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Nancy J Kenney
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in Women Studies

Exploration of specific problems and issues relevant to the study of women. Offered by visiting or resident faculty members. Primarily for upper-division and graduate students.

Class description

This course provides an opportunity for students to conduct in-depth research into a topic relevant to the interactions between women's bodies and their behaviors. Each student researches a topic of her/his choice and presents that information to the class as a whole. Students should expect to learn about their topic in-depth (as a teacher of the topic would) and about topics presented by other students in the same way they would in a lecture class.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

This course is taught in a seminar format. The students select the topics and the readings on the topics. Students present their topics to the class in a lecture/discussion format and prepare a critical review paper on their selected topic.

Recommended preparation

All students must have taken Women or Psychology 357 or the equivalent. This course is limited to 16 students. Registration requires an entry code from the instructor.

Class assignments and grading

Students select a topic of interest relevant to psychobiology of women, research that topic in journals and textbooks, select a representative reading for all members of the class to read on their topic, present their research findings in a 2 hour class presentation, prepare a detailed and referenced outline of their presentation (with bibliography)for all class participants and prepared a formal critical review paper on their topic. While the presentation and paper are on the same topic, these assignments are intended to highlight the differences between effective oral and written communication skills. In addition, all students are expected to read materials assigned by their fellow students and to actively participate in all classroom discussions.

Grades are based on the quality of the detailed outlines (about 20%), the clarity and content of the presentations and papers (about 35% each) and participation in the seminar sessions (about 10%).

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Nancy J Kenney
Date: 10/28/2008