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WS 396B - Topic: Miniskirts and Headscarves - Gender, Nationality, and Migration in Modern Europe

Prerequisite: WS 215 or WS 215C or WS 266 or WS 267 or WS 269 or WS 270 or WS 271 or WS 280 or WS 380. Students must have taken at least 3 credits of WS course prior to enrolling. Any one of the WS courses listed in prerequisites will satisfy this requirement.

Course Description: Since 1945, European cultures have experienced waves of migration and population transfers: “guest workers” drawn from the Mediterranean to work in Northern Europe; former colonial subjects who have migrated from Asia or Africa to live in Britain, France, or Holland; people relocating between nations within the European Union; and people from Eastern Europe moving west after the collapse of the Soviet Union. This course uses film, literature, and historical readings to explore the ways in which population transfers and social change have “unsettled” older notions of gender, sexuality, and nationality, resulting in conflicted and contested identities. We will discuss gender and nationality in the context of: expanding consumer cultures; Cold War politics; the political movements of the 1960s in Western Europe; decolonization and the claims of former colonial subjects; Islamophobia and religious conflict; political struggles over citizenship; and the effects that the collapse of the Soviet Union have had on Eastern European women and families.


3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Tutorial

Women's & Gender Studies Department

Course Attributes:
Inquiry and Exploration

Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:     
      Undergraduate

Prerequisites:
Undergraduate level WS 215 Minimum Grade of D or Undergraduate level WS 215C Minimum Grade of D or Undergraduate level WS 266 Minimum Grade of D or Undergraduate level WS 267 Minimum Grade of D or Undergraduate level WS 269 Minimum Grade of D or Undergraduate level WS 270 Minimum Grade of D or Undergraduate level WS 271 Minimum Grade of D or Undergraduate level WS 280 Minimum Grade of D or Undergraduate level WS 380 Minimum Grade of D