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The purpose of this engagement is to give you the opportunity to create your own communication artifact (story, video, song, academic paper, infographic, etc.) related to one of the social institutions studied in class (family, education, work, religion, media) that reflects a critical gender/sex lens.
Expectations: I am looking for you to bring something new into the world that demonstrates what you learned in this class and what it means to you personally. For that reason, I’m not going to dictate the form this engagement should take. Below you will find some examples of projects. You’re welcomed to choose one of the projects here, or you can create one of your own. Some of the best projects are those that are meaningful to you. For example, one of my favorite final projects was presented by a student who wrote and performed a song related to her own gender revelations made possible by the class (I have no musical talent, so I was impressed). Here is a link to her song if you want to check it out: (https://soundcloud.com/karena-tse/someday-cmn-432-final-project-42921-142-pmLinks to an external site.) Have fun with this and make it your own!
As always, don’t hesitate to ask me if you have any questions, or if you would like to discuss your own idea one-on-one.
Recreate a favorite children’s book from your childhood in a way that reflects the critical gender/sex lens. (note: you don’t have to be a talented artist to do this). – This project corresponds with the institution of education, but it can be adapted to focus on other institutions (i.e. you could recreate a favorite religious story – religion; you could recreate a scene from a television show – media, etc.)
Write an academic paper. If you are more of a paper writer (I am), you can choose to write an academic paper regarding any of the social institutions we covered in class. If you choose this option, make sure you cite relevant credible sources.
Create a critical gender/sex lens playlist. Curate a list of songs that reflect a critical gender/sex lens. For each song, explain why it was added to the list.
Strike a Pose project. Celeste Barber (@celestebarber) has become Insta famous for her parodies of popular culture images that objectify women (see below). These images illuminate objectification in ways that are powerful. Recreate your own version of Barber’s project.
Woman in window in objectified pose
While these types of projects are usually most directly related to media, you can adapt this type of parody for any of the institutions.
8. Artistic artifact: If you’re an artistic person, feel free to create an artistic artifact (you can upload a picture of it to the discussion board) related to the course. Just make sure to also explain how it relates to the course if it’s not immediately apparent (i.e. painting, sculpture, zine, etc.)
Again, these are just some examples of projects. You’re welcomed to create your own. I’m here for you if you need any guidance.
You should upload your project to the discussion board by . You should then look at the submissions from your peers and leave them comments by the last day of class (Tuesday, December 6).