This course will challenge what constitutes viable feminist thought and action for our new millennial age. By raising the specter of those who benefit the least from the gains of feminism, we will question what it would mean for feminist theory and activism to articulate and define concepts of social justice with marginalized women in mind. We will read and view texts that challenge the centrality of gender in feminist analyses through intersections of race, class, nationality, sexuality, and empire. We will also redefine the political agenda of feminism as we apply a global perspective on women's lives and blur the lines between theory and practice. Above all, we will creatively and collectively join together to imagine a living feminism that permeates our daily lives and influences political power.
Course Goals and Learning Outcomes:
This course will parallel departmental goals and objectives in that students will:
1. integrate diverse studies through an interdisciplinary framework – such as connecting sciences with philosophy or creative arts with public policy.
2. dismantle the intersecting ideologies of racism, sexism, heterosexism, imperialism, ableism, etc.
3. conceptualize feminist social justice beyond gender equity and towards community and human dignity.
4. fully participate in the teaching process as active learners, peer educators, and public scholars.
5. integrate scholarship in the classroom with activism beyond these walls.