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Unformatted text preview: University Of Toronto Scarborough Department of Historical and Cultural Studies WSTA01H3F: INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES FALL 2015 LECTURE: Monday 11-­‐1 SY (Science Research Building) Room 110 Instructor: Patricia Kmiec Email: [email protected] Office: HW 516 Office Hours: By appointment (regular office hours to be announced shortly) Teaching Assistants/Tutorial Leaders: Brandy Jensen: [email protected] TBA Office Hours: Details available on Blackboard. Course Description: An introduction to the study of women around the world from an interdisciplinary perspective. Issues to be addressed will include: women's diversity locally and globally, patriarchal foundations, the dynamics of socialization, and the transmission and perpetuation of images of women. Instructor’s Note on Student Success: Students who succeed in this course typically demonstrate the following: • A willingness to engage in critical self-­‐reflection, including questioning their own worldviews, habits, beliefs, and practices. • An openness to fully consider diverse perspectives, including some that may be in contrast to their own. • A sense of respect for the ideas and experiences of other members of the course and a commitment to actively listening to all course participants. • A commitment to course work, including independent weekly readings, attendance at lectures and tutorials, participation in informal group work, and consistent effort on independent assignments. Course Objectives • To develop an understanding of how gender is socially and historically constructed. • To develop and strengthen skills in independent critical thinking as well as group collaboration. • To learn how gender intersects with other identities and experiences. • To examine where current issues related to gender in Canada are placed within a transnational and global context. • To engage with various disciplinary methods of analysis and become familiar with the inter-­‐ disciplinary field of Women and Gender Studies. 1 Course Material: Both course textbooks are available at the university bookstore. • Bromley, Victoria. Feminisms Matter: Debates, Theories, Activism. University of Toronto Press, 2012. -­‐REQUIRED TEXT-­‐ • Hobbs, Margaret and Carla Rice. Gender and Women’s Studies in Canada: Critical Terrain. Women’s Press. 2013. -­‐REQUIRED TEXT-­‐ *This book has been placed on reserve (short-­‐term loan) at the library. If you prefer to borrow from the library instead of purchasing the book that is fine, just be sure to complete or make copies of your weekly readings well in advance, as there may be a wait to borrow this book at peak times. General Course Information Please read carefully, as many of these regulations are for this course only. • Students are expected to attend all lectures and tutorials throughout the term. Being part of the ongoing course conversation will allow you to fully grasp the course material, contribute to the learning of others, and enhance your overall learning in the course. There may be unannounced activities in lectures and tutorials that will count towards your participation mark. • Deadlines for all independent course work (with the exception of in-­‐class work and the final exam) will be 11:59pm on the due date. All work is expected to be submitted online through the Blackboard course website. The midterm assignment will also be submitted to turnitin.com. Be sure to always submit work early as experiencing technical problems is not an acceptable excuse for late submissions. • The teaching team will communicate with students and post important announcements on Blackboard. Check the Blackboard course website frequently. • Electronics -­‐including tablets, laptops, and cell phones-­‐ are permitted in lectures but must be turned to silent mode. If you feel the need to use your devices for reasons unrelated to the course, please sit at the back. If you are easily distracted by others around you who are using devices for reasons unrelated to the course, please sit at the front. • Lecture slides will be posted online prior to each lecture. These slides are intended to assist in easy and thorough note-­‐taking. They are not a replacement for attending lecture, and will not include all the key components of the lessons. • Students are not permitted to post lecture slides, assignments, exam review, tests, exams, or any other course documents online. If course documents are found on any note-­‐sharing websites (such as oneclass.com), they will be immediate removed and the student will be reported to the academic integrity office. Additionally, if any lecture slides are found posted by students on any website, they will no longer be provided to