Kristy A. Leissle
Examines a topic, theme, problem, or area of the world in order to provide a deeper understanding of an aspect of Global Studies.
Though popular, journalistic, or even scholarly accounts rarely represent it as such, globalization is a gendered phenomenon. The intensified economic integration of markets, as well as new or increased flows of people, ideas, and goods across national borders, are never separate from the varied and pervasive gender systems that define societies worldwide. Indeed, gender is a powerful analytical tool for understanding the ways that markets are interlinked and the mechanisms by which this happens. In this course, we will use gender as our primary analytical lens in accounting for globalized economic and social linkages, in historical and contemporary contexts. Through a case study of cloth, we will consider how material trade relations are gendered; then, we will turn our attention to representations of commodities and the figure of the "modern girl", who in many ways embodied global capitalism.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading