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Fall 2014 Class Schedule - updated March 26, 2015 at 05:56 pm

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
WGSS 102-01  Gender and Sport
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am MAIN 009 Corie Hammers
WGSS 105-01  Transnational Perspectives on Gender, Race, Class and Sexuality
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am MAIN 009 Sonita Sarker
*First Year Course only* Could it be possible that your own gender, race, class, and sexuality as well as your questions about them, are intimately related to global politics and culture? How does your life connect to a corporate executive’s in Thailand, a migrant laborer’s in Italy, a sweatshop worker’s in Colombia, and immigrant professionals’ in Silicon Valley? And how do different histories of women’s and gender studies intersect to expand this matrix of identities?

Through feminist analyses of actual events and phenomena such as globalization and transnationalism, this course offers surprising and exciting discoveries surrounding these questions that reveal how our past and present are linked. It uses historical documents, film, fiction, ethnographies, and autobiographies to show how we accept, negotiate, resist, and recreate where we belong in the world and how we interact with others, through texts such as Women’s Lives: Multicultural Perspectives and Gender Through the Prism of Difference. Some writers included are bell hooks, Adrienne Rich, R.W. Connell, Alice Walker, Nawal el Saadawi, Richard Falk, Barbara Smith, and Gloria Anzaldua.

We will debate and critique diverse identities from activism and academia—from Latina to Norse, from Black to Indigenous, from the First to the Fourth World. We will study how feminists and their allies have fought economic exploitation, challenged racial discrimination, protested gender oppression, redefined environmental and industrial relations, and gained strength from political and cultural coalitions. The Madres de la Plaza de Mayo, the Love Canal protesters, voting and reproductive rights activists, the Narmada Dam resisters, the Nike shoemakers, the diasporic Asian gay filmmaker, Hurricane Katrina and BP Oil Spill and Occupy activists, male feminists—these are some of the peoples whose inspiring stories have contributed to the vibrant histories in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies.

No prior acquaintance with WGSS ideas is required. Come and explore! If you’re eager about, and even if you’re resistant to, feminist/women’s/gender/sexuality studies, this course welcomes and invites you to analyze and situate your identity, your commitments, and your responsibilities in relation to the academic and other bodies of knowledge that form the foundation of a liberal arts education.

There are so many ways to engage each other—reading, group discussions, writing, interviewing. The major assignments in this course are two research essays, class presentations, periodic journals, and discussion-based participation. The emphasis is on discussion and lectures are included wherever appropriate or necessary.

WGSS 117-01  Women, Health, Reproduction
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am OLRI 101 Elizabeth Jansen
*Cross-listed with BIOL 117-01; first day attendance required; ACTC students may register on May 2 with permission of the instructor*

WGSS 141-01  Latin America Through Women's Eyes
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm NEILL 212 Paul Dosh
*Cross-listed with LATI 141-01 and POLI 141-01; S/D/NC with Written evaluation only*

WGSS 150-01  Language and Gender in Japanese Society
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am NEILL 110 Satoko Suzuki
*First Year Course only; cross-listed with ASIA 150-01, JAPA 150-01 and LING 150-01*

Japanese is considered to be a gendered language in the sense that certain linguistic forms are associated with gender. Male characters in Japanese animation often use boku or ore to refer to themselves, while female characters often use watashi or atashi. When translated into Japanese, Hermione Granger (a female character in Harry Potter series) ends sentences with soft-sounding forms, while Harry Potter and his best friend Ron use more assertive forms. Do these fictional representations reflect reality? How did gendered language come about? Are Japanese women and men always expected to sound feminine/masculine? How do people who do not align their identity with femininity or masculinity deal with gendered forms? These are some of the questions discussed in this course. Students will have opportunities to learn about historical background of gendered language and find out about current discourse on language and gender. No Japanese language ability is required.

WGSS 200-01  Feminist/Queer Theories and Methodologies
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm MAIN 011 Corie Hammers
WGSS 220-01  Feminist Re-constructions: Gender, Race, and Nation in the Sciences
MWF 12:00 pm-01:00 pm Sonita Sarker
*Course meets in Old Main 410* Feminst Re-constructions: Gender, Race, and Nation in the Sciences

This course is an inquiry into the cultural, social, and philosophical contexts of gender, nation, and race in the domains of some sciences and technologies. How have gendered and racialized minorities been represented in established frameworks historically and how have they responded to these depictions? We will analyze the prevailing perceptions of the Ideas of science and technology; the Icons, prominent scientists and symbols of these domains; and the Instruments, the tools and apparatuses, that are defined and redefined. Our focus will be on the roles that women and indigenous peoples (separate and also overlapping identities) have played in reconstructing the foundations and transforming the meanings in some sciences and technologies today.

WGSS 240-01  Comparative Feminisms: Whiteness and Postcolonialisms
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm MAIN 009 Sonita Sarker
*Cross-listed with ENGL 294-02* This course brings together discourses that have remained somewhat parallel and unrelated--Whiteness Studies and Postcolonial Studies. It is based on the premise that 'whiteness' as an academic/social framework stems from and is intertwined with social and political identity-based movements (feminist, critical race, etc.). In other words, studies of the intersection of gender, race, class, and nation initiated in the post-colonizing imagination seeks to shake up paradigms of power, and whiteness studies shares in this effort. This course explores where and how the notion of 'whiteness' converges and diverges from post-colonialism.

