WMST 2270: Gender Currents: Femininity, Masculinity, and Beyond

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Course Format Lecture 3.0 h + Seminar 1.0 h + Lab. 0.0 h
Credits 3.0

Course Description

"Is it a boy or a girl?" This course explores the multiple meanings behind this seemingly simple question. It introduces students to critiques of the gender binary and theoretical perspectives from feminist, masculinity, queer, and transgender studies. Students will gain fluency in themes such as gender performativity; biological essentialism and heteronormativity; the queering of gender identities; transgender insights into embodiment and self-representation; and the intersections between gender, class, race, and sexuality. The course also explores rich traditions of activism in both mainstream and nonconforming communities: the role of political and cultural actors in "stirring the gender pot" at home, work, and play.

Prerequisite(s): WMST 1116 or 1216.

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