ANT 2755: Global Sexualities

Explores and compares the diverse ways in which sexuality and gender are practiced, experienced, and regulated in different communities around the world. Particular attention is paid to how sexual identities and practices have influenced, and been influenced by, global political, economic, and cultural movements, including colonialism, capitalism, feminism, queer activism, and the spread of world religions.

Credits: 3

Department: Gender Studies
ARH 2885: Women Artists and Feminist Criticism

An introduction to women artists from the Renaissance era through the Enlightenment, including Anguissola, Gentileschi, Vigée-Lebrun, and Kauffmann. Topics include access to professions, constructions of sexuality and gender, and attitudes toward the body in representation.

Credits: 4

Department: Gender Studies
ARH 3187: Women Artists in the 20th Century

Focuses on women artists and their place within the art-historical narrative of the 20th century. Students examine both the diverse practices of women artists and the reception of their work by critics, dealers, and collectors.

Credits: 4

Department: Gender Studies
CIN 3540: Queer Cinema

Emerging queer cinema is explored in its historical contexts and its relation to contemporary theories of gender, sexuality, and their intersection with race, class, and nationality. The course focuses on the “queering of the gaze,” interrogating conventional notions of representation, desire, identification, filmmaking, and spectatorship. Featured directors: Warhol, Fassbinder, Haynes, Von Trotta, Akerman, Rozema, La Bruce, Araki, Denis, Jarman.

Credits: 4

Department: Gender Studies
GND 1200: Introduction to Gender and Sexuality

An introductory and foundational course on the key concepts, themes, and theories of studies of gender and sexuality. Students engage with materials that are social, scientific, historical, literary, autobiographical, artistic, and/or philosophical in examinations of themes of human gender, sexual relationships, and the intersection of gender and sexual identity.

Credits: 4

Department: Gender Studies
GND 2035: Women’s Self-Defense with Rape Aggression Defense (RAD)

The RAD system incorporates physical self-defense options developed in response to realistic situations facing women. This course covers awareness and prevention techniques, personal protection tips, and reporting procedures. Students learn to develop a defensive mind-set, respond verbally to aggression, and adopt the optimal stance for self-defense. Concludes with an opportunity for students to test their skills in realistic simulations.

Credits: 2

Department: Gender Studies
GND 3130: Feminist Theory

An exploration of feminist theories of women and society from Mary Wollstonecraft to the beginning of the modern women’s movement, followed by a study of the major theoretical trends of today, including liberal, socialist, separatist, and women-of-color feminism.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: GND1200 Or LIT2310

Department: Gender Studies
GND 3170: Women for Change in Middle East

The Middle East is mired in controversy over basic human rights, particularly in the area of women’s rights. A growing number of Muslim and Jewish women artists/activists, living in the Middle East or in the West, have joined the fight for equality. Using film, literature, and theatre, advocates for peace and equality are studied across ethnic, religious, and national lines.

Credits: 4

Department: Gender Studies
HIS 2490: Women in America

Covers the experience of American women from colonial times to the 20th century, from political, social, religious, cultural, and economic points of view.

Credits: 4

Department: Gender Studies
HIS 3115: Sex Radicals in the 19th-Century U.S.

Examines the lives and actions of people who challenged gender and sexual conventions in 19th-century America. What objections did they raise to normative social constructions? What alternative visions did they articulate, and how did they seek to turn those visions into reality? Groups explored include suffragists, dress reformers, free-love advocates, and members of utopian societies.

Credits: 4

Department: Gender Studies
HIS 3165: War and Gender in 20th-Century Europe

Examines how war changed gender relations in 20th-century Europe. For instance, how did mobilization reinforce or undermine masculine and feminine norms? How did total wars that blurred the line between fighting front and home front challenge notions of chivalry and turn noncombatants into warriors of sorts? Did new job opportunities outweigh the trauma and grief suffered by women during wartime?

Credits: 4

Department: Gender Studies
HIS 3375: “Aren’t I a Woman?”: The Construction of Womanhood in the U.S.

Traces competing images of American womanhood from the colonial era to the present, paying particular attention to groups outside of the mainstream: the poor, slaves, people of color, immigrants, and women’s rights activists (including radical feminists and lesbians). The course revolves around questions like: What constitutes womanhood? Who is excluded? What are the implications of their exclusion?

Credits: 4

Department: Gender Studies
HIS 3685: Sex and Gender in Latin America

Examines the new historiography on gender and sexuality in Latin America. It is organized around the themes of changing gender roles and shifting constructions of masculinity, femininity, and honor, with particular attention to issues of sexuality, sexual preferences, constraints, and transgressions.

Credits: 4

Department: Gender Studies
HIS 3695: History of Gender and Sexuality in the United States

Explores changes in the construction of femininity, masculinity, the family, and sexual norms in the U.S. from the Colonial era to the present. The focus is on how these changes were shaped by—and in turn influenced—industrialization, urbanization, and the rise of consumer culture.

