The Women’s and Gender Studies course approval process seeks to include gender-themed courses and new feminist approaches to teaching, while at the same time honoring our traditions and roots as Women’s Studies.This process recognizes the cumulative learning process that builds upon proceeding components.
This is particularly true for lower division courses where students are often both new to the process of critical analysis and to the idea of feminism and gender studies. Therefore, earlier teaching units of a class might only introduce the subject or approach; middle sections would begin to draw explicit attention to the issues of women and gender as distinct components; and the final section of the class would involve the critical analysis of the complex relationships between women and gender. Upper division classes would probably reflect this same pattern, but the pace would be quicker and the level of engagement more focused.
The class might engage with a variety of activities and issues, recognizing that no one course would be expected to do them all.
Useful questions to consider include: