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The University of Vermont College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Continuing Education Course Syllabus Spring 2013 Course:

Placement: Course Credits: Faculty: HLTH 140: Issues in Women's Health Elective 3 Ryan Kathleen C. Albertson, MS, MSN, APRN-BC, WHNP Adjunct Faculty, Continuing Education and Department of Nursing ralberts@uvm.edu

Course Description: A holistic exploration of the health needs of women. This course will consider the stereotypical, theoretical, and clinical approaches of care in westernized and global culture. As a result of this course, students will develop a heightened sense of awareness of women, and womens health care issues in society and media. Course Objectives: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Articulate the influence of 20th century history on women's health. Critically analyze current media representations of women's health. Critique current literature relating to women's health issues. Analyze political strategies and other forces that have influenced women in the health care system. Analyze the structural barriers affecting women's access to health care, particularly women who are members of marginalized groups.

Teaching Strategies: Seminar format, student presentations, Blackboard, Internet exploration and research, written assignments, in class group work, visual media, and guest speakers. Course Policies: All course assignments must be completed for a passing grade to be achieved. Students are expected to complete course assignments by the due dates identified in the syllabus. Tardiness will be reflected in the assignment grade.

Religious Holidays: Students have the right to practice the religion of their choice. If you need to miss class to observe a religious holiday, please let me know as soon as possible. Academic Integrity: The policy addresses plagiarism, fabrication, collusion, and cheating. www.uvm.edu/~uvmppg/ppg/student/acadintegrity.pdf UVMs policy on disability certification and student support: www.uvm.edu/~uvmppg/ppg/student/disability.pdf Student Learning Accommodations: If you have a formal accommodation plan developed in conjunction with UVMs ACCESS Office or would like to discuss the supports that you need in order to learn well in this class, please contact me in the beginning of the semester. Adaptations and instructional supports are available through consultation with the instructor and the ACCESS Office: ACCESS Office: www.uvm.edu/~access/

Course Meetings: Monday evenings, 5:10pm-8:10pm, Room Assignment: TBA. Texts: SUGGESTED: Boston Womens Health Book Collective (2011). Our Bodies, Ourselves. New York: Simon & Schuster. Companion website: http://www.ourbodiesourselves.org/ REQUIRED: Worcester, N., & Whatley, M.H. (Eds.). (2009) Womens Health; Readings on Social, Economic, and Political Issues, Fifth Edition. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt. Several additional assigned readings and online resources are listed on course schedule.

A note about our texts: The Our Bodies, Ourselves book is used as a supplemental text with excellent foundational information. If youre interested in womens health, this is a book youll want to add to your personal collection of books. This is not a required text, but I highly recommend it. There will be encouraged (not required) readings from this text, suggested throughout the semester. The required text can be purchased at the book store. If you can not find it at the book store (because they are sold out), then try Amazon.com. Course Format: The class will be conducted in an interactive seminar style format. Therefore, It is essential that students attend class prepared to actively participate. If you are unable to attend, please notify the professor/lecturer prior to class. Discussion will often center on assigned reading materials.

Required Assignments: 1. Daily reflections (30%) This assignment will allow you to reflect on the assigned readings and prepare for class discussions. Most of the days that we meet, you will submit a reflection (it does not need to be more than one page) that addresses the assigned readings for that day. The first five assigned reflections will be printed and handed in at the start of each class. The last five submissions will be based on the upcoming classs readings and website explorations, in addition could include a response to the discussions generated from the previous class. These last five submissions will be posted on our class discussion board (on Blackboard), but will be open for all classmates to read. This allows you to respond to each others comments. For the last five assigned reflections, you are required to post your reflection AND to respond to at least one other posting on the discussion board for full credit. In your reflections, consider these questions: What were the interesting points that were made in the readings or presented material/experience, and why were these interesting to you? What personal or professional experiences did you connect to the readings? What further questions do these readings raise for you? Each reflection will be worth three points: 3=thoughtful and well-written, 2=lacks depth with grammatical errors, or only posted your reflection but did not respond to someone elses reflection, 1=poorly written with many grammatical errors, and 0= late submissions or no submission (unless excused in advance). 2. Media Investigations (10%) The influence of media representations of women on womens health will be a theme throughout the course. On designated days (starting the second day of class) a pair of students (who have prepared together) will share a media representation of women or a current media event focused on a womens health issue that is connected to that days course topic. These investigations may include advertisements or a current media story related to womens health. Current advertisements, editorials or articles from magazines, newspapers, television, the Internet (please no videos) or clinical journals may be used. There are examples posted on Blackboard for you to review. Topics may include images of women in popular media, online support groups for health issues, or presentation of a clinical study found in mainstream media. Incorporate the following into your presentation: Present a brief overview of the study, media representation or resource. You may use the classroom screen to display online items if you wish. Demonstrate your critical thinking process as the consumer/recipient of the story or resource (identify the targeted audience, assess the level of

