GNDS 340/3.0 Indigenous Women, Feminism and Resistance
Instructor: Dr. Rachael Johnstone
Interactions between feminism, critical race theory, and postcolonial theory are some of the most relevant and exciting intersections enriching identity politics today. Through an exploration of the scholarship, writings, and activism of indigenous women, this course seeks to investigate areas where oppressions cut across theoretical divides. A particular emphasis will be placed on indigeneity and resistance, with course work encouraging students to unify theoretical analysis with specific case studies.
- Develop a strong theoretical foundation in feminist, critical race, and postcolonial analysis
- Use these theories to engage with and understand the unique experiences of indigenous women
- Reflect on strategies of resistance and their potential utility in securing social and political change
- Confidently engage with on-going debates in the field
- Develop and hone critical analysis and writing skills
The experiential learning opportunities for this course will provide students with the opportunity to explore the central course concepts in various settings. The field studies for this course will be planned to include relevant and timely learning opportunities. The following are examples of field studies that may be planned for this course.
- UK Feminista workshops (Birmingham)
- Feminist events during the Brighton Festival (Brighton)
The field studies we engage in will inform both class discussions and the final research essay. It is thus important to take careful notes during field studies so that you are able to reference information gathered through conversations, questions, presentations, and so on, while in the field.
Proposed evaluation structure:
- Participation: 15%
- Critical Response Papers (10%x3): 30%
- Presentation/Discussion Questions: 20%
- Research Essay: 35%