WGS 2896

Students will continue to delve into social problems by dividing the course into two parts. The first half of the semester we will focus on four problem areas that have a local and/or global focus: sex trafficking, gender and immigrant status, minority women and mental health, and transgender oppression. The second half of the semester will consist of an externship to local organizations working in the areas we cover in class.  Students need to have taken WGS 2895: Front Lines of Social Change I

1 credit class does not count toward WGS Major/Minor

Feminism, Free Speech and the Internet, Soraya Chemaly

A discussion on how social media companies, now regulating speech across borders in unprecedented ways, arbitrate norms; how a lack of diversity in media and technology exacerbates online harassment; and how feminist counterspeech is working to expand free speech

“Affective Objects: Selling Pleasures in the New Orleans Slave Market” Emily Owens, American Adademy of Arts and Sciences

Dark Matter Presents "It Gets Bitter"

DARKMATTER is a trans south asian performance art duo comprised of Alok Vaid-Menon and Janani Balasubramanian. Based in New York City, DarkMatter regularly performs to sold-out houses at venues like La MaMa Experimental Theater, Nuyorican Poets Café, and the Asian American Writer’s Workshop. DarkMatter was recently part of the Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival as well as the Queer International Arts Festival. Known for their quirky aesthetic and political panache, DarkMatter has been invited to perform at stages and universities across the world.

WGS Faculty Member Corinne Field, History Graduate Student Gillet Rosenblith, and WGS Majors Katie Miller and Evelyn Wang to Speak at the 2015 National Women Studies Association Meetings

Instructors and students from both the Women, Gender & Sexuality Program of the University of Virginia and the University of Pennsylvania will be collaborating at the 2015 National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Conference to discuss “Staying True To Feminist Pedagogy in The Lecture-Sized Classroom.”  Among them will be UVA’s WGS faculty member Corinne Field, graduate student Gillet Rosenblith, and WGS majors Katie Miller and Evelyn Wang.

RELC 4610

How have Jewish and Christian morals shaped sexual experience in the West?  Focusing on the United States today, we will analyze pre-marital sex, the sexual revolution, abortion, prostitution, gay marriage, marital rape, teaching sex education in public schools, and “senior sex.”  We will pay special attention to art, film, and the media in challenging sexual mores.

RELC 3559

This course explores Western Christian thought during the Middle Ages, beginning with Augustine at the end of late antiquity through the early fifteenth century. We will examine the theological works and historical context of authors throughout the period, paying particular attention to their ideas about divine love, human sin, and gender. In addition to Augustine, we will read works by Anselm of Canterbury, Bernard of Clairvaux, Peter Abelard, Hildegard of Bingen, Thomas Aquinas, Catherine of Siena, and Julian of Norwich.

ENSP 2810

This course examines women and media in the Middle East, South Asia, and North Africa through the lenses of new media, journalism, feminism, and gender studies, with cross-cultural comparisons to the U.S.

WGS 3370

This course will explore the history of feminism in America from the 1910s to the present day. We will examine the various philosophies and strategies of people who have allied themselves with the feminist movement as well as those who have opposed it. We will ask how activists imagined sexual equality and what reforms-political, legal, economic, cultural, or psychological-they proposed.
This course fulfills the second writing requirement.

WGS 3105

This course is an interdisciplinary analysis of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) Studies.  We will study  historical events and political, literary, and artistic figures and works; contemporary social and political issues; the meaning and development of sexual and gender identities; and different disciplinary definitions of meaning and knowledge.