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Upcoming Courses: Spring 2018

ANTH 303 Biopolitics in Medical Anthropology (Sweis) Special Cross-list
TR 10:30-11:45 am
This advanced anthropology course examines the intersections of culture, politics and medicine from a variety of theoretical and scholarly approaches. Students will study conceptualizations of the body, health, healing, illness and personhood from a global and transhistorical perspective. Student will also learn the various methods anthropologists use to understand these conceptualizations. With a strong emphasis on state and transnational processes, the readings focus on how biology and politics—or biopolitics—converge in a myriad of ways to shape intimate human experience, past and present.
Topics covered in class include: the history and culture of modern western biomedicine; religious perspectives of the body; organ donation, trafficking and transplantation; sex, gender and reproductive technologies; relations between illness, disease and racial inequality; poverty and social suffering; the global politics of HIV AIDS, Ebola and other infectious diseases; medical humanitarianism and human rights; capitalism and the pharmaceutical industry; the local effects of contemporary legal healthcare regimes.

ANTH 328 Anthropology of Human Rights (French)
TR 10:30-11:45am; 12:00-1:15 pm
Examines the origins of human rights discourse and practice in the 20th century and the elaboration and dissemination of human rights concepts in the post-World War II period, including analysis of institutional grounding in United Nations and non-governmental organizations. Considers human rights from a cross-cultural, anthropological perspective.
Prerequisite(s): Anthropology 101, International Studies 290, Political Science 240, Political Science 250, Political Science 260, Sociology 101, or Leadership Studies 101.

CLSC 301 Greek Art and Archaeology (Baughan) Special Cross-List
MW 3:00-4:15 pm
A survey of architecture, sculpture, ceramics, and painting in the Greek world, from the Bronze Age through the Classical period, and an exploration of how art and buildings functioned in Greek society. Introduces students to basic methods of analyzing and interpreting archaeological remains.

CLAS 308 Women in Greece and Rome (Damer)
TR 3:00-4:15 pm
Structure of Greek and Roman societies based on analysis of the position of women within them. Comparison with other disenfranchised groups, particularly ethnic minorities.

ENG 230 Women in Modern Literature (Outka)
MW 9:00-10:15 am
In this course, we will investigate contemporary novels, poems, and plays written by—and about—women from different, though often intersecting, racial, ethnic, national, and economic perspectives, as well as from a range of gender and sexual orientations. We will consider issues surrounding agency and voice, motherhood and families, economic and educational opportunities (or lack thereof), violence, biological and social constructions of gender and sex, and the many faces of desire. The course explores literature that stretches from Japan, to Zimbabwe, India, China, the Dominican Republic, Britain, Nigeria, the United States, and Mexico, and considers a wide-ranging set of perspectives and voices—from a Sudanese woman living in ancient Roman London, to enslaved women in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, to contemporary queer voices, and more. Alongside the literature, we will also consider non-fiction writing on women by many of the authors we are reading, including Toni Morrison, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Audre Lorde, and Virginia Woolf, as well as excerpts from theorists like Simone de Beauvoir, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Eve Sedgwick, and Judith Butler. One of the highlights of the semester will be a class visit from one of our novelists, Patty Smith—author of The Year of Needy Girls.

ENGL 236 Global Women Writers (Singh)
TR 10:30-11:45 am; 12:00-1:15 pm
In this course, we will explore women’s writing from around the world, from regions as diverse as South Asia, Africa, North America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. Through reading novels, short stories, poetry, and essays by and about women, we will examine how the concerns of women writers travel across national and political lines. What particular challenges do women writers face and how do such challenges influence their writing? How is the role of women represented in and across different literary and non-fiction texts? How does sexuality figure into women’s writing and what does it say about the “naturalized” ways that women are imagined across cultures? What current global issues concern women writers, and how are they linked to gender and sexuality? These are some of the questions that we will ask as we travel around the globe to explore works by contemporary women writers. Writers may include Tsitsi Dangarembga, Margaret Atwood, Edwidge Danticat, Ama Ata Aidoo, Nawal el Saadawi, Bapsi Sidhwa, Zora Neale Hurston, Arundhati Roy, Vandana Shiva, Wangari Maathai, and Audre Lorde.

