Upcoming Courses: Fall 2017
ANTH 300 Sexualities & Genders across cultures (Nourse)
MW 1:30-2:45 pm
Theoretical and ethnographic examination of masculinity and femininity within various worldwide cultures.
Prerequisites: ANTH 101
ARTH 227 Gender and the Arts of Japan (Kersey)
TR 12:00-1:15 pm
The subject of this seminar is the historical and contemporary role of visuality and materiality in the construction, performance, and politics of gender in the Japanese archipelago. Topics of analysis include medieval stories of gender transformation, gender’s relationship to Buddhist salvation, the patronage and artistic practice of women in the Heian era, the gendering of script and clothing, the inter-war visual culture of hyper-masculinity, the theatricality of gender performance in kabuki, and premodern and modern forms of homosociality. We will also address the gendering of abstract concepts —especially that of the nation state—in modern discourse. Our investigation will conclude with a look at the stakes of gender in postwar and contemporary Japanese art. No previous experience with Japan, art, feminist theory, or gender theory is necessary
CLSC 398/IDST 299/AMST298/RHCS Introduction to Digital Humanities (Tilton)
MW 1:30-2:45 pm
Digital Humanities or “DH” brings the application of computing to humanities questions. In this course, we will explore applying computational methods including text analysis, mapping, and network analysis to humanities data. Our guiding questions include:
What is humanities data?
Why apply computational methods to the humanities and how? Which methods are best for which forms of inquiry?
What new forms of scholarly inquiry are made possible?
What are the challenges and limitations of DH?
ENGL 299 ST: Queer Literatures (Singh)
TR 12:00-1:15pm; 1:30-2:45pm
The representation of “queer” identity and sexuality – whether gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transsexual – faces a critical challenge. Since there remains today an entrenched set of images and ideas associated with homosexuality that has been largely governed by heterosexual culture, queer aesthetic expression must struggle with how to voice the experience of homosexuality. In this course, we will examine contemporary queer literature and film that is concerned with both the formation and formulation of queer identities. We will ask a series of questions: What distinguishes and differentiates queer aesthetics? What does it mean to be queer? Who can or should represent queer identities? Throughout the semester, we will examine works that traverse sexual, racial, national, and political lines. As such, we will pay careful and critical attention to a plurality of queer expressions and representations. Authors may include: Shyam Selvadurai, Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich, Tony Kushner, James Baldwin, Dionne Brand, Jeffrey Eugenides, Ismat Chughtai, Leslie Feinberg, Shani Mootoo, Manuel Puig, and William Burroughs. Films may include: Boys Don’t Cry, Happy Together, Fire, Philadelphia, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Before Night Falls, and Paris is Burning.
HIST 216 US Intellectual and Cultural History since 1865 (Sackley)
TR 1:30-2:45 pm
Survey of American ideas and culture since the Civil War. Topics will include the "social questions" of the 19th century; visions of the self and society; the role of science and expertise in American life; political debates over freedom and the market; and cultural battles over pluralism and American identity.
HIST 306 American Identities (Yellin)
W 3:00-5:40 pm
Thematic exploration of historical issues of identity development and construction in the twentieth-century United States, focusing on such questions as: What do historians mean by "identity"? How do they use categories like race, class, and gender to understand the American experience? How have they approached issues of status, power, and individuality?
LLC 210 Women, Virtue & Temptation in Literature (Radi) Living and Learning students only
MW 1:30-2:45 pm
Beginning with Greek mythology (Pandora), Genesis (Eve), the Gospels (Mary, Magdalene, etc.), and the Qur'an (Hawwa) students will investigate why women seem to be insistently depicted in terms of the extremes of virtue and vice. From there, students will examine a selection of works that confirm, complicate, or reject this Manichean perspective on women.
LDST 386/ PSYC 359 Leadership in a Diverse Society (Hoyt)
TR 9:00-10:15 am
The goal of this course is to understand how diversity affects social relations with an emphasis on leadership. To this end, we will examine diversity, primarily through the lens of social psychology, by examining individual and collective dynamics in pluralistic settings. We will examine the phenomena and processes associated with one’s beliefs about members of social groups (stereotypes), attitudes and evaluative responses toward group members (prejudice), and behaviors toward members of a social group based on their group membership (discrimination). On the flip side, we will examine how stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination shape the experiences of members of low-status or minority groups. We will focus primarily on large societal groups that differ on cultural dimensions of identity such as gender, sexuality, and race & ethnicity. We will also address approaches to ameliorating these problems and will apply the theoretical and empirical work to current events and relevant policy issues.
MUS 134 Songbirds and Sirens (Fillerup)
Examines the ways in which performers, composters, and operatic works shape and reflect cultural attitudes about gender and music. The interdisciplinary nature of opera, which combines text, music, and theatrical performance, will be considered through methodologies developed in music, literary criticism, theater and gender studies. Interplay between operatic characters and the public and private lives of women singers will deepen our engagement with both the artistic works we study and the cultures in which they were first forged.
PLSC 361 The Politics of Social Welfare (Erkulwater)
Study of the development and effectiveness of programs in the United States that seek to promote economic equality and alleviate need. A focus on programs for both the poor and the middle class. Prerequisites: Political Science 220, 260, or Sociology 101 or permission of instructor.
RHCS 105 Media, Culture, and Identity (Hageman) Special Crosslist
Basic theoretical frameworks and concepts in media studies. Through close analysis of a variety of texts including, but not limited to, films, music, television programs, newspapers, magazines, and websites, explores the ways in which culture is produced and consumed. Case studies and other examples will provide entry points into thinking about how culture shapes and also is informed by individual and collective identities.
RHCS 295 Doing Histories and Theories (Mifsud) Special Crosslist
This methods course focuses on history and theory writing in the study of rhetoric. Students will read histories of rhetorical theory and explore a variety of approaches to doing history and theory in general, and in rhetorical studies in particular. Assignments, in addition to reading and class participation, will focus on student presentation, essay writing, examination, and research preparation.
RHCS 355 Rhetoric, Media & US Feminism 1830s-1980 (Tonn)
MW 12:00-1:15 pm
A feminist/critical approach to the rhetoric surrounding the early women's rights movement beginning in the 1830s through 1920 and the women's liberation movement starting in the early 1960s through 1980 approximately. General foci include 1) treatment of women's rhetorical history and social, legal, religious, and psychological obstacles inhibiting their agency and 2) critical treatment of various strategies used by female rhetors to advance their causes. Speeches, essays, conventions, journals, newsletters, parades, and demonstrations may be considered as rhetorical forms.
RELG 253 Body and Sex in World Religion Lit (Geaney)
TR 10:30-11:45am; 12:00-1:15pm
Exploration of theoretical ideas about body and sexuality in world religious literature focusing on connection between sexuality and construction of identity in various religious perspectives.
SOC 316 Race and Ethnicity in America (Richards) Special Crosslist
Race and Ethnicity in America will contribute to students’ understanding of contemporary manifestations of racism in the United States by tracing its historical genesis and evolution over time. It will expand students’ understanding the role of slavery, internal colonialism and immigration in constructing racial categories and ideologies in the United States, as well as how these conceptions of race explain current social hierarchies and inequalities. This course will also deepen students’ understanding of the racialized and gendered dimensions of cultural representation, gaps in wealth, educational attainment, mass incarceration and residential segregation, drawing on international comparative case studies where relevant in order to contextualize the North American experience. Additionally, the course will provide students with the knowledge, tools and opportunities needed to exercise their agency on behalf of racial justice in their communities.
