First Seven-Week Session

5/20/13 - 7/5/13

WST 304 American Girls: Identity, Culture and Empowerment

A sub field of Women's Studies, Girls' Studies focuses on the issues most pertinent to the lives of girls. Using this field as our guide we will explore what it means to study girls and how we go about such studies. We will consider what constitutes the category of "American girls" as well as the variety of cultures and identities contained by these categories. We will consider the struggles that girls face as well as the ways in which girls confront, and are confronted by, systems and structures. We will consider the ways in which girls are portrayed in popular culture as well as the ways in which girls navigate this space. Finally, we will consider (and participate in) movements to empower girls. 3 credit hours. Prerequisite ENG 102W OR AME 201W OR WST 101. (Crosslisted with AME 304)

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