Courses of Study 2018-2019 
    Mar 27, 2023  
Courses of Study 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ASRC 4602 - Women and Gender Issues in Africa

(GB) (SBA-AS)      
Spring. 4 credits. Student option grading.

Co-meets with ASRC 6602 .

N. Assié-Lumumba.

There are two contrasting views of the status and role of women in Africa. One view portrays African women as controlled by men in all social institutions. Another view projects women as having a relatively favorable position in indigenous societies they were active with an identity independent of men’s and no concentration of women in a private sphere while men controlled the public sphere. This course examines critical gender theories and women in historical and contemporary periods. The topics covered include: non-westernized/pre-colonial societies; the impact and legacy of colonial policies; access to education and knowledge; women in politics and the economy in local and global contexts; women’s organizations; armed conflicts and peace; same gender love and evolving family values; the law and health challenges; the United Nations and World Conferences on Women: Mexico 1975, Copenhagen 1980, Nairobi 1985, Beijing 1995 and post-Beijing meetings, and the 2010 superstructure of UN Women, and Beijing +20 in 2015 with the UN Women’s slogan “Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it!”

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