Friday, December 12, 2014

Women's Studies at IVC, factoidal update #1: there is no "program" now

     Oddly (and uniquely), at IVC, Women's Studies is housed in the School of Guidance and Counseling, not in Humanities or Social Sciences, where one usually finds it.
     Factoid #1: IVC once had a Women's Studies Program, but Guidance and Counseling, which only offers three courses in WS, has allowed WS to languish, and so it is no longer qualifies as a program.
     The School of Humanities, which hopes to develop an extensive, inter-disciplinary WS (and Gender Studies) program, would secure program status for WS once again.
     But Guidance and Counseling insist on retaining WS.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

No real need to study women or get all academic about them. You just have to learn to deal with them the way they are.

Anonymous said...

I wanna see shrimp on treadmill studies. We need to have that programme.

Anonymous said...

The lectures for gender studies should be easy. Men have a penis, women have a vagina and breasts, all copressed into 18 weeks of study. Students can earn extra credit for seeing and writing a research paper on the Vagina Monalogues There ya go!

Anonymous said...

See, this is exactly why women's studies need to be realigned. No one understands this as a serious discipline. The three of you above are are sooooooooo funny.

Anonymous said...

This is symptomatic of IVC. Discussions are so rarely guided by students' best interests and instead are reduced to ownership or ego. I recall Roy doing a quick bit of research on this topic a while ago, and this can be resolved quickly and easily when regarded in the context of best practices. I'm afraid this kind of conversation is nothing new for us.

Anonymous said...

Why on earth is Women's Studies in Guidance and Counseling? That doesn't make any sense.

Anonymous said...

Hopefully the people on the committees making the recommendations for a senate vote for realignment will be as perplexed.

Anonymous said...

It is there because decades ago, a counselor with some training in Women's Studies started it. She has moved on as has the discipline. To argue that Women's Studies should stay where it originated simply because it originated there at a particular time on a particular campus is a weak argument indeed - especially when it contradicts the reality across the state and the nation. It is poor thinking and somewhat embarrassing.

Anonymous said...

Sort of like lectures for idiot studies. Take an idiot, donate a computer, hook it up to his mom's wifi, and let him emit an opinion. Voila.

Anonymous said...

Are we going to have one for Men's studies also, or would that be included in Astronomy since men are from Mars (according to women).

Anonymous said...

Actually gender studies does study men and masculinity. So you don't have to worry about being left out.

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