Approved by Faculty Senate
University Studies Course Approval
Department or Program: Department of Nursing
Course Number: N260
Course Title: Womens Health Issues: Making a Decision
Catalog Description: This course addresses womens health as a contemporary issue.
In addition to learning biological and psychological factors affecting specific
womens health issues, students are asked to analyze social, political, economic and
global factors affecting womens Health. The focus is on preparing students to take
personal responsibility for health and wellness. Class learning activities are used to
foster critical thinking, personal research, and group collaboration. This is a University
studies course, Unity and Diversity Core satisfying the Contemporary Citizenship
This is an existing course that has previously been approved by A2C2 X .
Department Contact Person for this course: Susan Ballard email@example.com
General discussion of each objective in Contemporary Citizenship as it relates to
learning activities in N260.
- Use critical thinking to analyze contemporary issues- In class, readings and small group discussions, students are expected to analyze
social, political, economic and global factors affecting womens health. The textbook
is particularly focused on these factors. Students are expected to critique womens
health information in media and web sources.
Assessment/assignment: class discussions, final exam
- Demonstrated effective oral and/or written communication of ideas, informed opinions,
and or values- Students are expected to complete
journal entries and synthesis on class topics delineating their ideas, new learning, and
values of the topic. Additionally students work together to produce a poster presentation
on a particular topic. This is done is phases and has assignments in writing that precedes
and prepares for the presentation.
Assessment/assignment: Journals/journal synthesis, poster presentation, outline
for poster presentation.
- Identify, find, and use tools of information science related to contemporary issues-In preparation for the poster presentation, students search their
topics on web sites and through library searches from professional journals, books, etc.
Assessment/ assignment: poster presentation, annotated bib and outline
- Demonstrate the ability to work effectively independently and /or in collaborative
problem solving groups- Students are expected to
work in groups on their poster presentation. They collaborate on identifying appropriate
resources, developing a group outline and creating their poster presentation for faculty
and peer critique. Additionally, students work in small group discussions to share their
thoughts, values, problems in particular womens health issues.
Assessment/assignment: Annotated references, group outline, poster presentation.
- Identify principles and applications of personal, civic, and/ or economic
responsibility; understand personal responsibility for lifestyle choices- Students are expected to set a personal health goal after taking a
health assessment and develop a plan to achieve that goal during the term of the course.
Course content includes taking personal responsibility for ones health, women
working for change in workplace, home, community, national, and world issues affecting
Assessment/assignment: Personal health goal, plan and evaluation
- Participate actively (e.g. class discussion, volunteerism, etc,) in issues significant
to citizenship in Contemporary Citizenship- Students
are expected to attend and to actively participate in small group discussions. Attendance
is 15% of the course grade.
participation in small group discussions.
|A. Basic Skills: (October 4,
||B. Arts & Sciences Core:
(November 1, 2000)
|______ 1. College Reading and
______ 2. Oral Communication
______ 3. Mathematics
______ 4. Physical Development and Wellness
|______ 1. Humanities
______ 2. Natural Science
______ 3. Social Science
______ 4. Fine & Performing Arts
|C. Unity and Diversity: (January 17,
||Flagged Courses: (February 14, 2001)
|______ 1. Critical Analysis
______ 2. Science and Social Policy
______ 3. a. Global Perspectives
______ b. Multicultural Perspectives
___X__ 4. a. Contemporary Citizenship
______ b. Democratic Institutions
|______ 1. Writing
______ 2. Oral
______ 3. a. Mathematics/ Statistics
_____ _ b. Critical Analysis
Submitted with this proposal is the N260
syllabus, which includes the course description, course objectives, unit objectives,
teaching strategies, text, and evaluation/assignments.
COURSE: N260: Women's Health Issues: Making a Decision
COURSE CREDIT: 3 credits CLOCK HOURS: 3 hours class/ week
PLACEMENT IN CURRICULUM: Elective course offered yearly or on demand as a general
elective course offering.
FACULTY: Jackie Hatlevig Susan Ballard
Stark 341 Stark 330G
This course addresses womens health as a contemporary issue. In addition to
learning the biological and psychological factors affecting specific womens health
issues, students are asked to analyze social, political, economic and global factors
affecting womens health. The focus is on preparing students to take personal
responsibility for health and wellness. Class learning activities are used to foster
critical thinking, personal research, and group collaboration on these issues.
This course is a University Studies course in Unity and Diversity Core that satisfies
the Contemporary Citizenship Requirement. Courses fulfilling Contemporary Citizenship
requirement must contain 5 of the following requirements and learning activities that
promote students abilities to:
- Use critical thinking to analyze contemporary issues;
- Demonstrate effective oral and/or written communication of ideas, informed opinions, and
- Identify, find, and use tools of information science related to contemporary issues;
- Demonstrate the ability to work effectively independently and/or in collaborative
problem solving groups;
- Identify principles and applications of personal, civic, and/or economic responsibility;
understand personal responsibility for lifestyle choices; and/or
- Participate actively (e.g. class discussion, volunteerism, etc.) in issues significant
to citizenship in Contemporary society.
Requirements and learning activities that facilitate these outcomes are highlighted in bold
underline script through this syllabus.
COURSE OBJECTIVES: The student will be able to:
1. Define health and wellness.
2. Describe significant health concerns for young adult to older women.
3. Analyze factors affecting womens health, including physical, psychological,
social, political, economic and global variables.
- Describe important health preventative screenings.
- Find and critique womens health information in media and web sources.
