Teaching Materials – Series II (Rape Culture)

Here you will find all of the teaching materials for Series 2 of the Campus Culture Project (CCP). This lesson is designed to instruct students to understand the rhetoric about sex and sexual assault around them, and puts the CCP into conversation with larger cultural dialogues about “rape culture” in the United States. It focuses on the relation between sexual assault and power, and guides students through ideas pertaining to gender and sexuality, cultural myths about sex and sexual assault, and more. It is ideal for students who may have more experience or knowledge with discourses of sex and sexual assault, and who are more prepared to take on more complicated and confrontational issues pertaining to these issues. View the full lesson plans, complete with instructions and assignment prompts by clicking the link below.

Full Lesson Plans: Campus Culture Overview 2
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Unit 1 – Confronting the Rhetorics of Rape Culture (What is Sexual Assault?)

Lesson 1 – Rhetoric in our Campus Community: Instructors introduce the Campus
Culture Project and students discuss the role that rhetoric plays in influencing their college expectations

Lesson 2: Rhetoric Surrounding Sexual Assault: Rape Culture
In this lesson students will be introduced to the emergent cultural conversations centered on so-called “rape culture” in order to situate the Campus Culture Project within this larger dialogue.

Lesson 3: Redefining Sexual Assault
Students confront their assumptions about sexual assault through considering how it impacts people of different genders (“it’s not just a woman’s issue”). They leave with a definition of sexual assault that brings together everything from the unit.

Unit 2 – Communication, Consent, and Community (What is Consent?)

Lesson 4:  Gender Norms, Power & Rape Culture
Today, students will be focusing on the issue of hegemonic masculinity (and femininity), and how such gender norms help to produce a rape culture. They will strive to articulate how such norms are culturally embedded in and learned from the rhetorics that surround them, and how we might re-think these norms in order to dismantle rape culture.

Lesson 5: False Accusations & Victim Blaming
This lesson introduces students to two of the dominant myths endemic of rape culture. These issues further center the relation between power and sexual assault, and thus allow for a more in depth discussion about empowerment and consent.

Lesson 6: Consent & Alcohol
Students discuss the relationship of alcohol and consent while considering current laws and debates. They will continue to craft their definition of consent, and building toward a safer and more supportive campus community.

Unit 3 – Commitment to Campus Culture

Lesson 7: Our Campus & Others
Students consider the actions that other campuses are taking to combat rape culture and sexual assault on their campuses. Students consider emerging laws and policies that are targeting sexual assault (e.g. Yes Means Yes Campaign in California).  

Lesson 8: Bystander Intervention Training
The Women’s Resource & Action Center and the Rape Victims Advocacy Center leads Bystander Intervention Training for participating sections to give students strategies for preventing sexual assault.

Lesson 9: Changing Campus Culture
Students will brainstorm ways to change campus culture with regard to sexual assault and make a commitment to do so.