WGS 253 - Special Topics
Fall 2022, Section 001 - #MeToo and Beyond: Gender, Power, and Violence
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Women's and Gender Studies (WGS)
Department: LSA Women's and Gender Studies
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Requirements & Distribution:
Credit Exclusions:
A maximum of seven credits of WGS 252 and 253 (WOMENSTD 252 and 253) may be counted toward graduation.
Waitlist Capacity:
May be repeated for a maximum of 7 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:
Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/29/22 - 12/9/22 (see other Sections below)
NOTE: Drop/Add deadlines are dependent on the class meeting dates and will differ for full term versus partial term offerings.
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This course will examine gender-based violence from a sociological and feminist perspective. How does our society define violence? What are the social and political dynamics that allow gender-based violence to occur? How do we respond to victims? How should we? What forms of resistance to gender-based violence have developed over time? What claims do those movements make and why? We will pay particular attention to power relations in this course – around gender, race/ethnicity, class, sexuality, disability, gender presentation, and nationality – asking how social inequalities shape risks for and responses to intimate violence. This course looks primarily at the U.S. context. Throughout the course, we will also analyze collective resistance to violence, including social movements and campus activism. We will use diverse types of texts, including ethnography, memoir, and television/film. Topics will include intimate partner violence, sexual assault and rape, social movements against violence, gaslighting, sexual harassment, and violence against LGBQ+ and trans people.


WGS 253 - Special Topics
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22
003 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22

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