WOMENSTD 427 - African Women
Section: 001
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Women's Studies (WOMENSTD)
Department: LSA Women's Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
One course in African Studies, Anthropology, or Women's Studies. CAAS 200 recommended. Permission of instructor.
Other Course Info:
(Gender in a Global Context).
May not be repeated for credit.

This course considers differences in African women’s experiences (raising the question of whether the term African women is a meaningful category) as well as the experiences that women living in various sub-Saharan African countries share. We will begin with the theoretical question of African women’s power and their role in the domestic sphere, focussing on marriage (as institution, as ritual, as strategy, as site of reproduction) for women in Kenya, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and South Africa. Since marriage was affected by colonial policies, changes in marriage practices as well as other aspects of women’s lives will be discussed. Some of these changes provided opportunities while others restricted women's options. African women involved in textile production, farming, trade, and politics in Democratic Republic of Nigeria, Ghana, Nigeria, and South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Kenya, and Zimbabwe responded to these new situations in various ways. Specific African women’s interpretations of these and present- day events will be examined through readings of selected autobiographies and novels.

Course work, which will include readings from books, journals, novels, newspapers and viewing of African films, will be evaluated through a film response paper, a book review of one of the assigned novels, a short essay, class participation, an in-class midterm exam, and a final research report.

WOMENSTD 427 - African Women
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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