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Syllabi/Outlines by Class

Psychology of Social Change: Gender and Global Feminisms
Dr. Abigail J. Stewart
This course focused on two aspects of social change through the lenses of gender and global feminisms. First, students considered how individuals generally, and feminists in particular, are shaped by changing political and economic conditions, especially during times of upheaval and rapid social transformation. Second, students examined how and why some individuals become engaged in creating social change (and others do not). The course drew on theoretical literature in feminist theory and in social science, and on studies of the impact of social events on individuals and the role of individuals in creating social change, as well as upon the Global Feminisms Project on-line archive.

Our Complex Selves: The Intersecting Identities of Gender, Sexuality, Race, and Ethnicity
Dr. Janice M. Habarth
Dr. Habarth taught ENG 125, an introductory composition class, in Winter 2008. Dr. Habarth assigned the Sista II Sista video and excerpts of the pdf transcript (pp. 1-8 and 18-21) when she introduced students to the concept of intersectionality, about 1/2-way through the semester. Dr. Habarth asked the students to think about how race, gender, and class contribute to the two women's identities.

Feminism and History
Ying Zhang
Ying Zhang will show the interviews and ask the students to use them to create a final project (as indicated in the "writing assignment" section of the course description and also in the weekly section).

Women's Studies Capstone Seminar
Deborah Keller-Cohen
This course is for graduating seniors in Women's Studies. Its aim is to examine your training in Women's studies and feminist theory and their relationship to your life beyond graduation. Included are such life topics as work choice and intergrating work and life outside of work, partnering, reproduction, parenting, and aging. (see January 25th topic)

Advanced Topics in Women's and Gender Studies: Chinese Feminisms in a Global World
Dorothy Ko, Chinese History (Barnard College)
This seminar examines the entanglements between discourses of feminism and modernity in China. The simple premise of this seminar is that these divergent conversations are worth listening to (one may even say eavesdropping,) but that to do so well we need to retrain our ears. Our reading list, therefore, is comprised almost exclusively of writings by Chinese scholars, some originally presented in English and others in translation. Our challenge is to confront their unfamiliarity or even illegibility, to place them in proper historical contexts, and to tune in to their absences (what they have deliberately or inadvertently left out.) As such, this seminar is an exercise in sympathetic listening coupled with analytic distance.

Approaches to Feminist Scholarship in the Social Sciences
Jayati Lal
This course charts debates in and the development of feminist approaches to scholarship in the social sciences. It is designed to familiarize graduate students with the methodologies that have been deployed in the process of researching questions of gender across the social science disciplines, as well as to understand the linkages between core theoretical movements (such as poststructuralism, postmodernism, and postcolonialism) that have affected feminist thinking over the past two decades, and the challenges that they pose for the practice of feminist inquiry in the social sciences. (see pgs. 4-5 for focus on Global Feminisms)

Feminist Practices in a Global Context
Wang Zheng
Without assuming a universal course of development of women's activism, this course adopts a comparative approach to the investigation of particular historical processes of women's movements in the three countries, the United States, India, and China. Focusing on the feminist activism in the three countries, this course attempts to ground our understanding of globalization in local history, and to present in a concrete way that feminisms have histories and meanings that extend far beyond the North American continent. By comparison, we also hope to illuminate the cultural parameters of each location that have shaped various feminist practices.