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ETHS 160
Militarism, Gender and Ethnicity

This course explores ethnic and gender dynamics of militarism, conflict and peace-building with a view to developing perspectives on contemporary militarism in its local and global manifestations. We analyze the effects of militarism, military rule and conflict on relations of gender, ethnicity, economics, popular culture, and the environment. We also examine impacts of local and global activism, including how such movements are redefining conflict, peace and security.

This course is a modified graduate-style seminar that meets once a week. It will consist of intensive discussion of readings, plus some lectures, films and special guests (when available). It is an upper division course. No prerequisites. (Recommended courses: ETHS 051 or WGSS 071). Meets the following General Education requirements: Historical, Multicultural. Women and Gender.

Not open to first year students ("freshwomen").

Readings (Provisional)
1. Johnson, Chalmers. 2011. Dismantling the Empire: America’s Last Best Hope. Henry Holt & Co., Metropolitan Books. Macmillan.

2. Martin. G., and E Steuter. 2010. Pop Culture Goes To War: Enlisting and Resisting Militarism in the War on Terror. Lanham MD: Lexington Books.

3. Sanders, Barry. 2009. The Green Zone: The Environmental Costs of Militarism. Oakland CA: AK Press.

4. Sutton, Barbara, Sandra Morgan, and Julie Novkov (editors). 2008. Security Disarmed: Critical Perspectives on Gender, Race and Militarization. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press.

Plus, A Reader, available as library e-reserves and linked to course Blackboard Intranet site.

Course Requirements, each worth 20% of the final grade:
1) Weekly reaction papers to readings, plus discussion questions (2-3 pp.)
2) Student teams lead weekly discussions about readings
3) Research paper (15-20 pp.)
4) Powerpoint presentation of research project
5) Class Participation
Please note: there are no exams.


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Last Updated: 6/22/17