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.

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.

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.