Faculty Coordinator


Class Description:

This course is required for all students pursuing a minor in Women and Gender Studies. However, it is open to all students. You should give serious consideration to obtaining a minor in Women and Gender Studies if you are not already. Go to the website at for more information or see the faculty coordinator.

This class is team-taught and interdisciplinary. At an intellectual level, what this means is that you will get the benefit of the expertise of five different instructors from five different disciplines, utilizing different methodologies. Questions addressed include: What does it mean to study “gender”? When is it useful to focus on commonalities among women or men, when is it necessary to stress differences? In what ways do gender differences and gendered power relations organize the social world and shape people’s experiences and self-perceptions? We will examine historical constructions of gender, key debates, the academic shift from women’s studies to gender studies, major historical and literary landmarks, gender theory, and cross cultural issues.

Units covered may include:

Class Objectives:


Any student who believes he or she will require special consideration to meet the requirements of the course must consult the Office of Disability Services (RUC-11) (372-6119) during the first week of classes and complete an Accommodation Request (AR).

Required Texts:

(Other reading assignments will be distributed in class or put on reserve in the library.)


Grades and Requirements:

Journals/Small Projects/Quizzes......240 points (80 points per professor)                                                 

Participation...........................................60 points

Cumulative Final Project.....................200 points

At the end of the semester,

Journals/Small ProjectsQuizzes: Each professor will assign you some sort of journal assignment or small project. Journal assignments will entail critiques of and reactions to the assigned reading. You will also need to explain how the readings relate to class lectures and discussions. Small Projects may include film/book/article critiques, 3-5 page research papers, etc… You will complete a separate Journal/Small Project for each professor. (i.e., one for History, one for Political Science, etc…)  Quizzes may be given at the beginning of each class period over the assigned readings.

Assignments need to be typed and placed in your binder when you turn them in.  You must turn them in at the beginning of class on the day they are due.  Late assignments will cost you three points for every day they are late.

Participation: Your participation grade is based upon attendance, paying attention in class, not being disruptive, and your active involvement in discussions and projects.

Cumulative Final Project:  (The Un-Bind-Hers) The final project is a combination journal/scrapbook of sorts.  You must include:

Course Policies:

No Whining!  This is not an "easy A."  There will be times when the reading load and/or work load will be heavier than others.  Plan accordingly!  Your mantra should be "there are no exams, there are not exams, there are no exams..."

Do not miss class. If you know that you will have to miss a class, it is your responsibility to contact that week’s professor and make arrangements with him/her to make up the work.  Since a portion of your grade is determined by your participation, it is unwise to miss class unless it is absolutely necessary.

Be prepared. Be prepared when you come to class. Have assignments read and any homework ready to turn in at the beginning of class.

Behave in a professional manner.

Academic Integrity: Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any form of academic dishonesty (cheating on quizzes, copying the work of someone else, plagiarism, etc…) will result in your receiving a zero (0) for that assignment/quiz/etc. and additional actions may be taken. (Please see the student handbook for a definition of plagiarism.)

Lecture Schedule and Due Dates