AAS 443 - Pedagogy of Empowerment: Activism in Race, Gender, and Health
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Afroamerican & African Studies (AAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
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Advisory Prerequisites:
AAS 201, WOMENSTD 240 or 220, AMCULT 240, NURS 220.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Important: If you take this class you must be prepared to be committed to spend time in the community working with young women — on the community’s terms not yours.

The Pedagogy of Empowerment will explore the methodology of consciousness raising as an empowerment strategy in race, gender and health. Through this two tiered course, students will cultivate strong background knowledge of the gender inequalities that are manifested in the lives of women in the areas of race gender and health. How do the variables of race and gender impact health and in turn how does health as an independent variable affect race and gender. At the core this course is an intensive engagement in the intractability and injustice of gender inequality. The course has three main objectives.

An examination of the current status of women both globally and nationally as it affects women through the ownership of their bodies, their ability to exercise choice, and the deconstruction of choice. The academization of the feminist movement, the collusion of women themselves in their own oppression and the power of culture as it shapes women through religion, race and ethnicity will be interrogated as important foundational thinking in this class.

As a consequence of this analysis, everyone in this class will be required to participate in a methodology of consciousness raising developed by Professor Haniff which students must then use in selected groups of girls 15-16 years old. This activist component is the praxis of this class which requires students to not just read and study empowerment but to actually be engaged in an effort to empower. The idea here is to engage young women in understanding gender inequality as a strategy of empowerment. Seeing and understanding the social forces that restrain their lives, (consciousness), is a precondition for their own liberation.

AAS 443 - Pedagogy of Empowerment: Activism in Race, Gender, and Health
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001 (SEM)
12Enrollment Management
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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ISBN: 9780826412768
Pedagogy of the oppressed, Author: Freire, Paulo, 1921-1997., Publisher: Continuum 2000
ISBN: 9781620970942
Pushout, Author: Monique W Morris, Publisher: The New York press FIRST 2016
ISBN: 9781138821620
feminism is for everybody, Author: bell hooks, Publisher: routledge SECOND 2015
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