Welcome to the official SWMS 301 (Introduction to Feminist Theory) class website at USC. This course explores the various domains of the feminist movement and its history. Directed by Dr. Blaine, the class usually engages mostly in discussions of relevant feminist topics from the reading assignments given each week.
Beginning with bell hooks' Feminism is for Everybody, this course will examine the passion and politics that have contributed to the ever-evolving movement for women and men's emancipation from gender oppression. Topics will include how Enlightenment beliefs shaped early feminist demands for equality; problems of racism in the Second Wave; current calls for the elimination of conventional sex roles by transgendered advocates; and the viability of feminism for future generations. We will also strive to connect theory with practice, understanding how--and if--academic abstractions translate into viable social change.
This website was originally created by Rozy Khan (most of the text is hers) and is being maintained by Sarah Hamblin this semester. Feel free to email me, Sarah, with comments, questions and ideas for the site!