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Gender Studies

Fall Courses 2017

Core Courses

 

GEND-200
Genders and Sexualities in U.S. Society
M/W/F 12:40-1:40 PM
Andrea L. Hibbard

Interdisciplinary exploration of gender and sexuality in connection with race, class, and ethnicity in the United States. Investigation of social and cultural ideas about difference and equality in the past and present. Materials include literature, film, memoir, poetry, feminist philosophy, political tracts, and queer theory, as well as classic and recent scholarly work in history, sociology, economics, communication, psychology, and other fields. Topics may include mass media and consumer culture, work, law and social policy, family, political activism and social movements, sexuality and the body, public health, medical research, violence, and theories of privilege and oppression.

GEND-231
Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective
T/Th 1:50- 3:20 PM
Deborah Heath
Gender as it has been socially, culturally, and historically constituted in different times and places. Theoretical developments in the anthropology of gender. Cross-cultural exploration using examples from a wide range of societies, past and present. The relationship between cultural definitions of gender and the social experience of women, men, and alternative gender roles, such as the Native American two-spirits, the hijra of India, and global perspectives on contemporary transgender experiences.

GEND-440
Feminist Theory
T/Th 11:30 AM-1:00 PM
Kimberly Brodkin

Philosophical and political analysis of issues in feminist theory. Discussion of recent theoretical
work (e.g., Butler, Mitchell) in relation to past feminist thinking (e.g., Wollstonecraft, Gilman,deBeauvoir). A problem-oriented approach that explores feminist theorizing about such topics as sex, gender, race, power, oppression, identity, class, difference.

GEND-445
Gender in the City Internship
T/Th 9:40-11:10 AM
Deborah Heath

Community-based participant observation, exploring gender issues in human services or advocacy organizations through a supervised internship and companion seminar. Theoretical and methodological frameworks for participatory action research are explored through readings, class discussion, and writing assignments. May be repeated, but no more than 4 credits of GEND 444 or GEND 445 may be applied to the minor.  Click here for the flyer!

Electives 

 

ENG-315
The Victorians: Heroes, Decadents, and Madwomen
M/W/F 1:50-2:50 PM
Andrea Hibbard

Study of the literature and culture of the Victorian period (1837-1901). Juxtaposes fictional and nonfictional depictions of urbanization and class conflict; considers how the information explosion, industrial revolution, and resulting commodity culture created new anxieties about the meaning of art; examines tensions between Darwinian scientific theory and religious faith; explores the gender politics of Victorian sensation fiction and children’s fiction; and investigates how imperial expansion informed the literature of the period. Authors may include Charles Dickens, the Brontes, Robert and Elizabeth Browning, Wilkie Collins, Matthew Arnold, Lewis Carroll, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Christina Rossetti, George Eliot, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Oscar Wilde.

ENG-321
Pre-Civil War American Literature
T/Th 1:50- 3:20 PM
Rachel Cole

American literature in the decades preceding the Civil War. Texts include transcendentalist essays (Emerson, Fuller, Thoreau); adventure, romance, and protest novels (Hawthorne, Poe, Sedgwick, Stowe); short stories (Davis, Melville); poems (Dickinson, Whitman); and a slave narrative (Douglass). Topics include literary contributions to contemporary debates over religion, national expansion, national identity, slavery, and the rise of women and labor; the influence on those contributions of Puritanism and other early-American ideologies in combination with British Romanticism and 18th- and 19th-century philosophy; variant literary articulations of concepts that remain current in American discourse (the individual, freedom, law, the family, opportunity, happiness).

HIST-331
American Culture and Society: 1880-1980
M 3:00- 4:30PM, Th 3:30-5:00PM
Jane Hunter
Formation of modern culture from the late Victorian era to the “me decade.” The influence of consumer culture, popular psychology, mass media, changing definitions of work and leisure in the development of a modern self. Origins and impact of the gender and race revolutions, relationship of “high” and “popular” culture. Readings in primary and secondary sources.

PSY-230
Infant and Child Development
M/W 3:00-4:30 PM
Janet Davidson

Psychological development in domains including perception, cognition, language, personality, social behavior. How psychological processes evolve and change. Emphasis on infancy and childhood.

 
PSY-230
Infant and Child Development
T/Th 1:50- 3:20 PM
Jolina Ruckert

Psychological development in domains including perception, cognition, language, personality, social behavior. How psychological processes evolve and change. Emphasis on infancy and childhood.

RELS-340
Gender in American Religious History
M/W/F 12:40-1:40 PM
Susanna Morrill

Gender as a component in religious experiences in America from the colonial era to the present. The relationship between gender and religious beliefs and practices. Religion as a means of oppression and liberation of women and men. Interactions between laywomen and male clergy. The intersection of religion, wellness, the body, and sports. Diverse movements and cultures including colonial society, African American culture, immigrant communities, and radical religious groups. 

RHMS-498
Queer Film and Television
T/Th 1:50-3:20 PM & Monday 6:00-9:00PM
Melanie Kohnen  

TH-106-01
Fundamentals of Movement
MW 9:40-11:10 AM
Eric A. Nordstrom
Use of guided movement explorations, partner work, readings, and discussion to explore structural and functional aspects of the body and anatomy with the goal of increasing efficiency of movement and physical coordination. Use of imagery supports dynamic alignment, breath, mobility/stability, relaxation, and partner work including massage, with a main focus on the skeletal system and elements of muscle and organ systems, as well as the relationship between the body and psychological/emotional patterns. Extensive journal writing.

TH-106-02
Fundamentals of Movement
T/Th 11:30 AM -1:00 PM
Susan Davis
Use of guided movement explorations, partner work, readings, and discussion to explore structural and functional aspects of the body and anatomy with the goal of increasing efficiency of movement and physical coordination. Use of imagery supports dynamic alignment, breath, mobility/stability, relaxation, and partner work including massage,with a main focus on the skeletal system and elements of muscle and organ systems, as well as the relationship between the body and psychological/emotional patterns. Extensive journal writing.

 

 

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