California State University, Long Beach Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department WGSS 101 - Women and

Their Bodies Spring 2012 Professor: Office: E-mail: Office Hours: Office Phone: Dr. Baralt MHB-802 (Best way to contact me) Monday/Wednesday 11-12:15PM, and by appointment (562) 985-1398

Course Information: WGSS 101-03 Number 6856 Location: LA5-250 TuTh 11AM-12:15PM Course Description: This course is designed to serve as an introduction to feminist perspectives on women’s health and sexuality. The overall objective of this course is to provide students with an intellectual framework through which to consider fundamental questions about body image, gender and sexual identity, sexuality and sexual health concerns, reproductive health issues and choices, major diseases affecting women and health care. As part of the General Education Program in the self-integration category, this course is designed to facilitate students’ understanding of women as integrated physiological, social, and psychological beings. Focusing on women’s health and sexuality from a feminist perspective provides a foundation for upper division work in Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies. Class work and assignments are designed to encourage students to advance critical thinking and written communication skills. Course Objectives: After taking this course, students will be able to 1. Demonstrate knowledge of women’s reproductive anatomy, menstruation, and reproduction 2. Exhibit an understanding of historical medical views of women’s bodies, health and sexuality 3. Exhibit an understanding of women’s options with regard to STI and pregnancy prevention, unplanned pregnancy, childbirth, and infertility, with an emphasis on informed and healthy sexual decision-making 4. Recognize, in themselves and others, potential health/body image problems, and have knowledge of potential resources for help 5. Be able to evaluate sources of information regarding women’s health 6. Exhibit an understanding of the wide variety of gender expressions and sexual orientations 7. Identify and critique unhealthy media images of women’s bodies and sexualized violence


Beyond that. Selections from the following books will be posted on Beachboard: The Politics of Women’s Bodies: Sexuality. 1998. Our Bodies. but they will take attendance. Appearance. You will be assigned to a facilitation group that will remain your group throughout the semester. 2010. Class meetings will consist of lectures on the readings and other relevant material. Barbie: Young Women Write about Body Image and Identity edited by Ophira Edut. Ourselves (Paperback) (2011) by the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective. beginning in the 4th week of class. 3rd edition. 2005.and discussion-based. Demonstrate a general understanding of the U. Peer facilitation involves WGSS students who are being trained in peer facilitation and have already taken this course or other relevant courses facilitating small group discussions regarding the course material to give you an opportunity to discuss this very personal material among your peers without the professor present. which will be reflected in your attendance & participation grade. Touchstone. Ourselves: A New Edition for a New Century. record your level of participation and your attitude for each session. Course Methods: This course is both lecture. Adios. films. 2005. New York: Oxford University Press.8. and Behavior edited by Rose Weitz. Seal Press.S. small group and class activities. guest lectures. Boston Women’s Health Collective. The facilitators will not report the content of what you said in these group discussions. beliefs and ideas 2 . healthcare system and preventative health measures for women Required Text: Our Bodies. the course will consist of a peer facilitation component on Thursdays. The purpose of the peer facilitation component of this course is as follows: Consciousness-raising to increase awareness of and sensitivity to women’s issues Cognitive and emotional development Personal sharing of experiences.

