Spring 2018 Courses

WMST Courses

WMST UN1001 Intro to Women’s and Gender Studies

Days and times: Tu/Th 11:40am-12:55pm

Call number: 67958

Points: 3

Instructor: Laura Ciolkowski/Deborah Valenze

Description:  An interdisciplinary introduction to key concepts and analytical categories in women’s and gender studies. This course grapples with gender in its complex intersection with other systems of power and inequality, including: sexuality, race and ethnicity, class and nation. Topics include: feminisms, feminist and queer theory, commodity culture, violence, science and technology, visual cultures, work, and family.


WMST UN3335 Gender and Wars: Perspectives from the Global South

Days and times: W 10:10am-12pm

Call number: 92397

Points: 3

Instructor: Selina Makana

Description: Wars are salient features of globalization. But, how can we understand the relationship between gender and war? How do notions of masculinities and femininities operate in the organizing, waging, protesting, and commemorating war? Starting from the premise that gender is crucial to explaining what happens in national revolutionary wars, postcolonial conflicts and civil wars, peacekeeping and humanitarian interventions, and the social and personal aspects when wars come to an end; this course considers a transnational feminist analysis to reflect on the relationship between gender and militarism. It pulls together literature from different disciplinary fields to explore the gendered dimensions of wars of national liberation, armed conflicts, wartime gender based/sexual violence, politics of victimhood, anti-war activism, resistance and agency. We will pay particular attention to case studies from the global South.

The gendered analyses of war will be explored from a multi-disciplinary framework including history, anthropology, sociology, political science, international relations, philosophy, literature and film. We will utilize film, journalistic accounts, ethnographic narratives and other resources to explore the complex ways in which people, especially men and women experience and respond to wars differently.

WMST UN3514 Historical Approaches to Feminist Questions

Days and times: W 2:10pm-4pm

Call number: 61229

Points: 4

Instructor: Saidiya Hartman

Description: This course will provide students with a comparative perspective on gender, race, and sexuality by illuminating historically specific and culturally distinct conditions in which these systems of power have operated across time and space. In particular, the course seeks to show how gender has not always been a binary or primary category system.  Such approach is also useful in understanding the workings of race and sexuality as mechanisms of differentiation.  In making these inquiries, the course will pay attention to the intersectional nature of race, gender, and sexuality and to strategic performances of identity by marginalized groups.

WMST GU4000 Genealogies of Feminism: Gender, Culture and Rights (sec 001)

Days and times: Tu 2:10pm-4pm

Call number: 75830

Points: 4

Instructor: Lila Abu-Lughod

Description: The field of human rights, and the adjacent field of international women’s rights, have tended to be dominated by activists, lawyers, and policy-makers, many of whom leave unquestioned the underlying assumptions of the discourse of rights and leave unexamined the structural and institutional circuits of rights policy and practice. Those concerned with gender equity have been eager to extend the discourse of human rights to encompass women’s rights and sexual rights. Yet they too have only begun to think critically about the conceptual pitfalls and global circuitry of this form of politics. As some social thinkers note, both sides of the term “human rights” are ripe for critical rethinking:  the universality implied by the “human”—and by extension  “women” or “sexuality”–and the liberalism that makes “rights” the language of choice today in the search for justice. Although those working in multicultural settings or the international arena often invoke notions of culture, especially in framing dilemmas of intervention in terms of a clash between cultures and universal rights, it is important first to have the theoretical tools to develop adequate understandings of the dynamics of culture and the relationship between culture, social systems, and historical change.

This course will explore what theories of culture and ethnographies of particular communities, as well as other forms of regional knowledges, including the historical, have contributed to the development of thinking about the relationship between gender, rights. and culture. While appreciating the instrumental power and emancipatory possibilities of rights discourses in the sphere of gender and sexuality, whether around inequality or violence, it is also crucial to reflect on the recent challenges to this paradigm posed by questioning governmentality. This course requires instructor permission. Priority will be given to graduate students, including those fulfilling the requirements for the IRWGS graduate certificate. Qualified advanced undergraduates may apply for admission but are not guaranteed a place.

