WGS 4360

This seminar places feminist and non-feminist debates about body politics—beauty standards, racialization and color politics, transgender movements, body modification, work discipline, commodification, torture, cyborgs, and new corporeal technologies--in the context of a wider universe of political and philosophical writing on embodiment.  Students will be introduced to culturally and historically diverse ways of perceiving, adorning, treating, reconfiguring, and disciplining bodies.  We will consult both ethnographies and a range of analytic sources, from phenomenology to queer theory, Bud

WGS 4107

The idea of the public sphere is central to contemporary politics. It is the “space” where citizens exchange ideas and form opinions, and from which these citizens can shape government. It is also a space largely dominated by media in contemporary industrialized societies. Concerns about the impact of the media on politics are often concerns about the health of the public sphere.

WGS 2848

This course will focus on issues in technology and reproduction from historical and cross-cultural perspectives.  We will examine critical perspectives on science, power, gender, and inequality as they influence cultural constructions of reproductive processes such as pregnancy, childbirth, infertility, and debates about the enhancement and limitation of human fertility.
This course fulfills the global requirement.

WGS 2224

Addresses the role the media has played in creating images and understandings of “Blackness” in the United States, particularly where it converges with popular ideologies about gender.  

SPAN 4620

This course will explore texts written by women in Spanish from the late Middle Ages to 1800.  The unifying theme will be the creation of feminist consciousness.

SOC 2052

Comparison of family organizations in relation to other social institutions in various societies; an introduction to the theory of kinship and marriage systems.

SOC 2320

This course will address how gender shapes our daily lives and interactions with the world. It will provide an introduction to major themes in the sociology of gender. This course is a large lecture course with mandatory discussion sections. 

RELA 3000

This seminar examines women’s religious activities, traditions and spirituality in a number of different African contexts.  Drawing on ethnographic, historical, literary, and religious studies scholarship, we will explore a variety of themes and debates that have emerged in the study of gender and religion in Africa.  Topics will include gendered images of sacred power; the construction of gender through ritual; sexuality and fertility; and women’s agency in indigenous religious movements, Muslim communities and Christian congregations in Africa.
 

PSYC 4603

Overview of research and theory related to sexual orientation across the lifespan from the standpoint of the social sciences. Topics include conceptualization of sexual identities, origins and development of sexual orientation, sexual identity formation and disclosure. Selected issues such as couple relationships, employment and careers, parenthood, and aging are also explored, since they may be affected by sexual orientation.

PHIL 3780

The focus of the course will be the exploration of various moral, legal and policy issues posed by efforts to curtail or enhance fertility through contraception, abortion, and recent advances in reproductive technology.  Topics for discussion include:

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