Fall 2018 Course Descriptions

GWS 150B1: Gender in a Contemporary Society      Soto                      

  • MW       10:00-10:50am         Lecture                

Discussions

DIS 001A                 F              9:00-9:50am        
DIS 001B                 F              9:00-9:50am                        
DIS 001C                 F              10:00-10:50am                                   
DIS 001D                 F              10:00-10:50am                                   
DIS 001E                 F              11:00-11:50am   
DIS 001F                 F              11:00-11:50am                   
DIS 001G                F              12:00-12:50pm                                   
DIS 001H                F              12:00-12:50pm

This course will encourage students to consider the ways in which gender influences issues of self-identity, social differences, and social status. It will provide students with an understanding of the connections between individuals and institutions such as mass media, the disciplines of science and medicine, and political and economic systems.                                                          

GWS 160C1: Technology and Society: Introduction to Science, Technology and Society        Croissant      

  • Full Online
This course is an introduction to the social, historical, and ethical contexts of knowledge, science and technology. Although science and technology are perhaps the defining features of contemporary Western society, all cultures have distinct forms of knowledge and technical practices. These reflect their relationships to the questions relevant to scientists, engineers, and the general public, about the causes and contents of scientific and technical information. Course materials provide broad historical understanding of science and technology in Western culture.

GWS 200: Women and Western Culture              

  • 200-001 Lecture                 MWF           10:00-10:50am   
                      
  • 200-002 Lecture                 TR               11:00-12:15pm      
     
  • 200-101 Lecture                 Fully Online       7.5 week  Ocotber 11 - December 5, 2018

Examines the various ways in which women have been depicted in western philosophy, literature, and the arts from the classical Greek period to the present. Explores women's cultural expressions and representations of themselves.
 

GWS/HIST 202: History of Modern Sexualities                 

  • TR             9:30-10:45am   

Cross cultural history of the relationship of modern sexualities and the rise of capitalism, secularism, urbanization, imperialism, sexology, and sexual identity politics from the eighteenth century to the present.

GWS 240: Gender in a Transnational World                                   

  • 240-001 Lecture                 MWF           9:00-9:50am   
                      
  • 240-002 Lecture                 TR               9:30-10:45am      MacCorquodale

This interdisciplinary course provides an introduction to concepts of gender and an understanding of how gender shapes U.S. society, economy, politics, and culture. Through readings, guest lectures, discussions, films, and writing assignments, students learn how race, class, sexuality, culture, religion, and geopolitics inform gender. Focusing on topics including work, family, body, media, political organizing, and tourism, the course also explores how U.S. gender systems have shaped and been shaped by colonialism, capitalism, warfare, and interactions with people in other parts of the world, historically and now.

GWS 260: Sex, Gender, and Technology                     Stryker

  •           Lecture                 Online                  (This is a hybrid course)

Discussions

DIS 001A                T             9:30-10:45am                    
DIS 001B                R            9:30-10:45am                                                             
                                             

Introduction to the study of sexual identities, communities and politics as they relate to gender, race and class in different cultural contexts.  Special attention is given to social justice perspectives.  Course is interdisciplinary in its approach, using literature, history, arts, and social science.

GWS 305-001: Feminist Theories                      Klotz

  • TR           11:00-12:15pm      

Explores feminist theories from various disciplines, analytical frameworks, and subject areas. Examines the construction, differentiation, and representation of the genders in different cultural settings, and the ways that race, class, sexuality, and geopolitics inform gender.

This course takes a historical approach to the topic of feminist theories, looking at how the struggle for women’s rights has shifted and developed over time, from the suffragist campaign for women’s voting rights to the #MeToo movement. We will engage feminist theory as it relates to the issues of the First, Second and Third Waves, from the sex debates to  black feminism, from socialist feminism to questions of intersectionality and the relationship between the role of gender in anticolonial struggles. We will situate these theoretical approaches within a broader cultural framework, examining works of literature and film, as well as discussing contemporary examples in popular culture. We will also examine the question of what defines the “feminine” in feminist theory, and how states of in-betweenness, as represented by trans* and intersex subject positions, throw the very basis of gender analysis into question.

With theoretical readings by:  Friedrich Engels, Sojourner Truth,  Simone de Beauvoir, Betty Friedan, Audre Lorde, Shulamith Firesone, Leslie Fiedler, Adrienne Rich, Katherine McKinnon, Andrea Dworkin, Gayle Rubin,  Judith Butler, Lucé Irigaray, Monique Wittig, Gayatri Spivak, Angela Davis, bell hooks, Laura Mulvey, Donna Harraway, Kimberle Crenshaw, Ann Fausto Sterling, Jack Halberstam, Hortense Spillers, Patricia Hill Collins,  Julia Serano, Dean Spade, and others;

Literary readings: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper, Doris Lessing, The Fifth Child, Octavia Butler: Parable of the Sower; Phoebe Robinson, You Can’t Touch My Hair; and Films: The Vagina Monologues, Vertigo, Thelma and Louise, Dear White People, Ex Machina, Orange is the New Black, and Wonder Woman.

