Office Hours: Tuesday/ Thursday 11-12, or by appointment
Diana Kendall, Race, Class, and Gender in a Diverse Society:
A Text Reader, (Mass: Allyn and Bacon, 1997).
There will be additional readings that will either be handed out
by the instructor or available for you to check out from the reserve
desk in the library.
This course provides an introductory exploration of the
interrelations among gender, class, sexuality and race both historically
and cross-culturally. This will be explored using an interdisciplinary
approach and various kinds of materials, including literature, communication
theory, life histories, media and law.
After completing this course students, ought to be able
1. recognize and evaluate dominant racist, classist, sexist/gender,
homophobic, ablest stereotypes in U.S. media and culture;
2. explicate how racism, classism, sexism, and homophobia are interrelated
as they intersect and infuse U.S. economic and legal institutions;
3. appreciate diversity among and between different communities
within the U.S.;
4. describe how diversity and privilege influences perception, gender
identity, racial relations ad personal behavior among and between
5. demonstrate an ability to analyze the ways diversity (inc., gender,
race, sexuality, class, ect.) is socially constructed and reinforced
through a variety of mediated discourses and texts.
1) Attendance and Participation
a) Due to the nature of the course (primarily based on readings
with experimental activities) attendance is crucial; any
student who misses more than three weeks (six days) of classes will
fail the course.
b) Students should make every effort to participate in class; you
are expected to come to class with assigned readings completed,
prepared to participate in both the discussions and the activities;
lack of sufficient participation will lower your final score.
c) Controversial subjects will be discussed in class, and personal
information may be revealed; please demonstrate respect for the
ideas and values of your colleagues through courteous discussion;
in addition, please keep personal information confidential.
Confidentiality is essential in order to ensure trust among class
d) As we discuss controversial issues, some discomfort should be
expected; it is difficult to learn anything new without experiencing
some dissonance; however, if any time you feel excessive distress
over the material, feel free to ask for an alternative assignment.
a) The points for any particular assignments are earned through
individual or team achievement as related to specific criteria for
that assignment; grades are not curved.
b) The normal score for competent/ satisfactory work which meets
expectations is a “C”; students desiring higher scores
must meet higher expectations, please see instructor if unsure of
c) Students who miss completing a major assignment risk failing
the course; incomplete will not be given, except in rare cases of
a verifiable emergency.
d) Students have the right to challenge a particular score or exam
item if they believe it to be unfair; all complaints should be brought
to the instructor attention within (10) ten days of the occurrence
of the grievance (see Student Handbook).
Makeup/Late Work Policy
a) Due to their nature, “pop” quizzes and
in-class activities (those requiring oral, written,
and/or group participation) cannot be made up.
b) Late assignments will not be accepted unless prior
arrangement has been made with the instructor. Paper
may be mailed over night, if the student cannot physically reach
the university. Papers received after that time will not be accepted,
regardless of the reason for the lateness (with the only exception
a verifiable medical emergency).
a) It is impossible to cover every aspect of this course in the
syllabus; additional important information will be provided to the
student as the class progresses.
b) If you experience any problems with this course work, or some
other concern, come see me (the sooner the better), and I will do
my best to help you.
c) Students with a learning (or other) disability should provide
documentation of their disability during the first week of class
so that I can make arrangements to assist you in the successful
completion of the course. “Accommodations aren’t special
advantages, they’re an attempt to equalize opportunities and
access.” –Carol Weinberg-
5) Academic Honesty
a) Students are expected to do original work in this class, cheating
and plagiarism are not tolerated; suspected cases will be handled
according to the steps outlined in the Student Handbook.
b) Cheating is defined as using or attempting to use, giving or
attempting to give, obtaining or attempting to obtain, products
or prepared materials that a student has been told to do alone and
not in collaboration with others (such as the use of authorized
notes during an exam, or fraudulently obtaining an exam or paper);
plagiarism is defined as the use of someone else’s ideas without
giving that person credit and copying of papers as well as not documenting
“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and
women are created equal…” -Elizabeth Cady Stanton-
Femininity appears to be one of those pivotal qualities that is
so important no one can define it. - Caroline Bird –
1. Exams (100 points; 25% of grade)
There will be (2) two major evaluation opportunities/exams (worth
50 points each), short answer, multiple choice, and essay on course
content (lectures, discussions, readings and activities). Exams
may be take-home or in-class.
2. Journal/ Workbook; (50 points, 12% of grade)
You will be keeping a notebook during the semester which will include
your personal reactions to at least 16 class discussions, activities,
readings, media events, etc. Journals will be taken up and graded
(2) two times each semester; grading will be based on the quantity
of your responses (a minimum of (1) one 8 by 11 page each, or its
equivalent per entry). You should have at least 16 pages by the
end of the semester.
3. Creative Projects (100 points; 25% of grade)
Each student will present for the entire class, a project on some
outside reading/interview/topic on gender or issues related to human
diversity. Projects can be presented individually, in dyads, or
in small groups, as long as the form makes sense for the presentation,
etc. All students will have the opportunity to work at any stage
of the process with the instructor.
4. Project Discussion Paper (50 points; 13% of grade)
Each student will prepare one 3-5 page paper which will discuss
how the topic or theme of the project was chosen, describe the process
of putting together their project, explain benefits and challenges
of doing the project, and a complete bibliography of sources used
in the creation of the project. This paper will be turned in after
the Creative Project is completed.
5. Structured Activities/Participation (100 points;
minimum; 25% of grade)
At least 100 points will be earned through various in-class activities,
designed to aid in awareness and application of course concepts
and application of course concepts, and to adapt to different “learning
styles.” Brief writing assignments will occur several times
each semester. The purpose of which is to help students clarify
their thought regarding readings before in-class discussion. In
addition, there may be several short “pop” quizzes on
the readings. Grading is based on observation and/or the satisfactory
completion of a form based on the activity. Points in
this category are not automatic with attendance- you have to actually
360-400 points A
320-359 points B
280-319 points C
240-279 points D
below 239 points F
Total Points Possible: 400