Spring 2018 Course Descriptions

GWS 150B1: Gender in a Contemporary Society       Jac Asher                       

  • 150B1-101           Fully Online       7.5 week January 10 – March 2, 2018   
  • 150B1-102           Fully Online       7.5 week March 12 – May 2, 2018 


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 150 B2: Sex, Health and AIDS         Sabia-Tanis, Justin

  • MW       11:00-11:50am         Lecture                


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

Recognizing that HIV/AIDS has irretrievably changed the lives of individuals and societies across the globe, this course sets out to explore this social and disease phenomenon from a number of perspectives. Most importantly, the course approaches the topic with the recognition that most areas of concern surrounding HIV and AIDS are controversial and under debate, including the origins of the virus, ways to change behavior and conditions of sexual exchange, the social and economic causes of HIV transmission, funding allocations for research, and foreign policy concerning AIDS testing and funding.                

GWS 150 B4: LGBTQ Studies                       Galarte

  • 150B4-001           Lecture                 Online                  (This is a hybrid course)


DIS 001A                T               8:00-9:15am                    
DIS 001B                T              12:30-1:45pm                                                                    
DIS 001D                R              12:30-1:45pm                                                     


  • 150B4-101           Lecture                 Fully Online

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 150B5: Sport, Sex, Identity: Cultural and Institutional Issues in Sports         Berry         

  • TR           9:30-10:45am    

This course is an exploration of the ways in which sports, as a reflection of society, are shaped by differences in social power, especially ideas about gender and race.  Topics include access to and conduct of youth and high school sports; access to and outcomes of participation in collegiate and professional sports, institutions and occupations and achievement in sports.

How do sports reflect, reinforce, and challenge conventional ideas about health, bodies, sexuality, inequality, and identity?  Explore new ideas about sports and related activities as they intersect with popular culture and science.  Core topics include race, gender, sexuality, and national identity projects, and basic landmarks in the history of sport in the US.  Secondary topics will vary but may include eating disorders/obesity, college sports finance and participation, injuries and risk, fitness crazes, sports participation and economic inequality, ability/disability, health disparities and physical activity, and related topics.

GWS 200: Women and Western Culture              

  • 200-001 Lecture                 TR           2:00-3:15pm     Karaman
  • 200-101 Lecture                 Fully Online       7.5 week March 12 - May 2, 2018   Kinnamon
  • 200-102 Lecture                 Fully Online       7.5 week March 12 - May 2, 2018   Blackston

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 201: Introduction to Chicana/Latina Studies                             Perez

  • TR             3:30-4:45pm    

This course on Chicana women introduces students to basic concepts, categories and issues organized around the concept of gender. We examine gender and power relations within various institutions: the home, the school system, university, the church, the environment, and various human work spheres.

GWS 240: Gender in a Transnational World                                   Negrete-Lopez

  • TR           11:00-12:15pm 

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 300: Special Topics in Gender and Women's Studies (see course flyer for description)

  • 300-001                        Planetary Precarities     TR           12:30-1:45pm     Hayward


GWS 305-001: Feminist Theories                      Luibheid

  • TR           2:00-3:15pm      

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.

GWS 325-001: Gender, Sexuality & International Migration                 Luibheid

  • TR           11:00-12:15pm                 

Focusing on contemporary migration across international borders, we explore how migration contributes to the production, contestation, and remaking of gender and sexual norms as these intersect with hierarchies of race, class, and geopolitics. We particularly examine how the selection, incorporation, and governance of migrants provide occasions for challenging, renegotiating, or affirming dominant gender and sexual norms; how migrants contest multiple exclusions and refashion identities, communities, and politics through gender and sexuality; and how transnational social fields, grounded in histories of empire and global capitalism, shape and are reshaped by these processes.                       

GWS 430/530-001: Queer Cinema                  Hayward

  • Lecture                 TR           3:30-4:45pm
  • Screening             T              5:00-7:00pm     OPTIONAL

This course provides an upper level introduction to LGBTQ issues in cinema, and includes films from the much acclaimed "New Queer Cinema" of the 1990s. Students will consider how gay and queer sexualities are produced in these films and what debates the films generated.  We will study what it means to "queer" a film and the limitations of "positive images."  We will also examine how alternative genders and sexualities are produced alongside ethnic, cultural, religious, and regional differences.  Film studies background not assumed.

GWS 487-001: Feminist Interpretations of Health                     Geary

  • MW       3:00-4:15pm       (Currently in the process of being added to the Spring 2018 schedule.)

This course examines health as a biomedical and ideological category in relation to questions of gender, race, class and sexuality. Issues include the social, cultural, and institutional contexts shaping health and disease patterns; societal understandings of those contexts and patterns; and relationships between health and social inequality.   

GWS 539B-001: Feminist Theories II                                Stryker

  • M            3:30-6:00pm      

This course is Part 2 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 696G-001: Queer Theories                                     Klotz

  • W           3:30-6:00pm                      

This seminar examines theories of sexuality, focusing on relations between sexuality, gender, race, and economic processes. The course may include foundational theorists such as Foucault, Butler, and Sedgwick as well as the most recent publications in the field.