Welcome to the Fall 2012 course blog for Myths & Misconceptions about Women’s Studies–an undergraduate course in the Women’s Studies Program/LGBT Studies Minor Program at Temple University!

This blog is the main course management system for the class, and contains all assignments, readings, policies, handouts, projects, and a blog that students post to on a weekly basis. Check out the tabs at the top of this page for these materials.

For more information or questions, email Dr. Cathy Hannabach at channabach@gmail.com.

Course Logistics:

The course number: WMST 2000/LGBT 2400

When/Where: TuTh 11:00 am – 12:20 pm, 407AB Tuttleman

Professor: Dr. Cathy Hannabach (channabach@gmail.com)

My Office: 837 Anderson (go through the door for 832–my office is in the back)

My Mailbox: 8th floor of Anderson (mailboxes are near the elevators)

My Office Hours: Tuesdays 1:00 – 3:00 pm and by appointment

Course Description:

Women’s studies? What is that?” Perhaps you’ve asked this question or perhaps you’ve been the one asked. This course examines the various ways that women’s and gender studies as an academic field, an activist endeavor, and a world-making project has been represented in a variety of contexts. We will identify and critically examine the many myths and misconceptions that are often assumed about women’s and gender studies, and we will explore how and why these myths and misconceptions circulate to serve particular interests in particular historical and cultural contexts. Rather than merely defensively react though, the course will explore what women’s and gender studies does, why it is important, and what it brings to the world. Students will explore where they fit into the field and will be encouraged to develop new and innovative projects in pursuit of social justice.

Topics addressed will include the historical development of women’s and gender studies and its inclusions and exclusions; how bodies are constructed and treated in relation to norms of race, gender, class, nation, and dis/ability; technology and its cultural significance; practices of colonialism, imperialism, and immigration; medicine, sexuality, and reproductive in/justice; feminist debates over sexual pleasure and agency; popular culture and its re-appropriation by feminists, queers, and anti-racist advocates; and social justice activism working toward a different world.

Students have the unique opportunity not only to learn about a vibrant and dynamic activist/academic field but also to actively participate in it, change it, and make it a part of their lives.

Photo Credits:

  1. Photo by popmisa. Creative Commons license.
  2. Photo of poster from March for Women’s Lives, Washington D.C. April 25, 2004. Photo by Cathy Hannabach.
  3. Photo by msmornington. Creative Commons license.
  4. Poster by Just Seeds Artist Collective. Permission granted by creator.
  5. Poster by Josh MacPhee at the Just Seeds Artist Collective. Permission granted by creator.
  6. Photo of arm band from March for Women’s Lives, Washington D.C., April 25, 2004. Photo by Cathy Hannabach.

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