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Undergraduate courses in Feminist Studies

FEMST 101. Introduction to Feminist Studies

(Same as HISTORY 107.) What is feminism and why does it matter today? Debates over the status and meaning of feminism in the 21st century. Feminist theories and practices across topics that intersect with gender inequality such as race, health, socioeconomics, sexual orientation, international perspectives, new media, civil rights, and political change. Perspectives from philosophy, education, visual culture, literary and ethnic studies, performance and expressive arts, and social sciences. GER:DB-SocSci, EC-Gender

5 units, Aut (Freedman, E)

FEMST 103. Feminist Theories and Methods Across the Disciplines

(Same as FEMST 203, PHIL 153.) The interdisciplinary foundations of feminist thought. The nature of disciplines and of interdisciplinary work. Challenges of feminism for scholarship and research. GER:EC-Gender

4-5 units, Aut (Longino, H)

FEMST 104A. Junior Seminar and Practicum

Required of Feminist Studies majors. Preparation for practicum projects. How to identify goals, submit grant proposals, and negotiate ethical issues in feminist praxis. The relationship between potential projects and their academic focus in the major.

1 unit, Win (Coll, K)

FEMST 104B. Senior Seminar and Practicum

For Feminist Studies majors only. Students present oral reports on the relation of the practicum to their academic work, submit a draft and revised written analysis of the practicum, and discuss applications of feminist scholarship. may be repeated once for credit.

2 units, Aut (Coll, K)

FEMST 105. Honors Work

1-15 units, Aut (Staff), Win (Staff), Spr (Staff), Sum (Staff)

FEMST 108. Internship in Feminist Studies

For non-majors. Supervised field, community, or lab experience in law offices, medical research and labs, social service agencies, legislative and other public offices, or local and national women's organizations. One unit represents approximately three hours work per week. Required paper. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: course in Feminist Studies, consent of program office, written consent of faculty sponsor, application.

1-15 units, Aut (Staff), Win (Staff), Spr (Staff), Sum (Staff)

FEMST 120. Introduction to Queer Studies

Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, and queer political movement and theory; sexual identities and feminism; sexual identities and cultural representation; alternative family practices; queer theory in academia. Film screenings, guest speakers, and community field trips. GER:EC-Gender

4-5 units, Win (Staff)

FEMST 138. Violence Against Women: Theory, Issues, and Prevention

Interdisciplinary feminist perspective. Causes of abuse, approaches to ending violence against women, and its relationship to other forms of oppression such as racism, economic exploitation, heterosexism, and social class. Institutional barriers maintaining this violence; individual, community, political, legal, national, and global dimensions of possible solutions. Limited enrollment. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

2-4 units, Aut (Baran, N)

FEMST 139. Rereading Judaism in Light of Feminism

During the past three decades, Jewish feminists have asked new questions of traditional rabbinic texts, Jewish law, history, and religious life and thought. Analysis of the legal and narrative texts, rituals, theology, and community to better understand contemporary Jewish life as influenced by feminism. GER:EC-Gender

4-5 units, Spr (Karlin-Neumann, P)

FEMST 140J. Black Feminist Theory

Historical examination of Black women's interventions from mid-19th century to present in U.S. movements for racial and gender justic; their interventions in feminist epistemology, sexual politics, cultural criticism, critical race theory, movement politics and discussions of subjectivity, identity, and agency.

4-5 units, Win (Bierria, A)

FEMST 153. Women and the Creative Imagination

(Same as FEMST 253.) Interdisciplinary. The lives of women artists in different cultures and generations. Students write about art forms, the role of artists in the academy, and their social responsibilities. Similarities and differences among artists. GER:EC-Gender

4-5 units, Aut (Miner, V)

FEMST 166. Feminist Theories of Knowledge

(Same as PHIL 184F, PHIL 284F.) Feminist critique of traditional approaches in epistemology and alternative feminist approaches to such topics as reason and rationality, objectivity, experience, truth, the knowing subject, knowledge and values, knowledge and power. GER:DB-Hum, EC-Gender

4 units, not given this year

FEMST 188N. Imagining Women: Writers in Print and in Person

(S,Sem) Stanford Introductory Seminar. Preference to sophomores. Contemporary literature through recent texts and conversations with the authors including Stanford faculty and visiting writers. Analytical and creative writing. Writing experience not necessary.Preference to sophomores. Contemporary literature through recent texts and conversations with the authors including Stanford faculty and visiting writers. Analytical and creative writing. Prerequisite: PWR 1. GER:DB-Hum

4-5 units, Win (Miner, V)

FEMST 191Q. Writing Women's Lives

(F,Dial) Stanford Introductory Seminar. Creative writing through dialogue focusing on prose about the lives of women in different cultures and generations. Novels, short stories, and micro-narrative including fiction and memoir. Students produce work using research, memory, imagination, and metaphor.

2 units, Aut (Miner, V)

FEMST 195. Directed Reading

May be repeated for credit.

1-15 units, Aut (Staff), Win (Staff), Spr (Staff), Sum (Staff)

FEMST 260. Seminar in Women's Health: Women and Disabilities

(Same as FEMST 360.) Topics include invisible disabilities and identities, sexualities, access, caretaking, self-definition, stigma and passing, and women's psychological as well as physical health. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. GER:DB-SocSci, EC-Gender

5 units, Spr (Krieger, S)

FEMST 260B. The Politics of Language

(Same as ENGLISH 260B.) While the U.S. was founded on principles of linguistic plurality, the English language has always been dominant in the U.S., with standard English holding most power. The struggle to share linguistic power; how questions of gender, race, and class have shaped and responded to language wars. Varieties of English in contemporary fiction, music, and film. GER:DB-Hum

5 units, Win (Lunsford, A)

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