Courses in the Curriculum

WGS 200: Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
Section 0001 | Pia Antolic-Piper | MW 2:30-3:45pm
Section 0002 | Jessica Davidson | MWF 11:15am-12:05pm
Section 0003 | Besi Muhonja | TuTh 2:00-3:15pm
Section 0004 | Beth Hinderliter | MWF 12:20-1:10pm

Cross disciplinary introduction to theories and scholarship in Women’s and Gender Studies. Examines the social construction of gender, how gender affects access to opportunity, and the experiences and contributions of women. Provides a foundation for subsequent work in the Women’s and Gender Studies minor.

WGS 300: Special Topics in Women's and Gender Studies
Topic: Disciplining Desire: Sexuality, Power, and Violence
Section 0001 | Larissa Brian | MW 2:30-3:45pm

This course affords a moment to more deeply explore and think about the terrain of public discussions regarding the social—and legal—regulation of sexual desire. To that end, we will look at contemporary public conversations that illuminate and problematize the connections between sex, shame, law, power, and violence. Specifically, we will engage in readings that have to do with the relationship between sexuality and feminism, closely examining what has come to be called “sex-positive feminism.” Topics for analysis include: the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon, sex education, consent and rape culture, queer/transgender rights issues, pornography, and the Museum of Sex in NYC (just to name a few). We will examine specific laws—and even court cases—that regulate sexual desire in both private and public, what feminist icon Gayle Rubin has called “sexlaw.” Through robust intellectual discussion, we will consider such questions as: How do words of law and legal precedent shape visions of normal human sexuality and enforce norms of sex; conversely, how might law enable certain forms of sexual freedom?  How do institutions and media inform our understandings of socially acceptable sexuality? How does social media—and the discourses surrounding it—construct limits on appropriate practices of sexual consent? What desires are deemed “illicit” and how/why are particular bodies disciplined as a result? Collectively, as a class, we will think through these questions, with a critical eye towards identifying and analyzing public conversations that both enforce and challenge the normative ways in which we think and speak about one of our culture’s most uncomfortable topics: sex.

WGS 337: Sociology of Gender
Section 0001 | Matt Ezzell | TuTh 12:30-1:45pm

Examination of theories of sex role development, the roles of men and women in society and gender as a social construction. Cross-listed with SOCI 337.

WGS 341: Gender and Justice
Section 0001 | Sue Spivey | Th 2:00-4:30pm

This course is an interdisciplinary examination of the causes, structure and consequences of gender oppression. Consistent with the social justice track of the major, notions of fairness, justice and equality with respect to gendered social, political and economic relations will be examined. Cross-listed with JUST 341.

WGS 355: American Women at War
Section 0001 | Amelia Underwood | M 5:40-7:40pm

This course invites students to engage a series of issues about the role of women in the US military. This course will examine the contributions & experiences of women who served during the American Revolution, the U.S. Civil War, WW I & II, Korea, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf War(s). Also included in this course is an examination of how women in military service both past and present are an instrument for societal change in America specifically in promoting the cause of women’s rights. Cross-listed with MSCI 355.

WGS 369: Feminist Literary Theory
Section 0001 | Mary Thompson | MW 2:30-3:45pm

An intensive study of a variety of feminist critical approaches and their applications to literature. Cross-listed with ENG 369.

WGS 370: Queer Literature
Section 0001 | Dawn Goode | TuTh 12:30-1:45pm, M 5:00-7:00pm

An exploration of texts and issues in literature written by and about gay and lesbian writers, including critical and theoretical issues as well as questions of canon. Text studied may include fiction, poetry, drama, essays and memoirs written primarily, but not exclusively, in the 20th century. Cross-listed with ENG 370.

HIST 449: Women and Fascism
Section 0001 | Jessica Davidson | Day/time TBD

This course offers a comparative understanding of fascism and women with a focus on Europe, including Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy and Francoist Spain. We will also discuss fascist movements and right-wing women in other European countries and in Latin America. The course will uncover the origins of fascism and the rise of the fascist party and the women’s branch. Prerequisite: HIST 395 or permission of the instructor.

PSYC 310: The Psychology of Women and Gender
Section 0001 | Kala Melchiori | TuTh 3:30-4:45pm

An examination of research and theory regarding the abilities and behaviors of women and the changing roles of women. Consideration is given to biological, developmental and societal determinants of sex and gender. Course meets sociocultural requirement for the psychology major. Prerequisites: PSYC 101 and junior status.

Courses that will Receive Substitute Credit

ENG 304: Feminist Perspectives on Literature and Religion
Section 0001 | Ann-Janine Morey | MWF 9:05-9:55am

American authors and their fiction about God, faith and religion in the American experience. Gender and race will provide a constant thematic focus through a variety of novels and short stories.

HIST 326: The Automobile in 20th Century America
Section 0001 | Kevin Borg | MWF 10:10-11:00am

This course uses the automobile as a window into 20th century American life. It examines the influence of automobility on patterns of work and leisure; on struggles over gender, race and ethnicity; on individualism, consumerism and government regulation. It also surveys mass automobility’s effects on our physical and natural environments and looks at future prospects of automobility in the information age. 

POSC 371: Topics in Comparative Politics 
Topic: Social Movements
Section 0001 | Kristin Wylie | MWF 11:15am-12:05pm

Accepted for WGS credit if student does research paper on a social movement related to gender and/or sexuality.

Social Movements in the US & Abroad - will apply social movement theory (SMT) to evaluate several recent social movements. We will spend the first few weeks learning SMT and then the rest of the semester applying SMT to 4 paired comparative case studies. For each, we will leverage similarities and disparities between a US movement and a non-US movement to understand social movement emergence and success/limitations. Cases will include the women's movement in the US and in Chile (or Brazil), the civil rights movement in the US (including discussion of Black Lives Matter) and the anti-Apartheid movement in South Africa, the LGBTQ rights movement in the US and another case TBD, and the pro/counter-immigration movements in the US and another case TBD (maybe Germany).

SOCI 367: The Sociology of Sexuality
Section 0001 | Matt Ezzell | TuTh 12:30-1:45pm

This course examines sociological theory and research on sexual behaviors, identities, cultures and social movements, investigating how sexuality is shaped by society and its social institutions. In addition, the course examines how sociological research on sexuality is conducted, how society shapes the sociological study of sexuality, the unique ethical concerns and methodological challenges in researching sexuality, and the place of sociology in shaping public discourse and social policy on relevant social issues. 

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