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AY20-21 IRWGS Course Plan

As announced by the President of Columbia University in April 2020, the 2020-2021 academic year will be comprised of three semesters:  Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021. The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program though the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality (IRWGS) will therefore offer courses for undergraduate students (and, in some cases, for graduate students) in each of these terms.

This page provides an overview of our course offerings for all three terms, to help students as they make decisions and plans for the academic year ahead. Please note that this schedule may be subject to change, and students are encouraged not only to revisit this page but also to confirm the course listings in the online Directory of Courses and Vergil, where course descriptions, class meeting times, and teaching modalities for Fall 2020 are available.

Please contact the following people with questions about the courses listed below or with questions about undergraduate or graduate programs of study:

  • For undergraduate major[s] and concentration[s], Professor Vanessa Agard-Jones, Director of Undergraduate Studies, vaj2116@columbia.edu
  • For graduate programs, Professor Marianne Hirsch, Director of Graduate Studies, mh2349@columbia.edu
  • For general questions, email irwgs@columbia.edu

2020-2021 Year at a Glance

Fall 2020

  • “Fall” term courses will run the full 14-week term: Tues., Sept. 8, 2020 – Wed., Dec. 23, 2020.
  • “Fall A” courses will run during the first half of the term: Tues., Sept. 8, 2020 – Fri., Oct. 23, 2020.
  • “Fall B” courses will run during the second half of the term: Mon., Oct. 26, 2020 – Wed., Dec. 23, 2020.
  • Course descriptions, as well as specific sections and meeting times, can be found in the online Directory of Courses.
Term Subject code Course number Course title Instructor
Fall WMST UN3125 Introduction to Sexuality Studies Professor Jack Halberstam
Fall WMST UN3265 Queer & Trans Migration Professor Dario Valles
Fall WMST UN3450 Topics in Gender and Sexuality Law Professor Suzanne Goldberg
Fall WMST UN3521 Senior Seminar I Professor Vanessa Agard-Jones
Fall WMST GU4235 Indigenous Feminisms Professor Audra Simpson
Fall WMST GU4350 Performing Feminist Activism in Contemporary Latin America Professor Maria Jose Contreras
Fall WMST GR6001 Theoretical Paradigms: Visuality, Embodiment, Performance/Seeing with Companions Professor Marianne Hirsch

 

Spring 2021

  • “Spring” term courses will run the full 14-week term: Mon., Jan. 11, 2021 – Mon., Apr. 26, 2021.
  • “Spring A” courses will run during the first half of the term: Mon., Jan. 11, 2021 – Fri., Feb. 26, 2021.
  • “Spring B” courses will run during the second half of the term: Mon., Mar. 8, 2021 – Mon., Apr. 26, 2021.
  • Course descriptions, as well as specific sections and meeting times, will be available in advance of the early registration period in November 2020.
Term Subject code Course number Course title Instructor
Spring WMST UN3200 Queer Theory Professor Tey Meadow
Spring WMST UN3915 Gender and Power in Global Perspectives STAFF TBD
Spring WMST UN3522 Senior Seminar II Professor Vanessa Agard-Jones
Spring WMST XXXX Gender and Public Health: Disparities, Pathways, and Policies Professor Jennifer Hirsch
Spring WMST GU4000 Genealogies of Feminism: Decolonization and Feminist Critique Professor Neferti Tadiar
Spring WMST GU4235 Indigenous Feminisms Professor Audra Simpson
Spring WMST GR8001 Feminist Pedagogy Professor Marianne Hirsch


Summer 2021

  • “Summer X” courses will run the full 14-week term: Mon., May 3, 2021 – Mon., August 16, 2021
  • “Summer A” courses will run during the first half of the term: Mon., May 3, 2021 – Fri., June 18, 2021.
  • “Summer B” courses will run during the second half of the term: Mon., June 28, 2021 – Mon., Aug. 16, 2021.
  • Course descriptions, as well as specific sections and meeting times, will be available in advance of Summer registration in April 2021.
Term Subject code Course number Course title Instructor
Summer A WMST UN3311 Feminist Theory Professor Elizabeth Povinelli
Summer A WMST UN3225 Transgender Studies: Themes and Topics Professor Jack Halberstam
Summer A WMST 4XXX Bodily Disruptions:   Politics, Precarity, And The Governance Of Dis-ease Professor Elizabeth Bernstein

 

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