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Fall 2020: Required Courses & Non-Required/Elective Courses

For class updates, restrictions, descriptions, etc., please refer here...
 
WGSS 001-010 Gender and Society T,R 3:00-4:15 pm, 4 credits
Professor Edwards, CRN 41872 BUD, SS
The course introduces students to key concepts, theoretical frameworks, and interdisciplinary research in the field of Women’s and Gender Studies. Examines how gender interacts with race, age, class, sexuality, etc., to shape human consciousness and determine the social organization of human society. The course may include topics such as: gender and work; sexuality and reproduction; women’s health; media constructions of gender and race; gender, law, and public policy.
 
WGSS.ENGL 096-010 Women & Work In US Lit T,R 12:10-1:25 pm, 4 credits
Professor Sorensen, CRN 44875 HU
When we think of women and work, we likely imagine more iconic images, such as Rosie the Riveter. However, Rosie only gives one story of women and work in the U.S. This introductory course explores literary and pop culture representations of working people, particularly women and families, in the U.S. context. Together, we will analyze how gender, race, and class shape experiences of work and labor through women writers like Harriet E. Wilson, Tillie Olsen, Lorraine Hansberry, and Helena Maria Viramontes. Additional texts include music and oral histories. Throughout the semester, we will cover a variety of topics, including coerced labor, social mobility, relationship dynamics, immigration, and domesticity.
 
WGSS.ENGL 097-010 The Jane Austen Experience T,R 9:20-10:35 am, 4 credits
Professor Kramp, CRN 44741 HU
Jane Austen remains one of the most popular novelists of all time and her stories have been adapted perpetually to various formats, reaching perpetually new audiences. We will study Austen’s work to consider her larger project as a novelist. Students will have the opportunity to read almost all of Austen’s writing and evaluate her maturation as a writer, her commentary on a developing society, and the ways in which her stories interact with complex cultural issues of her period—and our own. We will consistently ask three central questions: (1) how does Austen’s fiction evaluate the challenges of modernity, (2) how does her work inform notions of cultural change and transition, and (3) why has her work remained consistently popular. 
 
WGSS.ART 121-010 Women In Art T,R 9:50-11:05 am, 4 credits
Professor Gans, CRN 43148 BUD, HU
A history of women artists from Renaissance to present day, with emphasis on artists of the 20th and 21st century from a global perspective. We explore attitudes toward women artists and their work as well as the changing role of women in art world. There may be required visits to museums and/or artists’ studios.
 
WGSS.REL.JST 138-010 Sex, Gender, Jews M,W 1:35-2:50 pm, 4 credits
Professor Eichler-Levine, CRN 44688 BUD, HU
How do Jews of all genders tell their stories? What are the varied Jewish approaches to sexuality? How have feminist movements affected Jewish rituals? In this course, we will consider how religion, gender, sexuality, race, and class intersect in the lives of Jews, with a particular focus on North America. Topics will include: Jewish women’s memoirs; the voices of LGBTQ Jews; recent innovations in Jewish ritual and leadership; Jewish masculinities; and the gendering of Jewish children’s literature, among others.
 
WGSS.ENGL.FILM 196-010 Sexbots & Terminators T,R 3:00-4:15 pm, 4 , credits
Professor Handler, CRN 44738 HU
This course explores film and television dramas that imagine human relationships with robots and artificial intelligence.  These speculative fictions imagine not just what humans might do with sentient machines, but what we might want from them: will we want our machines not merely to obey, but to love us?  If their “feelings” are simulated, will we care?  Why do films so often represent female robots as sexual partners? And why, in so many stories, are the robots trying to kill us?  Ultimately, we will be asking what fictional robots reveal about human relationships: love, sex, exploitation and domination.  This course will also ask you to examine your own relationships with artificially intelligent machines and virtual versions of self and others. Finally, as we examine these stories, we will be asking how they use the audio-visual language of film to build speculative worlds.  Films and TV shows may include The Matrix, Blade Runner, Ex Machina, Her, Black Mirror and Westworld.  Works by Sigmund Freud, Sherry Turkle, and Jessica Benjamin, and other writings about technology and contemporary society, will help to illuminate our uneasy relationship with ever more intelligent machines.
 
