Prerequisites: Nil. 36:261 or 99:261.
An introduction to the history and development of feminist thought as well as feminist theory and praxis. Beginning with the question, "what does it mean to be a feminist?" the course will undertake a brief survey of First and Second Wave ideas. Further topics will be explore the developments and diversity within feminist thought, including African American, Third World, and First Nations perspectives. Third Wave feminism(s) and the ideology of a "post-feminist" era will be contrasted in addressing issues central to feminist social critique, including language, sexuality, violence, and "disciplining"female bodies. Additionally, the course will begin the development of students" feminist vocabulary and the demystification of theoretical terminology.
3 lecture hours per term, one term
Transfer Equivalents: Look up 36:161 in the BU Course Transfer Database.