WOMENSTD 435 - Advanced Topics in Gender in a Global Context
Section: 002 Preparation for Activism and Assessment in the Field
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Women's Studies (WOMENSTD)
Department: LSA Women's Studies
Advisory Prerequisites:
May be elected twice for credit.
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Although this class is designed to prepare the student for their work in South Africa, students who are interested in this class are also encouraged to participate. Readings and discussions about the issues, ideas, culture and politics of the young American student engaged in communities abroad will be rigorously addressed. What and where is South Africa? What are the myths and perceptions of this African country? Is Africa a place to be exoticised or to take seriously this place as a site of cultural significance, a place of ideas and learning? What does it mean to be an American in the world today? How do South Africans see Americans? What kind of American do you want to be and present to the world. This semester an evaluation component will be added. The purpose of this is to prepare students with the skills to conduct on site assessment of the efficacy of their work, particularly in the areas of activist projects and service projects. Learning how to conduct focus groups, developing assessment sheets for short term feedback on teaching and learning interventions, and developing simple interview guides to conduct individual interviews with recipients of these interventions will become an important addition to this class. Readings relevant to this component will also be added. The idea is to find ways to document the impact of activism in a manner that is accessible to students doing qualitative work. The purpose of this class is to prepare students both for work and assessment in the field. Developing evaluation skills for participatory and activist project is one of the important goals of this class. The text that will be used for this is Qualitative Research methods: A Data Collector’s field Guide. This reading will be used as a manual for developing interviewing skills and expertise in conducting focused group discussions. The development of assessment tools for documenting program success will also be a major objective.

WOMENSTD 435 - Advanced Topics in Gender in a Global Context
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002 (SEM)
Th 4:00PM - 7:00PM
Note: Meets with CAAS 469-001
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