WOMENSTD 345 - Special Topics in Gender in a Global Context
Section: 003 Gender and War
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Women's Studies (WOMENSTD)
Department: LSA Women's Studies
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(Gender in a Global Context).
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This course explores what the scholars call “the puzzle of gendered war roles” by introducing concepts and theories on military masculinities, women and war, biology and combat, making of heroes, and sexual exploitation and war, among others. We draw on legendary military conflicts taking place before the advent of modern weaponry, such as the wars of the Japanese samurai and the Amazons, but also address exemplary modern wars. We begin with a question: what is the role of gender in war, and the impact of war on gender? We pursue this large question by asking: 1. What do we mean by “gender” and by “war”? 2. Were most wars fought by men before the invention of modern weapons? Aren’t there historical records of female warriors? 3. If men made better fighters, why? What do scholars say about the relationship between biology and war? 4. How have histories made men into heroes and how are male heroes different from female heroes? 5. What do we mean by militarized masculinity? 6. How do we interpret sexual exploitation and violence in wartime? In addition to reading informative books and articles, we also consider the gendered meanings of recent representations of wars and fighters in films and other visual materials.

Course Requirements:

One short paper and one final paper, occasional quizzes, one in-class exam. Graduate students: a final paper of more than 12 pages

Intended Audience:

Upper-level undergraduates and graduate students

Class Format:

Combination of lecture and discussion, group exercise

WOMENSTD 345 - Special Topics in Gender in a Global Context
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001 (SEM)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (SEM)
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
003 (SEM)
WF 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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