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IS 425-00---BLACK FEMINIST AND FEMINIST THEORY
Course Description: This 3- credit course is an in depth examination of some of the key theories and ideas of feminist and Black feminist thought, including post structuralism, postmodernism, essentialism, standpoint theory, womanist theory, etc. Students will read major works, and learn to engage in critical discussions of the basic ideas and principles that guide these theories, and discuss how they relate back to particular readings, as well as their own research. Students will learn how to discern theory through close readings of texts, and how to articulate their own position on theories. Emphasis in the course is upon critical reading, thinking, and writing.

WS 203-00---AFRICAN WOMEN/WOMEN OF COLOR IN THE DIASPORA
Course Description: This is a research seminar designed to help students apply the humanities and social science research methods in the exploration and understanding of African Women in the anthropological, historical, social, political, educational and other arenas from pre-colonial Africa, through the trans-Atlantic slave trade into the “new worlds”…

WS 200---FEMINIST RESEARCH METHODS AND SERVICE LEARNING
Course Description:This 3-credit hour course is a basic introduction to the ideas and goals of feminist research. Building in part upon Sandra Harding’s ideas concerning standpoint theory and Ruth Behar’s positioning the researcher as vulnerable observer, students will explore how to use standardized research methods in ways informed by feminist and black feminist theories. Students will be introduced to methods (both qualitative and quantitative) that have been identified as best suited to undertake feminist research. In addition, students will discuss how variables of gender, race, sexuality and class affect the choice of methods and analysis. Students will learn to apply research methods through a semester-long research project that includes a service-learning component. Emphasis in the class is upon the development of a research methodology and the refinement of critical reading, thinking, and writing skills.