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INDV 101 -- Mind, Self and Language

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.

INDV 101 -- The Politics of Difference

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

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.

INDV 102 -- Current Issues in the Psychology of Gender

An in depth exploration of societal and familial influences on gender development along with considerable self-exploration of individual conceptions of gender.

INDV 102 -- Interpersonal Relationships in a Changing World

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.

INDV 102 -- Lesbian and Gay Studies

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.

INDV 102 -- Sex, Health and AIDS

Recognizing that HIV/AIDS, has irretrievably changed the lives of individuals and societies across the globe, this course sets out to explore this social and disease phenomenon from a number of perspectives. Most importantly, the course approaches the topic with the recognition that most areas of concern surrounding HIV and AIDS are controversial and under debate, including the origins of the virus, ways to change behavior and conditions of sexual exchange, the social and economic causes of HIV transmission, funding allocations for research, and foreign policy concerning AIDS testing and aid.

INDV 102: Interdisciplinary Approaches to LGBT Studies

This course introduces students to a variety of approaches to Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Studies. Readings are drawn from a number of disciplines, including history, literature, politics, and media studies, and numerous screenings throughout the semester provide additional perspectives ranging from historical documentaries to personal diaries and experimental mixed genre works.

HIST 202 -- History of Modern Sexualities

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.

W S 210 -- Cultures of Biology, Medicine, Gender, and Race
Professor Laura Briggs

This Tier Two course looks at how meanings of gender and race are influenced by popular conceptions of biology and medicine. It explores such controversial topics as gender difference in brain anatomy, genetic models of gayness and intelligence, reproductive technology, hormones, syphilis, and AIDS. Impact of individual and community sexual attitudes and behaviors on other sociological and psychological functioning. Prerequisite(s): two courses from Tier One, Individuals, and Societies (INDV 101, 102, 103, 104).

PSYC 216/WS 216: PSYCHOLOGY OF GENDER
Professor TBA

This section is delivered via CORRESPONDENCE Analysis of gender differences and their source in biology and culture.

Soc 222/WS 222: Gender, Identity, Interactions and Relationships
Professor TBA

The sociological study of how gender identities form and influence interactions in friendships, intimate relations, families, education, and other institutions.

HIST 254, History of Women, 1890-present

GER 274 -- Dialogue of the Sexes: Men and Women in Contemporary German Society

To view a closely related culture from the standpoint of our own lives; to get a critical perspective on the spontaneous assumptions we make about gendered individuals and their societies. Taught in English.

SOC 324 -- Sociology of Sexuality
Professor Smith

Impact of individual and community sexual attitudes and behaviors on other sociological and psychological functioning.

ENGL 351B -- Introduction to Lesbian/Gay Literature
Professor Robinson

Survey with emphasis on writers in their literary and historical contexts. From 1950s to contemporary.

PSYC 364 -- Human Sexuality

Social-psychological and developmental aspects of human sexuality. Examples of topics include: courtship, pregnancy and delivery, sexual health, and sex education.

MAS 365 -- Latinos and Latinas: Emerging Contemporary Issues

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.

WS 400/500 Lesbian and Gay History: Special Topics in Women's Studies
Professor: Elizabeth Kennedy

The main focus of this course is on the development of lesbian and gay community and politics in the U.S. in the 19th and 20th century but it will start with colonial America and end with a transnational queer life in the post-Stonewall period. The course aims to develop an appreciation for sexual diversity in history, as well as for interpretive frameworks that reveal patterns and illuminate changing forms of sexualities/heterosexualities and homosexualities. Towards this end it will also explore bisexual history and transgender history. Moving beyond monolithic gay/lesbian identities, we will fully explore the development of class, race, and nationality in the U.S. as these interact with gender and sexuality. Since the focus of the course is on social actors, people who practice homosexualities and developed queer identities, we will primarily use historical and anthropological sources, drawing on discourse theory as it is helpful. The kinds of issues the course will consider include: What are the forces that created modern lesbian and gay identities, consciousness and politics? In what ways was/is capitalism a key factor in shaping sexuality? What do we lose by focusing on lesbian and gay identities and politics? What are the limits of social constructionist approaches to sexuality? How do patriarchy and power shape differences in the social positions of lesbians and gay men? What do romantic friendships tell us about gay/lesbian history? How does bisexual history relate to gay/lesbian history? Is transgendered history central to lesbian/gay history? Do different racial/ethnic groups-African American, European American, Latino/a, Asian American, American Indian have different lesbian and gay identities? Readings will likely include: Lisa Duggan, Saphic Slashers; Sue Ellen Jacobs, Wesley Thomas, and Sabine Lang, eds., Two-Spirit People; George Chauncey, Gay New York, Nan Alamilla Boyd, Wide Open Town, Gloria Anzaldua, Borderlands La Frontera, John D'Emilio, Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities; plus many selected articles. INSTRUCTOR PERMISSION REQUIRED FOR UNDERGRADUATES. Contact department (W.S.) for registration.

