ENGLISH 215 - Introduction to Women and Literature
Fall 2023, Section 001 - Women Making Waves: Feminist Activism Since the Sixties
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
May not be repeated for credit.
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/28/23 - 12/6/23 (see other Sections below)
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Feminism did not begin in the 1960s, but many of the challenges it raised then are still relevant today. Then and now, women advocated not just for gender equality, but racial, economic, reproductive, and environmental justice. In this class, we’ll focus on the rhetorical strategies women have used to effect social change in the most recent waves of feminism, considering various means of advocacy including speeches, writing, protest, art, and digital activism.


This course satisfies the following CURRENT English major/minor requirement: NOT APPLICABLE

This course satisfies the following NEW English major/minor requirements: Foundations & Methods (200-level), Time (Contemporary/Modern)

Course Requirements:

As a discussion-based seminar, we’ll have weekly reading and writing assignments; daily whole-class and small-group conversation, and a research-based final project. Students will receive guidance and feedback throughout and grading will be effort-based to encourage freedom of choice and academic success.

Intended Audience:

This class welcomes students from any major and requires no prerequisite study, just a willingness to engage with complex topics in a participatory class environment.


ENGLISH 215 - Introduction to Women and Literature
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
8/28/23 - 12/6/23

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