This course serves as the capstone course for all students pursuing a minor in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Richard Stockton College. It is also open to other interested students. In this course, students will read and discuss important texts within feminist theory. This course covers how gender factors into how human beings create, interpret and produce knowledge claims about the world. We will learn about the history of feminist thought in its various stages, and evaluate the strengths, insights and weaknesses of different theoretical standpoints. Each student will be required to create and present both individual and group projects that apply aspects of feminist theory to the contemporary world.
In this course we will:
1) Explore the history of feminist theory (and different ways of conceptualizing this history)
2) Consider the intersections of feminism with other forms of oppression, such as race, class, and colonialism,
3) Improve our conceptual skills, critical thinking, and oral and written communications.
The three essential goals for this class are to:
1) Learn fundamental principles, generalizations and theories (i.e. What is feminist theory? What is the relationship of feminist theory to philosophy?)
2) Learn to apply course material (i.e. How can we apply feminist theory to the world around us?)
3) Learn to analyze and critically evaluate ideas (i.e. What is the worth of feminist theory, what are its strong points and what are its limitations?)
Another important goal of this course is for students to:
1) Develop skill in expressing yourself in writing (through writing regular critical analyses, longer papers, and putting together a presentation).
Course Assignments Include:
Participation, which will include daily Twitter assignments
A Midterm Paper
Final Paper Workshop