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Skidmore College
Gender Studies

Student Learning Goals**

  • Critically examine the dominant paradigms of sex and gender at different points across time and space.
  • Center knowledges that emerge from the lived experiences of marginalized peoples.
  • Critically examine cultural assumptions about the gender binary and how it intersects with race, ethnicity, nationality, social class, sexual orientation, ability, and other vectors of power to construct identity. Furthermore, employ the knowledges obtained from this examination to help eradicate various forms of oppression.
  • Identify how feminist theories and analyses contribute to the understanding of women and gender to challenge the boundaries and concepts of traditional disciplines.
  • Gain an appreciation for the diversity of feminist theories and perspectives and how these have evolved over time.
  • Understand the historical background of the field of Gender Studies, including the development of Women’s Studies and its relationship to social justice and liberation.

*Revised after GW Advisory Board Meeting March 23, 2021