Pick one question from below. Your research paper will answer the question by developing an argument that draws on readings from the course and additional academic sources you find. In answering the question you are to demonstrate your understanding and analysis of major concepts and ideas from the readings, lectures, and class discussions. Your research paper must be 5 pages, double spaced, and submitted in hard copy in class and electronically through Canvas. Due date: Nov. 15.You must use 4 of the assigned readings from our course and 2 academic sources you find on your own.
Question one: The authors of our textbook, Siltanen and Doucet, describe conceptual changes in sociological thinking about gender over “three shifts” (from the 1970s to now). How have sociological approaches to conceptualizing gender evolved over time? To answer this question select 1 topic (from the topics listed below) and use this topic explain how sociological approaches to understanding gender have changed over the “three shifts.” Topics are: sport, the body, work, and intersectionality.
Question two: How does hegemonic masculinity operate to sustain gender inequality? How does hegemonic masculinity sustain inequalities within masculinities, and/or within femininities? To answer these questions, select a topic where hegemonic gender is found and use the topic to answer the questions and explain how hegemonic gender operates. The topic is open to your interests.
Use 12 point in Times New Roman
Write 5 pages double spaced
Use American Psychology Association (APA) citation
Include a reference page
Include a cover page with: your full name; student number; course number; date; and word count
Writing is thinking! During the process of writing you are thinking and developing ideas that support your argument. Because writing is thinking, this means the first draft of your paper is not going to be perfect. Writing multiple drafts is important. By writing multiple drafts you can improve your argument and pay attention to the structure of your paper. Getting started early will help you revise because it will allow for some distance between you and your work. With distance you can usually revise your paper better.
Think of it this way, the first draft is for you (it helps you articulate your ideas to yourself). Some questions to ask yourself include: What is my thesis? What am I trying to say and how do I support what I am trying to say? Is my analysis/ evidence strong enough?
With subsequent drafts you can improve your writing with your reader in mind. Ask yourself, do I have an introduction? Does my introduction give my reader enough information to follow my argument to the end? (for example, is there clear and strong thesis? Is there a roadmap?) What is the structure to my paper? Is my paper structured in a way that flows and best unpacks my thesis? Do I have a conclusion? Does my conclusion summarize my argument?
Before handing in your research paper, try exchanging it with a writing buddy (for example a friend from our class). Their fresh eyes can help catch mistakes your eyes might miss, and they can let you know where your analysis and argument is strong and where it can be improved.
Did you know there is a Writing and Research Centre on campus that helps students with the writing process for free?! The Writing and Research Centre supports all students on our campus through all stages of the writing process. Everyone can benefit from feedback on their writing. You can check them out online and book an appointment here: http://library.ok.ubc.ca/wrs/wrc/
If you need citation help, you can drop by the library front desk. The library website also has information about citation here: http://library.ok.ubc.ca/research-help/planning-your-research/tutorials-workshops/
Become familiar with UBC policies on honesty. Below are just 2 examples of academic misconduct. Read the policy here: http://www.calendar.ubc.ca/okanagan/index.cfm?tree=3,54,111,958
Plagiarism, which is intellectual theft, occurs when an individual submits or presents the oral or written work of another person as his or her own. Scholarship quite properly rests upon examining and referring to the thoughts and writings of others. However, when another person’s words (i.e., phrases, sentences, or paragraphs), ideas, or entire works are used, the author must be acknowledged in the text, in footnotes, in endnotes, or in another accepted form of academic citation. Where direct quotations are made, they must be clearly delineated (e.g., within quotation marks or separately indented). Failure to provide proper attribution is plagiarism because it represents someone else’s work as one’s own. Plagiarism should not occur in submitted drafts or final works. A student who seeks assistance from a tutor or other scholastic aids must ensure that the work submitted is the student’s own. Students are responsible for ensuring that any work submitted does not constitute plagiarism. Students who are in any doubt as to what constitutes plagiarism should consult their instructor before handing in any assignments.
Submitting the same, or substantially the same, essay, presentation, or assignment more than once (whether the earlier submission was at this or another institution) unless prior approval has been obtained from the instructor(s) to whom the assignment is to be submitted.