GEND 1040:  Introduction to Gender Studies
Tentative Course Schedule Fall 2022
MW 2:00-3:15 GWC 408

WEEK 1        WEEK 2      WEEK 3     WEEK 4     WEEK 5     WEEK 6      WEEK 7       WEEK 8   

WEEK 9     WEEK 10    WEEK 11     WEEK 12     WEEK 13   WEEK 14    WEEK 15     WEEK 16

NOTE:  This schedule may change as needed.  Your presence in class ensures correct assignments

M 8/29     Intro to Course

                   HOMEWORK (DUE 8 /31):
  •          Complete Syllabus Quiz
                  Them, or an Us” (Chapter 1, pg. 3-25)
  •         Do Reader Response 1:  What does Kincaid's essay teach readers about gender
                 oppression?  Connect this to chapter 1 of Johnson's book.  Include a quote from
                 Johnson and from Kincaid. Response must be min. of 2 pages.

W 8/31    Gender as a Structure; Binary vs. Becoming; Blog Post:  Simone de Beauvoir 
                   once stated that "one is not born, but rather becomes a woman."  What do you 
                   think she may have meant by that?

                  HOMEWORK (DUE 9/7):             
  •         Read  Chapter 2, "Patriarchy. The System: An It, Not a He, a Them, or an Us”   
                 pp. 26-47
  •        Do Reader Response 2: Identify and discuss the three most important ideas    
  •        found in this chapter.  What important lessons do they teach us about our
  •       culture?  Response must be a min. of 2 pages.

M 9/5    NO CLASS, LABOR DAY    

                 HOMEWORK (DUE 9/8): 
  •        See Homework listed under W 9/1

W 9/7     Discuss Chapter 2 of Johnson; Blog post:  Gloria Anzaldua once stated that "a 
                 woman who writes has power and a woman who has power is feared."  What is 
                the significance of that statement?

                HOMEWORK (DUE 9/12):  
  •        Read “"Leave It to Beaver and Ozzie and Harriet" from The Way We Never 
                Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap by  Stephanie Coontz, pp. 
                 23-47(IN ULEARN)
  •       Do Response 3:  Does our culture still romanticize the 1950's view of the 
  •       traditional family?  Support your argument with one examples and quotes from 
  •       the article as well as your own personal experience and knowledge.
  •        First Gender in the News Assignment Due

M 9/12   Begin watching The Hours (in class)

                 HOMEWORK (DUE 9/14): 
  •       Woman Movement" by Susan Cruea
  •        Do Response 4:  Compare/Contrast the Coontz article, Minardi, and Cruea. 
                 What are the most important lessons about gender inequality conveyed by 
                 these texts?

 W 9/14  Complete The Hours (in class); Blog Post and Discussion

                 HOMEWORK (DUE 9/19):

                  11:59PM TODAY; Discuss Stanton and Truth; Blog post and Discussion.

                 HOMEWORK (DUE 9/21):

W 9/21  Discuss Lorde & Walker, significance of Hill

                HOMEWORK (DUE 9/26):  
  •       Watch The Color Purple (2 hours 33 min.) $3.99 rental @; $14.99 
                to purchase
  •      Do Response 5:  Identify and Discuss Connections between the content of the Color Purple and all of these authors:  Stanton, Truth, Lorde, and Rebecca Walker. Point to specific events in the film (Things characters do, things they say, the specific quotes, and objects closely associated with characters that might be symbolic).  Connect these examples from the film to specific quotes from the readings.

M 9/26     Discuss the Color Purple; Approaching Essay 1

                    HOMEWORK (DUE 9/28):
  •           Identify ONE important moment from The Color Purple that you would like to
                   discuss ; bring two quotes to class from course readings so far this term that 
                   you think are connected to this moment  from the film that have something 
                   important to say and/or teach us about this moment.

W 9/28     Class Debate/Discussion

                    HOMEWORK (DUE 10/3):  
  •           First FULL draft of Essay 1 Due; upload to ulearn and submit to Smarthinking
  •           tutor

M 10/3    Why Critique?  Critique Process; Conferences

                  HOMEWORK (DUE 10/5):  
                  email to partner​
  •        Do Smarthinking Report and Revision plan; upload to ulearn.
  •        Continue to Revise Essay 1

W 10/5   Conferences

                 HOMEWORK (DUE 10/10):  
  •        Final Draft of Essay 1 Due with Reflection

M 10/10  Essay 1 Due with Reflection; NO CLASS, INDIGENOUS PEOPLE'S DAY

  •         HOMEWORK (DUE 10/12):
  •        Watch Episode 1, Season 1 of Pose (1 hour, 17 min.)
  •         Do Response 6:  What is the cultural and historical significance of a popular
                  TV series like Pose?  Use one quote from article and point to specific events 
                  from the series (things characters do, things they say, or objects closely 
                 associated with them, their symbolic significance).

