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Women in a Global Perspective (SOCI 1170)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 3

Description: Around the world, women are engaged in struggles to address issues of survival, identity, and social change in order to make a better world for themselves, their families and communities. These efforts, in turn, have influenced the emergence of an international women's movement and a new conception of human rights and global action. This course examines the development and intersection of these local and international women's movements through case studies from selected countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. You will examine issues of status, diversity and cross-cultural understanding as they explore the different types of problems and challenges women face in other parts of the world and the different kinds of strategies they are creating to make change.

Topical Outline:
1. The industrial world and its relation to the developing world
2. International women's movements
3. Women's rights as human rights

Learning Outcomes:
1. Compare the status of women in different parts of the world
2. Identify comparisons and contrasts in the types of problems and challenges women face in different parts of the world today
3. Demonstrate an understanding of how economic, political, social, cultural and religious factors influence the status and roles of women in different parts of the world
4. Understand different theories about the history and creation of patriarchy
5. Understand how social change is a multifaceted phenomenon involving the interaction of economic, political, social and ideological factors
6. Discuss the strengths and limitations of social change strategies to improve the lives of women

Prerequisites:  Placement into READ 0200 or ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042

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