Examination of the international emergence of the field of womens studies; the achievements and limitations of scholarly work exploring oppression and discrimination based on sex and sex differences; the development of the category "gender" and its uses and abuses; and the relevance of changing understandings of the term "culture" for the study of women, gender, and/or sexuality across diverse historical periods, regions, nations, and societies. Exploration of a series of case studies.Learn more about this course
Fall 2020 Courses
Examines the social, cultural, and political history of same-sex relationships and desires in the United States and abroad, emphasizing the historical emergence of certain American sexual subcultures, such as the modern lesbian and gay "movement" or "community."Learn more about this course
Scientific Understandings of Sex and Gender interrogates the evolution of scientific approaches to, and conceptualizations of, the terminology of sex and gender from the perspective of the behavioral, medical, and social sciences.Learn more about this course
Exploration of how different social, economic, and political practices have influenced the construction of gender and sexuality outside of the United States. Examines the interplay between gender relations and characteristics of public and private institutions.Learn more about this course
Why did it take a supposedly democratic nation until 1920 to grant women the right to vote? Why did securing the voting rights of African Americans take even longer? Why does voter suppression persist? Why did successive attempts to pass an equal rights amendment fail? What is the past, present, and future of women's leadership?Learn more about this course
Engaging with classic and current scholarship, autobiogrphies, diaries, travel literature, music, poetry and film, we will examine when, where, how and why particular stereotypes about black women were created, and by whom. We will simultaneously discuss how black women grappled with race, class, gender, and sexuality and struggled to create lives and images that reflected their own understanding of liberty, power, equality, rights, citizenship, and self.Learn more about this course
Explores historical, transnational, and current aspects of sexual violence in order to highlight important aspects of this global problem and better understand how our interactions in the world as students and citizens. Students will be empowered to become agents of knowledge, care, and responsibility in this process.Learn more about this course
Explores the regulation of gender relations through the institutions of state, church, and/or civil society, including: public policies; laws and their enforcement; religions; ethical and moral norms; and other social conventions and cultural norms. Strong focus on cross-cultural and transnational comparisons.Learn more about this course
Across media forms (television, film, novels, memoir), what defines the notion of self is a critical trope. From the reality television makeover show where contestants declare, “I’m me now!” to the memoir of self-discovery that depicts the self-in-development to the feature film that frames its point of view through a single perspective, media plays a formative role in defining the emotional, intellectual, and historical meanings of the self, particularly as it relates to gender.Learn more about this course
Advanced-level analysis of cultural constitution of gender in different cultures. Emphasis on understanding how different discourses operate with respect to gender, and how they can have a range of effects, including endorsement, unsettling, and resisting prevailing gender relations.Learn more about this course
This course will highlight a particular problem, theme, or controversy confronting the interdisciplinary field of gender studies, situated in relation to the development of gender studies since the 1970s and its institutional and discursive setting.Learn more about this course
P: Junior standing; 15 credit hours of Gender Studies course work.
Does not count toward major. Selected career-related work in a cooperating institution or business. Evaluation by faculty supervisor and employer. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours. S/F grading.