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Summer 2016 Syllabus for ICS -D008.-61Z
ICS -D008.-61Z - Julie Lewis
Women of Color in the U.S.
Call Number: 10181
Term: Summer 2013
4 units
De Anza College Online Education Center • LC 107 • Phone: 408-864-8969 • FAX: 408-864-8245 •
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 De Anza College Website: To be Black and conscious in America is to be in a constant state of rage. - James Baldwin

Phone: 408-864-8798
Office Location: MCC 14D
Office Hours: Office hours vary by quarter. I'm always available by appointment.
This course is 100% online. Students are not required to attend campus.
TCourse Description: Women of Color in the USA is an interdisciplinary,
perspective, critical analysis and comparative study of the experiences of
women of color in the United States. This course will explore the relationship
between women of color and the social constructs of race, ethnicity, class,
gender, sexuality, and identity as they relate to social institutions and national
ideologies in the United States. Additionally, we will identify, examine, and
authenticate the values, experiences, and cultural contributions of women of
color in the United States. This class utilizes collaborative learning strategies,
which require that students thoroughly analyze material and actively
participate in online discussions, projects, and media.

*Advisory: English Writing 1A and Reading 200, or ESL 5 and 6
Student Leaning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, students will be
able to:
1. Recognize three ways we can have privilege and/or oppression. Investigate
how we alternately behave as oppressors and as the oppressed.
2. Explain two key historical events that shaped the present situation of
Women of Color in the U.S.
3. Understand and analyze the social construction of race, class, gender, and
sexuality and the impact of racism, sexism, classism, and heterosexism on
Women of Color in the U.S.
Required Text: None. All materials, including articles for reading, will be
available online in the Catalyst system
Media Availability
Written Assignments
1. Class Participation/Class Forums (300 pts.)
Participation in a distance-learning class is imperative. Each Summer quarter
distance-learning course is required to provide sixteen (16) hours of material
per week. Remember this is a condensed version of the usual 12-week
course. Each student is required to read ALL readings, watch ALL films/clips,
and engage in ALL forum discussions. The instructor is aware each time a
student accesses the material.
Class Forums
Each student is required to participate in the weekly forums. There is an
opportunity to earn up to 50 participation points per week. In order to secure
the total points, each student is required to respond to the forum(s) question
at least twice per week. Again, if another participant engages with you, you
are required to respond.

3. Maintain a Journal (25 pts. each/100 pts. Total)
Each student will submit (4) written reflections (journals) in which you will
write about any reactions from the readings, thoughts about the lectures, or
reflections from the discussions that sparked your interest from the past
week. Journals will be no LESS than 350 and no MORE than 1000 words (about
a page). They are due at the end of the first, second, third, and fifth weeks.

4. Analytical (Critical Thinking) Essay: Women of Color in the Media (100 pts.)
Each student will submit a three (3) page critical thinking essay where you
analyze the expectations of women of color in the media. You may choose to
analyze a specific woman of color, a TV show, a movie, a song, a poem, or a
music video- all of which must be within the last 3 years - that depicts
women of color. You will analyze how the depictions of this woman or women
are similar and/or different from the expectations (stereotypes) that are
placed on women of color in the media. You will also analyze how those
expectations have affected women of color today. You may use yourself, if
you identify, or a women of color when comparing expectations.

5. Exams
There is NO Midterm for this course.
Each student is required to submit a 4-page Take Home Final, due the final
week of the quarter.
Exam Review
There is NO Midterm for this course.
Each student is required to submit a 4-page Take Home Final, due the final week
of the quarter.
Final Grade
Final grades will be available on MyPortal approximately two weeks after the end
of the quarter.
Additional Information
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).
Grading. Your grade will be based on the following formula:
Participation/Course Forums 300 pts. Total
Journals (4) 100 pts. Total
Analytical Paper 100 pts.
Final 100 pts.
Total: 600 pts.
Grading Scale:
93 to 100% = A 77 to 79% = C+ 60 to 62% = D-
90 to 92% = A- 73 to 76% = C 59% or below = F
87 to 89% = B+ 70 to 72% = C-
83 to 86% = B 67 to 69% = D+
80 to 82% = B- 63 to 66% = D
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.
Catalyst Information
This course utilizes Catalyst, De Anza's Online Learning Community. Please view the Catalyst website at 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: Additional instructions and assistance can be found on the Catalyst website.
De Anza College Bookstore Contact Information
Phone: 408-864-8455
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:

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:
    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.

Online Education
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Last Updated: 1/27/16