Rowan University
Ellen Miller, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Department of Philosophy & Religion
Rowan University
Glassboro, NJ 08028
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Presentation Notes, Group Topics and Names of participants, and Suggestions for March 24th Class

Group Projects (20%) Each person will receive an individual grade for these presentations

I. Components

  1. Day of Presentation—Hand in 2 page paper detailing your views, contributions to the presentation, your position on the topics being discussed
  2. Actual Participation in your group’s presentation
  3. Note: Your final paper (25%) can be on the topics discussed in your group presentation or another topic related to the course

 II. Grading Criteria:

These should be well-researched, informed, and creative! I am not going to pre-determine how your group should make its presentation as I’ve learned that these work better when students have more choices and opportunities to determine what will work best for them. I am available for suggestions, guidance, advice.  One main thing I will be looking for is that your group presents a variety of perspectives on your topic even if the group members do not hold that perspective. This will make the presentations more interesting and informative for the class. Be sure to include philosophical concepts and articles where relevant to your topic. Even though this is not a course on public speaking, the better presentations will be those where the participants (all of them) are engaged with the topic, excited and can speak openly about your topic. You can make up for what you don’t get to say in your 2 page paper you’re writing up ahead of time. That’s one reason I include that individual component as part of these presentations.

III. Some possible things to incorporate into your presentation:

  • Debate on a topic related to gender
  • Video clipping of your group, use video to introduce topics
  • Panel discussion on a topic
  • Poster boards illustrating key points
  • Skits on a topic
  • Role-playing

 I will not be running these presentations. It is up to your group to take over the class for these. I will be involved if you ask me ahead of time. Otherwise, this time is yours!

 I look forward to seeing what each group comes up with!

 IV. Topics for Philosophy and Gender 2003:

A)  Body Image: Griscom, Turner, Gormley, Schmidt, Tabulog

B)  Perspectives on Equality in Family Life:Duca, Hoyt, Pegram, Scott, Layton

C)  Gender and Violence: McWhirt, Moore, Cloud, Ingegneri, Weidmann

D)  Gender and Art, Music, Literature: Buttery, Hall

E)     Gendered Perspectives on Pornography and Communication: Reyes, Schoener, Putz, Whittemore, Clark, Ashmore 

 V.  Notes for March 24th Meeting: Group Presentations

 1)     Try to get as much done today as possible! Be sure to do the following:

 2)     Exchange email/phone numbers for your group

 3)     Distribute tasks—Divide up work within the group—You can then exchange notes/research via email or in class

 4)     Discuss format of your presentation—how would you like to run your group presentation (see ideas above and feel free to come up with your own!)

5)     Possible viewpoints that could be taken on your chosen topic

 6)     Try to make your presentation as specific as possible to appeal to your group members, or if you are going to be more general be sure you make your tasks manageable

 7)     Remember you don’t have to say everything that could possibly be said on a topic, narrow it down where you can

8)     We’ll be working on global and international issues in the next few weeks. These perspectives can be taken on all the topics you’ve chosen. So, it would be good to look at perspectives other than the US for all these topics

 9)     Where do the articles we’ve read/will be reading fit into your topic?

 10) Where will you look for other resources (check out our class website, internet, ask the reference librarian at Campbell for assistance)?







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