Students are required to complete the following two writing assignments
for this course. The journal article review paper
is due on February 11, and the argumentative/analytical
paper is due on March 11.
In writing these papers, try to expand your understanding
of sexual diversity by examining issues and differences with
which you are least familiar.
1. A journal article review - 3-4
pages, typed double-spaced
a. Select a journal article that discusses an issue of sexuality that
you would like to examine more thoroughly (this article may or may not
be related to your group presentation topic). A good way to identify
an article is to be alert to the report of research findings in the
text that you find interesting and maybe challenging (there are many
journal articles cited in the references of the text). You may choose
an article from any of the journals related to sexuality in the library.
b. Include the following in your review of the article:
- Purpose and Major Hypothesis(es)
- Findings and conclusion
- Your analysis of the article's purpose, methodology, findings
and conclusion - this section should be more than a few sentences
and should represent at least one-third of your paper. Include
in your analysis a discussion of how Michael Wiederman's tools
of critical analysis for Understanding Sexuality Research can
be applied to the journal research you are reviewing.
2. An argumentative/analytical paper
- 3-4 pages typed, double-spaced
a. Select any issue related to human sexuality, other than
one related to the topic of your group presentation; the issue
should have both individual and social dimensions that you can
explore. It is a good idea to tell Sylvia the topic you have
chosen for this paper (I would be glad to help you with resources
and direction). Look through the text to get ideas for a topic
that you would be interested in studying.
b. In combination with the text, at least two other journal
articles, and any interesting and relevant material that you
find on the internet, review your issue and develop a thesis
that reflects your point of view about the issue - a position
that you can argue or present with good support.
c. Write your paper, using the text and other sources to support
your thesis and analysis. Include citations for all information
and concepts that are not your own, and prepare a bibliography
at the end of your paper.