Old Main Room 409
Fall 2013 Class Schedule - updated December 11, 2013 at 05:56 pm
|WGSS 102-01 Gender and Sport|
|TR||09:40 am-11:10 am||MAIN 009||Corie Hammers|
|This course views sport as a social institution and a microcosm of the longer social processes that stage, reinforce, and perpetuate myriad inequalities in society. In this course we analyze the gendered aspects of sport, and relationship among gender, sexuality, and sport. We consider the ways that sport reinforces, and potentially undermines, heteronormality, as well as hegemonic notions of masculinity and femininity. Drawing from a variety of theoretical frameworks such as feminism, queer theory, and critical race theory, this course examines through a critical lens the institution of sport, wherein sport is understood as a microcosm of American society. As a core part of our social structure, sport offers a lens through which to better understand larger social processes that reinforce, support and perpetuate myriad social inequalities, such as gender inequality, racism, homophobia, and class inequality. We focus in this course on the gendered dimensions of sport, and consider the ways sport reinforces, as well as potentially undermines, heteronormativity and the normative gender binary.
|WGSS 105-01 Transnational Perspectives on Gender, Race, Class, and Sexuality|
|MWF||03:30 pm-04:30 pm||MAIN 009||Sonita Sarker|
|*First day attendance required* 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 It uses historical documents, film, fiction, ethnographies, and autobiographies to show how we accept, negotiate, resist, and recreate where we belong in the world and how we interact with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.
|WGSS 141-01 Latin America Through Women's Eyes|
|TR||01:20 pm-02:50 pm||HUM 213||Paul Dosh|
|*First Year Course only; S/D/NC with Written Evaluation grading only; cross-listed with POLI 141-01 and LATI 141-01* Latin American women have overcome patriarchal “machismo” to serve as presidents, mayors, guerrilla leaders, union organizers, artists, intellectuals, and human rights activists. Through a mix of theoretical, empirical, and testimonial work, we will explore issues such as feminist challenges to military rule in Chile, anti-feminist politics in Nicaragua, the intersection of gender and democratization in Cuba, and women’s organizing amid civil war in Colombia. Teaching methods include discussion, debates, simulations, analytic papers, partisan narratives, lecture, film, poetry, and a biographical essay.
This class employs an innovative system of qualitative assessment. Students take the course “S/SD/N with Written Evaluation.” This provides a powerful opportunity for students to stretch their limits in a learning community with high expectations, but without a high-pressure atmosphere. This ungraded course has been approved for inclusion on major/minor plans in Political Science, Latin American Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
|WGSS 194-01 Minding The Body|
|TR||08:00 am-09:30 am||OLRI 270||Kayiatos, Ostrove|
|*First Year Course only; cross-listed with PSYC 194-01 and RUSS 194-01*
This course is an interdisciplinary examination of the body primarily from the perspectives of psychology, disability studies, and feminist studies, with a strategically split focus primarily on the United States and Russia/Eastern Europe. We will rely on analysis of theoretical and empirical research, personal narrative, and film, as well as visits from a variety of guest speakers, to explore such questions as: What is a “normal” body? A “beautiful” body? How does the media inform how we feel about our bodies? How are bodies – especially women’s bodies – objectified, exploited, commodified, and regulated? How and why do we discriminate against people with non-normative bodies? How do people represent the experience of having a disabled body? How can we think critically about the various ways in which people change, regulate, and enhance their bodies (e.g., via body building, cosmetic surgery, diet, etc.)? How do sexism, racism, classism, homophobia, and other forms of oppression influence how different bodies are viewed, treated, educated, and experienced? And how does all this change when we travel in time or across space?
The course’s cross-listing with Russian Studies will give students a comparative context for thinking about how the body is built – and minded – differently depending on cultural, political, and economic considerations.
