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GSFS0191A-F14

Cross-Listed As:
SOAN0191A-F14

CRN: 91887

Intro to Sociology of Gender

Introduction to Sociology of Gender
What is gender and what would a sociology of it look like? When did gender become a category of inquiry and more importantly why? We will look at how the meaning and performance of gender changed over time, from Classical Greece to Victorian England, to the contemporary U.S. We will also look at how gender changes depending on one’s position in social space, e.g. one’s race, class, sexuality, and nationality. Finally, we will consider how the need to look at gender is the result of a variety of discourses, from psychoanalysis to capitalism to movements of liberation such as feminism. 3 hrs. lect.

GSFS0200A-F14

CRN: 91888

Foundations in GSFS Studies
Foundations in GSFS

Foundations in Women's and Gender Studies
This course provides an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of gender, sexuality, and feminist studies. Examining gender and sexuality always in conjunction with the categories of race and class, the course foregrounds how inequalities are perpetuated in different fields of human activity and the creative ways in which groups have resisted these processes. The course is organized in sections to illuminate the effects of particular social institutions and structures on individual lives. Each section will introduce a broad overview of feminist interventions in different fields of inquiry. Cumulatively, the course reveals the importance of gender and sexuality as analytical categories to understand social reality and to comprehend important areas of culture. 3 hrs. lect.

GSFS0212A-F14

Cross-Listed As:
SOAN0212A-F14

CRN: 91974

Family in Contemporary Society
Please register via SOAN 0212A

The Family in Contemporary Society
This course will investigate the social, economic, and political forces that have brought about changes in family life in the beginning of the 21st century. We will begin by looking at various attempts to define "the family," and we will then explore a range of topics, including the webs of family relationships (e.g., mothering, fathering, kin networks), labor and family intersections (e.g., mediating between work and family; the household division of labor), gay and lesbian family life, and domestic violence. Although the focus will be on contemporary United States, we will also examine some cross-cultural and historical material. 3 hrs. lect./disc.

GSFS0241A-F14

Cross-Listed As:
AMST0241A-F14

CRN: 92646

Sexuality in the U.S.

Sexuality in the United States: Histories and Identities
What does sexuality mean? In the United States the meanings of sexuality are highly contested, historically and in the present. Working from an interdisciplinary perspective, we will look at different historical and theoretical approaches to thinking about issues of sexuality and to writing its histories. Drawing from feminist scholarship, queer theory, and lesbian, gay, and transgender studies, we will discuss sexual identities, representations of sexuality, and sexual cultures, and examine how intersecting categories such as race, class, disability, and gender influence how sexuality is understood. 3 hrs. lect.

GSFS0245A-F14

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JAPN0245A-F14

CRN: 92597

Women's Activism in Japan
Please register via JAPN 0245A

Josei Undo: Women’s Activism in Contemporary Japan (in English)
In this course we will critically evaluate Japanese feminism since the late nineteenth century. We will focus on the following themes within Japanese feminism, namely, the structure of work and family life, the relationship between the state, women, and the military, and the politics of reproduction and women's bodies. In addition, we will consider the role of feminism in Japanese society and the connections between global feminisms and Japanese local political struggles. This course will help students develop a deeper understanding of Japanese society and the position of women in society. It will also help students contextualize gender relations and feminist activism cross culturally. 3 hr. lect./disc.

GSFS0258A-F14

Cross-Listed As:
RELI0258A-F14

CRN: 92701

The Qur'an
Please register via RELI 0258A

The Qur’an and the Feminist Subject WT
How was the Qur’an compiled, and who was involved in that process? What does the Qur’an say about Muhammad and the early community of believers? Why is it so difficult to approach? While considering the answers to these questions, we will explore the socio-cultural context in which the Qur’an was revealed and its similarities and differences with the Bible. We will also discuss major themes and concepts of the Qur’an and the various ways they have been interpreted by different Muslim communities throughout history. 3 hrs. lect./disc.

GSFS0284A-F14

Cross-Listed As:
DANC0284A-F14

CRN: 92353

Modern Dance History in U.S.
Please register via DANC 0284A

Modern Dance History in the United States: Early Influences to Postmodern Transformations
In this seminar we will focus on the emergence and development of 20th century American concert dance--especially modern and postmodern dance forms--from the confluence of European folk and court dance, African and Caribbean influences, and other American cultural dynamics. We will look at ways in which dance reflects, responds to, and creates its cultural milieu, with special attention to issues of gender, race/ethnicity, and class. Readings, video, and live performance illuminate the artistic products and processes of choreographers whose works mark particular periods or turning points in this unfolding story. Our study is intended to support informed critical articulations and an understanding of the complexity of dance as art. 3 hrs. lect./2 hrs. screen.

