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Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies 1110

Gender, Sex and Power


Credit hours: 3
GEC categories: Category 2. Breadth: C Arts and Humanities, 3. Cultures and Ideas; Category 2. Breadth: C. Arts and Humanities, 4. Diversity, (2) Social Diversity in the United States; Category 2. Breadth: B Social Science, 2. Individuals and groups
Prerequisites: Not open to students with credit for 110

Text Books:

Title Author(s) Publisher ISBN
A History of U.S. Feminisms Dicker, Rory Seal Press 978-1-58005-234-4
Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics hooks, bell South End Press 0-89608-628-3
Feminism and Pop Culture Zeisler, Andi Seal Press 978-1-58005-237-5

Example Syllabus:

Course Objectives: To analyze the ways in which social and cultural norms, ideas, and beliefs about gender and other dimensions of identity affect women’s lives and how these understandings help shape students’ own attitudes • To develop critical reading and thinking skills through examining and interpreting women’s cultural productions • To analyze the structure of gender and the ways in which gender differences, roles, and expectations have influenced the lives of diverse groups of women in a variety of domains of public and private life, in the United States and with regard to the global contexts in which the US is situated • To understand how social science theories and methods are used to examine the historical and current roles of diverse women in social, cultural, economic, and political contexts and institutions in the United States • To analyze individual and group behavior in the context of gendered ideologies and institutions

Course Content: This course is designed to introduce students from diverse backgrounds and disciplines to the interdisciplinary field of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and to the study of gender, sex, and power. We will draw on a variety of literatures to analyze gender, race, sexuality, and other dimensions of identity, past and present.

Method of Presentation: Methods of presentation will include lecture; small group discussions and activities; video and internet resources. In the ONLINE version of Wgsst1110, methods of presentation include video lectures with PowerPoint and online discussions via Carmen. An Instructor's Forum (Carmen) provides additional explanation of course material and includes a Student Questions discussion, where students can post general questions for the Instructor. Students are also provided a Student Forum, a private venue for conversation among students in the course; this Forum is not monitored nor its posts seen by the instructor, and is deleted at the completion of the term.

Method of Evaluation: Student progress toward course objectives will be measured by reading quizzes, midterm and final exams, topical and analytical papers, and class participation.


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