This will be a writing-intensive course in which students will write (and re-write) personal essays, analytical and reflective essays, and a research paper.
|WGSS 200-01 Feminist/Queer Theories and Methodologies|
|M||07:00 pm-10:00 pm||MAIN 009||Sonita Sarker|
|*First day attendance required; no prerequisites* This course is an exploration of the intertwined histories of feminist and queer imaginaries of sexuality, gender, class, race, and nation. Journeying across 500 years of Native American, South Asian, European, African, and many other worlds of experience, this course will visit the statements and debates, conversations and controversies that inform our present. How we theorize and practice on a range of issues--from equal rights to earn and learn, to mass protests to individual art, from what we consume to what we produce--these are all illuminated by the provocative and complicated histories of feminist and queer theories and methodologies.
|WGSS 201-01 History of U.S. Feminisms|
|MWF||10:50 am-11:50 am||MAIN 011||Lynn Hudson|
|*First Year Course only; cross-listed with HIST 201-01* This year “The Feminine Mystique” by Betty Friedan turns 50 years old. Some credit this text with igniting the feminist movement of the 1960s in the United States. Did it? What is feminism and how did it change from its early articulations in the nineteenth century to the activism of the 1960s? This course examines the “f” word and its history. We will be especially concerned with the multiple and contradictory strains within feminism, including the critiques and interventions made by women of color. Topics that the class will consider include: the roots of feminism as it took shape in the anti-slavery movement, the overlap of women’s rights and the civil rights movement of the twentieth century, and the women’s health movement. Our readings include: biographies of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Sojourner Truth, anti-feminist tracts from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, essays by lesbian feminists Audre Lorde and Charlotte Bunch, and Friedan’s infamous text, among other selections.
|WGSS 220-01 Icons, Ideas, Instruments: Feminist Re-constructions|
|W||07:00 pm-10:00 pm||MAIN 009||Sonita Sarker|
|*Cross-listed with ENGL 294-06; first day attendance required; no prerequisites* "Indian Women Writers:" India is still described as "exotic" in current cultural vocabularies, by Indians and others. We will investigate the material realities on which these cultural vocabularies rest, through the mirrors held up by Indian women writers who are this nation-state's citizens, expatriates, and diasporans. These writers' historico-political contexts, tussles with language, and other self-imaginings, create a compelling force in developing the idea of "India" and its relationships to East Africa, North America and Western Europe.
|WGSS 252-01 Gender, Sexualities and Feminist Visual Culture|
|MW||02:20 pm-03:50 pm||ARTCOM 102||Joanna Inglot|
|*Cross-listed with ART 252-01*
|WGSS 252-02 Gender, Sexualities and Feminist Visual Culture|
|TR||09:40 am-11:10 am||ARTCOM 102||Joanna Inglot|
|*First Year Course only; cross-listed with ART 252-02* This course will examine the ways in which gender, sexuality, and feminist theory have affected modern visual culture since the early 20th century to the present. Students will explore ways in which Western culture has defined art and artists in gendered terms, and will critically explore these constructs through weekly readings, discussions and writing assignments. Students will also engage in the examination of current global and transnational feminist trends, and consider how gender is relevant to the creation and study of arts and culture. This course is cross-listed with the WGSS Department. Course material will be drawn from multiple disciplines including feminist theory, queer theory, cultural studies, and art history.
|WGSS 264-01 The Psychology of Gender|
|TR||09:40 am-11:10 am||OLRI 352||Joan Ostrove|
|*Cross-listed with PSYC 264-01*
|WGSS 294-01 Cold War Gets Hot: Sex and Gender in First and Second World Literatures|
|TR||01:20 pm-02:50 pm||THEATR 205||Anastasia Kayiatos|
|*Cross-listed with AMST 294-01 and RUSS 294-01; first day attendance required*
|WGSS 294-02 Archetypes and Agency: Gender in Latin American History through Film and Text|
|M||07:00 pm-10:00 pm||MAIN 111||Andrea Moerer|
|*Cross-listed with HIST 294-01 and LATI 294-01*
|WGSS 305-01 Race, Sex, and Work in a Global Economy|
|TR||01:20 pm-02:50 pm||MAIN 011||Corie Hammers|
|*Cross-listed with AMST 305-01; first day attendance required* This seminar presents feminist and queer studies of global capitalism, which examine power relations under contemporary globalization in terms of the racial and sexual dynamics of labor, citizenship, and migration. Course material considers the local and transnational dynamics of free trade, labor fragmentation, and structural adjustment, as these shape industrial and informal labor, and community organizing around gender, sexuality, and HIV/AIDS. The material foregrounds ethnographic analyses of the everyday conditions of people situated in struggles with the effects of global capitalism.
