WS 1824 Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
CRNs 16137, 16141, 16143
Women’s and Gender Studies Program
Department of Sociology
TBA and by appointment
NOTE: I am very responsive to email. If you have a question in between our classroom
meeting times, please do not hesitate to contact me via email.
Shaw, Susan M. and Janet Lee. (eds.) “Women’s Voices Feminist Visions:
Classic and Contemporary Readings”
. McGraw Hill: 2009.
ISBN – 13: 978-0-07-351228-0
ISBN – 10: 0-07-351228-1
I structured this course in order to raise a series of questions about gender and society,
with particular attention to women’s lives, and to introduce students to Women’s and
Gender Studies as a discipline. Through reading, exercises, writing, and discussion, we
will examine how we all learn and experience gender, the diverse ways in which women
experience marginalization in the context of the intersections of class, gender, race, and
sexuality, and the historical development of feminism and Women’s Studies.
Understand the particular problems that women face, both historically and today.
Raise awareness of the efforts of women and men to confront oppression and
create a more just society.
Develop an understanding of gender as a historically and culturally contingent
Introduction to various feminisms and their respective theories of oppression and
privilege, particularly with respect to class, gender, race, and sexuality.
Raise awareness and appreciation of the diversity of feminist theoretical positions
and begin to find one’s own place within that diversity.
Develop tools for critical thinking, reading, writing, and discussion.