WMST GU4000 Genealogies of Feminism: Labor and Life (sec 002)

Days and times: Th 2:10pm-4pm

Call number: 60925

Points: 4

Instructor: Neferti Xina Tadiar

Description: This advanced seminar examines materialist conceptions of labor and life as approached through feminist, anti-racist, queer, postcolonial, indigenous, and marxist perspectives. We will trace the ways that labor and life as well as their constitutive relations have been understood in historical and contemporary radical critiques of capitalism, with a focus on gender, race, sexuality and dispossession as analytical categories for understanding their shifting roles in structures and practices of social reproduction, the production and expropriation of value, the logic and exercise of violence, the organization of sociality and culture, and the practice and imagination of freedom, justice, and new forms and potentials of collective existence. Finally we will consider the limits and possibilities of different conceptions of “material life” for understanding politics today.

WMST GU4165 The Sexual Difference of Psychoanalysis

Days and times: Th 4:10pm-6pm

Call number: 


Instructor: Marcus Coelen

Description: Psychoanalysis makes a difference.

This difference is both at its most fragile and most flagrant when it comes to sexuality. Since its invention by Freud, psychoanalysis may be seen as a place where sexuality, the difference that it makes in respect to any other determination of the “human”—philosophical, social, historical, or scientific—as well as the difference and differences that occur with and as the sexual, can invent their own language or speak in their own voice. And it cannot be excluded that these, language, voice, and speaking, appear in the name of a criticism or refusal of the very concepts linked to “sexual difference.” 

This seminar presents an occasion to read or reread some of the classical psychoanalytic texts on sex, sexuality, sexual difference, and sexuation as well as their commentaries, criticisms, or refutations.

The French contributions to this complex since the 1960s, coming from psychoanalysis as well as from philosophy and literature, have been extremely rich. Therefore, particular attention will be paid to some of these contributions.

WMST GU4506 Gender Justice

Days and times: M 2:10pm-4pm

Call number: 70748

Points: 3

Instructor: Katherine Franke

Description: This course will provide an introduction to the concrete legal contexts in which issues of gender and justice have been articulated, disputed and hesitatingly, if not provisionally, resolved. Readings will cover issues such as Workplace Equality, Sexual Harassment, Sex Role Stereotyping, Work/Family Conflict, Marriage and Alternatives to Marriage, Compulsory Masculinity, Parenting, Domestic Violence, Reproduction and Pregnancy, Rape, Sex Work & Trafficking. Through these readings we will explore the multiple ways in which the law has contended with sexual difference, gender-based stereotypes, and the meaning of equality in domestic, transnational and international contexts. So too, we will discuss how feminist theorists have thought about sex, gender and sexuality in understanding and critiquing our legal system and its norms.For more information, go to: http://web.law.columbia.edu/gender-sexuality/faculty/katherine-franke/gender-justice.

WMST GR8001 Feminist Pedagogy

Days and times: Tu 6:10-8:10pm

Call number: 62211

Points: 1

Instructor: Marianne Hirsch

Description: This is a course is oriented to graduate students who are thinking about issues in teaching in the near and distant future and want to explore issues related to pedagogy. The course will ask what it means to teach “as a feminist” and will explore how to create a classroom receptive to feminist and queer methodologies and theories regardless of course theme/content. Topics include: the role of political engagement, the gender dynamics of the classroom, and modes of critical thought and disagreement. Discussions can be oriented around student interest. The course will meet several times a month (dates TBD) and the final assignment is to develop a syllabus for a new gender/sexuality course in your field.  Because this course is required for graduate students choosing to fulfill Option 2 for the Graduate Certificate in Feminist Studies at IRWGS, priority will be given to graduate students completing the certificate.

