Introduction to Gender Studies

This course explores some of the foundational texts, figures, and themes in the interdisciplinary field of gender studies. Topics to be addressed include theories of gender, race, class, sexuality and other aspects of identity; histories and critiques of different lines of feminist thought; analyses of popular culture and the role of representation in shaping gender; feminist activism in the past and present; LGBTQ history and activism; intersectionality; reproductive justice; transgender studies and trans liberation. The course emphasizes critical thinking and the cultivation of research skills necessary to investigate social and biological binaries.

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Instructor: E. Venell