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Research Applications Paper Topics

These papers should be 8-10 pages long and represent applied learning from the entire course while incorporating your own individual research. You should use MLA format, as described in the Style Book. Please note that you select only one of the following seven assignments assignments.

1.  Read one of the following texts and respond to it, based upon the readings and discussions we've had for this class, as well as upon your own research:

The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel

The X in Sex : How the X Chromosome Controls Our Lives

by David Bainbridge

Pink Brain, Blue Brain by Lise Eliot

First Sex: The Natural Talents of Women and How They Are Changing the World by Helen E. Fisher

Who Cooked the Last Supper: The Women's History of the World by Rosalind Miles

Sex, Time and Power: How Women's Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution
by Leonard Shlain

2. Imagine you are on an archeological dig. Describe the setting, location, and the artifacts you find. Speculate on what the artifacts mean, linking that speculation to readings and discussions from the class.

3.  Write a short story set during one of the time periods and in one of the cultures we've studied. Fill in details about the culture from the findings of your own research. Write a one-to-two page summary of the details you gleaned from other sources, explaining why you included them.

4. Pretend you are a person in/from one of the cultures we've studied. Log your journal or diary entries chronicling your life in a typical week, using information from class and from your own research. 

5. Pretend you are a member of one of the societies we've studied this semester, and you are allowed through/by some means to travel into the future to modern day United States of America. Write a reaction to this experience, describing this modern culture from your perspective--once you understand the language, etc. What parts of this life are difficult to adjust to, and why?

6.  Get a hold of a standard history book that deals with one of the ancients cultures that we've studied. Then compare that book's treatment of the culture to what we've studied in class. Use additional sources to clear up any discrepancies, and then explain what significances there are in the differences of the approaches.

7.  Pick an area on the American Archeological Periods chart that has not yet had a link to it and find and research an ancient culture within one of those as-yet-unlinked areas. Prepare a paper explaining that this missing link (pun intended, sadly) needs to be filled with your chosen culture and provide persuasive evidence of that culture's history and its gender identities.

For these papers, please use at least three sources, at least one of which is scholarly and from outside of the syllabus. For number 1, above, the text you choose from the list may be considered that scholarly source.

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