WGST 402
Transformations and Entanglements: Identity and Agency Spring 2010
Division II
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How are we human? What does it mean to speak about the “self”? How ought we to live? In this seminar we shall explore and evaluate contributions by feminists as well as gender and sexuality scholars, activists, and artists to questions about agency, identity, difference, power, relationality and responsibility. We shall emphasize some of the current interdisciplinary positions being forged and the different media through which these issues are being elaborated and lived. Throughout the course, we shall ask how identity, agency, and ethics are enacted and revealed in and through practices and ideas about change and difference (or lack of difference).
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 14
Expected: 10
Class#: 3401
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: attendance and active, informed participation in all sessions; reading journal; one 2-page paper; two 5- to 7-page seminar papers; a 15- to 20-page final paper (or equivalent project/performance/exhibit)
Extra Info: additional requirements: two oral responses to seminar papers; two 2-page seminar response papers; one response to a peer's final paper
Prerequisites: Women's and Gender Studies 101 and two electives, or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Women's and Gender Studies majors
Unit Notes: in 2009-2010, counts as a 300-level "body of theory" seminar toward the Religion major; required course for the Women's and Gender Studies major
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: AMST Critical and Cultural Theory Electives
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