Theory Presentation 10% of the total semester grade

1.) Read the encyclopedia article on blackboard about the theory you were assigned. 

Outline the theory as you understand it from this reading. Be sure to note any questions or confusion you have. Try to think of a few “real world” examples of your theory in action. Write this out in your journal and bring it to class on the designated day.

2.) Search Wikipedia for your theory (it may have a different name).

What does it say? Do you have to search for similar or related terms instead? 

Click on citations hyperlinked in the references. Skim them and in your journal make note of anything you think is especially important. Keep these notes in your journal or a digital location to print and put in your journal later. Review the talk page and the edits. Do you think we could edit this page to make it stronger? Are there related terms we might consider editing?

3.) Research your theory in the BMCC library and databases.

Search for textbooks that use your theory. Read these sections and compare them. Take notes in your journal. Search for scholarly articles that use the theory. Make note of anything particularly useful. Note all citations in your journal or keep them in a digital location to print and put in your journal later.

4.) Put together your handout. It should print on one page of paper. That means it can be a single side or a double side. You can format it however you like, but try to use some images in addition to text. Your handout should:

  • Explain the theory you were assigned and its development by referencing the encyclopedia article.

  • Note at least one scholar associated with the theory and their contributions.
  • Provide a list of citations one might use to learn more about the theory — you may describe these sources in a sentence or two.

  • Include at least two “real world” applications of your theory. These can be hypothetical scenarios, examples from media texts, or historical examples.


5.) Prepare a five-minute presentation.

You are welcome to use media in your presentation, though it is not required and can’t take more than two minutes of your presentation. If you do not do a multi-media presentation, bring copies of your handout for the class.

6.) Come to class prepared to deliver your presentation, having shared your handout digitally.


Wikipedia Project 35% of the total semester grade


We are lucky to work with Wikimedia NYC to edit and/or create articles about gender and communication for Wikipedia. We will have workshops with them throughout the course and a day to share our work with them toward the end of the semester. I will ask you to keep track of your work in the course journal. You will be primarily graded on the work you do toward the final product. Assigned readings on Wikipedia can be found here


Based on the work you do on your theory presentations, several theories that offer the potential for Wikipedia edits will be chosen. You will be put into theory groups, which may differ from the theory presentations you did, to identify edits you would like to make and find sources to support those edits. Each person in the group should identify a MINIMUM of one source and one edit and then make that edit in their Wikipedia account. You are encouraged to make more than one edit. You will need to paraphrase the source you are using to make your edit — you cannot just quote it directly. You will also need to keep the five pillars of Wikipedia in mind in order to make your edits successful. As always, track all of your work in your course journal.


Because Wikipedia is a community and we can’t guarantee what edits will stick, you will be graded on your work during and reflection on the process. This reflection will take the form of a TWO MINUTE video. We will have a week in class for you to learn basic video editing in the free, cloud-based program WeVideo. Your video must include:

First Minute

*A title image that includes the Wikipedia user name you used to make your edits

*A series of screenshots OR a screen capture of the edit(s) you made.

*Audio or video recording explaining your edit(s) and the process you used to identify and make them.

Second Minute

*A video reflection of you speaking about what you learned doing this project. Be sure you address:

How your ideas about Wikipedia have changed.

How you came to understand your assigned theory/theories through the project.

What you learned about gender and communication through the project.