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What does the history of America’s DADT(“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”) policy tell us about sexuality in the United States? Further, what does its repeal tell us about the dynamic nature of gender and sexuality, and how does this link up with ideas of “na

What does the history of America’s DADT(“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”) policy tell us about sexuality in the United States? Further, what does its repeal tell us about the dynamic nature of gender and sexuality, and how does this link up with ideas of “na

5. Last name from Scott up to and including Zimmermann

Your TA: Stephanie Marciniak; E-mail: HYPERLINK “mailto:[email protected][email protected]

Office hours: Thursdays from 12:30-1:30 in CNH 503
ANTHROPOLOGY 1AA3 — Critical Thinking Assignment #1 – GENDER AND SEXUALITY – worth 15%

Objectives: To engage in critical thinking; to develop your research and writing skills; to investigate and discuss a topic related to the field of anthropology

DUE: Feb. 7 at the beginning of class.

Format: 1200-1400 words in essay format, with full paragraphs. Note: This word count does NOT include your References Cited page. There is a 20% PENALTY for going over the 1400 word limit.

Citation Style: You need a References Cited (Bibliography) and in-text citations. Use AAA style with in-text citations and a Reference List. Because you are only using the course text book (no external research), your References Cited will look like this:

Author Last Name, Author First Name 2013 Title of the Chapter from the text that you used. In: Sex, Food and Death. Anthropology 1AA3, Custom Second Edition for McMaster University. Toronto: Pearson Education

Your essay question – Read the following media articles:

HYPERLINK “http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/politics/dont-ask-dont-tell-timeline/” http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/politics/dont-ask-dont-tell-timeline/

HYPERLINK “http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/09/20/don-t-ask-don-t-tell-repeal-anniversary-move-changed-national-landscape.html” http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/09/20/don-t-ask-don-t-tell-repeal-anniversary-move-changed-national-landscape.html

Then, read any relevant sections of the 1AA3 text on sexuality. Finally, respond to this question: What does the long history of America’s DADT (“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”) policy tell us about sexuality in the United States? Furthermore, what does its repeal tell us about the dynamic nature of gender and sexuality, and how does this link up with (erroneous) ideas of the “naturalness” of gender?

Structure of your Essay: Read the assigned article and identify the anthropological issues addressed in that article. Answer the question related to your assigned article. You will NOT need to do additional research to answer your question.

ANTHROPOLOGY 1AA3 Critical Thinking Assignment #1 – GENDER AND SEXUALITY – worth 15%

Objectives: To engage in critical thinking; to develop your research and writing skills; to investigate and discuss a topic related to the field of anthropology

DUE: Feb. 7 at the beginning of class.

Format: 1200-1400 words in essay format, with full paragraphs. Note: This word count does NOT include your References Cited page. There is a 20% PENALTY for going over the 1400 word limit.

Citation Style: You need a References Cited (Bibliography) and in-text citations. Use AAA style with in-text citations and a Reference List. Because you are only using the course text book (no external research), your References Cited will look like this:

Author Last Name, Author First Name 2013 Title of the Chapter from the text that you used. In: Sex, Food and Death. Anthropology 1AA3, Custom Second Edition for McMaster University. Toronto: Pearson Education.

If you cite information from multiple chapters, then they need to be listed separately in your References Cited page.

Your in-text citations will look like this: (Author 2013:page). For example, if you cite from chapter 1, then do it like this: (Author 2013:page).

A PDF with details for references is available at: http://www.aaanet.org/publications/style_guide.pdf

You will submit your essay at the BEGINNING of class on February 7. Note that the late penalty is 10% off for each 24 hour period you are late, up to 72 hours late. Late assignments must be submitted online on Avenue. Note that only LATE assignments can be accepted online.

The Assignment:

You are assigned a reading from your 1AA3 textbook based on your LAST name. The list of assigned articles and their associated questions are provided below. You must read the article and answer the question assigned to you.

Assigned Readingand TA Information:

Note: When answering your question, contextualize your response within larger themes in lectures and in your text…in other words, use the text! Don’t just use the pages below to respond to your question. Make use of key course themes and issues.

  1. Last name from: All A’s up to and including DeGroot

Your TA: Lori D’Ortenzio; E-mail: [email protected]; Office hours Mondays from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in CNH 517.

 

Your essay question: Read these media articles on the “genderless baby” controversy.

 

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2011/12/26/the_genderless_baby_who_caused_a_storm_of_controversy_in_2011.html

 

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/relationships/the-genderless-baby-well-intentioned-but-wrong/article624920/

 

http://www.livescience.com/14323-genderless-baby-gender-anxiety.html

 

Next, find and read relevant sections of our 1AA3 textbook that deal with issues of gender, sex and sexuality. Then, answer this question, making reference to both the textbook as well as the above media articles: Why did the “genderless baby” controversy inspire so much controversy? What were people upset about? What do you think an anthropologist have to say about this controversy?

