American Hookup Discussion Guide


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If you are reading this, you are probably considering incorporating the book, American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus (Wade 2017) into your curriculum. We were in your shoes quite recently and knew the contents of this book would make strong fodder for discussion among our students. This guide is intended to stimulate conversation on topics such as sex, sexuality, gender, race, class, and inequality in college classrooms or other discussion-based settings. Included in this resource are 1. usage notes from the authors, including suggested instructional strategies, 2. discussion questions addressing core themes in each chapter of the book and examples of related classroom activities, and 3. two classroom assessment techniques to evaluate student learning – a short writing assignment in the form of an op-ed and a reflective survey.


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Assessment, Assignment, Class Activity 
Benjamin M. Drury
Lauren N. Griffin 
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Usage Notes:

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The questions in this guide can be used in multiple ways. One suggestion is to ask students to read and respond to one or more questions in writing before or during class. Instructors could also place questions on individual pieces of paper which students draw or project them onto a...

Learning Goals and Assessments:

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Goal 1:
Students will describe and analyze the key characteristics of hookup culture on college campuses.
Assessment 1:
Students will demonstrate their understanding of hookup culture through interactive classroom discussions and informal writing activities.
Goal 2:
Students will practice interpreting and communicating social science research to a general audience.
Assessment 2:
Students will complete a short-writing assignment on hookup culture in the form of an op-ed.

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