WMS 320 Spring 2012
This course will examine feminist theory and practice as they relate to activist movements for positive social change. The underlying assumption is that feminist activist agendas are linked to feminist theories that inspire and direct the need and desire for individual, community, and political action. Over the course of the semester we will look at a variety of feminist movements and organizations while attempting to understand the persistent need for political and social activism related to current events and political concerns. This class has purposely been limited to a smaller number of students to accommodate a hybrid schedule, where students will be responsible for weekly online posts as well as attending class meetings on Tuesday afternoons. In both settings, class will be conducted in a seminar/discussion format that stresses active participation. The hybrid format also allows for students to engage in a semester-long research project that involves experiential learning. This project is designed to both meet learning objectives and enhance students’ understanding of course material. It also provides opportunities for hand-on experience and professional development. In addition, students will also use social media such as Twitter and blogs to engage in their own “feminist thought into action.”
After taking this course, students enrolled in WMS 320 will:
- Identify and understand a variety of feminist agendas as they relate to activism.
- Identify and evaluate feminist organizations and their effectiveness in producing change.
- Inform personal reflection and experiences with theoretical understandings of differential access to power based on gender, class, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.
- Be able to make connections between thought and action as they lead to positive social change.
Students in WMS 320 also have the option for registering for WMS 305 for an additional credit. Students who wish to add WMS 305 to their schedule must agree to do additional readings and online posts in relation to “Women Making Democracy.” Students must also attend the “Women Making Democracy” conference at Radcliffe University on Friday, March 30th. Transportation to and from the conference will be provided.