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GSWS 201 INTRO GENDER, SEXUALITY & WMNS

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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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    May 08, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    An engaging and interesting course that really makes you question the world around you. You learn to change not only what you think, but HOW you think, and how you interact with every aspect of your environment. If everyone took this class, the world would be a better place.

    Course highlights:

    Going through American history from a feminist perspective was a highlight for me. Learning about history from a gender studies standpoint is so revealing- it fills in the gaps on knowledge we have in our history textbooks, and reveals that the problems we face now have always been there.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Go to class. You miss a lot every time you skip, and the content is so interesting that I don't see how you'd want to skip anyways!

    • Spring 2016
    • ArchanaA.Pathak
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