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Bridgewater State College Governance
BSC Core Curriculum Course Approval Form for Existing Courses
1. Course information.
Course Prefix, Number and Title: SOCI 360 Feminist Theory
2. Course will satisfy the following requirement. Choose only A, B, or C.
A. Core Skills. A course may only fulfill one core skill. Skill courses may not satisfy any
___ Writing I ___ Writing II
___ Foundations of Logical Reasoning ___ Spoken Communication
___ Foundations of Mathematical Reasoning
B. Core Distribution and additional requirements. Courses that fulfill a distribution area
may not fulfill a skill area.
1. Distribution Requirements: Choose only one.
___ Fine and Performing Arts ___ Humanities
___ Natural Science _X_ Social/Behavioral Science
2. Additional Requirements: Choose as many as apply.
___ Quantitative Reasoning ___ U.S. and Massachusetts Constitutions
___ Global Culture or _X_ Multiculturalism
_X_ Writing Intensive or ___ Speaking Intensive
C. Core Requirements in the Major. Courses that fulfill this requirement may not also
fulfill a skill or core distribution area.
___ Upper-Level Writing Intensive in ______________________ major
3. Rationale. Write a short explanation of how this course meets the specified outcomes for this
area of the BSC Core Curriculum. Attach a copy of a sample syllabus.
Feminist Theory (SOCI 360) is an upper level course that engages students in
critical thinking and teaches them how to write critically as well. This course
presents feminist theory as it exists in North America and across the world
with a particular emphasis on race and ethnicity. Students will be required to
answer essay questions for both the midterm and the final. They will also
complete a 15 page written assignment by the end of the semester. This paper
is written in stages, with drafts submitted by the students and responded to by
the instructor throughout the semester. The written assignment specifically
addresses multicultural issues within feminism.
I certify that my department has approved this:
Department Chairperson __________Patricia Fanning_____________
Last revised on 2 May 2005
SO 360 Feminist Theory
Dr. Kim Mac Innis
329 Hart Hall
Office Hours: Tues 3-5pm; Thursday noon-1pm; or by appointment
This course will examine various forms of feminist theory. The focus of the course will
be the examination of gender inequality as it exists by itself as well as its intersection
with other forms of oppression such as racism, classism, and homophobia. This course
will systematically examine the definitions and effects of, and possible solutions to
gender inequality by analyzing feminist theories.
Students are required to attend class. If a student misses two or more classes
without a documented excuse, s/he will fail the class or receive a letter grade demotion.
Students will be graded based on a midterm, final and written assignment, each worth a
third of their final grade. It is imperative to keep up with the readings. Discussion is
necessary for a successful and exciting class. If it is apparent that students are not
reading, quizzes will become incorporated into the course requirements. Each week we
will discuss a particular thread of feminist thought as presented in work by Tong (1998)
and Kourany et al (1999). Collins’ (2000) book will be examined independently as a
unique form of examining female oppression as well as in conjunction with the various
forms of feminist theory examined weekly.
The midterm is scheduled below and the final will be scheduled during final exam
week. These tests will not be rescheduled for any students. If you miss the exams you
will fail the class. The written assignment is also scheduled below. Late assignments
will not be accepted.
Feminist Thought by Rosemarie Putman Tong
The Politics of Women’s Bodies (second edition) by Rose Weitz
Black Feminist Thought (second edition) by Patricia Hill Collins
Introduction to course
Review of syllabus
Tong - Ch 1 Liberal Feminism
The Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Roots of Liberal Feminism
Nineteenth-Century Liberal Feminist Action
Twentieth-Century Liberal Feminist Action
Weitz – Chapter 1 “A History of Women’s Bodies” by Rose Weitz
Chapter 2 “Believing is Seeing: Biology as Ideology” by Judith Lorber
Tong - Ch 1 Cont’
Twentieth-Century Liberal Feminist Thought: Treating Women and Men the
Same or Differently?
Contemporary Directions in Liberal Feminism
Critiques of Liberal Feminism
Weitz – Chapter 3 “Foucault, Femininity, and the Modernization of Patriarchal Power”
by Sandra Lee Bartky
Chapter 4 “Women and Medicalization: A New Perspective” by Catherine Kohler
Tong - Ch 2 - Radical Feminism: Libertarian and Cultural Perspectives
Radical-Libertarian and Radical-Cultural Feminists: Interpreting the Sex/Gender
Radical-Libertarian and Radical-Cultural Feminists: Is Reproduction Women’s
Curse or Blessing?
