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Instructor: Shirley Buchanan

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WS175, Summer II 2014
WS175, Spring 2014
WS175, Spring 2013

Shirley Buchanan: WS175, Summer II 2014

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Women's Studies Program
Course: WS 175 - Gend/Sex/Sexuality to 1500 CE Crn (Section): 96849 (801)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
2.88 8 1.13 Freq(%) 1 (13%) 2 (25%) 2 (25%) 3 (38%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.5 8 0.53 Freq(%) 4 (50%) 4 (50%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 6 (67%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 6 (67%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
6. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 9 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 5 (56%)
7. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
8. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
9. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
10. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 9 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 5 (56%)
11. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 7 (78%)
12. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
Loved it and loved my teacher! Would recommend her to anyone!
to understand how gender role and gender differences make our society today.
Her kindness and dilligent work ethic toward her students
The feedback and interaction of the professor.
The love the required materials for this course. The articles, books, videos, and the discussion questions were all stimulating and enjoyable. I especially liked the museum assignment because we get to adventure out and learn about something of our own interest.
I really enjoyed reading The Medea and learning about women from different countries around the world.
I like the assigned video clips and readings.
It was ok.
Not just reading materials. Mixture of videos and reading materials helps things not get too monotonous.
13. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.22 9 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 5 (56%) 3 (33%)
14. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
I wish I knew where my grade was through the semester. I know I was doing ok with the essays, but wasn't sure about the discussions. Would have liked a grade book to look at!
nothing needs to be improved. it was excellent class!
My only complaint is the time consumption for a 100 level class.
Maybe the forum posts could change into a point-receiving discussions in where the initial post would get the full points and in a subsequent time frame, any comments made to any one of the initial posts would get a point extra credit. That way the topic discussion can keep going.
I think we need one deadline for initial posting and the second deadline for comments.
Not be online it was hard as hell to do the homework
Using the Laulima Calendar, so that students can come look at the portal and see what assignments or readings are due each day.
15. Other comments:
Ms. Buchanan is really sincere professor and I like her style of class. She is always there to help students.
Overall, great course!

