WGS 3621

This course will explore the historical experience of young people and the meaning of youth from the colonial period to the late twentieth century. We will analyze how shifting social relations and cultural understandings changed what it meant to grow up. Topics to be explored include work, family, gender, sexuality, education, political involvement, and popular culture.
This course fulflls the second writing requirement.

WGS 3750

Cross-cultural readings in women’s childhood narratives. Emphasis on formal as well as thematic aspects.

WGS 3820

Interdisciplinary introduction to qualitative research design from a feminist perspective. Topics include memory, objectivity, confidentiality, ethics, power differentials, feminist epistemology, the status of evidence, and the limits of statistics. Appropriate for students interested in learning interview techniques, narrative analysis, fieldwork, archival work, and how to frame research questions. 

WGS 4140

This course will consider the theoretical place of gender in American politics. We will also take up a number of topics, including the unavoidable gender gap, the role of masculinity and femininity in conditioning our perceptions of issues and political candidates, the ways gender, politics, and society have interacted historically, and the ways race and gender (and class) interact in conditioning political behavior. Prerequisite: At least one course either on gender or on political behavior.

WGS 4240

Investigates the conflict over culture and women’s rights and examines a number of proposed solutions.  Issues addressed include the claims of minority communities in liberal states, marriage practices in Africa and the U.S., domestic violence in India, and female genital mutilation.  
This course fulfills the global requirement.

WGS 4300

This course will bring economic notions of risk to thinking about risk in relation to gender, race, class, nation and globalization. Students will be introduced to notions of risk that have traveled with finance and insurance globally. They will also interrogate concepts associated with risk or mediated through risk and insurance. Material in class will range from financial analyses and ethnographic materials to fiction and film.

WGS 4840

Comprehensive introduction to gender politics in Africa, including gender transformations under imperial rule, gender and national struggles, gender and culture claims, women’s movements and the gendering of the post-colonial state.
This course fulfills the global and second writing requirements.

WGS 4420

The purpose of this course is to explore a variety of issues arising from women's involvement in the field of education. The course will examine the roles women have played and continue to play as students, scholars, and leaders in American educational institutions.

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.

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