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Women's and Gender Studies
Victoria Tahmasebi

University of Toronto Scarborough Womens & Gender Studies Department of Humanities WGSTA03H3S: Theories of Feminism Winter 2011 ________________________________________________________________________ Lectures: Tuesdays 4:00pm-6:00pm Location: AA112 Instructor: Dr. Victoria Tahmasebi-Birgani Office: HW517 Office Hours: Mondays 1:00-2:00pm & Tuesdays 2:00 3:00pm Phone: 416-287-7158 Email: [email protected] OR [email protected] (Please put WSTA03 in the subject heading of all your email correspondence) IMPORTANT NOTE: Blackboard course website for WSTA03H3S will be an active virtual space where I will be posting different course materials. You must visit the course website regularly (at least twice a week). Students in this course must obtain an active UTSCid student account in order to use the blackboard for this course. Relevant info: Students need an active UTSCid to use the blackboard.r a UTSCid student account * Student login problems can be resolved by the Student Help [email protected] * If you have forgotten your password for your UTSCid styou may reset it he.e * If your student account is not working yet, remember that there is a 24hr delay after signup before it is activated Tutorial Leaders: Hannah Dyer: [email protected] Katie Milley: [email protected] Shaista Patel: [email protected] Sandra Zichermann: [email protected] _________________________________________________________________________________________ _ Marking Scheme Tutorial Participation 20% Two SummariesPrcis 10% Due February 15, 2011 News Analysis Paper 15% Due March 15, 2011 Comparative Essay 20% Due April 05, 2011 Final exam 35% To be scheduled in exam period April 12- May 01, 2011 Last day to drop S courses without academic penalty and have them removed from the transcript: March 27, 2011 All term work must be submitted by: April 05, 2011 2 Examination schedules are posted at: http:www.utsc.utoronto.caregistrar UTSC Snowstorm hotline: 416-287-7026 _________________________________________________________________________________________ _ COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course introduces students to feminist theories with a focus on the diverse, multidisciplinary and multicultural expressions of feminist thought. It offers an overview of the major themes, concepts and terminologies in feminist thinking and explores their meanings. The course begins with providing an introduction to a wide range of feminist theories and their applications; it explains what feminist theory does and what it is for. Some of these problems include: gender-role stereotyping, violence against women, gendered division of labour, class inequalities, heterosexism and homophobia, racism and ethnocentrism. Although the approaches taken by theorists differ significantly and often sharplythey share one general understanding: we live in and under a patriarchal system which results in various manifestations of dominance, oppression, privilege, resistance and new identities and agency formations. The course also introduces students as to how different feminist theories emerged out of their intersections with other theories including political studies, psychoanalysis, queer theory, sexualities studies, postmodern and post-colonial studies, literary studies, film studies and environmental studies. COURSE OBJECTIVE: 1- To explore the broad range of theories which make up the body of scholarship we refer to as feminist theory; 2- To examine feminist critiques and innovations in theory in different fields; 3- To consider some of the fundamental questions these theories raise about the origins of gender difference, the nature and origins of patriarchy, the intersections between gender, race, class, sexuality, and nationality as categories of analysis or bases of oppression or empowerment; 4- To develop an understanding of theory as an awareness of how we know, understand and manipulate the world; 5- To ask questions about silent assumptions, expectations, and implications of theoretical practices; 6- To sharpen our theoretical, analytical, and critical skills through reading, thinking, speaking writing; 7- To enable students to apply feminist theories to everyday lived experiences REQUIRED READINGS Text: 1. Judith Lorber, (ed). Gender Inequality: Feminist Theory and Politics. Fourth Edition (New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010) The book can be purchased from UTSC bookstore. 2. There are also additional articles posted on blackboard that are part of your required readings. WEEKLY SCHEDULE Week 1: January 11, 2011 Introduction to the Course. What is Theory? Feminist Theory? What is the Connection to Womens Studies? Required Readings:
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