Mar 26, 2023
SOC 1080 - Introduction to Women’s Studies
This course examines the impact of the social construction of gender in societies worldwide. The course covers numerous topics from various feminist perspectives, including concepts of privilege and inequality, how gender is learned, women’s sexuality, work, religion, health, family, violence against women, and activist movements.
Instructional Method Lecture
General Education Requirement: Global Diversity / Humanities
Comments: This course does not meet UW’s Human Culture requirement unless transferred as part of an Associate degree. This is a Writing Intensive course.
Completion of, or enrollment in, ENGL 1010 English I, or instructor consent
Minimum Student Competencies
Upon completion of SOC 1080 Introduction to Women’s Studies, the student will:
- Develop a greater understanding of the differences and similarities that exist among women of variant ethnicities, socioeconomic classes, and alternate lifestyles.
- Develop a greater understanding of how biology and culture influence behavior.
- Develop a familiarity with the major tenets of the women’s studies discipline.
- Critique texts foundational to the field.
- Analyze our gendered world through study of popular culture, language, advertisement, and public spaces.
- Differentiate between social expectations of men and women.
- Examine the idea of privilege as it relates to gender.
- Examine contemporary women’s activism worldwide.
- Evaluate major societal institutions (religion, sexuality, health, family, and work) as they relate to women.
Cross-listed: WMST 1080, ENGL 1080, HUMN 1080
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