com on Beachboard. and sexuality in light of the course material. There will be no make-up quizzes available. your lowest quiz score will be dropped at the end of the semester. These are intended to accommodate different learning styles and to address different aspects of the course material while placing a strong emphasis on developing your critical thinking and written communication skills. It also involves coming to class and peer facilitation with questions to pose about the readings. then your lowest score will be dropped. exciting. arrive on time and stay for the entire class. requires reading the assigned texts before coming to class. It is expected that you will attend all classes. obviously. Journal entries will be submitted via Turnitin. or problematic about the readings. Quizzes will be given within the first five to ten minutes of class time and if you come to class late. Attendance/participation will be recorded at every peer facilitation session. Journaling: Journaling is meant to provide an opportunity for you to reflect upon your body.Application of course concepts to one’s own life Expression of feelings. However. so if you missed a quiz due to any reason. Attendance will be assessed periodically through in-class assignments. Quizzes allow me to check in to make sure that people are coming to class prepared. that quiz will be dropped. For each journal assignment. Quizzes: Throughout the semester there will be five pop quizzes worth five points each. Assessments: Attendance & Participation Quizzes Midterm Exam Journaling Final Exam Reflection Essay Total Grade Breakdown 144 – 160 = A 128 – 143 = B 112 – 127 = C 96 – 111 = D 15 points 20 points 50 points 15 points 50 points 10 points 160 points <95 = F Attendance and Participation: Attendance and participation are crucial components of this course. Quizzes will consist of five short answer and/or multiple choice questions intended to assess whether you completed the assigned readings for that day. confusing. health. I have included the reading 3 . This. Reflection involves being prepared to discuss what you found interesting. you will not be able to take the quiz. innovative. You will be expected to make connections between your personal experiences and course readings in your journal entries. thoughts and reactions to course material Learning to value diverse views and opinions Course Requirements: There are a variety of assignments for this course. If you were present for all quizzes. You are expected to come to class and peer facilitation sessions prepared to talk about and reflect upon the readings.

There are no right or wrong answers. The description for each journal assignment can be found on Beachboard a week before the assignment is due. This assignment must be submitted in the dropbox on Beachboard by midnight on Thursday. do not count on extra credit. May 10th. This includes online sources and classmates’ work. not a right. films. and/or guest lectures from 3/20-5/10. lectures. Journal entries cannot be made up. I never give extra credit upon request. Course Policies: Withdrawing/Dropping Course and Incompletes For official University policy see the CSULB Catalog. multiple choice. and/or short answer questions. and/or guest lectures from 1/26-3/15. It will cover course material including readings. May 17 from 10:15AM . Extra Credit Policy Extra credit is a privilege. if nothing comes up. If I offer any extra credit.12:15PM. The exam will be worth 50 points and will include fill-in-the-blank. Reflection Essay: For this reflection essay. You will be graded on the demonstration of your ability to self reflect based on course material. 3/22. Journal Due Dates: 2/16. there may be no extra credit. However. multiple choice and/or short answer questions.area that you should focus on along with a few questions to stimulate your thinking about the readings as they relate to you personal experiences. Integrate material from this class into your discussion. It will cover course material including readings. films. All cases of plagiarism will be reported to the University. 3/8. lectures. Each entry is worth 2 points. The exam will be worth 50 points and will include fill-in-the-blank. Final Exam: The final exam will be held on Thursday. Plagiarism means using someone else’s words or ideas as if they were your own. 4/19 Midterm Exam: There will be an in-class midterm exam on Thursday. so please do not ask. you are to describe three things you have learned about yourself as a result of taking this course. Therefore. I will announce the opportunities in class and on beachboard. For definitions of plagiarism see the CSULB Catalog. the last day of class. 4 . Cheating and Plagiarism This should go without saying: Cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated. Makeup exam policy is listed below. and without giving due credit. The consequences for cheating or plagiarism range from failing the assignment to failing the class to being expelled from school. I like to give extra credit when events relevant to the class are happening on campus to give you a little extra incentive to attend. This is a matter of personal integrity and academic excellence.

