WOMEN ST 1A03 Lecture 1: Week 1 Outline Posted Fall 2014.docx

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WS 1AA3
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Women’s Studies 1AA3: Women Transforming the World
Lectures: Wednesday, 7-9pm, ITB 137
Instructor: Dr. Karen Balcom
Office Hours:
Wed 3-5 pm, CNH 608 (History Department)
And by Appointment
Office Hours for TA and Senior TA posted on Avenue and from your TA
Email: For course emails, use the email internal to Avenue to Learn
Syllabus - and find it on Avenue to Learn
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Today’s Agenda
Why Are we here and what are we doing
Meet the Teaching Staff
Course Procedures and Plans
Why Are We Here:
University calendar:
“an interdisciplinary introduction to Womens Studies that explores womens historical
and current collective efforts to transform social, economic and political conditions both
nationally and globally.”
From The Syllabus:
This course is designed to introduce you to the key concepts and methods of womens
studies as an academic discipline, and to do so through examples of women acting to
change the world around them.
Our Examples
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Our Approach
Translation:
1. Key concepts in women's and gender studies; academic exploration of feminist ideas
2. Models for feminist and social justice activism (case studies)
3. Theory Activism (Praxis)
4. Local -Global Connections
Where does the Women’s Studies Part Come In?
McMaster Women’s Studies Website
“Women’s Studies is the critical examination of womens lives, which places women’s
own experiences at its center”
Hunter College Womens Studies Collective
“Women’s Studies…is the study of women that places power at the center of its analysis”
Our Approach
We will look at successful (and, sometimes, less than successful) coalitions between
women who live the intersectional dynamics of gender, race, class, sexual identity,
religion, nationality and globalization in very different contexts.
The “F” Word – Where does Feminism Come in?
What is the relationship of feminism to women’s studies ?
What do you think Feminism is?
This is What a Feminist Looks like: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YA13GNT8Mc
Feminism Survey, Men on the Street: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pdbnzFUsXI
What is Feminism, Anyways?: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3kk0kRD8C8
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