Assignment-Queer Today: How to Queer a Capitalist Life (12.1)

Final Group Presentation

You and your group must design an assigned project to present as a “Crash Course on [fill in the blank
with a QST related topic/theme].”
In a unique style, create a project that would help an outside observer understand Queer Social Theory,
or some particular aspect of it. [Presentation dates TBD.]

QST has been around long enough that there are now more themes than a one-semester course on the
topic could possibly address. Select an area that either we did not cover or one that could be addressed in a wholly different manner from the approach we took in class.

Your presentation should be in two parts.

The first part should be approximately 20 minutes.
You may create a blog, a zine, a graphic essay, a film, spoken word poetry, conduct an interview, tell a
personal story, create a debate, invent a game, marketing campaign, politically-informed digital graffiti,
podcast, song, or use any other approach so long as it does not rely on lecturing or PowerPoint slides (or
related format).

The second part should be between 4 and 7 minutes and consist of an explanation of why you did what
you did and how the first part of the presentation is an accurate representation of the QST course

You should imagine the audience of the first part is someone who has some background in basic
sociology, psychology, and/or women and gender studies but who is NOT familiar with QST. The
audience for the second part is the TA and professor.


You will be graded according to how successful you do the following:

Presentation Basics

  • Introduced team members.
  • Group presentation was coordinated, with teamwork and organization demonstrated.
  • Managed time well – presentation was timed correctly.

Presentation Content

  • Presentation as a whole was clear and easy to follow.
  • Audio or visual components were used and effectively integrated into the presentation.
  • Presentation demonstrated creativity and/or group research.

Presentation Impact

  • Presenters took the topic seriously and worked to make a professional presentation.
  • Presenters “reached” the audience by projecting energy, enthusiasm and convincingly “sold” their idea.
  • Familiarity and understanding of the topics were evident.
  • Group effectively addressed audience questions.

*Note: To avoid the (albeit unlikely) possibility that more than one group selects the same theme or the same approach, a “first-come-first-serve” will apply (i.e., once a group has selected a theme it will not be available to other groups).