II WS 300


Document Type

Course Change

Publication Date

Fall 2008


Updated 18 April 2008 KEENE STATE COLLEGE 2008-2009 COURSE PROPOSAL FORM NOTE: Please review the Senate Curriculum Committee Guidelines for instructions on completing proposal form. (refer to pages 4 - 5 for proposal details) DATE OF SUBMISSION: 20 Sept. 2008 SPONSORING PROGRAM AND CHAIR: Women’s Studies Sara Hottinger, Acting Coordinator shottinger@keene.edu 358-2096 PROPOSAL SPONSOR: Patricia Pedroza ppedroza@keene.edu, 358-2098 PROPOSED ACTION: Underline or boldface proposed changes. Course Addition Number Change Title Change Credit Change Description Change Prerequisite Change Course Deletion Course Replacement Other: CURRENT COURSE NUMBER, TITLE and DESCRIPTION: None PROPOSED COURSE NUMBER and/or TITLE: IIWS 300 Women of Color PROPOSED COURSE DESCRIPTION: This interdisciplinary course explores the experiences of women of color using feminist scholarship from literature, sociology, history, and Women’s Studies. Analyzes the history of social movements that have influenced the construction of the category “women of color” and articulates a critique of the category of “whiteness.” Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW and IQL Occasionally Updated 18 April 2008 LEARNING OUTCOMES: Course Learning Outcomes: Students will be able to : • analyze the history of social and political movements that have directly influenced the construction of the category “women of color.” • articulate a critique of the category of “whiteness” • explain and apply the theoretical concept of intersectionality and its relevance to the experiences of women of color • recognize the history of racism within the women’s movement and the field of women’s studies • trace the significant impact women of color theorists have had and continue to have on the field of women’s studies Integrative Studies Learning Outcomes: Interdisciplinary Outcome Students will be able to: • cross disciplinary boundaries to reveal new patterns and connections that reframe knowledge. Integrative Outcome In this course, students will fulfill the Diversity outcome and thus be able to: • recognize how differences shape approaches to identity, knowledge, and power. Skills Outcomes 1. Reading • Demonstrate an understanding and ability to relate discipline-or interdiscipline specific information to theories presented in a course 2. Writing • Develop complex positions or arguments through writing 3. Critical Thinking • Analyze and interpret arguments made by oneself and by others to formulate and defend a conjecture or thesis RATIONALE: Versions of this course have been offered by this program on an experimental basis a number of times. Students have shown significant interest in the topic. Last semester graduating students in the WS Capstone course and current students enrolled in the WS minor collectively requested that we add this course to our offerings on a permanent basis. There is a critical need for our students as citizens to have a better knowledge of women’s lives and experiences across ethnicities and cross-culturally. This course will help the Women’s Studies program to make progress towards a more responsive and inclusive curriculum. This course also meets the Integrative Studies Program’s needs for upper level ISP courses. RESOURCES: No additional resources are needed. Professor Pedroza has a one-third appointment in Women’s Studies and there is room in her teaching schedule for this course. ADVISORY OPINIONS: None Updated 18 April 2008 SIGNATURE PAGE 2008-2009 1. Sponsoring Program: . Women’s Studies Chair Signature: Sara Hottinger , For . 10 Against . 0 Abstain. 0 Absent ___ Date . 10/1/09 . 2. Advisory Opinions: List the names of the affected departments and include department responses. NA 3. Dean: Comment: Approved_x_ Not Approved____ Signature: Elizabeth Roos Date. 10/1/09 . 4. School Curriculum Committee or the Interdisciplinary ISP Subcommittee: Comment: For . 4 Against . 0 Abstain . 0 Absent . 3 Chair: Sara Hottinger Date . 10/7/08 . 5. Senate Curriculum Committee: Comment: For ___ Against___ Abstain ___ Absent ___ Chair: __________________________Date _________ 6. Keene State College Senate: Passed ___ Failed ___ Information___ Signature: ____________________________ Date ________ 7. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs: Approved___ Not Approved____ Information___ Signature: _____________________Date ________ 8. President: Approved___ Not Approved___ Information___ Signature: ______________________Date ________


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II WS 300