2021 Summer - Women and Gender Studies: Topic Courses

WGS337H5S: Special Topics in Women and Gender Studies: Gender and Wellbeing: Local and Global (E. Davis)

This course considers issues of gender and well-being from intersectional feminist and sexuality studies perspectives and in relation to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Key themes addressed in this course incluse feminist and disability studies approaches to care, self-care, (mental) health, and normality; the Foucauldian concepts of biopolitics and care of self; the symbolic and social function of gender(ing) for conceptions of nation, race, and the "healthy" social body. The course will explore how gender and sexuality mediate social conceptions of the well-being of individuals, groups, societies, and nations, as well as how feminist scholars and activists have challenged existing conceptions of well-being, normality, health, and care.