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Women's Studies

Course Number: WS 101
Transcript Title: Women's Studies
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: December 19, 2014
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: Yes
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0
Approved delivery mode:


WR 115, RD 115, MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores

Course Description

Surveys and critically analyzes the position of women in society, in terms of present realities and future possibilities. Provides a framework to connect personal experience with contemporary social and political issues. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

  1. Use concepts basic to feminist thought in order to develop new understandings of historical, current, and personally experienced events.
  2. Articulate ways that systems of power, privilege and oppression are created and maintained by social cultural forces
  3. Recognize the influences that systems of oppression have on diverse women’s lives.
  4. Identify and analyze social processes that construct gender roles.
  5. Communicate skillfully by writing, speaking, and collaborating.

Alignment with Institutional Core Learning Outcomes

1. Communicate effectively using appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. (Communication)
2. Creatively solve problems by using relevant methods of research, personal reflection, reasoning, and evaluation of information. (Critical thinking and Problem-Solving)
3. Apply the knowledge, skills and abilities to enter and succeed in a defined profession or advanced academic program. (Professional Competence)
4. Appreciate cultural diversity and constructively address issues that arise out of cultural differences in the workplace and community. (Cultural Awareness)
5. Recognize the consequences of human activity upon our social and natural world. (Community and Environmental Responsibility)

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Student mastery of outcomes may be assessed by any combination of the following:

  • Written or oral assignments
  • Objective or essay examinations
  • Research projects
  • Participation in class discussions, small group activities, exercises, or role plays
  • Performances or plays
  • Oral or visual presentations
  • Service learning activities
  • Classroom attendance
  • Participating in or organizing community or professional events

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Competencies and Skills

  1. Reflect on the impact of gender on the lives of women in the United States and/or other culture.
  2. Articulate ways in which gender roles are socially constructed and how these roles shape the lives of people in both subordinate and dominant positions and how these roles can be revisioned

Themes, Concepts, Issues

Instructors teaching WS 101 will include:

  • Empowering women
  • Patriarchy, sexism, oppression
  • Racism, classism, homophobia
  • Social control, socialization, conformity
  • Social construction of knowledge
  • Body image
  • Gender role socialization
  • Family and intimate relationships
  • Health and reproductive rights
  • Sexuality and sexual identity
  • Women and economics

Instructors teaching WS101 may include:

  • First, second, and third wave feminism
  • Essentialism, constructivism
  • Ageism, ableism
  • History of feminism in the United States
  • Women in the arts and media
  • Spiritual expressions and religions traditions
  • Origins of gender roles
  • Women and the environment
  • Women and the justice system
  • Language and communication
  • Mental health
  • Women and politics
  • Women and sports