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Women's Studies (WMNST)

WMNST 105 (GS;US) Living in a Diverse World (3) Critical perspectives on the relationship between social difference and power, emphasizing gender, race, sexuality, class, and disability.

WMNST 105 Living in a Diverse World (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

This course uses literature, film and scholarly texts to inspire students to explore how conceptions of social difference, such as those linked to categories of gender, race, sexuality, class and disability, shape society and everyday interactions historically and today. The course takes an intersectional perspective to explore how and why these categories vary over time and space, the effects of such variations for individuals and communities, and the connections between identity and the exercise of power. Geographically, the course emphasizes the relationship between social difference and power in the U.S. history and society, but takes a transnational perspective when possible by making comparisons to contexts beyond the United States. Furthermore, the class examines how individuals and communities most directly marginalized by these processes contest and re-imagine dominant categories and assumptions. Materials and discussions in the class trace broad social and historical trends as well as dive into the mosaic of everyday life. The class is designed to encourage reflection on the ethical challenges that arise when we become aware of how privilege, power and difference are intertwined in our world and daily lives.

General Education: GS
Diversity: US
Bachelor of Arts: Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences
Effective: Spring 2015

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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