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Gndr, Sexuality, & Wms Stdies: D2:Gender Sexuality Wmn's Stdy

GSWS 001 OL1 (CRN: 61585)

3 Credit Hours

About GSWS 001 OL1

This course introduces the basic vocabulary of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies through an exploration of central questions in the field. What is the difference between sex and gender and how are the two related? What are sexual and gender identities? How are sex, gender, and sexuality shaped by society, culture, and history? What is their relationship to politics? How do gender and sexuality intersect with each other as well as with other aspects of identity/experience like race and class? What is meant by terms like sexism, heterosexism, heteronormativity, homonormativity, transmisogyny, and cisgender privilege? How are sex, gender, and sexuality created and maintained in mainstream culture? How have social movements challenged and changed norms around gender and sexuality? We will explore these and other questions throughout this semester-long introduction to the interdisciplinary field of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies.


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Dates: May 22 - June 16, 2017

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Speaking at the 1992 Republican Convention, Pat Robertson famously said of feminism: “(T)he feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.” While you’ve probably already figured out that Pat Robertson is not your most reliable source for facts about feminism, gender, or sexuality, take a look online at sites like womenagainstfeminism on tumblr and you’ll see that over 20 years later there is still a great deal of misinformation about and hostility toward feminism and gender, sexuality, and women’s studies (GSWS). This class will provide you with the tools to talk and think critically about gender and sexuality in everyday life. As part of the course, we will explore the history and development of feminism and GSWS in the US and learn about central concepts in the field. GSWS encompasses a diverse and expansive field of studies, including women’s studies, feminist studies, gender studies, masculinity studies, sexuality studies, LGBT studies, queer studies, and transgender studies. And it’s transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary, meaning that folks look at all these things from a number of disciplinary perspectives, including everything from English to sociology to biology. As such, this class is in no way exhaustive. So, please take this as a starting point in your GSWS education and continue to take courses and explore the field on your own.




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