Part One of Applied Final Project, Role Reversals: Understanding Our Gendered Selves:
“My Gendered Story” (20% of course grade; due end of Week Three)
3 pages (750-1000 words)
All parts of this project should be formatted in APA style (follow for both essay and citation styles): APA Style Guide: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/
Purpose: Understanding the Basic Terms and Theories of Gender
In this section, you will demonstrate that you understand the basic concepts of the sociological study of gender and the social construction of gender. You will turn in a three-page (750-1000 words) paper discussing your gendered story; in other words, describe how you currently “do gender” every day, and explain how this came to be.
Part One, “My Gendered Story,” should have two main sections of about equal length:
Be sure to refer to the readings directly as needed (at least twice) to support your claims about gender and/or to connect your personal experience to the larger context of sociological scholarship.
Section 1 (about 1 1/2 pages (400-500 words)):
- Begin with who you are now, how you “do gender” from morning until bedtime (and maybe even throughout the night if you have small children), and how you exist as a gendered being in society.
- Provide detailed examples of your gendered routine. Consider what you wear, the products you use, how you interact with friends, family members, and coworkers, and so forth. Describe how you interact with different people and institutions in society as a gendered being and how the institutions themselves are gendered.
- Use what you have learned in the course materials about different institutions in society, such as the media, the workplace, the family, medicine, religion, the criminal justice system, the educational system, the government, laws, and politics. Explain how gender informs the largest and the smallest decisions in your everyday life (your lifestyle, relationships, career, etc.). You do not need to cover all of these categories; they are listed here as an aid to thinking about how you perform gender throughout your daily life.
- For full credit, include at least three (3) examples as described above.
- Make sure to define gender, gender role, gendered institution, doing gender, and the social construction of gender as part of your paper. These definitions can appear in a separate paragraph, or each term can be defined when you first use it in the paper.
Section 2 (about 1 1/2 pages (400-500 words)):
- Once you have discussed who you are now, explain how you got here.
- How were you socialized into the particular gendered being that you are now? Where did you learn your gender? What institutions and social groups shaped who you are today?
- Be very specific and provide examples for each institution and social group (e.g., My mother always dressed me in pink and taught me to cook and clean; At religious school I was told/expected to …; My role in the family was. . ., My teachers told me. . ., I was encouraged to participate in. . ., My father taught me to shave, etc.).
- For full credit, include at least three (3) examples from three different institutions as described above.
- The discussion in Section 2 should clearly relate to the examples of how you “do gender” presented in Section 1. For example, if you talk about wearing makeup or a tie in Section 1, you could discuss how you learned to do so and to feel comfortable with it in Section 2.
Rubric for Part One
|Criteria||18-20 points||16-17 points||14-15 points||12-13 points||11 points or below|
|Overall Writing and Formatting|
Student provides a well-written and grammatically correct paper with little to no spelling, citation, or grammatical errors. Student follows length and formatting guidelines.
Student provides a well-written paper with fewer than 4 spelling, citation, and grammatical errors. Student follows length and formatting guidelines.
Student provides a paper with many spelling, citation, and grammatical mistakes, though paper is still comprehensible.
Paper is too short OR does not follow formatting guidelines.
Student provides paper that is not proofread and that contains multiple spelling, citation, and grammatical errors, some making the paper difficult to follow in places. Student does not follow length or formatting guidelines.
Student provides paper that is difficult to read throughout and that does not follow length or formatting guidelines.
|Concepts of Doing Gender|
Student displays a clear understanding of key terms from the text by providing definitions and critically thinking about these terms.
Student displays a clear understanding of key terms from the text by providing definitions from the text.
Student defines key terms from the text but has a limited understanding of the terms.
Student does not define all key terms required and has a limited understanding of the terms.
Student does not define or understand key terms.
|Examples of Doing Gender, Gendered Institutions, and Gendered Decisions|
Student provides at least three relevant examples related to his or her everyday life.
Student provides one or two relevant examples related to his or her everyday life.
Student provides examples that may not be completely relevant to key concepts or to his or her everyday life.
Student provides examples that are irrelevant and that show a lack of understanding of terms.
Student provides no examples.
|Concepts of Gender Socialization|
Student displays a clear understanding of gender socialization. Student understands that gender is learned and offers his or her own critical insight into gendered socialization.
Student displays a clear understanding of gender socialization, and expresses that understanding in her/his own words in the paper.
Student displays a basic understanding of gender socialization.
Student does not display an understanding of gender socialization.
Student does not discuss gender socialization.
|Examples of Gender Socialization|
Student provides three or more relevant examples of gender socialization from three or more social institutions.
Student provides at least two relevant examples of gender socialization from at least two social institutions.
Student only discusses one social institution and provides one or two examples from this institution.
Student does not discuss social institutions OR does not provide examples.
Student does not discuss social institutions AND does not provide examples.