About this Course
The Women’s Empowerment certificate will launch in the fall of 2018. This certificate will include female leaders who advocate for equality to broaden the awareness of gender issues. Notable women in government, politics, the entertainment industry, and education have been invited to participate in sharing their stories. After completing this course, students will be able to self-advocate in a personally empowering manner that also furthers shared understanding among diverse participants resulting in lasting positive change.
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The Women’s Empowerment certificate provides students with a foundational overview of feminist theory through intersectionality and common criticisms of feminism. Students will identify and deconstruct responses to prejudice in different sociocultural contexts, while engaging with female leaders who advocate for equality. During this program, students will explore self-care practices focused on mindfulness and meaningful dialogue. They will apply effective communication techniques to develop engaging strategies that address inclusion barriers, while cultivating concepts of personal power and personal environment control. After completing this course, students will be able to self-advocate in a personally empowering manner that also furthers shared understanding among diverse participants resulting in lasting positive change.
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
- Define feminist theories and articulate how they directly support inclusion goals.
- Critically evaluate the influence of gender roles on individuals and entire communities.
- Identify specific areas such as theology, science, law, etc. that affect women empowerment issues and gender equality.
- Develop creative and engaging strategies for meeting the needs of women within communities.
- Implement a change plan that facilitates personal empowerment and self-advocacy
Weekly Lesson Topics
- Week 1: Foundations of feminist thought
- Week 2: History & context of feminist movements
- Week 3: Feminist theology & self-care practices
- Week 4: Exclusionary science & strategies for advocacy
- Week 5: Equal opportunity & the fight for women’s education
- Week 6: Persistent politics: criticisms on women’s participation in government
- Week 7: Needs & rights of women under the law.
- Week 8: Worth of a woman: the economics of women’s empowerment.
- Week 9: From “mansplaining” to “feminazis”, society’s influence on gender.
- Week 10: Disrupting the status quo: developing a change plan.