Content with Disciplines : Women's Studies

The Institute for Civic Leadership

The Institute for Civic Leadership aims to advance the civic leadership capacities and commitments of women and to promote the civic and democratic purposes of higher education. Students enroll in four courses related to civic life and intellectual foundations, including an internship in an area of academic interest to them. This fall semester program combines discipline-based analysis of civic leadership and social policy with an internship in which students work on meaningful projects linked to public policy and social change. The curriculum develops their knowledge of strategies and skills needed for civic leadership as well as the intellectual foundations of…

Senior Integrative Seminar in Women’s Studies

The Senior Integrative Seminar in Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary course which draws from scholarship in history, English, philosophy, political science, psychology, and religion. The course is designed to serve as a “”capstone”” experience for women’s studies majors and graduating seniors interested in women’s issues. Through service-learning, students are encouraged to draw connections between the personal and the political and to recognize that ultimately, the status of women depends on the collaboration and creativity of women working together across the boundaries of race, class, and sexual orientation. The service-learning component of the course concentrates on promoting education and providing assistance…

Theology: Service and Christianity

Community service is strongly rooted in virtually all religious traditions. At St. Francis College, students learn to see the connection between service and Christianity in a variety of ways. Service-learning courses and research are peppered throughout the religious studies department. In Religion as Community Activism, students study and research the connection between values and action as they serve disabled children and adults at a nearby center. In Human Sexuality and Christian Marriage, students study issues of culture, ethnicity, and gender while serving at the local women s shelter or Take Back the Night program. All of this begins with a…

“Life Line: Teen Empowerment through Tutoring, Mentoring and Counseling”

Over the years, Morris Brown College has supported many projects throughout the Greater Atlanta community through various community service projects and through service-learning. These projects, coordinated under the umbrella of the Center for a Global Workforce and Community Service, have involved Morris Brown students, faculty and staff. One of our projects is Life Line: Teen Empowerment through Tutoring, Mentoring and Counseling. The project is run in coordination with a local teen center and involves students from the Criminal Justice and Social Science Department. During the academic year, Morris Brown students provided tutorial, mentoring and counseling services for the Harland Teen…

Action day : how to develop a quality one-day project

The best way to explain a good one-day service effort is to start with the ways such efforts are criticized. One-day projects are often seen as feel-good experiences that do little to effect real change. One-day projects are criticized for providing a fusillade of service designed more to look good for pictures than to help the community. One-day projects are criticized as ignoring evaluation, disregarding learning, and running roughshod over community relationships. A glimpse into the development of an action day a weekly one-day event out of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville provides a sound retort to the critics. The…

Instrumental Methods Analysis Course: reinvigorating a dull and difficult course

At Loyola University in Chicago, Instrumental Methods Analysis was once a course notorious for being both dull and difficult. The only students who enrolled were senior chemistry majors who were required to take the course. Faculty dreaded teaching it. But when Dr. Alannah Fitch began teaching the course, she decided that things were going to change. Dr. Fitch searched for ways to reinvigorate the course, and hit on three ideas. First, she would tie the course to social issues. This would appeal to the religious values of Loyola, a Jesuit university which had recently put particular emphasis on its service…

The Speaking, Arguing, and Writing Program

Education for citizenship has always been a cornerstone of the Liberal Arts Education at Mount Holyoke College. We believe that institutions of Higher Learning have a particular responsibility in responding to society s major challenges, through their teachings and their own actions. The challenges of the 21st century demand that we reverse the widespread feelings of apathy, impotence, and cynicism towards public and civic life and that we build a common understanding of the pressing problems of our times and of possibilities for solving them. To that effect, Mount Holyoke College founded the Center for Leadership and Public Interest Advocacy…

Sexual assault education: Peer Educators for Effective Relationships (PEER) group

For the last three years, students in the Peer Educators for Effective Relationships (PEER) group at St. Norbert s College have raised awareness of sexual assault throughout the Midwest by bringing interactive performances to a variety of audiences in high schools, on college campuses, and at national conventions. Group members perform a mock trial of a case involving an accusation of date rape. Members of the audience are randomly selected to serve as the jury. After the case is heard, the jury leaves to deliberate while remaining audience members talk about their impressions of the case. The various discussions raise…

Pre-school classroom mural project

When Professor Ursula McCarty wanted to help students in her course on Feminist Art see the dramatic effect art can have even in the simplest of settings, she introduced them to a new group of art patrons: a class of pre-schoolers. Professor McCarty brought her students to a local community center where children in the local HeadStart program had an empty wall just outside their classroom that they wanted filled. The students met with the preschoolers to discuss their ideas for the ten-foot mural. Once the group settled on a design from airports to dinosaurs the work began. Students visited…

The Women’s Performance Group

The Women’s Performance Group considers itself more than just a club. It is an environment where young women and men consider women’s issues, develop their unique talents, nurture their aspirations, and support others who are in needs. The group often uses visual and performing aids in its many service learning projects. As members of this group, the students design and prepare each activity. Student officers and committees plan, oversee, and coordinate activities, and all members proudly demonstrate ownership of this service learning group. The women’s Performance Group is currently working with district elementary and middle schools and with other districts,…

Receiving the “Breaking the Glass Ceiling” award

The Women s Resource Center of Grand Rapids recognized Davenport University with the “Breaking the Glass Ceiling” award in 1999 for its outstanding endeavors in hiring and promoting women as well as for its success in serving female students to advance in their careers, reenter the work force, and support them in their pursuit of educational excellence.

