Viewing: WGS 380 / AFS 380 : Black Feminist Theory

Last approved: Tue, 30 Oct 2018 08:00:34 GMT

Last edit: Fri, 26 Oct 2018 20:28:50 GMT

Changes proposed by: kaharwoo
Change Type
Major
WGS (Women's and Gender Studies)
380
032677
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
Yes
Course Prefix:
AFS
Black Feminist Theory
Black Feminist Theory
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Interdisciplinary Studies (16IDS)
30.9999
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.
Term Offering
Fall and Spring
Offered Every Year
Spring 2019
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)
Distance Education (DELTA)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3
Course Attribute(s)
GEP (Gen Ed)

If your course includes any of the following competencies, check all that apply.
University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Natalie Bullock Brown
Lecturer

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture2525NoN/A
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Delivery FormatPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
LEC3535NoN/A
Prerequisite: WGS 200

Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
16IDSWGSInterdisciplinary Studies: Women's and Gender Studies ConcentrationElective
Focused examination of Black feminist theory as a significant and distinct body of work. Interdisciplinary exploration of the impact of Black feminist theory on movements for social justice, the development of academic feminism generally, and the lived experience of Black women both in the United States and internationally.

Black Feminist Theory is a critical site of intellectual production that is in conversation with, but also distinguishable from, a broader survey of feminist theory. While WGS 200 and WGS 300 cover some of the material of Black Feminist Theory, the coverage is limited.  Black Feminist Theory represents a significant body of material that warrants its own course. This class will allow students to study a breadth and depth of theory and build awareness of and appreciation for the distinct contributions of Black feminist thinkers.  It will also further cultivate skills in critical reasoning and engaging productively with a diverse world.  Finally, WGS/AFS 380 is designed specifically to respond to the repeated requests from undergraduate students to have a dedicated Black Feminist Theory course.  


No

Is this a GEP Course?
Yes
GEP Categories
US Diversity
Humanities Open when gep_category = HUM
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Social Sciences Open when gep_category = SOCSCI
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Interdisciplinary Perspectives Open when gep_category = INTERDISC
Each course in the Interdisciplinary Perspectives category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Visual & Performing Arts Open when gep_category = VPA
Each course in the Visual and Performing Arts category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Health and Exercise Studies Open when gep_category = HES
Each course in the Health and Exercise Studies category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
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Global Knowledge Open when gep_category = GLOBAL
Each course in the Global Knowledge category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve objective #1 plus at least one of objectives 2, 3, and 4:
 
 

 
 

 
Please complete at least 1 of the following student objectives.
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

US Diversity Open when gep_category = USDIV
Each course in the US Diversity category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve at least 2 of the following objectives:
Please complete at least 2 of the following student objectives.
 
 
Define the concept of intersectionality and apply it to women of African descent.
 
 
Short Papers (e.g., Sarah Baartman paper: After watching the film "Venus Noire" in class you will do your own research on Saartjie “Sarah” Baartman, and write a two-page paper on how the oppression she experienced was grounded in the intersection of her race and gender. In other words, apply black feminist theory to your discussion of Baartman’s life. Use examples from the film to support your points, and use your supplemental research to ground what the film depicts. Additionally, discuss how Baartman’s experience as a 19th century South African woman living in Europe foreshadows or differs from what you know about African American women’s experiences today.)
 
 

 
 

 
 
Students will be able to evaluate the role of Black feminist theory, in both academic and advocacy contexts, on Black women both in the United States and internationally; and to identify [or, deconstruct] the ways in which women of African descent participated in, were excluded from, and/or developed theories distinguishable from “mainstream” feminism.
 
 
Short Papers (e.g., How did black feminist movement come about? What was its purpose and who were/are its leaders? How and why is the black feminist movement relevant in the 21st century? What is the purpose of black feminist theory in that movement? Identify five issues that seem central to the feminist movement and that also apply to black women, e.g., equal pay, paid leave, sexual harassment and assault, reproductive health. Research these five issues and determine the reality for black women regarding three of the five issues. Tell me the impact of that information on you personally.)
 
 

 
 

Requisites and Scheduling
80%
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 
20% of seats will be restricted to WGS and AFS majors/minors.
 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 
no
 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 
Pre-requisite is WGS 200: Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
 
List any discipline specific background or skills that a student is expected to have prior to taking this course. If none, state none. (ex: ability to analyze historical text; prepare a lesson plan)
 
none
Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
 
Title and author of any required text or publications.
 
See syllabus
 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 
See syllabus
 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 
N/A
College(s)Contact NameStatement Summary
College of Humanities and Social SciencesFrances GrahamWGS and AFS have worked collaboratively to develop this course proposal. WGS and AFS are both within Interdisciplinary Studies.
Faculty will teach this course as part of their standard course assignments. No additional resources will be required to instruct this course.

To develop in students an ability to examine women and gender from the perspective of Black feminist theories. 


To develop in students an awareness of the impact of Black feminist theory on movements for social justice and the development of academic feminism generally.


Student Learning Outcomes

(1) Summarize the intellectual history and development of Black feminist theory, including major authors and concepts. 


(2) Define the concept of intersectionality and apply it to women of African descent.


(3) Evaluate the role of Black feminist theory in both academic and advocacy contexts.


(4) Analyze the impact of Black feminist theory on Black women both in the United States and internationally.


(5) Critique how women of African descent participated in, were excluded from, and/or developed theories distinguishable from “mainstream” feminism.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Quizzes20%See syllabus
Short Paper50%5 short papers/ projects -- See syllabus
presentation20%See syllabus
Participation10%See syllabus
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
See syllabus

aeherget (Fri, 19 Oct 2018 20:29:11 GMT): AECHH: Oct. 19, 2018 CUE Meeting the members approved WGS/AFS 380 with the following friendly suggestion: - To consider adding the SS GEP attribute in the future. The members also wanted to bring your attention to the pre-requisite for this course, which also has a USD GEP attribute, which may impact enrollment.
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