• GWSS 110: Introduction to Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies

    This course is an introduction to the ways in which gender and sexuality structure our world, and to the ways feminists challenge established intellectual frameworks. However, since gender and sexuality are not homogeneous categories, but are crosscut by class, race, ethnicity, citizenship and culture, we also consider the ways differences in social location intersect with gender and sexuality.

    6 credits; Social Inquiry; offered Fall 2020, Winter 2021 · Iveta Jusová
  • GWSS 200: Gender, Sexuality & the Pursuit of Knowledge

    In this course we will examine whether there are feminist and/or queer ways of knowing, the criteria by which knowledge is classified as feminist and the various methods used by feminist and queer scholars to produce this knowledge. Some questions that will occupy us are: How do we know what we know? Who does research? Does it matter who the researcher is? How does the social location (race, class, gender, sexuality) of the researcher affect research? Who is the research for? What is the relationship between knowledge, power and social justice? While answering these questions, we will consider how different feminist and queer studies researchers have dealt with them.

    6 credits; Social Inquiry, Writing Requirement, International Studies; offered Winter 2021 · Meera Sehgal
  • GWSS 212: Foundations of LGBTQ Studies

    This course introduces students to foundational interdisciplinary works in sexuality and gender studies, while focusing on the construction of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer identities in the United States. In exploring sexual and gender diversity throughout the term, this seminar highlights the complexity and variability of experiences of desire, identification, embodiment, self-definition, and community-building across different historical periods, and in relation to intersections of race, class, ethnicity, and other identities.

    6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Fall 2020 · Candace Moore
  • GWSS 243: Women’s and Gender Studies in Europe Program: Situated Feminisms: Socio-Political Systems and Gender Issues Across Europe

    This course examines the history and present of feminist and LGBTQ activisms across Western and East-Central Europe. We study the impact of the European colonial heritage on the lives of women and sexual/ethnic minorities across European communities, as well as the legacies of World War II, the Cold War, and the EU expansion into Eastern Europe. Reproductive rights, LGBTQ issues, “anti-genderism,” sex work, trafficking, and issues faced by ethnic minorities are among topics explored. These topics are addressed comparatively and historically, stressing their ‘situated’ nature and considering their divergent sociopolitical national frameworks.

    Prerequisites: Acceptance into the WGST Europe OCS Program required 7 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; offered Fall 2020 · Iveta Jusová
  • GWSS 244: Women’s & Gender Studies in Europe Program: Cross-Cultural Feminist Methodologies

    This course explores the following questions: What is the relationship between methodology and knowledge claims in feminist research? How do language and narrative help shape experience? What are the power interests involved in keeping certain knowledges marginalized/subjugated? How do questions of gender and sexuality, of ethnicity and national location, figure in these debates? We will also pay close attention to questions arising from the hegemony of English as the global language of WGS as a discipline, and will reflect on what it means to move between different linguistic communities, with each being differently situated in the global power hierarchies.

    Prerequisites: Acceptance into the WGST Europe OCS Program required 7 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; offered Fall 2020 · Iveta Jusová
  • GWSS 312: Queer and Trans Theory

    This seminar offers students familiar with the foundational terms and concepts in gender and sexuality studies the opportunity to engage in more advanced explorations of relevant topics and debates in contemporary queer and trans theory. Seeing queer theory and trans theory as theoretical traditions that are historically and philosophically entangled but which at times necessarily diverge, the course focuses on “state of the field” essays from Gay and Lesbian Quarterly and Transgender Studies Quarterly as well as works that put gender and sexuality studies into conversation with disability studies, critical race theory, indigenous studies, and critiques of neoliberalism and imperialism.

    Prerequisites: Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies 110, 212 , 334 or Women’s & Gender Studies 110, 112 or 200 or instructor consent 6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, Writing Requirement, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Spring 2021 · Candace Moore
  • GWSS 325: Women’s & Gender Studies in Europe Program: Continental Feminist, Queer, Trans* Theories

    Addressing the impact of Anglo-American influences in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, this course examines European, including East-Central European, approaches to key gender and sexuality topics. It raises questions about the transfer of feminist concepts across cultures and languages. Some of the themes explored include nationalism and gender/sexuality, gendered dimensions of Western and East-Central European racisms, the historical influence of psychoanalysis on Continental feminist theories, the implications of European feminisms in the history of colonialism, the biopolitics of gender, homonationalism, as well as Eastern European socialist/communist theories of women’s emancipation.

    Prerequisites: Acceptance to WGST Europe OCS Program 7 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; offered Fall 2020 · Iveta Jusová
  • GWSS 334: Feminist Theory

    This seminar explores key feminist theoretical perspectives and debates, using a historical framework to situate these ideas in relationship to philosophical and political discourses produced during specific cultural moments. Focusing primarily on American feminist thought, this seminar ultimately aims to interrogate the positionality of the theorists we study, considering the cultural privileges as well as vectors of marginalization that influence those viewpoints. We follow feminist thinkers as they propose, challenge, critique, subvert, and revise theoretical traditions of liberalism, Marxism, Socialism, radicalism, separatism, utopianism, multiculturalism, postmodernism, queerness, and post-colonialism. We ask: What gets counted as feminist theory? What gets left out?

    6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, Writing Requirement, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Winter 2021 · Candace Moore
  • GWSS 391: Women’s & Gender Studies in Europe Program: Independent Field Research in Europe

    This is a self-designed project, and the topic will be determined by each student’s research interests. It will build on readings and work by European women and/or sexual minorities, feminist and queer theory, cross-cultural theory and (if applicable) principles of field research. It should be cross-cultural and comparative, and ideally should involve field work. Drawing on skills developed in feminist theory and methodology seminars, students select appropriate research methods and conduct sustained research in two of the countries visited. The progress of each project will be evaluated regularly in relation to parameters established in conjunction with the Program Director.

    Prerequisites: Acceptance into the WGST Europe OCS Program required 7 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2020 · Iveta Jusová
  • GWSS 398: Capstone: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Popular Culture

    This capstone seminar reads representations of racial, gender, and sexual minorities in popular culture through the lenses of feminist, critical race, queer, and trans theories. Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the term “intersectionality” in the late 1980s to describe an approach to oppression that considered how structures of power act multiply on individuals based upon their interlocking racial, class, gender, sexual, and other identities. This seminar takes up the charge of intersectional analysis—rejecting essentialist theories of difference while exploring pluralities—to interpret diversity (or lack thereof) in forms of art and entertainment, focusing on film, TV, and digital media.

    Prerequisites: Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies 110 or 212 or Cinema and Media Studies 110 or Women’s and Gender Studies 110 or 112 or instructor consent 6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, Writing Requirement, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Fall 2020 · Candace Moore
  • GWSS 398: Transnational Feminist Activism

    This course focuses on transnational feminist activism in an era of globalization, militarism and religious fundamentalism. We will learn about the debates around different theories of social change, the challenges and pitfalls of global sisterhood and the various “pedagogies of crossing” borders. We will explore case studies of how feminists have collaborated, built networks, mobilized resources and coalitions for collective action, in addition to the obstacles and constraints they have encountered and surmounted in their search for gender and sexual justice.

    Prerequisites: Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies 110 or 200, Women’s & Gender Studies 110 or Instructor Consent 6 credits; Social Inquiry, Writing Requirement, International Studies; offered Spring 2021 · Meera Sehgal
  • GWSS 400: Integrative Exercise

    1 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021

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