Shirley Buchanan: WS175, Spring 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Women's Studies Program
Course: WS 175 - Gend/Sex/Sexuality to 1500 CE Crn (Section): 86237 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
1.67 28 0.78 Freq(%) 14 (50%) 8 (29%) 5 (18%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.52 28 0.51 Freq(%) 12 (43%) 13 (46%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 28 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 4 (14%) 23 (82%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 28 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 8 (29%) 18 (64%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.61 28 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 7 (25%) 19 (68%)
6. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 28 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (18%) 2 (7%) 20 (71%)
7. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 28 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 4 (14%) 21 (75%)
8. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 28 0.31 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (11%) 25 (89%)
9. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.54 28 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 9 (32%) 17 (61%)
10. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.37 28 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (14%) 9 (32%) 14 (50%)
11. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 28 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 8 (29%) 18 (64%)
12. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I loved the connections to media and how it can shape history and society
I really liked how she incorporated all types of media to teach. She used recordings, music, videos, and readings from different books and hands outs. I also liked that she brought in guest speakers and we got to see different peoples perspectives on the subject! This was a great class!
I really liked all the examples this professor used. She made it easy to understand concepts with the visual aids she used.
I enjoyed her lectures. Very insightful and knowledgeable.
guest speakers were always fun! especially the viking woman, loved her!!!
flexible with making up assignments and understandable
The class discussions were really insightful and thought-provoking.
Discussion and group presentation
I enjoyed the fact that she was well organized and extremely educated on her course! I really wish she taught at a higher standing class because I would def take her class all over again. She exudes happiness and is really easy to approach.
The various sources from videos, articles, books and numerous other sources. This course was very enjoyable to learn. It really makes you look at life in another point of view.
- really GREAT instructor!!! Opened our eyes to so many things! MAHALO!!! - Subject matter was extremely interesting ... could have been overwhelming, but appreciated that we needed to grasp concepts and not memorize dates and names - challenging interesting assignments - appreciated study guides for exams
The comfort created in the classroom and how I could relate to many topics easily.
I really loved all the different methods/media used. The guest speakers and videos were very enjoyable, and there was a good mix of reading and lectures. I also liked that the quizzes weren't to penalize us, just to make us keep up with the reading.
She was a really chill teacher who tried her best to make the class interesting and doable. Yes, the readings are a bit overwhelming but the class is really interesting so I really didn't mind it.
Doing discussions in class
I liked looking at cultures through a different lens than what we normally see.
Learning more about this course. and how interesting it was.
The teacher helped update us with certain things though email. There was a great amount of videos presented so it helped with our learning habits.
Videos and guest speakers were good reinforcement of ideas
Everything actually, learning about women in history was interesting.
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The required reading articles were very interesting and were well-chosen.
13. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.52 28 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (11%) 7 (25%) 17 (61%)
14. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
I really like how this course is structured and everything taught in it. I can't think of anything to make it better it is already a really good class.
This course could be improved by having a textbook that better explained women in world history. I feel the textbook that was required just gave an overall outlook on history and often times focused more on men than on women.
I do believe there was too much reading. I also think she tried to squeeze in too much info on too many things too quickly. We were constantly changing topics that we could not be thorough in one topic before switching to another.
spread out the reading more, crazy overload of reading when it was more than a chapter per class
It could possibly be improved by going over more of the content we were being tested on.
More movies and learn interesting history about women. Limit on reading because we have to read so much!
I really wish that more of the classmates chose to participate more because it would have made it that much better. Except because they were younger they were more shy, and I believe if this class was half its size she would be able to make a larger impact.
Better organized lectures
- don't start the group project right before spring break ... too hard coordinating with group members! Tough too cuz the groups were so big. - reading assignments seemed like way too much material to try to learn for quizzes ... maybe some guidance on what we should be learning from the reading for the quizzes? - maybe figure some way to get people to show up to class on time : )
Maybe less classes could be lectures. I would like there to be a more variety of what we do in class instead of lectures.
There was a lot of reading and it was hard to keep up with. However, I know this is a college course and the reading was necessary!
First of all, there are a lot of readings and the quizzes for these readings are ridiculous because she picks out specific details. I would have liked it if the questions on the quizzes were more general or were the big idea of the reading.
This course is a good course. I think people take it to lightly when they don't show up to class.
This course could be improved by having more reminders about readings that are due. I often forgot that we had readings.
Nothing to improve on.
The course could improve in it's focus on what the course is there for. A lot of students likely assume they will be learning about something more gender based. The course was more like a social studies class that did not exactly capture my interest.
Submission of assignments through laulima instead of email.
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Even more inclusivity of varying gender identities and less assumption of the gender of historical individuals, although these things are contingent upon the availability of texts...
15. Other comments:
I really enjoyed this course I found the information to be very interesting!
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Excellent course and instructor!
Kids should be taught the truth about Columbus, Indian slavery, commercial motivation, etc in their history classes. Especially in junior and senior high schools ... no one would dream of fictitious science classes, so why didn't they tell us the truth (... or various theories, etc when there is doubt) in our history classes?
I know it's not very constructive criticism, but I really loved the class! It was very eye-opening, thank you :)
She is an interesting teacher and is easy going.
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I often felt uncomfortable in this class. Particular instances included the instructor saying Native men were "cute" or "handsome" or something, and an exercise involving coming up with a cast for The Epic of Gilgamesh in which most students' as well as the instructor's suggestions were white actors. I also felt that my own identity and indigenous identities were not being respected when, as we learned about "third-gender", the instructor and texts we read clarified that it was "not just men but also women" who identified as genders other than what would now typically be their assigned genders, thus misgendering them and implying that people's true gender is their assigned gender.

