Prof. Maryanne Horowitz
Syllabus Jan. 20, 2005. Up-to-date Syllabus on-line at http://faculty.oxy.edu/horowitz/courses/courses.html
CONTEMPORARY FEMINISM (Eligible for credit in CORE 6
Intercultural Topics; Eligible for elective credit in History Department)
Prof. Maryanne Horowitz
Class Meets: 8:30-9:55 am Tues and Thurs. Location: Johnson 205
Office: Swan 316 Hours: Tues 11:45-1:15 p.m. , Th. 10:05-11:30 am and by appointment 259-2583
|Campus mail to Horowitz mailbox,
Hist. Dept., S. Swan
Books in Bookstore:
Estelle Freedman, No Turning Back: The History of Feminism and the Future of Women (Ballantine, 2002)
Lynette Knapp, ed. The Abortion Controversy (Greenhaven, 2001)
Judith Butler, Undoing Gender (Routledge, 2002)
Yuval Merin, Equality for Same-Sex Couples: The Legal Recognition of Gay Partnerships in Europe and the United States (U. Chicago 2002)
Chandra Mohanty, Feminism without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity (Duke, 2003)
Students will discuss and debate issues and respond to students' papers, write two five-page papers, and write two essay exams.
20% each: Class Participation, 2 papers, 2 essay exams. There will be guidance in class the meeting before each exam on ways to organize one's preparation for the essay writing in class.
Papers are 5 typed pages M.L.A. Style with Works Cited and parenthetical notes. In your writing, include citations to student or faculty comments in class (name, date), documents and interpretations within class readings, library books, footnoted articles in journals or in on-line journals as in Wilson Select under First Search at the Occidental College Library Homepage. I strongly recommend that you prepare a bibliography early and submit requests for the interlibrary loan of some books and document delivery of some articles.
Paper 1: Include a mixture of journal articles, book chapters, encyclopedia articles, and news reports, as well as Butler or Merin. Report on a public debate on either abortion or same-sex legal recognition. Clarify the policy issues and the interest groups involved.
Paper 2: Evaluate the viewpoints and activities of one feminist or of one feminist organization during l or 2 decades. Include writings by the feminist or the organization, critiques of views, and narratives that discuss the activities in social context. If the person or organization is very well known or very prolific, you may narrow the topic further. If there is insufficient information on a person or organization or if you would like to focus on contrasting views, expand scope to two persons or two organizations.
Extra Credit to Class Participation for attending feminist happenings especially during Women's Herstory Month on campus 1) announce previously in class or class email 2) afterwards pass in a page analysis of the event. See bottom of syllabus for suggestions:
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READINGS BY WEEK
Th. Jan. 20
What is Feminism? Student interests and background
"Women's Studies," "Feminism, " "Anti-Feminism" in NDHI
2) T Jan. 25, Th. Jan.
27 (workshop in library, room right of circulation desk)
Start bringing to class for student use on reserve of copies of articles from
2002-2005 on abortion, on stem-cell research, and on same-sex unions.
Freedman, Preface, ch. 1 "Historical Case for Feminism" and ch. 2 "Gender and Power" ; The Abortion Controversy, chs. 1 and 2. Merin, Equality for Same-Sex Couples, ch. 1 Introduction:
"Family Planning," in NDHI
Tues. Debate on Abortion Controversy ch. 1 Is Abortion Immoral? ch. 2 Should Abortion Rights be Protected or Restricted?
3) T. Feb. 1, Th. Feb. 3
Freedman, ch. 10 "Reproduction: Politics of Choice,"; The Abortion Controversy, chs. 1-5.
Recommend: Stetson, ed. Abortion Politics...:A Comparative Study (Reserve); Preface and Intro, ch. 5 French case, ch. 8 Ireland, ch. 9 Italy, ch. 12 USA 59-98, ch. 11 Spain, ch. 13 comparison
Tues. Debate on Abortion Controversy ch. 3 Should Women have Greater Access to Abortion
Thurs. Debate on Abortion Controversy, ch. 4 Should Protesters Target Abortion Clinics and Providers?
Debate on Abortion Controversy ch. 5 Should Aborted Fetuses be Used for Medical Research?
Feb. 8 Pass in paper 1 topic with bibliography. Try to include a one-paragraph abstract.
4) T. Feb. 8, Th. Feb. 10
Freedman, ch. 11 "Sexualities, Identitites, and Self-Determination" and ch. 9 "Medicine, Markets and the Female Body"
"Gay Studies" and "Queer Theory" in NDHI.
Merin, Equality for Same-Sex Couples, ch. 2
"Changing Institution of Marriage and the Exclusion of Same-Sex Couples,, ch. 7
Same Sex Partnerships in the United States
Student reports on Merin, ch. 3 Nordic Countries, ch. 4 Netherlands, ch. 5 Other European countries with Appendix A
5) T. Feb. 15 Th. Feb. 17
Merin, ch. 4 "Cohabitation Model", ch. 5 "Contrasts" and ch. 9 "Domestic
Partnership, Registered Partnership and Marriage."
