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Assignments for Part III

Module by: Ruth Dunn. E-mail the author

Summary: Minority Studies: A Brief Sociological Text is a very, very brief textbook suitable for use as a supplemental or stand-alone text in a college-level minority studies Sociology course. Any instructor who would choose to use this as a stand-alone textbook would need to supply a large amount of statistical data and other pertinent and extraneous Sociological material in order to "flesh-out" fully this course. Each module/unit of Minority Studies: A Brief Sociological Text contains the text, course objectives, a study guide, key terms and concepts, a lecture outline, assignments, and a reading list.

Suggested Assignments for Part III—Sex, Gender, and Sexual Orientation

Essay: Discuss the differences and similarities in the findings of peer reviewed articles and popular media articles concerning sex, gender, and sexual orientation.

Essay: Discuss the history of the GLBT movement in the US.

Essay: Discuss the history of the GLBT movement in the world.

Essay: Discuss the history of the women’s movement in the US.

Essay: Discuss the history of the women’s movement in the world.

Essay: Identify and discuss the disparities in earnings based on sex.

Essay: Identify the countries that permit gay and discuss their legal process.

Find on the Internet: Information about female genital mutilation.

Find on the Internet: Information about rape as an act of war.

Find on the Internet: Statistical data about sex, gender, sexual orientation, and the law.

Find on the Internet: Statistical data about the GLBT movement in the US.

Find on the Internet: Statistical data about the GLBT movement in the world.

Find on the Internet: Statistical data about the women’s movement in the US.

Find on the Internet: Statistical data about the women’s movement in the world.

Find on the Internet: US Census Bureau data about housing, health care, home ownership, business ownership, educational attainment, and labor force participation of women in the US.

In-Class Discussion: Do we need to “defend marriage” in the United States?

In-Class Discussion: How do we account for the disparities in earnings between men and women?

In-Class Discussion: How do we account for the sex differences in housing, health care, home ownership, business ownership, educational attainment, labor force participation of men and women in the US?

In-Class Discussion: In 2007, the President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said that there are no homosexuals in Iran. Why would he say this?

In-Class Discussion: Is sexual orientation a choice?

In-Class Discussion: Should the United States allow gay marriage?

In-Class Discussion: What is marriage from a cross-cultural and historical perspective?

In-Class Discussion: Why are women in some Muslim countries treated like possessions, or like non-persons?

In-Class Discussion: Why do we use the word “gender” when we really mean “sex”?

In-Class Discussion: Why is rape considered an act of war in some countries?

Oral Book Review and Discussion: Families Like Mine: Children of Gay Parents Tell It Like It Is by Abigail Garner

Oral Book Review and Discussion: Gyn-Ecology: The Metaethics of Radical Feminism by Mary Daly.

Oral Book Review and Discussion: Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

Oral Book Review and Discussion: Love Makes a Family: Portraits of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Parents and Their Families by Peggy Gillespie, Kath Weston, Gigi Kaeser, and April Martin

Oral Book Review and Discussion: Men and Women of the Corporation by Rosabeth Moss Kanter.

Oral Book Review and Discussion: The Second Shift by Arlie Hochschild and Ann Machung.

Oral Book Review and Discussion: Women and Economics by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

Oral Film Review and Discussion: A Doll’s House.

Oral Film Review and Discussion: Torch Song Trilogy.

Present to the Class: A timeline of historical discrimination against women in the form of a chart.

Present to the Class: A timeline of historical discrimination against GLBTs in the form of a chart.

Present to the Class: A timeline of overcoming discrimination against women in the form of a chart.

Present to the Class: A timeline of overcoming discrimination against GLBTs in the form of a chart.

Present to the Class: Statistical data about sexual orientation in the form of a chart.

Present to the Class: Statistical data about the earning disparities between men and women in the form of a chart.

Read: Families Like Mine: Children of Gay Parents Tell It Like It Is by Abigail Garner

Read: Gyn-Ecology: The Metaethics of Radical Feminism by Mary Daly.

Read: Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

Read: Love Makes a Family: Portraits of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Parents and Their Families by Peggy Gillespie, Kath Weston, Gigi Kaeser, and April Martin

Read: Men and Women of the Corporation by Rosabeth Moss Kanter.

Read: The Defense of Marriage Act.

Read: The Second Shift by Arlie Hochschild and Ann Machung.

Read: Three to five peer reviewed articles each about sex, gender, and sexual orientation.

Read: Three to five peer reviewed articles each about the GLBT movement.

Read: Three to five peer reviewed articles each about women and the women’s movement.

Read: Three to five popular media articles each about sex, gender, and sexual orientation.

Read: Three to five popular media articles each about the GLBT movement.

Read: Three to five popular media articles each about women and the women’s movement.

Read: United Nations and WHO information about female genital mutilation.

Read: Women and Economics by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

Watch: A Doll’s House. Film, directed by Patrick Garland. Elkins Productions International Corporation, 1973. 105 minutes.

Watch: Torch Song Trilogy. Film, directed by Paul Bogart. New Line Cinema, 1988. 120 minutes.

Quizzes: Definitions, Matching, Multiple Choice, True/False, Short Answer, Brief Essay

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