Exploring Gender Roles in Society, Literature, Art, and Film
Gender roles play an important part in shaping who we are and what is expected of us. This unit will especially focus on what is expected of men in regards to expression, emotions, and their relationships.
Using gender theory and feminist theory, this course will aim to reimagine masculinity. Students will create a memoir relating to their own experiences with gender roles and working in groups on a project that relates gender roles to a broader context.
The overarching objectives of this unit are to...
- analyze poetry from a theoretical perspective;
- learn the process of writing a reflective essay;
- practice editing peers' written work;
- work within groups to produce a finished product;
- discuss complicated and nuanced topics as they relate to gender;
- use textual evidence to support claims about a piece of literature.
- Be able to discuss gender, the gender binary, societal expectations of gender roles, and stereotypes;
- Analyze poetry using gender construct theory;
- Write a memoir focusing on a specific aspect of childhood;
- Critically and constructively edit peers' written work;
- Work with a group to construct a project that addresses some aspect of gender, gender binary, masculinity, or femininity.
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