Student reports on Merin, ch. 4 Canada, Australia, New Zealand.
Freedman, ch. 12 "Gender and Violence," ch. 14 "No Turning Back: Women and Politics"
"Sexual Harassment" and "Human Rights/Women's Rights" in NDHI
Student Discussion of differences and similarities of different types of legal arrangements.
"Sexuality" (especially section on Islamic Views) and "Gender in the Middle East," NDHI Compare the 2 viewpoints on Islam and Feminism.
6) T. Feb. 22 , Th. Feb. 24 Feb. 22 Last date for paper 1 abstract and bibliography. Be prepared to discuss paper argument orally.
Merin, chs. 10 "Alternatives to Marriage and the Doctrine of 'Separate but Equal,'" 11 "Feasibility of Opening up Marriage to Same-Sex Couples", 12 "Conclusion"
Tues. March 1 Paper 1 due. Report on a public debate on either abortion or same-sex legal recognition. Clarify the policy issues and the interest groups involved. 5 pages with parenthetical MLA citations, plus Works Cited. Pass in 2 copies (1 for reserve)
March 1, Th. March 3
Freedman, Part II The Historical Emergence of Feminisms" pp. 45-122 Read at least 4 student papers on reserve (2 for each issue).
"Philosophies Feminist, Twentieth Century" in NDHI.
Th. March 3 Bibliography due for paper 2 on one individual feminist or one feminist organization. Make interlibrary loan orders.
8) T. March 8, Th. March 10
Freedman, Part III The Politics of Work and Family pp. 123-202, and ch. 13 "Women's Creativity as Feminist Practice"
"Machismo," "Mestizaje," and "Identity, Multiple, Overview" in NDHI
March 10 In-Class Essay Examination on Freedman, on Abortion Controversy, on Same-Sex Partnership Controversy, and on articles and classwork.
Spring Break March 14-18: Read about your feminist. Mohanty, Introduction pp. 1-13 and ch. 1 pp. 17-42.
9) T. March 22 , Th. March 24 Mohanty, chs. 2 and 3 pp. 43-105. Student 5-minute oral presentations about a feminist or feminist organization; pass in a 1 page sentence outline or a l page chronology (to be placed on reserve). Discuss Mohanty, Feminism without Borders on theme of "Decolonizing Feminism"
10) T. March 29, Th. March 31 Mohanty, chs. 4, 5, 6, pp. 106-168.
Oral presentations continue. Discussion of alternative positions of the feminists.
11) Prof. Horowitz in Cambridge, England, for Renaissance Society of America April 5 and 7. Films scheduled in class.
April 5: Whale Rider This ethnographical study of Maori customs from a feminist girl's point of view raises some universal issues of male-female relations as well as some issues specific to the Maori of New Zealand. With which issues do you identity? Which issues seem distinctive and local?
April 7: end of Whale Rider and Beyond
Borders: Arab feminists talk about their lives--east and west.
Be able to present several distinctive Arab feminist viewpoints.
12) T April 12 Th April 14.
Mohanty, chs. 7-9, pp. 169-252. Discuss Part II "Demystifying capitalism" and Part III"Reorienting Feminism"
Th. April 14 Paper 2 Due. 5 pages, MLA parenthetical citations, Works Cited.
13) T. April 19, Th. April 21
"Gender," "Gender Studies," "Gender, History of," in NDHI
Judith Butler, Undoing Gender, Introduction and chs. 1-5, pp. 1-130
14) T. April 26, April 28 (Last Class)
Judith Butler, chs. 6-11, pp.131-250.
Th. April 28 In-Class Essay Exam on Mohanty (with Freedman, ch. 5 and
ch. 7) and Butler (with Freedman, ch. 4, ch. 11, and ch. 13), as well as
articles and other classwork.
EXTRA CREDIT SUGGESTIONS:
Possibilities: http://www.women.ucla.edu/csw/indexCSW.htm especially appropriate for paper 1:
THE WILLIAMS PROJECT FOURTH ANNUAL UPDATE ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION LAW AND PUBLIC POLICY
[1am – 6pm, Friday, UCLA School of Law-Room 1430]
This half day conference is the fourth annual update on sexual orientation law to be sponsored by the Williams Project, a national think tank dedicated to the field of sexual orientation law and public policy. Invited guests include Professors Christine Littleton, William B. Rubenstein and R. Bradley Sears, UCLA School of Law; Professor David B. Cruz, USC School of Law; Jennifer C. Pfizer and John Davidson, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund; Evan Wolfson, Freedom to Marry Coalition, Barney Frank (D-MA), U.S. House of Representatives. Co-sponsored by the UCLA Center for the Study of Women.