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Gender, Africa & the African Diaspora

Global Perspectives: Gender, Africa & the African Diaspora

A “global perspective” is when someone can think about a situation as it relates to the rest of the world. In Global Perspectives: Gender, Africa, & the African Diaspora, students will be introduced to the principles, theories, and methodology of psychology, while exploring the concept of “feminism” and “gender identity” in relation to Francophone (French-speaking) West African and Caribbean cultures.

PSYC 104 - General Psychology
Instructor TBA

Fulfills Goal 3 Social Sciences (GE3S), 3 credit hours

This course provides students with a basic introduction to the science of psychology and helps them develop a foundation of knowledge that builds across fundamental areas of study. Upon completing PSYC 104, students will be able to demonstrate basic competence in the principles, theories, and analytic methods used in social sciences.  In taking this course, students should expect to be able: to develop a fundamental understanding of the science of psychology, the study of thought, feelings, and behavior; to construct a working vocabulary of terminology used in psychology and a familiarity with key people and ideas that have shaped psychology; to practice systematic and technical writing skills as utilized in the psychological sciences; to think critically about the importance of scientific methods and ethical principles of research design, and how these contribute to the body of knowledge about psychology; to understand the connections between content areas within psychology, and how to apply those psychological principles to daily life and new situations; and to create a foundation of psychology knowledge as a prerequisite for all other psychology courses at KU.

AAAS 177 - Women with Open Eyes: Feminism, Gender, Culture & Identity in Africa and the African Diaspora
Cécile Accilien, African & African American Studies

Fulfills Goal 1 Outcome 1 (GE11), 3 credit hours

What does “being a woman” mean? Do you think ‘being a woman’ is perceived the same way across different cultures? How much of gender identity is universal and how much is it tied to socialization and cultural norms? To patriarchy? To education? To the economy? To religion? What does the term “gender” mean? Is it the same as feminism? What is feminism? What is womanism? In Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics, author bell hooks describes feminism as “a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression.” This course will introduce students to the concept of feminism and gender identity in Francophone (French-speaking) West African and Caribbean cultures. Among the various questions that this seminar will address are: How is feminism and gender identity connected to themes such as patriarchy, sexism, violence and stereotypes? How are gender expectations and stereotypes formed and how do they impact development and human rights?  What role does class and education play in empowering women? Through readings and films such as  Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticat, So Long a Letter by Mariama Bâ and Faat Kiné by Sembène Ousmane we will explore these various questions.

Professor Cecile AccilienCécile Accilien was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and grew up in Newark, New Jersey. She is fluent in French and Haitian Creole and has conversational ability in Spanish. She has lived in Burkina Faso (West Africa), France, Senegal and Belgium. She is passionate about traveling and discovering new cultures. Her areas of interest include Literary and Cultural Studies, Women and Gender Studies and Film Studies.





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