Program: BA in Philosophy-Politics-Economics (PPE)
Term: Summer 2014, Monday May 5th - Friday May 23rd
Prior Requirements: General requirements for admittance to BA degree program
Teacher(s): Björg Hjartardóttir, PhD Candidate, Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, University of British Columbia
Teaching methods: We meet daily for two lectures, one discussion session and a group representation.
Aim and content:
This course serves as an introduction to gender studies. Our goal is to explore the philosophical foundations of feminist thought and provide an overview of major issues at stake in gender studies, past as well as present. We will analyze and discuss the complexities of these issues through selected articles of theoretical feminist writing, lectures, group discussions and film. Although the course highlights the effects of race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, ability and religion on women’s experience, a specific focus will be placed on gender and race. Topics include: sex and gender, social construction, essentialism, epistemic positions, intersectionality, women and multiculturalism.
Students understand gender as a significant category of analysis.
Students are able to explain key theoretical concepts of gender studies.
Students are familiar with the full diversity of women, or how gender intersects with race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, ability and religion.