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AEIS 210 - Women and Society

5 Credits
Introduces women’s studies with a focus on women’s social, creative, economic and political lives. Interdisciplinary analysis of social construction and enforcement of gender differences and inequalities. Examines how the intersection of gender, race, class, nationality and culture shape women’s experiences. Topics may include women’s rights, education, health and body images, as well as violence against women, feminist theory, media messages, popular culture, racism, sexual identities and activism in a global context. May be taught thematically.

Course Note Previously DGS 210.

Designed to Serve All students.
Active Date 2014-11-12

Grading System Decimal Grade
Class Limit 38
Contact Hours: Lecture 55 Lab 0 Worksite 0 Clinical 0 Other 0
Total Contact Hours 55
Degree Distributions:
  • Diversity & Globalism
  • Social Science Area I

Course Outline
Analysis of social construction of gender differences and gender inequalities in contexts determined by instructor. Study of race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and nationality in the lives of women. Overview of feminist scholarship regarding gender, gender differences and gender inequalities. Impact of race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and nationality on gender. Focus on special topics, which may include, but are not limited to, feminist theory, reproduction and motherhood, popular culture, sexual autonomy, racism, lesbian identities and activism in a global context.

Student Learning Outcomes
Analyze the intersection of social identities, particularly of oppressed identities, as it affects the diversity of human experiences.

Apply concepts of the course to their own experience and to articulate their own roles in terms of the intersections of social identities.

Identify how gender, race, class and other cultural factors shape social identity and experience.

Identify similarities and differences in the varieties of American women’s experiences and those of women in other countries.

Recognize and articulate contemporary principles and issues of feminist/womanist thought.

Recognize and articulate personal and political action that challenges sexism, racism, classism, and patterns of social dominance of all kinds.

Recognize and explain the diverse nature of the American woman’s movement and some of the similarities and differences in women’s movements in other countries.

Recognize multiple aspects of identity expressed in women’s writings, art, and culture.

Recognize women both as individuals and as members of a socio-economic-poltical group with common concerns and challenges.

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