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Women's Studies (WMNST)

WMNST 103 (US) (AF AM 103, SOC 103) Racism and Sexism (3) Critical analysis of the structure of race and gender inequality in the contemporary United States.

WMNST (AAA S/SOC) 103 Racism and Sexism (3)

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

This course focuses on racism and sexism through a critical analysis of race and gender equality/inequality. A primary objective of this course is to provide students with information and conceptual tools necessary for understanding the structure and composition of race and gender inequality in the United States today. The focus on both racism and sexism provides a perspective that is quite different from those of courses that deal with race or sex alone. Racism and sexism have much in common that suggests their combined study. The course examines the way in which these processes are socially constructed and defined and how these constructions and definitions are experienced in daily life at an individual level and societal level. The course also examines how social control dependent on power, privilege, and advantage continues to perpetuate sexism and racism. This understanding is fundamental to considering the ways in which society and its individual members may motivate social change that enhances equality. Other objectives include developing an appreciation of the commonalities and differences among women and among men and women of diverse ethnic groups in terms of their real-life experiences with these processes; expanding the ability to read and/or view critically information/misinformation encountered in everyday life; enhancing the capacity to express knowledge and perspectives both orally and in writing. In addition, each student comes to the class with personal objectives that the instructor attempts to ascertain and incorporate. A common foundation of knowledge is established through consideration of current statistical data and academic research studies, as well as essays and novels based on subjective thought and experience. Also included are historical documents that have influenced the social and legal status of women and of men and women of color throughout our country's history. Videos and the media are supplementary sources. Students are encouraged to be alert to relevant current events and be prepared to discuss them from a critical perspective. The format of the class is informal, emphasizing group participation and responsibility. Grades are based on the evaluation of short papers on the readings, relevant events, and contemporary culture; class participation; a book report; and a final project or take-home exam. AAA S/WMNST/SOC 103 is a supporting course for both the women's studies and sociology majors and minors and the African and African American Studies major. It is an additional course for the African and African American Studies minor. The course also meets the requirement for 3 credits on the topic of women of color for the women's studies major and the minor.

General Education: None
Diversity: US
Bachelor of Arts: Social and Behavioral Science
Effective: Spring 2013

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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