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Women's Studies (WMNST)

WMNST 083S (GH;US;IL) First-Year Seminar in Women's Studies (3) Critical approaches to the dimensions and directions in Women's Studies.

WMNST 083S First-Year Seminar in Women's Studies (3)
(GH;FYS;US;IL)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

Through the reading of texts, discussions (in-class, study groups, listservs), debates, and collaborative research projects, students are introduced:
(a) to feminist analysis of literature and/or culture
(b) to the humanities and to the nature of research and scholarship
(c) to the concepts of interdisciplinary vs. multidisciplinary research and scholarship
(d) to cross-cultural issues (international)
(e) to scholarly conduct and responsibilities

Students develop international competence by cultivating curiosity about and empathy for other cultures; by recognizing that social variables such as gender, age, social class, religion, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, and place of residence affect the way people view the world, behave, and communicate; and by developing the ability to locate, organize, and evaluate information about the culture(s) from a variety of sources (print, electronic, people, and personal observations). The points of departure for the development of all of these competencies are literary and cultural texts from international women writers and artists. Students will be evaluated through class discussions, writing projects, and collaborative group projects. This course will prepare the students for other courses in the humanities by giving them the opportunity to gain insights into the study of the humanities through literary and cultural texts.

In addition to the academic topic and issues of this course, students can expect to gain a general introduction to the University as an academic community and have the opportunity to explore their responsibilities as members of that community. Students will develop an understanding of the learning tools and resources available to them, including the opportunity to develop relationships with faculty and other students who share their academic interests.

This course fulfills the first-year seminar requirement as well as one of the humanities requirements in general education or a Bachelor of Arts humanities requirement.


General Education: GH
Diversity: US;IL
Bachelor of Arts: Humanities
Effective: Summer 2005

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.

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