Shirley Buchanan: WS175, Spring 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Women's Studies Program
Course: WS 175 - Gend/Sex/Sexuality to 1500 CE Crn (Section): 87835 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
1.93 30 0.94 Freq(%) 12 (40%) 10 (33%) 6 (20%) 2 (7%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.5 30 0.51 Freq(%) 15 (50%) 15 (50%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 30 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 4 (13%) 25 (83%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 30 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 6 (20%) 23 (77%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.66 30 0.81 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (20%) 22 (73%)
6. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 30 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 2 (7%) 10 (33%) 17 (57%)
7. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 30 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 6 (20%) 23 (77%)
8. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 30 0.79 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (17%) 24 (80%)
9. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.66 30 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 7 (23%) 21 (70%)
10. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 30 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 8 (27%) 21 (70%)
11. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 30 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (10%) 4 (13%) 23 (77%)
12. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
guest speakers and class discussions
She is really passionate!
What I like about this class is learning about how women were viewed around the world and how we related it back to today's society.
The guest presenters were interesting.
I enjoyed the contrast between various cultures over time and how we really got a look at the amount of diversity presented on our tiny little planet. I always appreciated life, but now I do even more. Also, the relevant connections to modern culture helped cement the concepts in reality while allowing us to break from the bleaker aspects of history.
I enjoyed doing group work.
Nothing really stands out.
she was very hands on in explaining everything
The broadness of the option of choice within the essay assignments. The short quizzes as well as extra credit oppurtunities.
I loved shirely and the course. It opened my eyes to a new way of viewing things.
I loved how Shirley tied together the past and present to show how old ways of thinking still impact our lives today
Very detailed in directions and easy to follow. Great Teacher.
Different types of presentation
The content was very interesting and how it was presented made it even better.
The various videos and being able to explore a broad range of cultures.
everything
The material and presentations that she would present because it would keep the class engaged.
Bringing in videos and guest speakers to present made the class more exciting. The videos she presents brings up that media can be both informative and dissected to help further understand where patriarchy lurks in present day media. Again, I really liked when guest speakers came in to talk about their areas of study as well.
Prof S. Buchanan is exceptionally knowledgable and is able to communicate this knowledge effectively to her students and peers. HIGHLY RECOMMEND PROF S. BUCHANAN FOR MORE NATIVE AND INDIGINOUS COURSES...ON TOP OF THE WS 175 {WOMENS STUDIES 0-1500}.
the readings that we did
All of them.
the clear, organized structure of the course and the instructor helped me catch up with class assignments easily
I like that Shirley assigned interesting readings. I appreciated that Shirley would sometimes give us a brief summary or a question(s) to focus on before the reading, if she anticipated the reading may be difficult to follow. I like how Shirley would include a lot of visuals and video clips in lecture to support the readings. Often the visuals were more current/relevant so for easier to relate to and make the connection with the reading.
The discussions were definitely engaging to be apart of.
13. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.34 30 0.9 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 11 (37%) 15 (50%)
14. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
I would suggest more numerous but smaller writing assignments, and harsher penalties for late work (each assignment has several people who apparently weren't motivated enough to finish on time). The quizzes are good as they are. Maybe a bit more focus on why gender inequalities pop up in each area/time, rather than the pure fact that they do.
Make it interesting, in a way that the students can think critically about the world and society. Have the students take on the course in a more hands- on approach!
Not so much a fault of the instructor but the small groups are difficult when multiple members don't participate and the brunt of the work falls upon two out the 8 group members
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The class could be a little more interactive. It would be great to have discussion sections.
its a great course just continue to get better.
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I feel like the essays were a grader on a little harshly. More little assignments like the one on the first week of class would be good.
The museum essay didn't seem to have any purpose. It be better if we argued about out future as a women. Also not much class participation so surveys before every class for feedback would be great and shows that we're reading.
have hands on activities or group work.
Even though it may be difficult, perhaps bringing in a few more examples of men being victims of patriarchy. Though king Tut, Gilgamesh and Manti Te'o had been good examples, I still felt like there was an imbalance in the course.
Utilize Prof S. Buchanan as the mold of what all prof should teach/instruct courses. She has very rare enduring qualities that make understanding the plethera of material much more relatable and functionally understandable. Many/ALL prof could learn better by/through her way of teaching & instructing.
to me, there was a lot of reading assignments at one time. it got kind of confusing on which one we were talking about in class, but other than that it was okay
No need to. Good course, great professor.
Start the class at 9:30am or another later time.
Replace the museum paper with something else.
15. Other comments:
Really a great class - 10/10 would take again if it wouldn't be using up time I could be using for other required courses.
The football players that were in my class were EXTREMELY DISRUPTIVE and the professor did barely anything to stop them. Very hard to stay interesting in a course when I don't want to show up for the class, due to the irritation and headaches from the football players.
Shirley is a wonderful instructor and I am thrilled to have had this course.
Great job.
I expected for the group project to be terrible, but it actually went well because I was lucky enough to have a few good people in my group who wanted a good grade. I personally do not believe that group projects are meant for college and I think it was shown throughout some of the groups who were unprepared.
I'm really curious as to how the minds of men work and think and what a men's world is really like that some would consider women as tools.
I had really enjoyed this course, especially the start of the course as we delved into the start of human history before 'civilizations'. How humans have migrated and had a similar start overall teaches about similarities in humanity from hundreds of thousands of years ago to present day peoples scattered around the world today.
Mahalo Nui for having Prof S. Buchanan avail for courses.