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GSWS 201 INTRO GENDER, SEXUALITY & WMNS

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    • Profile picture
    Jul 22, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This course forced me to consider multiple perspectives that I had been neglecting to really consider, regarding topics related to sexuality and feminism. Additionally, this course helped me address the preconceptions and misconceptions that I had previously held about feminism, and it greatly helped to debunk many myths that the mainstream holds towards it, thereby allowing me to be able to learn more about what feminism truly means, as well as how I can incorporate it into my own behaviors in daily life.

    Course highlights:

    Prior to taking this course, I held ideas about what feminism means, and more specifically I had believed that it involved essentially trying to prove that women are on par and, sometimes, superior to men. However, after taking this course, I have become much more informed about what feminism really means at its core, and how it is not trying to put men down whatsoever. Instead, I have learned that feminism isn't about trying to only build women up or tear men down, but it is about trying to truly level the playing field for all individuals, beyond considerations of gender, sexual orientation, race, class, or ability.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    If you take this course, it is essential to actually take the time to read the assigned readings from the textbook, as doing so will set you up greatly for success on the exams. Also, make sure to take the time to go back and really study key concepts so you feel confident enough to be able to write a short essay about some of the main concepts from the readings. Finally, make sure to actually participate in class discussions; not only will you need it for a better grade, as participation does matter to a certain extent in this course, but you will also gain a lot of insight just for your own personal use in life beyond the exams.

    • Fall 2016
    • Sandra Burke
    • Great Intro to the Subject Participation Counts Great Discussions
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    Feb 22, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies is an absolutely amazing class, especially when attending such an urban college like VCU. The class teaches you the basics of genders, feminism, race, intersectionality, and the movements behind these topics. The class constantly ties in real world situations to the lecture and opens your eyes to the discrimination marginalized groups are faced with.

    Course highlights:

    I learnt that it is perfectly normal to have multiple sections that make up your identity. Dr. Pathak taught us that everyone deserves basic human rights that many oppressed groups have had to protest just to obtain. Most importantly, this class has taught me that I am allowed to disagree with others opinions, just as they are allowed to disagree with mine. These things do not make either of us terrible people, but simply human.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    You need to attend class, do not skip the class unless you're extremely sick or have some sort of emergency. You must bring your full attention to the classroom to learn the maximum capacity of what is being provided to you. Rewrite your notes after each lecture to make sense of what you've just learnt and go to your teacher's office hours if you have any questions at all. There is also quite a bit of paper writing, but the topics are very easy to work with and can be shaped to you personally.

    • Winter 2017
    • ArchanaA.Pathak
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    • Great Intro to the Subject Participation Counts Great Discussions
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    Jan 05, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    DR. Pathak created a very welcoming environment that allows you to really grasp the concepts of the class. She breaks things down in a relatable way anyone can understand.

    Course highlights:

    The highlight of the course is the assignment where you are expected to label your privileges and dis-privileges on a wheel. You then write an essay on how this information makes you feel and the new things you've learned about your own privilege.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    You have to be open minded if you want to take this course. It's okay to be firm in your beliefs, but you must also be able to adapt to other ways of thinking.

    • Fall 2016
    • ArchanaA.Pathak
    • Great Intro to the Subject Participation Counts Great Discussions


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