Women: Images and Perspectives
WS 2013.04/WS 2013.05
Dana C. Curtis
Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30 – 1:30 and by appointment via face-to-face,
online, or telephone meetings
Thursday from 12:30-2:30
and by appointment via face-to-face, online, or
This course is an introduction to multicultural-women's studies using an interdisciplinary
approach to explore theories, methods, activism, and themes of inquiry.
By means of critical
thinking, we will explore the social construction of gender and the intersections of gender with
race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality.
The term "multicultural," as it refers to the core curriculum, is defined broadly, to include
disability, economic status, gender, nationality, ‘race’/ethnicity, region, religion, and sexuality.
Although some of the course materials focus on experiences and issues of people living in the
United States, the increasingly global nature of our world demands a more holistic and
transnational approach to thinking about issues of social justice.
Course Goals/Student Learning Outcomes
This course meets the core curriculum requirements for a course in Multicultural-Women's
Studies. Through courses within a Women's Studies component of the core curriculum, students
who successfully complete this course will:
Demonstrate an understanding of culture (the acquired skills, beliefs, perceptions,
behaviors, and practices specific groups of people employ) and knowledge of cultural
domains: the norms, understandings, concepts of reality, values, and worldviews held by
members of specific cultures.
Develop basic multicultural understanding, empathy, and communication.
Understand the responsibilities of living in a multicultural world.
Demonstrate knowledge of some of the ways existing social inequalities develop,
function, and change as well as an understanding of possibilities for social change.
Understand gender (as culture) in relation to the larger world through examination of the
similarities and diversities of women historically and multiculturally.
Develop some understanding of the diversity in feminist and/or social-justice theories.
Understand and be able to identify some of the intersecting dynamics of disability,
economic status, gender, nationality, "race"/ethnicity, region, religion, and sexuality.