Women's Studies

Course Number: WS 101
Transcript Title: Women's Studies
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: August 27, 2019
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


MTH 20 or equivalent placement

Prerequisite / Concurrent

Course Description

Examines the diverse experiences, status, and contributions of women in the United States both current and historically since the early 1900’s.Covers social construction of gender, race, sexualities, work, religion, class, violence, and health. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  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 effectively by writing, speaking, and collaborating.

Alignment with Institutional Core Learning Outcomes

Major 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)

Not addressed

3. Extract, interpret, evaluate, communicate, and apply quantitative information and methods to solve problems, evaluate claims, and support decisions in their academic, professional and private lives. (Quantitative Literacy)


4. Use an understanding of cultural differences to constructively address issues that arise in the workplace and community. (Cultural Awareness)


5. Recognize the consequences of human activity upon our social and natural world. (Community and Environmental Responsibility)

To establish an intentional learning environment, Core Learning Outcomes (CLOs) require a clear definition of instructional strategies, evidence of recurrent instruction, and employment of several assessment modes.

Major Designation

  1. The outcome is addressed recurrently in the curriculum, regularly enough to establish a thorough understanding.
  2. Students can demonstrate and are assessed on a thorough understanding of the outcome.
    • The course includes at least one assignment that can be assessed by applying the appropriate CLO rubric.

Minor Designation

  1. The outcome is addressed adequately in the curriculum, establishing fundamental understanding.
  2. Students can demonstrate and are assessed on a fundamental understanding of the outcome.
    • The course includes at least one assignment that can be assessed by applying the appropriate CLO rubric.

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
  • Service learning activities
  • Participating in or organizing community or professional events
  • Discussions

Course Activities and Design

The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Competencies and Skills

Instructors teaching WS 101 will include:

  • Patriarchy, sexism, oppression
  • Racism, classism, homophobia
  • Social control, socialization, conformity
  • Body image and media representation of women
  • Gender role socialization
  • Family and intimate relationship dynamics, including violence against women
  • Health and reproductive rights
  • Sexuality and sexual identity
  • Women and economics
  • History of feminism in the United States
  • Women in the arts and media
  • Women and religion

Instructors teaching WS101 may include:

  • First, second, and third wave feminism
  • Origins of gender roles
  • Women and the environment
  • Women and the justice system
  • Language and communication
  • Mental health
  • Women and politics
  • Women and sports