AbstractThis portfolio project asks students to choose a social institution and analyze how gender is shaped through that institution. Using visual material such as photos or ads, students create a scrap-book style portfolio that blends theories from class with visual analysis to show how gender is social reproduced. Portfolios are 50-60 pages long.
- Subject Area(s):
- Sex and Gender
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- Class Level(s):
- Any Level
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Usage NotesI have used this portfolio assignment as a final project in a gender class (and a version in a Women's Studies class as well). I pair this assignment with Lauren Greenfield's book, Girl Culture, which is a visual analysis of the role of media in the construction of femininity. Many students are quite successful and creative with their portfolios....
Learning Goals and Assessments
- Students will be able to express an advanced understanding of the role of a social institution in the social reproduction of gender norms.
- Students will be able to analyze visual material as it represents gender norms
- Students will be able to apply theories from class to the analysis of the gendering process of a social institution
- Adequate definition and analysis of a social institution in the final portfolio.
- Adequate analytical notes on each piece of visual material, as well as an adequate written introduction and conclusion.
- Application of appropriate theories to the chosen topic, and ability to integrate theories into visual analysis.