6. Make personal lifestyle and health care choices.
I. Personal Health
A. Concept of wellness
- Demograhpics of women across the lifespan
- Overview of health care issues pertinent to women
- Taking charge of own health status over the lifespan
- Utilizing the health care system wisely
F. Women's health policy and research
G. Cultural diversity and women's health
II. Reproductive Health
A. Sexuality and sexual functioning
- Menstruation and associated health problems (PMS, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, toxic shock
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- Fertility management
- Health care concerns during pregnancy and childbirth
- Gynecologic conditions e.g. cervical dysplasia, endometriosis
- Health Concerns over the lifespan
- Self esteem and body image
- Heart disease
C. Cancers in women
- Alcohol and other drug use, abuse, dependencies
- Eating disorders
- Mental health/mental illness
- Relationship issues
- Mental disorders
IV. Issues and situations affecting women's health
Required Readings Journals
Health Goal Formulation and Evaluation Class presentations
Group Discussions Group Poster Presentation
Journal Evaluation Presentations Evaluation
Critique of papers Health Goal Evaluation
Final Examination Attendance/Participation
The Boston Women's Health Book Collective. (1998). Our Bodies, Ourselves for the New
Century. New York: Simon and Schuster, Inc.
Testwell. Making Wellness Work for You. (1993). Stevens Point, WI: National Wellness
Other resources to help you get started on broader reading:
Critical thinking on the World Wide Web by University of Missouri-Columbia. Reviews the
"web, critiquing sources, documenting sources.
Site on Women's Health Issues with many links; need to always critique sources.
Mayo Clinic's WebSite with many resources on general health and women's specifically
Women's Health Resources On-Line by Canadian Women's Health Network
WWWomen - a search engine for women's issues
I. Journal Synthesis-Due Date: April 19, 2001 (Contemporary Citizenship, a, b, e)
- Keep a weekly journal in a folder or on a computer disc addressing one class topic per
week. For each entry:
1) identify the topic
2) discuss your thoughts and feelings regarding the topic, and
3) indicate how your readings influenced your feelings about the topic
Bring journal/disc to every class. The journal will be spot checked by faculty
(this may be weekly or bi-weekly). Submit journal in folder; using a compact system to
facilitate handling. Make sure your name is on outside of journal/disc and each entry is
dated with the topic of the day indicated.
B. Journal Synthesis (worth 10% of total grade)
A typed synthesis of your journal is due on April 19, 2001 (1-2 typed written
pages). You should reread all your journal entries and type a synthesis of your learning
addressing the following criteria:
1. Identify a critical incident/idea which stands out from your journal entries.
2. Explain why it stands out, expand the topic, and whether there has been new
3. Discuss any changes in your attitude regarding this topic.
4. Describe the impact of this topic on your personal goals.
- Describe future plans regarding this subject in your life.
Note: Weekly journal entries are graded P/F but must be done in order to develop a
II. Health Goal (Due Date: January 11, 2001 and April 17, 2001). (Contemorary
Citizenship b, e)
- Identify a personal health goal and type the following description of it (Due January
- Describe the personal behavior(s) influencing your health which you want to change.
- Explain the benefits to you for changing your behavior(s).
- Describe the goal(s) in measurable terms.
- List your planned strategies for accomplishing your goal(s).
- Explain how you plan to keep track of your progress.
B. A typed evaluation of your health goal using the following criteria (worth 10
points) (Due April 17, 2001):
- Restate your goal(s).
- Describe if you attained all, part, or none of your goal.
- Analyze how your plan worked for you and your support person.
- Describe how you would do things differently, given what you know from your readings,
- In what ways do you plan to continue working on this goal?
III. Poster Presentation
This is a group project focusing on women's experience, politics regarding women's
health, power issues, and/or women's roles and choices. This project consists of three
parts. Annotated references and outline are to be typed.
(Contemporary Citizen Requirement a, b, c, d)
- Two typed annotated references from each group member on the topic of the group's
choice. Groups will sign up for topics during the first couple of class periods. Due Date:
January 23, 2001. (worth 10 points) Guidelines for references:
- Typed onto 81/2 by 11" sheet of paper with your name and group topic at the upper
right corner; single or double spacing okay.
- Citation in APA format at top of annotation.
- Clearly written summary of content of article or book and application or usefulness for
project topic. Use good spelling and grammar.
- Choose references which are appropriate for the group topic and current.
- Each group member will submit different references - no duplication.
B. Detailed outline of the topic and assessment questions from the group (worth 10
points), due February 6, 2001.
1. Type onto 8 1/2 by 11" paper with your names and group topic at upper right
corner; single or double spacing OK
2. Title of presentation
3. State definition/description of the topic
4. List issues for women
5. Describe how issues are handled by individuals and as a society
6. Describe the programs/services related to this topic of issue
7. Put into perspective: give statistics, morbidity, mortality, quality of life
8. Use appropriate outline form, spelling, & grammar
9. Bibliography of resources in APA format
C. Poster presentation addressing the main ideas or key points related to the topic
from the reading done by individuals and from the submitted outline (worth 15 points). Due
April 12, 2001.
Evaluation of posters based on:
Clarity and readability 6 points
Accuracy of information 6 points
Creativity in presentation 3 points
- Assessment of learning from poster presentations, using the submitted questions.
IV. Class attendance is taken every class and recorded. The total number of classes
attended and journal checks will result in the attendance grade.
V. Class Participation and Group Exercises (Contemporary Citizen
Requirement a, b, d, e, f)
VI. Required reading as assigned prior to class
A. Journal Synthesis 10%
B. Health Goal 5%
Health Goal Evaluation 10%
C. Poster Two Annotated References 10%
Group's Outline & questions 10%
Group's Poster Presentation 15%
D. Attendance/Journal Writing 15%
E. Final Exam 25%
Grading Scale: A = 91 - 100%
B = 81 - 90%
C = 71 - 80%
D = 61 - 70%
E = 60% or less