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HUMS 110 Women’s Issues

COURSE TITLE: Women’s Issues


PREREQUISITES: Demonstrated competency through appropriate assessment or earning a grade of “C” or better in ENGL 083 Reading Strategies for College and ENGL 093 Introduction to College Writing, or ENGL 095 Integrated Reading and Writing.

SCHOOL: Public and Social Services

SCHOOL: Public and Social Services

PROGRAM: Human Services




CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Major issues and social problems related to women through an interdisciplinary analysis of social institutions and movements for social change as they affect women. Focus is on 21st century trends in institutions such as the family, law, medicine, education and other social interaction.

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be expected to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the multifaceted problems facing women globally.

  2. Examine current issues surrounding work related stereotyping, open and closed professions and inequality in the work place.

  3. Describe differential treatment between genders regarding prestige and accreditibility of performance.

  4. Illustrate the demeaning of women in sexual advertising by business and the media.

  5. Trace the historical perspective of advances achieved by various women’s movements in our culture.

  6. Explain how culture values, both present and historical, have portrayed the role of women in our society.

  7. Demonstrate an understanding of the backlash against feminism.

  8. Identify sexual harassment issues in the workplace.

  9. Evaluate the demands of society for women within the family setting.

  10. Identify societal restrictions for single parents and differences for gender.

  11. Demonstrate an understanding of the gendered healthcare system.


Issues facing women due to cultural differences

Gender issues and differences in the workforce

Exploitation of women by the advertising industry

Effects of harassment in the work place

Gender inequalities throughout the health care system

ADA STATEMENT: Ivy Tech Community College seeks to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with documented disabilities. If you need an accommodation because of a documented disability, please contact the Office of Disability Support Services. If you will require assistance during an emergency evacuation, notify your instructor immediately. Look for evacuation procedures posted in your classroom.
ACADEMIC HONESTY STATEMENT: The College is committed to academic integrity in all its practices. The faculty value intellectual integrity and a high standard of academic conduct. Activities that violate academic integrity undermine the quality and diminish the value of educational achievement. Cheating on papers, tests or other academic works is a violation of College rules. No student shall engage in behavior that, in the judgment of the instructor of the class, may be construed as cheating. This may include, but is not limited to, plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty such as the acquisition without permission of tests or other academic materials and/or distribution of these materials and other academic work. This includes students who aid and abet as well as those who attempt such behavior.
COPYRIGHT STATEMENT: Students shall adhere to the laws governing the use of copyrighted materials. They must insure that their activities comply with fair use and in no way infringe on the copyright or other proprietary rights of others and that the materials used and developed at Ivy Tech Community College contain nothing unlawful, unethical, or libelous and do not constitute any violation of any right of privacy.
RIGHT OF REVISION STATEMENT: The instructor retains the prerogative of changing or adjusting the course syllabus to best accommodate the pace of progression and the needs of the students.
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INSTRUCTOR: _________________________________________________________________

INSTRUCTOR EMAIL: ____________________________________________________________

Contact Information: Kokomo (765) 459-0561 or (800) 459-0561

Logansport (574) 753-5101

Wabash (260) 563-8828


Women, Men, and Society. Renzetti, C.M., Curran, D.J., & Maier, S.L. 6th ed.

ISBN: 9780205459599

REQUIRED CONSUMABLE MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT SUPPLIED BY STUDENT: Students need to supply paper and a writing instrument (pen or pencil), for taking notes in class. Assignments must be typed, so the student will need access to a word processor and printer; a flash drive is optional but highly recommended. In some cases, students may be required to supply a report cover for written assignments.

