pm on the day of Session 26.


Presentation

So that students may learn from each other’s ideas, at the end of the semester, each student will be required to give a class presentation.

Mechanical Requirements:

  • Students should plan to speak for approximately 5-6 minutes, and (due to time constraints) students will be stopped at 10 minutes.

  • Students should speak from prepared notes, and Power Point presentations are optional.

Substance Requirements:

  • This information will be announced as the deadline approaches.

This presentation is worth 100 points, and it is due during our Finals Week meeting time.


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.

 

Updated 9/4/2018