CES 109 Introduction to Women's Studies • 5 Cr.
Feminist analysis of the construction and enforcement of gender differences and gender inequalities in various contexts. Emphasis on the intersection of race, class, sexuality and nationality in the lives of women. Topics include feminist theory, motherhood, popular culture, sexual autonomy, racism, and activism in the United States, with possibilities of exploring these issues in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and South and Central America. Recommended: Placement by assessment into ENGL& 101. Previously ETHN 109.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Read critically, actively and reflectively. Support their own conclusions about the validity of the assumptions and ideas they have encountered in the assigned readings.
- Demonstrate analysis through rhetorical techniques. Shape and re-shape contemporary concepts of U.S. and/or global society(ies), through the socio-historical, socio-political contexts in which gender is used.