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Introduction to Women’s Studies: Silences, Voices and Experiences

Faculty
Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department
Women's Studies
Course Code
WSGR 1100
Credits
3.00
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
35
Method Of Instruction
Lecture
Typically Offered
To be determined

Overview

Course Description
An introduction to the interdisciplinary field of Women’s Studies, this course surveys the historical marginalization of women and the development of feminist thought in Western society, focusing on the range of forces and experiences that have shaped, limited and liberated women in their lives. Students will be introduced to gender and feminist theory in order to explore the nature and extent of women’s disenfranchisement and the common and diverse ways women have sought to challenge and redefine their place in Western society.
Course Content

Course content will include:

  1. representative classic works of Western feminist thought;
  2. academic/scholarly studies of historical and/or contemporary women’s experiences;
  3. some literary works (such as novels, journals, life-writings, poetry, drama) relating to historical or contemporary periods.

Course content may also include:

  1. exploration of contemporary pop culture and its representations of women (as expressed in film, advertising, and other media);
  2. required attendance at an off-campus event (literary, political, theatrical, activist, religious).
Methods Of Instruction

The course will employ a number of instructional methods to accomplish its objectives, including some or all of the following:

  1. small and large group discussions;
  2. audio-visual materials;
  3. internet exploration;
  4. interviews;
  5. seminar presentations;
  6. instructors’ comments on students’ written work;
  7. lectures (including guest lectures).
Means of Assessment

Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy and will include both formative and summative components. Evaluation will be based on some or all of the following:

  1. journal writing;
  2. participation in class discussion;
  3. essays;
  4. research papers;
  5. oral presentations (individual and/or group);
  6. community life research;
  7. tests or quizzes;
  8. essay-type exams.
Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, successful students should be able to:

  1. understand what is meant by the silencing of women;
  2. discuss the effects of the silencing of women (psychological and societal);
  3. discuss and apply an understanding of gender theory to an analysis of women’s lives and their own experiences;
  4. discuss the experiences of women with, and the intersections among, class, age, race, sexuality and sexual orientation, and appreciate the diversity of women’s voices and experiences;
  5. understand a variety of feminist voices and the development of feminist thought in Western society;
  6. begin, through written reflection, to articulate the relevance of course materials to their own lives and experiences
Textbook Materials

A list of required textbooks and materials is provided on the Instructor’s Course Outline, which is available to students at the beginning of each semester.

Sample textbooks:

  • Ibsen, Henrik, The Doll’s House
  • Jenainati, Cathia & Judy Groves, Introducting Feminism
  • McKay, Ami, The Birth House
  • See, Lisa, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • Woolf, Virginia, Room of One’s Own

Sample Course-pack readings:

  • de Beauvoir, “Woman as Other”
  • hooks, bell, “Talking Back”
  • Johnson, Allan, excerpts from The Gender Knot
  • Kingston, Maxine Hong, “The Misery of Silence”
  • Ruth, Sheila, “An Introduction to Women’s Studies”
  • Spender, Dale, “Man Made Language”
  • Walker, Alice, “In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens”
  • Wollstonecraft, “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman”

 

Requisites

Prerequisites

NONE

Corequisites

NONE

Equivalencies

NONE

Requisite for

NONE

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU WMST 100 (3) 2004/09/01 to 2016/12/31
Coast Mountain College (CMTN) CMTN WMST 102 (3) 2005/05/01 to 2016/12/31
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU WS 1XX (3), B-Soc 2004/09/01 to 2011/08/31
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) No credit 2004/09/01 to 2016/12/31
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU GENS 1XX (3) 2010/01/01 to 2016/12/31
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO GWST 100 (3) 2004/09/01 to 2016/12/31
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV GRSJ 1st (3); DOUG WSGR 1100 (3) & DOUG WSGR 1101 (3) = UBCV GRSJ 100 (6); DOUG WSGR 1100 (3) & DOUG WSGR 1101 (3) = UBCV GRSJ 101 (3) & UBCV GRSJ 102 (3) 2013/09/01 to 2016/12/31
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV WMST 1st (3); DOUG WSGR 1100 (3) & DOUG WSGR 1101 (3) = UBCV WMST 100 (6); DOUG WSGR 1100 (3) & DOUG WSGR 1101 (3) = UBCV WMST 101 (3) & UBCV WMST 102 (3) 2004/09/01 to 2013/08/31
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC WMST 100 (3) 2004/09/01 to 2016/12/31
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV SOC 1XX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2016/12/31
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC GNDR 1XX (1.5) 2016/05/01 to 2016/12/31
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC WS 1XX (1.5) 2004/09/01 to 2016/12/31

Course Offerings

Winter 2021

There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.