WGSS 271-010 Independent Reading & Research 1-4 credits, HU,SS, Instructor permission required, WGSS Faculty
Independent study of selected topics designated and executed in close collaboration with a member of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies faculty. May be repeated for elective credit. Consent of program director required. 
 
ENGL 312 Feminist and Queer Theory multiple sections, M,W 1:35-2:50 pm 
Professor Foltz, HU 
*Undergraduate Section* This course will focus on the different ways that theorists have examined race, gender and sexuality in feminist and queer theory. Beginning with the groundbreaking collection titled This Bridge Called My Back: Writing By Radical Women of Color, we will explore how this text first published in 1981 calls for a shift in feminist theory by addressing the multiple and intersecting forms of oppression that women of color experience. Reading work by essayists and poets from this anthology including Barbara Smith, Audre Lorde, Cherríe Moraga, Norma Alarcón, and Gloria Anzaldúa, we will analyze how these prominent authors importantly link gender, race, class, and sexuality in ways that continue to influence critical race theory, feminist theory, queer theory, and literary studies. With this text as a starting point, we will turn to other major work by Anzaldúa and Moraga to explore how insights offered in This Bridge are developed with greater force in longer works. Moving to a discussion of Black feminist theory, we will read Patricia Hill Collins’ thorough overview of major features of such theory and discuss Kimberlé W. Crenshaw’s and Dorothy Roberts’s contributions to critical race theory with a focus upon violence against women of color and reproductive rights. Concluding the first half of the semester with Chandra Talpade Mohanty’s Feminism Without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity, we will trace how writing by radical women of color in the 1980s and 1990s continues to influence recent feminist theory. Turning to queer theory in the second half of the semester, we begin by exploring how contemporary critics have returned to Foucauldian works with an eye toward how this influential theorist’s focus on the deployment of sexuality might be expanded and revised to address constructions of race. Building from theoretical engagement with Foucault’s understanding of biopower with particular attention to Ann Laura Stoler’s Race and the Education of Desire, we will read multiple recent queer theoretical texts that work with and against Foucault to forward a “queer of color critique.” Addressing José Esteban Muñoz’s Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics and Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity, Roderick A. Ferguson’s Aberrations in Black: Toward a Queer of Color Critique, and Juana María Rodríguez’s Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Longings and Queer Latinidad: Identity Practices, Discursive Spaces, we will discuss their analyses of a variety of forms of queer cultural production that document multiple forms of oppression, but also offer visions of resistance to white supremacy and heteronormativity. To close the course, we will address David L. Eng’s critique of queer liberalism because of its focus on normative family structures and consumerism in contrast to his conceptualization of queer disaporas that mark radical forms of kinship beyond those promoted by neoliberalism.
 
WGSS.HIST 325 History of Sexuality and Family in US T,R 10:45-12:00 pm, BUD,SS, Professor Najar
WGSS 325-010 CRN 45000 4 credits WGSS 325-011 CRN 45001 3 credits
Changing conceptions of sexuality and the role of women, men, and children in the family and society from the colonial to the post World War II era. Emphasis on the significance of socioeconomic class and cultural background. Topics include family structure, birth control, legal constraints, marriage, divorce, and prostitution.
 
WGSS 330-010 Internship In WGS Studies 1-4 credits, SS, Instructor permission required, WGSS Faculty
 
WGSS.PSYC.HMS 334-010 Psychology of Body Image and Eating Disorders W 7:15-9:55 pm, 4 credits
Professor Lomauro, CRN 43991 SS
 
WGSS 373-010 Internship: Center for Gender Equity 1-3 credits
Professor Jones, CRN 41875 SS
 
WGSS 373-011 Internship: Gender, Violence, Education & Support 1-3 credits
Professor DeSipio, CRN 42763 SS
 
WGSS 373-012 Internship: Pride Center 1- 3 credits *Pre-req of WGSS 001 will be waived
Professor Gilbert, CRN 42821 SS
 
WGSS.HIST.AAS 395 African Women, Voices & Lives M,W 1:35-2:50 pm, 3-4 credits, Professor Essien
WGSS 395-010 CRN 44998 4 credits WGSS 395-011 CRN 45002 3 credits
This course traces the changing history and status of African women. It positions their voices and biographies at the center of broader narratives that often perceive them as powerless, emerging from a lineage of poverty and oppression, and without agency. What happens when African women speak for themselves? Memoirs, autobiographies, biographies, and speeches by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Minna Salami, Sisonke Msimang, Winnie Madikizela Mandela, Leila Ahmed, Amina Mama, Queen-mother Yaa Asantewaa, Ingrid Jonker, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Wangari Maathai, and others, embody the reality of their voices and life experiences. We will explore the intersections of gender, class, race and power to emphasize how these women have been instrumental in shaping African history from the 19th century.
 
