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This course explores histories, issues, and representations of Women and/in Sports in the United States by examining several key topics – the evolution of sporting cultures and athletic attire, changing conceptions of women’s bodies, “revolutionary” women athletes, legislation impacting women’s athletics, and representations of women athletes in popular culture.  Students will consider how gender as a critical lens can illuminate an understanding of athletics, and how feminism as both theory and social movement intersects with American sports.  Students will propose, pursue, and present independent research projects deriving from their interests and interdisciplinary course material as a culmination of the course.

As stated in the Aquinas Course Catalog, Feminist Theory and Activism is designed to explore different ways of thinking about sex/gender, power, and justice, and examines how different theories of gender, power, and justice shape political activism.  By comparing a variety of theoretical perspectives (such as liberal, Marxist, and radical feminism), we look at different possibilities for analyzing feminist concepts and the practical implications of theory – and how particular assumptions about sex/gender, power, and justice shape practice.

This course is designed to introducee students to Women's Studies as a field of study devoted to topics concerning women, gender, and feminism.  Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach, we will examine the subject of women from such disciplines as psychology, biology, cultural studies, philosophy, history, sociology, and anthropology.  We will explore, through a variety of methods, the ways in which gender shapes our perceptions, experiences, and actions in order to facilitate our understanding of the position of women in society around the globe.  We will also explore how systems of oppression are interlocking (e.g. race, class, gender, sexuality) and how they shape our attitudes and behaviors.