ERIC Number: ED236089
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Beyond Women's Studies: A Program in Gender Identity and Roles at the University of Akron.
Created to appeal to the conservative, older, part-time students that make up the school community, the Gender Program at the University of Akron represents a successful effort to broaden the base and impact of women's studies. Developed by a faculty-student committee over 3 years and instituted as an interdisciplinary certificate program in 1981, the curriculum now involves about 10 percent of the student body. Requirements include an introductory course on gender perspectives and either a field placement in an agency such as Planned Parenthood or a practical project. Past projects have ranged from observations of sex roles in Australia to the establishment of the Campus Campaign for Reproductive Rights. Students also choose from a wide variety of interdisciplinary electives such as Biology of Behavior, Sociology of Sex Roles, Human Sexuality, Fatherhood, and Parent Roles, as well as more conventional women's studies courses. While the program has been weakened by failure to involve all disciplines in its curriculum, its positive impact can be seen in the suggested extracurricular activities and campus-community interaction it has generated. Among the program's major achievements are a community film festival, a women's history week, and the sponsorship of the Northeastern Ohio exhibit of Judy Chicago's "The Dinner Party." Although a relatively small project, University of Akron's gender curriculum suggests positive directions for the expansion of women's studies programs in the 1980's. (LP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Gender Studies
Note: Paper presented at the National Women's Studies Convention (Columbus, OH, May 27, 1983).