Fall 2017: Required Courses & Non-Required/Elective Courses
WGSS 001-10 Women & Men in Society 42423 4 credits (SS) CBE Diversity
The course introduces students to key concepts, theoretical frameworks, and interdisciplinary research in the field of Women’s and Gender Studies. Examines how gender interacts with race, age, class, sexuality, etc., to shape human consciousness and determine the social organization of human society. The course may include topics such as: gender and work; sexuality and reproduction; women’s health; media constructions of gender and race; gender, law, and public policy. Professor Krasas M, W; 12:45 - 12:00 p.m.
WGSS, ENGL 097-010 Rewriting Romance 43947 4 credits (HU)
This course will pair classic literary romances with contemporary romantic comedies to examine the tropes that transcend form and time. These pairings will allow the class to investigate the ways in which cultural beliefs about gender, class, race, religion, age, and sexuality inflect our perceptions of romance. Romantic comedies as a genre either reinforce exclusionary notions of “normal” romance, or offer plots constructed around specific challenges to love based in cultural difference; together, we will look at the roots of this trend in literature through the lens of a few enduring themes. Staff M, W; 8:45 - 12:00 p.m.
**CANCELED** WGSS, ENGL 104-10 Special Topics in Gender Studies : Viewing Mad Men: Window, Mirror and Screen 43440 4 credits (HU)
Mad Men, a television drama about a 1960s advertising agency, has been acclaimed for its complex characters, sophisticated storytelling and meticulous recreation of the world of the early 60s. However, critics have debated the accuracy of Mad Men’s representation of the 60s, and argued over the show’s viewpoint on the world it portrays. The course will focus in particular on the cultural significance of advertising, and the social position of women in the early 60s. Professor Handler T, R; 2:35 - 3:50 p.m.
WGSS, ENGL 195-10 The Attraction of War: Defining Desire in Times of Violence 44096 4 credits (HU)
In his 2002 memoir, journalist Chris Hedges describes war as an “addiction . . . a drug” that seduces us. What is it, though, that attracts us? Once we take the first sip of the “enticing elixir”, how do we stay interested even when we see evidence of its violence? Hedges claims that “war looks and feels like love”. If that’s true, then what does love look like?! This 100-level course will explore these questions across global connections between desire and violence ranging from the 19th century to the present day. Reading will include: selections from R. Burton’s translation of the Kama Sutra and One Thousand and One Nights, H. R. Haggard’s adventure novel King Solomon’s Mines, World War II” bombshell” art, C. Thompson’s graphic novel Habibi, photos from Abu Ghraib, and the film Zero Dark Thirty. We will also address excerpts from some critical texts like Chris Hedges War is a Force that Gives us Meaning, bell hooks’s “Eating the Other: Desire and Resistance”, and Hannah Arendt’s On Violence. Professor Mizin T, R; 2:35 - 3:50 p.m.
WGSS, HMS, HIST 196-10 Does Sex Have a History? The History of Sexuality in the U.S. 43761 4 credits (HU)
This class explores the history of sexuality in the United States from the colonial era to the present. While sexuality can appear timeless and stable, sexual ideologies, categories, and behaviors have consistently evolved, and they have transformed American society in the process. While cod pieces and white wigs enhanced upper class men's apparent virility in the early Republic, the “Playboy era” saw a reliance of stereos and cars. Friendship between nineteenth-century women included intimacies that would now more typically be found in same-sex relationships and marriages. We will also study how institutions like the law, medicine, and the media have shaped sexual identities and experiences. In so doing, the class aims to develop sophisticated readers of historical and contemporary cultures. Professor Najar T, R; 2:30 - 3:50 p.m.
WGSS 271-10 Independent Reading and Research 42424 1-4 credits (HU, SS)
Independent study of selected topics designated and executed in close collaboration with a member of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies faculty. May be repeated for elective credit. Prerequisite: consent of the WGSS program director. Instructor permission required. Professor Miller
WGSS, ENGL 304-10 Sepcial Topics in Gender Studies II: Jane Austen 43640 4 credits for undergraduate students (HU)
WGSS, ENGL 304-11 Sepcial Topics in Gender Studies II: Jane Austen 43642 3 credits for graduate students (HU)
This course offers a focused study of Austen’s six complete novels as well as a consideration of her juvenilia and incomplete works. We will examine the cultural context of Austen’s work, relevant contemporary writers, and her own development as a novelist. Professor Kramp, Dominique T, R; 10:45 - 12:00 p.m.
