G ST 201 Introduction to Gender Studies

G ST 201 IS Sec 2, University of Mississippi
[See UM Catalog for Description]

3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Kevin Cozart, M.A.

Instructor name:
Kevin Cozart, M.A.

Areas of specialization:

  • Women and STEM
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Media Studies
  • Gender, Sexuality, and Mass Media

Contact Information:

If you have questions concerning the content of the course, you may contact the instructor directly using the Email Your Instructor link in the Lessons or Content page. NOTE: Whenever sending email, please be sure to indicate your course title and number in the subject line. You can expect a response within 72 hours, although it may be longer on weekends. Many instructors reply within 24 hours.

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University, MS 38677

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Course Description

Exploration of the growing body of research available from many disciplines (humanities, social sciences, sciences) for the study of women and men in the United States and abroad. Investigation of femininity and masculinity and the intersection of gender with other categories of identity.

Textbook Information:

Textbook information will be provided upon enrollment in your iStudy course.

Course Objectives:

Objectives include (but are not limited to):

  • Demonstrate an understanding of key concepts and issues in Women and Gender Studies.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of women’s active participation and role in American social movements.
  • Recognize and discuss the formation of social hierarchies in both historical and contemporary contexts.
  • Assemble a foundation from which to pursue an interdisciplinary course of study in Gender Studies.

Course Outline:

This course consists of 14 instructional modules, 2 papers used as exams

You MUST complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance. *  NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.

Module Reading Assignments Due for Grades Suggested Pacing Guide to complete the course in a traditional semester. *Summer session students will need to make adjustments due to the shorter time period*
Start Here *You MUST complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance. *NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus Quiz and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page. Syllabus Quiz Week 1
1 Introduction Journal Entry Week 1
2 What is Gender Studies and Why Should I Take It? Journal Entry Week 2
3 Understanding Sex, Gender, and Sexuality Journal Entry Week 3
4 Identities and Intersectionality Journal Entry, Research Assignment #1 Week 4
5 Fight for Women's Rights Journal Entry Week 5
6 Women in the Labor Movement Journal Entry Week 6
7 Embracing Women's Sexual Freedom Journal Entry Week 7
MIDPOINT OF COURSE If you are a semester student, you must reach the midpoint of your course by the date specified in your information.
If you are a Flex UM student, you CANNOT WITHDRAW from this course after the lesson has been submitted.
All lesson assignments or exams needed to reach the midpoint of the course The exact date semester students are required to reach the midpoint is specified in your information.
Midterm Paper
All assignments for Lessons 1 - 7 must be submitted before you submit your Midterm Paper. To be completed before you move forward Week 8 
9 Operating in the World through a Gendered Lens Journal Entry Week 9
10 Current Debates in Sexuality Studies Journal Entry Week 10
11 Gender, Science, and Technology Journal Entry Week 11
12 Gender, Sexuality, and Visual Media Journal Entry, Research Assignment #2 Week 12
13 Gender, Sexuality, Activism Journal Entry Week 13
Final Paper
All assignments for Lessons 9-13 must be submitted and GRADED before you submit your Final Paper. To be completed
to finalize credit
Week 14


90 - 100% = A
80 - 89% = B
70 - 79% = C
60 - 69% = D
Below 59% = F


You must submit the lessons required to take the course exam(s). Lessons required but not submitted will receive a grade of zero. For the final exam, all coursework must be submitted and graded.