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WGS 210 Introduction to Women\'s Studies

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    Feb 27, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    In this course, you learn about current issues and relate them back to what society has made to be normal. Tying in current events helps to relate why feminism, equality for women, is simple and important. The term feminism is brought up and some people cringe, as if it is a dirty word. I do not see how equality is a dirty word. During the course, all of the facts about differences in salary, differences in job prospects and stereotypes made me more aware of how I can implement the course into my life. Once you know the information, you can teach other people the importance of equality and we will be closer to change.

    Course highlights:

    The best part of this course is that it is discussion based so whenever you have a comment or question, just ask! Dr. Pond will describe things from other perspectives so the importance is clear. Learning about how the role of women has changed but has not become equal to men was very interesting and upsetting. The course changed my outlook on subjects society tends to stay away from like the LBGT community and how race factors education.

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    If you are debating taking this course, take it! Make sure to read all assigned readings because there are some pop quizzes. There is only one project so go to Dr. Pomd's office hours for help structuring the paper. Also, there is extra credit, always do the extra credit.

    • Fall 2016
    • Dr. Jamie Pond
    • Always Do the Reading Great Discussions Requires Presentations
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    Jan 18, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    The material in WGS 210 was genuinely riveting, and Dr. Pond expressed her passion for the subject significantly well. Although it was only an introductory course, it was nevertheless meaningful.

    Course highlights:

    We began the course by examining the waves of feminism and slowly shifted into studying gender and sexuality along with the roles of social institutions in our daily lives. By initially learning the history behind the feminist movements, I was able to comprehend and appreciate the rest of the material much more. The course was thought-provoking and encouraged me to delve deeper into what is traditionally considered "normal."

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Read the assigned text--not only are the pieces interesting, but doing so will be extremely advantageous on the exams and the final.

    • Fall 2016
    • Jamie Pond
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Great Discussions
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    Apr 04, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Katie Peel is an amazing teacher! I would absolutely recommend this course to anyone, no matter what major they are pursuing. Her classroom setting is highly revolved around student interaction and discussion. She is very knowledgeable on all subjects, but she really knows how to pick various types of activities and materials that heavily relate to Women's Studies. In this class we read a lot of books and looked at a lot of different perspectives relating to various issues under the women's and gender studies umbrella. The work for this class is enjoyable and the classroom environment is very hands on.

    Course highlights:

    Ms. Peel's class had a specific concentration on the role of women in literature. The majority of the class was spent reading books and articles that related to women's issues and gender topics. Being able to read a book and discuss it with people who generally felt the same about these issues was amazing! The ability for everyone to talk freely made the classroom less intimidating, and made learning more fun. Ms. Peel fostered that environment by encouraging openness and making sure that we all knew she was there to help us express ourselves in any way she could.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    The amount of books required to be read in this class can be a bit overwhelming. My advice is not to let it scare you! The books are interesting to read, and that helps act as a motivator for meeting deadlines. Discussions are held every class so if you are behind in one, just make sure to speak up in another. Just make sure to keep up with the work, and you will get so much out of being there. Reading is a great way to not only learn new information, but to open your mind to perspectives you haven't considered. This class will really broaden your horizons and encourage you to think critically about all topics.

    • Fall 2015
    • KatiePeel
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading A Few Big Assignments


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