WGSS, ENGL 304-012 Sepcial Topics in Gender Studies II: Women/Revolution Early America 43959 4 credits for undergraduate students (HU)
WGSS, ENGL 304-013 Sepcial Topics in Gender Studies II: Women/Revolution Early America 43960 3 credits for graduate students (HU)
The American Revolution happened only a century after Mary Rowlandson was abducted by Native Americans (1675) and women were burned alive during the Salem Witch Trials (1692). In this course, we will read the writing that women produced—and some writing about women—to explore how opportunities and possibilities for women transformed (or remained the same) during the long eighteenth century. Were early American women able to participate in public life? If so, which women and under what circumstances? Did early American values such as liberty and independence extend to women? If so, which women and for what reasons? Did women feel like they had a “revolution” in 1776? We will read captivity narratives, poetry, novels, and other public writing—by authors such as Mary Rowlandson, Phyllis Wheatley, Hannah Griffits, Susannah Wright, Hannah Foster, Susanna Rowson, Charles Brockden Brown, and Mercy Otis Warren—to help us explore these issues Professor Gordon M, W; 8:45 - 10:00 a.m.
WGSS 330-10 Internship in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 42425 1-4 credits (SS)
Supervised work in women's organizations or settings, combined with an analysis, in the form of a major paper, of the experience using the critical perspectives gained in WGSS courses. Placements arranged to suit individual interests and career goals; can include social service agencies, women's advocacy groups, political organizations, etc. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: WGSS 001 and consent of the WGSS program director. Instructor permission required. Professor Miller
WGSS, SOC 364-10 Sociology of the Family 43948 4 credits for undergraduate students (SS) WI (Writing Intensive)
Sociological analysis of families in the United States, including investigations of historical and contemporary patterns. Issues addressed include parenting, combining work and family, divorce and remarriage, family policies. Professor Lindemann T, R; 10:45-12:00 p.m.
WGSS 373 - 010 Internship in the Women’s Center 42426 1-3 credits (SS) Professor Jones
WGSS 373 - 011 Internship in the Office of Gender Violence, Education and Support 44191 1-3 credits (SS) Professor DeSipio
WGSS 373 - 012 Internship in the Pride Center 44304 1-3 credits (SS) Professor Fullerton
Supervised work in on-campus student services office such as the Women's Center, the Pride Center, Office of Gender Violence, etc, allows WGSS students to bring critical perspectives on women and gender into the campus community. This course may be repeated for credit up to a maximum of 6 credits. Prerequisites: WGSS 001 and consent of the Center director. Instructor permission required.
WGSS, LAS, ENGL 398-010 Puerto Rican Women Writers 43982 4 credits for undergraduate students (HU)
WGSS, LAS, ENGL 398-011 Puerto Rican Women Writers 44033 3 credits for graduate students (HU)
This course focuses on development and themes within Puerto Rican Women's writing, both prose and poetry. In particularly, we will pay attention to how transnationalism influences ideas about creativity, performace, feminism, and liberation. Writers in the course include Luisa Capetillo, Julia de Burgos, Nicholasa Mohr, Rosario Ferré, Esmeralda Santiago, and Judith Ortiz-Cofer. Assignments include a short written analysis of a text (5 pages) and a longer, research project (8-10 pages) which can take the form of a research paper, teaching plan, or multimedia video. The interactive format (lecture, small group discussion, in-class writing) of this course will also require students active participation.
Professor Jimenz-Garcia M, W; 2:35 - 3:50 p.m.
WGSS 430-10 Internship in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 42428 1-3 credits
Internship related to women, gender, and sexuality studies. Supervised by WGSS faculty. Prerequisite: consent of the WGSS program director. Instructor permission required. Professor Miller
WGSS 391-010 Feminist and Queer Theory 44313 4 credits
WGSS, ENGL 495-010 Feminist and Queer Theory 43993 3 credits
Drawing its topic from the now famous Scholar and Feminist IX conference on sexuality, held at Barnard College in 1982, this course explores “Pleasure and Danger” in varied accounts of the relationship between sex and gender. In the first half of the course, we will explore different theoretical models for thinking gendered suffering and pleasure, with a particular focus on the relationship between feminist and queer theories from the ‘Sex Wars’ of the early ‘80s through the rise of queer theory out of gay and lesbian studies in the early ‘90s: How might we describe the relationship between sex and gender? What are the analytical and political costs and benefits of thinking through sex and gender together? Of—if possible—splitting them apart? In the second half of the course, we will explore the current legacies and possible futures of these debates about pleasure and harm by examining how they have influenced recent trends in scholarship on gender and sexuality. As we read the course texts, we will pay particular attention to critical analyses (and uses) of language as a symptom or mechanism of gendered harms and as a resource for pleasure and transformation. Professor Edwards R; 1:10 - 4:00 p.m.