WS 400: Special Topics in Women's Studies: Women and "Madness" in American Film
Professor Wiener

This course provides a historical overview of the interdependent representations of gender, class, race, sexuality, and emotional "dis-ease" in United States film of the mid- to late 20th century. We will explore the ways that film underscores, influences, shapes, and questions socio-cultural understandings and interpretations of deviance and normalcy, madness and sanity, and pathos and health. Students will debate the representational politics of "madness" in filmic production and consumption, and discuss models of psychiatric traumas inflected by media images.

WS 400: Special Topics in Women's Studies: Economics for Feminists and Activists
Profesor Rushbrook

This course provides an introduction to basic economic principles for those without a background in economics. Scholars and activists have noted the intersection of political economy with identity politics and cultural studies, but the discursively closed nature of economics often makes productive conversation difficult. While the ethical and political analysis linking feminism with queer politics with sweatshops with the war is often well-developed, a lack of familiarity with economics at times limits the terrains on which these arguments can be made, given the discursive authority of economists. After an introduction to the assumptions and language of economics, linked to contemporary domestic and international "economic" debates, students will use these concepts to explore issues selected in during the session.

WS 400/500 Sec 1 -- Gender, Culture and Capitalism
Professor Miranda Joseph

This course explores the ways that gender, race, ethnicity, and sexuality constitute and are constituted by economic processes.

WS 400 -- US Third World Feminism: Theory, History, Practice
Professor Sandra Soto

This interdisciplinary course examines the most influential works produced by those women of color whose political and cultural investments in a collaborative, cross-cultural critique of US imperialism and heteronormativity has been called "US Third World Feminism." In order to situate these works in their historical, material, and cultural contexts we will also read works by key "third world" anti-colonialist writers including Franz Fanon and Nidia Diaz. In addition to developing a faculty with historical and contemporary discourses of nationalism, gender, race, sexuality, and class, our goal will be to engage in a sustained and critical exploration of the limits and promise of "US Third World Feminism": What is "Third World" about this feminism and what is gained by using this politically fraught label? How does the discourse of this feminism carry over into everyday practice? How do the documents produced under the name of US Third World Feminism draw from the anti-colonial writings of "third world" writers? Has this mode of feminism been replaced by the more recent commitments to global feminism?

ANTH 419 -- Psychological Anthropology
Professor Basso

Cultural emphasis and experiences as basic shaping forces in personal development and emotion. Topics include psychoanalysis and anthropology, gender and sexuality, childhood, grief and mourning, dreaming, psychopathology. This is a Writing Emphasis Course.

M AR 427 -- Feminist Film Theories
Professor Caryl Flinn

The course will cover Psychoanalytic Film Theory, Theories of Spectatorship, Lesbian and Queer Film Theory, and Feminist Filmmaking.

WS 430/530 -- Lesbian/Bisexual Women's Theories/Lives/Activisms

Exploration of the relationships between lesbian and bisexual women's lives and activisms, and the theoretical understandings which concurrently both arise out of and construct those lives and activisms. P, 3 units of women's studies (prefer W S 305) or consent of instructor.

