WOMEN, GENDER, SEXUALITY STUDIES PROGRAM COURSES

SPRING 2010

 

WOMENSST 187 - Gender, Sexuality and Culture (formerly Introduction to Women’s Studies)
Alexandrina Deschamps
Monday, Wednesday  10:00-11:00 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, H01 – Honors Colloq

WOMENSST 187H - Gender, Sexuality and Culture – Honors
Alex Deschamps
Tuesday, Thursday  9:30-10:45 a.m.

Honors course with collaborative/research/community project.  Same general description as WOMENSST 187.  Culture and Society: Webster RAP.  Taught in Orchard Hill.  Gen Ed IU

WOMENSST 201 - Gender and Difference: Critical Analyses - (formerly Critical Perspectives)
Tuesday, Thursday  9:30-10:45 a.m.    Arlene Avakian
Tuesday, Thursday  1:00-2:15 p.m.   Miliann Kang

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 291A - Gender & Resistance in African American Women’s History
Dayo F. Gore
Tuesday, Thursday  9:30-10:45 a.m.

This course examines the political thought and activism of black women in the United States from emancipation to the present.  Through primary sources, life stories, and essays, this course will explore some of the central concerns that have profoundly shaped black women's experiences in the U.S., including interracial relations, constructions of black women's sexuality, women's labor, state sanctioned racial terror, and the boundaries of citizenship.  We will pay particular attention to the range of politics and theoretical analysis black women employed to articulate their own visions of freedom.  We will also discuss and think critically about the ways identity politics has fueled solidarities and divisions within African American communities and the U.S. more broadly.  In the end, this course strives to provide a overview of black women's political thought, which not only highlights a range of women’s voices, but also complicates the historical narrative of U.S. politics and feminism.

WOMENSST 295C -  Career and Life Choices
Karen Lederer
Thursday 2:30-4:00 p.m.

Women’s Studies teaches critical thinking skills.  How can students use these skills to make informed career choices?  How is it possible to engage in planning one’s career while conscious of the realities of race, sex, and class in today’s corporate economy?  What are career options for students whose values include working for a better society?  Is it possible to put together a balanced life and pay the bills besides?  How can pressured college seniors, get all the career tasks they need to do done (resume writing, budgeting, researching career opportunities, networking, informational interviews) while finishing out their college degree?  Students will formulate their own career questions and choices.  The first part of the semester is self awareness, articulating interests, skills and values.  The 2nd part of the semester focuses on workforce information and practical job search skills.  Assignments include: self awareness exercises, informational interviews, budget, resume, cover letter and more.

WOMENSST 297M - Does the Doctor Know Best? Debating Medical Ethics with
Television’s Dr. House, M.D.
Tuesday, Thursday  11:15-12:30 p.m.
Banu Subramaniam, Karen Lederer

This course examines the field of medical ethics using the television show House M. D. In the show, Dr. House is presented as a cantankerous, renegade yet brilliant doctor who constantly defies ethics rules and professional norms; he treats his patients and colleagues with little trust or humanity. And yet, the show presents Dr. House as a deeply intuitive, brilliant doctor who ultimately gets it right. The course examines this show to explore the constructions of doctors and medicine as well as ethical guidelines in the practice of medicine. Using the tools of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, the course investigates the real life practices of doctors and the U.S. health care system. What ethical and professional guidelines do or don't or should doctors follow? The outrageous practices of Dr. House show both the strengths and limitations of strict bureaucratic guidelines--guidelines which can sometimes get in the way of diagnosis and treatment. Using the show House M. D., this course debates some of the key issues in medical ethics to explore both the need for sound ethical principles in the practice of medicine as well as contemporary debates in the field.

WOMENSST 297B - Race, Gender, Science
Gwen D’Arcangelis
Tuesday, Thursday  2:30-3:45 p.m.

This course explores the intersections of gender, race, sexuality, and science and the role science has played in shaping these categories. In addition the class also examines the cultural studies of science to understand the centrality of science in the world today. What science is, who gets to practice science, and how science is related to the larger political, cultural and social contexts will all be investigated.

WOMENSST 397A - Politics of Gender, Sexuality and Development in South Asia
Svati Shah
Tuesday, Thursday  1:00-2:15 p.m.

This course will review major developments in feminist and sexuality-based social movements in South Asia since the turn of the twentieth century, and will explore the contemporary intersections of gender and sexuality in South Asia within the context of economic globalization policies that have been undertaken in the region since the early 1990s. The course readings will draw upon ethnographic studies, NGO reports, and theoretical critiques which examine economic globalization as an important structuring context for understanding changes in the ways in which the politics of gender and sexuality are constituted in the region. The course will explore these intersections by drawing from critiques of globalization, structural adjustment policies, and ideologies of development. Critiques of these policies will be considered in relation to discourses of security, militarization, and economic development as they impact South Asian regional politics. While these critiques largely delineate global processes, the course will focus on the South Asian region to discern unique ways in which these processes find purchase with local histories and political formations. Specific case studies will include work on “sex trafficking,” LGBT movements in the region, and women’s interventions in discourses of democracy, communalism, and legal reform.

WOMENSST 591A- African American Women in the Civil Rights/Black Power Movements
Dayo Gore
Tuesday 2:30-5:00 p.m.

This course examines black women’s experiences in and significant contributions to the Civil Right/Black Power Movements in the United States from the 1930s to the 1980s. In centering black women’s work as grassroots organizers, political leaders and cultural activists the course will explore key political strategies, organizations and debates that have shaped these movements. The course will also explore a number of scholarly debates over periodization, northern and southern movement politics, and the re-visioning of black power and black radicalism. Drawing on some of the newest scholarship of this period, we will pay particular attention to the variety of ways scholars have addressed gender, economics and sexual politics as well as the contested ideologies and strategies that have informed the black liberation struggle.

WOMENSST 691B - Feminist Research Methods
Miliann Kang
Tuesday  4:00-6:30 p.m.

This seminar will include readings on general questions of feminist methodology and ethics of research.  Open to graduate Certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies students only.  Register with program coordinator, Nancy Campbell Patteson, in 208 Bartlett Hall.