Analysis of the social and cultural forces that shape women's position in society; explanations and critical analysis of the gendered nature of our reality. Cross-listed as WMST 310.
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Offered even Fall.
Most current editions of the following:
It is encouraged that instructors require both the use of a primary text and a supplemental reader or additional text (see the following lists for suggestions).
Issues in Feminism: An Introduction to Women’s Studies
By Ruth, Sheila (McGraw-Hill) Recommended
Women in American Society
By Sapiro, Virginia (Mayfield Publishing) Recommended
Kaleidoscope of Gender: Prisms, Patterns, and Possibilities
By Spade, Joan Z. and Catherine G. Valentine (Wadsworth) Recommended
The Origins of Women’s Activism: New York and Boston, 1797-1840
By Boylan, Anne M. (University of North Carolina Press) Recommended
No Turning Back: The History of Feminism and the Future of Women
By Freedman, Estelle B. (Ballantine Books) Recommended
The Routledge Companion to Feminism and Post-Feminism
By Gamble, Sarah (Routledge) Recommended
Her Way: Young Women Remake the Sexual Revolution
By Kamen, Paula (Broadway Books) Recommended
Feminist Theory: A Reader
By Kolman, Wendy, and Frances Bartkowski (Mayfield Publishers) Recommended
Feminist Theory Reader: Local and Global Perspectives
By McCann, Carole and Seung-kyung Kim (Routledge) Recommended
By Richardson, Laurel, Verta Taylor, and Nancy Whittier (McGraw-Hill) Recommended
Femicide in Global Perspective
By Russell, Diana E. and Roberta A. Harmes (Teachers College Press) Recommended
Global Feminisms: A Survey of Issues and Controversies
By Smith, Bonnie (Routledge) Recommended
Don’t Kill Your Baby: Public Health and the Decline of Breastfeeding in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
By Wolf, Jacqueline (Ohio State University Press) Recommended
Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism
By Hernandez & Rehman (Seal) Recommended
To sensitize students to the position of women in American society as well as cross culturally.
To understand this position in relation to larger social and cultural forces.
To understand how gender oppression is structured into society.
To apply the major sociological theories and feminist theories to this subject matter.
To think critically and analyze, instead of simply accepting, socially constructed realities, and to begin to question why things are the way they are.
Describe and explain the difference between sex and gender and the significance of this difference.
Describe and explain the history of and current status of the feminist movement in the U.S.
Explain the emergence of Women’s Studies as an academic discipline.
Identify the influence of gender on women’s lived realities: in the workplace, the home, within educational institutions, gendered media images, within the political sphere, and religious institutions.
Describe and explain the notion of intersectionality: race/gender/class/sexuality/ disability.
Recognize gender at work in men’s lives.
History of the American Feminist Movement - Theoretical perspectives - Sociological perspectives on gender inequality - Feminist perspectives on gender inequality
Gendered worlds: Cross-cultural perspectives
Gendered institutions - Gender and the workplace - Gender and educational institutions - Gender and the law-violence against women - Gender and the political system - Gender and religion - Gender and the media-women and body images
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by
the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical
outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's
subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.