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Feminist Theories/ FGSS 209Professor VictoriaPitts-TaylorFall 2016Thursdays, 1:20 pm – 4:10 pmAllbritton 304Office hours: Tues and Thurs 11:00 am – 12:00 pmOffice: Allbritton 220email:[email protected]Welcome to Feminist Theories! In this class, we will explore what theory is,what it ‘should’ be, and what it is good for. We will consider what ‘feminist’means, and try to take an expansive view of what counts as ‘feminist’theory. We will investigate sex and gender, as well as race, class, dis/ability,nation, and other social hierarchies, and consider their intersections andentanglements.Here’s the officialcourse description:This course provides seminar-style discussion of feminist theory combinedwith occasional lectures that contextualize the readings, which cover someof the key texts in modern and contemporary feminist and queer theory. Thecourse takes a comparative approach and will examine multiple feministtheories of knowledge, and of the knowing body-subject, in relation togender and sexuality, race and nation, disability/ability, and other socialhierarchies and differences. We will clarify epistemological and ontologicalarguments in feminist thought; sustain an on-going discussion about variousways of writing, historicizing, and conceptualizing body-subjects in relationto power; look at the political stakes of how subjectivities are understood;consider how bodies and subjectivities are influenced by social structuresand representation, and consider them in materialist terms as well.Learning goals:In this course students should1. Learn about key texts in modern and contemporary feminist/queer theory2. Identify and compare some of the major contemporary schools of feministtheories3. Critically examine debates in feminist thought and also see the sharedinterests of disparate views4. Clarify the epistemological and ontological stakes of feminist thought –how we know the world, the nature or character of our experience, and howthese are related5. Enhance critical thinking and writing skills1
Course requirements:Participation:you will be expected to participate in class discussion duringevery class. Please make sure to come to class on time, prepared to discussthe readings.Weekly responses: These are brief posts (500 words) submitted weekly toMoodle that respond to the readings. Please note that I won’t accept lateposts. Your grade for the posts is based on completing them on time.Midterm Essay: This will be an essay of 7-10 pages that takes up a themecovered in multiple readings during the first half of the term. Choose a topicand be able to discuss your progress in class by week 5.Final Essay: This essay will also be 7-10 pages; it will take up a themeaddressed in multiple readings during the course as a whole. You willpresent your progress on the essay in the last week of class; it will be dueduring finals week (date tba).

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Term
Fall
Professor
Dr.C.Lawson
Tags
Feminism, Feminist theory

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