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Women's Studies

IHU 202

Women's Studies

IHU 202

Course Description

Introduces the academic field of women's studies. Explores the diversity of women's experiences and achievements both in the present and in the past from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives. Addresses social structures and the intersections of gender, class, race, ethnicity, religion, ages, abilities, and sexual identities. (45-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Understand how women's studies have evolved as an academic field.

Objectives:

  • Read and discuss the history of women's movements and women in higher education.
  • Memorize historical facts that have contributed to the accumulation of women's studies as a body of knowledge.
  • Review personal narratives and academic essays written by people with different feminist viewpoints.

Identify the complex web of social relationships that impact our understanding of what we call "womanhood."

Objectives:

  • Reflect critically on the diverse materials presented.
  • Analyze the intersections of gender, race, class, and sexuality within various social realms.
  • Collaborate in group discussions or key concepts.

Know key words and concepts pertaining to feminist/womanist theories.

Objectives:

  • Define vocabulary terms during in-class quizzes.
  • Relate key words and concepts to other media such as television, advertising, music, etc.

Develop an ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Objectives:

  • Participate in group discussions about course readings and topics.
  • Compose response papers relating to the assigned readings, guest speakers, and videoi. supplements.
  • Write a final research paper.

Develop a critical perspective and unique voice as a citizen in a democratic society.

Objectives:

  • Identify their social location within the complex web of social relationships that describe society.
  • Compare opinions with authors, presenters, critics and other students in the class in a
  • respectful manner.
  • Investigate local social services agencies in the community.
  • Select a topic and lead discussion for one class period.