You will be responsible for a 20-35 minute group presentation (50 pts) on one of the following topics (you can choose your own subtopic, but please clear it with me first). Don’t feel you have to cover everything there is to know about your subject—instead, focus on specific case studies or a specific point of debate in order to expand on, enhance, and/or complicate other course material.
On the day of your presentation, prepare the following to hand in after class:
a. your own topic notes. I expect to see at least one full page (typed, in a standard 10-12 pt. font with 1 inch margins) of important points you intend to bring up in class. Do NOT simply xerox pages or download material from the web and turn that in—I want to see your OWN summary of the material you find most relevant/interesting.
b. your own reference list. I expect you to use (and cite) at least TWO good references (if you use internet sources, be sure they are reliable; if you interview someone, be sure to clarify whether they are providing an emic or etic (expert) point of view.). See attached guidelines for the proper format.
I expect everyone to take equal responsibility for the project, although you can divide the labor as you wish. For example, one of you might prepare flashcards or a poster, one prepare and distribute handouts, one introduce the topic, one moderate student questions during class discussion of the issue, and one deliver concluding remarks. Or you might set up a group debate—most of the presentation topics are highly controversial, and should lend themselves easily to a debate. You might also prepare visual aids like slides/transparencies, bring in video or audio tapes, or perform skits highlighting the complexities of the assigned topics. BE CREATIVE, and please let me know well in advance if you need a slide projector, cassette player, or other such equipment.
I would suggest exchanging phone #s to facilitate planning, although I will give you at least some class time for group meetings. I am also here to help if you have questions or run into problems—just ask (but be sure not to wait until the last minute)!
*GROUP 1: LANGUAGE:
e.g. "Ebonics;" bilingualism, slang, dialects, genderlects, jargon, language learning, body language
*GROUP 2: SOCIALIZATION:
e.g. toy stores, school, daycare, the effects of gender/class/ethnicity socialization, infant care
*GROUP 3: GENDER:
e.g. gender roles, expectations, & stereotypes in the U.S./elsewhere, transgenderism, other genders
*GROUP 4: MARRIAGE/FAMILY:
e.g. extended/alternative/families, communes/cohabitation, gay/lesbian unions, marriage ceremonies
*GROUP 5: MAKING A LIVING:
e.g. case studies, non-monetary exchange, wage labor, underground markets, organic agriculture
*GROUP 6: POLITICS/SOCIAL CONTROL:
e.g. prison system; current world conflicts/war; case studies; colonialism; non-coercive social control
*GROUP 7: RACE/ETHNICITY:
e.g. Native American sovereignty; ethnic conflicts; affirmative action; racism; apartheid
*GROUP 8: RELIGION:
e.g. "New Religious Movements" (Jonestown, Heaven’s Gate…); specific religions, shamanism, New Age
*GROUP 9: CULTURE CHANGE/GLOBALIZATION:
e.g. multinationals, case studies, applied anth., revitalization movements, global media/consumerism