The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the interdisciplinary field of feminist scholarship, which seeks to understand the creation and perpetuation of gender inequalities. After tracing the historical emergence of feminist critiques, the course surveys contemporary feminist issues, particularly work and family, health and sexuality, creativity and politics. Each section draws on historical analysis and pays close attention to the variety of women's experiences. Along with the focus on the U. S., the course attempts to incorporate international perspectives on women and feminism.
No prior course work is required to take FS101, but a sincere commitment to understanding feminism and a willingness to complete all course assignments are essential. Beyond the presumption that gender inequality is unjust, the course takes no single political perspective. A major goal is to train students in analytical skills that will help them think critically about gender in the past, the present, and the future. This course fulfills the Gender Studies GER. It is NOT available pass/no credit. Additional units for public service internships are available by application through the Program in Feminist Studies during any quarter.
Lectures are on Mondays and Wednesdays. Films can be viewed individually at the library or at group showings, TBA. Sections meet for one hour (usually Thursday or Friday). Small groups can meet at any time that all members can regularly attend; if the group cannot meet at any other time, Tuesdays or Fridays 1:15-3:00 are default times.
REQUIRED BOOKS available at the Stanford Bookstore and Meyer Reserve:
Eugenia Delamotte et al., eds., WOMEN IMAGINE CHANGE: A GLOBAL ANTHOLOGY OF WOMEN’S RESISTANCE FROM 600 B.C. TO PRESENT (WIC)
Buchi Emecheta, THE JOYS OF MOTHERHOOD
Virginia Woolf, THREE GUINEAS
FS101 COURSE READER (RDR)
COURSE REQUIREMENTS (See end of syllabus or Web page for due dates and small groups)
1. Attend ALL lectures, and please do not come late.
2. Complete all reading, including required Web-links, and view each required film.
3. Participate in all meetings of your discussion section; submit five required reading /film responses on time. See course web page for guidelines.
4. Submit graded essays on time. Essays, based on a choice of questions given out a week in advance, should integrate readings, films, and discussions. Mid-term paper(s) are 2000-2500 words and due 10/22 and (optional) 11/7. The final exam includes short identifications and an essay of 10-12 pages, or up to 3500 words, due 12/X. The second mid-term is optional for those who receive a grade of B+ or better on the first mid-term.
5. Participate in all 7 small group meetings; submit a 5-page paper evaluating small group sessions (due XXX). Journal keeping, though not required, is highly recommended to help produce this paper. Students must participate in all small group meetings to receive credit for the course.
SECTION AND SMALL GROUP (attendance, on time, participation, and response papers) ACCOUNT FOR 20-25 % OF YOUR FINAL GRADE.
All written work must be printed, double spaced, 12 point font, with one inch margins; all written work must be submitted on the due date, by the time deadline. Late papers will be downgraded a full grade per day and will not be accepted after one day. Extensions and incompletes will not be granted EXCEPT in the case of medical or family emergencies (in these cases, please contact T.A. or instructor as soon as possible).
The course Web Page includes a list of lecture topics with required and recommended Web links. Please let me know of any other Web links that might be recommended during the quarter or in the future.
SUMMARY OF LECTURES, Room 200-02
9/26: INTRODUCTION: WHAT IS FEMINIST STUDIES?
Part I. BEFORE FEMINISM
SUMMARY OF WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS *SUSANA = redo: dates etc on ff pp.
I. Graded Writing Assignments REVISE DATES - confirm lengths agree
Topics distributed for mid-term paper (5-6 pp)
Paper due BEFORE CLASS BEGINS
Topics distributed for optional second mid-term paper (5-6 pp)
Paper due BEFORE CLASS BEGINS
Final paper topics distributed (10-12 pages)
Final papers due in History Dept. office by xx p.m.
II. Ungraded writing assignments (must be handed in on time for credit):
Five one-two page responses to required readings/films due to section leader before section; see guidelines on course web page. Students will sign up for due weeks in section.
B. A five-page small group summary/evaluation paper, due BEFORE LAST LECTURE (12/5), based on ongoing journal and short thought pieces for small groups. FORMAT WILL BE DISTRIBUTED IN CLASS.
Some tips for graded papers:
We are interested in how well you comprehend the issues raised in readings, lectures, and films and in your abilities to express your views clearly and persuasively. Papers will be evaluated on clarity of argument, use of evidence, and stylistic presentation. At the beginning of a paper, state your thesis or argument in response to the question or topic; then structure the paper clearly to establish your points; use topic sentences to show where the paper is going; avoid overgeneralization (re: historical periods, cultures, classes, races, etc.; look for patterns but be aware of distinctions). Some common pitfalls: women are victims; nothing changes; my experience (personal, family, group) is the most relevant; my experience (personal, family, group) is not relevant (i.e., "I can't speak because I'm not the most oppressed").
FILM SCHEDULE: REVISE DATES, CONFIRM PLACE
Films shown in 200-02 on unless otherwise noted (Bold = required viewing)
Screen Title Length
(Nu Shu,1999) 55 min (view outside class by 1/17)
(Some American Feminists, )
Beyond Beijing (1996) 60 min
Sin City (1992) 29 min
Global Assembly Line (1988) 58 min
(Through Chinese Women’s Eyes, 1997) 53 min
Mirror, Mirror (1990) 17 min (in class)
(Slaying the Dragon) 60 min (view outside class)
Girls Like Us (1997) 60 min (view outside class by 2/21)
Small groups are intended to encourage peer discussion of the issues raised by the class. They are based on the belief that exploring both common and differing personal responses to the ideas raised in class can broaden our base of knowledge and break down resistance to learning new ideas. Students will receive a handout on how to run small groups (also available on the course WEB page)
Groups of no more than five students each (randomly assigned) will meet weekly at least eight times during the quarter. Each session should last approximately one and a half hours (minimum one hour, maximum two hours). Since we do not have lectures on Tuesdays at 1:15, this is one suggested time for meeting; in the past some groups have met after class, or in the evenings or on weekends.
Group lists will circulate at the third class meeting (10/3) and members will meet briefly to identify themselves and set up an initial meeting time and place. Please coordinate schedules and find a permanent, regular meeting time when ALL members can attend. From past experience, it is important not to shift meeting times. The most successful groups included members who were committed to the time and to being ON TIME for each meeting. It is extremely disrespectful to other students to come late to a small group meeting. You can meet in a dorm room or reserved lounge area, an unused classroom, or off campus. Past experience suggests that it is not a good idea to meet in a public place like the Coffee House or a restaurant, or a well-travelled lounge.
If there are initial scheduling problems in a group, changes can be made ONLY BEFORE OCTOBER 10. Please notify the instructors about problems; we will try to accommodate any shifts before the next class. Please do not ask to change groups in order to be in a group with a friend or house mate. Student feedback has suggested that it is better not to know other group members well already.
The first meeting should take place by October 14 and the last scheduled meeting by December 3. To receive credit for this course you must participate in at least seven small group meetings. In case of medical or family emergency, please contact a group member and report your absence to your T.A. Please inform the teaching staff if any group is having a problem about attendance or scheduling.