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Gender Studies
GNDS 120
Melissa Houghtaling

Unit 2: Power and Privilege Unit Objectives - Define oppression and discuss the different conditions of oppression. - Understand and discuss the different ways power operates in society. Reflect critically on common assumptions of power. - Recognize, analyze, and describe your own positions of power, privilege, and marginalization in society. - Define hegemony and discuss its relationship with gender and racial oppression. - Identify different systems of social oppression experienced in society. - Explain the role of patriarchy in gender oppression. - Describe the differences between power and being empowered. Unit 3: Difference and Identity Unit Objectives - Describe the relationship between identity and difference. - Explain what it means to say that identities are socially constructed. Discuss how the meanings we associate with difference are socially constructed. - Define sex and gender and describe the relationship between the two terms. - Understand the facts about race and think critically about the assumptions made about race. - Demonstrate how whiteness is hegemonic. - Identify some of the problems associated with using bodies as markers of difference. - Explain how analyses of difference have changed in feminist thought. Demonstrate why an intersectional analysis of identity is important. Unit4: Resisting Inequalities Unit Objectives - Explain what it means to say, “Wherever there is power, there is resistance to power.” - Describe the different forms of political action that feminists use in resisting inequalities. - Contrast the different “waves” of Western feminism and identify major issues and goals of each. - Discuss the significant contributions of postcolonial and transnational feminists to discourses of Western feminism. - Define agency and discuss the ways it is used to bring about social change. Describe s
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