Course Content and Outcomes Guide for WS 101 Effective Fall 2021
- Course Number:
- WS 101
- Course Title:
- Women's Studies
- Credit Hours:
- Lecture Hours:
- Lecture/Lab Hours:
- Lab Hours:
- Special Fee:
Intended Outcomes for the course
Upon completion of the course students should be able to:
- Describe intersectional feminist understandings of personal, structural, and historical patterns and events.
- Analyze ways that systems of power, privilege and oppression are created and maintained by social, cultural economic, and historical forces.
- Analyze the influences that systems of oppression have on diverse women’s lives.
- Describe the relationship of gender to power and inequality, with an emphasis on intersections with class, race, ability, age, and sexuality.
- Communicate effectively in writing, speaking, and collaborating.
Students completing an associate degree at Portland Community College will be able to reflect on one’s work or competencies to make connections between course content and lived experience.
General education philosophy statement
This course aligns with the PCC General Education philosophy by providing an appreciation of history both from a global perspective and from a personal perspective, including an awareness of the role played by gender and by various cultures, This course also provides an understanding of the ethical and social requirements of responsible participation in society. It accomplishes these goals by centering intersectional feminism and analyzing the creation and maintenance of systems of oppression such as sexism, heterosexism, cissexism, racism, classism, ableism, among others.
Students completing an associate degree at Portland Community College will be able to analyze and evaluate how cultural systems relate to broader social dynamics.
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
- Reflect on the impact of gender on the lives of women in the United States and/or other culture.
- 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 WS101 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
Proposed revision (9/30/2020):
power, access, privilege
racism, transphobia, classism, homophobia, ageism, ableism fatphobia and other patterns of oppression
women and economics
women and work (paid and unpaid)
family and intimate relationships
health and reproductive rights
sexualities and sexual identities
social control, socialization, conformity
social construction of knowledge
gender role socialization
origins of gender roles
women and politics
women in the arts and media
women and the environment
women and the legal system
language and communication
Colonialism, imperialism and xenophobia
history of feminism in the United States
spiritual expressions and religious traditions