INFORMATION ON CLASS WRITING REQUIREMENT AND
SUBMISSION OF WRITING
Advanced General Education courses must contain a substantial writing component
(minimum 3000 words).
In this course,
students will engage in a variety of writing
assignments, in and out of class. These assignments will include practice in summarizing
written work, oral presentations and small group discussions; evaluating and integrating
information from varied sources; integrating alternative disciplinary conceptual frameworks
and applying them to issues of sexuality in a culturally diverse and stratified nation; and
reflecting upon how individual beliefs and behaviors mirror and
are shaped by society, history,
These writing activities will also assess basic analytic skills and demonstrate
student mastery of course content, themes, and perspectives.
Most of the writing activities will be based on and derived from learning activities occurring in
class (small group discussions, films, guest speakers, simulations, lectures, class surveys etc.);
some will be based on course readings. One assignment will require library research (see
Specific writing topics will be assigned
in class throughout the semester, generally in
particular topics or as activities occur in class. Specific writing topics will be
THE WRITING PORTFOLIO
In addition to in-class writing, all students will submit, for assessment and feedback, a Writing
Portfolio of writing assignments totaling approximately 2500-3000 words or about
10 pages of
Each individual writing assignment in the Portfolio will begin on a separate page and
be at least one full, typed,
page in length (approx. 250-300 words).
Individual Portfolio Entries will come from Instructor-Assigned Topics:
Assigned by the Instructor
One library-based assignment assigned by the Instructor [see description below]
Instructor-Assigned Writing Portfolio Topics
I will assign topics to you at various points in the course, generally from the topics below.
"Burning Issues". What do you consider the most significant issues in human sexuality
today and why?
Discuss the ways that “The Hug” reflects the primary themes of this course.
Learning About Sex. Compare how you learned about sexuality with the San, as described
by Shostak [Course Reader 1].
Include both similarities and differences.
Learning About Sex.
Interview someone one generation older than you about how they
learned about sexuality (broadly defined).
Compare with your own enculturation process
Mukhopadhyay, Anthro/Bio/HS 140, F09, Writing Portfolio Instructions