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WGS 101 Intro to Women's Gender Studies

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    JudithRaiskin, ErinYoung, MiriamAbelson, LynnFujiwara, Rondot, MILLER, Braun, MiriamAbleson, Jeremiah Favara, Elizabeth Reis, 2010-Sep24

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    Nov 04, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would definitely recommend this course. It is easy for us to lose sight of the institutions that govern us. We don't realize how much these institutions (e.g. government, media, marriage) impact our daily lives and have help subliminally shape our personalities and beliefs. This class analyzes the very different paths men and women are forced to take due to implicit and explicit gender norms.

    Course highlights:

    This is a women and gender studies class, but the focus was largely on the oppressive institutions that impact how we decide to live our lives. I realized a lot about myself while taking this course. We did a project where we had to help a hypothetical mother of two find safety, shelter, food, and schooling for her children. In this hypothetical, but very real, story, a non-American mother of two is trying to leave her husband because he is abusive. Our job was to help her create a plan. We had to figure out how she would be able to safety leave her husband with her children, bring her to a shelter, find her a local job (we actually had to search for real jobs in the area), then find reasonable housing near schools and bus lines, and create a budget for a whole year. I did not expect this project to impact me so significantly. I was stressing so much about a hypothetical situation, genuinely worried about how this woman would survive if this situation were real. After many hours of research and calculations, this woman would barely be able to support her and her children, even with government/state support. I felt so fortunate and motivated to help by the end of this assignment.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Really try to engage yourself in the topics and learn from all the readings. A very important part of being successful in this course is learning and understanding how we are personally and socially affected by our surroundings.

    • Spring 2016
    • 2010-Sep24
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Great Discussions
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    Oct 25, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This course has helped me to see the world from a broader perspective. I have been able to identify with the subject in many, many ways. The professor is excellent.

    Course highlights:

    I have enjoyed learning about my place in the world and how the decisions I make matter not only to me but will make a difference to those around me.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Be ready to read, of course, all the literature required, and be willing to ask questions and take advantage of one on one time with the professor when available, as well as being an active participant in the discussion groups.

    • Fall 2016
    • Elizabeth Reis
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    • Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading
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    Mar 25, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This class was challenging, enlightening, and really fun! It had a really nice way of showing contemporary applications of feminist and queer theory. Overall a great introductory course.

    Course highlights:

    I learned so much! I learned the history of feminism, and it's effects on other social justice movements. I learned about intersectionality, which is now my favorite of all feminist theories. This class completely changed the way I look at the world.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Be ready to write some really hard essays. If you haven't taken a writing course yet, I would suggest waiting until you have.

    • Winter 2016
    • Jeremiah Favara
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    • Always Do the Reading A Few Big Assignments Great Discussions

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