Spring 2024

Theories in Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies

Listed in: Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, as SWAG-200


Katrina Karkazis (Section 01)


This course provides an introduction to historical and contemporary intersectional and interdisciplinary feminist theory. We begin the course by first asking the questions: What is theory? Who gets to participate in theory building? How is feminist knowledge production influenced by power, privilege and geopolitics? We will explore the ways in which feminism is multi-vocal, non-linear, and influenced by multiple and shifting sites of feminist identities. This exploration includes the examination and analysis of local and global feminist thoughts on gender/sex, race, sexuality, disability, reproductive justice, colonialism, nationalism as they effect and shape social and economic forms of power and oppression. The emphasis of the course will remain focused on the theories produced by feminist, Black, queer, trans, indigenous, and transnational scholars, among others, to help explain and resist dominant or exploitative forms of power.

Recommended: SWAG 100 or another course on gender or sexuality. Limited to 25 students. Spring semester. Professor Karkazis.

How to handle overenrollment: Priority given to SWAGS majors; then students will be selected to maximize diversity across major, class year, and institution

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: an emphasis on written work, readings, group work, visual analysis, aural analysis, oral presentations.

SWAG 200 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM CLAR 100
Th 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM CLAR 100


Other years: Offered in Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022, Spring 2023, Spring 2024