WSTP-140-01 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
-01) This course introduces students to the discipline of women’s and gender studies. We will explore the broadly and critically defined “genealogies” of women’s studies and investigate the key concepts, theoretical debates, ideologies, and historical significance of the discipline. Learning and borrowing from Sophocles to Mary Wollstonecraft to Virginia Woolf to Audre Lorde, we, in a self-reflexive manner, attempt to construct a theoretical framework that will be helpful, productive, and challenging to our intellectual and practical pursuit of a juster world in which both women and men can celebrate themselves and each other. In this endeavor, special emphases will be given to the issues of violence, militarism, human rights, sexuality and body, labor, domesticity, and social activism. The investigation of these issues will be put in the context of related, but distinct, intellectual interrogations of race, class, nationality, ethnicity, and sexual orientations in the disciplines of cultural studies, race theory, postcolonial studies, and gay/lesbian studies.
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