Credits: 4

Department: Gender Studies
HIS 3727: History of Feminist Movements

This reading-intensive seminar traces the history of feminist movements in the U.S. and Europe from the 18th century to the present and also examines postcolonial global feminisms. Students are expected to master the basic historical narrative of Western feminist movements and to wrestle with the questions of race, class, and region that postcolonial feminist movements have raised.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: HIS1000-1994 Or HIS2000-2994 Or HIS3000-3994 Or HIS4000-4994 Or GND1000-1994 Or GND2000-2994 Or GND3000-3994 Or GND4000-4994

Department: Gender Studies
LIT 3004: Lesbian and Gay Poetry

A writing-intensive course in which students study the poetry of queer-identified writers through the lenses of sexuality, culture, identity, history, and poetic technique.

Credits: 4

Department: Gender Studies
LIT 3025: Women and Film

Considers the intersections of sexual difference and cinema. Topics include theories of enunciation and sexual difference, female authorship and the idea of “women’s cinema,” gender and genre, woman as spectacle, the female spectator, and feminist film theory. Representations of sexual difference in films by selected male directors are studied as a means of examining the institution(s) of cinematic expression. The bulk of the course is devoted to studying women directors as they attempt to work within and against that institution.

Credits: 4

Department: Gender Studies
LIT 3043: Toni Morrison

An exploration of Toni Morrison’s generous literary career as a playwright, fiction writer, and essayist. Students read a collection of Morrison’s most popular works (Bluest Eye, Sula, Beloved) alongside her more recent publications (A Mercy, God Help the Child). Discussions place Morrison in conversation with her literary interlocutors (Hurston, Woolf, Faulkner) and some of her most cherished contemporaries (James Baldwin, Toni Cade Bambara).

Credits: 4

Department: Gender Studies
LIT 3575: Virginia Woolf

An examination of the novels, short stories, and essays of Virginia Woolf.

Credits: 4

Department: Gender Studies
LIT 3665: American Women Writers

Examines several texts written by American women, including works by Radstreet, Wheatley, Rowson, Stowe, Dickinson, Jewett, Cather, Wharton, Hurston, Bishop, and Naylor. The question of whether there is a traceable female tradition during the past 350 years is addressed. Readings include feminist literary criticism and theory.

Credits: 4

Department: Gender Studies
LIT 3673: Austen

An examination of the novels of Jane Austen. Topics include gender and authorship; irony, sympathy, and point of view; the marriage plot; and filmic adaptation.

Credits: 4

Department: Gender Studies
LIT 3845: Zora Neale Hurston

Examines Hurston’s novels, short stories, plays, and essays alongside archival recordings and visual media. Discussions cover Hurston’s influential role in shaping conversations around race, class, and gender in the 20th century and her impact on other writers, including Langston Hughes, Alice Walker, and Toni Morrison.

Credits: 4

Department: Gender Studies
MSA 3160: Queer Media Convergence

Media convergence refers to large-scale changes in the ownership and production of media content, as well as the role that audiences and consumers have in its development. This course examines media convergence from the perspectives of queer theory and history, and asks how queer identities, sensibilities, styles, and practices both shape and are shaped by media convergence.

Credits: 4

Department: Gender Studies
PHI 2500: Gender and Power

What is gender? What is power? What tools do we have for understanding and addressing gender injustice? This course employs philosophical, feminist, and queer theory to address these and related questions.

Credits: 4

Department: Gender Studies
PHI 3725: Theories of Sexuality

An investigation of classical, modern, and contemporary theories of desire and sexuality, with an emphasis on the relationship between familial and other social institutions and on the formation of individual identities. Readings include works by Plato, Aristotle, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Freud, Foucault, and contemporary feminist and queer theorists.

Credits: 4

Department: Gender Studies
POL 2040: Women and Politics

Theoretical, historical, and empirical analyses of the relationship between women’s private roles and socialization, and their integration into politics. Topics include changes in the laws affecting women, the impact of feminism on the quality of political discourse and political action, and the vexing problem of the “gender gap."

Credits: 4

Department: Gender Studies
POL 2105: Citizens Living Under Islamic Laws

Focusing on South Asia and the Middle East, this course examines how postcolonial Islamic states currently use “Islamic laws” to negotiate power and control with their citizens. Examples include Hudood, Zina, and blasphemy laws, which result in fatwas (religious decrees) that sometimes lead to extrajudicial killings.

Credits: 4

Department: Gender Studies
POL 2350: Free Speech, Heresy, and Gender in Islamic Societies

In Islamic societies, heresy charges against women and men are leveled for different reasons, including Islamists’ opposition to democracy, modernity, and women’s education and their employment. Instances of heresy leveled by Muslims against Muslims are studied.

Credits: 4

Department: Gender Studies
POL 3045: Sex, Politics, and Health

Though people think of health as having biological roots, health and illness actually have social and political origins. This course examines women’s health policy, the women’s health movement, and the differences between the health care needs of men and women. Topics like access to the health care system, poverty, Medicaid/Medicare, managed care, breast cancer, women and violence, HIV/AIDS, and medical research are investigated.