We have to work together to create an engaged and collaborative learning environment that is conducive to learning for everyone. However. Out of respect for everyone. it is up to you to contact me within two days to schedule a make-up. Due to the potential for complications. will get out of the class. I can only guarantee that I will check email during my office hours. If something occurs that causes you to miss an exam. the following is a list of topics I will not address by e-mail: •requests for lecture/discussion information missed due to absence •requests for grades (Your grades are always available for you to view on Beachboard and if you have questions or concerns about them. Death. Classroom Etiquette It is expected that you will attend all classes. Arrangements for make-up exams can be made for documented excuses only. Religious reasons 4. rather than waiting until your grade has suffered. arrive on time and stay for the entire class.g.. Office Hours Please feel free to come and see me with any questions. not use laptop computers during class. If you can’t meet with me during my scheduled office hours. it is your responsibility.Late Assignments and Make-Up Exams Late journal entries and reflection essays will lose 1 point for each day that they are late. books. I encourage you to come see me as soon as you realize that you are struggling. and your classmates. You will usually get a pretty quick reply. so please don’t feel hesitant about coming to talk to me. newspapers. text messages) while we are in class. etc). the more you. write WGSS 101 and the section number in the subject line so I know that it is regarding the course and do not accidentally overlook it. If you are having trouble in the course. listen attentively to all speakers in the room. or serious illness of an immediate family member or the like 3. if you have something bigger to talk about. If you send e-mail. Jury duty or government obligation 5. • Excused absences. concerns or general curiosities regarding the course. I enjoy meeting my students. with respect at all times. E-mail is best used for quick questions and clarifications. E-mail Etiquette E-mail is the best way to contact me outside of class time. If you are late for an in-class exam. athletic events. as defined by the University. include: 1. Illness or injury to the student 2. you risk losing points or even missing the entire exam. injury. I expect you to silence cells phones. let me know and we will set up a time that is mutually convenient. including individual members in it. I will not contact you. Consider the entire class as a community of learners and treat the class as a whole. For official University policy regarding excused absences please see the CSULB Catalog. University sanctioned or approved activities (including performances. you need to come see me during office hours or set up an appointment) 5 . please come see me during office hours. and not read any outside material (e. The more that you are engaged during class.

hooks’ “Feminist Politics: Where We Stand” and hooks’ “Consciousness-Raising: An Constant Change of Heart” (On Beachboard) History and Politics of Women’s Bodies Have read: Weitz’s A History of Women’s Bodies (On Beachboard) No Class Have read: Our Bodies. contact the Undergraduate Advisor: Dr. Ourselves. Gender & Sexuality Studies is also not an impacted major! For more information.•assignments that are supposed to be turned in on Beachboard Please make sure that all e-mails are professional in tone and or 985-4418. but feel free to read more than 2) Journal 1 assignment posted on beachboard Taking Care of Our Bodies Have read: Eating Well (On Beachboard) Have read: Our Bodies in Motion (On Beachboard) Peer Facilitation 1—Body Image/Taking Care of Our Bodies Journal 1 due on beachboard by midnight 6 Week 2: Tu 1/31 Th 2/2 Week 3: Tu 2/7 Th 2/9 Week 4: Tu 2/14 Thu 2/16 . Barbie: Young Women Write about Body Image and Identity (On Beachboard) Possible Guest Speaker Have read: Any two of the readings on beachboard for today. and address many of your interests and concerns. Course Topics and Reading Schedule *I reserve the right to make changes to the reading schedule. You can choose the two that you think sound most interesting/relevant to you (must write about 2 in your journal. Week 1: Tu 1/24 Th 1/26 Introduction to the Course: Applying a feminist perspective to women’s health and sexuality Introduction to the course and to each other Have read: hooks’ “Introduction: Come Closer to Feminism”. Her office is MHB-817. Women's. 3. Ch. Jennifer Reed at jreed4@csulb. If I do so. Thinking about a Major or Minor in Women's. 26 Body Image: Reflecting on How We See Ourselves and Other Women Have read: Our Bodies. Forward and Introduction to Adios. Ourselves. Gender & Sexuality Studies? Our department offers exciting courses that reflect a commitment to gender issues and social justice. Ch. you will be notified in advance and provided with any additional readings.

