Description
INTRODUCTION TO FEMINIST THEORY
This course is an interdisciplinary introduction to the feminist ideas and debates concerning gender, women and men, and their political, social and economic positions over the last two hundred years. While we will focus on the United States, there will be some engagement with global feminist perspectives on gender, race, class, and sexuality. In keeping with the activist nature of feminist theory, this course will approach 'theory' as attempts to answer fundamental questions about the power relations that structure our everyday lives and consciousness. Theory in this sense is a tool for thinking systematically about how the world works, and for constructing arguments about how it should work. Consequently, we will pay particular attention to the (de)construction of power in both public and private relations as we critically analyze texts, discuss and present ideas in class, and complete written analyses. Students will have opportunities to apply feminist theories to their work in their home disciplines.
Details
Grading Basis
LG/SNC Elective Basis
Units
3
Component
Seminar - Required
Course Attributes
Diversity
Phil. Thinking or Ethics
Writing Intensive Course
Gender, Sexuality & Women's St
Diversity
Pmathic Ctext: Ethical/Pol
Offering
Course
GSWS 0500
Academic Group
Dietrich Sch Arts and Sciences
Academic Organization
Gender Sexuality & Women's St
Campus
Pittsburgh Campus
Enrollment Requirements
PREQ: ENG 0102 or ENGCMP (0002 or 0006 or 0020 or 0200 or 0203 or 0205 or 0207 or 0208 or 0210 or 0212) or ENGFLM 0210 or FP (0003 or 0006)
*Applies to all WRIT Courses*
Typically Offered
Fall, Spring, Summer