HIST 440: US HISTORY, 1945-Present
Professor Pomerleau

Detailed survey course focused on social relations and cultural-political changes and continuities. Sexuality as it relates to gender, race or ethnicity, class, and region will be an integral component. Classes will read and discuss issues such as the Christine Jorgenson case and the homophile movement in the wake of 1950 U.S. Senate allegations that homosexuals were unfit for government service due to purported susceptibility to Communist and Nazi espionage agents. Considering broader changes in sexual and gender relations expressed through fears about youth culture, sexuality will be part of analysis of representations during the civil rights movement, the anti-war and counterculture movements, the feminist movement, and the gay liberation movement as well as new right depictions in debates about taxation, welfare and other social programs, abortion, and the need for an educational focus on 'Americanism' and 'traditional family values'.

SOC/WS 459 -- Sociology of Gender
Professor Martin

Social construction, variation and consequences of gender categories across time and space. Topical (decision-making, deviance) and institutional (family, religion, politics) approaches.

SOC 480 -- Men, Women and Work

WS 500 -- Sexuality and International Migration
Professor Eithne Luibheid

Physical Education 509 -- Sport, Gender, and the Body
Professor Samantha King

This course examines how sport contributes to the formation of gendered bodies and how technologies of gender and the body shape sport. Questions to be addressed include: How are bodies in sport made to bear the marks of difference? How are bodies in sport constituted as sites of moral panic, suspicion, risk, or desire? How are bodies surveilled and regulated through sport? How do sport practices reproduce and/or transgress gender norms and relations? We will explore these questions through theoretically grounded, interdisciplinary readings on topics such as performance-enhancing drugs, bodybuilding, the aerobics and diet industries, extreme sports, and gender verification testing.

M AR 510 -- Critical Video Production
Professor Beverly Seckinger

The integration of personal/political social analysis with video production is the distinguishing feature of this course. This course focuses on the media representation of identity, difference and power.

ANTH 519 -- Psychological Anthropology
Professor Basso

Cultural emphasis and experiences as basic shaping forces in personal development and emotion. Topics include psychoanalysis and anthropology, gender and sexuality, childhood, grief and mourning, dreaming, psychopathology. Graduate-level requirements include a term paper.

M AR 527 -- Feminist Film Theories
Professor Caryl Flinn

The course will cover Psychoanalytic Film Theory, Theories of Spectatorship, Lesbian and Queer Film Theory, and Feminist Filmmaking.

ED P 530: Prof Orientation to School Counseling & Guidance
Professor Maliszewski

Orientation to the role and activities of a K-12 school counselor. Emphasis on the components of a developmentally-oriented school guidance counseling program. Diversity, including glbt individuals is addressed in our Education School counseling courses. Contact department (ED P) for registration.

WS 539: History of Feminist Theories and Movements
Professor Miranda Joseph

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.

ENGL 541: Deviant Sexuality in the Restoration and 18th Century
Professor David Robinson

This course examines a wide range of cultural artifacts-- poetry, drama, stories, novels, autobiographies, medical texts, religious pamphlets, prints, paintings, operas, and more- written, published, circulated, displayed, or performed in England from the Restoration through the turn of the nineteenth century, in order to better understand the variety of deviant sexualities, and hence, too, the variety of norms, they articulate. This will, of course, mean exploring the notion of sexuality itself, and its constituent parts (desires, practices, characteristics, stereotypes, identities, communities, etc.). Other axes of difference that intersect with sexuality will receive sustained attention (gender, of course, but also race, nationality, religion, rank, and relative wealth or poverty). We will concentrate mostly upon primary material, but will supplement it with a selection of secondary texts (historical, critical, and theoretical), testing the former against the latter, and vice versa. We will also keep an eye out for similarities and differences, not only within the period itself, but also between it and periods both preceding and succeeding. In the process, we will consider the developing consensus among historians of sexuality that the eighteenth century is pivotal in the history of sex and gender in the West, perhaps even that modern sexuality is invented (or that 'modern sexuality' is 'invented') in Western Europe at this time.

WS 4/544: Women and the Body
Professor Julia Balén

Exploration of the ways that women have defined their bodies; how the representation of woman as body permeates the culture and affects women's sense of self and self-esteem. Examination of feminist theoretical analyses of women's power and the control of women's bodies. Prerequisite(s): 6 units of women's studies.

