Metropolitan State University

GNDR 220 : Introductory Topics in Gender Studies

A. Course Description
Lab Hours/ Weeks: Corequisites: None
Lecture Hours/ Week :  
MnTC Goals: Goal 07 - Human Diversity
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. ** Note: this is a variable credit course with credit range of 2 - 3.
B. Course Effective Dates: 05/01/2012 - Present
C. Outline of Major Content Areas:
See Course Description for major content areas.
D. Learning Outcomes (General)
  1. Develop an introductory understanding of the specific and variable course topic(s) and theme(s) addressed from an interdisciplinary perspective.
  2. Apply critical thinking skills to the selected theme(s) of the course.
  3. 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.
  4. Critique different approaches and methodologies in relation to the selected topic(s) in tandem with their own intellectual interests and standpoints.
E. Learning Outcomes (MN Transfer Curriculum)
Goal 07 - Human Diversity
  1. Demonstrate an awareness of the individual and institutional dynamics of unequal power relations between groups in contemporary society.
  2. Analyze their own attitudes, behaviors, concepts and beliefs regarding diversity, racism, and bigotry.
  3. Understand the development of and the changing meanings of group identities in the United States' history and culture.
  4. 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.
  5. Demonstrate communication skills necessary for living and working effectively in a society with great population diversity.
G. Special Information