WGSS.AAS 396/496 Black Feminism & Media Industry T 4:25-7:05 pm, Professor Vilanova 
WGSS 396-010 CRN 43318 BUD, SS 4 credits WGSS 496-010 CRN 43319 3 credits
From the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom to Lifetime’s six-part investigative series Surviving R.Kelly, recent media has highlighted the particular injustices and inequities faced by black women in the popular music industry and media industries more broadly. This course historicizes the place of black women within media industries, introduces students to Black Feminist Thought, and unpacks key concepts such as hypervisibility, intersectionality, womanism, and hegemony. Altogether, it explores how difference and inequity are manifest in (and sometimes challenged by) work in the creative industries, specifically music, television, and film.
 
WGSS 399-010 Senior Thesis 2- 4 credits, ND, Instructor permission required, WGSS Faculty
Research during senior year culminating in a senior thesis. Consent of program director required.
 
WGSS 430-010 Internship in Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies 1-3 credits, ND, Instructor permission required, WGSS Faculty
Internship related to women, gender, and sexuality studies. Supervised by WGSS faculty. Consent of program director required.
 

WGSS 491 Independent Study 3 credits, Instructor permission required, WGSS Faculty
Individually supervised course in area of women, gender, and sexuality studies not ordinarily covered in regularly listed courses. Consent of program director required.


Summer 2020: Required Courses & Non-Required/Elective Courses

For class updates, restrictions, descriptions, etc., please refer here...
 
WGSS.ENGL 104-011 Good Girls & Bad Boys Summer Session 2 ONLINE, 4 credits
Professor Jones CRN 21054 BUD, HU
 
WGSS 129 History Of Fashion And Style ONLINE, 4 credits
Two sections available HU
 
 
WGSS.HMS 197-010 Gender, Sexualtiy and Body Image in American Culture Summer Session 1 ONLINE, 4 credits; Professor Jones CRN 21567 HU
This course analyzes contemporary American cultural eating and exercising trends that emphasize the concept of “health.” How do gender, race, class, and sexuality appear in these
trends? Do these trends become imperatives? What constitutes “health” and how might the trends end up normalizing disordered eating and exercise? Students will read theories and peer-reviewed research around these concepts and pair those readings with fiction and non-fiction to develop a holistic understanding of how companies, influencers, and even family members participate in un/healthy body image expectations. Students will also analyze social media as part of the conversation.
 
WGSS.HMS.SOC 341-010 Gender and Health Summer Session 1 ONLINE, 3-4 credits
Professor Alang CRN 20741 SS
 
WGSS.SOC 441-010 Gender and Health Summer Session 1 ONLINE, 3-4 credits
Professor Alang CRN 20811 SS
 

Spring 2020: Required Courses & Non-Required/Elective Courses

For class updates, restrictions, descriptions, etc., please refer here...

WGSS 001-010 - Gender and Society TR 1240-1355, 4 credits
Edwards, Suzanne & Burden, Scott CRN: 13706 BUD, SS 
 
WGSS 196-010 - Sex, War, Women, Art MW 1500-1615, 4 credits
Yamasaki, Nobuko CRN: 14463 HU 
 
WGSS 196-011 - Female Violence in Pop Film TR 1500-1615, 4 credits
Handler, Kristin CRN: 14684 HU 
 
WGSS 197-010 - Women, Gender in US History TR 1045-1200, 4 credits
Najar, Monica CRN: 14798  
 
WGSS 271 - Independent Reading & Research, 1 to 4 credits HU, SS 
 
WGSS 296-010 - Women in Pre-Industrial China MW 1500-1615, 4 credits
Cook, Constance CRN: 14776 HU 
 
WGSS 303-010 - Grimms' Tales:Folk, Fem, Film MW 1335-1450, 4 credits
Stegmann, Vera CRN: 13837 BUG, HU 
 
WGSS 330-010 - Internship In Wgs Studies 1 to 4 credits
Najar, Monica CRN: 11795 SS 
 