students for any purpose. • The professor and TAs are here to help you succeed in this course! We are available before and after class, over email, and during office hours to discuss any matters related to the course. Please review the syllabus and assignment instructions for basic details, but don’t be shy to ask any questions that are not answered in the course documents. We’re happy to help J 2 Course Requirements and Evaluation: REQUIREMENT In-­‐Class Reflections DUE DATE November 2 Mid Term Assignment: WEIGHT 20% (4 x 5%) 20% Online Blog and Comments: October 26 • Blog Post November 23 • Blog Comments Participation Ongoing Final Exam Exam Period 5% 5% 15% 35% Weekly Readings and Lecture Topics SEPTEMBER 14: Introduction No Readings. SEPTEMBER 21: Women and Gender Studies and Feminism Today Required Readings: 1. Bromley, Introduction. 2. Bromley, Chapter 1. 3. Hobbs and Rice, Chapter 2. bell hooks. Feminism is for Everybody. SEPTEMBER 28: Social and Historical Constructions of Gender In Lecture: Reflection Paper #1 Required Readings: 1. Bromley, Chapter 9. 2. Hobbs and Rice, Supplement 7. “Sex and Gender.” 3. Hobbs and Rice, Chapter 16. Lois Gould. “X: A Fabulous Child's Story”. 4. Hobbs and Rice, Supplement 23. Sharon Lamb and Lyn Mikel Brown. “Gender Play.” OCTOBER 5: Feminist Epistemology and Feminist Research Methods Required Readings: 1. Bromley, Chapter 3. 2. Bromley, Chapter 7. 3 3. Hobbs and Rice, Chapter 12. Emily Martin. “The Egg and the Sperm: How Science Has Constructed a Romance Based on Stereotypical Male-­‐Female Roles.” **OCTOBER 12: NO CLASS THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY** OCTOBER 19: Theories I: Intersectionality Required Readings: 1. Bromley, Chapter 4. 2. Bromley, Chapter 5. 3. Hobbs and Rice, Supplement 3. Intersectionality Wheel Diagram 4. Hobbs and Rice, Chapter 5. “Intersectional Feminist Frameworks: A Primer.” OCTOBER 26: Theories II: Sex, Sexualities, and the Body Online Blog Posts DUE! Mid-­‐Term Questions Posted! Required Readings: 1. Bromley, Chapter 6. 2. Hobbs and Rice, Supplement 24. Gloria Steinem. “If Men Could Menstruate: A Political Essay.” 3. Hobbs and Rice, Supplement 16. Activist Insight: Homophobia and Heterosexism 4. Hobbs and Rice, Chapter 18. Riki Wilchins. “Transgender Rights.” NOVEMBER 2: Waves of Movement and Activism Mid-­‐Term Assignment DUE! In Lecture: Reflection Paper #2 Required Readings: 1. Bromley, Chapter 8. 2. Bromley, Chapter 10. 3. Hobbs and Rice. Chapter 25. “Women’s Experience of Racism: How Race and Gender Interact.” 4. Hobbs and Rice. Chapter 48. Judy Rebick. “The Women are Coming: The Abortion Caravan.” 5. Hobbs and Rice. Supplement 31. “Reproductive Rights around the World.” NOVEMBER 9: Global and Transnational Perspectives and Connections Required Readings: 1. Hobbs and Rice. Supplement 33. Alison Jaggar. “What is Neo-­‐Liberal Globalization?” 2. Hobbs and Rice. Chapter 54. Shawn Meghan Burn. “Women and Globalization.” 3. Hobbs and Rice. Chapter 55. “Women behind the Labels: Worker Testimonies from Central America.” 4 NOVEMBER 16: Gender and the Media In Lecture: Reflection Paper #3 Required Readings: 1. Hobbs and Rice. Supplement 19. Sharon Lamb et al. “Fast Facts about Sexualization and Marketing to Girls” 2. Hobbs and Rice. Chapter 35. Sut Jhally. “Image-­‐Based Culture: Advertising and Popular Culture.” 3. Hobbs and Rice. Supplement 20. Sharon Lamb et al. “Disney’s Version of Girlhood.” 4. Hobbs and Rice. Supplement 21. Sharon Lamb et al. “Questions for Critical Viewing.” NOVEMBER 23: Women, Work and the Family Online Blog Comments Due! In Lecture: Reflection Paper #4 Required Readings: 1. Hobbs and Rice. Chapter 60. Sheila Neysmith et al. “Provisioning: Thinking about All of Women’s Work.” 2. Hobbs and Rice. Chapter 58. Barbara Ehrenreich. Nickeled and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America. 3. Hobbs and Rice. Chapter 9. Marilyn Waring. Unpaid Workers: The Absence of Rights. 4. Hobbs and Rice. Supplement 5. “Race and Income Inequality in Canada: A Troubling Trend.” NOVEMBER 30: Violence and Survival *Students are not required to complete the readings or attend the lecture on violence. If you would like to opt-­‐out, please contact your TA or the professor before Nov. 30 and we will provide an alternative set of readings and videos for you to complete. Required Readings: 1. Hobbs and Rice. Chapter 51. Jane Doe “The Ultimate Rape Victim.” 2. Hobbs and Rice. Chapter 52. “Factsheet: Violence Against Women and Girls.” DECEMBER 3: Future Directions and Exam Review! No Tutorials! Required Readings: 1. Bromley, Chapter 11. 2. Hobbs and Rice, Chapter 67. Judy Rebick, “The Future of Feminism.” 3. Hobbs and Rice, Chapter 66. “2,000 Good Reasons to March.” 