WOMEN'S, GENDER & SEXUALITY ST

WGSS-350
Interpreting Gender in Culture (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. An exploration of diverse aspects of gender experience from different disciplinary perspectives. Rotating topics focus on specific subjects, integrating recent scholarship and interdisciplinary contexts. Representative topics include gender and violence, gay and lesbian documentary, masculinities, and international feminisms.

WGSS-350
002
WOMEN'S, GENDER & SEXUALITY ST
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Interpreting Gender in Culture (3)

History of LGBT Movement

This course examines current issues of importance to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities within their historical, sociological, and political contexts. From the origins of the LGBT movement to its contemporary cultural impact, students study the derivations, development, and intersection of these issues as they are advanced and sustained by the LGBT communities' strategies and activism.

WGSS-350
003
WOMEN'S, GENDER & SEXUALITY ST
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Interpreting Gender in Culture (3)

Gender and Violence

This course addresses gender-based violence including sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking from a historical, sociological, and legal perspective. Readings emphasize current issues and responses and include an analysis of the dynamics of gender-based violence within diverse racial, ethnic, socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientations, and immigrant statuses.

WGSS-350
004
WOMEN'S, GENDER & SEXUALITY ST
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Interpreting Gender in Culture (3)

Masculinities

Courses devoted to the study of gender often focus exclusively on the negative effects of the sex-gender system on the lives of women. This course critically examines the social construction of masculinities while interrogating dominant hetero-normative narratives of masculinity. By exploring masculinities around multiple axes of identity, including gender, sexualities, race, disabilities, ethnicities, and sexual orientation, it identifies how masculinities function in a complex and diverse way within cultures and human social interactions.

WGSS-350
001
WOMEN'S, GENDER & SEXUALITY ST
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Interpreting Gender in Culture (3)

Performing Woman

The course examines how contemporary women, theatre, and performance artists use the body to engage issues of representation, agency, and political transformation on stages, in galleries, and everyday life.

WGSS-350
002
WOMEN'S, GENDER & SEXUALITY ST
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Interpreting Gender in Culture (3)

Gender and Violence

This course addresses gender-based violence including sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking from a historical, sociological, and legal perspective. Readings emphasize current issues and responses and include an analysis of the dynamics of gender-based violence within diverse racial, ethnic, socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientations, and immigrant statuses.

WGSS-350
003
WOMEN'S, GENDER & SEXUALITY ST
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Interpreting Gender in Culture (3)

The Gay 80s

The 1980s signaled a renewed emergence of gays and lesbians in mainstream America. Challenged as never before by the menace and stigma of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), the path of the modern Gay and Lesbian Movement and the perception of its community was recast. This course follows the history of gay and lesbian activism through this transformative decade, as the community mobilized to fight the epidemic and became increasingly visible and involved in American culture, entertainment, media, and politics.

WGSS-350
004
WOMEN'S, GENDER & SEXUALITY ST
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Interpreting Gender in Culture (3)

Gender in Media

Students use a feminist, interdisciplinary lens to explore how media influences American conceptions of identity, including race, class, gender, and sexuality. The course examines how marginalized groups are represented in contemporary popular media including in movies, television, music, and advertising with particular attention to how ever-powerful and consolidated media institutions shape what is seen in media. Students also explore the emerging role of social media as a possible new alternative media space to corporate media.

WGSS-350
005S
WOMEN'S, GENDER & SEXUALITY ST
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Interpreting Gender in Culture (3)

The Long Walk to Equality: Moving towards Change in Spain

A comprehensive course which investigates gender identity, equality, and feminism in Spain. The course informs students about the role of women in Spain and approaches the subject from both a historical and contemporary point of view. Students are introduced to both political and social movements taking place in modern day Spain that affect the role of women in society. Other key points addressed include the historic role of Spanish women under Francisco Franco and through the transition to democracy, domestic violence, and women in the media. Offered through the AU Abroad program in Madrid, Spain.

WGSS-350
005S
WOMEN'S, GENDER & SEXUALITY ST
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Interpreting Gender in Culture (3)

Geographies of Gender and Development in Africa

Offered in Nairobi, Kenya through the AU Abroad program, this course investigates a number of competing conceptions of development within the African context from a gendered perspective. The underlying political, economic, social, and gender dynamics that make development a continuing global problem are explored by looking at issues such as health and reproductive rights, livelihoods and land rights, human security, and political participation. It examines women's contributions to, challenges to, and revisions of the terms of key conceptual and political debates in development.