 

2. Last Name from: Deathe up to and including Islam

Your TA: Ana-Maria Dragomir: [email protected]

Office hours: Tuesdays 12:45-1:45 p.m. in CNH 534

 

Your essay question: Read the following media articles about Caster Semenya:

 

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1272210-caster-semenya-forces-olympic-community-to-rethink-gender

 

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/caster-semenya-forced-gender-test-woman-man-article-1.176427

 

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/07/26/caster-semenya-and-the-ioc-s-olympics-gender-bender.html

 

Next, find and read relevant sections of our 1AA3 textbook that deal with issues of gender, sex and sexuality. Then, answer this question, making reference to both the textbook as well as the above media articles: Why is Semenya a controversial figure (from the mass media’s perspective)? What do you think an anthropologist would have to say about this controversy?

 

3. Last name from: Israt up to and including McAuley

Your TA: Stephanie DaSilva; E-mail: [email protected].

Office hours: Tuesdays from 12:30-1:30 in CNH 521

 

Your essay question: Read the following media articles (and video) about the recent controversy at York University:

 

http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/01/13/york-university-dean-who-granted-students-request-to-keep-from-female-classmates-says-he-wishes-he-had-another-choice/

 

http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/york-u-president-says-religious-rights-controversy-paves-way-for-discussion-1.1638350

 

Next, find and read relevant sections of our 1AA3 textbook that deal with issues of gender, sex and sexuality. Then, answer this question, making reference to both the textbook as well as the above media articles: Discuss how and why gender was a key aspect of this debate. How do issues surrounding female subordination influence this debate? What do you think anthropologists would have to offer in terms of analyzing this controversy?

 

4. Last name from: McCracken up to and including Schutt

Your TA:Lelia Watamaniuk; E-mail: [email protected]

Office Hours: Mondays from 1:30-2:30

 

Your essay question: Read the following media article:

 

http://news.uchicago.edu/article/2013/11/01/transgender-controversies-can-lead-gender-panic-study-finds

 

Then, read relevant sections on gender in our 1AA3 text. Finally, answer the following question: What is “gender panic?” How would an anthropologist analyze/interpret the concept of “gender panic”? Do you think there is less or more “panic” than, say, fifty years ago?

 

5. Last name from Scott up to and including Zimmermann

Your TA: Stephanie Marciniak; E-mail: [email protected]

Office hours: Thursdays from 12:30-1:30 in CNH 503

 

Your essay question – Read the following media articles:

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/politics/dont-ask-dont-tell-timeline/

 

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/09/20/don-t-ask-don-t-tell-repeal-anniversary-move-changed-national-landscape.html

 

Then, read any relevant sections of the 1AA3 text on sexuality. Finally, respond to this question: What does the long history of America’s DADT (“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”) policy tell us about sexuality in the United States? Furthermore, what does its repeal tell us about the dynamic nature of gender and sexuality, and how does this link up with (erroneous) ideas of the “naturalness” of gender?

 

Structure of your Essay: Read the assigned article and identify the anthropological issues addressed in that article. Answer the question related to your assigned article. You will NOT need to do additional research to answer your question.

Your essay should have an introduction, a body, and a conclusion that emphasize the most important points of your essay. A conclusion should not be a repetition of sentences from the main body of your paper, but rather is a synthesis of the main points.

Statement on Academic Dishonesty Academic Dishonesty consists of misrepresentation by deception or by other fraudulent means and can result in serious consequences, Eg. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: “Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty”), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various kinds of academic dishonesty, please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, Appendix 3, www.mcmaster.ca/senate/academic/ac_integrity.htm

In general: your paper should address and answer the question. The essay makes an interpretation of the question and develops a coherent argument. You should also demonstrate knowledge of key concepts, facts, and relevant examples discussed in class and in other areas of the text.

Excellent essay: 15/15 – Essay is well presented, shows an excellent understanding of the subject matter. The arguments are clearly constructed and supported by appropriate material/references. There is good evidence or originality of thought and analytical skill. Demonstrates the ability to make a concise but thorough argument. Citations are present and style is correct.

Good essay: 11-13/15 – The essay is well organized and clearly presented. Displays a sound understanding of the central issues, some insight, and arguments are supported. Identifies most (but not all) important issues in the assigned article. The essay contains a few minor errors in grammar and spelling. Citation is present, style is in correct format.

Average essay: 9-10/15 – Essay is well organized, displaying a basic understanding of most, but not all, of the main issues in the article. There are more than one or two grammatical errors and/or poorly expressed ideas. Citation is present, style follows AAA format, but there may be some mistakes.

Below average: 6-8/15 – The essay is poorly constructed, does not identify or adequately discuss the important anthropological issues in the article. The essay may not be fully focused on the question asked and there is little evidence of citations. Citations may also have omissions or errors.

Poor essay: Below 6/15 – The essay summarizes the assigned article and addresses the question, but is not sufficiently accurate, extensive, or detailed. This is more a summary than a critical analysis. There are significant issues with grammar, spelling, and citation style.

 

 

 

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