POL 363-800, Feminist Theory
Fall 2019 |


This assignment asks you to present distinctively personal responses to selected course material from the Mann & Patterson text, as assigned below. There's more than one way to (appropriately) address this assignment, but each paper should:

Your basic task is to think about what you've read, sort it out in a (new) way that makes sense (or is useful) to you, and offer your personal take on it. With that in mind:

For each paper, use only assigned readings, classroom material (including your notes), and your own ideas or personal experiences. Using other ("outside") sources constitutes cheating and could subject you to disciplinary action. The word count for each paper (excluding your reference list) should be at least 1000 words and no more than (about) 1200 words.

Chapters for which you can write papers are listed below. You can write three or four papers, each of which will be graded on a 100-point scale. Your optional fourth paper can address any chapter in Mann & Patterson's book, other than Chapter 1, to which you're not assigned (below). Alternatively, your fourth paper can address material for a single day of Ahmed's book (as listed on the readings page). If you submit four papers for grading, I'll ignore your lowest score when calculating your course grade at the end of the semester.

Writers Chapters
  • Charlie
  • David
  • Ericka
  • Erin
  • Esther
  • Evan
  • M&P, Ch. 2
  • M&P, Ch. 5
  • M&P, Ch. 8
Writers Chapters
  • Grace
  • Jake
  • Joanna
  • Lauren
  • Megan
  • Rylee
  • M&P, Ch. 3
  • M&P, Ch. 6
  • M&P, Ch. 9
Writers Chapters
  • Melyssa
  • Natalie
  • Nicole
  • Omar
  • Tess
  • Tristan
  • M&P, Ch. 4
  • M&P, Ch. 7
  • M&P, Ch. 10

Each paper must be typewritten and double-spaced (throughout), use a single standard font with 1-1¼" margins, and include a (typewritten) word count. Also required are parenthetical citations and a reference list that conform fully to the author-date style detailed in Chapters 18-19 of Turabian's Manual for Writers.

Papers are due at the beginning of class on the day your subject content is listed on the syllabus, and each paper must address some reading material assigned for the date you submit it. You can submit each paper in hard copy or electronically as a PDF file.

Hard copy submissions must have all the pages stapled together; no loose sheets or paper clips. Your paper must be printed on clean white paper that's in good condition, but you can print on both sides of the page or use recycled paper if you wish.

Electronic submissions must be PDF files; no Word docs or other file formats. Email me your paper as a (PDF) file attachment. Send it from your "" account and include your surname in the attachment file name.

I won't accept papers that don't include parenthetical (in-text) citations and a reference list. (Expect to receive a zero on any paper that's missing either parenthetical citations or a reference list.)

For each paper you submit, I'll email you a completed grade form that summarizes my assessment.


Your participation grade is based on a subjectively determined combination of attendance rate, classroom contributions, and overall engagement in the course. To strengthen this portion of your course grade, you should establish a clear pattern of attending class, being prepared, actively contributing, and making an effort throughout the semester.


For this assignment, beginning September 3, you need to write original questions that address assigned readings. Each question must address material for a single class day and be written in a way that could facilitate substantive discussion.

How to do this assignment:

Questions are due at the beginning of class on the day the subject material is listed on the syllabus. (I'll accept only one question per class day.) You'll be responsible for submitting your questions in accordance with the assignment guidelines. (Don't expect me to remind you or ask if you have a question to submit.)

Caveats to keep in mind:

I'll grade your questions on a 5-point scale: 5.0=100%; 4.5=90%; 4.0=80%; 3.5=70%; 3.0=60%; etc. I won't explicitly factor in writing quality when grading, but you shouldn't expect to receive a 5 for a question that's not well articulated or contains notable spelling, grammar, or punctuation errors. I'll usually just assign a score to each question, without comment; but I'll gladly address any questions or concerns you might have about a particular question or the assignment in general.

You're expected to submit ten questions during the semester, but you can submit more than ten if you're so inclined (and plan properly). However many you submit, I'll stop grading your questions when you reach 50 points. If your point total at the end of the semester is less than 50 points, I'll use your ten best scores when calculating your course grade. (Half-point score totals will be rounded up.)


A manifesto is "a written statement declaring publicly the intentions, motives, or views of its issuer." As such, your Manifesto should present your uniquely personal understanding of feminism, presented as a cohesive whole. For purposes of this assignment, you should draw insights from the various feminisms we've studied this semester, your lived experiences, and your personal opinions.

Like your other papers (above), use only assigned readings, classroom material (including your notes), and your own ideas for this 600 to 1000-word assignment.

Your Manifesto is due at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, December 10. Submission requirements are the same as for the Paper assignment (described above).