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Michael Stoff, Director 305 East 23rd St, CLA 2.102, (G3600) Austin, TX 78712-1250 • 512-471-1442

Spring 2005

T C 357 • Gender, Colonialism, and Globalization—W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
41130 W
4:00 PM-7:00 PM
WAG 208

Course Description

The aim of the course is to introduce students to the analysis of gender issues in the context of colonialism and globalization. Although the focus is contemporary, a premise of the course is that it is necessary to examine the colonial past in order to understand many of today’s issues faced by women in postcolonial societies. The course includes three major themes: the legacy of colonialism on gender politics; the effect of globalization on economic processes and gender inequality with respect to education and labor; and the interaction between local/national women’s movements and the international discourse of women’s rights.

About the Professor Dr. Charrad is the author of States and Women’s Rights, University of California Press, 2001. The book has received several awards in Sociology, Political Science, History and the Hamilton Award from UT. She has published articles on issues of gender, state development, and law, and has co-edited a two-volume book in French entitled Femmes, Culture et Societe au Maghreb. She is a finalist for the 2003-04 McGraw Hill Award for Excellence in Writing Instruction. Prior to joining UT, she taught at Harvard, Brown, and the University of California in San Diego. Her non-academic interests include international travel and enjoying the outdoors.

Grading Policy

This course contains a substantial writing component. Students are expected to participate actively in class discussions. There are two written assignments: a position paper (about 7 pages) critiquing a selecting reading; and a research paper (about 12 pages) on a topic to be discussed with the instructor. Students planning to write a thesis on a topic related to the course are encouraged to think of their paper as preparation for the thesis.


Mounira M. Charrad; States and Women’s Right’s: The Making of Postcolonial Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco M. Jacqui Alexander and Chandra T. Mohanty, eds.; Feminist Genealogies, Colonial Legacies, Democratic Futures Cynthia Enloe; Bananas, Beaches, and Bases, Making Feminist Sense of International Politics


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