**CANCELLED** WGSS 365-010 - Inequalities At Work MW 1045-1200, 4 credits
Krasas, Jacqueline CRN: 14716 BUD, SS 
 
WGSS 373-011 - Internship - Pride Center 1 to 3 credits
Gilbert, Chelsea CRN: 12868 SS 
 
WGSS 373-012 - Internship Ctr Gender Equity 1 to 3 credits
Jones, Rita CRN: 12869 SS 
 
WGSS 373-013 - Internship - Gender Viol Educ 1 to 3 credits
DeSipio, Brooke CRN: 13158 SS 
 
WGSS 399-010 - Senior Thesis 2 to 4 credits
Najar, Monica CRN: 11797  
 
WGSS 403-010 - Grimms' Tales:Folk, Fem, Film MW 1335-1450, 3 credits
Stegmann, Vera CRN: 13839 BUG, HU 
 
WGSS 430-010 - Internship In Wgs Studies 1 to 3 credits
Najar, Monica CRN: 11798  
 
**CANCELLED** WGSS 465-010 - Inequalities At Work MW 1045-1200, 3 credits
Krasas, Jacqueline CRN: 14720 SS 
 
WGSS 491 - Independent Study, 3 credits
 

Fall 2019: Required Courses & Non-Required/Elective Courses

WGSS 001-10 Gender and Society  (SS , 4 credits) CBE Diversity CRN 42023
T, R 9:20 - 10:35 a.m.  
Staff
 
WGSS, ART 121-10 Women in Art  (HU , 4 credits)  CRN 43513
M, W 9:50 - 11:05 a.m.  
Professor Gans
 
WGSS, HIST 124-10 Women in America  (SS , 4 credits) CBE Diversity CRN 43384
T, R 3:00 - 4:15 p.m.  
Professor Najar 
 
WGSS, SOC 127-10 Human Sexuality  (SS , 4 credits) CBE Diversity CRN 44690
T, R 10:45 - 12:00 p.m.  
Professor Lindemann
 
WGSS, SOC 128 Race, Gender and Work (SS) 4 credits CRN44919
Race, Gender and Work is a class designed to help students understand racial and gender inequalities as they relate specifically to work and employment. We explore the origins and histories of inequalities, the ways in which inequalities persist and/or change today, and what steps might be taken toward creating a more equal society.
M, W 7:55 - 9:10 a.m.
Professor Krasas
 
WGSS, ENGL 198-10 Getting Graphic:  Gender and Visual Narrative  (HU , 4 credits)  CRN 44652
Superheroes and pop culture characters often get all the attention at ComicCon- but what voices are missing from the flashy posters and cosplay conventions? What happens when comics get serious and the popular gets political? This course seeks to answer these questions as it addresses the graphic novel as a serious medium with its own language of interpretation. It explores the use of the graphic novel in narratives ranging from the personal to the supernatural and asks what the graphic form uniquely adds to discussions of gender issues around the world. From the re-telling of a goddess’s immolation in Sita’s Ramayana to illustrating the narratives of native women in Deer Women, this course equips students for interpreting the personal and the political in the graphic novel while building a portfolio of visual storytelling. No prior experience with art or comic books required.
M, W 1:35 - 2:50 p.m.  
Professor Mizin
 
WGSS 271-10 Independent Reading and Research  (HU, SS , 1-4 credits)  CRN 42024 Instructor permission required.
WGSS Faculty
 
WGSS, MLL, GERM, FILM 296-10 Lovers in a Dangerous Time  (HU , 4 credits)  CRN 43227
In this course we will explore love and desire and its challenges through the lens of a century of German film. The story of forbidden love can be traced through German film from its earlier period in the 1920s all the way to the present and it offers a universal frame for thinking about history’s dangerous times. How do wars, walls, genocide, homophobia, and racism shape and break love during Germany’s tumultuous twentieth-century history? Film will show us these points of connectivity and fracture.
M, W 3:00 - 4:15 p.m.  
Professor Landry
 
WGSS 330-10 Internship in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies  (SS , 1-4 credits)  CRN 42025 Instructor permission required.
WGSS Faculty
 
WGSS, PSYC, HMS 334-10 The Psychology of Body Image and Eating Disorders  (SS , 4 credits)  CRN 44492
W 7:15 - 9:55 p.m.  Open only to WGSS majors/minors
Professor Lomauro
 
