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Course Schedule for WOMEN, GENDER, AND SEXUALITY - Spring 2018
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Course ID Title Credits Type Instructor(s) Days:Times Location Permission
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5156 WMGS-133-01 Blues Women to Nicki Minaj 1.00 LEC Woldu, Gail TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM TBA ART  
  Enrollment limited to 40
  This course explores the music of black American women in music fro the era of blues queens of the 1920s through Nicki Minaj. Along the way we will listen to and read about the music of blues greats Ma Rainey and Bessie smith; trailblazer Marian Anderson; jazz legends Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Dinah Washington; Motown superstar Dina Ross and the fabulous Supremes; disco queen Donna summer; gospel and sould diva Aretha Franklin; rocker Tina Turner; and, ultimately, women in hip-hop, among them Queen Latifa, Lil Kim, and Nicki Minaj. Because context is critical to understanding of the music of these women, course readings will situate the women in their social and musical times.
5276 WMGS-246-01 Sociology of Gender 1.00 LEC Andersson, Tanetta TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 9
  NOTE: There are 30 seats total between SOCL246 and WMGS246. Please add yourself to the waitlist if you are interested in the course.
  Sex and gender are used as principles of social organization in all known societies. This course surveys research in the sociological study of gender with the goal of providing students with a theoretical grounding for analyzing gender from a sociological perspective. We will explore how our lives and the world around us are shaped by gender and how gender has been constructed over time. We will further examine how sociological research on gender helps us to understand power and inequality at various levels – institutional, organizational, and interactional—by examining various topics such as gender socialization, reproduction, education, work, and violence. We will also pay attention to how gender reinforces and builds upon other areas of inequality such as social class, race, ethnicity, and age.
5105 WMGS-247-01 Greek and Roman Marriage 1.00 LEC Safran, Meredith TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM TBA GLB2  
  Enrollment limited to 10
  How did ancient Greek and Roman societies understand “marriage,” a concept so familiar to us in contemporary American society? In recent years we have witnessed how its very definition, the kind of obligations and rights it entails, and how it defines gender roles are bound up in a web of familial, religious, and political interests that can change, despite insistence on “tradition.” In this course, we will read a survey of Greek and Roman texts that engage with the concept of marriage over a millennium, including Homer’s Odyssey, Athenian tragedies and legal oratory, Roman comedies, the account of Roman history by Livy, and the Roman poet Ovid’s epic Metamorphoses.
4932 WMGS-308-01 Mapping American Sexualities 1.00 SEM Corber, Robert T: 6:30PM-9:10PM TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  This course examines the emergence of modern forms of sexual personhood in the United States. Starting in the late nineteenth century, it tracks the shift from gender role to object choice as the organizing principle of sexual identities, desires, and practices while paying particular attention to the consolidation of the hetero/homosexual binary. Readings include novels, plays, films, and memoirs, as well as key theoretical texts.
5217 WMGS-326-01 Representation of Miscegenatn 1.00 LEC Paulin, Diana TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  The course examines the notion of miscegenation (interracial relations), including how the term was coined and defined. Using an interdisciplinary approach, we will consider the different and conflicting ways that interracial relations have been represented, historically and contemporaneously, as well as the implications of those varied representations. Examining both primary and secondary texts, including fiction, film, legal cases, historical criticism, and drama, we will explore how instances of interracial contact both threaten and expand formulations of race and “Americanness” in the U.S. and beyond. How is miscegenation emblematic of other issues invoked, such as gender, nation, and sexuality? How do enactments of interracial contact complicate the subjects that they “stage”?
5152 WMGS-343-01 Women and Empire 1.00 SEM Bilston, Sarah TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  This course examines women’s involvement in British imperialism in the 19th and 20th centuries. What part did ideologies of femininity play in pro-imperialist discourse? In what ways did women writers attempt to "feminize" the imperialist project? What was the relationship between the emerging feminist movement and imperialism at the turn of the 20th century? How have women writers in both centuries resisted imperialist axiomatics? How do women authors from once-colonized countries write about the past? How are post-colonial women represented by contemporary writers? Authors to be studied include Charlotte Brontë, Flora Annie Steel, Rudyard Kipling, Jean Rhys, Jamaica Kincaid, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Alexander McCall Smith.
