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Dr. Susan Sage Heinzelman, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

Fall 2007

WGS 340 • GENDER/POWER IN JAPANESE SOC-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
49825 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
MEZ 1.102
TRAPHAGAN

Course Description

In this class, we will explore the cultural construction of gender and power and consider how power and gender are intertwined in Japanese society. Using ethnographic studies, we will consider the conceptualization of gender in the Japanese context, as well as the manner in which men and women interact. What is it to be a woman? What is it to be a man? Where does homosexuality fit in the Japanese world? A central aim of the course is to discuss and debate the relationship between gender and power in Japan and, ultimately, use the example of Japanese society to think about gender and power from a theoretical perspective. CONTAINS A SUBSTANTIAL WRITING COMPONENT AND FULFILLS PART OF THE BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT IN WRITING. COURSE NUMBER MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT WHEN THE TOPICS VARY. WGS 340 AND W S 340 MAY NOT BOTH BE COUNTED UNLESS THE TOPICS VARY. INCLUDES CROSS-CULTURAL CONTENT. MEETS WITH ANS 340 AND ANT 324L.

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