WGSS 373-10 Internship On-Campus (Center for Gender Equity)  (SS , 1-3 credits)  CRN 42026 Instructor permission required.
Professor Jones
 
WGSS 373-11 Internship On-Campus (Center for Gender Violence and Education)  (SS , 1-3 credits)  CRN 43034
Instructor permission required.
Professor DeSipio
 
WGSS 373-12 Internship On-Campus (Pride Center)  (SS , 1-3 credits)  CRN 43103 Instructor permission required.
Professor Gilbert
 
WGSS, AAS 396/496-10 From Lena Horne to Lemonade: Black Feminism and Media Industries  (SS , 4/3 credits) CBE Diversity
CRN 43734/43738
From the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom to Lifetime’s six-part investigative series Surviving R.Kelly, recent media has highlighted the particular injustices and inequities faced by black women in the popular music industry and media industries more broadly. This course historicizes the place of black women within media industries, introduces students to Black Feminist Thought, and unpacks key concepts such as hypervisibility, intersectionality, womanism, and hegemony. Altogether, it explores how difference and inequity are manifest in (and sometimes challenged by) work in the creative industries, specifically music, television, and film
T, 4:25 p.m. - 7:05 p.m .  
Professor Vilanova
 
WGSS, HMS 398-10 Cultural Contexts of Pregnancy and Childbirth  (HU , 4 credits)  CBE Diversity CRN 44672
M, W 10:45 - 12:00 p.m.  
In this course, we will explore primarily American conceptions of pregnancy and childbirth, beginning with a brief history of both. We will look at current laws, medical research, and grassroots activism surrounding pregnancy and childbirth and understand how intersections of race, class, and gender impact our understandings of these acts.  Texts will include film and literature.
Professor Jones
 
WGSS 399-10 Senior Thesis  ( 2-4 credits)  CRN 42027 Instructor permission required.
WGSS Faculty
 
WGSS 430-10 Internship in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies  (1-3 credits)  CRN 42028 Instructor permission required.
WGSS Faculty
 

WGSS 491-10 Independent Study  (3 credits)  CRN 44157  Instructor permission required.
WGSS Faculty


Summer 2019: Required Courses & Non-Required/Elective Courses

WGSS, ENGL 104-14  Good Girls and Bad Boys in the Age of Consent (HU) 
CRN 23784 / 4 credits / CBE Diversity / Prof. Jones (Session 2) online
Contemporary novels and fan fiction authors continue to use a similar trope:  typically in her first year of college, the good, virginal girl meets and lusts after the bad, sexually-experienced boy.  What happens when we take these narratives in the context of American colleges and universities that adopt policies of “affirmative consent”?  This course will read a series of recent novels and pay specific attention to how desire and sex intersect with gender.  The course will also incorporate contemporary college and university conversations around Greek Life and athletics. Questions students will be responding to include, do the novels respond to the changing policies and laws?  How do the characters understand notions of consent?  Do readers encounter heteronormative and hegemonic notions of "masculinity" and "femininity" in the books?  What happens when the students lose faith in the campus conduct system and create their own?  In addition to reading contextual material, we will read pieces of fiction including The Mockingbirds, The Luckiest Girl Alive, Beautiful Disaster, and portions of the Twilight series, including recent mashups  
 
WGSS, THTR, DES 129-11  History of Fashion and Style (HU) 
CRN 23166 / 4 credits / Prof. Hoelscher (Session 2) online
Dress and culture in the Western Hemisphere from prehistory to today. The evolution of silhouette, garment forms and technology. The relationship of fashion to politics, art and behavior. Cultural and environmental influences on human adornment.  
 
WGSS, THTR, DES 129-10  History of Fashion and Style (HU) 
CRN 23165 / 4 credits / Prof. Hoelscher (Session 1) online
Dress and culture in the Western Hemisphere from prehistory to today. The evolution of silhouette, garment forms and technology. The relationship of fashion to politics, art and behavior. Cultural and environmental influences on human adornment.  
 
WGSS, AAS, HIST 195-11  Women, Gender, Sexuality and Race in African Societies (HU) 
CRN 23350 / 4 credits / CBE Diversity / Prof. Essien (Session 2) online
This course explore the various ways in which womanhood, gender, sexuality and race is defined, constructed and articulated in African societies. The interdisciplinary course draw from historical writings, novels, biography, anthropology, political science, health and others to examine diverse activities and contributions of African women from the pre-colonial period.  
 
