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Course Schedule for WOMEN, GENDER, AND SEXUALITY - Fall 2014
Course ID Title Credits Type Instructor(s) Days:Times Location Permission
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3323 WMGS-101-01 Women,Gender & Sexuality 1.00 LEC Hedrick,Joan D. TR: 8:00AM-9:15AM SH - N217 HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 40
  This course is not open to seniors.
  NOTE: Seats are reserved as follows: 20 First Year Students 15 Sophomores 5 Juniors Seniors are not allowed to register for this class.
  This course introduces students to the study of women, gender, and sexuality, paying attention to issues of power, agency, and resistance. Using a variety of 19th- and 20th-century American materials, the course seeks to understand: women’s experiences and the way they have been shaped, normative and nonnormative alignments of sex, gender, and sexuality across different historical periods, and the intersection of gender, sexuality, race, class, and nation.
3178 WMGS-318-01 Hollywood Stars 1.00 SEM Corber,Robert J. M: 1:15PM-3:55PM SH - T302 HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Prerequisite: C- or better in one film studies course, or permission of instructor.
  This course examines one of the most important aspects of studio-era Hollywood cinema, the production of stars. It pays particular attention to a paradox of the studio era, how some stars underwrote the dominant constructions of male and female identity while others challenged them. It also addresses the role of racial and class differences in shaping stardom. Case studies may include Rudolph Valentino, Mae West, Katharine Hepburn, Shirley Temple, Doris Day, Rock Hudson, Charleton Heston, and Sidney Poitier. Readings by Richard Dyer, Judith Mayne, Gaylyn Studlar, Janet Staiger, and Pamela Robertson.
3179 WMGS-335-01 Mapping American Masculinities 1.00 LEC Corber,Robert J. T: 6:30PM-9:10PM SH - T308  
  Enrollment limited to 20
  This course examines the construction of masculinity in American society starting with Theodore Roosevelt’s call at the turn of the twentieth century for men to revitalize the nation by pursuing the “strenuous life." Through close readings of literary and filmic texts, it considers why American manhood has so often been seen as in crisis. It pays particular attention to the formation of non-normative masculinities (African-American, female, and gay) in relation to entrenched racial, class, and sexual hierarchies, as well as the impact of the feminist, civil rights, and gay liberation movements on the shifting construction of male identity. In addition to critical essays, readings also include Tarzan of the Apes, The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, The Great Gatsby, The Sun also Rises, Native Son, Another Country, and Kiss Me Deadly (Spillane). Film screenings include Kiss Me Deadly (Aldrich), Shaft, Magnum Force, Philadelphia, Brokeback Mountain, Cleopatra Jones, and Boys Don’t Cry.
3180 WMGS-345-01 Film Noir 1.00 SEM Corber,Robert J. W: 1:15PM-3:55PM SH - T302  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  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.
2240 WMGS-399-01 Independent Study 1.00 - 2.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 20
  Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and director are required for enrollment.
2065 WMGS-401-01 Senior Seminar 1.00 SEM Hedrick,Joan D. TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM SH - T408 WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  This course is open only to senior Women Gender and Sexuality majors and minors.
  The goals of this seminar are to sharpen critical thinking and to afford an opportunity for synthesis of student work in women, gender, and sexuality. Towards these ends we will examine the construction of race, class, and sexuality in America as they intersect with gender. The capstone of the course is a twenty-five-page research paper. There will be opportunities to share work in progress with seminar members and to involve the wider campus community in the issues.
2243 WMGS-466-01 Teaching Assistant 0.50 - 1.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 20
  Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and director are required for enrollment.
2241 WMGS-497-01 Senior Thesis 1.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 20
  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.
2242 WMGS-498-01 Senior Thesis Part 1 2.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 20
  Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and director 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).
