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GNDS 120 Study Guide - Heteronormativity, Heterosexism, Gender Studies

Gender Studies
Course Code
GNDS 120
Melissa Houghtaling

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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
- 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
- Describe the different forms of political action that feminists use in resisting
- 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 solidarity and the role it plays in feminist practice.
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