WGSS 196-11  Sex in the City 
CRN 23909 / 4 credits / Prof. Jessica Vander Heide (Session 1) online
This course explores how American cities fostered sexual cultures, sexual communities, and sex districts from the nineteenth to the early twenty-first centuries. Together, we will investigate the histories of prostitution and sex work, the commercialization of erotic leisure and entertainment, the development of non-heterosexual urban communities, and the policing of private and public spaces. Throughout this investigation, we will pay special attention to how gender, race, and class structured issues surrounding sex and urban space. Through analyses of films, newspapers, advertisements, guidebooks, maps, letters, diaries, cartoons, novels, and manuscripts, we will consider both how urban spaces have shaped sexuality and, conversely, how sex has shaped the contours of American cities.  
 
WGSS, HMS, SOC 341-10/ 441-10  Gender and Health (SS) 
CRN 23387 / 4 credits / CRN 23470 / 3 credits / Prof. Alang (Session 1) online
Relationships of sex differences and gender norms to disease and longevity. Influence of medical systems on women's lives and the impact of the women's movement on health care. Focus on specific topics, e.g. medicalization and commercialization of women's bodies, the politics of reproductive choices, and mental health.
 

Spring 2019: Required Courses & Non-Required/Elective Courses

WGSS 001-010  Gender and Society (SS) 
CRN 18851 / 4 credits / CBE Diversity / M, W 11:10 - 12:25 p.m. / Prof. Staff
The course introduces students to key concepts, theoretical frameworks, and interdisciplinary research in the field of Women’s and Gender Studies. Examines how gender interacts with race, age, class, sexuality, etc., to shape human consciousness and determine the social organization of human society. The course may include topics such as: gender and work; sexuality and reproduction; women’s health; media constructions of gender and race; gender, law, and public policy.   
 
WGSS, MLL, ASIA 015-010  Sex, War, Women, Art (HU) 
CRN 19043 / 4 credits / M, W 12:45 - 2:00 p.m. /Prof. Yamasaki
Through the study of selected visual and literary works in their historical and social contexts, students will gain knowledge of cultures in Japan. This course examines various cultures from the perspectives of gender and sexuality as constitutive factors of Japanese society. Materials include a film depicting a romantic life of samurai, art works by contemporary artists, and writings on sex workers impacted by the Japanese empire. No prior knowledge of Japanese language is required. An introductory course taught in English.   
 
WGSS, ENGL 104-010  What Does Creativity Look Like?  Documentary Visions (HU) 
CRN 18829 / 4 credits / T, R 2:35 - 3:50 p.m. / Prof. Handler 
What can documentary films tell us about the nature of creativity?  What defines it? Why does it matter to people? Some of the course films explore activities such as painting, music and dance that we commonly associate with the term “art.”  Others explore the role of creative imagination in other activities, including political dissent, online romance, and relationships with animals. Most of the course films are about people who have been marginalized because of their sex, race, class position, age, mental health or political beliefs. We will consider how these people use imaginative work to define themselves and transform their communities.  We will also examine how these documentaries frame their subjects, visually and narratively. The course will explore the ways in which documentary filmmaking, although committed to truth-telling, is itself always an act of creative imagination and interpretation. Finally, the course will encourage you to consider the role of creativity in your own life.   
 
WGSS, HMS, HIST 125-010  Does Sex Have a History? The History of Sexuality in the U.S. (HU) 
CRN 18841 / 4 credits / T, R 1:10 - 2:25 p.m. / Prof. Najar
This class explores the history of sexuality in the United States from the colonial era to the present. While sexuality can appear timeless and stable, sexual ideologies, categories, and behaviors have consistently evolved, and they have transformed American society in the process. While cod pieces and white wigs enhanced upper class men's apparent virility in the early Republic, the “Playboy era” saw a reliance of stereos and cars. Friendship between nineteenth-century women included intimacies that would now more typically be found in same-sex relationships and marriages. We will also study how institutions like the law, medicine, and the media have shaped sexual identities and experiences. In so doing, the class aims to develop sophisticated readers of historical and contemporary cultures.   
 
