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Syllabus Spring - AFRI 261WMST 261,001 Dunbar AFRI...

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AFRI 261WMST 261,001  Dunbar AFRI 261--AFRICAN WOMEN:  CHANGING IDEALS AND REALITIES Spring 2008 Professor:  Roberta Ann Dunbar Office 201 Battle Hall Phone 966-2942; email:   [email protected]   Blackboard:   Office Hours: Wed 9-12(or by appointment):   This course is designed to introduce students to recent literature, theoretical questions, and methodological  issues concerning the study of women in Africa and the phenomena of modernization and development.  Following an introduction to the theoretical issues, the readings and class discussions will focus on the  following: women's social roles, women and the economy, women and religion, women and the arts, and  women and politics.  These will be general in nature and seek to define the parameters of women's  experiences during the pre-colonial, the colonial, and the post-colonial periods.  This semester we will be  examining these themes through life histories of women in three different parts of the continent.  Throughout,  we will pay attention to factors influencing change across time; and to how women act as participants in  society with strategies of their own both collectively and individually for achieving autonomy.  Related to this  focus will be the effort to distinguish where the literature permits us to do so, prescriptive norms from reality,  formal system from both formal and informal responses to it.  In summary, students completing the course  should have acquired (1) An understanding of how women’s and feminist studies relate to the experience of  African women; (2) Knowledge about general themes of the diversity of culture and historical experience of  African women; this includes an awareness of the major regional differences in Sub-Saharan Africa; (3) Familiarity with conventional statistical tools used to assess women’s well-being; (4) Understanding of some of the major challenges African women face today in the midst of  the “development” process, structural adjustment and globalization. (5) Integration of general conceptual material by examining a particular topic and place in  greater depth through either (a)  research paper; (b)  gender-oriented development  project proposal or media proposal. Course Responsibilities and Guidelines.
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