WS 151 W        INTRODUCTION TO WOMENŐS STUDIES (Writing Intensive)

Fall 2017

12:30-3:00 pm Monday

Room 126

Lucy L Jones, PhD, CSAC

lucyj@hawaii.edu

Office Hours as announced and by appointment


Required Textbooks:    
WomenŐs Voices/Feminist Visions (6th edition) by Susan Shaw and Janet Lee.
ISBN-13: 978-0078027000

In addition, we will have guest speakers, handouts, DVDs, projects, reading of books on reserve.

 

Course Description:

This course is an interdisciplinary examination of the evolving role, status and identity of women in a multicultural society. Emphasis will be put on patterns of social change and their effect on contemporary issues.

 

Prerequisite:     Completion English 100

 

General Education Learning Outcomes:

á       Communication: Speak and write to communicate information and ideas in professional, academic and personal settings.

á       Critical thinking:  Make informed decisions through analyzing and evaluating information.

á       Self and Community:  Engage in activities demonstrating understanding of oneŐs relationship with oneŐs communities and environments.

Student Learning Outcomes:

á       Demonstrate an awareness of women's history, roles, status, and
culture and their influence on self-identity.

á       Develop skills (writing, speaking, computation, community
development, analysis, research, use of technology) to become an
advocate for women.

á       Engage in research, problem-solving, and action that contributes
to positive change in issues affecting the community, and women and
children in particular.

Course Requirements:

á       Attend every class and participate in-group discussions.

á       Read the chapters ahead of time so you are prepared to discuss them.

á       Bring any articles or information you find regarding the class topic.

á       Various small group presentations and exercises will be assigned throughout the semester.

á       A presentation based on one area of social policy (your choice)

Laulima:

You will use Laulima, our online program, to turn in your Reflection papers. Please check Laulima regularly for any announcements between classes and sometimes to pick up your assignment if you miss class. You can sign in using your school ID and password. In class, I will explain how to use this most effectively. If you have no computer at home, please use either the school library or the school computer lab for your work. Other assigned papers are to be word-processed and handed in on due dates as noted.

 

Students With Verified Disabilities:

If you have a disability with verification on file with our Office of Students with Disabilities, please let me know if you think you will need accommodation. Please let me know and I will be glad to discuss it with you and with your Disabled StudentsŐ Office.

 

 

Policies:

Our college has a Student Conduct Code that defines expected conduct and specifies those acts subject to sanctions. You will find it in the school catalog (http://hawaii.hawaii.edu/catalog/). You are to be familiar with this code. In the school catalog, you also will find information regarding our "Policy on Sexual Harassment" and "Academic Grievances".

 

Hawaii CC does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, color, national orgin, or disability or other protected classes in its programs and activities. For inquiries or complaints concerning our non-discrimination policies, please contact: Disabilities Counselor, Section 504 Coordinator (808-934-2725, Hawaii CC Bldg. 388-Room 106) or Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Title IX Coordinator (808-934-2509, Hawaii CC Bldg. 378).

 

Computers and Cell Phones:

There are times when having a way to look up something on the Internet is valuable in class. I do not object to having them in the room as long as they are used only for classwork. Other than that, this classroom is a Ňno texting/no FacebookÓ zone.

 

Semester Reflection:

At the end of the semester, you are to write a brief paragraph summary of what you learned over the course of the semester that will benefit you in your personal and/or professional life. A class has no meaning unless it can be of some value other than merely a grade or three credits.

 

Attendance:

Like a regular job, if you miss too much work you would be dismissed, so it is with this class. This class meets only once each week for a double session. Therefore, if you have three absences or more, you will be required to choose between withdrawal, extensive make-up work, or a failing grade. I will deduct points from your total for excessive absences without a valid excuse. And like a regular job, if you cannot be in class, please email me or call so I know you havenŐt dropped the class. I realize this is very subjective, but there needs to be some incentive to be here and to take part in class discussions.

