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WS 222 Resources

Teaching Resources for Women's Studies 222: Introduction to Women's Studies
Learning Outcomes
Course Content
Textbook/Supplemental Texts
Sample Course Material
Research and Writing Instruction
  • Students will be able to define and use the critical vocabulary basic to the field of women’s studies.
  • Students will be able to recognize the ways in which social institutions and issues (government, family, education, health-care institutions, the media, etc.) have affected and affect women’s lives.
  • Students will begin to gain an appreciation of the contributions of women throughout history and internationally.
  • Students will be able to perform and present research related to women’s studies in oral and written formats.
  • Students will begin to make informed choices about their own behavior, health, education, and employment decisions based on their understanding of the role gender plays in relationships and society.

Global Women’s Studies 222 is by nature an interdisciplinary course, taught by instructors from various disciplinary backgrounds. Each instructor should use her or his scholarly strengths in designing the course. In order to ensure some consistency from section to section, however, we ask that instructors include the following components in their courses.


Topics
Social Structures and Issues

  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Class
  • Health and Science
  • Sexuality
  • Communication
  • Gender-based violence
  • Government and Law
  • Employment
  • Family
  • Education
  • The media
  • Religion
  • Body image

Major Figures in U.S. Women’s Studies

Nineteenth Century
Susan B. Anthony
Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Early Twentieth Century
Alice Paul
Margaret Sanger

Later Twentieth Century
Gloria Steinem
Rebecca Walker


Campus Enrichment Activities
In order to take advantage of the resources available through programs sponsored by BYU’s Women’s Studies Program, we request that instructors of the course require students to attend a designated number of sessions at the following events:

Fall Semester:
Women's Studies Conference

Winter Semester:
Women's History Month

Writing Instruction
Writing assignments amounting to a minimum of 2,000 words.
Writing Instruction Page

Library Research Instruction
Connie Lamb is the women’s studies librarian in the Harold B. Lee Library (connie_lamb@byu.edu, 2-6196). She has put together a research guide listing significant library resources in the field of women’s studies: http://guides.lib.byu.edu/Womens_Studies. Please invite Connie to give a class presentation tailored to your specific research project.


GE Global and Cultural Awareness
Women's Studies 222 has been approved by the FGEC Council as a GE Global & Cultural Awareness course. Please read the approval memo and excerpts from the review as you prepare your syllabus. Please include a Global Women's Studies Component in your course, so that your students will understand women's lives beyond the U.S. Middle class.

The following books are currently under review as options for WS 222. Te see review copies, please contact the Women's Studies office or Leslee Thorne-Murphy (lesleetm@byu.edu)

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Women in American Society: An Introduction to Women's Studies, (2003) fifth edition. Ed. Virginia Sapiro. McGraw-Hill. 978-1-7674-1639-9
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Women's Voices, Feminist Visions: Classic and Contemporary Readings, (2012) fifth edition. Ed Susan M. Shaw and janet Lee. McGraw-Hill. 978-0-07-351232-7
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Women's Lives: Multicultural Perspectives, (2010) fifth edition. Ed. Gwyn Kirk. McGraw-hill. 9780073512303
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Women: Images and realities, A Mutliculltural Anthology, (2008) fourth edition. Ed. Amy Kesselman. McGraw-Hill. 9780073127644
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An Introduction to Women's Studies: Gender in a Transnational World, (2006) second edition. Ed. Inderpal Grewal and Caren Kaplan. McGraw-Hill. 9780072887181

The following texts have been recommended by teachers of WS 222 as additional readings. Whenever possible, we have provided links to websites or online editions.

Historical Documents

Print Resources

Online Resources

Click here to see some sample course materials

Since our students range from freshmen to seniors, and since they come from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, there is little consistency in their writing abilities. In order to satisfy our learning objective to strengthen the students’ written communication skills, we recommend using the writing resources offered by the university:

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BYU Writing Center



http://english.byu.edu/writingcenter/index.html

“The Writing Center provides one-on-one writing help for all students. Writing tutors are committed to helping students become better writers. They focus on the global aspects of writing: thesis construction, organization, transitions, idea development, and style. Our tutors help students at any step of the writing process, from prewriting to a polished draft. We invite students to walk in or schedule an appointment.” (from byu.english.edu/writingcenter)
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Writing Fellows



http://writingfellows.byu.edu/

One excellent way to include substantial writing instruction in your course is to work with the Writing Fellows program. Writing Fellows (one Fellow per 9-12 students) will be assigned to work specifically with your course. They will consult with each student on two different writing assignments by reading drafts, providing feedback, and holding individual conferences. To participate in this program, follow the link above and fill out the Faculty Request form under the Faculty tab. You will need to request fellows at least three months before the beginning of a semester.
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Library Research Instruction



Connie Lamb is the women’s studies librarian in the Harold B. Lee Library (connie_lamb@byu.edu, 2-6196). She has put together a research guide listing significant library resources in the field of women’s studies: http://guides.lib.byu.edu/Womens_Studies. Please invite Connie to give a class presentations which can be tailored to your specific research project.

She has put together a page of resources and an exercise to familiarize your students with the library research on Women's studies. Click to download the resource and to download the exercise.

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