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A woman cannot be herself in the society of the present day, which is an exclusively masculine society, with laws framed by men and with a judicial systems that judges feminine conduct from a masculine point of view.  

                                                       -Henrik Ibsen From Ibsen’s Workshop


“Woman” is my slave name; feminism will give me freedom to seek some other identity altogether. 

                                                       - Ann Sintow, “A Gender Diary,”
                                                          Conflicts in Feminism

Using the words of Ibsen and Sintow as a point of departure, this semester, students will consider the following questions:

  • What does it mean to be a woman? 
  • Are all women the same?   Different?
  • Should this be cause for celebration or for concern?  For whom?


Other topics to be discussed include:

  • Women and race/ethnicity/nationality
  • Cisgendered privilege
  • Social class distinctions
  • Intimacies & sexualities

  • Politics, Law, and Social Control

  • The possibilities of social change

How will students be evaluated in this course?

  • Midterm exam (take home format)
  • Journal writing/reflection papers


What are the prerequisites?

Students should have completed either SOAN 1101, SOAN 1102 and 1103, or WOMS 1112 prior to enrolling in this course. If you would like to take this course but do not have the stated prerequisites, please contact the course instructor to discuss. 


When is this course offered?

This course is offered during the 2012 Fall term, Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:05 to 4:20 PM.



Please contact the course instructor, Dr. Alan Brown.