Foundations of Gender Studies
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Department: Social Sciences
Course Number: NSOS 3800
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
What does it mean to think critically about gender and sexuality in a time of cultural instability? We compare the broad topics and controversies in the social sciences and humanities that historically defined women's studies with those that have contributed to the recent shift to the broader designation of gender studies. Important factors contributing to this shift are the influx of gay, lesbian, and transgender subjects; multicultural feminist thought; the rise of postmodernism and its critique of identity politics; and the emergence of men's studies. In the process, students are introduced to a critical framework within which to think about gender. Central to the course is the examination of personal narratives--memoirs, autobiographies, oral histories, photographs--in relation to gender experiences and identities, politics, and social change.