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WGS/ES 191FALL 2018WOMENSANDGENDERSTUDIESPROGRAMWomen, Gender Identity, and EthnicityInstructor: Prof. Sanjam AhluwaliaClass days and time: MW: 2:20-3:35Email: [email protected]Credit hours: 3Office: SBS West 100CSection: ES/WGS 191Office hours: MW11:00-12:00 and by AppointmentLocation: SBS, Castro, 317It has seemed very rare for feminist theory to hold race, sex/gender, and class analytically together—allthe best intentions, hues of authors, and remarks in prefaces notwithstanding[…] The evidence isbuilding for a need for a theory of ‘difference’ whose geometrics, paradigms, and logics break out ofbinaries, dialectics, and nature/culture models of any kind. Otherwise threes will always reduce totwos, which quickly become lonely ones in the vanguard.And no one learns to count to four. Thesethings matter politically. ‘“Gender” for a Marxist Dictionary,’ in Donna Haraway, 1991.“Our discomfort may signal we have something to learn.” Dean Spade, 2017Course DescriptionThis course focuses on the significance of gender and ethnic minority identities in society, providing anon-traditional, interdisciplinary, and comparative perspective on the experiences of women in the U.S.Our main lens is intersectionality: we use it to explore how identity categories overlap in ways thatoppress some and privilege others. This interdisciplinary exploration extends across political, legal,and medical realms, art and literature, history, and popular culture. Thus, we will unpackhow genderand race/ethnicity are connected to sexual orientation, class, religion, and citizenship, and the manycontexts in which these identities are institutionalized and ranked.In this class, you will:Practice recognizing racism, sexism and transphobia, and explaining how power, privilege,violence, and inequality create measurable outcomes in people’s lives.Concretely describe abstract cultural ideologies such as sex, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, class,ability, race, and nation, and explain how these categories intersect.Practice identifying the features of institutionalized oppression and summarizing its connection topeople’s lives, both historically and contemporarily.Explain what feminist theory is, and how feminism is connected to other social and political issues.Engage in praxis: apply course ideas and discussions to social situations you observe andparticipate in campus wide activities, relevant to course objectives and intellectual emphasis.Think through concepts that may differ and perhaps challenge you, reflect on how your personalviews are shaped by society and culture.After successful completion of this course, you will be able to:Demonstrate critical thinking: question and assess social and cultural topics and issues.1
WGS/ES 191FALL 2018Identify and describe correlations among topics and issues: see the similarities in seeminglyunrelated cases.

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