City College of San Francisco
Course Outline of Record
Course Status: Historical
A. Approval Date April 2014
B. Effective Semester No Semester Provided
C. Department Women's and Gender Studies
D. Course Number WOMN 25
E. Course Title Introduction to Women's Studies: Feminism Demystified
F. Course Outline Originator System Loaded
G. Department Chairperson Margaret Harrison
H. Dean Raymond Gamba
A. Hours
Lecture: 52.5
Homework: 105
Total Hours: 157.5
B. Units 3
C. Prerequisite None
    Corequisite None
    Pre/Corequisite None
    Advisory None
    Advisory Pre/Corequisite None
D. Course Justification This course lays the foundation for the Women's Studies AA degree surveying the range of topics in our discipline. It meets CCSF GE requirements D, H2; CSU GE D4; and is UC and CSU transferable.
E. Field Trips No
F. Method of Grading Letter or Pass/No Pass
G. Repeatability Course is not repeatable
Introduction to the origins, purpose, subject matter, and methods of Women's Studies and to feminist perspectives on a range of social issues affecting women of diverse backgrounds. Study of the formation of gender and its intersections with race, class, sexuality, dis/ability, age, religion, and other systems of difference.
Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:
  1. Analyze key concepts and different types of feminisms.
  2. Appraise issues surrounding women's sexuality and health.
  3. Define women's work and illustrate the impact of globalization on work.
  4. Analyze the causes and effects of violence against women.
  5. Evaluate issues of security and sustainability as they relate to women.
  6. Define and assess women's approaches to social change.
  1. Theories, Frameworks, and History
    1. Key introductory concepts such as sex, gender, patriarchy, gender socialization, intersectionality, micro, meso, macro and global
    2. Analysis and comparison/contrast of gender formation theories
      1. Theories of gender information, such as biological, functional, and conflict theory from various sources
      2. Theory of social identities, power relations, and oppression
      3. Intersections of gender with other social identities: race/culture/ethnicity, class, sexuality, dis/ability, age, religion
    3. Historical relationship between feminism and Women's Studies as a discipline and to activism and social change
    4. Identification and appraisal of Women's Studies classroom characteristics: collaboration, student-centered and interactive pedagogy and interdisciplinarity.
    5. Analysis and comparison/contrast of historical and theoretical U.S. feminist movements
      1. Historical waves of feminism and backlash
        1. First-wave feminism
        2. Second-wave feminism
        3. Third Wave Feminism
        4. Backlash against feminism
      2. Types of Feminism including radical, lesbian, liberal, socialist, women of color, eco-feminism, transfeminism, transnational feminism and global feminism amongst others
  2. Sexuality, Health and Violence
    1. Analysis of female sexuality and gender identity
      1. Multiple forms of women's sexual expression: e.g., heterosexual, lesbian, bisexual
      2. Transgender and genderqueer
      3. Diminishment of female sexual agency with development of patriarchal institutions
      4. "Raunch" feminism
    2. Popular media/advertising
      1. Analysis and evaluation of social impact of images of women in various media
      2. Dominant media's body image, sizeism, associated eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia and fat feminism
    3. Assessment of health and reproductive issues
      1. Health disparities along lines of race, class and gender
      2. Women's reproductive rights versus reproductive justice
      3. Culture and class issues in women's health
      4. Abortion, sterilization abuse, birth control
  3. Home and Work in A Globalizing World
    1. Defining women's work
      1. Women's work in the home, the "second shift" and gendered divisions of labor
      2. "Mommy tax," "glass ceiling" and the "sticky floor"
      3. Effects of socio-economic class status on women's lives
      4. Feminists approaches to marriage, family and work
    2. Globalization and Macro-Level Structures
      1. Migrations, displacements and trafficking of women
      2. Women's role in the global factory as consumers and producers
      3. Grassroots and alternative movements for a sustainable future
  4. Analysis of causes and effects of violence against women and children using social construction theory
    1. Political, social, and psychological causes
    2. Broad-ranging effects of interpersonal violence on women's and children's lives
  5. Security and Sustainability
    1. Crime and Criminalization
      1. Concepts and issues related to women's incarceration such as the "war on drugs," the prison industrial complex, political prisoners, immigration detention, race/class disparities, sexual abuse of inmates, and motherhood
      2. Theories of incarceration and measures for change such as reform, decriminalization, decarceration, abolition
    2. Women and the Military, War, and Peace
      1. Benefits and disadvantages for women in a male-dominated military
      2. Various related topics to women in the military such as: sexual harassment, military sexual trauma, lesbianism, military wives, militarized prostitution
      3. Women's peace organizations and feminist antimilitarist perspectives
    3. Women and the Environment
      1. Various issues related to women and the environment such as: gendered politics of food, health impact of toxins on reproductive system, the developing fetus and breast milk, population control, and the gendered aspects of climate change
      2. Women's environmental activism, ecofeminism and sustainability
  6. Creating Change
    1. Process of making social change: theory, vision and action
    2. Women's political activism, including electoral politics on the local and transnational level
    3. Evaluation of personal response to feminist principles with choices affecting women's lives
  1. Assignments
    1. In-class activity: Class discussions of course materials
    2. In-class activity: In Class group discussions analyzing relevant issues, such as, "How gender messages in advertising affect women"; "How the responsibility for domestic labor limits women's opportunities." In addition to analysis, students will defend, debate the merits of, criticize, and demonstrate an appreciation for the historical context of the course readings.
