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Introduction to Course

Women in Ancient Cultures, Gender 2001, Online, is a Women's Studies class taught from a feminist perspective. The course assumes that valuing all people equally is a primary goal of education. The course will point out instances where equal treatment has not always occurred, although sometimes that treatment may seem to have been objective. This class demands that all students treat each other with respect, regardless of sex or gender. Many of the concepts that we will use for analysis in this course are not taught in the more "traditional" academic classrooms, so it is important for students to be open-minded about the subject and to become familiar with the terminology. If you are looking for either a male- or female- "bashing" class, then this is not the course for you. The two main areas of focus in this class will be to see whether men and women have been treated equally in ancient cultures, how such determinations are made--based on archeological and other scientific evidence--and how that applies to gender relations today.

  Introduction to Texts

Bruhns, Karen Olsen, and Karen E. Stothert.  Women in Ancient America.  Norman, University of Oklahoma Press, 1999. 

Davis-Kimball, Jeannine with Mona Behan.  Warrior Women: An Archeologist's Search for History's Hidden Heroines. New York:
               Warner Books, Inc., 2002.

A Xanedu course packet, available at the IVCC Bookstore, has several articles that are assigned readings throughout the semester and make up the main reading for the course.

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Contact Kimberly M. Radek, the instructor of Women in Ancient Cultures, at Kimberly_Radek@ivcc.edu