Academic Year 2006-2007

Fall 2006

ANTH 495B-Special Topics in Cultural Anthropology
(3 units)
Professor Alonso
Topic is "Masculinity"

CPH 330 -- Human Sexuality
(3 units)
Professor Wolf
Description: Discussion of the basic aspects of human sexuality, including male and female reproductive physiology, congenital defects, sexually transmitted diseases, myths and fallacies, variations of sexual response.

CPH 561 -- Violence Against Women from a Public Health Perspective 
(3 units)
Professor Koss
Description: Considers intimate partner sexual, physical, and psychological abuse from a global public health perspective. Addresses epidemiology -- prevalence, risk factors, associations with mortality and morbidity, cultural forces, medical responses, community services and prevention.

ED P 530 -- Professional Orientation to School Counseling and Guidance 
(3 units)
Professor Crethar
Description: Orientation to the role and activities of a K-12 school counselor. Emphasis on the components of a developmentally-oriented school guidance counseling program.

HIST 202 -- History of Modern Sexualities
(3 units)
Professor TBA
Description: Cross cultural history of the relationship of modern sexualities and the rise of capitalism, secularism, urbanization, imperialism, sexology, and sexual identity politics from the eighteenth century to the present. Identical to: W S 202.

HIST 457A: Manhood and Masculinity in America
(Contact History Department for enrollment information)
Professor Irvin
Description: In this course we will chart the history of the male gender in America. Of primary concern will be the dialogic relationship between manhood--the lived experiences of American men--and masculinity--the norms and ideals of manhood constructed within American culture. The course will proceed chronologically, from colonization to the present, tracing the evolution of manhood and masculinity relative to the economic and social development of the United States. Along the way, several themes will recur. Those themes include the manner in which capitalism, particularly its systems of production and consumption, has shaped gender; the relationships between American men and women in the home and workplace; the impact of the frontier and American expansionism on masculine identities; the hegemonic history of white male heterosexuality relative to the manhood and masculinities of Native Americans, African Americans, and Latinos, and of gay, bisexual, and transgendered men; and, perhaps most significantly, the reaches and limitations of gender as a determinant of individual identity.

INDV101-Mind, Self and Language
(3 units)
Description: Explores the central questions about the nature of human beings, focusing on the individual experience. Course topics may include basic human thought processes (e.g. conceptual systems, symbolic representation of the world, judgment and decision making), personal identity, individual freedom and social control, ethical and moral principles, and others.

The Politics of Difference - Professor Peterson
This course examines the politics (understood broadly as differential access to material and symbolic resources) of difference (understood as institutionalized social hierarchies that oppress individuals.) We will focus on the hierarchies of ethnicity/race, class, gender and sexualities and how these interact to shape individual and collective experience.

INDV 102 -- Social Interactions and Relationships
(3 units)
Description: Explores the central questions about the nature of human beings in social context. Course topics may include group identity; family and kinship structures; religious, political, economic, and legal institutions; individual freedom and social control; ideas of social justice, and others.

Current Issues in the Psychology of Gender - Professor Cousins
An in depth exploration of societal and familial influences on gender development along with considerable self-exploration of individual conceptions of gender.

Interpersonal Relationships in a Changing World - Professor TBA
Develop an understanding of how we relate to and communicate with others, verbally and non-verbally, individually and in groups, and how communication affects how we develop our own concept of who we are. Examination of the communication process, general concepts of stigma and prejudice and relate them to topics of racial bias, gender differences, sexual orientation, different abilities, and cultural differences.

Lesbian and Gay Studies - Professor Luibheid
A study of issues related to sexual identity of individuals, communities, and whole societies. Special attention to norms and categories and to conceptual binaries such as Natural/Unnatural, Health/Illness, Knowledge/Ignorance, Public/Private, Same/Different, Hetero/Homo. The course is interdisciplinary with units drawn from sciences and arts as well as from the social studies.

MAS 365 -- Latinos and Latinas: Emerging Contemporary Issues
(3 units)
Professor Romero
Description: Using a comparative and multi-disciplinary focus this course critically examines major issues in Latino/a scholarship. Major topics include: immigration, political economy, class, the politics of ethnic identity creation and maintenance, the construction of race, gender, sexuality, and policy issues.

PSYC 364 -- Human Sexuality
(3 units)
Professor Harada
Description: Social-psychological and developmental aspects of human sexuality. Examples of topics include: courtship, pregnancy and delivery, sexual health, and sex education.

