WOMENSST 187 - Gender, Sexuality and Culture (Formerly Intro to Women’s Studies)
Monday, Wednesday 10:10-11:00 a.m.
Placing women’s experiences at the center of interpretation, this class introduces basic concepts and key areas of gender both historically and contemporaneously. It is an inter-disciplinary, trans-disciplinary, and cross cultural study of gender as well as an overview of theoretical perspectives of its intersection with other social constructs of difference (race/ethnicity, class, sexuality, and age). We will move beyond the theme of “gender difference” and examine the ongoing debate about the politics of gender inequality and inequity in our societies and cultures. Students will engage in critical reading and thinking about these interlocking systems which have shaped and influenced the historical, cultural, social, political, and economical contexts of our lives. Specific attention will be given to resistance of those gendered inequalities, and the various ways that social movements have created new systems of change by engaging in national and global transformational politics. Lecture, discussion. Gen Ed IU H187 – Honors Colloq
WOMENSST 187F - Gender, Sexuality and Culture (formerly Intro to Women’s Studies)
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:45 a.m.
Faculty in Residence RAP course with collaborative/research/community project. Same general description as WOMENSST 187. Taught in Emily Dickinson Residence Hall, Orchard Hill. Gen Ed IU
WOMENSST 201 - Gender and Difference: Critical Analyses (formerly Critical Perspectives)
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:45 a.m. - Mitch Boucher
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:15 p.m. - Jolane Flanigan
Introduction to fundamental questions and concepts of feminist thought and to the basic intellectual tools of analysis integrating economic and cultural imperialism, gender, class, race, and sexual orientation. Also addresses the multifaceted dimensions of women’s lived experiences within a global context.
WOMENSST 294D - Intro to Sexuality Studies
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:15 p.m.
This course will help students to understand how the field of critical sexuality studies has emerged within Women's and Feminist Studies in the US over the past twenty years. Reading both scholarly and non-academic texts, students will learn to identify key historical moments, social movements, and writers that have shaped the field. This course will have a US-focus.
WOMENSST 297K – What’s Cooking? Women, Gender & Food Practices
Tuesday, Thursday 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Who is cooking what, for whom, under what conditions, and does it matter? Are we what we eat? A daily activity all of us must do and have done since the day we were born, eating plays a role in constructing our identities and the worlds we live in. Food is now a “hot” academic topic. Over the last decade there has been a virtual explosion of interdisciplinary scholarship on the many aspects of food practices. Using some of this exciting new work, this course will examine the complex interplay of food and the construction of identities and social structures. Focusing on women and gender within the contexts of race, class, and sexuality, we will explore food practices historically both domestically and in and larger social structures including the global context. We will use historical and social analyses as well as memoir and fiction to explore these issues. Come with your appetites.
WOMENSST 391W - Writing for Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:15-12:05 p.m.
Course acquaints students with the many genres of writing within Women’s Studies and is structured around a set of readings selected to represent a large variety of stylist approaches including scholarly writings in a number of fields, book and film reviews, journal writing, letters to the editor, zines, web pages, personal and self-reflexive prose, newsletter prose, and conference reports. The readings will be short, and each will b e intended to serve as a model of it’s kind to be analyzed, emulated, and/or critiqued. The course allows students to hone skills on modes of expository writing and argumentation useful for research and writing in a variety of fields. Fulfills University’s Junior Year Writing Requirement. Offered fall semester only.
WOMENSST 394H - Critical Race Feminisms
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:15 p.m.
This course will explore the intersection of race and gender and other components of social identity from an interdisciplinary perspective. It will address and respond to the unique challenges of the inter and intra relationships of women of color with feminism, locally and globally. One of the tasks will be to (re)-visit, (re)-vision, (re)-counter existing theories and bodies of knowledge, as well as analyze how historical and contemporary realities of women of color are profoundly influenced by a legacy of structural inequalities that is neither linear nor logical. The approach to this course will be to pay particular attention to critical analysis and the importance of understanding and applying knowledge - not just "knowing". We will explore a range of activist practices of resistance and their practical applications. By the end of the semester students should be able to have mastered arguments regarding a number of Critical Race Feminist themes and issues with sensitivity, eloquence, and grounded analysis. This course fulfills the theory requirement for majors or the women of color requirement (inside or outside) but cannot fulfill both requirements. This course is not for first year students.
WOMENSST 397L - Social Construction of Whiteness: Women and Gender
Tuesday, Thursday 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Designed for students who have some familiarity with the historical, economic and political bases of racism, this course will explore the social construction of whiteness, its interaction with gender, and historical and contemporary political resistance to white privilege. Goals of the course are: 1. to gain an understanding of the historical, economic and political forces that constrcut and maintain whiteness; 2. to explore the mechanisms which insure that whiteness is experienced as the norm and not as a race; 3. to explore the relationships between the constructions of whiteness and gender; 4. to foster students' ability to position themselves on the multiple axes of race, gender, class, and sexuality and to help them gain an understanding of the role they play in maintaining the privileges they have; 5. to explore effective action to challenge white privilege.
WOMENSST 697 - Sexuality and Postcolonial Theory
Tuesday 4:00-6:30 p.m.
This course will consist of readings that focus on the intersections of critical sexuality studies and postcolonial theory, with a focus on Asia and Africa. Building on scholarly work in each field, the course will provide a theoretical foundation for students seeking to understand the potentials and pitfalls of studying sexuality in postcolonial contexts.