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University of Toronto Mississauga
Women and Gender Studies
Karen Ruffle

Women and Gender Studies in Practice Whats a practicum? - A course designed to give students supervised practical application and analysis of theory - Practical field work can be seen in many disciplines - A bridge from university - Advance WGS students prepared for field - Role of the students to do participatory research - Students address epistemological questions they have encountered through their feminist research - Personal growth, civic engagement, and academic enhancement Epistemology - Theories of knowledge and knowledge productions (man-made) - notion to start - How do - “thinking epistemology involves a considerations” Knowledge producers from knowledge consumers - Paulo fiere’s critique on the traditional ‘banking model’ – empty vessels, poison in our minds, that’s education st - UNDERSTANDING OUR LOCATION – writing in 1 person, our own perspective and our knowledge, from personal experience Putting theory into practice - How can feminist theory be practiced? - No one theory or model – a lot can be applied - The relationship between academic and activist work – knowing and doing - Exploring and analyzing theoretically our participation and activity - “we want to understand the world because we want to change it ‘Knowing’ & ‘doing’ are intimately related. Knowledge and doing tie together Theory  practice “Feminism is both theory and practice.” Experiential Learning - Reflection on the process of doing. Learning through experience - How women and gender studies knowledge might be applied and developed in the field of social action Trying to accomplish what? The need for change - How do WGS courses aim for social change? What are the WGS theories at play? - Identity the relationship between power, context and agency - Feminist social change. How you can apply it to the real world. – critically analyze , aim for social change from learning from class Critically reflect on the process of change and what’s our role (in creating change)? – sometimes feels invisible, slow process that needs time Snowflake Theory ~one last snowflake could break a branch; you never know when you are that snowflake~ prof simalchick Briskin’s article - Intersections of theory, practice and experience - Assessing theory and its relationship to making change - The study of women’s organizing: o Transformation of personal insight into political activity o Deconstructing the progress of change - Identifies how women’s organizing provides an entry point into theory o Construction of identity – through practice and theory The study of women organizing: - Clarifies the dialect between agency and structures - Students as political actors - Women’s organizing (some feminist, some not) re-positions activism from marginal to mainstream - Apply and problematize “personal is political” - Deconstructing progress highlights the importance of women’s agency. “a more positive future is possible…it will happen” (345) - Even now that change happened it is still not stable – still have to continuously apply it Understanding feminist social change - How is feminist social change accomplished? - How does it differ from doing good for women? – Brisken o Hard to find feminist o How to find feminism within organizations o Others forms of oppression not necessarily doing good for women (intersectionality) - Application of feminist knowledge: identity what you bring as an individual Discussion questions: - If an organization “does good” For your paper: - How do WGS aim for social change? - What are the WGS theories that you can identify? - Can you identify the relationship between power, context and agency - Feminist social change - Can you see through these presentations that it can be applied in the world? - What feminist or gender issues that you have discussed in previous classes are being addressed by the organization and/or the particular work of the students? - Dou you see this work and the approach being adopted, as challenging and trying to transform Name: Bethel Woldemichael Placement: St Felix Centre Program: double major in psychology and WGS Learning objective: - Personal growth: empathy - Civic engagement: social change in access to health care for women. Intersectionality - Academic enhancement: strong sense of agency – fitting in the world St Felix Centre - T-dot - Homeless, hungry, provides clothes, shelter..etc. childcare - Supports community Women’s wellness program - Exercise class - Baking and cooking - Free childcare Linking classroom & world - How race, class and sex go b
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