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WGSS 314
The Social Ecology of Racial and Gender Inequity Fall 2019
Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed WGSS 314 / SOC 314

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Why the political furor over monuments? What would a feminist city look like? Does racial justice require integration? This course trains your focus on space and place, asking you to take a socioecological perspective on race, gender, and other axes of privilege and marginalization. In it, we examine how ideas about race, gender and more shape space as well as how the design of space reinforces social constructs and power relations. After examining specific regions (the city, the suburb, the country) and their relation to one another, we examine specific sites (public transport, public toilets, libraries, houses). The course enables students to better understand the tenacity of inequity by drawing attention to its spatial dimension while at the same time introducing students to — and providing students tools to engage in — spatial interventions designed to disrupt vicious social-spatial cycles.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: none
Expected: 19
Class#: 1462
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: attendance, class facilitation, problem identification report, two presentations, reflection
Prerequisites: WGSS/SOC Majors
Enrollment Preferences: Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies majors
Distributions: Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
WGSS 314 Division II SOC 314 Division II
DPE Notes: This course introduces students to a socioecological approach, giving them a lens which can help them understand how important axes of difference--race and gender--are socially constructed as well as the stubborn persistence of racial and gender power differentials. Students in this course will be required to apply this lens to their own experience, as well as to discuss difficult questions about different obstacles and potential paths to greater equity in social relations.
Attributes: WGSS Racial Sexual + Cultural Diversity Courses

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