This course does not meet weekly. There will be 4 – 5 sessions over the course of the semester, exact dates TBA.

Crosslisted Courses

ANTH UN2005 The Ethnographic Imagination

Days and times: MW 11:40am-12:55pm

Call number: 61687

Points: 3

Instructor: Lila Abu-Lughod

Description: Introduction to the theory and practice of “ethnography”—the intensive study of peoples’ lives as shaped by social relations, cultural images, and historical forces. Considers through critical reading of various kinds of texts (classic ethnographies, histories, journalism, novels, films) the ways in which understanding, interpreting, and representing the lived words of people—at home or abroad, in one place or transnationally, in the past or the present—can be accomplished.


CLCV UN3158 Women in Antiquity

Days and times: TR 2:40pm-3:55pm

Call number: 08872

Points: 3

Instructor: Kristina Milnor

Description: Examines the role of women in ancient Greek and Latin literature; the portrayal of women in literature as opposed to their actual social status; male and female in ancient Mediterranean cosmologies; readings from ancient epics, lyric drama, history, historical documents, medical texts, oratory, and philosophy, as well as from contemporary sociological and anthropological works that help to analyze the origins of the Western attitude toward women.


CLEN GU4905: The Antigone Project

Days and times: M 10:10pm-12:00pm

Call number: 11000

Points: 4

Instructor: Colm Toibin and Lisa Dwan

Description: This seminar will cover the translations of Antigone and the way that this text and story have been dealt with over the centuries, including: versions by Seamus Heaney, Anne Carson, Brecht, Kamila Shamsie, Jean Anouilh, and Athol Fugard. The course will also work with creative writing students, as they write their own versions, and performance students as they work out how the play in its versions could be produced.

In addition to reading versions of Antigone, the class examines how literature represents silence and outspokenness in a time of violence in the work of Seamus Heaney in Northern Ireland, Nadine Gordimer and J.M. Coetzee in South Africa, and Milosz and Herbert and Symborska from Poland, and in essays by James Baldwin.
Undergraduates and graduates are welcome to apply, but priority will be given to majors in English and Comparative Literature, IRWGS, performance and theatre, and creative writing.


CLEN GR6820 Studies in the Novel: Novel and Feminist Theory

Days and times: M 4:10pm-6:00pm

Call number: 10632

Points: 4

Instructor: Marianne Hirsch

Description: N/A


ENGL GU4104 History of Sexuality

Days and times: T 2:10pm-4:00pm

Call number: 90948

Points: 4

Instructor: Julie Crawford

Description: This class is an introduction both to the study of the literature of the English Renaissance or early modern period, and to the study of the history of sexuality. While we will be looking at issues of sexuality in the literary texts that are at the center of this class, we will also be thinking about the history of sexuality as a field of study in its own right, how it’s been conceived of and practiced, its promises and pitfalls. We will be examining the humanist histories and methodologies that inform much Renaissance thought about  human sexuality – theories about bodies, desire, relationships between and among the sexes, materialism, and spirituality – as well as more recent critical approaches. We will think closely about the genres that (we think) privilege sexuality – eclogues, plays (especially those performed by boy players), erotic verse, verse letters, utopia and creation stories.


ENTA UN3939 Caryl Churchill Seminar

Days and times: T 2:10pm-4:00pm

Call number: 80947

Points: 4

Instructor: Jean Howards

Description: This undergraduate seminar looks at the entire dramatic career of Caryl Churchill, arguably England’s leading feminist dramatist. Beginning in the 1970s, when she wrote a series of plays on class and gender struggles in contemporary Britain and at earlier moment in England’s history, Churchill has staged explorations of some of the most pressing issues of our time: the destruction of the environment, the enduring and pernicious legacies of empire, the human suffering caused by unfettered capitalism, and the myriad ways in which women remain “the second sex.” Churchill’s feminism is intersectional, taking up questions of sex and gender in relation to other axes of social difference such as race and class. A committed theatrical experimentalist, Churchill constantly rethinks her theatrical practice while encouraging actors and directors, musicians and choreographers, to take an active role in shaping the final theatrical event. The class will explore Churchill’s canon for its themes and its stagecraft and will attend the spring production of her marvelous early play, Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, at The New York Theater Workshop.


