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Cuyamaca College Wisdom of Defying Gender Partialities Discussion

Margaret Mead is probably the best known early anthropologist and had an enduring impact on this discipline. The film covers her research and some of her life.  When you discuss the film, you will be graded on how well you connect the film to concepts and ideas presented in the textbook and the articles in the University Reader that are assigned to be read before this film.

Please read the rubric associated with this assignment by clicking on the 3 vertical dots at the top right of the page.

Film discussions are open for a limited time.  Once the discussion closes, you may no longer post threads or replies, but you will be able to read the discussion.  

Your initial thread post is the due date as listed on the Calendar, but the discussion is opened earlier and closes later so that you may post all of your responses to other threads by the end of the discussion period.

For this and all future discussions, here is what you do: 

A.  Post in the forum by providing a brief (5 sentences?  1 paragraph?) analysis along with your thoughts and questions but not reactions or opinions about the film.  An analysis is a description and tentative explanation of events or situations found in the film; and,

B.  Respond thoughtfully to other students’ posts.  As a discussant, you are to reply with thoughtful answers to other people’s posts.  Thoughtful answers bring in analysis, more information from the film, articles or the text book, and extend the discussion.

Extending the discussion means you add information or ideas.  Replies that fall along the line of “great insight to the film” or “I loved what you said,” are kind in nature but are meaningless unless accompanied by evidence or ideas that support your ideas.

Reactions or opinions are not the same as thoughts.  Thoughts apply reasoning and critique; reactions and opinions are judgments or emotional responses that do little to advance an analysis unless they are accompanied by reasoning.

C.  You must reply at least once to TWO other posts made by your classmates.

The class should aim for a dynamic discussion with plenty of interaction among the participants to help accomplish the primary objective of the discussion.

Consider turning on “CC” — closed captions — while you watch.  Scroll down the page for more information.


HOW TO FIND THE FILM If you choose not to watch it through Canvas:

Go to your college’s library web page: (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Find the streaming media link or click on the “Films on Demand” link, (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.


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