WSTP-140 Introduction to Women's Studies
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-01: Professor Park
-02: Professor Morris
-01) This course explores the juncture of sexual politics, patriarchy, national "development," and the "postcolonial" global structure by looking at representations on, around, and of women's labor, sexuality, and bodies. When and how do these women become "workers"? How do "we" imagine and represent female sexualities and bodies in the contexts of national developments and policymaking procedures? How do these women negotiate their own agency from the positionality of the "subaltern"? We will study literary texts, fact-finding documents, and theoretical investigations on the issues of gender, labor, and sexuality.
-02) This course aims to develop your awareness of the range and depth of Women's Studies, and provide a roadmap for future work in the field.
No prior knowledge of the field is necessary to take this course, and students from a range of fields are welcome: our assigned authors include feminist psychologists, economists, historians, sociologists, novelists, poets, political theorists and biologists. This course provides a theoretical framework for examining questions of sexual difference in history, culture, and contemporary society. Students will learn central concepts and research methods in Women's Studies and use them to examine such topics as family, religion, work, sexuality, and social change. We will look at how the categories of race, class, and sexuality can be studied in conjunction with gender, and examine how the forces of nationalism, colonialism and globalization have shaped women's lives and movements. We study strategies for engaging with the state, and ways to address concrete problems facing women today. We thus consider what feminism can mean, all the way from within our intimate lives to our transnational connections with women elsewhere.
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