Philanthropy for Gender and Sexual Equity

Spring 2017

FRPG 2093
Instructor: Val Lehr
Meeting Days/Times:  Tuesday and Thursday 12:00 p.m. to 2:10 p.m.
This course counts as GNDR 103 and fulfills the FYS and DIV13 general education requirements.

Contemporary U.S. culture—especially on college campuses—is rapidly confronting challenges to traditional binary understandings of gender—male vs. female. We are witnessing social movements and legal victories resulting in changes to college campus culture including providing gender neutral restrooms, gender neutral housing, enabling students to change their official names in college records, and educating faculty and staff not to assume gender pronouns when addressing students. In this interdisciplinary course, we will examine how being male or female is translated into the social relationships of gender, namely, the many ways gender roles, identities, and institutions are constructed in relation to race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality. Students will be asked to reflect on their own identities, as well as to think about how the world is changing and might further change as the binary understanding of gender is undermined. The culminating research project will invite students to imagine themselves as philanthropists passionate about making the world a safe place for all genders and able to donate a large sum of money to an organization. As such, students will need to identify and justify a priority based on independent research.

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