4. Hobbs and Rice, Supplement 39. Priscilla Settee. “Activist Insight: Messages of Hope for Young Aboriginal Women.” 5 In-­‐Class Reflections 20% (4 x 5%): Individual Reflections: 10% (5% x 2) Students are required to complete two short independent reflection papers. Reflection papers will be written in class, during the weekly lecture. Topics will be given in class and will take approximately ten minutes to complete. Group Reflections: 10% (5% x 2) Students are required to participate in two small-­‐group reflection activities. Reflection papers will be written in class, during the weekly lecture. Topics will be given in class and will take approximately fifteen minutes to complete. Online Blogs and Comments: 10% Original Blog Posts: 5% (Due October 26) Comments: 5% (Due November 23) Students are required to engage with the course blog on Blackboard regularly. This includes posting original blogs that feature interesting material relevant to the course, as well as commenting on classmates’ blogs and comments. Students are required to post at least one original blog post (200-­‐400 words). Students must post at least three comments by the end of the term. Blog posts are intended to provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate their grasp of the course material, as well as make connections with broader issues relating to women, gender, and feminism that they engage with in their everyday lives. If you are stuck for ideas, search #WSTA01H3F on twitter.com. Mid-­‐Term Assignment: 20% (Due: November 2) Students will answer three short answer questions (one-­‐page each) that demonstrate their knowledge of the course material as well as their ability to think critically about current social issues and reflect on their own experiences and identities. Mid-­‐term assignment questions will be posted on Blackboard on October 26, and students will have one week to complete and submit their responses. Participation: 15% Students are expected to participate in every tutorial by contributing to the class discussion. It is expected that students will come prepared, with the weekly readings completed. There will be a number of opportunities to earn participation marks through tutorial exercises including small group activities, and independent in-­‐class exercises. Further details will be provided in the first tutorial meeting. Final Exam: 35% (Exam Period: Date Announced Late November) The final exam will be cumulative and, therefore, will test on all the readings, lectures, films, and assignment material. Details of the format of the exam are posted on Blackboard. The best way to prepare for the final exam is to keep up with the readings and attend tutorials each week. Late Penalty Policy: Late assignments will lose 2% per day (including weekends). Any extensions will require proper documentation according to the university’s policies (i.e. medical certificate, proof of death, etc.) and it is expected that students will speak to the professor as soon as possible and prior to deadlines to make alternative arrangements. Late assignments must be submitted through Blackboard. 6 There will be no opportunity to resubmit any course work. There will be no opportunity to make-­‐up any missed work completed in lecture or tutorial. If you must miss a lecture or tutorial for an emergency reason, you must submit proper documentation to your TA or the professor within two weeks of your absence. * The last day to submit any and all course work is December 3, 2015. * Assignment Submission: All of the independent assignments for this course will be submitted through the Blackboard website. The mid-­‐term assignment will be submitted to both turnitin.com and Blackboard. Hard copies of the mid-­‐term assignment will not be accepted. We will review the online submission process in lecture. Correspondence: In accordance with UofT policy all correspondence regarding courses must be sent from a UofT email address. In order to protect your privacy, and as a result of spam filters, other email addresses will not be received or responded to. Please ensure you have and use a university email for all communication with your TAs and professor. Also, please note the course code,WSTA10H3F, in the subject line of your emails and ensure that you use formal and professional language in all communications. You will receive an email response within two business days. Accommodation: The University provides academic accommodations for students with disabilities in accordance with the terms of the Ontario Human Rights Code. Students that require accommodations should register with Accessibility Services and feel free to speak to the professor about any issues during the course. Religious Observances: It is the policy of the University of Toronto to arrange reasonable accommodation of the needs of students