Themes in Gender Studies: #MeToo: A Moment or Movement

G205 — Fall 2019

Lauren Savit
Days and Times
TR 2:30PM-3:45PM
Course Description

After gaining popularity in October 2017, the hashtag #MeToo has evolved into a worldwide phenomenon, the purpose of which is to expose the pervasiveness and daily realities of those who experience sexual assault and harassment, as well as to hold offenders accountable for their crimes and actions. Yet in November 2017, less than a month after it started trending on a number of social media platforms, The Washington Post published a video of survivors discussing its impact under the headline: “MeToo: A Movement or a Moment?” Using feminist and critical race theory, this course provides students with the historical background and contemporary contexts for #MeToo so that they have the tools to critically consider whether it is a movement or a moment. The course is divided into thematic units: Units I-III provide the theoretical foundations for studying #MeToo from a gender studies perspective; Units IV-VI analyze the social, legal, and economic institutions that have shaped our understandings of sexual violence; and Unit VII provides students with the opportunity to explore the social justice components of #MeToo by studying practical solutions to combatting sexual violence.


Please note that this course deals explicitly with issues of sexual harassment, assault, and violence in both written and audiovisual formats.

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