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Research paper (120 points)

You will write one research paper that is 5–7 pages in length. . The paper prompt is as follows:

PROMPT: In this course we’ve analyzed the manifold ways that U.S. society has surveilled, policed, regulated, and punished sexualities that don’t conform to patriarchal and heteronormative exigencies. We’ve examined how laws, policies, police practices, and social mores—including media, cultural, and marketing representations—have implicitly or explicitly subjugated, denigrated, or exploited members of the queer community, women, and gender minorities. To end this class on a positive note, your final assignment will be to analyze the flip-side of the coin.

Choose a specific activist organization or leader, policy initiative, or media text that has challenged, subverted, or posited an alternative to repressive patriarchal and heteronormative patterns of thinking. Consider how your chosen research subject has worked to help liberate or extend the rights of members of historically repressed groups.

Keep the following in mind for the research paper:

  1. Find at least two scholarly articles (not used in this course) related to your research topic. Scholarly articles must be from a reputable, academic source.If you are unsure what this means, please see me.We will also discuss in class.
  2. Provide some historical context for the issue that is being challenged.
  3. Use quotes from at least two of the readings we used in the course to connect your paper to some of the themes, key terms, and critical methods we’ve covered.
  4. Evaluate how effective your research subject is/was at helping our society to become more equitable and humane. Are their learnings that others could take from your research subject to further advance our progress toward being more equitable and humane?
  5. The final research paper should be at least 5 – 7 pages long, double spaced, 12-point font, Times New Roman, with one-inch margins. Use either APA or MLA format for citations throughout the paper and your reference page. Your paper must be 5 – 7 pages; the reference page is an additional page.
  6. Research paper rubric
    Excellent (27–30) Good (23-26) Fair (20-22) Poor (0-19)
    Thesis, purpose, and paper organization Thesis and purpose areclear to the reader and closely match the writing task Thesis and purpose arefairly clear and match thewriting task Thesis and purpose aresomewhat vague OR onlyloosely related to the writing task Reader cannot determinethesis & purpose ORthesis has no relation tothe writing task
    Support/Reasoning (Details and Ideas) Substantial, logical, &concrete development ofideas. Assumptions aremade explicit. Details aregermane, original, andconvincingly interpreted Offers solid but lessoriginal reasoning.Assumptions are notalways recognized ormade explicit. Containssome appropriate detailsor examples Offers somewhat obvioussupport that may be toobroad. Details are too general, not interpreted, irrelevant to thesis, or inappropriately repetitive Offers simplistic,undeveloped, or crypticsupport for the ideas.Inappropriate or off-topicgeneralizations, faultyassumptions, errors offact
    Use of Sources & Format References are clearly cited in MLA or APA format and assignment is formatted according to guidelines. Paper has at least 2 class references and 2 outside scholarly references that support, extend, or inform, but do not substitute for writer’s own development of ideas. Paper does not overuse quotes. References are mostly in MLA or APA format and assignment is mostly formatted according to guidelines. Paper has at least 2 class references and 2 outside scholarly sources that support, extend, or inform, but do not substitute for writer’s own development of ideas. Paper does not overuse quotes. References are not properly cited in MLA or APA format. Assignment is somewhat formatted according to guidelines. May not draw on 2 class references or 2 outside scholarly sources, or uses relevant sources but lacks in the skillful combination of those sources. Quotations and paraphrases may be too long and/or inconsistently referenced. References are not properly cited in MLA or APA format and assignment is not formatted according to guidelines. May not have 2 class references or 2 outside scholarly sources. Neglects important sources. Overuse of paraphrases or quotations to substitute for writer’s own ideas. Possibly uses source material without acknowledgement.
    Grammar/Spelling/Organization




    There are no spelling or grammatical errors in the paper. Fully and imaginatively supports thesis and purpose of paper. Sequence of ideas is effective. Transitions are effective.

    There are no more than 2 grammatical or spelling errors in the paper. The organization of the paper supports the thesis and purpose of the paper. Transitions are mostly appropriate. Sequence of ideas could be improved. There are 3–4 grammatical or spelling errors in the paper. Some signs of logical organization, but may have illogical shifts or ineffective flow of ideas. There are 4 or more grammatical or spelling errors in the paper. Organization is unclear or the organizational plan is inappropriate to the thesis. Transitions are not used or are ineffective.

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