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Administrative Unit: Psychology and Sociology
Course Prefix and Number: SOCI 310
Course Title: *Women and Society
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

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.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):


Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered even Fall.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Instructors should choose one book from the following list:

Women’s Lives: Multicultural Perspectives
By Gwyn Kirk and Margo Okazawa-Rey (McGraw Hill)
An Introduction to Women’s Studies: Gender in a Transnational World
By Inderpal Grewal and Caren Kaplan
The Origins of Women’s Activism: New York and Boston, 1797-1840
By Boylan, Anne M. (University of North Carolina Press)
Feminist Theory Reader: Local and Global Perspectives
By McCann, Carole and Seung-kyung Kim (Routledge)
Feminist Frontiers
By Richardson, Laurel, Verta Taylor, and Nancy Whittier (McGraw-Hill)
Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism
By Hernandez & Rehman (Seal)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. To apply the major sociological theories and feminist theories to the study of gender.
  2. To describe and explain the history of and current status of feminist movements in the U.S. and the world.
  3. To identify the influence of gender on women’s lived realities within major social institutions.
  4. To explain the notion of intersectionality and apply it to the analysis of individual lives.
  5. To engage with current research in the fields of gender studies.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • History of Feminist movements in the US and around the world
  • Sociological perspectives on gender inequality
  • Intersectionality
  • 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
  • Ability to engage and evaluate current research in gender studies

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Ahoo Tabatabai Date: November 29, 2016
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 learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. 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.

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