GSFS0290A-F14

Cross-Listed As:
RELI0290A-F14

CRN: 92672

Women's Religious Life/Thought
Please register via RELI 0290A

Women's Religious Life and Thought: The Female Pursuit of God in Late Antiquity and Byzantium WT
This course will explore the female religious experience in Greco-Roman antiquity and Early Christianity. We shall trace the transition from the mystery religions of Demeter and Isis in the Eastern Mediterranean to the cult of Mary the Mother of God (Theotokos) and the worship of female saints. Drawing on a wide range of sources (hymns, saints' Lives, Apocryphal Gospels, Patristic texts, and icons), we shall study the varieties of female devotion and examine the roles available to women in the early Church: deaconesses and desert mothers, monastics and martyrs, poets and rulers. Different theoretical approaches will enable us to ask a series of questions: were women in the early Church considered capable of holiness? To what extent did the female 'gifts of the spirit' challenge church authority? What is distinct about the feminine experience of the divine? Finally, we shall consider the vision and poetics of female spirituality in select modern poets. 3 hrs. lect.

GSFS0290Y-F14

Cross-Listed As:
RELI0290Y-F14

CRN: 92673

Women's Religious Life/Thought
Please register via RELI 0290Y

Women's Religious Life and Thought: The Female Pursuit of God in Late Antiquity and Byzantium WT
This course will explore the female religious experience in Greco-Roman antiquity and Early Christianity. We shall trace the transition from the mystery religions of Demeter and Isis in the Eastern Mediterranean to the cult of Mary the Mother of God (Theotokos) and the worship of female saints. Drawing on a wide range of sources (hymns, saints' Lives, Apocryphal Gospels, Patristic texts, and icons), we shall study the varieties of female devotion and examine the roles available to women in the early Church: deaconesses and desert mothers, monastics and martyrs, poets and rulers. Different theoretical approaches will enable us to ask a series of questions: were women in the early Church considered capable of holiness? To what extent did the female 'gifts of the spirit' challenge church authority? What is distinct about the feminine experience of the divine? Finally, we shall consider the vision and poetics of female spirituality in select modern poets. 3 hrs. lect.

GSFS0290Z-F14

Cross-Listed As:
RELI0290Z-F14

CRN: 92674

Women's Religious Life/Thought
Please register via RELI 0290Z

Women's Religious Life and Thought: The Female Pursuit of God in Late Antiquity and Byzantium WT
This course will explore the female religious experience in Greco-Roman antiquity and Early Christianity. We shall trace the transition from the mystery religions of Demeter and Isis in the Eastern Mediterranean to the cult of Mary the Mother of God (Theotokos) and the worship of female saints. Drawing on a wide range of sources (hymns, saints' Lives, Apocryphal Gospels, Patristic texts, and icons), we shall study the varieties of female devotion and examine the roles available to women in the early Church: deaconesses and desert mothers, monastics and martyrs, poets and rulers. Different theoretical approaches will enable us to ask a series of questions: were women in the early Church considered capable of holiness? To what extent did the female 'gifts of the spirit' challenge church authority? What is distinct about the feminine experience of the divine? Finally, we shall consider the vision and poetics of female spirituality in select modern poets. 3 hrs. lect.

GSFS0315A-F14

Cross-Listed As:
SOAN0315A-F14

CRN: 92504

Sociology of Freakishness

Sociology of Freakishness
P.T. Barnum taught us that freaks are always made, not born. A freak is a performance of otherness for fun and profit. In this course we will explore how the freak show gave birth to American culture and how American culture continues to organize itself around the display of freakishness. We will ask what configurations of power are at play in the performance of freaks. How do gender, race, nation, sexuality, and class come into play, and how are those forms of power translated into a performance of otherness that forces us to watch it over and over again? 3 hrs. lect. (Sociology)

GSFS0338A-F14

Cross-Listed As:
HARC0338A-F14

CRN: 92454

Gender and the Making of Space
Please register via HARC 0338A

Gender and the Making of Space
In this course we will investigate the complex relationship between gender and architecture, examining how the design of the built environment (buildings, urban spaces, etc.) can reinforce or undermine ideas about the respective roles of women and men in society, from the creation of masculine and feminine spaces to the gendered nature of the architectural profession. By looking at both visual evidence and textual sources we will also uncover how the social construction of gender roles and gendered spaces are, and continue to be, inflected by race, class, and sexuality. Not open to students who have taken FYSE 1407. 3 hrs. sem.

GSFS0373A-F14

Cross-Listed As:
HIST0373A-F14

CRN: 91892

History of American Women
Please register via HIST 0373A

History of American Women: 1869-1999
This course will examine women's social, political, cultural, and economic position in American society from 1869 through the late 20th century. We will explore the shifting ideological basis for gender roles, as well as the effects of race, class, ethnicity, and region on women's lives. Topics covered will include: women's political identity, women's work, sexuality, access to education, the limits of "sisterhood" across racial and economic boundaries, and the opportunities women used to expand their sphere of influence. 3 hrs lect./disc.

