About GSWS 001 OL1

This course introduces the basic vocabulary of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies through an exploration of central questions in the field. What is the difference between sex and gender and how are the two related? What are sexual and gender identities? How are sex, gender, and sexuality shaped by society, culture, and history? What is their relationship to politics? How do gender and sexuality intersect with each other as well as with other aspects of identity/experience like race and class? What is meant by terms like sexism, heterosexism, heteronormativity, homonormativity, transmisogyny, and cisgender privilege? How are sex, gender, and sexuality created and maintained in mainstream culture? How have social movements challenged and changed norms around gender and sexuality? We will explore these and other questions throughout this semester-long introduction to the interdisciplinary field of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies.

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Dates: June 20 - July 15, 2022

Section Description

This course introduces the basic vocabulary of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies through an exploration of central questions in the field. What is the difference between sex and gender and how are the two related? What are sexual and gender identities? How are sex, gender, and sexuality shaped by society, culture, and history? What is their relationship to politics? How do gender and sexuality intersect with each other as well as with other aspects of identity/experience like race and class? What is meant by terms like sexism, heterosexism, heteronormativity, homonormativity, transmisogyny, and cisgender privilege? How are sex, gender, and sexuality created and maintained in mainstream culture? How have social movements challenged and changed norms around gender and sexuality? We will explore these and other questions throughout this four-week intensive introduction to the interdisciplinary field of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. Course goals and objectives include enabling students to: 1. understand gender and sexualities as socially constructed: connected to systems of power and inequality; shifting and unstable; and historically and culturally situated. 2. explore how gender intersects with sexuality, as well as with other axes of identity and inequality including race and ethnicity, nationality, class, and dis/ability. 3. understand and apply core concepts and theoretical perspectives in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies to the world around them. 4. challenge taken-for-granted “truths” about sex, gender, and sexuality that they are confronted with in everyday life. 5. develop their reading and writing skills through work in and outside the classroom.

Section Expectation

This is a fast-paced online (asynchronous) 3-credit course covering the equivalent of a semester of material in a 4-week period. As such, you should be prepared to spend a significant amount of time reading, researching, and writing. According to UVM’s guide to online credit courses (https://learn.uvm.edu/about/support-for-students/checklist-online-credit-courses/), approximately 20 hours of work per week is required in a course of this duration. While a number of individual factors will shape whether the work in this course takes you more or less time than that to complete each week, this should give you a good sense of the time commitment required for 3-credit 4-week online course. If you are not able to devote this amount of time to the class each week you should consider taking the class during the regular semester when you can spread the work out over a longer period of time.

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