GWS 308-001: Gender, Labor, and Families                MacCorquodale

  • TR           2:00-3:15pm                 

This class will engage with and challenge our taken-for-granted understandings by introducing a critical perspective on families. Approaching families as social institutions that are constructed, contested, and transformed in relation to larger social forces such as globalization and gender, race/ethnicity, sexuality, nationality, and class-based inequalities, we will explore families in their diversity and complexity. We will learn about the different ways in which families reproduce the societies they are part of, through the literal reproduction of human beings and the provision of their everyday needs, as well as through the reproduction of social inequalities. We will also examine the labors this reproduction recruits, with an emphasis on the increasingly commodified and transnational flows of reproductive labor. At the end of this class, you will be familiar with the contents and discontents of the multiple family arrangements that characterize contemporary American society.              

GWS 309-001: Queer Theories                  Hayward

  • TR           12:30-1:45pm

Explores theories and critiques of sexuality, gender, race and nation, as they have been organized under the concept of `queer theory.' Topics include: historical emergence of queer theory in relation to histories of feminism, lesbian & gay studies, and social activism; queer of color critique; transgender activism and studies; theories of sexuality; the critique of identity; sexual cultures; and similarities and differences within lesbian, gay, trans, and queer theories.

GWS 312-001: Latina/o Pop: Race, Gender, Sexuality & Popular Culture

  • TR           2:00-3:15pm
This course examines how Latinas/os have been a major force in the production of popular culture. In particular we will critically examine discourses of "Latinidad" (a seamless construction of Latinos as a monolithic group) in the corporate production of identities.   Latinidad also provides the contradictory grounds where consumer culture meets Latina/o performance. Some artists choose to reappropriate commercial spaces as sites of empowerment, while others are complicit in perpetuating stereotypical representations of Latinas/os. We will explore the construction of Latina/o identities as they influence and produce particular racial, sexual and gendered identities.  Furthermore, the course focuses on the real-world implications for these performances as they commodify Latina/o culture.  Over the course of the semester, students will be introduced to Latina/o/Chicana/o musical production, movies, television, advertising, magazines, literary texts, performance art, murals, installation art, music videos, and animation within a historical context.
 

GWS 317-001: Science Fiction Studies                Croissant

  • Fully Online
Science fiction is studied as a genre of film and print fiction in which we can imagine future societies and future science and technology in utopian and dystopian forms, paying particular attention to race/class/gender and depictions of identity and otherness, as well as social power in imagined societies.
 

GWS 354-001: Feminist Literary Theories           Soto

  • T           3:30-6:00pm

Traces the development of feminist literary theories from early modern origins to the present.

GWS 358-001: U.S. 3rd World Feminisms: Theory, History, Practice           Galarte

  • MW          3:30-4:45pm

This interdisciplinary course examines key works by those women of color whose political and cultural investments in a collaborative, cross-cultural critique of U.S. imperialism and heteronormativity has been called "U.S. Third World Feminisms."

GWS 386-001: Race/Gender:  Genealogies, Formations, Politics           

  • TR          9:30-10:45am
This course examines the gendered constitution of race in the U.S., from 18th century naturalism and 19th century scientific racism, to 20th and 21st century eugenics, multiculturalism, neoliberalism, and "color blindness".

GWS 415/515-001: Chicana/o Literary & Historical Recovery Projects                 Perez

  • W       3:30-6:00pm

The nineteenth and early twentieth centuries were a formative period in Chicana/o literary and cultural history, especially for women. This course tracks the gendered, racial, linguistic, and national shifts marked by the literary and historical records left by cultural producers as they now receive critical attention as "recovered" texts.

GWS 498-001: Senior Capstone        Geary       

  • TR          2:00-3:15pm
A culminating experience for majors involving a substantive project that demonstrates a synthesis of learning accumulated in the major, including broadly comprehensive knowledge of the discipline and its methodologies.  Senior standing required.

GWS 539A-001: Feminist Theories I                Hayward

  • R            3:30-6:00pm      
This course is Part 1 of a two-semester survey of feminist theories. The course covers major issues, debates and texts of feminist theory and situates feminist theory in relation to a variety of intellectual and political movements. The course is a discussion format and requires active participation of all students.     

GWS 596T-001: Queer--Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender--Histories of North America                   Stryker

  • M           3:30-6:00pm                      
The course focuses on the development of lesbian and gay community and politics in North America in the 20th and 21st centuries,  starting with colonial America and ending up with transnational queer life in the post-Stonewall period. The course aims to develop an appreciation for sexual diversity in North American history.  Graduate-level requirements include 8-12 page paper and additional readings each week.

GWS 645-001: Psychoanalysis and Cultural Theory             Geary

  • T            3:30-6:00pm      
Course will provide an in-depth introduction to psychoanalysis and its utilization in cultural theory.  The first half of the course will be devoted to reading the work of Sigmund Freud.  We will then explore the uptake of Freudian psychoanalysis within cultural studies of race, gender, sexuality and nation.  Particular attention will be paid to the work of Frantz Fanon and his critical interlocutors.