Human Sexuality Research “Un-essay” Project
WHAT IS AN UNESSAY?
An UnEssay is an opportunity for you to get creative with you own ideas and abilities to
create a product; though I recognize that some of you may be more comfortable with a
traditional researcher-paper format, I hope that you will (and encourage you to) think
outside of the traditional-essay-box box for your Final in this class. You could sew
something, write something, sculpt or draw something; you could build a tabletop or
computer-based game, expand a project from an earlier unit, or write and perform a play
with peers. You could do something we haven’t even thought of!
The main goal of this as a Final Project is to bring together all we have done in this
course and show what it has meant to you and what you have learned from this shared
experience. You will select a women’s health issue that interests you based on the list
provided below. Next, you will select Option 1 or Option 2.
Regardless of the format you choose, your projects/papers must include the following:
a. Background Information: What is the topic you have selected and why
did you select the topic? What is the topic about? Discuss historic and
current perspectives of topic. Provide information about the prevalence of
the issue and provide statistics. Provide definition of terms that are
needed or where appropriate. How does the issue affect individuals and
society (effects on the dimensions of health: physical, mental, emotional,
environmental, social, cultural, vocational, etc)? How do individuals,
society and systems (policies, politics, health agencies, education, etc.)
address the issue? Your background information is strengthened when
you use a combination of resources such as peer-reviewed articles (use at
least 3) and other resources (at least 3 others: books, websites, agencies,
newspaper & magazine articles, etc.) to provide some background
information about the issue.
b. Theoretical Perspective: The recommended theoretical perspective is
the socio-ecological perspective. However, you can use a theory that
you are familiar with. You could also identify one from the research articles
c. Purpose: The purpose of the paper indicates what you are trying to find
out or understand. You will be specifically trying to understand something
interesting or significant about the person you interviewed. (e.g. The
purpose of the paper is to understand the emotional and psychological toll
on women with Bulimia)
a. Research Method: Indicate that this is a retrospective, qualitative study
that uses an interview technique.
b. Institutional Review Board: Indicate that you completed a human
subject’s approval form and that you got approval from your professor.
c. Participant Selection: Indicate how & where you identified and selected
the person that you interviewed.
d. Instrument: Indicate the instrument you used (e.g. a form that gathered
demographic information? a series of open-ended interview questions?
Indicate that the interview is based on X number of interview questions (it
is recommended that you have at least 2), a survey? A self-reflection?
e. Analyses: Indicate how data were analyzed (e.g. recorded, transcribed,
themes identified & interpreted
i. E.g. To better understand what women with Bulimia are going
through, a review of relevant literature was conducted, therefore,
research articles, reports, media resources and an interview of a
person with Bulimia was conducted.
ii. Women in their mid-thirties with the disorder bulimia nervosa were
identified through the snowball technique and were approached to
participate in the study. The women completed an informed
consent prior to participation and were asked to complete a
demographic and health history intake sheet. After completion of
the intake form, the women were interviewed using 10 questions
developed through the about the health issue. The questions are
were derived from reviewing the literature.
3. Results should provide information about the data that was collected and
analyzed. What was found from the conducted research? Examples of what can
be included in the results are:
a. How many people were interviewed?
b. How long did the interviews last?
c. Summarize the demographic information (age, race/ethnicity, education,
children, and pregnancy).
d. Then, provide a write-up about your findings from your interview.
e. What meaningful patterns and themes were identified? What do they
f. Some quantitative analysis tools include: Descriptive statistics: mean,
mode, median; inferential statistics: T-test, ANOVA, MANOVA, CHI-tests,
4. Discussion evaluates your interview and how it relates to the literature and
surrounding environment. I recommend you discuss how the health issue is
affected/shaped by the determinants of health, dimensions of health and socioecological factors.
a. Person (individual demographic: age, education, economic status)
b. Physical Environment (biological, genetic, clinical health)
c. Social and cultural environment (religion, faith, culture, policies, laws, etc.)
d. Dimensions of Health: Physical, mental, emotional, environmental, social,
cultural, vocational, etc.
a. Is the interview reflective of the literature reviewed? Did it match what you
found in the research/literature?
b. Therefore, was the interview in line with what researchers know about the
topic? Were there differences? Why do you think that is?
a. Should attempt to do APA style citation.
b. Please have at least 5 peer reviewed articles and at least 2 other scholarly
c. Make sure references are cited in-text (please be consistent)
d. Please make sure you have a reference page at the end of the paper.
Write a research paper that is at least (>5) pages that is supported by at least three
peer reviewed articles about the health issue (no older than 10 years) and incorporate
other reference/resources as well.
Write an annotated bibliography and submit an un-essay project in lieu of a full research
paper. More information about unEssays (Maybe you can get some ideas from some of
these example projects but DO NOT COPY any of these):
More samples: Below are some fantastic digital unessays that students have submitted.
These examples don’t necessarily model the content of your assignments, as some
were completed for classes covering very different topics, but hopefully they will give you
a sense of what kinds of work you might complete.
• Operation Critique
• Beyond the Words: Text in Art
• Programming a Medium
• Know Code (music available on request)
• The Evolving Album Cover
• Ada on Ada: A Programmer’s Manifesto
• The Best Story I Ever Wrote, Annotated
• Graffiti and New Media
• Which Text(s) Work(s)?
• Teen Pregnancy
• Pregnancy Experience—be specific
• Sex Education
• Cross-culture Health
• Women with disabilities
• Violence Against Women
** If you would like to write about a different topic, please clear it with your
CITATION & PAPER FORMAT: APA 7
1. Academic Writer Tutorial: Basics of Seventh Edition APA Style
2. APA Handouts & Formatting Guides: https://apastyle.apa.org/instructionalaids/handouts-guides
3. Coastal Carolina University Writing Center
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