who observe religious holy days other than those already accommodated by ordinary scheduling and statutory holidays. Students have a responsibility to alert members of the teaching staff in a timely fashion to upcoming religious observances and anticipated absences. Instructors will make every reasonable effort to avoid scheduling tests, examinations or other compulsory activities at these times. If compulsory activities are unavoidable, every reasonable opportunity should be given to these students to make up work that they miss, particularly in courses involving laboratory work. When the scheduling of tests or examinations cannot be avoided, students should be informed of the procedure to be followed to arrange to write at an alternate time. Turnitin.com Students will submit their mid-­‐term assignment to Turnitin.com for a review of textual similarity and detection of possible plagiarism. In doing so, students will allow their essays to be included as source documents in the Turnitin.com reference database, where they will be used solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. The terms that apply to the University's use of the Turnitin.com service are described on the Turnitin.com web site. Students who do not want their work to be submitted to Turnitin.com must hand in all reading/research notes and drafts with each their paper. Please contact the professor as soon as possible if you have any questions about assignment submission or Turnitin.com. 7 Other Requirements: All independent course work is expected to be completed using Microsoft Word. Students can access this program in the computer labs at the university library. Alternatively, students can download a free version of Microsoft Office on their personal computers/laptops using their UofT student accounts. Academic Integrity: The University of Toronto treats cases of academic misconduct very seriously. All suspected cases of academic dishonesty will be investigated following the procedures outlined in the Code. The consequences for academic misconduct can be severe, including a failure in the course and a notation on your transcript. All course work is expected to be original and completed independently by each student. Academic integrity is one of the cornerstones of the University of Toronto. It is critically important both to maintain our community which honours the values of honesty, trust, respect, fairness and responsibility and to protect you, the students within this community, and the value of the degree towards which you are all working so diligently. According to Section B of the University of Toronto's Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters (August 1995), which all students are expected to know and respect, it is an offence for students: • To use someone else's ideas or words in their own work without acknowledging that those ideas/words are not their own with a citation and quotation marks, i.e. to commit plagiarism; • To include false, misleading or concocted citations in their work; • To obtain unauthorized assistance on any assignment; • To provide unauthorized assistance to another student. This includes showing another student completed work; • To submit their own work for credit in more than one course without the permission of the instructor; • To falsify or alter any documentation required by the University. This includes, but is not limited to, doctor's notes; and • To use or possess an unauthorized aid in any test or exam. There are other offences covered under the Code, but these are by far the most common. Please respect these rules and the values which they protect. 8 Student Services On Campus Women and Trans* Centre: http://utscwtc.blogspot.ca Location: SL-­‐224 Sexual and Gender Diversity Office: http://sgdo.utoronto.ca Academic Advising and Career Center: www.utsc.utoronto.ca/aacc/ Accessability Services: http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~ability/ Health and Wellness Centre: http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~wellness/ International Student Centre: http://utsc-­‐isc.ca Campus Safety and Security: https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~bao/safety_security/ 416-­‐287-­‐733 Other Local Resources (Mental Health/Emergency) Good2Talk Free counseling and Information For Post-­‐Secondary Students 24 hours / day 7 days / week 1-­‐866-­‐925-­‐5454 Distress Centre Scarborough 24 hours / day 7 days / week 416-­‐408-­‐HELP (4357) East Metro Youth Services Walk-­‐In 1200 Markham Road (at Ellesmere) 2nd Floor 416-­‐438-­‐3697, Ext. 1 Rouge Valley Health System Adult Crisis Services Centenary Site 2867 Ellesmere Road Toronto, ON M1E 4B9 http://www.rougevalley.ca/adult-­‐crisis-­‐services 9...
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