Weitz – Chapter 5 “From the Muscle Moll to the Butch Ballplayer: Mannishness,
Lesbianism, and Homophobia in U.S. Women’s Sports” by Susan K. Cahn
Chapter 6 “Menarche and the (Hetero)sexualization of the Female Body” by Janet Lee
Tong - Ch 2 Cont’
Radical-Libertarian and Radical-Cultural Feminists: Is Mothering in Women’s
Interests or Not?
Critiques of Radical-Libertarian and Radical-Cultural Feminism
Weitz – Chapter 7 “Daring to Desire: Culture and the Bodies of Adolescent Girls” by
Deborah L. Tolman
Tong - Ch 3 Marxist and Socialist Feminism
Some Marxist Concepts and Theories: Their Feminist Implications
Friedrich Engels: The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State
Contemporary Marxist Feminism
Weitz – Chapter 8 “Selling Hot Pussy: Representations of Black Female Sexuality in the
Cultural Marketplace” by bell hooks
Tong - Ch 3 Cont’
Critiques of Marxist Feminism
Contemporary Socialist Feminism
Fighting on Two Fronts: Assaulting the Two-Headed Beast of Capitalist
Weitz- 9 “Women and Their Hair: Seeking Power Through Resistance and
Accommodation” by Rose Weitz
Midterm October 25
Tong - Ch 4 Psychoanalytic and Gender Feminism
The Roots of Psychoanalytic and Gender Feminism: Sigmund Freud
Standard Feminist Critiques of Freud
Weitz – Chapter 10 “Breasted Experience: The Look and the Feeling” by Iris Marion
Black Feminist Thought
Pursuing Psychoanalysis in Feminist Directions
Weitz- Chapter 11 “Women and the Knife: Cosmetic Surgery and the Colonization of
Women’s Bodies” by Kathryn Pauly Morgan
Chapter 12 “Medicalization of Racial Features: Asian-American Women and Cosmetic
Surgery” by Eugenia Kaw
Tong - Ch 5 Existentialism Feminism
Sartre’s Being and Nothingness: A Backdrop to The Second Sex
Simone de Beauvoir: Existentialism for Women
Critiques of Existentialism Feminism
Weitz – Chapter 13 “Mirror Mirror” by Marcia Ann Gillespie
Chapter 14 “Casing My Joints: A Private and Public Story of Arthritis” by Mary
Tong - Ch 6 Postmodern Feminism
Some Major Influences on Postmodern Feminist Thought
Postmodern Feminist and Existentialist Feminism
Postmodern Feminism and Deconstruction
Postmodern Feminism: Three Perspectives
Critiques of Postmodern Feminism
Tong - Ch 7 - Multicultural and Global Feminism
Multicultural Feminism: An Overview
The Roots of Multicultural Feminism in the United States
Black Women and Feminism: The Interlocking Systems of Gender, Race, and
Global Feminism: An Overview
Diversity and Commonality
Women’s Issues Versus Political Issues
The One and the Many: Ethical Absolutism Versus Ethical Relativism
Weitz – Chapter 15 “Becoming a Gendered Body: Practices of Preschools” by Karin A.
Chapter 16 “Holding Back: Negotiating a Glass Ceiling on Women’s Muscular Strength”
by Shari L. Dworkin
Black Feminist Thought
Weitz – Chapter 17 “Till Death Do Us Part” by Margo Wilson and Martin Daly
Chapter 18 “Meno-Boomers and Moral Guardians: An Explanation of the Cultural
Construction of Menopause” by Joy Webster Barbre
Chapter 19 “The Future of Reproductive Choice for Poor Women and Womne of Color”
by Dorothy E. Roberts
Tong - Ch 8 - Ecofeminism
The Roots of Ecofeminism
Ecofeminism: New Philosophy or Ancient Wisdom?
Critiques of Ecofeminism
Weitz – Chapter 20 “Fetal Rights: A New Assault on Feminism” by Katha Pollitt
Review for Final
Feminist Theory Written Assignment
The assignment is based on the text, Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins.
The paper should be typed, double-spaced and 15 pages long.
Each student must choose any two theories from the Tong text and apply each to any one
chapter from the Collins’ text. The goal is to demonstrate the ability to think critically
and engage in theoretical application. The following format is suggested:
Introduce the theories being employed as well as the chosen chapter in the
You have one of two choices. You can describe each theory separately and apply
to the Collins’ chapter or you can describe each theory separately and separately apply to
the Collins’ chapter. The description of the Collins’ chapter should be apparent within
End paper with general thoughts and suggestions for change.
* Use proper referencing