- GWS 350 OL - Intersections of Gender, Race, Class and Sexuality
- Winter 2012: December 22, 2011 to January 18, 2012
- This is a completely online course. You will be expected to do asynchronous work throughout the course with defined due dates. You will take the test at a specified time.
“Intersections Of Gender, Race, Class And Sexuality” examines race, class, gender as social constructions that are negotiated within specific historical and material locations.
We will study the connections between images in popular culture, history, and social practices in our daily lives. From this perspective we will explore how the social roles we perform and consume every day produce and sustain uneven social relations between and among differently situated people and groups. Of particular interest is the way in which gender intersects with other social categories such as race, class, sexuality, and national origin in our daily lives and popular images. By studying these intersections from the perspective of women living them, we move marginalized women from their typically marginal position to the center of the curriculum.
The central aim of the course is to understand gender not as a singular category, but to see the ways in which gender intersects with other axes of power within specific historical contexts to interrogate the complexities of the social forces that shape our lives in contradictory ways. For instance, how does class privilege relate to gender oppression? How does gender privilege intersect with racial oppression? Upon which axes of power are you privileged and/or marginalized? How are we empowered and/or marginalized by social systems that go beyond our immediate lives and yet influence them so deeply? These considerations take place within the material and historical contexts that shape the possibilities of experience that social groups may have.
The course is designed to enable students to become critically reflexive about the cultural representations that we consume and daily practices we perform in which gender, race, class, sexuality, and nation are constituted. Readings, class activities, and homework assignments aim to enable students to analyze and write about gendered identity formation and the political significance of social categories. One desired outcome of the course is to increase students’ sensitivity towards societal issues relating to discrimination, exploitation, and domination.
We will have a special focus on the Anti-War movement and Prop 8… particularly as they relate to intersections of gender, race, class & sexuality.
|Participation & Attendance||30|
|Online Forums (20 points each)||60|
|Prop 8/FAIR Act Forum||20|
|Quote Links (10 points each)||40|
|Auto-Ethnography Paper... focus on race||30|
|Anti-War Response Paper||30|
|Final Project + Paper||40|
|TOTAL POINTS POSSIBLE||300|
Divide your "total points" by 3 to get your percentage points.
|97-100 A+||87-89 B+||77-79 C+||67-69 D+|
|93-96 A||83-86 B||73-76 C||63-66 D|
|90-92 A-||80-82 B-||70-72 C-||60-62 D-|
This portion of your grade will come from your participation in the online forums, quote links and other classroom activities over the term. It is important to make meaningful contributions that demonstrate your engagement with the material, rather than making comments that are not based on the readings.
The content of this course is not merely theoretical or political, but rather, it involves our personal lives, our relationships, our careers, our families. Readings should be done well in advance to class. You should be prepared to contribute well thought-out and relevant content to the discussion questions posted online. You will be expected to demonstrate your preparation by posting to Forums on particular days (refer to class schedule), when we do not meet for synchronous chats and by responding to classmates posts online to have a dialogue about the readings.
For each of the Forums... do 2 "original posts" on 2 of the readings... picking from the questions that I have composed for that day. These original posts should be 2-3 paragraphs in length. Then, do 2 "response posts" to 2 other readings from that day... here you are responding to the original posts your classmates have written... which could be the start of a dialogue between you. Your response posts should be at least a small paragraph in length. (You will not get credit for responses that basically stop with one sentence that says things like, "I agree with you." or "I like your reading of the article.") Your responses should be thoughtful and should somehow build on your classmates posts, or tease out another aspect of the reading for them to consider.
On certain days when we meet online, I have assigned "Quote Links." You can access these Quote Links (QL's) in Moodle. Please pick three different readings from that day's assignment. Find ONE quote per reading that really resonates with you. Share the quote you have picked, and a short reflection on why that quote resonated with you.
In order to get points for the quotes, the short reflection surrounding the quote must be thoughtful and insightful. Phrase your reflection in ways that demonstrate that you have done the reading and thought about the issues surrounding the quote you have picked.
BOTH Forums and Quote Links (QL's) can be found on Moodle.
This project asks you to think about the ways in which your everyday life is personally affected by race and privilege (you may bring in other aspects like gender, class and sexuality... but the focus of this paper should center on race and privilege). You will write one short paper (4-5 pages double-spaced). There are three components to the paper that I will be evaluating: description, definition, and analysis. Guidelines are:
- Write one to three paragraphs describing an event in your life that was pivotal in your identity formation with regard to race and privilege. Perhaps it was especially confusing at the time, but now you have a better sense of it through the readings in this class.
- Write one to three paragraphs in which you outline, clarify, and define a concept from the readings that you will later apply to the event. You should draw directly on the readings for this portion of the paper, citing specific texts including the author's name and page number
- Write your analysis of the event for the ways in which race operated in that situation. Use the readings (bring in at least 2 readings we have done in the class) and develop your thesis statement with thoughtfulness and complexity.
You will do one response paper for this class on the Anti-War section of the course. For this paper, choose two of the readings from that section to focus on and write a response paper in which you: 1) identify a key concept that links the authors and 2) analyze the authors' arguments theoretically and in-depth. If you wish, you may discuss your critical or emotional response to the reading, however the main focus of the paper should be building your argument (based on readings). (3-4 pages, double-spaced).
The exam will be based on all the readings assigned for this class as well as on all in-class discussions and materials presented. The exam will be in varied format: multiple choice, short answer questions and long essays.