- Course Number:
- WS 202
- Course Title:
- Women, Activism and Social Change
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Course DescriptionExamines how women have worked to empower girls and women and improve the conditions of their lives. Explores ways that feminist theories have shaped the goals and strategies of social change efforts. Offers an in-depth look at selected topic areas, connects analysis and personal experience, and focuses on how to become an effective change agent. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
Intended Outcomes for the course
Upon successful completion, students should be able to:
- Recognize influences of changing political, social, economic, religious, sexual, historical, and cultural patterns in the creation and perpetuation of injustice.
- Evaluate effective possibilities for empowering women and working toward positive change in the lives of women.
- Use feminist theoretical perspectives to analyze social change efforts.
- Communicate effectively in writing, collaborating, and speaking.
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
- Participating in or organizing community or professional events
- Service learning activities
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
Themes, Competencies, and Skills:
- Reflect on the history of womens advocacy for positive changes in the conditions which impact girls and womens lives.
- Articulate and explore ways in which women and men can implement a vision of social change which empowers women and improves the circumstances of their lives.
- Explain several feminist theoretical perspectives.
- Examine a topic relevant to girls or womens lives, and analyze efforts and effects of social change on this topic.
- Develop skills in explaining ones views in depth and listening respectfully to others.
- Explore possible directions for future social change efforts.
Themes, Concepts, Issues:
- power, privilege
- sexism, albums, ageism
- heterosexism, homophobia
- sexual orientation, sexual minorities
- systems of oppression
- identity politics
- social constructivism
- feminist epistemologies
- authority of experience
- first, second, and third wave feminisms
- liberal, socialist, radical feminisms
Instructors teaching WS202 may focus on such topics as:
- work and economics
- sport and leisure
- politics and law
- mental health
- health care
- mass media/TV/film/Internet