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Gender Studies

Spring courses 2018

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Core Courses

Genders and Sexualities in U.S. Society
T/Th 1:50–3:20 PM
Kimberly Brodkin
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.

Gender & Aesthetic Expression 
T/Th 1:50-–3:20 PM 
Rishona Zimring   
An exploration of ways gender informs the theory, history, and creation of literature and art. The role gender norms and constructs play in establishing, reproducing, or contesting aesthetic values, traditions, and hierarchies; feminist perspectives on subjects such as the gaze, the self-portrait, autobiography, and costume; gender and its relationship to theories of beauty, taste, and the body. Materials may be drawn from literature, art, film, cultural studies, art history, theatre, dance, and queer studies. Emphasis on an interdisciplinary topic to be chosen by the professor. Recent topics have included 20th-century experimentation in novels, films, and photography; the Victorian crisis in gender roles from the sensation heroine and Pre-Raphaelitism to the dandy; gender and self as artistic and theoretical constructs from the Enlightenment to the present.


Topics in Literature: Literary Representations of Childhood
M/W/F 10:20–11:20 AM
Andrea Hibbard
This course traces the development of Anglo-American literary conceptions of the child from William Blake to the present. We will consider how and why so many important Romantic poets idealized childhood. We will explore the significance of Victorian fictional and non-fictional writings about exploited child workers, lonely orphans, and dying invalids. How did Victorian authors use these children to challenge the social and economic status quo and to satisfy the sentimental tastes of adult readers? We will also examine popular child heroes of adventure narratives, ghost stories, and fairytales. What is the allure of texts that figure the child as the uncivilized or wild “other”? How did these fictions both teach and transgress gender roles? The semester will end with a selection of recent works that seek to express the perspective of children caught in the crossfire of adult struggles over race, religion, and land.

Robots, Vamps, and Superheroes
T/Th 1:50–3:30 PM 
Therese Augst
Since its inception in the early 20th century, German cinema has featured heroes and anti-heroes who embrace their status as outsiders and gendered beings in order to navigate — and sometimes manipulate — a troubled world. Representations of the uncanny, the exceptional, and the monstrous serve as a powerful means of social commentary that calls into question established gender and cultural norms.

HIST-231 (approved Gender Diversity course)
U.S. Women’s History 1600-1980
T/Th 9:40–11:10 AM 
Reiko Hillyer 
The diverse experiences of American women from the colonial era to the recent past. Changing ideologies from the colonial goodwife to the cult of true womanhood. Impact of Victorianism, sexuality and reproduction, the changing significance of women’s work. Origins of the women’s rights movement, battles and legacy of suffrage, history of 20th-century feminism, competing ideologies and experiences of

Infant and Child Development
T/Th 1:50-–3:20 PM
Jennifer Labounty
Psychological development in domains including perception, cognition, language, personality, social behavior. How psychological processes evolve and change. Emphasis on infancy and childhood.

Social Psychology
M/W/F 12:40–1:40 PM
Diana Leonard
The effects of social and cognitive processes on the ways individuals perceive, influence, and relate to others. Person perception, the self, prejudice and stereotyping, social identity, attitudes and attitude change, conformity, interpersonal attraction, altruism, aggression, group processes, intergroup conflict. 

RELS- 356
Buddhism and Gender
T/Th 11:30–1:00 PM
Jessica Starling
Examination of women and gender in Buddhist mythology, doctrine, practice, and institutions spanning the length of the Buddhist tradition (i.e., 500 BCE to the present), addressing examples from Indian, Southeast Asian, Tibetan, and Japanese Buddhist contexts. Tension between Buddhism’s theoretical discourse on women and gender; actual roles and experiences of women in the Buddhist tradition. Topics include the founding myth of the Buddhist order of nuns and the writings of early nuns; Buddhist discourse on female impurity and the exclusion of women from sacred mountains; female tantric adepts and depictions of the feminine in Tibetan Buddhism; the movement to revive full ordination for nuns
in Southeast Asia; the Buddhist feminist movement in contemporary Japan. 