GERM GU4350 German Film after 1945

Days and times: T 4:10pm-6:00pm

Call number: 73760

Points: 3

Instructor: Claudia Breger

Description: Topic/Focus: Feelings. The course offers an introduction to German film since 1945 (in its European contexts) with a focus on ‘feelings.’ Methodologically highlighted by contemporary affect and emotion studies, feelings offer a lens for intersectional, multifaceted investigations of these cinematic histories. We will explore how feelings have been gendered and racialized; how they overlap with matters of sex (as closely associated with political revolt in Western Europe, while considered too private for public articulation in the socialist East, especially when queer); and how they foreground matters of nation and trauma (for example via the notions of German ‘coldness’ and inability to mourn the Holocaust). Simultaneously, the focus on feelings highlights questions of mediality (cinema as a prototypically affective medium?), genre and avant-garde aesthetics: in many films, ‘high-affect’ Hollywood cinema intriguingly meets ‘cold’ cinematic modernism. In pursuing these investigative vectors through theoretical readings and close film analysis, the course connects affect, gender, queer, and cultural studies approaches with cinema studies methodologies. The films discussed span postwar and New German Cinema, East German DEFA productions, the ‘Berlin School’ of the 2000s, and contemporary transnational cinema. The course is taught in English. All readings and films will be available in translation/with subtitles.

Related Courses

ACLS BC3450 Women and Leadership 

Days and times: T 12:10pm-2:00pm

Call number: 04851

Points: 4

Instructor: Heather M Hurwitz

Description: Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Limited to 15.   Examination of the social conditions and linguistic practices that have shaped the historical and contemporary gendering of leadership, power, and authority in the United States and around the world. Through examples drawn from the social, political, and economic worlds, we will explore leadership in varying racial, class, and regional contexts.


AFAS UN3930 Topics in the Black Experience: Black Sexual Diasporic Intimacy

Days and times: R 12:10pm-2:00pm

Call number: 26876

Points: 4

Instructor: Christine A Pinnock

Description: N/A


AFRS BC2006 Introduction African Diaspora

Days and times: T 2:10pm-4:00pm

Call number: 07625

Points: 3

Instructor: Yvette Christianse

Description: Interdisciplinary and thematic approach to the African diaspora in the Americas: its motivations, dimensions, consequences, and the importance and stakes of its study. Beginning with the contacts between Africans and the Portuguese in the 15th century, this class will open up diverse paths of inquiry as students attempt to answer questions, clear up misconceptions, and challenge assumptions about the presence of Africans in the ‘New World.’


AFRS BC3125 Diasporic Women at Work

Days and times: T 2:10pm-4:00pm

Call number: 02048

Points: 4

Instructor: Tamisha D Navarro

Description: This course is an exploration of different ways of conceptualizing the relationships between gender and labor over time, including critiques linking gendered labor to race and class. Grounded primarily in ethnography and political economy, we will look at some of the changes and continuities in the relationship between gender and forms of labor ranging from women in factories to affective labor/caring work in the African Diaspora, particularly the Caribbean and Latin America.

