FINAL PAPER TOPIC
Tuesday, April 29, we covered the handout on Comfort Women. For Thursday May 1, we will take a look at Ynestra King, Chapter 6, ecofeminism, and also begin addressing some issues related to prostitution.
The readings for the rest of the semester, from the book, are:
Chapter 7; Iris Marion Young, on Pregnant Embodiment
Chapter 8; Susan Bordo, Reading the Slender Body
Chapter 9; Maria Lugones and Elizabeth Spelman, Have We Got a Theory for You!
So far, the handouts you should have are:
Bring bring websites and other resources to class to share.
Submitted by Tricia;
San Francisco Women Against Rape
The Women's Building
National Women's History Project
Submitted by Kathy;
Woman, Inc (A Lifeline for Battered Women)
National Center for Lesbian Rights
Submitted by Tommy; San Francisco Chapter of the National Organization for Women
Additional reading material will be distributed in class. (If the class size increases, it will be a Reader, to be purchased in the Philosophy Dept.)
Note: It is important that the reading assignments be read before the class, as the class time will be spent on discussing and analyzing the texts.
2. Final essay. 20 points. (take-home, 6-7 pages) Final essay will be an analysis/evaluation paper, either on some aspect of the debates within feminist theories, relation between philosophy and feminism, or postcolonial feminist critique. Possible topics will be distributed in class toward the end of the semester.
3. Participation and Discussion. 10 points. This course relies heavily on discussions. For each class, two students will be responsible for presenting an article and its main points. You can use your summary papers.
4. Report and Service Learning Component. 20 points. Please locate and visit any of the Bay Area’s women-related community centers, such as SF Women’s Building, Women’s Shelter, Battered Women’s Resource Center, Rape Prevention Center, etc., and arrange for an interview, and write a report. Relate the practical observations to the theories. If you do volunteer work, provided that it fits your schedule and given that the service is available, you will get extra credit (up to 10 points) for the report. Alternatively, you may review two films, related to the issues we discuss, and write a report, for extra credit.
100 points total. A: 92-100, A-: 90 and 91, B+: 89, and so on.
Week 2 (Feb 4, 6): Introduction and Overview continued; Naomi Wolf, Audre Lorde, Martha Nussbaum, (handouts)
Week 3 (Feb 11, 13): Liberal Feminist Perspectives (FP Section 1)
Week 4 (Feb 18, 20): Socialist Feminist Perspectives (Pateman handout, FP Section 5, )
Week 5 (Feb 25, 27): Radical Feminist Perspectives (FP Section 3)
Week 6 (March 4, 6): Psychoanalytic Feminist Perspectives (FP Section 4, plus handout)
Week 7 (March 11; no class March 13): Phenomenological and Existential Feminist Perspectives (FP Section 7)
Week 8 (Spring Break)
Week 9 (March 25, 27): Postmodern Feminist Perspectives (FP Section 8)
Week 10 (April 1, 3): Feminist Ethics (handout)
Week 11 (April 8, 10): Feminism and Technology (handout)
Week 12 (April 15, 17): Construction of the Self (handout)
Week 13 (April 22, 24): Multiculturalism, Feminism, and the Global Context (handout)
Week 14 (April 29, May 1): Postcolonial Feminist Perspectives (handout)
Week 15 (May 6, 8): Postcolonial Feminist Perspectives (handout)
Week 16 (May 13, 15): Review and discussion
Final is due on Wednesday, May 21, 5pm.
Please note that “turning in the paper” means that I receive it; it does NOT mean that you dropped it off. When in doubt, you must make sure with me that I actually have your material.
You can send the paper on-line (email@example.com). However, I can only open a pc Word document (.doc)
You may turn your final in early. No makeup for the final.
If you must drop the course, it is your responsibility to take care of the paperwork and to contact me. If you stop coming and your name appears on the roster at the end of the course, you will receive an F (not my choice, but if your name appears on the final grading sheet, I have to assign a grade). An “I” grade can be given only for a missed final. It must be arranged with me beforehand.
Feel free to talk to me about any concerns you may have about the course. I am always interested in what you have to say.