This course introduces students to Feminist & Gender Studies, a multi-, inter-, and transdisciplinary discipline that arose in the 1960s and 1970s due to the efforts of those committed to the student, civil rights, and women’s movements. Hence, our intellectual pursuits focus on theories that interrogate the impetuses for and implications of power and dominance, especially that which is dependent on normative assumptions about sexuality, race, class, and other social, cultural, and political markers. We also study critical practices designed to eradicate and perpetuate oppression, including the ways people understand and resist, reject, and reproduce said assumptions. Along these lines, we undertake intellectual work developed in academic disciplines including, but not limited to, sociology, psychology, history, literature, political science, anthropology, and economics, but we also remain committed to 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 a novice level:
- examining and responding to feminist and gender studies theories and politics;
- examining how feminist and gender studies intellectuals study the impetuses for and implications of power and dominance that is dependent on normative assumptions about sexuality, race, class, and other social, cultural, and political markers;
- examining how feminist and gender studies intellectuals study critical practices designed to eradicate oppression;
- examining how feminist and gender studies intellectuals examine the ways people understand and resist, reject, or reproduce normative assumptions;
- and employing feminist and gender studies theories and politics in all coursework.
Final Project Index
For their final group project, students produce an 8 to 10-minute thesis-driven video essay that creatively explores any topic related to the course:
Block 1 (FYE) 2017
- Sexism in the Back of My Pickup Truck: Examining Gender Bias in Country Music
- Have You Met My Gay Friend?: Examining Heteronormativity in Friends and How I Met Your Mother
- How Far They’ll Go: An Evolution of Disney’s Progressiveness in Princess Movies
Block 1 (FYE) 2016
- No Pain, No Game: The Roots and Effects of Violence in Contact Sport
- Halloween Hoes: The Hypersexualization of Women on Halloween
- PataguCCi: Paying Up to Dress Down at CC
- It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s a Sex Object!: The Damaging Effects of Portrayals of Superheroines in Comics
Block 5 2015
- Intersexuality & the Implications of Assigning Gender
- The Solo Exception: The Implications of Categorization of Female Athletes in the Media
- Collard Greens & a Side of Gender Rolls
- Not All Sh!ts & Giggles: Gender Roles within Friends
Block 1 (FYE) 2014
- 16 and (Not Ready to Be) Pregnant
- Sorority Life: Corrosion of Female Empowerment
- Behind the Scenes: The Hyper-Sexualization and Objectification of Women during Fashion Week
- Miley Cyrus and the Madonna-Whore Dichotomy
Block 5 2014
- Swiftly Conforming: A Gendered Analysis of Taylor Swift’s Songs
- It’s Not Just a Game: The Unrealistic Portrayals of Women in Video Games
- To Bi or Not to Bi: An Examination of Sexual Fluidity in Film
- Dorothy Michaels and Michael Dorsey: Subverting Gender in Tootsie
- Bound 2 Oppress You: Mediated Constructions of Pregnant Bodies
Block 1 (FYE) 2013
- Chicks Getting Ripped: Examining Social Perceptions of Women in “Men’s” Sports & Lifting
- They Like It Hot
- Let’s Talk about Sex: Slut-Shaming and Hookup Culture
- Gendered Stereotypes of Hooking Up w/ Friends versus Strangers
Block 5 2013
- The Weight of Masculinity
- The Vicious Cycle: Ovary-acting to a Natural Process
- Exploring Gender Roles at CC
- Mental Health at Colorado College
- The Silicone Story
Block 1 (FYE) 2012
- Gender Roles in Heterosexual Relationships: Expectations and Reality
- Locker Room Talk
- Makeup in the Media
- Who Says Women Aren’t Funny?
Block 5 2012
- Is Lady Gaga a Feminist?
- Is Nicki Minaj a Feminist?
- Sh!t CC College Boys Say!
- Super Bowl Ads 2012
- Feminism & Burlesque
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.