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:

MDST 4107

This class will examine the normative basis of the public sphere and critiques of its current structure and ask: What would a more inclusive vision of political participation and communication look like? In attempting to build an answer, we will examine a number of works on communication ethics, politics and media, with an emphasis on feminist and queer scholarship.

HIUS 3611

This course explores the significance of gender in the territory of the present-day U.S.

ENLT 2547.001 (Black Women)

This course explores the range of Black women’s writing from mid-century to the present.  We will focus closely on the text’s adherence to its contemporary literary and social conventions.  We will also consider patterns of representation established in the 1950s and consider how they develop, disintegrate, or evolve into the present day.  Do certain issues or themes remain important in Black women’s writing of the last fifty years?  How has the literature adapted in response to specific cultural or historical moments?

ENLT 2552

Analyzes the representations of women in literature as well as literary texts by women writers. For more details on which topics are being offered this semester, visit the English Department website: http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.

AAS 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.

JPTR 3290

Combined with JPTR 5290.
This seminar will take up the world's earliest instance of literature written extensively by, for, and about women, including such famous works as the Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon and Sarashina Diary, among others. The focus will be on reading gender as a fictional enactment of desire and identity that is performed through acts of writing and reading. No prior knowledge of Japanese language or literature is required. 

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