Women, Sport, and Film Course

Sponsored by the Department of Athletics and Physical Education at Bryn Mawr College, with support from the Center for Science In Society at Bryn Mawr College and the Serendip website.

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At the end of the course, each student will write a 3-4 pages, double-spaced, 12 point type paper on a subject related to the course. These papers will be posted as links from a directory on this page, so that they can contribute to continuing general discussion of important issues related to women and sport. These papers will be posted on the web site and should be checked for proper documentation and citing when using another's work. Write your paper as instructed (3-4 pages, double-spaced, 12 point type) and print a hard copy to submit.

Then make a second version of your paper by saving the original one as "text only". This new text-only version is the one you will submit electronically for posting. It will have lost some formatting, including double-spaced lines, underlining and boldfacing, and any special layouts usings tabs and tables, so try and avoid depending on these in your original paper (unless you are familiar with HTML tags and can add these later yourself). If paragraphs are not separated by a blank line in the text-only version, add a carriage return after each paragraph.

To submit the text-only version of your paper electronically, go to the web paper posting area and follow instructions there.

Paper Topics

Please select one question:

1. Trace how the themes of race, class, gender and sexual orientation are used in the films and if women athletes as the protagonists can help negotiate change in the role that women play in society when it challenges the norm.

2. Select three of the films we watched and trace the themes that connected each of the films. Discuss what the director and writers might have had in mind when choosing the topic, story line and outcomes.

3. It is the year 2010, you have been commissioned to write a screen play about women’s athletics using race, class, gender or sexual orientation as underlying themes. Who are your protagonists, what is the story line, why have you chosen the style/topic? What is the outcome?

To see papers, go to the Index of Web Papers.

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