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Final Project Guidelines
Due Friday, July 29 at 11:59pm Pacific
For the final project, complete one of the following project options:
1. Research Paper: Write an analytical paper 2000–2500 words in length (about 7–9 full pages,
double-spaced) that is directly related to concepts in sex, love, and romance. Papers must
include an introduction, conclusion, and bibliography; along with a thesis statement and
evidence throughout that supports and advances your arguments. You are welcome to use nonacademic sources in addition to the required scholarly sources.
2. Zine: Create a magazine-format booklet (“zine”) that narrates a particular issue and is informed
by your research. Then write a 500-word reflection paper that describes your creative
inspiration for the zine, explains your analysis, and interprets how your zine intervenes in the
issue or topic you chose. Zines can take different forms and size but are generally expected to
be at least 6 pages in length. Zines can include images, poetry, quotes, art, and other creative
texts by others (be sure to attribute creators) or original creative work made by you!
Your zine should respond to one of the following prompts:
a. Redefining Romance: Take a classic or normative romance story, cliché, theme, or
meme and manipulate it to disrupt and transform the normative ways that it represents
gender, race, class, culture, or other vectors or power and identity.
b. Public Service Announcement (PSA): Choose an issue in sex, love, and romance for
which there is a great deal of panic, lack of understanding, misrepresentation, or
stereotyping (such as girlhood, the purity myth, porn, sex work, marriage). Write a zine
that is informative as well as politically progressive in its representation of those who are
especially impacted by the social issue under question.
Project Expectations
Organization: Papers must be double-spaced and follow a formal academic citation style (Chicago,
MLA, or APA). Papers and zines must include your name, Professor’s and TA’s names, date, and a
Sources: All projects must engage and cite at least seven scholarly sources. Note that this is two
more than your proposal required. You also do not have to use the same sources from your proposal.
Research papers and reflection papers must include in-text citations and bibliographies, correctly
formatted. (For zines: you may choose not to include in-text citations in the zine itself; but your reflection
paper must cite all seven sources.)
In addition to the required scholarly sources, you may include extra sources such as newspaper
articles, blogs, interviews, memoirs, government reports, statistics, novels, etc.
Evaluation: Projects are evaluated according to overall organization and flow, inclusion of well-chosen
evidence, argumentation and analysis of evidence, and engagement with course themes and concepts.
See the rubric below for more detail.
All final projects are due by Friday, July 29 at 11:59pm Pacific. Five points may be deducted for
each day that your project is late, and after Sunday, July 31 no late work will be accepted.
FEMST 150, Summer 2022 Session A, Prof. Victorian
Final Project Guidelines 1
Final Project Rubric
Analysis &
Not Passing (F)
Barely Passing (D)
Adequate (C)
Good (B)
Excellent (A)
Thesis statement absent,
irrelevant, or not
inadequately developed
Thesis statement not
clearly stated, vague, or
needs work
Thesis statement easily
found, relevant, and
Thesis statement easily
found, developed, and
Thesis statement easily
found, well-developed,
and compelling
Lacks organization and is
difficult to follow
Minimal organization;
major areas ambiguous
Organized, but may at
times drift from focus
Logical and helpful
Logical, well-organized,
focused throughout
Lacks evidence for major
points; evidence
provided does not
support arguments
Superficial or insufficient
evidence; barely
supports argument
Evidence for all major
points; but may lack
helpful detail for
supporting arguments
Additional evidence and
detail given for major
points and supporting
Plenty evidence and
detail for major points and
supporting arguments
Irrelevant or incorrect
examples used
Irrelevant or incorrect
examples used
Basic, relevant examples
from other sources used
Strategic examples used
to connect arguments
Illustrative, compelling
examples used
Does not show how
evidence relates to
Stretches meaning or
relevance of evidence to
support arguments
Explains how the
evidence supports the
argument in most cases
Throughout, explains
how evidence supports
the arguments
Developed arguments
show strong relationship
between evidence, thesis,
and supporting points
Explanation and
reasoning are hard to
discern, incomplete,
illogical, or incorrect
Explanation and
reasoning are noticeably
incomplete and illogical
in multiple places
Explanation and
reasoning are basic and
logical; some points may
lack depth or context
Explanation and
reasoning are fully
formed and logical
Explanation and
reasoning are fullyformed, logical; shows
author’s interpretation
Does not demonstrate
meaningful knowledge of
Demonstrates minimal
understanding of subject
and key concepts
Demonstrates basic
understanding of subject
and major concepts
Demonstrates knowledge
and engagement with
subject and concepts with
depth or breadth
Demonstrates depth and
breadth of understanding
and engagement with
subject knowledge
Information is irrelevant,
incomplete, or inaccurate
Major inaccuracies or
Several minor
inaccuracies or
Few minor inaccuracies or No inaccuracies or
FEMST 150, Summer 2022 Session A, Prof. Victorian
Final Project Guidelines 2

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