METHODS OF INSTRUCTIONAL DELIVERY: This class meets primarily in the traditional face-to-face classroom setting; however, there may be times when class will be held online via Blackboard (in case of weather emergency, etc.). Students are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Blackboard system at
METHODS OF EVALUATION: Student performance will be evaluated through quizzes, exams, in class activities, and written assignments. The instructor reserves the right to consider such variables as attendance, class participation, etc., in determining final grade.
Grades will be based on the following:
Discussion board assignments: You will be given a series of eight discussion board assignments to be completed. Discussion board posts are to be typed and must adhere to the requirements listed under Written Assignments. Each assignment is worth 50 points for a total value of 400 points. No partial credit will be given. Each discussion board will consist of an original post and 2 peer responses. See individual boards for specific information.
Reaction Paper: You will complete two reaction papers for this course. Each paper is worth 100 points. Criteria for each paper will be discussed in class. Papers are to be typed and must adhere to the requirements listed under Written Assignments.
Tests: You will be given two tests: midterm and final exam. Each test will be worth 100 points and may consist of multiple choice, short answer, true/false, or essay questions.
Group presentation project: Students will be asked to write and then state their position briefly on a current issue affecting women


93 – 100 % A

83 – 92 % B

75 – 82% C

70 – 74% D

00 – 69% F

GENERAL COURSE POLICIES: The course policies were drafted with the underlying belief that all students are responsible adults who fully expect to endure the consequences of their choices and who are committed to reaping the greatest possible educational benefit from their experiences as Ivy Tech Community College. PLEASE NOTE: Your instructor retains the right to modify these course policies as he or she deems necessary for optimal class performance.
CLASS DECORUM: As a courtesy to the instructor and your fellow classmates, all cell phones and other electronic devices must be turned off or silenced when class is in session, unless their use is required for classroom activities. No text messaging is allowed during class time. If you must use your phone – emergency situations only – please exit the classroom before answering the call.
Class discussions often involve personal stories and self-disclosure. As a matter of courtesy, do not discuss any other student’s personal information outside of this class. Likewise, do not choose topics for assignments (written or oral) that would cause you embarrassment or discomfort when shared with others in the class.
Students are encouraged to present their opinions in a forthright manner, discuss topics objectively, and refrain from personal attacks or judgmental behaviors. It is entirely possible that you will hear views and opinions with which you disagree. If you feel that you may be unable to discuss or hear about potentially sensitive topics without maintaining your composure, then perhaps this is not a good time for you to participate in a college class. Remember that we are here to challenge ourselves intellectually--not to convert others to our ways of thinking. Students should be aware that each person’s behavior and attitude affect the learning process for everyone in the class. Students who do not appear to be taking the class seriously, or who are disrupting the learning process for others, may receive a lowered grade.
DUE DATES: Assignments should be ready to turn in at the beginning of class on the day they are due.
READING ASSIGNNMENTS: Complete all assigned reading prior to the class meeting for which it is listed on the syllabus.
WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS: Because peer review is required in writing classes, do not choose topics that will cause you discomfort or embarrassment. All written assignments (with the possible exception of in-class writings) are to be typed, double-spaced, on white, 8.5x11 inch unlined paper. If you are using a word processor, use a 12-point font (Arial or Times New Roman) and 1-inch margins. Include your name on the assignment. Do not use report covers or folders, unless instructed. Staple in upper, left-hand corner of paper (no paper clips or bent corners).

PLAGIARISM: Stealing another person's thoughts or ideas (i.e., plagiarism) is a serious offense. Punishments range from failing an assignment to failing the course to expulsion from the College. Instructors do not have to award credit for plagiarized assignments and may seek harsher punishments for students who plagiarize. Researched material used in student papers must be properly documented to avoid plagiarism.

The LRC Staff WILL:

  • Accept a student's request for assistance when he or she presents a typed or word-processed paper that has been proofread and had problem areas identified.

  • Answer specific questions about grammar and punctuation.

  • Offer tutoring for a specific writing skill, either one-on-one or via computer.

  • Help the student learn to conduct research using Ivy Tech library resources.

  • Provide assistance in learning the documentation style requested by the student.


  • Allow papers to be left in the LRC for "fixing" and picked up at a later time.

  • Proofread papers (i.e., locate and correct all of the mistakes for the student).

  • Answer questions about a specific assignment that are better answered by the instructor.

  • Write or rewrite the student's paper, either in part or in whole.

  • Attempt to teach a student a very broad spectrum of writing skills that are better addressed in a remedial writing class.

