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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • SP.401 (Fall 2007) 
  • Course Title:
  • Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Special Programs 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Dr. Andrea Walsh 
  • Course Introduction:

  • SP.401 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies

    Fall 2007

    Course Highlights

    SP.401 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies

    Fall 2007

    Black and white photos of women's rights activists.
    Women's rights activists throughout the decades. Top row: Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth. Bottom row: Betty Friedan, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Charlotte Perkins Gilman. (Images courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Reproduction numbers: LC-USZ62-15887, LC-DIG-ggbain-30124, LC-USZ62-16225, LC-USZ62-115884, LC-USZ62-48965, LC-USZ62-106490, respectively.)

    Course Description

    This course offers an introduction to Women's and Gender Studies, an interdisciplinary academic field that asks critical questions about the meaning of gender in society. The primary goal of this course is to familiarize students with key issues, questions and debates in Women's and Gender Studies scholarship, both historical and contemporary. Gender scholarship critically analyzes themes of gendered performance and power in a range of social spheres, such as law, culture, work, medicine and the family.

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    Andrea Walsh, course materials for SP.401 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies, Fall 2007. MIT OpenCourseWare (, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Downloaded on [DD Month YYYY].


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