To accomplish this, you will need to identify some kind of social institution yo

To accomplish this, you will need to identify some kind of social institution you are
interested in – this could include organizations or workplaces; family, friendships, or other
relationships; health and well-being; mass or social media; education; religion; or any number of other ways we organize ourselves socially. Once you have selected your institution of interest, you should identify some kind of artifact of significance to that institution – some kind of written, visual, or multi-media “text” that carries importance within the institution you have chosen. For example, you could choose a school curriculum, an anti-bullying or anti-violence policy, guidelines for sexual assault reporting or mitigation, media advertisements, song lyrics or movies, business or corporate policies on parental leave, laws on equal pay, advice or self-help books, and so on.
Paper Description:
In the essay portion of this project, you will need to present a written analysis of your
chosen institutional artifact. This analysis should include relevant background on the history and significance of the artifact, and make connections to course concepts or material we’ve discussed in the class. More specifically, a successful paper should fulfill the following objectives:
1. Introduce your institutional artifact. What “text” have you chosen to analyze? Where
does it exist, and who is it for? When was it created, and for what purposes? What makes
this artifact important to the institution it comes from?
2. Analyze, critique, and/or explain the gendered messaging of the artifact. What does
this artifact “say” about gender? How is gender presented, represented, or depicted? How
traditional are those representations, or how much do they challenge traditional
understandings of gender? How is gender “disciplined” or constrained by the artifact?
How does the artifact sanction “appropriate” or “inappropriate” gender?
3. Relate your analysis to course concepts. How did course material inform your
understanding of the artifact? What ideas, perspectives, or theories helped you “read” the
artifact for its gendered messaging? Make clear connections to specific ideas, terms,
concepts, or perspectives here – define them clearly, use appropriate references to
course readings, and explain the connections to your artifact concretely.
4. Draw implications from your analysis. What are the “take-aways” of your analysis of
this artifact? How do the insights you draw teach us something about the way gender is
constructed or mobilized? What is the significance of your analysis? In other words, what
do we do now that we know what you’ve taught us about the artifact?

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