GSFS0373X-F14

Cross-Listed As:
HIST0373X-F14

CRN: 91893

History of American Women
Please register via HIST 0373X

History of American Women: 1869-1999
This course will examine women's social, political, cultural, and economic position in American society from 1869 through the late 20th century. We will explore the shifting ideological basis for gender roles, as well as the effects of race, class, ethnicity, and region on women's lives. Topics covered will include: women's political identity, women's work, sexuality, access to education, the limits of "sisterhood" across racial and economic boundaries, and the opportunities women used to expand their sphere of influence. 3 hrs lect./disc.

GSFS0373Y-F14

Cross-Listed As:
HIST0373Y-F14

CRN: 91894

History of American Women
Please register via HIST 0373Y

History of American Women: 1869-1999
This course will examine women's social, political, cultural, and economic position in American society from 1869 through the late 20th century. We will explore the shifting ideological basis for gender roles, as well as the effects of race, class, ethnicity, and region on women's lives. Topics covered will include: women's political identity, women's work, sexuality, access to education, the limits of "sisterhood" across racial and economic boundaries, and the opportunities women used to expand their sphere of influence. 3 hrs lect./disc.

GSFS0373Z-F14

Cross-Listed As:
HIST0373Z-F14

CRN: 91895

History of American Women
Please register via HIST 0373Z

History of American Women: 1869-1999
This course will examine women's social, political, cultural, and economic position in American society from 1869 through the late 20th century. We will explore the shifting ideological basis for gender roles, as well as the effects of race, class, ethnicity, and region on women's lives. Topics covered will include: women's political identity, women's work, sexuality, access to education, the limits of "sisterhood" across racial and economic boundaries, and the opportunities women used to expand their sphere of influence. 3 hrs lect./disc.

GSFS0383A-F14

Cross-Listed As:
RELI0383A-F14

CRN: 92604

Storied Women
Please register via RELI 0383A

Storied Women
In this course we will read and analyze stories about women in the Jewish Bible, its Greek translations, and the New Testament, using various historical, literary, and gendered approaches to the study of ancient texts. Though student interests will help determine the final list of the characters we will consider, contenders include Eve, Hagar, Rebekah, Tamar, Deborah, Ruth, Judith, Mary, the women of Paul’s letters, and Revelation’s great whore of Babylon. In addition to recent academic treatments of the stories, we will also consider some of the ways they have been retold through time and in contemporary literature and film. 3 hrs. sem.

GSFS0391A-F14

Cross-Listed As:
RELI0391A-F14

CRN: 92689

Seminar on Women and Religion
Please register via RELI 0391A

Seminar on Women and Religion: Goddesses in South Asia
In this course we will examine the multiple portrayals of the divine in feminine form in the Hindu and Buddhist traditions of India and Tibet. We will first raise questions about the role and significance of goddesses from a comparative perspective, before examining the large variety of South Asian feminine divinities within their historical, mythological, iconographic, and theological contexts. We will also examine sociological and psychological perspectives on these traditions, opening a way for dialogue between indigenous and modern theoretical frameworks. 3 hrs. sem.

GSFS0434A-F14

Cross-Listed As:
PHIL0434A-F14

CRN: 92248

Feminist Epistemologies
Please register via PHIL 0434A

Feminist Epistemologies
In recent years, feminist epistemologies, such as feminist standpoint theories and feminist empiricisms, have been extremely influential in developing social theories of knowledge. They have also served as a crucial intellectual tool for feminist theorists trying to understand the connections between social relations of gender and the production of knowledge and ignorance. In this course we will investigate some of the major themes and challenges of feminist epistemologies and feminist philosophies of science: How is knowledge socially situated? What does it mean to look at knowledge through a gendered lens? How is objective knowledge possible according to feminist epistemologies? We will work to understand the influence of feminist epistemologies in contemporary philosophy. We will also consider how feminist epistemologies have guided research on gendered and raced relations. (Approval required; Open to philosophy and GSFS senior and junior majors. GSFS majors must have previously taken GSFS 0320, or permission.) 3 hrs. sem.

GSFS0500A-F14

CRN: 91896

Independent Study

Independent Study
(Approval required)

GSFS0500B-F14

CRN: 91897

Independent Study

Independent Study
(Approval required)

GSFS0500C-F14

CRN: 92163

Independent Study

Independent Study
(Approval required)

GSFS0700A-F14

CRN: 91898

Senior Essay

Senior Essay
(Approval required)

GSFS0700B-F14

CRN: 91899

Senior Essay

Senior Essay
(Approval required)

GSFS0700C-F14

CRN: 92157

Senior Essay

Senior Essay
(Approval required)

GSFS0710A-F14

CRN: 91900

Senior Thesis

Senior Thesis
(Approval required)

GSFS0710B-F14

CRN: 91901

Senior Thesis

Senior Thesis
(Approval required)

GSFS0710C-F14

CRN: 92164

Senior Thesis

Senior Thesis
(Approval required)