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Sociology 200 - Introduction to Women's Studies - Pamela Williams-Páez

Course:Introduction to Women's Studies
Professor:Pamela Williams-Páez
  • InPerson
Course Length:5 week
Textbook Title:There are no textbooks costs for this course. All readings are available in electronic format.
Types of Assessments:This course will feature exams, assignments and discussions boards.


Hi all! My name is Pamela Williams-Páez and I earned my M.A. in Sociology from University of Washington. My research interests include race and ethnicity, deviance and criminology, culture, popular culture, social stratification and social movements. My writing in the discipline addresses the sociology of a metro bus and what we can learn from public space about society and ourselves. I have extensive travel experience and enjoy doing art, music and gardening in my spare time.

Studying Sociology is a lot of fun!  In this discipline we are able to see how things that seem ordinary reveal much about our social lives and ourselves. Everything that you are interested in can be related to Sociology. The Introduction to Women's Studies course will dive into historical and contemporary issues surrounding inequalities in society and how movers and shakers have struggled for social change. So much of our world is taken for granted. Sociology actively changes that, forces interrogation and a critical awareness. But there is so much more! Using your newly discovered sociological imagination everything you knew is open for scrutiny and the mundane becomes extraordinary. You will be able to explore how your life is shaped and influenced by social forces and how you can be an agent of positive social change!

Course Description

Sociology 200 provides an overview of the academic field of women's studies, including the social and cultural consequences of living in a "gendered world." Socialization, communication, politics, crime, sexuality, and religion are examined, as well as the historical and cross-cultural aspects of gender relationships. Units: 3.00

What to Expect in this Course

This course is completely online and will meet through CANVAS through the COC website from. We will NOT meet in person. Please ensure you have logged into Canvas ( no later than day two of the term; if you do not you will be DROPPED from this course. Please ensure that you are able to accommodate yourself to the confines of online learning. This means not only reading online, a computer with internet access, but the desire and self motivation to actively participate and learn. You must be able to login at least every other day to keep up with class discussions (both your own and your classmates) as well as keep up with the readings. Just because this class is online does not mean it's easier. There are trade-offs between the convenience of home and saving gas and time. ***Please, please, please ensure you fully understand what this means before attempting this class. If you have questions on this you can email me for clarification.***

Having said all that, this class will be fun. You will learn a lot of highly relevant ideas that directly apply to your everyday life that you were completely unaware of. The journey into a new world (the world you think you are familiar with) begins today. Enjoy!

Additional Textbook Information / Link to OER Textbook

After reading the message below, please feel free to email me with questions at this email address: will strive to answer emails I receive prior to the first day of class within a day or two. Please be sure to include your full name, the class, and the section number in your emails. Read this letter in its entirety. This course is completely online class and will meet through Canvas through the COC website. We will NOT meet in person. Please ensure you have logged into Canvas ( no later than day two of the term; if you do not I am required to drop you from this course. 

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Last updated: 12/16/2020 Sub # Orig: 2626