This course explores, at an introductory level, contemporary and historical issues not represented in regularly scheduled courses in the Gender Studies program or in other departments.
- Develop an introductory understanding of the specific and variable course topic(s) and theme(s) addressed from an interdisciplinary perspective.
- Apply critical thinking skills to the selected theme(s) of the course.
- Explain the possible historical, social, and cultural contexts and groundings of the selected theme(s) of the course for further work in Gender Studies or other disciplinary programs at the university.
- Critique different approaches and methodologies in relation to the selected topic(s) in tandem with their own intellectual interests and standpoints.
- Understand the development of and the changing meanings of group identities in the United States' history and culture.
- Demonstrate an awareness of the individual and institutional dynamics of unequal power relations between groups in contemporary society.
- Analyze their own attitudes, behaviors, concepts and beliefs regarding diversity, racism, and bigotry.
- Describe and discuss the experience and contributions (political, social, economic, etc.) of the many groups that shape American society and culture, in particular those groups that have suffered discrimination and exclusion.
- Demonstrate communication skills necessary for living and working effectively in a society with great population diversity.