Foundations of Gender Studies II (2017/18)
Building on the FGS I, this course explores major contributions in feminist scholarship after the first and second waves of feminism. In this course, we will discuss the feminist inquiries that emerge from questioning the universal category of “woman,” tracing the multiple (and sometimes conflicting) approaches to gender and sexual difference, relations of power, agency, embodiment, and postcolonial and neoliberal conditions. In this light, the curriculum is designed to address the potential and challenges in feminist engagements with poststructuralist theories, psychoanalysis, postcolonial criticism, and new materialist discourses. This course also invites reflections on the investment in theory in the context of transnational knowledge production, beyond the binary opposition to praxis.
After taking the course, students should have a solid knowledge of the major theoretical strands after the first and the second waves of feminism. Students will also develop their skills in critical and analytic reading, writing, and verbal presentation.
Course Requirements and Assessment
- Participation and Attendance (20%): This is a discussion-based course, and therefore your active and responsible participation is crucial. Please attend each class ready to ask questions and share thoughts, having closely read the assigned texts. Some of these texts will be very challenging and might require multiple readings. Curiosity, humility, generosity, respect, and risk-taking are expected for our collective learning. Please arrive on time. Attendance is mandatory, and absences due to medical problems must be officially documented. Missing a class without an official document will negatively affect your grade, and missing more than three classes could result in failing the course.
- Pedagogical Presentation (20%): In a group of 2-3 people, you will give a presentation on the text assigned for the day of your presentation. A presentation should take about 10-15 minutes, with all members of the group participating equally. A presentation group should send me a brief plan for the presentation (up to one page) by 10pm the day before the presentation. Please read the detailed guidelines for pedagogical presentations.
- Analytic Response Papers (60%): You are asked to write three analytic response papers on the weekly readings, at least one each for the three parts of the course. An AR paper is 500-600 words long, and should be posted on the course e-learning site by 12pm before the day of the relevant class. The primary goal of an AR paper is to develop your own analysis based on close reading of and theoretical engagement with the chosen texts. These papers will also help you to prepare for class discussion, and may be shared with the class. Please read the detailed guidelines for analytic response papers.