Introduction to Women’s Studies

Course Description

This course is an interdisciplinary course examining women's roles in patriarchal society, emphasizing how factors such as race, class, gender, and sexuality contribute to the oppression of women and how they can be counted through feminist critical practices.

We will be exploring a history of women's studies in social movements and exploring key concepts associated with feminism(s), including the social construction of gender; systems of inequality; gender and the body; representation in media and culture; patriarchy and masculinity; health and reproductive justice; and gender and violence.

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the histories of feminism and women's movements in the US and the emergence of Women's Studies as a discipline
  • Explain the importance and socio-political relevance of essential women's studies concepts, including the intersecting roles of gender, race, class, age, ability, sexuality, and other axes of difference in culture and society
  • Explain how gender and race are socially constructed and regulated in society
  • Identify and discuss how systems of oppression maintain inequality both in personal experiences and the society more broadly
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how feminist social and political action benefits everyone


Prerequisites: At least one year of American history is recommended


One Section Available to Choose From:

Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.

Dates: June 27, 2022 - July 08, 2022
Duration: 2 Weeks
Meeting Times: M-F 3:30P-6:20P
Status: Closed
Format: On-Campus
Instructor(s): Columbus Pruitt
Course Number: 10426