FYS 100-43/44 Gender, Violence, & Rome (Damer)
MW 9:00-10:15 am; 1:30-2:45pm
What role can literature from and influenced by the Roman world play in universities in the 21st Century? Ovid’s Metamorphoses will guide a careful examination of gender violence in the Roman world and in contemporary U.S. universities. Gender, Violence, & Rome will study the ways that Ovid’s Metamorphoses has offered solace and resistance against gendered violence, and been read as supporting power hierarchies that enable violence against women and men. In this course, students will meet Roman literature, and films, drama, and novels inspired by the tradition of Roman culture in Shakespeare, the Godfather, and in Toni Morrison’s novel, Love.

HIST 199-07 Joan of Arc and Marie Antoinette (Watts)
MW 12-1:15pm
This course centers on the lives of two, French, female icons: Joan of Arc and Marie Antoinette, as a window into the history of early modern women, gender and sexuality. No two women could be more different, but each provides a unique path toward understanding female power and victimization, if not French identity (for better or for worse). We begin by putting “the virgin warrior” and “the wicked queen” into their respective historical contexts of medieval and revolutionary France. Drawing on contemporary memoirs, trial records, diaries, and pamphlet literature as sources of evidence, students will become skilled in historical thinking through reading, writing, and active discussion. Assignments focus on library research and short essays using gender and sexuality as tools of analysis.

LAIS 497-03 Embodied Politics in Contemporary Latin America: Race, Gender, Sex, and Performance (Mendez)
MW 3:00-4:15 pm
This seminar engages critical race studies, feminist and queer theory, and performance studies to examine how contemporary Latin/o American performance addresses and interrogates the racialization and sexualization of bodies. Inspired by the distinction drawn by Diana Taylor between the archive and the repertoire (2003), we will critically dialogue with a varied repertoire of embodied practices that grapple with the tensions between socially inscribed corporeal regulation and the imaginative and political possibilities of the performative. The different performance artists and activists whose work will be discussed—including, among others, Cuban-American Ana Mendieta, Guatemalan Regina José Galindo, Mexican Jesusa Rodríguez, Argentinean Naty Menstrual—explore gender, sex, race, and class as these intersect with issues of migration, colonialism, globalization, and environmental politics. This course will provide students with a historical and theoretical framework to understand these issues in the context of key socio-political junctures in Latin/o America. Special focus will be given to how performance has staged resistance against acts of violence against women, particularly in light of the current alarming numbers of femicides and travesticides traversing the region.

LLC 350 Introduction to Linguistics (Bonfiglio)Special Cross List
TR 10:30-11:45 am; 12:00-1:15 pm
General, historical and/or descriptive linguistics. Prerequisites: Completion of Communication Skills II-Language requirement

RELG 255 Queers in Religion (Geaney)
TR 12:00-1:15; 1:30-2:45 pm
This course examines applications of queer theory to the cross-cultural study of religion. It focuses on 1) recovered appreciation for queer identities from generally hostile religious traditions, 2) religious homophobia, 3) religious traditions that celebrate queer identities in the form of sacred queer gender formations. The main objective of the course is to foster understanding of certain intersections of queerness and religion. The course also aims to introduce literary theory, hence it approaches queer materials by attending to the theories of interpretation we bring to them. The method of the course is intentionally queer, which will hopefully create greater awareness of the forces that make it normal to presume heterosexuality in the classroom. No prerequisites. 1 unit.

SOC 101-06/07 Foundations of Society (Richards)
MW 1:30-2:45; 3:00-4:15 pm
How would your life be different if you woke up one morning to discover that you were someone of a different race, class, religion, nationality or sexual orientation? Would you live in a different neighborhood? Attend different schools? If so, would these changes mean that you would think differently? Would your values and priorities change? Would it change the type of food that you think is delicious or who you thought was appropriate for dating or friendship? The objective of this course is to provide you with the tools to answer these questions by introducing you to the field of sociology, its methods, underlying principles and assumptions. By the end of this course, you will understand yourselves and the society in which you live much better than you did before taking this course, and perhaps, will be curious enough to learn more about the field of sociology.