SOC 324 -- Sociology of Sexuality
(3 units)
Professor Sager
Description: Impact of individual and community sexual attitudes and behaviors on other sociological and psychological functioning.

SOC 459 -- Sociology of Gender
(3 units)
Professor Dolan and Professor Molina
Description: Social construction, variation and consequences of gender categories across time and space. Topical (decision-making, deviance) and institutional (family, religion, politics) approaches.

W S 307/MA 307 -- Chicana Feminisms: History, Theory and Practice
(3 units)
Professor Soto
Description: This interdisciplinary course will examine key literary, theoretical, and popular texts that have informed Chicana feminist discourse since the 1960s. One of the goals of this course is to achieve a more nuanced comprehension of a diverse and dynamic body of thought that is too often homogenized. We will therefore study the contestations and competing frameworks that exist among Chicana feminists. While our principal engagement will be with materials produced by Chicanas, we will also situate these works historically and socially by investigating their relations to three closely related fields: Chicano studies, Women's Studies, and Latino Studies.

WS354/ENGL354 Feminist Literary Theories
(3 units)
Professor Soto
Description: This class investigates and practices a range of feminist approaches to literary representation, including those derived from the "French feminist" school, poststructuralism, psychoanalytic theory, critical race theory, and transnational feminist practices. Class material includes both theoretical and literary texts, as well as films and videos.

WS 400 001 & 2H, Gender, Culture & Capitalism 
(3 units)
Professor Joseph
Description: This course explores the ways that gender, race, ethnicity, and sexuality -- understood as discursive practices -- constitute and are constituted by economic processes. In order to lay the theoretical ground for this exploration, we will read fundamental texts of liberal and Marxist theory, various attempts to integrate Marxist, feminist and anti-racist analyses, and theories that situate "cultural" formations in relation to industrialization, globalization, and international divisions of labor. We will examine how ideologies of equality, individualism, meritocracy and democracy affect our perceptions of class and other systemic oppressions, explore the motives behind and consequences of locating class difference in income, education, kinds of labor, or relations of production, and examine the ways people perform (are compelled to enact) class, race, gender and sexual differences. We will also take up numerous case studies, analyzing the discourses of class, gender, race and sexuality as they are deployed in and promoted by cultural texts (film, fiction, news media) that engage issues such as domestic labor, sweatshops, prisons, welfare, and affirmative action.

WS 539, Feminist Theories
(3 units)
Professor Joseph
Description: This course will provide a (necessarily incomplete) survey of major issues, debates and texts of feminist theorizing. It will situate feminist theories in relation to a variety of other politically significant theories (including liberalism, Marxism, psychoanalysis, poststructuralism, critical race theory and postcolonial theory). It will also explore the role of theory in social movements and focus on theory-making as itself a political practice.

W S 696J - Sexuality and Aesthetics: Camp, Kitsch and Visual Culture
(3 units)
Professor Flinn
Description: Camp and kitsch may seem like silly categories, but that "low brow" status has arguably made them into compelling sites for critical exploration. At their best (or worst), camp and kitsch can realign interpretations to make ideas, ideals, texts, and icons meaningful to particular social groups (such as those defined by sexual affiliations, ethnicity, age, fandom). For over a century, the terms have generated lively debates: Where is the camp/effect produced? How do they activate, engage, or talk back to power? Where are they complicit with prevailing ideologies? What is the role of intention? What aspects of camp and kitsch trade in critical parody and what simply ridicule? What are the intersections with sexualities, ethnicities, industrialization and age?

Pre-session 2006

Trad 102-31 Sex & War: From the Bible to the Bard
Instructor: Headley
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ENGR/WS 317 Science Fiction Studies
LEC 31 0900AM-1150AM MTWRF

Science fiction is studied as a genre of film and print fiction in which we can imagine future societies and future science and technology in utopian and dystopian forms paying particular attention to race/class/gender and depictions of identity and otherness, as well as social power in imagined societies. The course is a fun and exciting overview of critical Sci-Fi movies and fictional texts, with a special attentiveness to questions of technology, empire, gender, race and sexuality.

Visual media:

  • Alien
  • Blade Runner
  • Dune
  • The Matrix
  • Men In Black
  • Planet of the Apes (1967)
  • Robot Stories
  • Star Wars Trilogy
  • Star Trek
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation


  • Bloodchild and Other Stories, Octavia Butler
  • Wildseed, Octavia Butler
  • Studies in Science Fiction, Adam Roberts