ORAL PRESENTATIONS: Do not choose topics that will cause you discomfort or embarrassment. Be fully prepared, dress respectfully, and behave professionally. No hats or gum, candy, etc. are acceptable. Due to time constraints, do not expect to be allowed to make up speeches and oral presentations if you miss the due date. If your instructor provides you with a makeup option, you will be allowed only one chance to compensate for missing the original due date. Make up speeches are given only during class time, at the class's convenience.
ATTENDANCE POLCIY: Attendance will be formally reported and recorded in Banner at the 60% mark in the course. Active participation and current contact with the instructor is essential to assure participation is recorded as a YES.
The effectiveness of any traditional course is dependent upon class cohesion, rapport, and interaction; therefore, attendance is essential. Attendance is taken at the beginning and, possibly, at the end of each class. In addition to being physically present for each class, students are expected to arrive on time, participate in class discussions and activities, submit graded and non-graded assignments on time, and behave in a manner that is conducive to learning (see Class Decorum).

Students are expected to be present during all class sessions. You should recognize that a missed class, regardless of the reason for the absence, cannot truly be recovered and is likely to have an adverse effect your performance in the course. Likewise, students who arrive late or leave early are not meeting their obligations to the class.

If, for reasons beyond your control, you find that it is impossible to maintain regular attendance in this class, you may want to consider one of these alternatives:

  • Check with Student Services to see if they can refer you to an agency that can assist you with the underlying problem causing your poor attendance (e.g., childcare, employment, transportation).

  • Withdraw from the course and take the class at a later time when your personal circumstances have changed or when the course is offered at a more convenient time for you.

  • Enroll in a distance education course so that you can adapt the course to your schedule.

  • Study the course textbook on your own and attempt to test-out of the course.


EXAMS: Exam dates are indicated on the syllabus. If you miss an exam, please note:

  • The student is responsible for contacting the instructor to arrange a time and place to take the test. Make-up exams are usually completed outside of regular class time in an alternate location (e.g., the Learning Resource Center).

  • Make-up exams may differ from those taken in class (e.g., different format, closed-book rather than open book).

LATE ASSIGNMENTS: If the instructor gives the student an extension and the student fails to meet the new deadline, the assignment may receive a letter grade of "F" (0% to 59% of assignment value).
IF YOU MISS A CLASS AND CHOOSE NOT TO WITHDRAW: First, check your syllabus to see what was covered on that day. Next, contact one of your classmates to obtain copies of class notes and handouts. If your instructor accepts make-up assignments, make arrangements with your instructor to make up any missed work. Do NOT ask the instructor to teach the class a second time for your benefit.

Be aware that students who miss even 1 class may be reported to the Records Office as “stopped attending." If you are receiving financial aid, failing to return to class to complete a course can result in your having to pay back funding immediately. If you are reported as "stopped attending," but return to class at the next scheduled session and complete the course successfully, your financial aid will not be adversely affected.

WITHDRAWALS: If a student cannot complete a course, it is the student’s responsibility to be aware of dates for course withdrawal and complete the necessary paperwork. The student must give the withdrawal or "drop/add" form to the Records Office after obtaining all appropriate signatures. Be sure to keep a copy for your own records. Failure to officially withdraw from a class that you have stopped attending will result in a final grade of "F." If you are receiving financial aid, failing to complete a course can result in your having to pay back funding immediately. The last date to withdraw from this course is ___________________________.

INCOMPLETES: A student has the right to request incomplete status only when extreme and unusual circumstances exist which prevent him or her from completing components of the course which affect his or her final grade. Students who simply have not attended, have been slow to complete assignments, or who have not put forth their best effort are not entitled to incomplete status. Incomplete status may be granted only when the student has obtained the instructor's approval AND:

  • the student has performed satisfactorily in the course until near the end of the term and arrangements have been made with the instructor to complete the unfinished work, not to exceed 20% of total graded course assignments.

If incomplete status is granted, the student has no more than 30 days to complete the unfinished work. Students who do not make the necessary arrangements or who do not satisfactorily complete all required course work by the appropriate deadline will receive an “F” or earned grade.

FINAL NOTE: Although the policies described in this syllabus may suggest otherwise, it is assumed that each student enrolled in this course is a serious, self-motivated student. Most of you will have no problem meeting the requirements of this course. Please know that your instructor is concerned about your progress and wants you to ask for help whenever you are unsure of how to proceed in this class.

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