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WS 151: Introduction to Women's Studies (3 credits)

Course Description

This interdisciplinary introductory course looks at gender roles and relationships, historically and in contemporary societies. The course examines the social, cultural, historical, and political influences on the status of women. It presents women’s experiences from diverse backgrounds, social structures, and cultures. (3 hours lecture)

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Show an understanding of the difference between sex as a biological category and gender as a social category.
  • Analyze the ways in which gender is taught, how gender is reflected in written and visual images, and how gender influences the operation of major social institutions and human relationships.
  • Describe the historical changes in both gender roles and the status of women in the United States.
  • Explain the similarities and differences of women's roles across cultural, racial, social, and economic lines.

Degrees and Certificates

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Classes Offered


page last updated: April 28, 2014

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