AFRS BC3552 Black Women Style and Performance

Days and times: W 10:10am-12:00pm

Call number: 09588

Points: 4

Instructor: Shirley Taylor

Description: N/A


AFRS BC3562 Caribbean Sexualities 

Days and times: W 4:10pm-6:00pm

Call number: 05567

Points: 4

Instructor: Maja Horn

Description: The seminar offers an interdisciplinary study of sexualities in the Caribbean from the conquest to the contemporary moment. The principal focus will be on how sexualities intersect with questions of gender, race, nation, and diaspora in the Anglophone, Francophone and Spanish-speaking Caribbean. We will approach the study of Caribbean sexualities from various disciplines and areas of study, including history, anthropology, sociology, ethnomusicology, performance studies, literary studies, gender studies, cultural studies, and postcolonial theory. The first part of the seminar addresses Caribbean sexuality in the context of conquest, colonization and slavery, and then national independence. The remainder of the course addresses areas that have drawn particularly intense scholarly debates, including Caribbean family formation, masculinity, and same-sex desire, as well as sex tourism, and the gender and sexual politics of Caribbean popular music and dance.


AHIS BC3675 Feminism/Postmodernism in Art 

Days and times: TR 1:10pm-2:25pm

Call number: 06623

Points: 3

Instructor: Rosalyn Deutsche

Description: N/A


AHIS BC3929 Fashion Revolution

Days and times: W 4:10pm-6:00pm

Call number: 05844

Points: 4

Instructor: Anne Higonnet

Description: N/A


ANTH BC3913 Inequalities: Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality

Days and times: R 2:10pm-4:00pm

Call number: 04562

Points: 4

Instructor: John Salyer

Description: This class will examine the historical roots and ongoing persistence of social, economic, and political inequality and the continuing role that it plays in U.S. society by examining how such issues have been addressed both in social science and in law.


ECON GU4480 Gender and Applied Economics

Days and times: TR 1:10pm-2:25pm

Call number: 75105

Points: 3

Instructor: Lena Edlund

Description: Prerequisites: ECON W3211, W3213. This course studies gender gaps, their extent, determinants and consequences. The focus will be on the allocation of rights in different cultures and over time, why women’s rights have typically been more limited and why most societies have traditionally favored males in the allocation of resources.


ENGL BC3122 Creative Non-Fiction: Gendered Memoir 

Days and times: M 6:10pm-8:00pm

Call number: 07409

Points: 3-4

Instructor: Jennifer F Boylan

Description: Prerequisites: Writing sample required to apply: required cover sheet and instructions are available here. Students cannot add this course to their schedules until after they are admitted. A workshop in writing short autobiographical story with particular attention to the role gender plays in shaping experience. Focus on student writing, along with readings from the work of authors such as Augusten Buroughs; Alice Sebold; Alison Bechdel; Mary Karr, and others.


ENGL BC3907 Senior Seminar: Short Fiction and American Women 

Days and times: M 6:10pm-8:00pm

Call number: 00252

Points: 4

Instructor: Mary Gordon

Description: Prerequisites: Sign up through the “SR Seminar” section of myBarnard. Enrollment limited to senior Barnard English majors. (Formerly ENGL BC3997; this course has been renumbered but has not changed in content.) We will explore the rich variety of fiction in shorter forms–short stories and novellas–written by American women. Writers to be studied will include Porter, Stafford, Welty, O’Connor, Olsen, Paley.


ENGL BC3909 Senior Seminar: Family in Fiction/Film

Days and times: R 4:10pm-6:00pm

Call number: 02320

Points: 4

Instructor: Maura L Spiegel

Description: Looking closely at late Twentieth and Twenty-First Century stories, novels, memoir and films that center on the logic, dysfunction, romance, system, morphing, divorcing and curious maturation of the family. From Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel, Fun Home, to the Korean film, The Host, we will explore fresh and a few classic cinematic takes on this theme. We will explore renderings of “family cultures,” family feeling, family values, the family as a narrative configuration, and home as a utopian space, a nightmarish landscape, a memory palace and more. Authors and directors will include: Wes Anderson, Gaston Bachelard, Mira Bartok, Alison Bechdel, Joon-ho Bong, Jonathan Franzen, Vivien Gornick, Lasse Hallstrom, Tamara Jenkins, Ang Lee, Mike Leigh, Jim, Sheridan, Todd Solondz, Francois Truffaut, Tennessee Williams, D. W. Winnicott, Andrei Zvyagintsev.

