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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Fall 2005

HIS 392 • Fndtn I: Intro Wom's/Gend Stds

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38950 W
2:00 PM-5:00 PM
GAR 107

Course Description

This interdisciplinary course explores the role of women's and gender studies in reshaping scholarship and the university. The first part of the course will be devoted to an investigation of the historical emergence of women's and gender studies as distinct but inter-related disciplines. This exploration will consider debates about whether they are best situated as autonomous fields or integrated within the disciplines. We will discuss the history of second-wave feminism in order to consider the intersections of feminism as a social movement and women's studies as an intellectual and academic discipline. We will also explore the role of differences of race, class, sexuality, and nation within feminism and women's studies. The second and third parts of the course will draw on the resources of Women's Studies faculty affiliates who will make guest presentations on their areas of expertise and assign relevant readings. The second part of the course will be devoted to issues in women's studies across a range of the disciplines. Topics covered could include historical and literary analysis of gender; ethnographic methodology in anthropology; the role of gender in the sciences; and the recovery of the work of women artists in the humanities. The third part of the course will explore women's studies in different national contexts, in order to consider the leading roles played by womens and gender studies in encouraging scholarship of transnational scope. Topics will depend on faculty availability. This course is designed as the first in a sequence of core courses for students in the M.A. Program in Women's Studies and is thus also intended to build community for students in the program. However, students from other departments are also welcome to enroll, particularly those who are completing the Portfolio in Women's Studies. If you have questions about whether the course would be appropriate, please contact the instructor.


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