WGS 7559

Course will provide an overview of the politics of gender and nationalism in the Middle East. Among the topics we will examine are gendered discourses and practices of nation-states; gendered constructions of national identity; gendered violence; women's engagement in politics, state power, social movements and civil society; women’s activism, state feminism, and Islamic feminism; and the state regulations of sexuality, family, and citizenship.

WGS 7559

Scholars working on the history of black girls in the US, Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa have created a vibrant new field of black girl studies.  Combining insights from black feminism and the history of childhood, these scholars have centered black girls’ experience as a means of reframing our understanding of citizenship, labor, and creativity.

WGS 7559

An introduction to contemporary feminist and queer theories, intended for graduate students. Offers a survey of contemporary feminist and queer epistemology, subject formation, ethics, and politics, as well as a grounding in the methods of feminist and queer theory.  What is a woman? What is sex? What is gender? What is sexuality?   These and related questions are discussed from multidsciiplinary perspectives.

WGS 5500

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Gender & Education: Education topic courses offered on a semster-to-semester basis.  Please see the WGS website for specific approved sections. 

Women, Peace, Justice: Through the lenses of politics, philosophy, sociology, education, public health, economics, history and anthropology, we will together seek to gain understanding of contemporary issues and processes imbedded in the poverty-society relationship and discern their impact on women and children. 

WGS 4655

Course will investigate marriage as represented on the early modern European stage.  Italian, Spanish, French and English plays comprise our subject matter.  We'll consider the legal, social, and cultural history of matrimony to background our study of the stageworks; we will analyze scripts and performances to learn how dramatic and theatrical convention intersected w/ marital institution and negotiations, onstage and off.  Taught in English.

WGS 1510

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Philosophy of Masculinity: In this course, we will explore the following questions. What is masculinity? Is there a natural basis for masculinity? Is masculinity a social construction? If so, in what sense? Is there a distinctively masculine form of embodiment? What is the relationship between masculinity and gender? Is masculinity implicated in racism? In homophobia? In what ways can masculinity be reinterpreted or changed?

WGS 4500

This course emphasizes violence against minority groups.  Particular attention will be paid to violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, although the class will also focus on forms of abuse against other historically-marginalized groups.  Topics covered will include racist and sexist violence, sexualized abuse, including rape and sexual assault, domestic violence, and the politics of hate crime. 

WGS 3814

This course will explore religious, social, scientific and legal views on gender, sexuality and identity that may extend from medieval through early modern Europe with an emphasis on the French tradition. Readings will include literary texts and cultural documents as well as current scholarship on questions of sexuality, gender, and identity politics.

WGS 2559

What is the relationship between body image and identity? How does one affect, constrain, and inform the other?  The development of body image is a complex process influenced by messages we receive from family, friends, peers, health care practitioners, teachers, and mass media to name a few. Messages are also constructed and interpreted differently depending on one's gender, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and ableism.

WGS 4559

Can you hear gender? How do bodies experience sound? Why do so many operas stage rape, and how do they resonate with current political discussions? How does Beyoncé use sound to feminist ends in Lemonade? Through readings, class presentations, discussions, blog posts, and analytical papers, you will develop your own understanding of key methods and terms used by music scholars and critics, gender theorists, and activists.

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