Course: Women, Gender, and Ethnicity

This course is designed to introduce students to social, cultural, historical, and political perspectives on gender and its construction, with a particular attention to race and ethnicity as points of intersection in women’s lives. Through reading, writing, and class discussions, we will explore the intersections among gender, race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality in multiple settings and contexts. Taking an interdisciplinary approach to a variety of questions, we will consider the constructions of sex, gender, race, and ethnicity; the relationship between individual identities and state power; the making of masculinity and femininity, queer politics, sex work, racism, the prison industrial complex, and the possibilities for social change through art/media/performance and other modes of activist engagement.