Jun 16, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
    
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 [Archived Catalog]

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WGSS 2300 - Women, Gender, and Sexuality in a Global Context


This course introduces students to the study of women, gender, and sexuality in a global context, with a focus on the experience of countries in the Global South. The course begins with an introduction to transnational feminist theory, challenging students to consider the way that their identity and nationality affects their understandings of WGSS issues globally. After a brief consideration of feminist thought in an historical context, the course explores issues of representation, geopolitics, health and reproduction, economic globalization, environmental justice, migration, militarization, and violence. The course also considers how activists are organizing to address these concerns.

Credit Hours: 3
OHIO BRICKS Foundations: Intercultural Explorations
General Education Code (students who entered prior to Fall 2021-22): 2SS
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will be able to define and critique geopolitical terms such as Developing/Developed, Third World/First World, Global South/Global North.
  • Students will be able to identify the ways that the social identities of scholars and writers (including nationality, race, and class) affect their perspectives on women, gender, and sexuality in the Global South.
  • Students will be able to define orientalism and identify patterns of orientalist thinking regarding women, gender, and sexuality in the Global South.
  • Students will be able to state conclusions regarding how economic, social, and political contexts affects feminist and women’s organizing and activism, particularly in the Global South.
  • Student will be able to make connections between political, economic, and cultural processes in their own home countries and the lives of women and LGBTQ people in a global context.
  • Students will be able to identify ways that learning about gender and sexuality in a global context may inform their actions as global citizens, and identify supportive actions that recognize the feelings of cultural groups occupying the global periphery.
  • Students will be able to identify and reflect on their own assumptions regarding issues of gender and sexuality in a global context, and particularly in reference to the Global South.
  • Students will be able to state a specific position on issues regarding women and LGBTQ communities in a global context.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate openness, empathy, and understanding in verbal and non-verbal interactions with culturally different others.



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