syllabus_Fall+2011_Women+Culture+Society

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1 Rutgers University Department of Women’s and Gender Studies 01:988:101:04 Dr. Yana Rodgers Women, Culture, and Society Office: RDJC, 2 nd floor Fall 2011, Cook Douglass Lecture Hall 110 Office Hours: by appointment Mon, Thurs 12:35-1:55 (period 3) [email protected] Course Sakai Site: https://sakai.rutgers.edu/portal/site/6661a138-a470-47aa-b813-d5d0faffc267 Course Description : This course introduces students to the theoretical study of women‟s lives as they vary within and across cultures. We will examine differences according to sex, gender, race, class, ethnicity, and age, and we will use a feminist lens to study how gender intersects with other categories of identification. The course focuses on the social construction of gender during the life cycle by examining women within and outside of the United States. Economic, political, and social aspects of women‟s lives will gain our attention, as will a host of important issues ranging from the value of work, the work-family balance, poverty, violence, sexuality, and women in developing countries. The course concludes with new directions for policy reforms and women‟s advocacy. Learning Goals: This course meets the following Core Curriculum Learning Goals: a. Analyze the degree to which forms of human difference shape a person‟s experiences of and perspectives on the world. b. Analyze a contemporary global issue from a multidisciplinary perspective. d. Analyze issues of social justice across local and global contexts. Evaluation: Grades are determined by class participation (20%), two in-class exams (55% total), a role play simulation (10%), and a social action project (15%). Class Attendance and Participation (20%): You will earn points toward class participation for each class period in which you demonstrate that you have read the material and can make sensible remarks. We will have periodic in-class assignments based on the readings, which will be recorded with a check for good participation. Non-attendance is recorded as a zero for any reason. If this course conflicts with activities that you know about ahead of time, it is in your best interest to switch sections to a better time. Two In-Class Exams: ( 55% total, each exam counts for half ): The exams, scheduled for class 13 (Monday, October 17) and class 25 (Thursday, December 1), use a combination of multiple choice, true-false, and short answer questions. The first exam covers material from classes 1-12, and the second exam covers material from classes 14-24.
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