ENGL BC3912 Senior Seminar: Utopias and Dystopias 

Days and times: T 2:10pm-4:00pm

Call number: 06866

Points: 4

Instructor: Anne L Prescott

Description: (Formerly ENGL BC3998; this course has been renumbered but has not changed in content.) A look first at Thomas More’s Utopia and then at the dreams or nightmares it inspired, whether hopeful, ironic, serious, parodic, speculative, nightmarish, or simply interrogatory. Authors include More, Rabelais, Bacon, Margaret Cavendish, William Morris, Bellamy, H.G. Wells, George Orwell, Ursula LeGuin and, if there is time, R.A. Lafferty’s scifi novel starring More and also a young adult novel by Lois Lowry.


GRKM GU4150 C.P. Cavafy and The Poetics of Desire

Days and times: T 4:10pm-6:00pm

Call number: 23322

Points: 4

Instructor: Nikolas P. Kakkoufa

Description: This course takes C. P. Cavafy’s oeuvre as a departure point in order to discuss desire and the ways it is tied with a variety of topics. We will employ a number of methodological tools to examine key topics in Cavafy’s work such as eros, power, history, and gender. How can we define desire and how is desire staged, thematized, or transmitted through poetry? How does a gay poet write about desired bodies at the beginning of the previous century? What is Cavafy’s contribution to the formation of gay identities in the twentieth century? How do we understand the poet’s desire for an archive? How important is the city for activating desire? How do we trace a poet’s afterlife and how does the desire poetry transmits to readers transform through time? How does literature of the past address present concerns? These are some of the questions that we will examine during this course.

Though this course presupposes no knowledge of Modern Greek, students wanting to read Cavafy in the original are encouraged to take the 1-credit directed reading tutorial offered simultaneously.


HIST BC3788 Gender, Sexuality, Power, Africa

Days and times: T 6:10pm-8:00pm

Call number: 07888

Points: 4

Instructor: George A. Abosede

Description: Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15. Preregistration required. This course deals with the scholarship on gender and sexuality in African history. The central themes of the course will be changes and continuities in gender performance and the politics of gender and sexual difference within African societies, the social, political, and economic processes that have influenced gender and sexual identities, and the connections between gender, sexuality, inequality, and activism at local, national, continental, and global scales.


MUSI GR9405 Sexuality in Music/Dance Cultures 

Days and times: R 2:10pm-4:00pm

Call number: 62833

Points: 4

Instructor: Alessandra M Ciucci

Description: The objective of this seminar is to explore sexuality in music and dance cultures through an ethnographic perspective. We will examine relevant literature in ethnomusicology, anthropology, performance studies, and in other disciplines in which ethnography is an important component of methodology. A critical concern of this seminar is to analyze the influence that the globalization of sexuality has had on academic theories and writings on the subject. To this end, we will also look at the role played by works that challenge a universalization of sexuality.


MUSI UN2500 Women and Music

Days and times: MW 2:40pm-3:55pm

Call number: 18845

Points: 3

Instructor: Alessandra M Ciucci

Description: This course explores the relationship between women, music, and performance from a thematic and a cross-cultural perspective. Through the analysis of different case studies, we will investigate different topics from the perspective of ethnomusicology, cultural anthropology, and performance studies. A number of critical questions we will consider include: how does a particular gender ideology constructs and is constructed by musical aesthetics? What are some of the critical roles for women in performance?  What is the significance of gender in performances? What does it mean for women to have have and to be the voice? And how is a musical performance bound up with emotions?