CCLS/English 550 -- Body, Landscape, Identity
Professor Yvonne Reineke

This course will examine contemporary constructions of conceptions of the body, land(scape), and identity, and what might be thought of as the "body" of the land. Our focus will primarily be on contemporary writing, with some attention to photography, but projects focusing on other visual and aural landscapes are welcomed and encouraged. Some of the questions we will consider are as follows: What linkages between representations of sexuality, land, and identity are being constructed in the theoretical readings and novels? How are alternative sexualities being mapped? What relationships between nationhood and sexual identities are being contested, rewritten, or reinscribed? How are land(scape) and identity linked through memory? What textual, verbal, visual, and imaginative codes link them? What are the politics of memory, body, landscape, and identity? How are textuality, oral traditions, land and identity theorized in contemporary writings by Native American, Chicano/a, Asian American, Anglo, and African American writers and artists? What kinds of alternative or utopian cartographies are these texts mapping and how? How does space turn into place? What is the difference between space and place? In what ways are the theoretical texts imagining and using metaphors of space and place? In what ways are the fictional texts theorizing new cultural geographies? What are the spatio-temporal relationships between "postcolonialism" and "postmodernism" and what are these terms mapping?

CCLS/WS 550 -- Queer Theories
Professor Miranda Joseph

Queer Theories will examine theorizations of sexuality as a site of, on one hand, oppression and regulation and, on the other, freedom and resistance, especially in relation to the economy. Readings may include Engels, Reich, Adorno and Horkheimer, Marcuse, Bataille, Baudrillard, Foucault, Goux, Rubin, Butler, Sedgwick, Berlant, Kipnis and a number of contemporary scholars working on sexuality and globalization.

WS 586/Anthropology 586 -- Gender, Difference, and Power
Professor Sandra Soto
Course description TBA

WS 586/Anthropology 696 -- Graduate Seminar in Cultural Anthropology: Race, Nation, Gender and Erotics: An Overview of the Cultural Anthropology of Sexuality
Professor Ana Ortiz
This seminar moves between classical and contemporary texts in cultural anthropology to examine questions concerning the social organization of eroticism and sexuality. One of the core arguments of this course is that there is a haunting persistence of interpretive frameworks, analytical touchstones, and anxieties surrounding the theorization of embodiment within the anthropology of sexuality that have contributed to a sense of its stagnation, even though it is a relatively emergent subfield. How might linking the study of sexuality explicity to the study of other types of social formations (such as processes of racialization) or to studies of globalization (such as the sexuality of empire, sexuality and border-crossing, or sex-work in the post-soviet global economy) reinvigorate our thinking about sexuality in cultural context?

WS 596A -- Activism and Organizations
Professor Julia Balén
In this course, students will participate in and study local organizations and will address sexuality and gender as identities around which communities have organized. By getting involved in the work of specific organizations, students will learn about the ways organizations mobilize constituencies and money, and the various goals and products of this mobilization. This course will primarily operate as a workshop focused on sharing and analyzing the experiences and data gathered by the students on their organization. We will also do some reading to contextualize our particular experiences. Readings will address the history of women's activism, the economics of voluntary and non-profit associations, and methods of organizing for social change.

FSHD 607 -- Topics in Family Studies and Human Development
Professor Russell
Variable content: cognitive development, biological theories of development, role theory, middle childhood, and others.

WS 696 -- Sexuality and International Migration
Framing immigration from Latin America, Asia and the Caribbean in relation to processes of globalization and transnationalism, the course addresses sexuality as a site where multiple forms of regulation and border-making (including economic, social, legal, political, cultural, and nationalist) converge and are contested.

WS 696G -- Queer Theories
Professor Miranda Joseph

Art 696L -- Lesbian Art in America
Professor Harmony Hammond
Lesbian Art in America will examine the visual production of lesbian artists in the United States since 1970 in relationship to the gay & women's liberation movements, mainstream art, feminist art, ethnic-based art movements, queer theory, & popular culture. We will be looking at art by self-identified lesbians to see what forms it has taken, what issues it has addressed, what it tells us about lesbian lives, and how it relates to the larger changing social, political, & cultural landscape. Through slide lectures, videos, & discussions of readings (books, articles, reviews, artist's statements & press), the seminar will address the importance & difficulties inherent in constructing any marginalized culture. Discussions, oral presentations, research papers, &/or creative projects are designed to acquaint students with the contemporary history of lesbian art in the US, to develop visual interpretation, critical thinking, research skills, & creative expression.