The video projects posted on this site were created by students in FG 110 Introduction to Feminist & Gender Studies, including the First-Year Experience (FYE) course. This course, required of all Feminist & Gender Studies (FGS) majors and minors, is designed to introduce students to FGS, the academic study of gender and sexuality from a feminist, interdisciplinary, and intersectional perspective. The Feminist and Gender Studies discipline arose in the 1960s and 1970s, originally as Women’s Studies, due to the efforts of those committed to the student, civil rights, and women’s movements. During the early developments, the major concern of our field was incorporating gender into existing theoretical and critical lenses, because women’s voices were underrepresented in the academy. Over the years, however, our intellectual endeavors have evolved, expanding our theories and critical practices to include interrogations of power, inequality, and privilege along the lines of sexuality, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age, religion, physical embodiment, and other social markers. For these reasons, our scholarly endeavors necessitate interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches that advance pedagogical, scholarly, and activist collaboration both within and outside of the academy. Hence, our program, like our discipline, remains invested in eradicating inequality and privilege in our local, national, and global communities whether or not they are explicitly academic.
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 a novice level:
- examining/analyzing and responding to feminist and gender studies theoretical perspectives, modes of analysis, politics, and methodologies;
- examining/analyzing gendered and raced socialization, along with the impetuses for and implications of said socialization, as well as the ways in which sexuality, socioeconomic status, age, physical embodiment, citizenship/geographical location, and other social markers are socialized;
- examining/analyzing how power and privilege shape experiences, presumptions, viewpoints, identities, and subjectivities;
- examining/analyzing normative assumptions about identity, as well as the ways in which individuals and communities understand and resist, reject, or reproduce norms;
- and employing feminist and gender studies theoretical perspectives, modes of analysis, politics, and methodologies in all coursework.
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.