MUSI GR9405 Sexuality in Music and Dance Cultures

Days and times: R 2:10pm-4:00pm

Call number: 62833

Points: 4

Instructor: Alessandra M Ciucci

Description: The objective of this seminar is to explore sexuality in music and dance cultures through an ethnographic perspective. We will examine relevant literature in ethnomusicology, anthropology, performance studies, and in other disciplines in which ethnography is an important component of methodology. A critical concern of this seminar is to analyze the influence that the globalization of sexuality has had on academic theories and writings on the subject. To this end, we will also look at the role played by works that challenge a universalization of sexuality.


POLS BC3445 Colloquium: Gender and Public Policy 

Days and times: T 12:00pm-1:50pm

Call number: 05526

Points: 4

Instructor: Katherine L Krimmel

Description: In this course, we will examine how notions of sex and gender have shaped public policies, and how public policies have affected the social, economic, and political citizenship of men and women in the United States over time.


PORT UN3490 Formations of Gender, Popular Culture and Nation in Brazil and the Lusophone World

Days and times: M/W 2:40pm – 3:55pm

Call number: 21198

Points: 3

Instructor: Daniel da Silva

Description: From carnival to kuduro, Beyoncé to Carmen Miranda, gender and sexuality have been shaped through popular culture into bodies of cultural heritage or dissent in narratives and projects of nation-building. This course will consider how they are mediated, their intersections with race, and their roles in the contemporary history of Brazil along with its intersections with the broader Lusophone World and cultures of African Diaspora from Angola to New York. Through an analysis of music,film, social media, literature and performance, we will locate these bodies, the genres within which they emerge or are occluded, and consider how they matter to the nation.


PSYC BC3152 Psychological Aspects of Human Sexuality 

Days and times: M 11:00am-12:50pm

Call number: 01798

Points: 4

Instructor: Wendy McKenna

Description: Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing, BC1001 and two other psychology courses and permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 20 students. This seminar is a critical examination of research and theory in human sexuality.  The first part of the course is an overview of influential social science research on sexuality during the 20th century.  The second part is a detailed investigation of contemporary research and writing on selected issues in human sexual behavior, including sexual socialization, gender and sexuality, and contemporary approaches to understanding psychosexual disorders.


PSYC BC3675 Feminism/Post-Modernism in Art

Days and times: TR 1:10pm-2:25pm

Call number: 06623

Points: 3

Instructor: Rosalyn Deutsche

Description: N/A


SOCI UN3261 Sexuality and Society

Days and times: TR 10:10am-11:25am

Call number: 76216

Points: 3

Instructor: Teresa Sharpe

Description: The purpose of this course is to explore the relationship between sexuality and society. Our aim is to provide an enormously broad introduction to this topic area, covering historical and national variation, exploring biological, psychological, historical, and sociological texts, and thinking critically about issues such as reproduction, desire, and identity. These readings can, at times, be demanding. Some will cover genetics; others will contain relatively dense cultural theory.


SOCI UN3265 Sociology of Work and Gender

Days and times: TR 11:40am-12:55pm

Call number: 23360

Points: 3

Instructor: Teresa Sharpe

Description: This course examines gender as a flexible but persistent boundary that continues to organize our work lives and our home lives, as well as the relationship between the two spheres. We will explore the ways in which gender affects how work is structured; the relationship between work and home; the household as a place of paid (and unpaid) labor; and how changes in the global economy affect gender and work identities.


SOCI BC3920 Advanced Topics Gender and Sexuality

Days and times: M 2:10pm-4:00pm

Call number: 03920

Points: 4

Instructor: Mignon R Moore

Description: This research and writing-intensive seminar is designed for senior majors with a background and interest in the sociology of gender and sexuality. The goal of the seminar is to facilitate completion of the senior requirement (a 25-30 page paper) based on “hands on” research with original qualitative data. Since the seminar will be restricted to students with prior academic training in the subfield, students will be able to receive intensive research training and guidance through every step of the research process, from choosing a research question to conducting original ethnographic and interview-based research, to analyzing and interpreting one’s findings. The final goal of the course will be the production of an original paper of standard journal-article length. Students who choose to pursue their projects over the course of a  second semester will have the option of revisiting their articles further for submission and publications.