Black Women’s Health in the Age of Hip Hop & HIV/AIDS

Overview This course will serve as the inaugural course offering under the newly established capstone service-learning course designation ADST 483. We will explore interchanges among critical race theory, black feminist thought, and black women’s health, with emphasis on the role that the HIV/AIDS crisis has played in networking these discourses at the site of hip hop-inflected literary, artistic, and musical representations of black women’s bodies. Required readings for the course will include Quinn Gentry’s Black Women’s Risk for HIV: Rough Living (2007); Tricia Rose’s Longing to Tell: Black Women Talk about Sexuality & Intimacy (2004); Dorie Gilbert and Ednita Wright’s…

Single Motherhood in the Contemporary U.S.: Myths and Realities

Course Objectives: To expose you to scholarship and ?real-life? experiences that when synthesized, will enhance your ability to identify and evaluate ideologies, institutions, and public policies that affect single women?s experiences of motherhood. To enhance your theoretical understanding of such phenomena as the myth of meritocracy, unearned privilege, and systemic and internalized oppression by allowing you to identify, work within, and assess concrete instances of institutionalized injustice. To provide you with readings, discussions, writing assignments and service-learning experiences that will help you discover, articulate, and test the validity of your own definitions of ?community,? ?civic engagement,? and ?responsible citizenship.? To…

Poverty, Gender, and Microcredit

BACKGROUND TO SERVICE LEARNING AND COURSE OVERVIEW Alexis de Tocqueville in the 1800?s observed that the strength of American democracy lay in its spirited voluntary associations and emphasis on community. He declared however, that democracy and its manifestation of individualism, while a virtue, could become a vice when taken to extremes, especially in the form of hyper individualism. Several contemporary scholars have revealed that America has already reached this vicious stage of its democracy, one in which people are so preoccupied with their own concerns and successes that they have shut out of their consciences and consciousnesses the concerns of…

Women, Race & Class

Women, Race & Class is an interdisciplinary examination of the historical institutions, forces and movements that have shaped the status, identities and conditions of multicultural women. While many of the assigned readings are based in the United States, we will also look at global connections and contexts. We will emphasize relationships between theory, practice/action and multiple perspectives.

Gender and Global Politics

Dr. Neathery-Castro (jneathery@mail.unomaha.edu) ASH 378 5:30-7:10 M/W My Office Hours: M/W 4:30-5:30pm, or by appointment University of Nebraska at Omaha ASH 275, 554-3611 Spring 2000 Course Overview This course examines to what extent women participate in the decisions that shape the political and economic world and the goals of women in politics. While an existing course at UNO looks exclusively at female political participation in the United States, this course connects gender politics to both comparative and international relations literatures. We will examine gender s impact on political interests and how foreign domestic and international institutions shape policy results in…

Intro to Women’s Studies

Texts: Annual Editions: Women·s Studies ’99-00 (AE); Richardson/Taylor/Whittier, Feminist Frontiers IV (R/T/W); Ruth, Issues in Feminism, 4th ed. (R); Handouts. Introduction This course will introduce you to the discipline of Women’s Studies. We will employ a multicultural/interdisciplinary/experiential approach to address a number of questions: How does our culture define women and men? How do images of women and men in media shape our behavior? What roles do our ideas about gender play in the institutions of family, sexuality, health, work and politics? What can we learn about women, women·s lives, and a gendered culture through service learning, and how can…

Women’s Community Education Project

In Other Words Summer 2000 Melissa Kesler Gilbert DESCRIPTION: In this course, we will be working with our community partner, the local non-profit feminist bookstore IN OTHER WORDS and their sister organization, The Women’s Community Education Project. Our project this term is to coordinate a series of *rap sessions* with local teen girls about current issues in their lives. We will use these group conversations to encourage the girls to become a part of our ZINE project — where they will write, edit, and publish a grassroots, mini-magazine with our class. Please take a look at the enclosed outreach plan…

Health of Women

Department of Community Health Arnold Lab Room 496 BIC-214: Health of WomenSpring semester, 1999Wednesday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Clinical Advisor: Sudeep Aulakh, MD Dept. of General Internal Medicine Rhode Island HospitalPartnership: The National Women's Health Network, Washington, D.C.Staff partner: Brooke Grande Objectives:1. To develop a theoretical framework for conceptualizing what drives population patterns of health, disease, and well-being of women and girl children in relation to social and economic divisions related to race/ethnicity, class and gender. 2. To apply conceptual and methodological principles of study design and data analysis to evaluate epidemiologic and medical literature on women's health. 3….