Introduction to gender studies

As the coordinator of the Gender Studies program at Columbia, I began my revision of the gender studies minor with a revision of the introductory course. After an introduction taking up the history of the category of gender, we considered a few readings in each of several major thematic areas of gender inquiry: politics, sex, the family, race, technology, non-binary gender identifications. Through class discussion, students were introduced to a variety of academic approaches to thinking about gender; through mini-lectures corresponding to the readings, students became acquainted with the history of the feminist movement. Assignments included an essay critiquing a classic work of feminist scholarship and a creative project engaging the course readings.