LGBTQ+: Feminism & Gender Studies

2 WEEKS, 4 HUMANITIES CREDITS, 0 PREREQS

LIT 1XX

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Course Description:

LGBTQ+: Feminism and Gender Studies is a cultural studies course that explores social justice issues surrounding feminism, transgenderism, and genderqueerism through classic and popular essays, short fiction, and speeches as well as selections from films, documentaries and music videos. It traces the evolution of the concept of queered gender from odd and excluded in the 19th century to a social justice movement in the 20th and 21st centuries. Students will study foundational gender studies writers and theorists alongside 20th and 21st-century poets, short-fiction writers, and musicians.

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Class Texts:

The Essential Feminist Reader by Estelle Freedman (Ed.)

Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation ed. Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman

Course Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, a student should be able to:

• Demonstrate the ability to discuss, present, and write about themes surrounding feminism, transgenderism, intersectionality, and gender studies broadly speaking.

• Demonstrate the ability to evaluate how key concepts inform feminism and gender studies, including sexuality, gender, class, and race.

• Demonstrate proficiency in the language of gender studies by being able to read, write, and engage in class discussions using that language.

• Distinguish foundational arguments that define various gender studies movements and be able to note moments of convergence and divergence between those movements.

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