Women of Color in the USA is an interdisciplinary, multi perspective and comparative study of the experiences of women of color in the United States. The constructs of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality as they relate to social institutions and national ideologies will be explored. Examination and analysis of the historical, political, and economic influences that have informed the relationships between women of color and white women in the U.S.A. is foundational to this course.
Instructor Information: Julie Lewis
Julie Lewis (Pronouns used: she/her/hers/herself or Lewis)
Department Chair, African American Studies
Program Director, Black Leadership Collective
Committee Chair, De Anza Pride Month
De Anza College
21250 Stevens Creek Blvd. Cupertino, CA 95014-5793
To be Black and conscious in America is to be in a constant state of rage.
- James Baldwin
Office Location: MCC 14D
This course is 100% online. Students are not required to attend campus.
The course will explore the historical and present day issues from women in the U.S. inclusive of but not limited to key topics such as family, work, health, body image, and violence. We will examine the impact of racism, sexism, and classism on African American, Asian American, Latina/Hispanic, Native and White American women in the U.S. Using an interdisciplinary approach we will also investigate their shared experiences as well as their differences.
Student Learning Outcomes – Students will be able to:
•Articulate key historical events that shape the present situation of women of color in the U.S
•Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of multiple identities with regards to race, class, gender, sexuality and ethnicity
•Develop strategies to eliminate various forms of gendered oppression on local/global levels
Required Text: Women's Voices, Feminist Visions, Susan Shaw & Janet Lee, 2007, 3rd or 4th edition
Interview paper 10%
On-line participation 30%
Final exam 20%
Online Participation: Students will receive a maximum of 5 percentage points for each completed online posting assignment. Directions on how to obtain full-credit for on-line postings are provided during the first week of class.
All assignments will be due by Sunday at 12noon
Examinations: Quizzes and exams will be based on chapter readings.
Interview Paper: The paper will consist of another person's experience living in a gendered, race conscious society. This assignment should explore, describe, and evaluate what it means for someone to be defined by their gender and/or ethnicity. The complete assignment requirements are posted on-line.
Study guide for final exam will be posted on week 11.
Final grades will be available on MyPortal approximately two weeks after the end of the quarter.
Withdrawing from the Course:
It is the student's responsibility to withdraw from the course. Failure to properly withdraw from the course will result in an F grade. The paperwork for course withdrawal may be obtained at the Admission and Records office.
Testing / Grading
Examinations: Quizzes will be based on chapter readings. The final exam will include questions from text book readings, and films (on-line streaming video).
A = 93-100
A- = 90-92
B+ = 87-89
B = 83-86
B- = 80-82
C+ = 77-79
C = 73-76
D = 68-72
F = 67 or below
Please download and review the Fall 2011 course syllabus for assignment schedule.
Policy on Copying and Cheating:Students who submit the work of others as their own or cheat on exams or other assignments will receive a failing grade in the course and will be reported to college authorities.
This course utilizes Catalyst, De Anza's Online Learning Community. Please view the Catalyst website at https://catalyst.deanza.edu/
to login. Please note that you will be unable
to login until the first day of class
. Be sure you are using your correct username and password - do not use your social security number or international "99" number. If you need help logging in or finding your
student ID, please view the short instructional video at: https://catalyst.deanza.edu/?pg=mod1
. Additional instructions and assistance can be found on the Catalyst website
De Anza College Bookstore Contact Information
De Anza College Library Services are available for all students and faculty, both on and off campus.
Please consult the library website for a complete description of the library services and hours:
De Anza College Library: http://www.deanza.edu/library/
Services of particular interest to off campus students include:
- Access to the Library Catalog
which includes books, DVDs, and course reserves. Here is a link to the library catalog:
- Article Databases and Research Databases The library subscribes to several electronic databases which
provide access to thousands of full-text journals, newspapers, and magazine articles. Research databases
include: LEXIS NEXIS Academic, Encyclopedia Britannica Online and a Practice Test Database which contains
Nursing Exams, TOEFL Preparation, College Entrance Exams, and many more.
To use the article or research databases from an off campus computer, log in with your 14 digit library
number or eight digit student id number. These instructions are repeated on the first page of the library
website along with descriptions of all the online resources provided.