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Syllabus_ANT 126B - Ant126B:Women, SummerSessionII...

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Ant 126B: Women, Gender and Development Summer Session II M, T, W: 2:10-3:50 Olsen 227 Instructor: Jennifer Aengst [email protected]   Office: Young 2Q Office Hours: Tuesday 12-2pm Course Description: The objective of this course is to closely analyze representations of women in the  developing world, ideologies of empowerment, and the notion of “progress.”  Anthropology helps us to question categories of development that are perceived as natural  yet are often contested. This course investigates the relationship between gender  and  development through  looking at the many roles of how women are positioned in reference to development. We  will begin the course by critically examining development, gendered theories of  development (WID, WAD, GAD, etc.), and the representations of women in the  developing world. We will look at how knowledge and power work together and trace the  range of settings where “women” and “development” emerge, including: colonial social  reform movements, contemporary practices such as veiling and FGM, microcredit  programs, population control policies, trafficking, sex tourism, as well as how women are  themselves re-defining their own role in development.  Through course readings, films, and engaged discussions, we will provoke and unsettle  how and why development gets gendered and consider what this means for women in the  world. Objectives: The three objectives of this course are 1) to understand the relationship between women  and development, and see how it plays out in a number of cultural settings; 2) to critique  1
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assumed categories and concepts that underpin development and; 3) to create an  intellectual community where we encourage each other and collaborate as we think  through new ideas and theories. COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Required Readings: Bhavnani, K-K, J. Foran, and P. Kurian (Eds.). 2003. Feminist Futures: Re- imagining Women, Culture and Development . London: Zed Books. Additional readings are available on Smartsite 1) Paper Policy     : Papers are due at the beginning of class on the assigned day.  Late papers will not be accepted. If exceptional circumstances occur, it is  your   responsibility  to notify me  in advance  to make appropriate  arrangements. All papers should be titled, typed, double-spaced, with 1 
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