Introduction to Women’s Studies (3 units)
The introductory course in Women’s Studies is designed to address issues of women and gender as they affect the lives of the Scholasticans in particular and Philippine society in general. As a course, it is academic in the sense that it has content and theories that require research, analysis, and corresponding action. It is also an advocacy course because it expects praxis in terms of networking and renewal, in terms of personal empowerment and social change. Women’s Studies has a perspective that looks at personal experiences and social realities in a new way. It relates the personal with the social. It takes the individual and subjective experience seriously, with respect and dignity and roots them within their social context, with other social realities and constructs using class, race and gender categories for analysis. It also considers the body and material reality as vital in looking at the human person.
Women’s Studies thus offer a pedagogical process that is respectful of the affective, the subjective and the concrete and corporeal of human experience. As a pedagogical process, Women’s Studies connect praxis with theory, women’s issues with feminist theories, and women’s movement with an academic scholarship.
It seeks to balance and remedy mainstream content, method, and processes of education that has remained to be male-dominated and male-centered. The different courses in the liberal arts core are still characteristically male-oriented, even here in St. Scholastica’s College despite her pioneering work in Women’s Studies because paradigm shifts do not happen overnight. Education still builds on one-half of human wisdom, the male wisdom, missing out on women’s perspectives and wealth of experience.
True to its foundation in a Catholic women’s college, Women’s Studies carries a spirituality that brings in women’s processes and journeys toward God so that they truly may become full partners in development as well as in making God’s reign on earth a reality. It gives value to the truly feminine in both women and men, fosters the nurturing and caring attitudes that are necessary for humanity to survive in the third millennium grounded on the Benedictine values of Ora et Labora and the Benedictine Pax.
At the end of the semester, the Scholastican shall have achieved the following:
1. Capacity to identify, recognize and define the woman question.
2. Ability to examine ways in which gender is socially constructed.
3. Awareness and sensitivity to issues of women, children and the environment.
4. Ability to analyze and root issues of women in patriarchy.
5. Responsiveness to issues of women in creative and effective ways.
6. Course competencies expected.
7. Appreciation of Benedictine values that empower women – Ora et Labora, Pax Benedictina, centering prayer and moments of silence.
8. Awareness and appreciation of the 100 years of Scholastican education stressing on excellence as the Benedictine service to the community and society.
Department of Women’s Studies
Arts & Sciences Faculty Room
Landline: (632) 8567-7686 (local 2277)
St. Scholastica’s College Manila
2560 Leon Guinto Street,
Malate, Metro Manila