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
To be Black and conscious in America is to be in a constant state of rage.
- James Baldwin
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.
Course Description: Women of Color in the USA is an interdisciplinary, multi-
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
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
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADE DISTRIBUTION:
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.
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.
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.
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 grades will be available on MyPortal approximately two weeks after the end
of the quarter.
Class Policies/Essential Information
As you enrolled in this class, it is my expectation that you are interested in
the material and want to be here. Please know that this class is a reading
intensive class, and is taught at a college level. Therefore, I anticipate you will
take responsibility for your education. This means you are personally
responsible to handle all aspects of the course
Rules of Courtesy and Engagement in Scholarly Discourse online:
All students are expected to engage in respectful and considerate behavior
while participating in the course. This course is will be run similarly to a face
to face course in that there will be interaction between all participants, the
In order to maintain a healthy online environment students must abide by the
1. Be prepared. This is a distance learning course, which means that the
student decides when and how much material will be accessed. If you do not
keep up with the course material and assignments, you will not succeed.
2. Each student is required to actively participate in forum discussions and be
courteous and respectful at all times.
A. Active participation is defined as follows:
1) Respond to the each forum question/statement per week. There are two
2) If another person engages in, comments on, or reflects on something
that you have posted, you are required to respond. The forums are a place
where scholarly discourse takes place, not a YouTube channel for one to post
a comment and disappear.
3. Each student is expected to be intellectually open to perspectives that may
conflict with your own.
A. The course material contains complex and, at times, controversial
issues/material, which many people have passionate feelings in this course.
B. It is important that each student understands the perspective of the course
C. While I encourage you to share/gain diverse views/perspectives, this is a
safe place for everyone’s thoughts. However, any hostile, ignorant, or
disrespectful comments and behavior will not be tolerated.
1) If any student demonstrates disrespectful behavior including, making
threatening or discriminatory comments, at any time, they will be removed
from participating the course immediately.
Add/Drop: It is the student’s responsibility to pay close attention to the
college’s add/drop deadlines.
Late Papers: Each assignment is open to submit work for a certain period of
time and will close for submission as noted. No work can be submitted after
this point. If there is a reasonable issue that kept you from completely your
work, please let me know ASAP. Although this is an online course, I do NOT
accept assignments via e-mail.
Academic Integrity: Policies on Cheating and Plagiarism
Plagiarism is failure to provide proper and attribute citations, ideas, and
quotes to the original source. Academic responsibility and integrity is crucial.
Any demonstration of lack of academic integrity will result in the failure of an
assignment and possibly the class.
Students with Special Needs
Students with special needs who require reasonable accommodations are
encouraged to contact the instructor. The Disability Programs and Resource
Center is available to facilitate the reasonable accommodation process.
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.
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
COURSE SCHEDULE: PLEASE KEEP THIS FOR YOUR RECORDS. HERE ARE THE
WEEKLY TOPICS FOR THE COURSE. A MORE DETAILED SCHEDULE IS AVAILABLE
ON THE CATALYST WEBSITE FOR THE COURSE.
All assignments are due by Fridays at 11:55 pm.
Week 1/ July 1: Welcoming & Introductions
Activities: Read Syllabus; Introductions; Welcome Forum; Discussion Forum;
Pre-Course Questionnaire; Video Clips: Tim Wise on White Privilege; Race-
The Power of An Illusion
Lectures: Defining Terms; Why Race, Class, & Gender Still Matter
Readings: Articles - “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack”;
“Black Male Privilege Checklist; “How to Be a Reverse-Racist”
Assignment: Journal #1 Due
Week 2/ July 8: The Formulation of Women of Color, Immigration &
Activities: Discussion Forums; NPR- American Indian Boarding Schools Haunt
Many; Def Poetry, “Yellow Rage”; Racial Inventory
Lectures: The Lives of Native Indians; African Women in the Colonial U.S.; Early
Asian Immigration; Asian Exclusion
Readings: “What Becomes of Slaves on a Georgia Plantation”
Assignment: Journal #2 Due
Week 3/July 15: Great Migrations & Greater Advancements
Activities: Discussion Forums; Video- The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow; Japanese
Internment (2); Hidden Heroes- African American Women in WWII; Photos-
Women in Uniform
Lectures: The Making of the Mexican American; Jane Crow; Surviving Jane
Crow & The Great Migration; Women of Color & World War II
Assignment: Journal #3 Due
Week 4/July 22: Stereotypes & Expectations
Activities: Discussion Forums; Film – Shadism; Clips TED Talk- “The Danger of
a Single Story”; Children & Stereotypes
Assignment: Analytical Essay Due
Week 5/July 29: Gender
Activities: Discussion Forums; The Gender Quiz; TED Talk- “If I Should Have a
Daughter”; “Girls Run the World?”; Poetry Slam- “Hir”; Nightline-
Readings: Redstockings Manifesto
Assignment: Journal #4 Due
Week 6/Aug. 5: Sexuality
Activities: Discussion Forums; The Gingerbread Person; Match Game; The
Heterosexual Questionnaire; What Would You Do? (2)
Readings: “Queer,” Margaret Cho
Assignment: Final Exam Due
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.