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W OMEN S S TUDIES 10 : F EMINIST P ERSPECTIVES ON W OMEN AND S OCIETY Humanities A51 MWF 12:00-1:15pm Winter 2008 Professor Juliet Williams Women’s Studies Program 2201 Rolfe Hall Office hours: M 2:00-3:00pm Email: [email protected] Teaching Assistants Tina Beyene ([email protected]) Evangeline Heiliger ([email protected]) Katie Oliviero ([email protected]) Kim Twarog ([email protected]) Course Website Course Description This course offers an introduction to central ideas and issues in the field of women’s studies. Throughout the quarter we will explore the construction and maintenance of norms governing sex, gender, and sexuality, focusing on the lives of diverse groups of women in the contemporary United States. After an introduction to some of the main concepts guiding scholarship in the field of women’s studies, we will consider the significance of gender at various stages of life in across a variety of contexts. The Reading The following book is required reading for the course, and is available for purchase at the campus bookstore: Verta Taylor, Nancy Whittier, and Leila Rupp, Feminist Frontiers , 7 th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2007. Course Requirements The written assignments for this course give you an opportunity to express an original perspective based on a critical engagement with the course materials. It is imperative that you work closely with the views and arguments in the lecture and readings in presenting your positions .
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2 Your grade in this course will be determined based on the following: 1) Midterm examination : The midterm will be given on Wednesday, February 13th . The midterm will be a closed-book, in-class exam. You will be asked to answer several short identification questions, as well as an essay question. A study sheet will be provided prior to the exam to guide you in your preparation. You will be examined on material presented in the readings, lectures, films, and section discussions. Please bring a blue book to class for the exam. (20%) 2) Film Analysis Paper : During the first part of the term we will screen the documentary series Transgeneration . You will be asked to write a 4-5 page paper analyzing this film
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