WGST 25 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies Online

CCSF's self-paced course to get you ready for online learning

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Course Title and Description

WGST 25: Introduction to Women's Studies, Feminism Demystified

Lec-3 Credit, Degree Applicable P/NP Available

Introduction to the origins,purpose, subject matter, and methods of Women's Studies and to feminist perspectives on a range of social issues affecting women of diverse backgrounds.Study of the formation of gender and its intersections with race, class, sexuality, dis/ability, age, religion, and other systems of difference. UC/CSU

Introduction to Women's Studies is completely online. Students are expected to log in daily to the course website, submit bi-weekly assignments and (ideally) attend all live video meetings. Prerequisites: none.

Live Video Meetings

WOMN 25 is an online course with live video meetings. While I encourage students to attend, they are optional meetings, not mandatory.


Instructor: Elisabeth Arruda

Email: earruda@ccsf.edu

Phone/Text Me: (415)-748-5734

Office hours: Online Chat; I'm also available to meet by appointment via Zoom.

Required Textbook: Gendered Lives

Kirk, Gwyn., and Margo. Okazawa-Rey. Gendered Lives: Intersectional Perspectives, Oxford University Press, 2020.

  • Edition: 7th

  • ISBN: 9780190928285

  • Author: Kirk

  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

Note this is the 7th edition. While there are many earlier versions available, the quizzes correspond to the 7th edition.

The textbook is required. Exams and assignments are based on this edition. Available as a rental for the semester through the bookstore: http://ccsfbookstore.bookrenterstore.com/ Many other retailers, (Amazon, Textbooks.com etc.) offer the book as a rental for the semester for as little as $29 with free shipping both ways, compared to the cost of purchasing the book new, $115, ouch! You can also rent or buy a digital copy of the textbook.

Recommended: Book Finder, where you can find the best price to buy the book, new, used or for rent.

Available on Reserve: CCSF Ocean Campus Rosenberg library.

How to Log in to our Class!

CCSF uses the learning management system called Canvas. It is essentially a course website where all of the discussions, activities and assignments in the course take place.

Logging into Canvas

    1. Use https://ccsf.instructure.com to log into the CANVAS course

    2. Username: Your CCSF ID (example W12345678, @12345678, or D12345678)

    3. Password: Your RAMID password

    4. Select Student from the dropdown list (or Employee for Faculty)

    5. Click on Login

(NOTE: Your Canvas password is the same as the password for your RAM ID account)

Claiming your RAM ID

Don't have a RAM ID? What is the RAM ID?

The RAM ID is CCSF's single sign-on. It's new! To claim your RAM ID go to the MyCCSF page and choose "RAM ID self-service". Or go to the direct link: https://ramid.ccsf.edu/self-service/

Choose "Claim your RAM ID". You will be asked for an activation code. You may have received one in your CCSF email (Option 1 below) If not, or if you have lost it, choose the option to request a new activation code, then check your CCSF email for the code. (Option 2 below)

Be sure to complete the RAM ID process all the way through. If you stop part way, you can return to the process by using the “Already Have Account Claim Code” link. If that does not work, use the Request for Account Claim Code link to start over.

If you need help finding your CCSF email, login to Web4, and find your email address or reset your password.

To login to your email:

    • go to MyCCSF

    • choose "Service and Email" in the For Students column

    • choose "Login to CCSF email"

REMEMBER: The password you make for your RAM ID account will be the password you use when you log in to Canvas.

For assistance contact the Helpdesk at 415-239-3711 or Toll-Free at 844-693-4357


If you are on the waitlist for either class, providing that there is space, you will be added from the wait-list in the order that you were placed on the wait-list generated by Admissions and Records.

The instructor cannot put you on a waiting list. The College's registration process controls the waitlist system.

Please do not email asking to be added to a wait-list. Unfortunately, I cannot.

If the WOMN 25 class is full and the wait-list is full, you will need to attend the first class meeting. Add codes can be obtained by showing up to this first class meeting, depending on availability. There is an official wait list (web 4) and I start giving out add codes to those on the waitlist first.

Prepare to Learn Online

Students should visit http://www.ccsf.edu/Departments/Distance_Education/students.htm to prepare for learning online and learn more about:

    • minimum Hardware and Software Requirements

    • FAQs about distance learning

    • links to DPSP and CCSF resources


Students who need academic accommodations should request them from the Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) located in the Rosenberg Library, Room 323 on the Ocean Campus. Telephone: 415-452-5481 (V) 415-452-5451 (TDD). DSPS is the campus office responsible for verifying disability-related need for academic accommodations, assessing that need, and planning accommodations in cooperation with students and instructors as needed and consistent with course requirements.

Syllabus Sample

Curious about what the course looks like? Click on the link below to see a typical semester class' syllabus (Microsoft Word document). The actual syllabus for any particular class will be emailed to participants on the first day of the course.