3119 AMST-341-01 Spectacle Disability Amer Cult 1.00 SEM Paulin,Diana R. T: 6:30PM-9:10PM AAC - 231 HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 20
  This course examines how people with disabilities are represented in American literature and culture. Whether it is the exceptional savant who is heralded as a hero because of her "special" abilities or the critically injured person whose disability relegates him to the sidelines of society even though his ability to overcome everyday challenges is applauded from a distance, definitions of disabilities (both generally and explicitly) tell us a great deal about the concept of normalcy and the expectations that we attach to this term. In addition, the various narratives associated with different disabilities and their origins are shaped by other aspects of identity, such as socio-economic class, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and gender. We will look at a variety of mediums including fiction, non-fiction, film, television, and memoirs in order to examine how these representations, along with the material realities of disabled people, frame our society's understanding of disability and the consequences of these formulations. We look at texts and cases such as Million Dollar Baby, the Terry Sciavo case, Born on a Blue Day, Forrest Gump, the American Disabilites Act, the Christopher Reeves story, and Radio.
3257 CLCV-224-01 Sex&Sxlties Ancnt Gre&Rm 1.00 LEC Regan,Amanda R. TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM GW - L GLB2  
  Enrollment limited to 20
  Do current Western attitudes toward sex and sexuality have a history? How and why did ancient Greek society glorify and institutionalize homosexuality and consider it superior to heterosexuality? What were the origins and evolution of Greek and Roman sexual attitudes and practices, and in what ways did Roman sexuality differ from Greek? This course will examine ancient Greek and Roman sexual values and practices in order to illuminate contemporary attitudes toward sex and the body. Readings will include selections from Homer, Sappho, Plato, Juvenal, Martial, Petronius, Catullus, and other ancient writers, as well as modern critical analyses. This course is intended for and open to all students. There is no prerequisite for enrollment.
3190 ENGL-220-01 Crime&Passion:Stds in Vict Lit 1.00 LEC Bilston,Sarah R. MW: 1:15PM-2:30PM 115V - 103 HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 25
  NOTE: For English majors this course satisfies the requirement of a 200-level elective.
  This course introduces students to major writers and issues from the British Victorian period (1837-1901). It will focus on texts–-fiction, non-fictional prose, and poetry-–in which notions of propriety and morality are in productive dialogue with crimes, threatening secrets, and subversive passions. Texts to be studied include Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, Charles Dickens’ Bleak House, D.G. Rossetti’s Jenny, and M.E. Braddon’s Lady Audley’s Secret. (Please note: this course requires substantial amounts of reading; Victorian novels are long!) For English majors, this course satisfies the requirement of a 200-level elective.
3234 ENGL-347-01 Wrtg Women of the Renaissance 1.00 SEM Wheatley,Chloe WF: 11:30AM-12:45PM HL - 14 HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Prerequisite: C- or better in English 260 or permission of instructor.
  NOTE: For English majors, this course satisfies the requirement of a course emphasizing literature written before 1700. It is a research-intensive seminar.
  Anne Boleyn. Queen Elizabeth. Mary Queen of Scots. Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke. Penelope Rich. Lucy Russell, Countess of Bedford. These Renaissance women were important leaders, writers, patrons of the arts. There also exists a rich and long tradition of representing them in history, literature, and film. What does this sustained fascination reveal about the continual process of historical revision, and ultimately about our own cultural preoccupations? This course will examine a range of texts: biographies, early modern texts by and about these figures, and more contemporary representations (in popular histories, plays, and films) of their lives and times. For English majors, this course satisfies the requirement of a course emphasizing literature written before 1700. It is a research-intensive seminar.
3315 HIST-224-01 Gender in Brazilian History 1.00 LEC Cancelled HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 35
  NOTE: 10 seats are reserved for First-Year students.
  Since colonization, Brazilian society stabilized specific roles for men and women in its national discourse. We will debate how gender roles marked the experiences of Brazilian indigenous, European and afro-descent populations before and after colonialism. Gender categories also affected the lives of enslaved and freed people, since they created specific experiences for black men and women, and peculiar ways of social uplift that depended on the gender of individuals. In the 20th Century, government propaganda produced a discourse of national identity that influenced the way in which Brazilian men and especially women were seemed national and internationally. The debates and demands carried by LGBT, feminists and other social movements in Brazil who are dedicated to equalizing the rights of people will also be discussed.
3263 HIST-247-01 Latinos/Latinas in USA 1.00 LEC Figueroa,Luis A. TR: 2:55PM-4:10PM SH - S204 HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 35
  NOTE: 10 seats are reserved for First-Year students.
