GWST 2230: Gender in a New Era of Empire (CRN 3426)
Monday/Wednesday, 2:00-3:50pm, 4 credits, Lindsey Feitz
This course examines the concept of empire in the 21st-Century through a transnational feminist analysis of international state politics, corporate globalization, and cultural imperialism, focusing on how these forces have converged to move people, ideas, and ideologies across and between state borders in recent years. Emphasizing the cultural dimensions of imperialism, it explores how new forms of commercial empire and militarism rely upon and influence gendered, sexed, raced, and national identities, differences, and inequities across the globe, as well as racial, gendered, and sexual modes of conquest and imperialism. Prerequisite: GWST 1112
GWST 2700: Topics in GWST: Feminist Inquiry and Investigation: An Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods (CRN 3241)
Tuesday/Thursday, 10:00-11:50am, 4 credits, Lindsey Feitz
This hands-on class will introduce the basic tenets of qualitative research methods (i.e., ethnography, visual analysis, interviews, archival research, etc.) from a feminist perspective. Students will be asked to think about and evaluate the power dynamics at stake in academic research as we work alongside our community partner to investigate issues of social inequality and provide solutions for change.
GWST 3950: Theories in GWST (CRN 2961)
Tuesday/Thursday, 2:00-3:50pm, 4 credits, Heike Peckruhn
This course examines the major theoretical approaches (feminist, womanist, queer, etc.) to understanding gender and other intersecting systems of oppression and privilege. It explores the historical evolution of the theoretical traditions that have informed feminism, queer theory, and gender and women's studies, as well as examining more recent developments within these fields of inquiry. Students apply these theories to a range of texts, empirical data and/or the experiential world. This course may be repeated for credit as long as course subtitles are different. Prerequisite: GWST 1112.
GWST 2982: Colloquium in GWST: International Men of Mystery (CRN 2053)
Wednesday, 4:00-5:50pm, 2 credits, Arianna Nowakowski
This course will evaluate the ways in which masculinities are constructed, performed, and carefully resisted in different societies around the world, and will consider the interconnectedness of these constructions with domestic and international political processes. Particular attention will be paid to the ways in which categories of analysis such as ethnicity, class, religion, and sexuality are interconnected with understandings of masculinity in different parts of the world and in light of an increasingly globalized international society.
GWST 3975: Capstone Seminar (CRN 2885)
Friday, 12:00-3:50pm, 4 credits, Hava Gordon
This course provides students the opportunity to complete a substantial final project for their degree in gender and women’s studies, which may take the form of preparation for a thesis, community-based research or service project, or a substantial creative or research project. Students work closely with the director of the program or a faculty member affiliated with the program to devise these projects after spending the first part of the course exploring recent research within the field of gender and women’s studies. Prerequisites: GWST major or minor, GWST 1112, GWST 3950, senior standing, or permission of instructor
GWST 1015: Voice and Gender (CRN 3538)
Tuesday/Thursday, 8:00-9:50am, 4 credits, TBA
In this course, students explore gender in personal and political contexts with the intent of developing their individual voices in these arenas. Students learn to express creatively their voice through strengthening both their written and oral communication skills. This course also discusses gender issues prevalent in today’s society and significant moments in rhetorical history that have impacted these issues. Cross-listed with COMN 1015 (CRN 2343).
GWST 2212: Gender, Communication and Culture (CRN 5104)
Tuesday/Thursday, 12:00-1:50pm, 4 credits, Pavithra Prasad
This course considers how gender is created, maintained, repaired, and transformed through communication in particular relational, cultural, social, and historical contexts. This course is designed to help students develop thoughtful answers to the following questions: What is gender, how do we acquire it, how do cultural structures and practices normalize and reproduce it, and how do we change and/or maintain it to better serve ourselves and our communities? Throughout the term, we explore how dynamic communicative interactions create, sustain, and subvert femininities and masculinities "from the ground up." This course counts toward the Analytical Inquiry: Society and Culture requirement. Cross-listed with COMN 2210 (CRN 4775).
GWST 2280: Gender in the Economy (CRN 4600)
Tuesday/Thursday, 12:00-1:50pm, 4 credits, Paula Cole
This course moves beyond the traditionally male-dominated view of the economy to explore economic life through a gendered lens. A gendered perspective challenges us to see economic theory, markets, work, development, and policy in new ways. Gendered economic analysis expands the focus of economics from strictly wants, scarcity, and choice to include needs, abundance, and social provisioning in its scope. Cross-listed with ECON 2280 (CRN 2179).
GWST 2220: Sociology of Childhood (CRN 4601)
Tuesday/Thursday, 10:00-11:50am, 4 credits, Amie Levesque
This course explores the social meanings of childhood. In this course we will examine aspects of the symbolic meanings of childhood as well as the experiences of being a child. The commercialization of childhood through marketing to children, contradictory messages about children as innocent or problematic, the experience of gender socialization for children, and the expectations of creating perfect children will be explored in detail. Prerequisite: SOCI 1810 or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with SOCI 2220 (CRN 4473).
GWST 2765: The Female Offender (CRN 4834)
Tuesday/Thursday, 8:00am-9:50am, 4 credits, Lisa Pasko
Female offenders are one of the fastest growing segments in both the juvenile and adult justice systems. This course introduces students to debates and issues surrounding girls, women, and crime; explores different theoretical perspectives of gender and crime; and examines the impact of gender on the construction and treatment of female offenders by the justice system. In addition, this course specifically looks at girls' and women's pathways to offending and incarcerations; understanding girls' violence in the inner city; exploring the reality of prison life for women, with a particular focus on the gender-sensitive programming for incarcerated mothers; and ending with an examination of how capital punishment has affected women offenders historically and contemporarily. Prerequisite: SOCI 1810 or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with SOCI 2765 (CRN 3291).
SOCI 2701.13: Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline: Race, Gender and Intersectionality in the Time of Mass Criminalization (CRN 4477)
Monday/Wednesday, 2:00-3:50pm, 4 credits, Subini Annamma
The course uses sociocultural and critical race frameworks to introduce students to the phenomenon of the school to prison pipeline and links this to both micro and macro processes, or the local and the global trends. Local examinations will include how the pipeline is enacted in schools through mechanisms such as racial and gender disproportionality in disciplinary actions, special education assignment, and referral to law enforcement. Moreover it will examine intersectional identities (e.g., race, ability, and gender) to explore the less visible global connections between the pipeline and larger trends of mass criminalization and incarceration in the United States. Prerequisite: SOCI 1810 or permission of instructor.
ASEM 2687: Sex and Globalization (CRN 2696)
Monday/Wednesday, 10:00-11:50am, 4 credits, Lindsey Feitz
Over the last thirty years scholars from a variety of disparate fields have laid claim to the study of the complex, pervasive phenomena that many now simply refer to as “globalization.” More recently, however, feminist scholars in these same fields have argued that globalization is also an inherently gendered (and sexed and raced) phenomenon that has profound consequences on people’s livelihoods, identities, and well-being around the world. This course will examine globalization as a process that centers upon these gendered, raced, and sexual differences. You will be introduced to range of interdisciplinary feminist scholarship and asked to consider the following questions: What does a gendered analysis of globalization look like? How does it enhance our understanding of the ways power, privilege and inequality manifest themselves in different parts of the world? In what ways do women and men get enlisted to support (both physically and symbolically) global commerce, migration, and war? You may get major credit for an ASEM if it is taken after your ASEM requirement is met.