WGSS 294-02  Superfluous Men and Necessary Women:Russian Literary Classics in Translation
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm NEILL 228 Anastasia Kayiatos
*Cross-listed with RUSS 251-01*

WGSS 294-03  Art and the American Culture Wars
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am ARTCOM 102 Lauren DeLand
*Cross-listed with ART 294-01*

WGSS 308-01  Literature and Sexuality: Wilde, Warhol, Waters: Queer Aesthetes and Outlaws
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am THEATR 205 Casey Jarrin
*Cross-listed with ENGL 308-01; permission of the instructor required; first day attendance required*

WGSS 346-01  Constructions of a Female Killer
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm OLRI 370 Alicia Munoz
*Cross-listed with HISP 446-01 and LATI 446-01; first day attendance required*

WGSS 394-01  The Veil: Christianity, Judaism, Islam
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am MAIN 001 Susanna Drake
*Cross-listed with RELI 394-01*

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Spring 2015 Class Schedule - updated March 26, 2015 at 05:56 pm

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
WGSS 101-01  Feminist Sex Wars
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am MAIN 009 Corie Hammers
WGSS 110-01  Intro to LGBTQ Studies
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm MAIN 009 Corie Hammers
*Cross-listed with AMST 112-01; first day attendance required*

WGSS 117-01  Women, Health, Reproduction
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am OLRI 100 Elizabeth Jansen
*Cross-listed with BIOL 117-01; first day attendance required; ACTC students may register on December 5th with permission of the instructor*

WGSS 194-01  The Culture and Theory of Women of Color Feminisms
W 07:00 pm-10:00 pm NEILL 212 Juliana Pegues
*Cross-listed with AMST 194-01*

WGSS 201-01  History of U.S. Feminisms
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm MAIN 010 Amy Sullivan
*Cross-listed with HIST 201-01*

WGSS 228-01  Gender and Sexuality in Colonial America and the Early Republic
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm NEILL 402 Andrea Robertson
*Cross-listed with HIST 228-01*

WGSS 242-01  Economics of Gender
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am CARN 05 Karine Moe
*First day attendanc required; cross-listed with ECON 242-01*

WGSS 261-01  Feminist Political Theory
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am NEILL 401 Zornitsa Keremidchieva
*Cross-listed with POLI 261-01*

WGSS 264-01  The Psychology of Gender
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm OLRI 352 Joan Ostrove
*Cross-listed with PSYC 264-01*

WGSS 294-01  Socialisms and Sexualities
W 07:00 pm-10:00 pm NEILL 215 Anastasia Kayiatos
*Cross-listed with RUSS 294-01*

WGSS 300-01  Advanced Feminist/Queer Theories and Methodologies
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm MAIN 009 Sonita Sarker
*Cross-listed with INTL 300-01* This course will focus on feminist and queer postmodern and postcolonial literature and film. We will study how the terms 'feminist' and 'queer' meet and separate in 20th century culture and politics. We will seek to understand and work with definitions of the 'postmodern' and the ‘postcolonial.’ Some themes that bring them into the same conversation are: negotiating prescribed and constructed identities, playing with the notion of 'post,' critiquing existing frameworks and fashioning unprecedented ones, and addressing the material conditions of modernity and postmodernity. Some authors included are Reinaldo Arenas, Theresa Cha, Trinh Minh-Ha, and Gayatri Spivak. Films by Ursula Biemann (Switzerland) and Alka Sadat (Afghanistan) are included

WGSS 310-01  Gendered/Feminist Writing: 19th Century Women Writers
MWF 12:00 pm-01:00 pm MAIN 003 Lesley Goodman
*Cross-listed with ENGL 362-01; first day attendance required*

WGSS 330-01  Democracies, Feminisms, Capitalisms
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm MAIN 009 Sonita Sarker
Through the organizing notion of Object, we will study the intertwining of democracy and capitalism, with a brief historical overview of both but looking primarily at formations in the 20th and 21st centuries—from liberal nation-state versions through postsocialisms to neoliberal-neocolonial globalization. In this transnational comparative context, we will focus on how various feminisms have negotiated these intertwined political/economic theories, at once emerging from them, claiming a place in them, as well as self-defining against their different formations. We will explore how liberal, second- and third-wave, socialist, women of color, radical transnational, and indigenous feminisms deploy the notion of Object in addressing issues of citizenship, violence, labor, the environment, cultural representation, etc. as ways of tackling this complicated relationship with diverse forms of capitalism and democracy.

WGSS 394-01  Gender, Power, and Sexualities in Africa
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm CARN 05 Dianna Shandy
*Cross-listed with ANTH 394-01*

WGSS 394-02  Conquering the Flesh: Renunciation of Food and Sex in the Christian Tradition
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am NEILL 111 Susanna Drake
*Cross-listed with RELI 394-02*

WGSS 400-01  Senior Seminar: Linking Theory and Practice
M 07:00 pm-10:00 pm MAIN 009 Corie Hammers

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