W 10/12   Discuss Judith Butler; Watch Your Behavior Creates Your Gender and How 
                   Discourse Creates Homosexuality

                   HOMEWORK (DUE 10/17):
  •           Do Response 7:  

 M 10/17   Discuss West And Zimmerman

                   HOMEWORK (DUE 10/19):
  •          Watch First Episode of I Am Jazz (41 minutes)
  •          Read Read "Boy with Flowers" by Ely Shipley & (in Ulearn, WEEK 8 folder)
  •          Do Response 8: Complete an analysis of this poem:  What is the central theme
                   of this work and how is that communicated through the poem's most          
                   important image?

W 10/19  Watch Ex Machina (1 hour, 48 minutes)

                  HOMEWORK (DUE 10/24):  
  •         Second Gender in the News Assignment Due

M 10/24  Complete Ex Machina; Discuss depictions of gender in the film

                  HOMEWORK (DUE 10/26):           
  • ​        Do Response 9: What does this film have to teach us about gender and the idea of patriarchy? Should it be considered a "dystopian" film?  Support your argument with examples and quotes from the film, Butler's ideas and Zimmerman's text, and last class's video.

W 10/26   Watch Episode 1 of The Handmaid's Tale (57 min)

                   HOMEWORK (DUE 10/31):  
  •            Read pp. 1-33 of The Handmaid's Tale
  •           Complete Reading Quiz in ulearn
  •           Third Gender in the News Assignment Due

M 10/31   Discuss The Handmaid's Tale; Review Characteristics of Literature

                   HOMEWORK (DUE 11/2):
  •   ​        Read pp. 34-66 of The Handmaid's Tale 
  •           Complete Reading Quiz in ulearn
  •           Locate a feminist critique of The Handmaid's Tale from the library's database
  •           Complete Summary and Analysis of Article; upload to ulearn

W 11/2    Discuss The Handmaid's Tale

                  HOMEWORK (DUE 11/7):
  •         Read pp. 69-99 of The Handmaid's Tale
  •         Complete Reading Quiz in ulearn
  •         Do Response 10:  Make a connection between your feminist critique article of 
                  the novel and one of the other class readings and connect these to the first 
                  99 pages of the novel.

M 11/7       Discuss The Handmaid's Tale; Purpose/Audience (Willing Audience)
                    Rhetorical Situation

                  HOMEWORK (DUE 11/9):
  •         Read pp. 103-133 of The Handmaid's Tale
  •         Complete Reading Quiz in ulearn

                  instructions in ulearn

                  HOMEWORK (DUE 11/14):
  •        Read The Handmaid's Tale, pp. 134-163
  •        Complete Reading Quiz in ulearn

 M 11/14   Discuss The Handmaid's Tale; Research Question/Tentative Thesis

                  HOMEWORK (DUE 11/16):
  •         Read pp. 164-195 of The Handmaid's Tale
  •        Complete Reading Quiz in ulearn
  •        Locate a feminist critique of The Handmaid's Tale from the library's database
  •        Complete Summary and Analysis of Article; Upload to ulearn

W 11/16    Discuss The Handmaid's Tale; Organization of Ideas/Essay Structure

                   HOMEWORK (DUE 11/21):
  •         Read pp. 199-233 of The Handmaid's Tale
  •         Complete Reading Quiz in ulearn

WEEK 13   
M 11/21     Discuss The Handmaid's Tale

                   HOMEWORK (DUE 11/28):
  •          Read pp. 234-295 of The Handmaid's Tale
  •         Need another source for your paper?  Locate that now.


M 11/28    Complete Discussion of The Handmaid's Tale

                    HOMEWORK (DUE 11/30):
  •           First Draft of Lit Argument due; submit to ulearn
  •           Upload draft to Smarthinking tutor

W 11/30     First Draft of Lit Argument Due

                     HOMEWORK (DUE 12/5):
  •            Revise Your Essay
  •            Smarthinking report and revison plan due

M 12/5        Peer Critique; CONFERENCES

                     HOMEWORK (DUE 12/7):
                     Revise Draft of Lit Argument

W 12/7         CONFERENCES

                      HOMEWORK (DUE 12/15):
                       Final Draft of Lit Argument Due with Reflection

​WEEK 16
W 12/14      Final Draft of Lit Argument Due with Reflection (CLASS MEETS