Women’s Culture / WS210
Spr 2011 / Online Dr. Kerry Duff
3 Credits Messages or
This course examines 1) how women have been represented in western culture and 2) how female artists, writers, filmmakers, and musicians have responded to such depictions and created their own work. In addition to exploring a sampling of women’s stories, art, music, and films, we will consider issues of gendered representation and the very notion of women’s culture.
Sexuality as a political, theoretical, textual, and visual topic is a large component of class discussion and class materials. Some students may find this challenging and discomforting. Please consider this before continuing with the class.
This course satisfies the distribution requirements for the Associate Degree in either Humanities or Social Sciences and transfers to most four-year institutions.
TEXTS AND MATERIALS
1) Creating Women: An Anthology of Readings on Women in Western Culture, Vol. 11, Bryant
& Elder, 2005
2) Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber
3) Articles from Clark Library databases
4) Internet articles/clips & .docs / pdfs in weekly folders
5) Jane Campion’s film, The Piano—available to rent at any video store. Get this early!
If you are registered for this course, you will need:
? Access to the Internet, preferably Broadband--This course partially depends on multi-media websites, which are best viewed with a broadband connection. If you use a dial-up connection at home, you will need to set aside time to access these websites from campus or from your local library.
? Microsoft Word—All assignments must be submitted as Word documents. Assignments turned in using any other program, unless specified by me, will not be returned ungraded.
Students will 1) complete assigned readings using the accompanying study guides (opening page in each weekly folder) and PowerPoint lectures, 2) watch movies, 3) complete assignments and tests, and 4) engage in discussion forums. There will be a written final assignment that will ask students to bring together many of the ideas and theories from the class as a whole.
This class is based on a feminist student-centered model of teaching that emphasizes discussion, respect for difference, and an ability to step out of one’s “comfort zone.” It thus requires that students take responsibility for their own learning (a requirement also for any online class) and that they digest and fully understand material they may find challenging or discomforting before they react.
WHEN TO EXPECT GRADING TO BE COMPLETED
Grading and feedback will often be completed by one week. However at certain times, it may take up to two weeks.
While I am here to help you and thoroughly enjoy getting to know you, I will not reply if the answer to your question is clearly stated in one of the online documents. Your email should be written in a professional manner.
You can expect a response usually within 24-48 hours, except over the weekend and holidays. COURSE WITHDRAWAL
This class may be dropped through the 7th week. Instructor signature is not required. Those dropping after the 10th day receive a 'W' grade on their transcript, which will not affect their GPA. No drops allowed after the 7th week. Students with extenuating circumstances may appeal this policy by contacting the Dean before the last class of the quarter (before finals). CLASS POLICY
Many of the issues we discuss may involve personal and political philosophies. In this class, there is no reward and no penalty for having a particular set of beliefs. What is important is a willingness to study, learn and understand feminist points of view, many of which are different from mainstream societal norms and beliefs.
In order for teaching and learning to thrive, we must treat each other with highest degree of dignity and respect. Respect is an absolute necessity for a positive learning environment.
To foster a positive learning environment, students are expected to maintain a respectful attitude
toward classmates, the instructor, and opinions that differ from their own. Posts to the
discussion forums must reflect thoughtful composition and civility. Remember: think twice before 2/6
Disruptive behavior and hostility will not be tolerated either in discussion forums or in communication with the instructor. This includes uncivil, threatening, discourteous, or rude postings to the discussion forums. Disruptive, disrespectful, or hostile students will be given one warning. After the second offense, those students will be blocked from participating in the class and may be immediately removed from the class with a failing grade.
Students are expected to commit to academic honesty and the Student Code of Conduct. Cheating
on tests and plagiarism are grounds for immediate removal from the class with a failing grade.
For more information, please see the Clark College Catalog for the Student Code of Conduct.
ASSIGNMENTS (100 pts. total)
I Assignment 1: Worth 5 points and required to hold place in class.
II Weekly Tests (9 x 5pts. ea = 45 pts.)
These 9 tests will occur weekly and will test that you have read and understood the reading material (since the previous test) in preparation for discussion. They cover all the material in that
week’s folder, including the information and questions listed in the folder & any pwrpt lectures.
Some of the questions cover basic points; others are very specific. It is thus crucial that you
take notes and underline/outline as you read the material and lectures and watch the films. You are not being tested on whether or not you have memorized each and every fact, but whether you have read the reading thoroughly enough to know where to find the information.
Each week’s test will show up at 12:05 AM on Sunday and will end on the following
Wednesday at 11:55 PM. You can take test twice, but the last score recorded will be the one
that stand as your grade. In other words, Moodle will not average your scores or take your
best, but the very last score. This “second chance” is to cover ALL situations and
emergencies—personal or computer-related—that may occur in your life.
Make sure that you have thoroughly read and either taken notes or underlined in your book, put
aside a quiet time (30 minutes timed) with no interruptions, and that you do not hit the back button. The test is timed, but if you follow the guidelines stated in the previous sentence, you should have more than enough time to take the test.
III Discussion Postings (3 sets of postings x 5pts. = 15 pts.)
* READ THE DISCUSSION GUIDELINES FOR SPECIFICS ON HOW TO WRITE THESE
POSTINGS. THERE ARE MANY RULES & REQUIREMENTS.
One initial post and 1 response.
Discussion board will open on the Wednesday of the week—i.e. after you have taken that
week’s test. Make sure you have read thoroughly before committing yourself to postings on the board. Think of these as brief essays. Late postings will receive no points and cannot be made up.
A Initial Post due Thursday at midnight (total possible for ea. = 3)
B 1 Response Due Saturday at midnight (total possible for ea. = 2)
IV Assignments (2 X 5 pts. = 10 pts.)
On weeks when there is no discussion there will be an assignment. The assignment link will
show up in that week’s folder on Wed. The assignment will be due Sat. at 11:55 PM.
V “Dinner Conversation” Final Assignment (25 pts.)
After the first few weeks of class, you will be assigned two women upon whom you will do some extra reading. They could be artists, dancers, composers, musicians, writers, or filmmakers. At the end of the course, you will submit a three-page imaginary conversation between those two
individuals based on your research. This will allow you to gain some in-depth insights into the
creative work of individual women.
Please see the assignment sheet for more details.
There are a total of 100 points in this course. This should allow you to easily figure out your current grade and how many points you need to receive on remaining assignments to be awarded the grade you would like to earn. In other words, if you have 70 points before the final exam, you will need to earn 10 points more from the final exam and from participation in order to get into the B range.
A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D F
93-100 90-92 87-89 83-86 80-82 77-79 73-76 70-72 60-69 <60
A: Excellent work that goes beyond what is required for the course.
B: Good work that is above the minimum requirements.
C: Average work that meets the minimum requirements.
D: Below average work.
You will receive individual responses on the discussion assignments within the week to ensure
that you have feedback to guide you in the following week’s assignment.
Since students are given a range of days to complete the tests and discussion postings, I do not
accept any late assignments under any circumstances. Zero points will be given. Computer
glitches and any other technological issues are the responsibility of the student, and, unless, it is clearly a problem with Moodle, none of these can be used as justifications for late completion. This includes the Final Assignment.