evidence, bias, cultural/corporate/political influence, etc., that may affect the item in question). Presentations should take 10 minutes with questions to follow.

3. Global Womens Health Presentation (25%) This assignment will have you working with small groups of 2-3 students to address major womens health issues in a designated area of the world. Each group will be assigned to a different region of the world, and the group may choose which country or countries you would like to focus on. On the last two days of class, each group will have the opportunity to present their findings using visual tools such as maps, power point slides, video clips and/or photos (presentation length: 15-25 minutes). After the presentation, each group will also submit a bulleted summary of your findings, proposed strategies for solutions and a brief summary of each members contributions to the project (total summary length 2-3 pages). Be sure to include references. You will be graded on the content and delivery of the presentation (20 points) and written summary (5 points). Please be sure to send a copy of your presentation to Ryans email address. In your investigation, address the following: How are the major womens health issues similar to those in the United States? How are they different? What resources are currently being used to address these problems? If you were in charge, how would you address these problems? Be specific.


Research Paper (30%) This will be the final assignment for the course, and it is to identify an issue in womens health that interests you. It may be a topic explored in this course, or it may be an alternative issue that you would like to investigate that may be relevant to your discipline. Research the topic by examining at least four (4) professional journal articles (other sources may be used in addition). Based on class discussions and your own research, suggest recommendations for future actions to address the social issue. You will submit a short proposal identifying your topic and two identified sources that you believe will aid you in your investigation on a date outlined in the course schedule. Your proposal due date will be listed on the class schedule. Your paper will not be accepted unless your topic proposal has been approved.

Proposed length of paper: 5-10 pages, double-spaced. Your paper due date will also be listed on the class schedule. Please follow these guidelines when writing the research paper: Topic proposal (with two sources identified) submitted on time (2%). Paper submitted on time (3%). Papers submitted late will not be accepted. Clear introduction to the topic, including rationale for selection (10%) Historical review of the issue/problem (limit to 20th and 21st Century) (25%) Current literature review of the issue/problem at applicable international, national, state and/or local levels (25%) Recommendations for addressing and/or resolving issue/problem, including rationale for proposed recommendations (15%) Conclusion (5%) Reference list (5%) Reference format: Current APA format. Reference format must be followed throughout paper and reference list. This includes appropriate references for internet-accessed materials. (5%) Presentation of the paper, including word-processing in black ink with title page and numbered pages, readability, flow, and grammar (5%)

Evaluation Methods for the course: *Class participation (including class discussion): 5% Media Presentation: 10% Reading reflections: 30% Global health presentation and written summary: 25% Research paper (including proposal): 30% *A note about class participation: If you have more than 1 unexcused absence, 5 % of your over all grade will be deducted (which means that youll lose all of your class participation points, even if you were actively engaged in most class discussions). Requests for excused absences need to be sent via email prior to class. Grading Scale: A+= 97-100 A = 93-96 A- = 90-92 B+= 87-89 B = 83-86 B- = 80-82 C+= 77-79 C = 73-76

C- = 70-72 D+= 67-69 D = 63-66 D- = 60-62 F = < (or equal to) 59

5% Extra Credit Opportunity (You are only able to participate in an extra credit opportunity once): 1. There will be several extra-credit opportunities posted on Blackboard as the class unfolds. There will also be extra credit opportunities posted throughout the class schedule. Examples could be workshops, movies, books, performances, marches, etc. To gain credit, you will be expected to participate in the approved extra credit opportunity and then submit an additional writing reflection (typed, printed, and brought to class)due at the next class meeting. 2. Choose a controversial healthcare issue or womens health issue and write a letter to a senator. Submit a copy of the letter to me during any of our scheduled class meeting times. The letter needs to be prepared and addressed as if you were to send it (and I strongly encourage you to actually mail the letter!).