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SOC 215: Women in American Society

Course Description

This course discusses the problems associated with the roles of women in American society and compares perspectives on the status of women across social institutions. Through a variety of selected readings, the course will provide an opportunity to investigate the ways in which women in American society have been impacted by sexism, classism, racism and cultural differences in both the historical and contemporary eras.

Prerequisites

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • SOC 101: Sociology

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to understand the intersection of gender, class, and race as forces impacting the status of women in society.
  2. Enact self-reflection in regard to women’s issues.
  3. Apply critical thinking to the topic of women’s issues.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which gender oppression may manifest itself in specific and general ways across social institutions in American society as well as the greater global community.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of how historical effects of gender oppression impact us in the contemporary era.
  6. Conceptualize and frame personal, work-related, and/or social issues related to gender from the perspective of sociology.
  7. Collect, analyze and interpret data relevant to personal, work-related and/or social issues related to gender from the perspective of sociology.
  8. Identify the value of pro-active citizenship in the form of community/university service, and/or professional activities.
  9. Recognize and appreciate human difference on the basis of social class, race/ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation, and the skills to apply their understanding in diverse social contexts.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignment(s)Weight

Discussion Group Participation (Weeks 1-15)

25%

Quizzes (Weeks 1-4, 6-9, 11-15)

25%

Essays (Weeks 5 & 10)

25%

Final Paper (Week 13)

25%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore

  • Dubois, Ellen Carol, Dumenil, Lynn. Through Women's Eyes, Combined Volume: An American History with Documents. 4th ed. Bedford/St. Martin's. 2016. ISBN-13: 9781319003128

Course Schedule

Assignments are due by Sunday each week.

WeekReadings and ExercisesAssignment(s)

1

  • confirmation email to instructor, reviewed and agree to course syllabus and policies.
  • Introduction to Discussion Board
  • Begin Final Paper (due week 13)
  • Week 1 Chapter 1 Quiz

2

“America in the World, to 1650”
  • Review Chapter 1
  • Participate in the weekly discussion; post responses to at least 2 other students
  • Weekly Discussion
  • Week 2 Chapter 1 Quiz

3

“The Colonial Worlds, 1607-1750”

  • Read Chapter 2
  • Participate in the weekly discussion; post responses to at least 2 other students
  • Weekly Discussion
  • Week 3 Chapter 2 Quiz

4

“Mothers and Daughter of the Revolution, 1750- 1800"

  • Read Chapter 3
  • Participate in the weekly discussion; post responses to at least 2 other students
  • Weekly Discussion
  • Week 4 Chapter 3 Quiz

5

“First Essay"

  • Participate in the weekly discussion; post responses to at least 2 other students
  • Weekly Discussion
  • Submit First Essay

6

“Pedestal, Loom and Auction Block, 1800-1860”

  • Read Chapter 4
  • Participate in the weekly discussion; post responses to at least 2 other students
  • Weekly Discussion
  • Week 6 Chapter 4 Quiz

7

“Shifting Boundaries: Expansion, Reform and Civil War, 1840-1865”

  • Chapter 5
  • Participate in the weekly discussion; post responses to at least 3 other students
  • Weekly Discussion
  • Week 7 Chapter 5 Quiz

8

“Reconstructing Women’s Lives North and South, 1865-1900"

  • Read Chapter 6
  • Participate in the weekly discussion; post responses to at least 2 other students
  • Weekly Discussion
  • Week 8 Chapter 6 Quiz

9

“Women in the Expanding Nation: Consolidation of the West, Mass Immigration, and the Crisis of 1890”

  • Read Chapter 7
  • Participate in the weekly discussion; post responses to at least 2 other students
  • Weekly Discussion
  • Week 9 Chapter 7 Quiz

10

“Second Essay"

  • Participate in the weekly discussion; post responses to at least 2 other students
  • Weekly Discussion
  • Submit Second Essay

11

“Power and Politics: Women in the Progressive Era, 1900-1920”

  • Read Chapter 8
  • Participate in the weekly discussion; post responses to at least 2 other students
  • Weekly Discussion
  • Week 11 Chapter 8 Quiz

12

“Change and the Community :
Women in Prosperity, Depression and War, 1920-1945”

  • Read Chapter 9
  • Participate in the weekly discussion; post responses to at least 2 other students
  • Weekly Discussion
  • Week 12 Chapter 9 Quiz

13

“Beyond the Feminine Mystique: Women’s Lives 1945-1965”

  • Read Chapter 10
  • Participate in the weekly discussion; post responses to at least 2 other students
  • Weekly Discussion
  • Week 13 Chapter 10 Quiz
  • Submit Final Paper

14

“Modern Feminism and American Society 1965-1980”

  • Read Chapter 11
  • Participate in the weekly discussion; post responses to at least 2 other students
  • Weekly Discussion
  • Week 14 Chapter 11 Quiz

15

“Women in a Global Economy 1980-Present”

  • Read Chapter 12
  • Participate in the weekly discussion; post responses to at least 2 other students
  • Weekly Discussion
  • Week 15 Chapter 12 Quiz
  • Complete Course Reflection
  • Complete Course Evaluation

COSC Accessibility Statement

Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources

Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.