Course Information

Time: TTH 1:30-3:20 pm
Classroom: Thomson 202

Professors Sasha Welland & Priti Ramamurthy

Sasha Welland
Office: Padelford B-110P
Office Hours: M 3:30-5:00

Priti Ramamurthy
Office: Padelford B-110E
Office Hours: By appointment & after 10/24 T 3:30-5:00

*Please note: Every effort will be made to respond to email within 72 hours.

Class email
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Course Description

The GWSS capstone provides an opportunity for majors to review the coursework they have completed so far, to synthesize overarching forms of analysis introduced in the department’s interdisciplinary curriculum, and to think in a sustained way about past and contemporary feminist debates, including the state of Women’s Studies as a field of study. Students will work together to historicize the development of the field and to locate our department and themselves within it. They will reflect upon what their undergraduate work as a GWSS major means to them as individuals and how it has positioned them to think about and participate in the various communities they belong to, including at the university, city, state, nation, and world level. They will also conduct an individual research project in the field that draws upon thinking they have done to date and/or that helps them explore a future career path as a form of feminist praxis.

Course Objectives

Specific course objectives of demonstrating competency in writing, research, developing feminist methods of interpretation and analysis, and communicating ideas articulate with the following overall departmental learning goals:

  • Learn how to link the politics of knowledge production with critical analyses of different modes of inquiry and related standards of accountability.
  • Critically reflect on relationships between students’ lives and skills, arguments and ideas
  • Develop skills and knowledge for effective political engagement based on feminist critiques of the interlocking dimensions of sexism, racism, heterosexism, ableism, nationalism, capitalism, and globalization
  • Synthesize, critique and extend current scholarship through effective written and spoken work

Course Texts

EReserves: All readings assigned by the instructor are available through the UW Libraries Electronic Reserves. You can search for the course reserves page by course number: GWSS 494.

The following reference books have been requested for reserve at Odegaard:

  • Alice Ginsberg, The Evolution of American Women’s Studies: Reflections on Triumphs, Controversies, and Change
  • Florence Howe, ed. The Politics of Women’s Studies: Testimony from 30 Founding Mothers
  • Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy and Agatha Beins, eds., Women’s Studies for the Future: Foundations, Interrogations, Politics
  • Joan Wallach Scott, ed., Women’s Studies on the Edge (ebook available through UW libraries)
  • Robyn Wiegman, ed., Women’s Studies on Its Own
  • Carolee Schneemann Exhibit

    Don't miss Carolee Schneemann: Within and Beyond the Premises at the Henry Art Gallery! A multidisciplinary and unabashedly feminist artist, Schneemann transformed the definition of contemporary art, steering it toward a discourse on the body, sexuality, and gender. The exhibit runs from Sept. 24-Dec. 30, 2011.

  • Writing Love and Sex: In the Spirit of Carolee Schneeman

    Dodie Bellamy and Kevin Killian
    Thurs., Oct. 20, 2011, 7:00-8:30 PM, Henry Auditorium
    Rebecca Brown and Carla Harryman
    Fri., Oct. 21, 2011, 7:00-8:30 PM, Henry Auditorium
    Both events are FREE for students with UW ID.