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New Undergraduate Course Supplement 2023

WGSS 66.34 Dangerous Intersections: Intersectionality Beyond Boundaries

Intersectionality has become a prominent framework for understanding how social categories shape lived experiences. As an interpretative tool utilized across the social sciences and humanities, intersectionality interrogates how power is distributed along and across axes of inequality and privilege. Course readings, discussions, assignments, and assessments will focus on a wide range of social locations connected to race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexuality, religion, language, and disability, while also accounting for the multiplicity, nuance, ambiguity, and contradictions in how these social identity markers intersect. Engaging both theoretical and empirical works, this course will examine how simultaneous and interdependent dynamics between axes of inequality impact identity formation and life chances, relationships of marginality and privilege, social continuity,  social conflict, and social change. Additionally, this course will critically explore the challenges and advantages of intersectional analysis and the future of intersectionality’s theoretical, methodological, and epistemological capacities.

Degree Requirement Attributes

Dist:SOC; WCult:W

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Department-Specific Course Categories

Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies