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Spring 2018-2019
* AAS 404 / GSS 419 / POL 429 (SA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Intersectional Activisms and Movements for Social Justice

Dara Z. Strolovitch

This course examines intersectionality's roots as a political intervention growing out of & based in movement politics. It begins with early articulations of intersectional perspectives on the part of Black feminists & feminists of color, emphasizing its movement roots. We then examine empirical research about social movements & political activism, focusing on scholarship that considers both the potential of & the challenges to movements that try to address the imbrication of racial inequalities with other forms of marginalization and domination, including (though not limited to) heteropatriarchy, capitalism, ableism, & the carceral state.

Sample reading list:
Cathy J. Cohen, The Boundaries of Blackness
Kimberlé Crenshaw, Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex
Rose Ernst, The Price of Progressive Politics: The Welfare Rights
Beth Richie, Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence and America's Prison
Benita Roth, Separate Roads to Feminism
Dara Strolovitch, Affirmative Advocacy: Race, Class, and Gender
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
100-200 pages of reading per week. Students will prepare six sets of weekly reading responses (1-2 pages), engaging substantive issues in the readings. These responses will be graded on a pass/fail basis. Final Paper: Each student will write a 15-20 page research paper on a topic related to Intersectional Activism.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Papers - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40249 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   Corwin Hall   130   Enrolled:11 Limit:15