Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

Graduate Courses

SOWK 663: Women in a Global Context

Credit Hours

3

Description

This course will cover curriculum tailored to understanding women and their institutions and their representation in media including migration in a Global Context.  The course will be structured in a seminar and a hybrid format and will be open to both graduate and undergraduate students. It aims to complement and supplement the knowledge of students of social work, women's studies, migration, and communication. This course will cover curriculum tailored to understanding women and their institutions and their representation in media including migration in a Global Context. As the name suggests, the course will place women's perspectives, identities, and positionality at the center of the discussions as we review an array of material that highlights the intricate links between population dynamics and the global political economy. This course will review social, cultural, economic and political conditions across societies that play a role in promoting and /or limiting women's rights. The course explores the relationships between population, institution, and policy surrounding issues of poverty, suppression of women's rights, environmental sustainability, and violence in Asian, African, and South American context. It will compare women's situations (social-political-legal & economic) using examples from these countries. The primary streams of feminist thoughts with an emphasis on postcolonial/ postmodern/ poststructuralist thought will be applied to policy analysis.  The reading material comprises policies and other literature produced by the international development agencies, local non-profits, and ethnographic and documentary videos.

Course Description: This course links content from social work policy, Women and Gender Studies, and Communications. It provides an exposure to international institutions of relevance to populations of women and policies from across Asia, Africa, and South America with an emphasis on media products like documentaries, television and newspaper media. 

Course Outcomes: Gain experience in analyzing policy; understand the approaches that can serve as models for addressing women's issues including narrative analysis, post-structuralism, and postcolonial feminism; build skills in working with audio software; advocacy through new media for changes across the global women's community.