Race, Rhetoric, & Resistance
T/Th 11:30–1:00 PM
Kundai Chirindo
Role of rhetoric in social conflicts regarding issues of race. Theories and strategies of resistance and the implications for political action. Examination of major race and resistance texts.

Feminist Discourse Analysis
M/W/F 10:20–11:20 AM
Deana Goldsmith
Examination of how theories and tools of critical discourse analysis can be used to pursue feminist research questions; how gendered power is socially constructed in talk in everyday interaction (e.g., among friends and family and in institutional settings such as work, school, clinic) and media texts (e.g., news interviews or coverage, entertainment media, blogs and other social media); an interdisciplinary seminar that prepares students to produce an original scholarly research project.

Race and Ethnicity in Global Perspective
T/TH 1:50–3:20 PM
Sarah Warren
Sociological and anthropological analysis of how the notions of racial and ethnic groups, nations and nationalities, indigenous and non-indigenous groups, and states and citizenships have evolved cross-culturally. How they might be reconfiguring in the present context of economic globalization, mass migrations, and diasporic formations. Causes and consequences of the recent resurgence of ethnicity and the content, scope, and proposals of ethnic movements.

Medicine, Healing, and Culture
T/TH 8:00–9:30 AM
Sepideh Bajracharya
Culturally patterned ways of dealing with misfortune, sickness, and death. Ideas of health and personhood, systems of diagnosis and explanation, techniques of healing ranging from treatment of physical symptoms to metaphysical approaches such as shamanism and faith healing. Non-Western and Western traditions.

SOAN-261 (approved Gender Diversity course)
Gender and Sexuality in Latin America
T/TH 1:50–3:20 PM
Sarah Warren
Gender and sexuality in Latin America through an anthropological lens. Ethnographic and theoretical
texts—including testimonial and film material—dealing with the different gender experiences of indigenous and non-indigenous peoples, lowland jungle hunter-gatherers, highland peasants, urban dwellers, and transnational migrants.

Anthropology of the Body
Wednesday 6:00–9:00 PM
Deborah Heath   
The body in society. How bodies are the loci of race, class, and gender. The body as a way of examining health and healing, symbols and politics, discipline and resistance. Social and ritual functions of reproduction (including new technologies) and of adornment, scarification, other forms of bodily decoration in classic and contemporary literature, film, dance. 

SOAN-398 (Gender Diversity course. Director must complete course substitution form.)
Queer Theory in Asia
T/TH 9:40-11:10 AM
Layoung Shin  
This course challenges Western-centered Queer theories, which have tended to ignore differences in how those outside the West, especially in Asia, have conceptualized Queerness. Through the emerging field of Asian Queer studies, this course will explore historic transformations of gender, sexuality, and queer politics in Asia and provide students with a comparative perspective on non-normative sexualities and gender variance through an alternative theoretical lens.

Borders and Cultural Production in the Americas
M/W 3:00–4:30 PM
Magali Rabasa
This course explores diverse cultural production that represents experiences of living in and crossing borders in the Americas, through narratives and theories that address processes of a identity formation (related to race, class, nationality, gender, language, sexuality, culture, etc). The course will take a “transborder” perspective, thinking across different cultures, nations, and territories, but also across disciplines and forms of media. The course will examine a variety of “texts,” including scholarly essays, testimonios, fiction, and documentary and narrative film. We will explore recent cultural production as well as earlier works that contributed to the formation of the heterogeneous field of Border Cultural Studies. The course will examine a wide range of cultural production from not only the US-Mexico borderlands, but also other borderlands including Bolivia-Argentina, US-Caribbean, Mexico-Guatemala. Course conducted in Spanish.

Fundamentals of Movement
M/W 9:40–11:10 AM
Eric 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.


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