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Amanda L Swarr
GWSS 200
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Women Studies

Feminist analysis of the construction and enforcement of gender differences and gender inequalities in various contexts. Emphasis on the intersection of race, class, sexuality, and nationality in the lives of women. Topics include feminist theory, motherhood, popular culture, sexual autonomy, racism, and activism in the United States, Asia, Latin America. Offered: AWSpS.

Class description

This course will introduce you to the field of Women Studies and to the concepts central to this field. Over the course of the quarter, students will become familiar with debates and trends in feminist theory in academic and activist contexts. This class asks: what does it mean to be a woman in different times and places? How does this meaning intersect with sexuality, race, class, ethnicity, nationality and ability? What are gender and feminism? How is the world shaped by power, hierarchies, oppression, and privilege? During the quarter, we will address these and other questions through an examination of the personal and political implications of Women’s Studies and topics including health, family, work, media, violence, and activism.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Amanda L Swarr
Date: 09/30/2013