4625 WMGS-345-01 Film Noir 1.00 SEM Corber, Robert W: 6:30PM-9:10PM TBA  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  NOTE: For English majors, this course satisfies the requirement of a 300-level elective.
  This course traces the development of film noir, a distinctive style of Hollywood filmmaking inspired by the hardboiled detective fiction of Dashiell Hammett, James Cain, and Raymond Chandler. It pays particular attention to the genre’s complicated gender and sexual politics. In addition to classic examples of film noir, the course also considers novels by Hammett, Cain, and Chandler.
4298 WMGS-399-01 Independent Study 1.00 - 2.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and director are required for enrollment.
4299 WMGS-466-01 Teaching Assistant 0.50 - 1.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and director are required for enrollment.
4300 WMGS-497-01 Senior Thesis 1.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and director are required for enrollment in this single term thesis.
4374 WMGS-499-01 Senior Thesis Part 2 2.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and chairperson are required for each semester of this yearlong thesis. (Two course credits are considered pending in the first semester; two course credits will be awarded for completion in the second semester.)
5016 ANTH-207-01 Anth Persp Women & Gender 1.00 LEC Nadel-Klein, Jane TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM TBA GLB5  
  Enrollment limited to 30
  Using texts and films, this course will explore the nature of women’s lives in both the contemporary United States and a number of radically different societies around the world, including, for example, the !Kung San people of the Kalahari and the Mundurucù of Amazonian Brazil. As they examine the place of women in these societies, students will also be introduced to theoretical perspectives that help explain both variations in women’s status from society to society and "universal" aspects of their status.
5270 ARAB-224-01 Intro to Arab & ME Cinemas 1.00 LEC Hanna, Kifah W: 1:15PM-3:55PM TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 30
  This course offers an overview of the social and artistic role of cinema in the Arab world. It presents a historical outlook on the rise and development of cinema in the broader Middle East and North Africa through an investigation of this genre and the use of critical and cultural theory. It examines the artistic and cultural relationship of cinema to the societies it represents by utilizing a variety of structured thematic viewpoints such as the configuration of society and community, children in times of war, feminist discourse, and homosexuality, in order to explore cinema as an integral part of Arabic popular culture. The lectures will be organized around weekly screening of films in addition to related critical readings. No previous knowledge of Arabic language is required. This course is also listed under the African studies concentration and Middle Eastern studies concentration of the International Studies program and under the Women, Gender, and Sexuality program.
5139 EDUC-309-01 Race Class & Educ Policy 1.00 SEM Wong, Jia-Hui Stefanie TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Educational Studies 200 or permission of instructor.
  How do competing theories explain educational inequality? How do different policies attempt to address it? This class will consider the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality in the examination of educational inequality. Possible topics include economic and cultural capital, racial/gender/sexual identity formation, desegregation, multiculturalism, detracking, school choice, school-family relationships, and affirmative action. Student groups will expand upon the readings by proposing, implementing, and presenting their research analysis from a community learning project.
5065 HIST-247-01 Latinas/Latinos in USA 1.00 LEC Figueroa, Luis M: 1:15PM-3:55PM TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 29
  NOTE: 8 seats reserved for first-year students; 8 seats reserved for sophomores
  The status of people of Latin American origin and descent is a hotly-contested topic in American politics and culture. To understand it properly requires a historical perspective. We will examine the experiences of Native peoples, Spanish settlers and Hispanicized multi-racial groups during the colonial period (1500s-1700s); the U.S. military conquests of northern Mexico (1836-1848) and Puerto Rico (1898); the subsequent U.S. imperial role in the Caribbean and Central America; the regionally and legally dissimilar migration experiences and civil rights struggles of Mexicans, Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, and Central and South Americans since the late 1800s; the four-centuries-long impact of Hispanic peoples on American society; newly emerging Pan-Latinx transnational identities; and earlier and current debates on U.S. immigration policies.
