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Information about the
Department of Women’s Studies Learning Goals

Women’s Studies at the University of Delaware offers students a remarkable learning experience. Our faculty includes award-winning teachers, and all of us strive to offer stimulating classes which make use of some of the most current scholarship in our fields.

Below you will find our Mission Statement, the Learning Goals as defined by Women’s Studies faculty, a list associating the Women’s Studies Learning Goals with the University of Delaware General Education Goals, and a map showing which Women’s Studies classes are associated with each learning goal.

Women’s Studies’ Mission Statement

Our mission is to produce and disseminate knowledge about women’s lives and experiences and about the connection of gender to ability, age, class, ethnicity, national origin, race, religion, and sexuality. Women’s Studies is a mulch-disciplinary program that utilizes interdisciplinary approaches to learning and engages faculty, students, and staff, as well as the community at large. We strive for excellence in our work, which is carried out through teaching, scholarship, cultural events, and public engagement. We see ourselves as working for social justice, anchoring our work in core principles of diversity and inclusion, in a globally connected world .

Department of Women’s Studies Learning Goals

  • Know the goals, strategies, and effects of national and transnational women’s movements.
  • Understand the basic concepts and categories of feminist analysis; i.e. sex, gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, class, age and ability.
  • Understand how feminist scholarship influences academic disciplines and the creation of knowledge and generates an examination of macro-level processes such as social, political, cultural and/or economic practices.
  • Examine historical and/or contemporary cultural, political, and social phenomena within a national and/or transnational context from a feminist perspective.  Examples could include gender violence, research priorities in science, religion, economic inequality, health, and media representation.
  • Examine the concepts and consequences of gender and gender roles and their connections to private and public spheres of labor.
  • Examine how women shape and are shaped by public policies in areas such as welfare, health, immigration, education, and labor.
  • Examine issues of media, culture and representation from a gendered perspective.
  • Demonstrate through writing, speaking, and/or other forms of communication the ability to

-utilize critical and theoretical perspectives and/or
-work collaboratively
-apply interdisciplinary methods
-conduct research.

Women’s Studies Learning Goals and Associated General Education Goals

Women’s Studies Learning Goal:
Know the goals, strategies, and effects of national & transnational women’s movements.

General Education Goals
9: Understand the foundations of United States society including the significance of its cultural diversity.
10: Develop an international perspective in order to live and work effectively in an increasingly global society.

Women’s Studies Learning Goal:
Understand the basic concepts and categories of feminist analysis; i.e. sex, gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, class, age and ability.

General Education Goals
2: Learn to think critically to solve problems.
5: Understand the diverse ways of thinking that underlie the search for knowledge in the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences.

Women’s Studies Learning Goal:
Understand how feminist scholarship influences academic disciplines and creation of knowledge and generates an examination of macro-level processes such as social, political, cultural and/or economic practices.

General Education Goal
5: Understand the diverse ways of thinking that underlie the search for knowledge in the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences.

Women’s Studies Learning Goal:
Examine historical and/or contemporary cultural, political, and social phenomena within a national and/or transnational context from a feminist perspective. Examples could include gender violence, research priorities in sciences, religion, economic inequality, health, and media representation.

General Education Goals
8: Expand understanding and appreciation of human creativity and diverse forms of aesthetic and intellectual expression.
9: Understand the foundations of United States society including the significance of its cultural diversity.
10: Develop an international perspective in order to live and work effectively in an increasingly global society.

Women’s Studies Learning Goal:
Examine the concepts and consequences of gender and gender roles and their connections to private and public spheres of labor.

General Education Goals
4: Engage questions of ethics and recognize responsibilities to self, community, and society at large.
5: Understand the diverse ways of thinking that underlie the search for knowledge in the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences.

Women’s Studies Learning Goal:
Examine how women shape and are shaped by public policies in areas such as welfare, health, immigration, education and labor.

General Education Goals
2: Learn to think critically to solve problems.
7: Develop the ability to integrate academic knowledge with experiences that extend the boundaries of the classroom.

Women’s Studies Learning Goal:
Examine issues of media, culture and representation from a gendered perspective.

General Education Goals
1: Attain effective skills in oral and written communication, quantitative reasoning, and the use of information technology
5: Understand the diverse ways of thinking that underlie the search for knowledge in the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences.

Women’s Studies Learning Goal:
Demonstrate through writing, speaking, and/or other forms of communication the ability to:

  • utilize critical and theoretical perspectives and/or
  • work collaboratively and/or
  • apply interdisciplinary methods and/or
  • conduct research.

General Education Goals
1: Attain effective skills in oral and written communication, quantitative reasoning, and the use of information technology
2: Learn to think critically to solve problems.
3: Be able to work and learn both independently and collaboratively.
6: Develop the intellectual curiosity, confidence, and engagement that will lead to lifelong learning.

Map of Women’s Studies Learning Goals Associated with Classes

Course

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#2

#3

#4

#5

#6

#7

#8

201*

E,O,P, Oth

E,O, P, Oth

E,O,P, Oth

E,O,P, Oth

E,O,P, Oth

E,O,P, Oth

E,O,P, Oth

E, P, Oth

202

E,P,O

E,P,O

E

E

E

205

E,P

E,P

E,P

E,P

206

E,P

E, P, O

E,P.O

E,P, O

P,O

210

E,P

E,P

E,P, O

E,P,O

P,O

212

E,P,O,Oth

E,P,O,Oth

E,P,O,Oth

216

E, P

E, P

E,P

P, O

P

P

E, P, O

233

E,P

240

E,P O

E,P,O

E, P

250

E,P

E,P

E,P

E,P

E,P

250

E,P

E,P

E,P

E,P

E,P

260

E,P

E,P

E,P

E,P

E,P

291

E

E

E

389

E,P,O

E,P,O

498

J

Oth

*Some classes are taught by various faculty members. Goals vary according to their choices.

KEY:  P = paper, PO = portfolio, E = exam, O = oral presentation, L = lab, I = internship, J = journal, Oth = other

Note: Not all Women’s Studies classes appear on the map. We will add courses as the information is available.

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