SOC 216 Social Inequalities (Grollman)Special Cross-list
MW 3:00-4:15 pm
In this course, we will examine how race, gender, class, and sexuality structure individual, interactional, and institutional levels of the social world. We will also examine how these axes of stratification intersect and mutually reinforce one another.

SOC 340 Medical Sociology (Grollman) Special Cross List
TR 3:00-4:15pm
Advanced course draws upon a sociological perspective to understand how society shapes health and healthcare and, in turn, how medicine and health care shape society. Investigates social factors that harm health and well-being, particularly those that produce disparities along major social strata (e.g., race and ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, and sexual orientation). Interrogates the medical institution as an important and powerful social institution. Prerequisite: Soc 211 or Soc 221.

THTR 239 Latinx on Stage: From the Barrios to Broadway (Herrera) Special Cross List 
TR 12:00-1:15pm
Examines the evolving formation of Latinx identity in Broadway and community productions as well as popular culture with special attention to issues of feminism, globalization, migration, and transculturation. This course is open to all students with or with out a background in theater. Special note: final project requires participation in performance of excerpted works.

THTR 319 Theatre History II (Herrera)
TR 9:00-10:15 am
A survey of theatre history from mid-18th-century Europe to the present, with emphasis on representative plays, performance practices, and theories, as well as the cultural, economic, and political contexts from which they emerged. Lecture/discussion format.

WGSS 200 Introduction to Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies (McWhorter/Holland)
TR 1:30-2:45; 3:00-4:15 pm; WF 1:30-2:45 pm
An 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. No Prerequisite. 1 unit.

WGSS 201 WILL Colloquium: Gender, Race, and Activism (Blake & Ooten)
MW 3:00-4:15 pm
This course explores the link between knowledge and power/theory and practice by examining U.S. social movements that have influenced women's positions in society in recent history. It analyzes the intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality in women's lives and in social activism, as well as both individual and collective strategies for accomplishing social change. Students put theory into practice by working with class members to carry out an action project on a gender-related topic of importance to them. Prerequisite: WILL membership. 1 unit.

WGSS 301 WILL Senior Seminar (Blake)
W 12:00-1:15 pm
This course examines the intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality and explores how these realities are lived in one's daily life. Readings will serve as a springboard for reflective essay writing and class discussion about oppression, privilege, and social change. Open to WILL members only. 1/2 unit.

WGSS 379-01 Rhetoric and Law (Mifsud)
R 3:00-5:40 pm
Inquiry into the law from rhetorical perspectives, using the history and theory of rhetoric and its long-standing association with law and justice. Examination of interpretive processes on which legal arguments and ideologies are based. Exploration of the language of legal argument, court decisions, and of the role of rhetoric and the law in shaping of public life and social justice.

WGSS 379-02 ST: The Shame of Sexual Violence (Bergoffen)
W 4:30-6:10 pm
This course will examine the complex ways shame operates in sexual violence. On the one hand rape-shame plays a crucial role in degrading, humiliating and silencing its targets. Identifying the raped person as shameful serves the institutionalization of gender norms by reminding its victims of the danger of violating these norms. Thus shame operates as a disciplinary mechanism. On the other hand, acts of sexual violence and perpetrators of these acts are seen as shameful. No one willingly identifies as a rapist. Thus the "they asked for it", "they wanted it" defense.

WGSS 490 Capstone Histories and Theories of Political Mobilization (McWhorter)
TR 10:30 -11:45 am
Political activism and responsible citizenship require theoretical knowledge, knowledge of histories and situations, and practical organizing skills, regardless of the causes one espouses. In this course students will study models of political organizing and structures of feminist, queer, and other political movements. Discussion format. There will be a final research project. Prerequisites: WGSS Major/Minor, or by Instructor's Permission

*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.

Updated 10/25/2017