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Women's Studies

Course Descriptions

WOMEN 200: Introduction to Women's Studies:CD

Credits: 5.0

Introduction to interdisciplinary methods and concepts related to women's studies. This course explores political, historical, and cultural constructions of gender, race, class, and sexuality. Topics include women's histories, intersections of identity, family, work, body politics, health, violence and protection, oppression, empowerment, and resistance. Prerequisite(s): Placement in ENGL& 101 or instructor permission. Crosslisted as: DIVST 200.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Apply key concepts and theories from the field of women's studies to a broad spectrum of historical, political, international, and social issues.
  2. Reason and think critically about gender relations and women's positions from a wide variety of theoretical perspectives.
  3. Analyze and explore relationships between sociopolitical institutions and individual experience.
  4. Explore overlapping meanings and constructions of race, class, gender, and sexuality.
  5. Compare and contextualize the histories, stories, and current situations of different groups of women, by race, ethnicity, sexuality, class, and physical ability.
  6. Examine the ways that intersections of race, class, sexuality, and gender shape life experience and identity formation.
  7. Conduct participant observation and service-learning projects with local community partners, and reflect on the value of active, engaged learning.
  8. Identify and assess empirical research findings to critically analyze issues related to women's positions and experiences.
  9. Apply knowledge, awareness, and/or skills to identify and analyze issues related to diversity.

WOMEN 220: Women of the World:CD

Credits: 5.0

Explores global diversity of ways that women create, influence, and challenge conventions and representations of gender, sexuality, race, class, and nationality. Comparative analysis of women's lives from class to culture, from work to marriage patterns, health issues, violence and protection, and grassroots organizing. (Dual listed as ANTH 220.) Prerequisite(s): Placement in ENGL& 101 or instructor permission. Crosslisted as: ANTH 220.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Define anthropology and culture.
  2. Define women's studies and feminism.
  3. Conduct participant observation and service-learning projects with local community partners.
  4. Explain the value of participant observation and service learning as research tools in anthropology and women's studies.
  5. Describe and discuss the significance and impact of women in cultural systems.
  6. Describe the impact of women's lives on the cultural landscapes they inhabit.
  7. Reflect orally and in writing on the value of service as a means of making a difference in a community.
  8. Explain how societies are interrelated and the impact of globalization on women's lives and cultures.
  9. Use a culturally relative approach to the exploration of women's lives in various cultures.