5235 INTS-239-01 Gender in Japanese Lit/Film 1.00 LEC Wu, Guanda MW: 1:15PM-2:30PM TBA GLB2  
  Enrollment limited to 29
  Drawing upon canonical literary sources as well as internationally celebrated films and anime, this course explores how Japanese society defines and portrays heroes and heroines, beginning in the Heian era and continuing through the modern period. Under the umbrella theme of the heroic, we will analyze how Japanese society defines and promotes cultural values and mores, and how gender roles have been constructed in different historical moments and represented in different media. We will move through themes, such as, war and samurai, love and double-suicide, onnagata and gender ambiguity, and feminism and modern heroines. Our discussion will be conducted with close reference to important theoretical issues in gender and sexuality studies. Readings and discussion in English.
5192 INTS-311-01 Global Feminism 1.00 LEC Mitchell-Eaton, Emily MW: 10:00AM-11:15AM TBA Y GLB  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  This course examines how the struggles of diverse gender based movements (religious and secular, urban and rural, black and white), from the Americas to the Middle East and Asia, shed light on vexing social problems like the lack of sexual and reproductive rights, political and social representation, and equal opportunities. Using historical and contemporary examples of women’s organizing and theorizing, course materials interrogate the meaning of ‘feminism’, the relationship between the gendered self and society, the impact of race, class, and cultural differences on women’s solidarity, the challenge of women’s (and gender based) activism to state and social order, the impact of women's networking, and the possibilities for achieving a transnational, cross-cultural or global ‘feminism.’
5236 JAPN-239-01 Gender in Japanese Lit/Film 1.00 LEC Wu, Guanda MW: 1:15PM-2:30PM TBA GLB2  
  Enrollment limited to 29
  Drawing upon canonical literary sources as well as internationally celebrated films and anime, this course explores how Japanese society defines and portrays heroes and heroines, beginning in the Heian era and continuing through the modern period. Under the umbrella theme of the heroic, we will analyze how Japanese society defines and promotes cultural values and mores, and how gender roles have been constructed in different historical moments and represented in different media. We will move through themes, such as, war and samurai, love and double-suicide, onnagata and gender ambiguity, and feminism and modern heroines. Our discussion will be conducted with close reference to important theoretical issues in gender and sexuality studies. Readings and discussion in English.
5204 LACS-224-01 Intro to Arab & ME Cinemas 1.00 LEC Hanna, Kifah W: 1:15PM-3:55PM TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 30
  This course offers an overview of the social and artistic role of cinema in the Arab world. It presents a historical outlook on the rise and development of cinema in the broader Middle East and North Africa through an investigation of this genre and the use of critical and cultural theory. It examines the artistic and cultural relationship of cinema to the societies it represents by utilizing a variety of structured thematic viewpoints such as the configuration of society and community, children in times of war, feminist discourse, and homosexuality, in order to explore cinema as an integral part of Arabic popular culture. The lectures will be organized around weekly screening of films in addition to related critical readings. No previous knowledge of Arabic language is required. This course is also listed under the African studies concentration and Middle Eastern studies concentration of the International Studies program and under the Women, Gender, and Sexuality program.
5043 SOCL-246-01 Sociology of Gender 1.00 LEC Andersson, Tanetta TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 20
  NOTE: There are 30 seats total between SOCL246 and WMGS246. Please add yourself to the waitlist if you are interested in the course.
  Sex and gender are used as principles of social organization in all known societies. This course surveys research in the sociological study of gender with the goal of providing students with a theoretical grounding for analyzing gender from a sociological perspective. We will explore how our lives and the world around us are shaped by gender and how gender has been constructed over time. We will further examine how sociological research on gender helps us to understand power and inequality at various levels – institutional, organizational, and interactional—by examining various topics such as gender socialization, reproduction, education, work, and violence. We will also pay attention to how gender reinforces and builds upon other areas of inequality such as social class, race, ethnicity, and age.
5143 SOCL-272-01 Social Movements 1.00 LEC Spurgas, Alyson TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 25
  The sociological study of social movements concentrates on collective action by groups that use institutionalized and non-institutionalized action to promote or inhibit social and political change. This course, then, examines collective action as diverse as peasant rebellions against urbanization and commercialization in 18th-century France to the organized militancy of lesbians and gays in 20th-century U.S. We will read historical and sociological research that addresses the following questions: why collective action emerged, how it was organized, what its goals were and if it achieved those goals, how members were recruited and maintained, and how elites and non-elites responded to its activities.