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    Analyzing Student Annotations towards Understanding Application of Theory (draft)

    May 2nd, 2009, 4:17 pm

    Assignment Overview: Personal Identity Narratives

    In my gender theory course (see course overview here ), which I am now teaching for the third time, students encounter some of the key ideas in gender/sexuality/body studies and practice applying those ideas to personal narratives and cultural texts.  After the assignment overview below, I try to explain how students work with theorists in this assignment.  I have also tried to explain this ‘core concept’ here.

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    Context for Gender Theory Course

    May 2nd, 2009, 4:15 pm

    Gender, Sexuality & the Body is considered a cultural studies method course.  This means that it is supposed to have some research component beyond being simply a readings course.

    The course aims to teach students to think critically and flexibly about gender, sexuality, and the body. Students in this course will explore a range of methodological and theoretical issues in these topics through reading and discussing of important texts and models for gender/sexuality/body research. Students in the course will engage with (often) difficult material by returning to it multiple times, both through in-class discussion of readings and through writing, peer feedback and revision. The final project—which is meant to build on writing and revision conducted on an ongoing basis—should be a substantive digital.

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    Core Concept: Application of Theory to Cultural Texts (draft with some placeholder text)

    May 2nd, 2009, 4:14 pm

    A core concept in the humanities and cultural studies is to learn to apply theoretical knowledge to the interpretation of texts. Although the study of hermeneutics has a long history, most scholars learn these skills through largely intuitive means: reading successful models and practicing the skills (and receiving feedback from) in seminar and conference papers, the dissertation, and finally, in published form.

    SoTL has begun to try to unpack the steps involved in the complex process of application. . .then do Benmayor http://www.academiccommons.org/commons/essay/theorizing-through-digital-stories especially at rubric.

    Benmayor identities three key relational moves

    Narrative Theorizing

    Applied Theorizing

    critical Theorizing

    Do steps from own AHHE article