Drawing from various feminist frameworks and queer theory, this advanced seminar interrogates the ways in which race, sexuality, class, gender, and nation are imbricated in, and thus connected to, the global marketplace. This course thus examines power relations under contemporary globalization in terms of the racial and sexual dynamics of labor, citizenship, and migration. Course material considers the local and transnational dynamics of free trade, labor fragmentation, and structural adjustment, as these shape industrial and informal labor, community organizing, and global trends as they pertain to gender, sexuality, and racial/ethnic formations. The material foregrounds ethnographic analyses of the everyday conditions of people situated in struggles with the effects of global capitalism
Spring 2014 Class Schedule - updated December 11, 2013 at 05:56 pm
|WGSS 110-01 Intro to LGBTQ Studies|
|TR||09:40 am-11:10 am||MAIN 010||Corie Hammers|
|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*
|WGSS 117-02 Women, Health, Reproduction|
|MWF||10:50 am-11:50 am||OLRI 250||Elizabeth Jansen|
|*Permission of instructor required; first day attendance required; cross-listed with BIOL 117-02*
|WGSS 127-01 Wom/Gend/Sex Greece/Rome|
|MWF||08:30 am-09:30 am||MAIN 010||Beth Severy-Hoven|
|*Cross-listed with CLAS 127-01*
|WGSS 242-01 Economics of Gender|
|MWF||01:10 pm-02:10 pm||CARN 305||Karine Moe|
|*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 294-01 Masculinity, Gender, and Differences|
|MWF||01:10 pm-02:10 pm||CARN 105||Daniel Williams|
|*Cross-listed with SOCI 294-01*
|WGSS 294-02 Transgender History, Identity, and Politics|
|TR||09:40 am-11:10 am||NEILL 111||Catherine Jacquet|
|*Cross-listed with AMST 294-02 and HIST 294-03*
|WGSS 294-03 Burning the Curtain: Queer Performance in the United States|
|TR||01:20 pm-02:50 pm||OLRI 100||Eric Colleary|
|*Cross-listed with THDA 294-01*
|WGSS 294-04 Women and the Bible|
|MWF||09:40 am-10:40 am||CARN 05||Susanna Drake|
|*Cross-listed with RELI 294-02*
|WGSS 294-05 The New Woman: Fictions of Feminism in the 1890s|
|TR||01:20 pm-02:50 pm||MAIN 001||Lesley Goodman|
|*Cross-listed with ENGL 294-02*
|WGSS 300-01 Advanced Feminist/Queer Theories and Methodologies|
|TR||01:20 pm-02:50 pm||MAIN 011||Corie Hammers|
|*Cross-listed with INTL 300-01*
|WGSS 394-01 Democracies, Feminisms, Capitalisms|
|TR||01:20 pm-02:50 pm||MAIN 009||Sonita Sarker|
|*First day attendance required* 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 394-02 Women's Literature and Sociopolitical Change|
|TR||03:00 pm-04:30 pm||MAIN 009||Sonita Sarker|
|*First day attendance required* ‘U-topia’ means ‘a place (topos) that doesn’t exist’ and ‘Eu-topia’ means 'a good place.' Implicit as well as explicit in much of the 20th century's feminist critical analysis of the state of society and its politics is a desire for a better state yet-to-be (utopia) as well as a fear of catastrophe or nightmare (dystopia). This course investigates how women's literary writing from different parts of the world (Bangladeshi, British, African-American, Canadian, to name a few) produce visions of the present and the future, of the real and the imagined, beliefs about masculinity and femininity, socialist and capitalist philosophies, modernity, the environment (ecotopia), and various technologies including cybergenetics. The collection of texts is intended also to provide us with genealogies to construct as well as analyze our own fantasies and realities of sociopolitical change.
|WGSS 394-03 Gender and Music|
|TR||09:40 am-11:10 am||MUSIC 219||Victoria Malawey|
|*Cross-listed with MUSI 394-01*
|WGSS 400-01 Senior Seminar: Linking Theory and Practice|
|M||07:00 pm-10:00 pm||MAIN 009||Corie Hammers|