SOC 319 Sociology of Gender and Sexuality (Grollman)
TR 3:00-4:15 pm
Advanced course serving as an introduction to the sociology of gender and sexuality. Draws from a social constructionist perspective to understand how gender and sexuality are shaped, influenced, and regulated by society in general, as well as particular social institutions and social norms. Examines how gender and sexuality serve as organizing principles in society. Draws on feminist and queer theoretical frameworks to explore the diversity in gender and sexuality, particularly at their intersections with sex, race, ethnicity, age, social class, disability, and weight. Prerequisites: Sociology 211 or 221 with a grade of C- or better.
THTR 229 Going Solo: The Politics of Identity in Contemporary Solo Performance (Herrera)
W 12:00-2:45 pm
Examines the development of solo performance from the 1970s to the present. Pays close attention to the ways solo practitioners use the body to highlight specific cultural, social, and political histories of marginalization encountered by the working class, people of color, women, lesbians, and gays. Engages with a multitude of genres including performance art, autobiographical forms, spoken word, stand-up comedy, and hip-hop based work.
VMAP 306 Printmaking Media Studio (Softic) Special Crosslist
MW 9-11 am
Studio-intensive course providing a constructive and critical framework to develop independently conceived projects across a variety of printmaking media. Emphasis on the exploration of advanced processes and concepts while deepening student’s appreciation for printmaking, broadening their knowledge of the history of print-media, and developing an understanding of contemporary printmaking practices. Projects that integrate or extend into areas such as painting, photography, sculpture, and mixed-media installation, are supported. Prepares students for the advanced and thesis-levels of the curriculum where working across media is common practice. May be repeated for credit.
WGSS 200 Introduction to Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies (Skerrett)
MW 10:30 - 11:45 am; MW 1:30-2:45 pm
Introduction to the broad, interdisciplinary field of women, gender, and sexuality studies. Special attention will be paid to the meaning and history of the terms "gender" and "sexuality" and to the political movements mobilized around those terms. Students will read both contemporary and historical materials and both primary and secondary sources.
WGSS 202 Queer Theories (McWhorter)
TR 10:30-11:45 am
Explores a range of queer theoretical approaches. Special attention will be paid to intersectionality, the social construction of identities, and how these constructed identities impact knowing, ethical reasoning, and conduct. Engagement of the theoretical underpinnings of political, ethical, or cultural issues.
WGSS 279/ENVR 269 ST: Environmental Ethics (McWhorter)
Introduces students to the moral issues and ethical approaches that characterize interaction with our natural environment. Topics will vary but will typically include issues such as our moral obligation to nonhuman species and to future human generations, and ethical analysis of contemporary environmental issues such as climate change and species extinction.
WGSS 279/AMST 381/Soc 279 The System
MW 10:30-11:45 am
The System. Nobody wants to get stuck in it. Lots of people want to blame it. Some say it’s rigged. Some try to beat it. But most of the time we don’t even notice it, as it quietly runs in the background, shaping our society and the entirety of our experience. And it is precisely in those moments when we don’t notice The System that it is having its greatest effect. The System takes many forms. It is The Market, The Media, and The Man. It is Transportation, Criminal Justice, and The University. And all of its forms are interconnected. Our task will be to notice The System, to develop ways of analyzing its various guises and effects, to explore how we can affect it, and to predict its future. We will resist being glum about The System, and we’ll conclude the course with a party.
WGSS 280 Gender and Work (Ooten)
TR 1:30-2:45 pm
Examines the gendered nature of both historical and contemporary workplace issues from a global perspective. Gender and workplace issues will be examined from theoretical, historical, comparative perspectives.
*WGSS courses are open to all students regardless of major. Some courses listed may have specific prerequisites, but you should always check with the professor if you are interested. Please contact the program coordinator, Dr. Mari Lee Mifsud with any questions.
**NOTE: Courses designated as "Special Cross List" carry WGSS credit only if students contract with the professor at the beginning of the semester to do work specific to the WGSS component of the course. Interested students should consult with the program coordinator.