NVCC COLLEGE-WIDE COURSE CONTENT SUMMARY
SSC 205 - CULTURAL AND SOCIAL STUDY OF WOMEN (3 CR.)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Analyzes historical and contemporary social, cultural, political, and economic factors affecting the role of women. Uses selected literature about women in the modern world as a basis for study and discussion. Lecture 3 hours per week.

GENERAL COURSE PURPOSE

SSC 205 provides students with an opportunity to look at the major social and cultural factors that affect the role of women. It provides an understanding of how one of the most basic aspects of personal identity, gender, is socially and culturally shaped. By examining society from women's viewpoint it offers an alternative perspective on self and society.

ENTRY LEVEL COMPETENCIES

No prerequisites

COURSE OBJECTIVES

To provide students with the knowledge and the concepts necessary to understand women’s position and perspective in contemporary societies. By the end of the course students should be able to knowledgeably discuss:

A. The nature of gender and of feminine socialization

B. The place women occupy in the contemporary world

C. The factors that account for that placement

D. How women respond to that placement

E. Possible directions of change

MAJOR TOPICS TO BE INCLUDED A. The nature of gender

B. The historical roots of contemporary gender roles

C. Socialization to gender roles

D. Gender and self

E. Macro-structural factors influencing women’s roles:  Family, economy and choice of education, polity, religion

F. Differences among women themselves-class, race, age

G. Changes in women’s situations

H. Recent approaches to reconceptualizing women’s worlds.

Spring 1992

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