Gender is a central, but too often obscured dimension of the policy and practice of international affairs, relations, and development. In this transdisciplinary course, gender is not a synonym for women, as Terrell Carver reminds us. Students take gender seriously as an analytical category and examine how masculinities, femininities, gender identities, and sexualities shape the construction, implementation, and outcomes of global governance, politics, economics, and interventions. Traversing macro and micro levels, the course exposes students to diverse voices from around the world, which they utilize to conduct gender analyses on case studies relevant to their interests. Throughout, we will be mindful of 1) how gender functions in tandem with sexuality, class, race, religion, and ethnicity (intersectionality) and 2) how multidimensional identities morph historically, regionally, and culturally. The student builds a gender analysis toolkit and practices what Cynthia Enloe describes as "feminist curiosity," exploring the relationship between gender and power in various aspects of international affairs.
Course Attributes: EN S; BU BA; BU IS; AS LCD; AS SSC; FA SSC; AR SSC; AS SC