GWST 1112: Introduction to Gender and Women's Studies
Tuesday/Thursday, 10-11:50, 4 credits, Lindsey Feitz (CRN 2872)
Tuesday/Thursday, 12-1:50, 4 credits, Hava Gordon (CRN 4269)
This course fulfills an SI: Society core curriculum requirement.
This course provides an introduction to the discipline of gender and women's studies. All cultures engage in a complex process of assigning cultural values and social roles which vary according to the cultural environment in which human interaction occurs. Among these, the process of translating biological differences into a complex system of gender remains one of the most important.
Gender and women's studies aims to understand how this process of "gendering" occurs. This course also explores how this system of meaning relates to other systems of allocating power, including socioeconomic class, social status, ethnicity, religion, sexuality and nationality.
Using this lens, this course explores contemporary social developments and problems. This class presents students with a variety of texts from sociological articles to literary fictions, and documentary and fictional cinema to explore gender from many directions.
GWST 2700: Topics in GWST: The 21st Century Minstrel Showdown: Hip-hop culture vs. rap music and the commodification of social identities (CRN 3354)
Monday/Wednesday, 4-5:50, 4 credits, B. Afeni McNeely Cobham
The influences of Hip-Hop in America and throughout the world posit this art form among the great cultural aesthetics found in both the Harlem Renaissance and Black Arts Movements. As with any complex genre, elements of Hip-Hop culture, specifically rap music, have been praised for contributions to popular culture and admonished for representations that consistently marginalize women, the
LGBTQIA community, and people of color. This course will explore and seek to understand the long-standing cultural warfare that exists among nine elements of Hip-Hop culture and the impact these challenges have on gender and social identities. Students will be challenged to think critically about Hip-Hop beyond the scope of entertainment. We will accomplish this by examining literature, films and music that provide interdisciplinary discourse on Hip-Hop in our society.
GWST 2981: Colloquium in GWST: Gender in Sports: Identifying the Gendered Ideology in Sports Culture (CRN 2873)
Wednesday, 8-9:50am, 2 credits, Leslie Anne Jennings
Sports occupy a prominent role in American and international cultures. From the vast athletics of the Olympics to the local organization of a T-ball league, American and international cultures clearly delineate sports as either male or female endeavors. While some sports are now practiced by both men and women, such as tennis, swimming and gymnastics, the majority of sports are still considered masculine pursuits. Both female and homosexual athletes are marginalized by their position outside the normative role of the male athlete. However, the male athlete must also conform to the conventions of idealized masculinity in order to maintain his position within the wider gendered culture. This course examines how cultural conceptions of gender determine the manner in which sports are practiced, popularized and ultimately consumed.
Courses with GWST attribute (which means they can be taken for GWST credit):
COMN 1015: Voice and Gender
Mondays/Wednesdays, 8-9:50, 4 credits, TBA (CRN 2571)
Mondays/Wednesdays, 10-11:50, 4 credits, TBA (CRN 4224)
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.
SOCI 2210: The Family (CRN 2157)
Tuesday/Thursday, 12-1:50, 4 credits, Christine Sheikh
This course explores the family, with emphasis on different kinds of families and on contemporary issues of changing gender roles, intimacy, childbearing, family breakup and reconstitution, and family relationships with other social institutions. (Although there is a prerequisite, please talk to the instructor about waiving for GWST.)
SOCI 2420: Social Inequality (CRN 2012)
Monday/Wednesday, 12-1:50, 4 credits, Lisa Martinez
This course focuses on dimensions of social class and its effect on economic, political and social institutions as well as style of life. (Although there is a prerequisite, please talk to the instructor about waiving for GWST.)
SOCI 2565: Men and Masculinities (CRN 4294)
Tuesdays/Thursdays, 2-3:50, 4 credits, Lisa Pasko
Many of us believe that anatomy is what determines our behavior and that our bodies dictate our social and psychological temperament. Looking specifically at men and masculinities, this course tests that general notion, investigates the various ways male behavior is gendered and critically explores the meanings of masculinity in contemporary institutions. Throughout the course, we look at the multidimensional and multicultural ways masculinity is produced, constructed, enacted, and resisted; how masculinities structure power and resources; and how masculinities benefit, regulate, and hurt men's lives.
ANTH 3130: The Archaeology of Gender (CRN 4338)
Tuesdays/Thursdays, 4 credits, Bonnie Clark
This course examines the ways archaeology can contribute to the study of gender through investigations of the deep through recent past. The class will include readings on gender theory, the uses of archaeological data and specific case studies of engendered lives in the past.
ASEM 2653: Law & Politics of Reproduction (CRN 4290)
Mondays/Wednesdays, 10-11:50, 4 credits, Jennifer Reich
This course engages issues by examining them from multiple perspectives, using analytical tools from multiple disciplines. We explore historical and cultural changes over time, tracing them through historical and political writings, U.S. Supreme Court cases, legislation, statistical data, memoir, and sociological, philosophical and anthropological analyses. In drawing on these multiple sources, we examine past and present while also considering the relationship of these issues to the future. (You may get major credit for an ASEM if it is taken after your ASEM requirement is met. Email email@example.com to discuss further.)