WMST110 Introduction to Gender Studies

Department of Language & Literature: Women's Studies

I. Course Number and Title
WMST110 Introduction to Gender Studies
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information

The Department of Language and Literature has determined that WMST110 is a writing-intensive course, which requires a minimum of 2,500 words in formal writing assignments.

This course meets the Critical Thinking and Diversity General Education requirements.

VI. Catalog Course Description
This course examines the contingent nature of identity factors, such as gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and social class, and how such factors are intertwined with relations of power. It emphasizes the consequences of the distribution of inequality, and the ways in which individuals exert agency and challenge systems of inequality.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. demonstrate an understanding of the socially-constructed nature of identity factors, such as gender and race [Diversity];
    2. illustrate the differences in inequality between their own socio-cultural context and those of individuals in other nations;
    3. examine how institutions, such as the US educational system and global capitalism create, sustain, and exploit networks of power [Critical Thinking];
    4. demonstrate an understanding of politically-relevant movements, such as abolition and suffrage, the anti-lynching movement, second and third-wave feminisms, and transnational feminisms; and
    5. analyze the ideological role of contemporary popular media, such as social networks, TV programs, and film [Critical Thinking, Diversity].
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    Biological determinism
    The social construction of gender
    The performative nature of identity
    Sexuality and its relationships with gender, race, and nationality
    The role of institutions, such as the educational system, religious organizations, and the workplace in identity construction
    Health, illness, and ableism
    The role of popular media in identity construction
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. take quizzes and tests;
    2. write academic essays requiring the use of research;
    3. complete projects, such as research reports or multimedia presentations.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Departmentally-approved textbook. See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 12/00; Revised - 5/4/15; Core Goals/Objectives added 4/04; New Core 8/2015