WMST101syllabus2011 - Womens Studies 101: Introduction to...

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Women’s Studies 101: Introduction to Women’s Studies Fall 2011 Lecture: Tuesday and Thursday, 2-3:15, Carroll 111 Required Recitation sections: see below Professor: Dr. Emily Burrill Department of Women’s Studies 207 Smith Building Office hours: Wednesdays 10-12 eburrill@email.unc.edu Teaching Assistants/Recitation Instructors: Erin Arizzi: arizzi@email.unc.edu Sara Farner Budarz: budarz@email.unc.edu Taylor Livingston: taliving@email.unc.edu Amanda Mansfield: amanda78@email.unc.edu Diane Woodin: dwoodin@email.unc.edu Read this syllabus carefully . Before consulting a member of the teaching staff with a question regarding the course expectations, requirements or assignments, consult the syllabus first – it is likely that you will find your answer contained within the syllabus. Please also note that we will be using Blackboard in this course. Consult the Blackboard page regularly for important course announcements. Course Description: In the United States and many other countries, women’s studies emerged as the academic arm of “second wave” feminism in the 1970s. Its first goal was to redress the exclusion of women’s experiences from traditional and androcentric curricula within education by restoring women to 1
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fields of study. Its second goal was to use women’s experiences to understand inequality and the social and political construction of power and hierarchy. Thirdly, women’s studies was concerned with de-centered authoritative knowledge and uncritical objectivity. Women’s Studies is interdisciplinary; that is, it is a field of inquiry that draws on the social sciences, the arts and humanities, and the sciences. It is also multicultural because women’s experiences and needs differ by race, age, sexuality, nationality, class, and wealth. At its core, the object of women’s studies is the understanding of woman and gender as significant categories of cultural and historical analysis, not to mention significant identity categories and ways of experiencing the world . Throughout the course, we will examine the ways in which gender differentiation and concepts of womanhood are tied to notions and experiences of power, inequity, belonging, and human existence itself. Using the above description and definition of Women’s Studies as our guideline, we will explore the following issues and themes: the difference between sex and gender; definitions of feminism and women’s studies; patriarchy; the history of feminism as a social movement and the different historical “waves” of feminism; intersectionality; labor and the definition of “women’s work”; the connection between social/political/economic rights and sexual orientation; embodiment and the relationship between the self and the physical body; the social construction of masculinity and femininity; reproductive rights and politics; women’s health; gendered violence; women, law, and punishment; third-world feminism and women of the Global South; creativity and performance. Course Goals:
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