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Using Student Artwork to Teach Gender & Sexuality

Abstract:

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In this final course project, students learn to apply sociological theories and concepts related to gender and sexuality to a visual art piece that they create. By challenging students to both create and interpret a piece of artwork, students are asked to apply sociological theories and concepts in an unconventional way, thus exercising their creative interpretation skills. Students have the option to either focus on their own experiences with gender and sexuality or on gender and sexuality more broadly. In addition to a short reflection essay, students are asked to make a work of art and a placard that explains the work using sociological reasoning. On the due date of the project, students are asked to share their work and their own interpretation of their work with other students. This active learning project aims to ultimately empower students in thinking about, and reflecting on, sociological ideas using creative expression.

Details:

Resource Type(s):
Assignment 
Author(s):
Cristen Dalessandro 
Date Published:
6/18/2020 
Subject Area:
Sex and Gender 
Class Level:
any 
Class Size:
Small 
Language:
English 


Usage Notes:

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Though I designed this as the final project for a gender and sexuality class, it could be adapted for other topics as well. It could also be adapted into a group project for larger classes. On the last day of class, I like to have students set up their artwork...

Learning Goals and Assessments:

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Goal 1:
1. Demonstrate understanding of sociological theories and concepts related to gender and sexuality
Assessment 1:
1. This goal can be assessed through the artwork explanation placard and the essay discussion that links theories and concepts to the artwork.
Goal 2:
2. Apply sociological theories and concepts to the process of creative expression
Assessment 2:
2. This goal can be assessed by the production of the artwork and essay discussions of reasons behind making the art (class content that inspired the work), things learned, and/or essay discussion that uses theories and concepts to analyze the artwork.
Goal 3:
3. Translate sociology for a wider audience in a creative way
Assessment 3:
3. This goal can be assessed through the production of artwork based on themes from the course and the process of students sharing their art with others on the due date.

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