Participation:

Attitude and class participation go a long way toward your learning and your grade. Excessive absences will result in a lower grade. The most effective way to learn and grow is to bring information, ideas, and inspiration to the rest of the class. You will also be expected to do quite a bit of your own research on the Internet, which is an excellent tool for growth. Also, the 5 points for your participation in each class meeting are not automatic. If you are in the class, you are expected to participate to the best of your ability. If you are not in the class, it is an automatic zero points unless you have a valid reason for not attending that class, or if I have had to cancel for some reason.

 

eCAFE: At the end of the semester, you will be given the opportunity to evaluate the course and instructor. I am giving a 10 point incentive if you let me know you have completed the survey. This can be screen shot, or copy of the completion. I donŐt need to know how you answered the evaluation, just that you did it.

 

How to Contact me: You may either use ŇMessagesÓ (see link on left in Laulima), or email lucyj@hawaii.edu ). My Office number is 808-969-8849 where you can leave a message. I also can take a text message on my cell (808-937-4131).

GRADES: At the end of each week, you will be able to check the Gradebook on Laulima to see where you stand. If you are more than two weeks behind, you need to talk with me ASAP. At times, there will be more or less points than indicated. The final grade is based on the percentage of total points given through the semester.

 

Quality of Work:

The points you receive are not automatic. For example, if an assignment is worth 20 points, which means you can earn UP TO 20 points. I will take the quality of your written work into consideration. See the Rubrics below for individual assignments.

 

RUBRIC: Written Assignment, Weekly Reflection, Team Presentation, Semester Reflection, Attendance/Participation

 

Excellent (A)

Good (B)

Adequate (C)

Inadequate (D)

No Credit

Essays & Final Presentation

Insightful and complete responses; correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Overall excellence

Complete responses; correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation

Adequate length, correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation

Inadequate length; incorrect grammar, spelling, and punctuation

Late submission or not published by the due date

Video Responses

Thoughtful and provocative responses; correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Overall excellence

Thoughtful responses; correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation

Simple response; correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation

Inadequate response; incorrect grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

Late submission or not published by the due date

Reading Responses

Creative and provocative; excellent

Integration of topic with class discussion

 

Creative; good integration of topic with class discussion

Adequate Integration of topic with class discussion

Inadequate integration of topic with class discussion

Not submitted by the due date

Semester Reflection

Thoughtful and provocative responses; correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Overall excellence

Thoughtful responses; correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation

Simple response; correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation

Inadequate response; incorrect grammar, spelling, and punctuation

Late submission or not published by the due date

Attendance/ participation

Appropriate and provocative class discussion; involvement;

Insightful comments; regular participation and attendance.

Appropriate class discussion; thoughtful comments;

Involvement; regular participation and attendance

Appropriate class discussion and comments;

Some involvement; regular attendance

Few comments or involvement; regular or excused attendance

No involvement or participation; irregular or unexcused attendance

 

 

Modules:

This course is based on 16 modules (one for each week). At the end of each week, you will be able to check the Gradebook on Laulima to see where you stand. If you are more than two weeks behind, you need to talk with me ASAP.

 

Grades are based on the following:

á       Identity Essay, Assignment #1 (including pre-writes and drafts) = up to 40 points

á       Social Policy Assignment and Presentation #3 = up to 40 points

á       Video Response Papers = Up to 20 points each

á       Response to Readings = up to 10 points each reading

á       Activities = 10 points each

á       Attendance = 20 points per class

á       Participation = 20 points per class

á       On time work = 10 points per week

á       Semester Reflection = up to 20 points

á       eCAFE = 10 points

 

Semester Grades

            90-100% = A

            80-89%   = B

            70-79%   = C

            60-69%   = D

            0  – 59% = F

 

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE OF TOPICS, READINGS & WRITING ASSIGNMENTS:

 

Module 1 – August 21

Section 1: WomenŐs Studies: Perspectives and Practices

            What is meant by WomenŐs Studies? Why study it?

