Skip to main content. Log In Sign Up. Introduction to Gender and Women's Studies Syllabus. Its primary focus is critical perspectives on the social construction of gender and sexuality, inequalities on the basis of gender and sexuality, activism around issues of gender and sexuality, and how gender and sexuality shape and are shaped by other systems of inequality such as race, ethnicity, class, religion, nation, region, and age.
This course will introduce students to the fields of gender and sexuality studies from an interdisciplinary perspective.
We will begin by defining and exploring some of the key terms will shape our thinking for the rest of the term through readings found in our textbook, Feminist Frontiers.
We will address such fundamental questions as: What is gender and what is its relationship to sex and sexuality? The second part of the course will continue to build our vocabulary as we explore how gender and sexuality organize our lives in the family, home, school, workplace, and our deepest sense of ourselves.
We will pay special attention to how gender works across different communities and time periods, asking how gender intersects with other organizational axes of experience, including race, class, ability status, age, and geographical location. This section will culminate in our reading of Trumpet by Jackie Kay, a novel about gender, race, sexuality, nation, and power in the fictionalized life of a jazz trumpeter in s Scotland. The third and final section of the course will examine changing social forces and their impact on men and women across the globe.
How do changes in global economies and societies affect the organization of gender and sexuality, and what actions do people undertake in response? Our final readings from the textbook will help us think about the future of feminism and the possibilities for organizing for a more just world.
This course will train you to see how ideas about gender shape our world and how we experience that world and ourselves Introduction to womens gender and sexuality studies syllabus many different levels.
Gender is also inextricably entwined with structures of sexuality. As such, this course will also explore how sexuality organizes life. We will explore how these axes of difference shape our world on a variety of scales including personal identity, home and family, school, work, state and nation, and globalized political economies.
This course will prepare you to think critically about questions of difference and justice in the spheres of personal, social and civic life. Course Goals and Objectives Students who successfully complete this course will: To do so, students will apply course readings about the construction of gender and sexuality to an analysis of the gendered nature of an object of their choosing.
Identify and evaluate stated and unstated assumptions, supporting evidence and data, alternative points of view, and assess implications and consequences of particular courses of action. Construct cogent arguments, provide supporting evidence, articulate reasoned judgments, and draw appropriate conclusions.
Apply fundamental critical thinking skills to the analysis and interpretation of a variety of subjects, including ideas and issues, cultural artifacts, or aesthetic works. Required Texts Jackie Kay, Trumpet: Other readings will be provided on Blackboard or via databases at the Albin O. Course Requirements Reading Journal and Portfolio 50 points Students will write a weekly response to the readings for a total of 15 responses, worth two points each for a total of 30 points.
Please see the addendum to this syllabus for guidelines. Responses should be typed and brought to class every session.