Gender, Education, and Development

Mo 4:30PM - 7:10PM / 5520 Wesley W Posvar Hall / CRN 29775

This applied seminar takes a critical look at the social movements and official policy arenas in which gendered analyses can make a critical difference in the qualities and success of education and development.  How have the underlying intellectual foundations of Women in Development (WID), Gender and Development (GAD), and, more recently, Gender Mainstreaming (GM) fundamentally shifted the policy discourses, and more consequentially, the on-the-ground practices that impact millions of lives? What are the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and what are the consequences for gender-inclusive and –just education and development programs?  How have feminist analysis from all around the world made us reconsider the meaning and impact of both Human Rights and Civil Rights discourses?  How have Women of Color Feminisms and so-called Third World Feminisms enriched and de-centered long-standing assumptions about how to create sustainable, socially just change that is culturally responsive? What would it mean for me as a student to craft my own Feminist Manifesto of how I will be an “engaged scholar” who can create social change?  The seminar provides graduate students and advanced undergraduates with the opportunity to gain a global perspective or to go in depth in a particular region of the world with applied case studies that span the pre-school to higher education levels, as well as non-formal learning spaces.   Special emphasis this spring will be on 1) feminist frameworks for effective, culturally-nuanced assessment, action, and advocacy that foreground empowering partnerships and 2) social movements that express their goals via new media, e.g. graphic novels and websites with female superheroic figures who transcend national borders and cultural taboos to powerfully intervene for youth.  Traditionally, students in this class have the opportunity to put theory into action at a spring public Installation where they can showcase their synthesis projects for the university and community. 

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Maureen Porter

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Category D: Designated Courses

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