Credits: 4

Department: Gender Studies
POL 3090: Race, Gender, and the Law

The legal dimensions of race and sex discrimination are examined. Fourteenth Amendment decisions of the Supreme Court and related federal antidiscrimination law are the focus of study.

Credits: 4

Department: Gender Studies
POL 3245: Gender and Health: International Issues

Examines health concerns on an international scale and analyzes how gender is interwoven with these concerns. The roles of international agencies are explored, with emphasis on their support (or lack thereof) of the health needs of various populations. The role of the U.S. in the implementation of programs through funding issues, restrictions on the use of funds (the “global gag rule”), and other strategies is also analyzed.

Credits: 4

Department: Gender Studies
POL 3255: Islamic State, Gender, and Sexuality

An examination of how notions of gender and sexuality are defined in the postcolonial Islamic state. Laws, customs, and cultural practices that enforce control are investigated in South Asian and Middle Eastern contexts.

Credits: 4

Department: Gender Studies
PSY 2860: Psychology of Women

A critical examination of social, psychological, and biological factors governing female behavior and experience. Within the context of a life-span model (infancy to old age), topics include gender development, puberty, school performance, sexuality, the body, depression, relationships, and communication styles.

Credits: 3

Department: Gender Studies
PSY 3845: Gender Development

Examines the processes involved in the development of gender during childhood, emphasizing the interaction between biology, socialization, and cognition. Students read primary source articles that examine the influence of hormones, parenting, knowledge, friendships, and media on children’s beliefs about their gender and on sex differences.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: PSY1530 Or BPS1530

Department: Gender Studies
SOC 2020: Human Sexuality

An overview of biological, psychological, and sociological approaches to understanding human sexual behavior. Topics include values in sexuality, sexuality through the life span, sexual dysfunction and therapy, sex and disability, sexual preferences, atypical sexualities, and sex and the law.

Credits: 3

Department: Gender Studies
SOC 2210: Sociology of Gender

A cross-cultural examination of social constructions and expressions of gender. Students define gender, examine ideological tensions, and explore the flexibility of gendered systems.

Credits: 3

Department: Gender Studies
SOC 3005: Feminism, Art, and Performance

An examination of the impact of feminist thinking on the visual and performing arts. Emphasis is placed on the historical absence of women in art worlds and the creation of work that critiques dominant modes of cultural production. A plurality of feminisms and attention to the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality inform investigations of craft, performance, and collaboration.

Credits: 4

Department: Gender Studies
SOC 3035: Birth and Death

An exploration of different sociological renderings of birth and death in contemporary societies. Understanding the concepts from a sociological perspective offers an opportunity to explore the intersections of race, class, gender, spirituality, and age. This course also focuses on recent biomedical technological innovations and their implications for birth and death representations. Students conduct an independent field trip and do extensive reading and writing.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: (SOC1500 Or CSO1500 ) Or (ANT1500 Or CAN1500 ) Or GND1200

Department: Gender Studies
SOC 3415: Racial Inequalities

Given the ethnic complexity of society, major social institutions—including education, criminal justice, health care, social services, and business—face many challenges. This course explores the past, present, and future of race and ethnicity in American society, and how immigration, culture, religion, education, and income play parts in prejudice, discrimination, and racial inequalities.

Credits: 4

Department: Gender Studies
SOC 3705: Masculinities: Feminist Perspectives

Considers experiences and images of men in U.S. society. Recent feminist theory and research concerning men are studied, with attention to the various meanings of masculinity in American culture. This course provides a sociological understanding of gender and society, with attention to race, class, and other aspects of identity that shape men’s lives, including media representations of masculinity.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: SOC1500 Or CSO1500

Department: Gender Studies
SOC 3755: Sexualities and Society

Sexuality is grounded in bodily experience, but meanings of both body and experience are socially constructed. This advanced seminar examines contemporary sexual constructions and their cultural and historical roots.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: GND1200 Or SOC2020 Or ANT3750 Or GND2020

Department: Gender Studies
THP 3300: Women in Performance

This course considers 20th- and 21st-century performance work by women in dance, theatre, and the visual art world (performance art) from a historical and theoretical perspective. Critical and theoretical feminist essays and other writings are assigned. Students read original texts, view documentation, and analyze contemporary works by women writers, choreographers, performance artists, and theatre directors.

Credits: 4

Department: Gender Studies
THP 3525: LGBTQ Theatre and Performance

Explores how LGBTQ identities and issues are represented in diverse dramatic forms, performance styles, and cultural venues. Through discussions, presentations, and writing assignments, students analyze queer theatre in relation to production history, theories of sexuality, and cultural and political contexts (both past and present).

Credits: 4

Department: Gender Studies
THP 3600: Women and Drama

Explores female characters in plays by Ibsen, Chekhov, Shaw, and contemporary women playwrights (Mann, Fornes, Churchill, Shange). Theories of gender, language, and performance are addressed.

Credits: 4

Department: Gender Studies