The purpose of this course
is to introduce students to the interdisciplinary field of feminist
scholarship, which seeks to understand the creation and perpetuation
of gender inequalities and their relation to other systems of inequality.
After tracing the historical emergence of feminist critiques, the
course surveys contemporary feminist issues, particularly work and
sexuality, as well as contemporary strategies for social change.
Each section draws on historical analysis and pays close attention
to the variety of women's experiences. Along with the focus
on the United States, an effort has been made to incorporate international
perspectives on women and feminism. No prior course work is
required to take FS101, but a sincere commitment to understanding
feminism and a willingness to undertake a demanding course are essential.
Beyond the presumption that gender inequality is unjust, the course
takes no single political perspective. A major goal is to train
students in analytical skills that will help them think critically
about gender in the past, the present, and the future.