Signature Assignment

Writing Prompts

You are to choose a topic from the readings to write your signature assignment. Here are some writing prompts to stimulate your thinking.

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1. Rich speaks about compulsory heterosexuality. She argues that heterosexuality is not innate but rather enforced in numerous ways? Describe what she means by compulsory heterosexuality and the ways it is enforced?

2. What does “doing gender” mean and what are some ways that gender gets institutionalized, according to Lorber?

3. Anzaldua speaks of being comfortable with ambiguity and rejecting dualist thinking. Explain what she means by this in relation to her concept of “mestiza consciousness.”

4. Compare and contrast a biological understanding of Gender and a social constructionist view and discuss the practical and social consequences of each?

5.One consequence of claiming a solidarity among all women is that men can be defined as the, so to speak, oppressor. How does bell hooks challenge this assumption?

 

Guidelines for Writing a Philosophy Paper

 

I should know your argument by the third paragraph. Keep it simple. Make one point. The body of your paper should be defending your argument. Do not assume the reader is familiar with the literature you are using. Write as if you are writing for a 1st grader. Make sure you also do revisions and re-write your paper before submitting the final version. Much of the time your argument will turn up in your last paragraph and you will then re-write and move it to up to your first paragraph. Cite your work. Make sure to use at least two quotations from the reading you will be discussing. Here is one link and one document that will provide you with detailed instructions on how to write a philosophy paper.

How to write an argument paper:

http://www.jimpryor.net/teaching/guidelines/writing.html

 

 

Signature Assignment Due Dec 13th

In this assignment you will write an argument paper. In an argument paper you will asset a thesis. In your thesis you will take a stance either in favor of a position or against a position. You will support your position based in the readings of the course or readings that are directly related to readings and topics covered in the course. You may defend you thesis in the following ways:

1. provide a comparative examination of two or three different possible responses to your thesis and an explanation of why you have chosen to defend one position over the other

2. provide a critical analysis of your own position which identifies potential weaknesses in the position and explains what makes that position nevertheless superior in some ways to the others considered; and

3. apply your thesis to an everyday situation, work of fiction or film to demonstrate the merit of your position.

Style Guidelines

1. The paper must be 5 pages long, typed, double-spaced, in an 11- or 12-point font with reasonable margins.

2. The paper must be written in accord with the conventions of Standard Written English. Your paper will be evaluated in part in terms of spelling, grammar, and overall structure.

3. You must use direct quotations from the readings assigned in class to support your claims about what the philosophers say and/or believe. Citations should be in either the MLA or Chicago Manual of Style formats (information on both of which is available on the UHD Library website, under the heading, “Citing Sources”), and as such must give full bibliographical information for your sources in either a “works cited” (MLA) or bibliographical footnotes (Chicago). Quotations should be set off from the rest of the paper (typically by quotation marks), and you must cite the page numbers in the relevant text where the quoted passage appears.

4. Do not assume that the reader of your paper is familiar with what has been read or discussed in this class. Think of your reader as an educated person who, although they may be familiar with philosophy in general, is not necessarily knowledgeable of the texts (or topics) you are discussing in the paper. As such, you should make every effort to explain the ideas you discuss and the quotations you use in straightforward language that generally conveys meaning to your reader.

5. You are responsible for ensuring that your paper is free of plagiarism. If you do not know what constitutes plagiarism, please consult the syllabus for this class, the UHD Student Handbook, the Academic Honesty Policy of the University of Houston-Downtown, and/or the UHD Library website (“Plagiarism: Understand and Avoid It!” in the section, “Citing Sources”) . If you are still uncertain, please contact the instructor with any specific questions you might have.

6. The paper must be submitted online (via Blackboard).

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