Ourselves. Ch. 13 (pgs. Ourselves. 10 Peer Facilitation 5—Making Healthy Decisions about Sex Journal 2 due on beachboard by midnight Sexually Transmitted Infections Have read: Our Bodies. Ch. 8 Peer Facilitation 4—Sexual Pleasure and Sexual Challenges Journal 2 assignment posted on beachboard Contraception and Healthy Sexual Decision-Making Have read: Our Bodies. 324-346) Peer Facilitation 6—Reproductive Choices Pregnancy. 4 (Ch. Ourselves. 6 Peer Facilitation 3—Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Sexual Pleasure and Sexual Challenges Have read: Our Bodies. Ch. Ourselves. Ch. Ch. Ourselves. 2 Peer Facilitation 2—Female Anatomy and Menstruation Gender Identity. 7 Possible Film Have read: Our Bodies.Week 5: Tu 2/21 Th 2/23 Understanding our Anatomy. 12. 9 Have read: Our Bodies. 1 Have read: Our Bodies. Childbirth and Assisted Reproduction 7 Th 4/5 Week 11: . 316-324—up to Abortion Methods) Have read: Our Bodies. Ch. 13 (pgs. Ch. Ch. Sexual Orientation and Sexuality Have read: Our Bodies. Ch. Ch. Ourselves. Ourselves. Ch. Reproduction and Menstruation Have read: Our Bodies. Ch. Ourselves. Ourselves. 5 is optional—stories about relationships) Possible Guest Speaker(s) Have read: Our Bodies. Ourselves. Oursleves. 11 In-Class Midterm Exam (Covers material from 1/26-3/15) No Peer Facilitation Week 6: Tu 2/28 Th 3/1 Week 7: Tu 3/6 Th 3/8 Week 8: Tu 3/13 Th 3/15 Week 9: Tu 3/20 Th 3/22 Tu 3/27 and Th 3/29 Spring Break-Enjoy! Week 10: Tu 4/3 Unplanned Pregnancy and Reproductive Choices Have read: Our Bodies.

Ch. Ourselves. 587-607—up to the section on the Uterus and Cervix) Possible Film Have read: Our Bodies. 15 Possible Film Have read: Our Bodies. Ch. 22 (pgs. 5 (pgs. Ourselves. Ch. 709-726). 24 (pgs. 132-135 on “How Has Sexual Abuse and/or Physical Violence Affected Your Relationships?”) Peer Facilitation 8—Violence against Women Journal 3 due on beachboard by midnight Growing Older and Menopause Have read: Our Bodies Ourselves. 23 Have read: Our Bodies. 691-709-up to section on Intimate Partner Violence) Possible Guest Speaker Have read: Our Bodies. 27 In-Class Final Exam Review Reflection Essay due on beachboard by midnight Th 4/12 Week 12: Tu 4/17 Th 4/19 Week 13: Tu 4/24 Th 4/26 Week 14: Tu 5/1 Th 5/3 Week 15: Tu 5/8 Th 5/10 Th 5/17 Final Exam 10:15AM-12:15PM (Covers material from 3/20-5/10) 8 . 528-546) Peer Facilitation 9: Growing Older and Menopause Understanding and Preventing Disease Have read: Our Bodies.Tu 4/10 Have read: Our Bodies Ourselves. 16. Ourselves. Chs. Ch. 607-650) Peer Facilitation 10—Preventing Disease Reflection Essay assignment posted on beachboard Navigating the Healthcare System and Women’s Health Activism Have read: Our Bodies. Ch. Ourselves. Sexual Assault and Intimate Partner Violence Have read: Our Bodies. Ch. Ch. 20 (pgs. Ourselves. Ch. 19 Peer Facilitation 7: Pregnancy and Childbirth Journal 3 assignment posted on beachboard Violence against Women: Rape. 24 (pgs. Ourselves. 22 (pgs. Ourselves. Ch. 505-528—up to section on Preventing Bone Loss and Osteoporosis) Have read: Our Bodies. 20 (pgs. Ourselves: Ch.