           

Module 2 – August 28

Movie/DVD (Iron-Jawed Angels)

 

Module 3 – LABOR DAY – NO CLASS

 

Module 4 - September 11

Section 2: Systems of Privilege and Inequality - Video response due 

 

Module 5 – September 18

Sex, Power and intimacy (Section 6)

Movie/DVD (Vagina Monologues)

 

Module 6 – September 25

Learning Gender (Section 3)

Identity Essay – Pre-write for Writing Assignment #1

Video response due

 

Module 7 – October 2

Inscribing Gender on the Body (Section 4)

Media and Culture (Section 5)

 

Module 8 – October 9

Family Systems, Family Lives (Section 8)

Identity Essay – First draft for Writing Assignment #1 due

 

Module 9 – October 16

State, Law, and Social Policy  (Section 11)

Final Draft for Writing Assignment #1 due

 

Module 10 – October 23

Health and Reproductive Justice (Section 7)

Article discussion (given in previous module)

 

Module 11 – October 30

WomenŐs Work Inside and Outside the Home (Section 9)

Movie/DVD (The Help)

Choose your social policy topic soon!

 

Module 12 – November 6

Religion and Spirituality (Section 12)

Article discussion (given in previous module)

 

Module 13 – November 13

Resisting Gender Violence  (Resisting Violence Against Women) (Section 10)

Movie/DVD (V Day: Until the Violence Stops)

Writing Assignment #2 presentations – Oral History

 

Module 14 – November 20

Activism, Change, and Feminist Futures (Section 13)

Writing Assignment #2 presentations – Oral History

Video response due

 

Module 15 – November 27

Movie/DVD (Half the Sky)

Social Policy Papers and Presentations

 

Module 16 – December 4

Social Policy Papers and Presentations

Video response due

 

Final Exam Day

We will finish Social Policy presentations on that day (plus a party??)!

 


WRITING INTENSIVE GUIDELINES

 

As a Writing Intensive (WI) designated class, this course will:

á       Require students to do a significant amount of writing. A minimum of 4000 words or the equivalent of 16 typed pages. Various types of formal and informal writing will be required. Assignments will include:

á       One Identity Essay – 2 pages

á       An oral history (or Book Review) – 3-4 pages

á       Five video responses – 2 pages each = 10 pages

á       Responses to Readings – 1 ½ - 2 pages

á       A social policy research paper (to be presented to the class).

á       A brief concluding reflection paragraph of something in the course that will benefit you in your personal and/or professional life. A class has no meaning unless it can be of some value other than merely a grade or three credits.

á       Attachment in Laulima as MS Word .doc or .pdf file (NO MS WORKS!)

á       Require writing assignments that deepen your understanding of the course materials.

á       Provide for personal interaction between the instructor and student as part of the writing process by written feedback on drafts, individual meetings on a research topic.

á       Establish writing as a major element in determining the grade for the course.

I reserve the right to make copies of especially thoughtfully written studentŐs paper for the class to read as models occasionally. If you do not want a particular paper of yours reproduced for the class, please indicate that on your paper.

 

Please plan to date and keep all completed writing assignments, including drafts along with my comments and peer reviews, pre-writing activity in a three-ring binder. I will review this record of your writings in the middle and at the end of the semester.

 

Writing is a tool to improve your thinking and expressing. The class will work together in a supportive, but discerning atmosphere to sharpen and polish your writing, critical thinking and expressive faculties.

 

 

GUIDELINES FOR FIVE VIDEO RESPONSES

(due each week following the showing of the DVD)

 

Write a two-page (double-spaced, 12 point font) word-processed response on the following questions:

á       How did this video impact you? Summarize the main theme(s) or issue(s) being presented concerning womenŐs history, roles, status, and/or identity.

á       How does this information broaden, change, or affect your views, values or knowledge base (or explain how it confirms and supports these). Give examples and be specific.

á       Explain how the information presented either impacts social change in the past and/or how it represents possibilities for social change that benefits women in the present or future. Be specific about strategies and actions that can be individually or collectively applied.