This course attempts to provide a basic vocabulary for the discussion of gender and sexuality. It introduces the philosophical notion of difference, thus encouraging reflection on women as a category of thought. Finally, it explores the peculiarly French approach to feminism, so that a culture in its specificity may be better known. Throughout the course, the richness of feminism as a historical, cultural, and theoretical movement will be discussed. Offered in translation.notes: A writing practicum is available for students who wish to fulfill the college intensive-writing requirement with this course.