  Who are “Latinos/Latinas” and how have they come to constitute a central ethnic/racial category in the contemporary United States? This is the organizing question around which this course examines the experiences of major Latino/Latina groups—Chicanos/Mexicanos, Puerto Ricans, and Cubans—and new immigrants from Central America and the Caribbean. We study U.S. colonialism and imperialism in the Old Mexican North and the Caribbean; migration and immigration patterns and policies; racial, gender, and class distinctions; cultural and political expressions and conflicts; return migrations and transnationalism; and inter-ethnic relations and the construction of pan-Latino/Latina diasporic identities.
3332 HIST-259-01 Gender & Sexuality African His 1.00 LEC Cancelled HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 35
  NOTE: 10 seats are reserved for First-Year students.
  This course traces the historical experiences of women and conceptions of gender in Sub-Saharan Africa from the pre-colonial period to the recent past. Themes include the role of women in pre-colonial politics and warfare, and gendered notions of labor in agriculture and trade. We will discuss African marital and familial relationships, and the extent to which colonial rule and the missionary encounter transformed those institutions. We will also explore how attitudes toward masculinity, femininity, and homosexuality have been constituted in Africa, and what impact these historical constructions have on debates in contemporary Africa.
3307 HIST-368-01 Gender & War in 20th Cen. Eur 1.00 SEM Rodriguez,Allison A. MW: 11:30AM-12:45PM LSC - 131 HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Between 1914 and 1945, Europe was engulfed in what can be termed its "Second" Thirty Years War. The First and Second World Wars lay waste to Europe, changing and challenging every aspect of society, including the gender order. Women were asked to make sacrifices for their nations on the Home Front, as well as enter into realms of the public sphere which had previously been forbidden. Men who took up arms had to readjust to civilian life after years spent in battle. This course will examine how the First and Second World Wars affected both men and women - how notions of femininity and masculinity were challenged and renegotiated during and after the wars. Readings will include academic texts and contemporary sources.
3166 INTS-218-01 Wmn, Gndr & Fam in Middle East 1.00 LEC Bauer,Janet L. TR: 1:30PM-2:45PM MC - 303 GLB5  
  Enrollment limited to 30
  NOTE: 7 seats are reserved for first-year students
  As an introduction to the lives of women in the ‘men’s world’ of the Middle East, this course examines the impact of global sociopolitical and economic transformations on gender relations, sexuality, adolescence, family structure, local culture, and feminist movements across the Middle East and North Africa. Case studies survey male and female perspectives in a variety of ethnic/religious communities (Muslim, Jewish, Christian) and types of societies (Bedouin, agricultural, urban).
3271 PHIL-240-01 Intro to Feminist Philosophy 1.00 SEM Marcano,Donna MW: 10:00AM-11:15AM MECC - 293 SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 20
  In the last several decades, feminist philosophy has developed with new vitality. It has influenced such diverse areas of philosophy as ethics, politics, and epistemology. Its contributors represent both Anglo-American and European philosophical traditions. This course will introduce students both to some of the major contributors and to the ways in which they have influenced various areas of philosophy. (May be counted toward Women, Gender, and Sexuality major and minor.)
3174 SOCL-246-01 Sociology of Gender 1.00 LEC Andersson,Tanetta E. MW: 1:15PM-2:30PM MC - 106 SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 30
  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.
3175 SOCL-260-01 Sexual Diversity and Society 1.00 LEC Valocchi,Stephen M. TR: 2:55PM-4:10PM MC - 225 SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 30
  Sexuality has often been considered to be a natural, biological instinct-a drive that is fueled by hormones, genes or deep psychic impulses. During the last twenty years, however, scholars (including sociologists) have challenged this view of sexuality. Instead, they argue that how we organize our sexuality-our desires, ideas, value systems, practices and identities-are profoundly shaped by social and cultural influences. Although this course focuses on the social construction of homosexuality, we will also examine the many ways that normative as well as nonnormative sexualities are socially constructed. We will also examine the many ways that the social construction of sexuality is informed by class, gender, race and ethnicity. Using materials from sociology and from the many other disciplines that are working in the areas of lesbian and gay studies and queer theory, we will explore the impact that history, economics, social structure and cultural logics have had on sexual behaviors, identities, and belief systems. Enrollment limited.