WGS 330 - Feminist Thought
Fall 2022, Section 002
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is   Hybrid (see other Sections below)
Subject: Women's and Gender Studies (WGS)
Department: LSA Women's and Gender Studies
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Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Enforced Prerequisites:
May not be repeated for credit.
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/29/22 - 12/9/22 (see other Sections below)
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This course explores major intellectual debates and dialogues in the field of feminist thought. How has feminist theory – as an expansive body of scholarship that situates women’s and other marginalized voices at the core of analysis – evolved as a response to “androcentric” ways of knowing? Interrogating the gendered trajectories of knowledge production, and how women have figured as silenced subjects of texts, genres, and paternalistic state policies, we will examine the contributions of multiple feminisms – liberal, materialist, poststructuralist, postcolonial, Black and woman-of-color feminisms, and feminisms of faith, for instance, and their interstices – and how they unsettle gendered binaries and essentialist understandings. Using a transnational lens to trace the ways in which gender intersects with race, class, ethnicity, sexuality, and other registers of identity to produce complex structures of power and privilege in different locations and under differing historical conditions, we will examine their relevance to individual and collective experience. Eschewing an uneasy relationship between feminism in theory and practice, we will probe, instead, into how the nuances of feminist thought might be applied to research, literature, art, education, and policy. The course is interdisciplinary. It will deploy literary, historical, political, philosophical, sociological, and economic perspectives, and weave together a variety of theoretical, analytical, and creative texts.

Course Requirements:

Course requirements include a class presentation, an autobiographical essay (3-4 pages), an analytical paper (6-8 pages), and short course reflections.

Intended Audience:

Required for the Women's and Gender Studies major. Meets the theory requirement for the Gender and Health major and the Gender, Race, and Nation minor.


WGS 330 - Feminist Thought
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22
002 (SEM)
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22

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