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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 Anglophone (English speaking) and Francophone (French-speaking) West African and Caribbean cultures. 

PSYC. 104 - General Psychology
Robyn Kelton, Psychology

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.

Robyn Kelton is a 4th year PhD student in the Cognitive and Brain Sciences program at the University of Kansas. Robyn is a return Jayhawk who graduated with a BA in Psychology from KU in 2005. Before returning to KU, she spent several years conducting research and training in the field of early childhood education. Her main areas of research include child development, memory development, negative autobiographical memory, and how the way we recall our memories for stressful or traumatic events influences our wellbeing.   

AAAS 177 - Women with Open Eyes: Feminism, Gender, Culture & Identity in Africa and the African Diaspora
Marwa Ghazali, 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.

Marwa Ghazali biography coming soon.





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