Jeanette M. Bushnell
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.
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
Class assignments and grading
active participation in class activities and discussions writing and presenting about knowledges gained