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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 391 • FOUNDATN II: FEMINIST THEORIES

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
49950 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
BAT 5.104
RITTER

Course Description

This course is intended as an introductory overview of western (mainly American) feminist theory. The topics and readings are not covered in depth. Rather, the goal is to familiarize students with classic works, foundational theoretical traditions, and contemporary debates. By the end of the semester, students should have a basic familiarity with feminist theory as an intellectual field, and have preliminary knowledge of the main authors, texts, and debates in this area. From here, you should be able to pursue particular areas in greater depth in other classes. The other goal of this class is to introduce students to some of the faculty members on campus who teach and write in the area. Several faculty will visit to lead the class at different points over the course of the semester.

GRADUATE STANDING REQUIRED. CONSENT OF THE GRADUATE ADVISER MUST BE OBTAINED. INTRODUCTION TO THE FEMINIST THEORIES AND METHODS USED IN VARIOUS DISCIPLINES; THE WAYS THESE THEORIES CAN INFORM INTERDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVES IN THE STUDENT'S OWN FIELD OF STUDY. RESTRICTED TO STUDENTS IN THE MA OR PORTFOLIO PROGRAMS IN WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES. PREREQUISITE: WGS 390. MEETS WITH GOV 382M (TOPIC 4).

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