WOMENSST 187 - Gender, Sexuality, and Culture
Monday, Wednesday 10:10 a.m.
Discussions, Friday at 9:05, 10:10 and 11:15 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. Gen Ed IU, H01 section 1 – Honors Colloq
WOMENSST 187B - Gender, Sexuality, and Culture
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:45 a.m.
Faculty in Residence RAP course with collaborative/research/community project. Same general description as WOMENSST 187 with specific focus on reading and analyzing social media from interdisciplinary perspectives. Taught in Orchard Hill. Gen Ed IU, H01 section 2 – Honors Colloq
WOMENSST 201 - Gender and Difference: Critical Analyses
Svati Shah - Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:15 p.m.
Jolane Flanigan - Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:45 p.m.
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 290A - Biology of Difference
Monday, Wednesday 11:15-12:05 p.m.
Discussions, Friday 11:15-12:05 & 12:20-1:10 p.m.
The course centrally examines our understanding of the “body”. While humans have many similarities and differences, we are organized around certain axes of “difference” that have profound consequences – sex, gender, race, class, sexuality, religion, nationality etc. These differences can shape not only group affiliation and identity, but also claims about intellectual and behavioral capacities. This course will explore popular claims, critiques and understandings of “difference” as well as academic research, its claims, debates and critiques. This is an interdisciplinary course that will draw from the biological and social sciences and the humanities. We will explore principles of human biology – anatomy, physiology, sex/gender/sexuality, reproductive biology, genetics, as well as the scientific method(s) and experimental designs. The course will give students the tools to analyze scientific studies, to understand the relationship of nature and culture, science and society, biology and politics. Gen Ed U, SI
WOMENSST 295C - Career and Life Choices
Tuesday 2:30-4:10 p.m.
Women, Gender, Sexuality 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, gender, sexuality, and class in today’s 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, particularly activists, 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 second part of the semester focuses on workforce information, practical job search skills, and research on a possible field. Assignments include: self awareness exercises, informational interviews, budget, resume, cover letter, career research and more. (2 credits, pass/fail)
WOMENSST 297G - Gender & Transnational Activism
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:15 p.m.
In the last two decades transnationalism has become an important conceptual approach and research program. The intent of this course is to engage in an interdisciplinary, global, diverse introduction and overview of disciplines that apply the transnationalism approach to different organizations, NGOs, feminist/women's/gender based networks and organizations, educational spaces, and related organizations and movements. Selected readings will examine the worldwide variation in women's and gender concerns, goals, and strategies and underscore the point that some of the most exciting recent developments in gender activism have been generated by the movement of scholars, ideas, technology, multigoal organizations, diverse organizational structures and a variety of social, cultural, and political strategies. Students will also have the opportunity to be introduced to a range of guest lecturers from interdisciplinary perspectives.
WOMENSST 391H - U.S. Women’s Lives in Context: Creating Political Autobiography
Tuesday, Thursday 2:30-3:45 p.m.
A course in which students will read both women’s autobiographies and oral histories as well as do some of their own autobiographical work. The class will explore the ways in which lives are embedded with their social, political and cultural contexts and the ways in which people construct lives. We will have a particular focus on the ways in which gender, race, class, ethnicity and sexual orientation impact on lives and the ways these social forces interact with each other. Focusing on their own lives in their context, students will create autobiographical work which could take a variety of forms; e.g. written, oral, visual, or dramatic. Readings will focus on contemporary U.S. women, public figures, and “ordinary” women.
WOMENSST 692B - History of Feminist Theory
Thursday 2:30-5:00 p.m.
This course is designed for upper level undergraduates with some background in feminist theory and for graduate students who want a foundation in social theory on which contemporary US feminist theory is based. We will read some basic selections from the key currents in social theory from which different paradigms in feminist theory in the 1960s emerged. These will include Classical Liberal thought (Wollstonecraft), Marxism, Existentialism, Freudian thought, Poststructuralist thought (Foucault), Postcolonial thought, and Racial Formation theory (Omi and Winant). We will read feminists who extend each paradigm to try to answer feminist questions, including Friedan and Millett, Rubin and Federici, Beauvoir and Mackinnon, Chodorow and Irigaray, Butler and Feder, Mohanty and hooks. Relevant books will be available at Food for Thought books and there will be online readings as well. There will be a short paper due the middle of the semester, a term paper, short homework questions and a group presentation.
WOMENSST 691B - Feminist Research Methods
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.