PSCI 18
Girl Meets World: Films from 5 Continents Winter 2019

Cross-listed PSCI 18 / WGSS 17
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This course brings together a selection of films that challenge the narrative of girl-meets-boy as the privileged formula for representing the growth and development of young women around the world. Sometimes girl does meet boy, but the challenge that these films put to us is to re-imagine the path to womanhood as mediated by other factors as well: girls’ own curiosity and ambition, their resourcefulness in the face of poverty and exploitation, resistance against being gendered in conventional ways, their friendships and romantic ties with one another, and their many creative ways of defining how one becomes a woman. To support our analysis of the films, we will also consider how some transnational feminist movements have responded to the challenges and creative energies of girlhood. Special attention will be given to the difficulty of securing girls’ rights through international conventions that implicitly treat all children (ages 0-18) as male, and all women as adults. Films and film-makers will likely be selected from the following countries: Korea, India, Great Britain, Belgium, Senegal, France, Australia, Colombia, Argentina, and the United States. Readings to be completed outside of class time include children’s books, young adult fiction, and international human rights documents.
The Class: Format: afternoons
Limit: 20
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: active class participation and either 3 policy memos (3-4 pages each) or one 10-page final paper
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: preference to Political Science and WGSS majors
Materials/Lab Fee: cost of books
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
PSCI 18 WGSS 17

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