Women, Sport, and Film Course

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At the end of the course, each student will write a three page 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.

Paper topics (select one):

1. Through the readings, films, and discussions, we have looked at the image of women in sport. Discuss the images of women in sport and how they are affected by today's cultural ideal of women.

2. Why is Title IX a social justice issue? What effect does it have on women's lives who are not athletes?

3. Assume you are a screenwriter in the year 2010. You have been commissioned to write a movie script about women's sports and current society. What is the theme? Who are the protagonists? What are the issues and how does the movie end?

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 the web paper posting area and follow instructions there.

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

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