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    Vassar College
  Feb 18, 2018
Catalogue 2017-2018
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EDUC 288 - Rethinking Gender in an Educational Context

Semester Offered: Spring
1 unit(s)

(Same as WMST 288 ) This course uses a feminist lens to examine the social and cultural context of education, the structure of schools and classrooms, and the process of teaching and learning. Issues of gender are inherently tied a variety of identities and subjectivities in ways that intersect and interlock. These intersecting and interlocking identities include, but are not limited to: race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, (dis)ability, socioeconomic class, and citizenship status. How does a feminist pedagogical strategy begin to address contemporary issues in education such as laws about bathrooms, and laws that impact immigrant and undocumented youth? Using a variety of methods including reflective self- inquiry the course will answer the following questions:

1. How do dichotomous understandings of gender shape students’ experiences in schools?

2. How is gender experienced differently depending on other intersecting identities? Are all “women” the same and do they experience gender oppression in the same ways?

3. How do schools and curriculum address issues of gender?

4. What is the relationship between gender, democracy and education?

5. What role do teachers play in identity development in schools?

6. How do schools begin to address violence against particular students (LGBTQ, Black students, Latino students and other students from underrepresented groups)? Kimberly Williams-Brown.

Two 75-minute periods.

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