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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Women's Studies (WMNST)

WMNST 301 (GH;US;IL) Sexualities, Gender and Power: Feminist Thought and Politics (3) An interdisciplinary survey of historical and contemporary feminist theories in both the United States and international contexts.

WMNST 301 Sexualities, Gender and Power: Feminist Thought and Politics (3)
(GH;US;IL)


This course is an undergraduate survey of key theoretical texts shaping feminist theory both yesterday, and today. While attention is given to critical historical moments in feminist thought, the course will stress theoretical trends and debates in feminism today. Course themes will include: (1) feminist epistemology and standpoint theory, epistemic privilege and epistemologies of ignorance; (2) postcolonial critiques of western feminism, and contemporary efforts to define a transnational and anti-racist feminism, (3) gender identity and the very viability of the category "woman"; (4) the concept of freedom, liberation, and of women's agency in feminist narratives of liberation, (5) theoretical implications for defining productive labor for women that is not exclusively the labor of childbirth, and the subsequent care of children and family; (6) the ongoing search for new paradigms of embodiment and interdependency that counter male-centered constructions.


General Education: GH
Diversity: US;IL
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2013
Prerequisite: WMNST 100 orWMNST 106

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