    3. In-class activity: An In Class presentation on a form of women's activism related to a course topic, such as, "The Movement to Create Shelters for Victims of Domestic Violence"
    4. Out-of-class assignment: Weekly reading assignments
    5. Out-of-class assignment: A minimum of three Outside of Class short written homework assignments analyzing assigned readings that include case studies, demographic data, and other forms of social science research
    6. Out-of-class assignment: A group project requiring structured out-of class research and analysis resulting in documented report
    7. Out-of-class assignment: Final project. Students choose between a service-learning project or an annotated bibliography as described below. 1. Service-Learning project volunteering with an organization related to class, such as domestic violence sbelter, culminating in a final paper connecting their service work to key class concepts and readings. 2. Annotated Bibliography demonstrating research and analysis into a topic related to the course, such as "Women of Color and eating disorders" or "Egyptian Feminism."
  2. Evaluation
    1. Participation:
    2. Other: Out-of class written analytical homework assignments, as described above
    3. Other: Contribution to group research project, including report and class presentation, as described above
    4. Other: At least two midterms assessing the student's knowledge of major issues and related theories on topics, such as concerns of second-wave feminism; women's reproductive health issues
    5. Other: Final projects, as described above assessing the student's knowledge of and ability to synthesize course materials related to either service-learning or in an annotated bibliography.
  3. Representative Textbooks and Other Instructional Materials
    1. Kirk, Gwyn, and Margo Okazawa-Rey. 2013. Women's Lives: Multicultural Perspectives. McGraw-Hill, New York.
    2. Kolmar, Wendy K, and Frances Bartkowski. 2013. Feminist Theory: A Reader. New York: McGraw-Hill Higher Education.
    3. Kelly, Suzanne M, Gowri Parameswaran, and Nancy Schniedewind. 2012. Women: Images and Realities: A Multicultural Anthology. Mayfield Publishing, Mountain View, Calif.
    4. Andersen, Margaret L. Thinking About Women: Sex and Gender in Society. Pearson, Boston, 2015.
    5. Smith, Andrea. Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide. Cambridge, MA: South End Press, 2005
    6. Kimmel, Michael S, and Amy Aronson. The Gendered Society Reader. Oxford University Press, New York, 2014
    7. bell hooks, Feminism Isfor Everybody, South End Press, Cambridge, Mass., 2000
    8. Weber, Lynn. Understanding Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality: A Conceptual Framework. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010
    9. Ferrari, Michelle, Mira Chang, Joshua Bennett, Maro Chermayeff, Nicholas D. Kristof, Meg Ryan, Diane Lane, Gabrielle Union, Eva Mendes, America Ferrera, Olivia Wilde, E D. Shepherd, Sheryl WuDunn, Howard Sharp, Robert Hanna, Wolfgang Held, and Nico Abondolo. Half the Sky. New York: Docuramafilms, 2012.
    10. Goodman, Barak, Pamela M. Wagner, Jamila Ephron, and Meryl Streep. Makers: Women Who Make America. , 20l3. Hurt, Byron, Sabrina
    11. S. Gordon, and Bill Winters. Hip-hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes. Northampton, MA: Media Education Foundation, 2006
    12. Earp, Jeremy, Jackson Katz, Jason T. Young, Sut Jhally, and David Rabinovitz. Tough Guise 2: Violence, Manhood & American Culture. , 2013.
    13. Jhally, Sut, Jean Kilbourne, and David Rabinovitz. Killing Us Softly 4: Advertising's Image of Women. Northampton, MA: Media Education Foundation, 2010.
CREDIT/DEGREE APPLICABLE (meets all standards of Title 5. Section 55002(a))