Criteria for Approving Courses for Women's and Gender Studies Credit
The WGST Program encourages a historically-grounded, comparative, global feminist perspective. All courses are informed by theories of the social construction of gender and address issues of diversity, including race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, nationality, age, and/or ability. The program emphasizes an interactive learning process and promotes scholarly research in order to challenge students in ways that foster intellectual and personal development.
For a course to be included in the WGST curriculum, it must
- Be informed by theories of the social construction of gender
- Address issues of diversity (race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, nationality,
age, and/or ability, other) as relevant to the course subject.
- Challenge students in ways that foster intellectual and personal development.
- Meet at least some of the following content goals:
- Focus on the cultural construction of gender
- An understanding of women and gender issues within a historical context
- Exploration of gendered power relationships/asymmetries
- Challenge to sexism and/or patriarchy
- Primary concentration on women's experience and/or accomplishments
- Recognition of diverse forms of feminism
- Emphasis on gender and social justice/activism
- Examination of sexual identity and/or heterosexism
- Awareness of intersections of gender and social positioning (race, ethnicity, class, etc.)
- Examination of gendered existence from a multicultural/cross-cultural perspective
- Awareness of scholarship on women and/or gender in relevant field
- Meet at least some of the following form goals:
- Variety in method and style of presentation
- Non-traditional assignments that encourage students to learn in new ways
- Student-led activities
- Opportunities for student self-reflection and self-actualization
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To propose a new course (Program or Departmental) for Women and Gender Studies minor credit: