Our syllabus was a labor of love that took a group of eleven students and our lead instructor an entire semester to create. (You can read more about our process here). Throughout the pilot semester of the course, we constantly reassessed our goals, grading and structure, making changes based on student feedback and our own experiences. This class was taught for the first time in Spring 2020, the semester in which we had to make the transition online for the second half of the term. This meant reassessing our syllabus and focusing our conversations on final projects, rather than sticking to our pre-pandemic plans. This version of the syllabus is not finished, as the landscape for Title IX is constantly changing and we learn from experience, but it is worth sharing as an example of the attention to detail put into this course in attempt to create a better future for Title IX on our campus and nationwide.
Readings and Assignments
The readings, videos and podcasts we chose for this course were all essential components that were the basis for many of the discussions we held in the classroom. We brainstormed readings together throughout the Fall 2019 semester and spoke with friends, faculty and colleagues to find a variety of resources that would add to the experience of our course. Again, as we reassessed each week, these readings moved around while more were added and some were removed, but the document below is where we began.
Each of our unit culminated in a project based assignment and the entire course ending in a final project. The document below exemplifies the type of work our students engaged in. Our intention with these projects was not just to show understanding of the material, but for students to be able to apply what we were learning and discussing in class to their campus and envision changes to the Title IX process and campus culture. Again, the move online changed our course drastically, but we put a lot of thought and care into these assignments and readings, so they are worth a read.
Student final projects can be found here.