Feminism aims to seek justice for people and communities that are systematically and systemically marginalized based on their gender, race, sexuality, class, and other social, cultural, and political markers. In this course, then, students examine the many existing feminist theories—such as Black feminism, Transnational feminism, Xicanisma, Marxist feminism, Ecofeminism, and so on—that analyze the impetuses for and implications of power and dominance particular to specific communities across time periods and geographical locations. Further, as feminist theories are interdisciplinary, we study intellectual work developed in academic disciplines including, but not limited to, sociology, psychology, history, literature, political science, anthropology, and economics. Additionally, we are also concerned with feminist theorizing that depends on intellectual collaboration outside of the academy.
By the end of this course, students will learn the importance of the following objectives, as well as the skills required to perform them at an intermediate level:
- examining, synthesizing, and responding to various feminist theories developed within and outside the academy;
- examining, synthesizing, and responding to feminist theories concerning the impetuses for and implications of power and dominance;
- examining, synthesizing, and responding to feminist theories concerning the systematic and systemic oppression of marginalized communities, including how those communities resist, reject, revise, and reproduce power and dominance as they attempt to define their subjectivities;
- and conversing with feminist theories in all coursework.
Final Project Index
For their final, students produce a group feminist magazine project:
Block 6 2017
Block 6 2016
Block 6 2015
- Women in Media
- Guns & Rosie
- Wave: A Fem Rag
- Eve’s Apple
- College Grrrl: An Alternative Magazine for the Liberal Arts Woman
Block 6 2014
Block 7 2013
Block 4 2013 (Critical Whiteness Studies)
Block 8 2012
NOTE: The student-created projects on this site do NOT represent research findings and/or generalizable knowledge. Rather, these projects represent these students’ pursuit of knowledge.