What is the relationship between gender-based violence and mass murder? What does this have to do with masculinity or gender roles?
Topic: What is the relationship between gender-based violence and mass murder? What does this have to do with masculinity or gender roles?
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20 Marks. 4 pages of written work, minimum. Citations, title page, and bibliography do not count. Remember: it is hard to get good grades (above 65%) by doing the minimum.
To show an understanding of how structures/systems of misogyny, homophobia and white supremacism result in violence against women, LGBT, and racialized communities.
To show an understanding of how social institutions define crime and how they produce racialized effects in the criminal justice system.
Drawing from at least 2 readings and one video from the course, examine either violent crime or the criminal justice system (policing, courts, prisons). Use direct quotes only. Do not paraphrase.
Focus your work. Do not try to write about a variety of forms of violent crime, for example. Make sure that you are developing all of the following in your essay:
1. Describe events in detail
2. Develop the history or the social structures/social institutions/values or beliefs that shaped the events (that is, explain things such as police culture, policing practices, systems of punishment, wars on crimes or drugs, court rulings, political actors and decisions)
3. Explain the meaning or significance. How do the events and structures help us to understand racism? Misogyny? What is the real effects of crime and/or policing on communities? Following chapter 8 from week 2, what are the real crimes in society? Use concepts from readings and lectures to develop your meaning.
You can choose your own essay question or respond to any of the following prompts:
1. What is misogyny and misogynist violent crime? How is it connected to patriarchy and/or hegemonic masculinity?
2. What is the relationship between gender-based violence and mass murder? What does this have to do with masculinity or gender roles?
3. What is settler colonialism and how does it shape the violence that Indigenous peoples experience, as well as their inability to get recognition by the state?
4. What is organized abandonment and how does it challenge the assumptions of social structure theories of crime?
5. What is the system of mass incarceration and how has it affected the lives of those caught up in it? How has it affected the United States as a whole?
6. What is broken windows policing and how have policing methods produced racist results? Drawing from the readings on deterrence, explain why broken windows theory is wrong.
7. How is the riot a response to injustice and ongoing police brutality? How does the riot get us to question how we define crime and criminals?
8. How does the media function to shape public responses to crime and policing? How does it produce moral panics about crime? Use as many sources as you like, as the media is a part of most of the films and videos we have watched. You can also write about the law/courts OR politics to answer this question instead of doing the media.
• You can use any film or video covered in the course and any of the recommended or required readings.
• Lecture slides also provide valuable information and should be scanned for relevant information (hint: make sure you scan through lecture slides to find relevant discussions. Missing out on a key issue, such as the Koerner Commission, will result in lost grades). You do not need to cite slides unless they point to a specific reading then you need to cite the reading.
• This is not a research paper. Do not add research materials unless you get approval from the instructor.
CITATION STYLE & BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Write your essay in scholarly format using Chicago Manual Style citations (in-text or footnotes). Information for bibliographies is included in the syllabus.
Your grade partly depends on quote integration. Integration includes the following:
• Introduce the quote using the author’s name and words such as: argues, asserts, concludes, observes, describes. Your first reference to an author should include both first and family name, then use family name thereafter.
• Explain the quote in your own words. You should do this any time you quote a text to show how you understand the passage and to give the reader a chance to understand the content. What are the different parts of the quote? What do the terms mean?
• Significance: Explain the overall importance of the quote. Questions to consider in developing significance include any, but not all, of: How does it help to define or expand the definition of a term? What does it do to help us understand an issue, theory, or the world around us? How does the quote connect to and expand upon, or challenge, a previous quote?
Things to pay attention to in your writing that will factor into your grade:
1. The introductory paragraph should identify what you will be analyzing, why it is important, and must have a clear thesis (what you will argue) rather than just a topic. Include a hook (some interesting point or example) to capture reader interest. Define any terms as you introduce them: be selective in your introduction.
2. Each paragraph should clarify a single idea sufficiently, with evidence drawn from texts to support your claims in the form of direct quotes.
3. The overall structure of your essay should be coherent, with an integrated discussion leading from one paragraph to the next.
4. The overall significance of the works you are examining should be clearly articulated. That is, what is important about the work you are analyzing in terms of your chosen field of theoretical study?
Your grade will reflect the overall quality of each of the above elements.
1. Include a title for your work.
2. Use 12 point Times New Roman font and double space your work.
3. Insert a footer or header with your last name and the page number.
4. Left align your work. Do not centre your text.
5. Double space your work.
1. Four pages of written work (not including footnotes, bibliography, or title page)
2. Cite at least 2 readings and one video (no more than one video). News articles do not count as readings.
3. Use direct quotes (no paraphrasing) and integrate your quotes
4. Include detailed descriptions of events in films (what is said, what is done, where it happens)
5. Introduction including defined object of analysis (a video, an event) and a thesis (an argument, not just a topic to discuss).