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David G. Allen
WOMEN 255
Seattle Campus

Masculinities: Contestation, Circulation, and Transformation

Looks at different ways that masculinity is understood and represented historically and contemporarily. While primarily U.S. based, also attends to how different styles of masculinity travel via immigration and media. Explores the relationship between men, masculinity, and other social movements (e.g. anti-violence, gay rights).

Class description

We look at different ways in which masculinity is understood across historical and contemporary settings in the US as well as how this is shaped by the circulation of people and media globally.

Student learning goals

The primary goal is to develop analytic tools to understand and critically evaluate different perspectives on masculinity. See the course website for specific goals

General method of instruction

One intereting innovation we're trying is to use the first half of the quarter to develop a set of analytic frameworks and then have the students select which topical areas they would like to have the course discuss over the second half. The optional topics will range from sports to fathering, pornography to anti-violence, religion to education.

Recommended preparation

An open mind and a willingness to examine your own life

Class assignments and grading

See website for syllabus


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 David G. Allen
Date: 11/10/2009