Summer 2017 Courses
WGSS, ENGL 104-11 Good Girls and Bad Boys in the Age of Consent (HU) CBE Diversity 4 credits CRN 20824
Contemporary novels and fan fiction authors continue to use a similar trope: typically in her first year of college, the good, virginal girl meets and lusts after the bad, sexually-experienced boy. What happens when we take these narratives in the context of American colleges and universities that adopt policies of “affirmative consent”? This course will read a series of recent novels and pay specific attention to how desire and sex intersect with gender. The course will also incorporate contemporary college and university conversations around Greek Life and athletics. Questions students will be responding to include, do the novels respond to the changing policies and laws? How do the characters understand notions of consent? Do readers encounter heteronormative and hegemonic notions of "masculinity" and "femininity" in the books? What happens when the students lose faith in the campus conduct system and create their own? In addition to reading contextual material, we will read pieces of fiction including The Mockingbirds, The Luckiest Girl Alive, Beautiful Disaster, and portions of the Twilight series, including recent mashups. Professor Jones (SS 2) online
WGSS, ENGL 104-12 Made to Kill: Female Violence in Popular Cinema (HU) CBE Diverstiy 4 credits CRN 21128
This course will examine the ways in which representations of female violence in popular cinema construct, reinforce and/or challenge normative ideas about female identity, violence and gender roles. Films include The Hunger Games, Black Swan, Carrie, and The Silence of the Lambs. The course will also introduce you to the language of film and enable you to use this language to interpret the way films make meaning. Readings will include critical essays, contemporary reviews, and feminist theory. Professor Handler (SS 2) online
WGSS, THTR, DES 129-10 History of Fashion and Style (HU) CBE Global 4 credits
Dress and culture in the Western Hemisphere from prehistory to today. The evolution of silhouette, garment forms and technology. The relationship of fashion to politics, art and behavior. Cultural and environmental influences on human adornment. Professor Hoelscher
(SS 1) online CRN 20698
(SS 2) online CRN 20699
WGSS, AAS, GS, HIST 195-10 Women, Gender, Sexuality and Race in African Societies (HU) CBE Diversity 4 credits CRN 20992
This course explore the various ways in which womanhood, gender, sexuality and race is defined, constructed and articulated in African societies. The interdisciplinary course draw from historical writings, novels, biography, anthropology, political science, health and others to examine diverse activities and contributions of African women from the pre-colonial period. Professor Essien (SS 2) online
WGSS, AAS, ENGL 196-11 Love in the Time of Tinder: Relationships, Identity and Technology (HU) CBE Diversity 4 credits CRN 21225
In this 100-level course, we will explore how people use various kinds of digital, electronic, and social technologies to engage in relationships with one another, and with the technology. Through a series of readings and films, students will:
· Analyze the role of technology in personal relationships, and consider larger social and global issues concerning the production, use, and reliance upon technologies.
· Consider the gendered and racial components that affect how individuals interact with technologies.
· Speculate why writers and film-makers are preoccupied with futuristic technologies in science fiction and speculative fiction. What do these preoccupations reveal about our current historical moment and fears? How will technologies continue to impact the way we communicate and bond with one another in the future?
Professor Heidebrink-Bruno (SS 2) online
WGSS, HIST 197-10 Witches, Patriarchs, and Daughters of Liberty: Gender in Early America (HU) 4 credits CRN 20857
This is not your grandmother’s history. It has witches, good wives, and even a few pirates. While gender norms can appear timeless and stable, they have consistently evolved and have transformed societies in the process. We will study women’s and men’s divergent experiences of family, work, politics, slavery, sexuality, and community. We will also study how gender framed questions of colonization, race, and class.
Professor Najar (SS 2) T, R 10:00 - 11:45 a.m.
WGSS, HMS, PSYC 334-10 The Psychology of Body Image and Eating Disorders (SS) 4 credits CRN 20604
The course addresses the psychosocial aspects of the development of healthy and unhealthy body image and eating disorders. The roles of personality traits/individual factors, family and interpersonal functioning, and cultural factors will be examined, as will the impact of representations of body image in mass media. Public health and psychological interventions for prevention and treatment will be explored. Personal accounts/memoirs, clinical case presentations, and documentary and dramatic films will be incorporated in the presentation of topics. (Open only to declared HMS minors, declared WGSS minors, or those who have taken WGSS 001) Declared HMS minors can register for the HMS side of the courses on their own through the normal registration process but registering through the PSYC side requires departmental approval Professor Lomauro (SS 2) M, W 7:00 - 9:50 p.m.
WGSS, HMS, SOC 341-10 Gender and Health (SS) 4 credits for undergraduate students CRN 21229
WGSS, SOC 441-10 Gender and Health () 3 credits for graduate students CRN 21401
Relationships of sex differences and gender norms to disease and longevity. Influence of medical systems on women's lives and the impact of the women's movement on health care. Focus on specific topics, e.g. medicalization and commercialization of women's bodies, the politics of reproductive choices, and mental health. declared majors/minors only Professor Alang (SS 2) online
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