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Jeanette M. Bushnell
GWSS 456
Seattle Campus

Feminism, Racism, and Anti-Racism

Examines meaning of racism and feminism in women's lives in an international context. Building upon an analysis of racial hierarchies and institutionalized racism, explores strategies used by women engaged in feminist and anti-racist activism. Prerequisite: GWSS 200.

Class description

This course offers a theoretical and historical exploration of the ways racism, antiracism and feminism interconnect. We will consider what racism and antiracism is within the context of the lives of women. We will pay particular attention to “race” as a social construction and look at the different ways that feminists around the globe have engaged and/or avoided the many positionalities within racist systems. We will consider how concepts such as racism, colonialism and classism function as related and supporting concepts of each other. Finally, we will look at the role that individual women across the globe have played in challenging constructions of difference.

Student learning goals

historic and contemporary conversations that link feminisms, racism and antiracism

tensions and intersections between feminist theories and practices of both colonized and colonizer societies/cultures

complexities of global social justice issues

General method of instruction

group discussion in-class group activities

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

active participation in class activities and discussions writing and presenting about knowledges gained


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 Jeanette M. Bushnell
Date: 02/18/2014