SOCI BC3933 Sociology of the Body

Days and times: W 4:10pm-6:00pm

Call number: 03303

Points: 4

Instructor: Elizabeth Bernstein

Description: This seminar examines the ways in which the body is discursively constituted, and itself serves as the substratum for social life. Key questions include: How are distinctions made between “normal” and “pathological” bodies, and between the “psychic” and “somatic” realms? How do historical forces shape bodily experience? How do bodies that are racialized, gendered, and classed offer resistance to social categorization?


SOCI BC3935 Gender and Organizations

Days and times: TR 12:00pm-2:00pm

Call number: 08844

Points: 4

Instructor: Heather M Hurwitz

Description: This course examines the sociological features of organizations through a gender lens. We will analyze how gender, race, class, and sexuality matter for individuals and groups within a variety of organizational contexts. The course is grounded in the sociological literatures on gender and organizations.


WMST BC2140 Critical Approaches in Social and Cultural Theory

Days and times: Tu/Th 10:10a – 11:25p

Call number: 09334

Points: 3

Instructor: Alex Pittman

Description: Introduction to key concepts from social theory as they are appropriated in critical studies of gender, race, sexuality, class and nation. We will explore how these concepts are taken up from different perspectives to address particular social problems, and the effects of these appropriations in the world.


WMST BC2150 Practicing Intersectionality

Days and times: MW 11:40am-12:55pm

Call number: 05499

Points: 3

Instructor: Lori Brooks

Description: This introductory course for the Interdisciplinary Concentration or Minor in Race and Ethnicity (ICORE/MORE) is open to all students. We focus on the critical study of social difference as an interdisciplinary practice, using texts with diverse modes of argumentation and evidence to analyze social differences as fundamentally entangled and co-produced. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of this course, Professor Jordan-Young will frequently be joined by other faculty from the Consortium for Critical Interdisciplinary Studies (CCIS), who bring distinct disciplinary and subject matter expertise. Some keywords for this course include hybridity, diaspora, borderlands, migration, and intersectionality.


WMST BC3132 Gendered Controversies

Days and times: T 4:10pm-6:00pm

Call number: 05173

Points: 4

Instructor: Janet Jakobsen

Description: Investigates the significance of contemporary and historical issues of social, political, and cultural conflicts centered on women’s bodies. How do such conflicts constitute women, and what do they tell us about societies, cultures, and politics?


WMST BC3512 Art/Work: Sex, Aesthetic, Capitalism

Days and times: W 4:10pm-6:00pm

Call number: 07390

Points: 4

Instructor: Alexander Pittman

Description: Prerequisites: none How can performances, theatrical texts, and other art/media objects illuminate the operations of gender, sexuality, and race in global capitalism? Drawing from a range of artistic media and critical traditions, we explore how aesthetic thought can help us analyze the sexual, racial, and national character of contemporary labor and life.


WMST BC3530 Feminist Media Theory

Days and times: W 12:10pm-2:00pm

Call number: 08866

Points: 4

Instructor: Jonathan L Beller

Description: The integration of contemporary media and social practices of all types is intensifying. This seminar examines media theory and various media platforms including Language, Photography, Film, Television, Radio, Digital Video, and Computing as treated by feminists, critical race and queer theorists, and other scholars and artists working from the margins.


WMST GU4302 2nd Wave and Jewish Women’s Art

Days and times: M 4:10pm-6:00pm

Call number: 00295

Points: 4

Instructor: Irena Klepfisz

Description: Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to 13 students. A study of  Jewish women’s fiction, memoirs, art and film in response to the feminist/gender issues raised by the Second Wave. The seminar includes analysis of the writings and artwork of Jo Sinclair, Tillie Olsen, Judy Chicago, Helene Aylon, Elana Dykewomon, Rebecca Goldstein, E.M. Broner and others.