WGSS, REL, ASIA 173-010  Sex, Celibacy and Sainthood: Gender and Religioin in East Asia (HU) 
CRN 18894 / 4 credits / WI (Writing Intensive) / T, R 2:35 - 3:50 p.m. / Prof. Pitkin
This course explores themes of sexuality, celibacy, gender, and sainthood in East Asian religions. We will pay special attention to the experiences of religious women from many walks of life and time periods, from traditions including Buddhism, Daoism, and shamanism. Through film, poetry, autobiography, philosophical writing, visual art, and descriptions of visionary experience, students will encounter Buddhist and Daoist nuns, lay women, mothers, shamanic healers, oracles, activists, and royalty, from Tibet, Korea, Japan, China, and the U.S.   
 
WGSS, AAS, ENGL 195-010  Let America Be America Again:  Protest Literature from Past to Present (HU) 
CRN 17779 / 4 credits / T, R 9:20 - 10:35 a.m. / Prof. Edwards
In an America that seems increasingly divided, protest movements, practiced in conventional and nonconventional ways, have reemerged as potent and effective ways to create social change. Through studying protest literature, we will engage with historical representations and expressions of social protest in America, as well as examine the role of protest movements in our political present. Each unit in the course will ask students to think about cultural identities,
such as race, gender and sexuality, in concert with what it means to fight for the rights of those identities. We’ll explore central questions (including, what does it mean to protest? what various forms can protest take? where can protest occur and who can participate? how do the stakes vary for those enacting activism?) using a variety of sources, including articles, novels, short stories, plays, poetry, short videos, and film. Often, we’ll pair historical texts, such as the “Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions” from the first Women’s Rights Convention at Seneca Falls in 1848, with current expressions of protest, such as the Women’s March and the MeToo movement, to gain perspective on today’s turbulent times. Course texts will include Ta-Nehisi Coates' Between the World and Me, Ava DuVernay's documentary film, 13th, Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, and Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart.   
 
WGSS, AAS, ENGL 198-010  Love in the Time of Tinder: Relationships, Identity and Technology (HU) 
CRN 18816 / 4 credits / CBE Diversity / M, W, F 10:10 - 11:00 a.m. / Prof. Heidebrink-Bruno 
In this 100-level course, we will explore how people use various kinds of digital, electronic, and social technologies to engage in relationships with one another, and with the technology. Through a series of readings and films, students will:
·       Analyze the role of technology in personal relationships, and consider larger social and global issues concerning the production, use, and reliance upon technologies.
·       Consider the gendered and racial components that affect how individuals interact with technologies.
·       Speculate why writers and film-makers are preoccupied with futuristic technologies in science fiction and speculative fiction. What do these preoccupations reveal about our current historical moment and fears?  How will technologies continue to impact the way we communicate and bond with one another in the future?   
 
WGSS 271-010  Independent Reading and Research (HU, SS) 
Instructor permission required.
CRN 16466 / 1-4 credits / Prof. Najar
Independent study of selected topics designated and executed in close collaboration with a member of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies faculty. May be repeated for elective credit. Prerequisite: consent of the WGSS program director.   
 
WGSS, MLL, ENGL, GERM, FILM 303-010  Grimms' Fairy Tales: Folklore, Feminism, Film (HU) 
CRN 19002 / 4 credits / CBE Global / M, W 2:35 - 3:50 p.m. / Prof. Stegmann
This intercultural history of the Grimms’ fairy tales investigates how folktale types and gender stereotypes developed and became models for children and adults. The course covers the literary fairy tale in Germany as well as Europe and America. Versions of “Little Red Riding Hood”, “Cinderella”, or “Sleeping Beauty” exist not only in the Grimms’ collection but in films and many forms of world literature. Modern authors have rewritten fairy tales in feminist ways, promoting social change. Taught in English. German language students may receive a German component.   
 
WGSS, ENGL 304-010  Women/Revolution Early America (HU) 
CRN 17997 / 4 credits / CBE Diversity / T, R 10:45 - 12:00 p.m. / Prof. Gordon
The American Revolution happened only a century after Mary Rowlandson was abducted by Native Americans (1675) and women were burned alive during the Salem Witch Trials (1692). In this course, we will read the writing that women produced—and some writing about women—to explore how opportunities and possibilities for women transformed (or remained the same) during the long eighteenth century. Were early American women able to participate in public life? If so, which women and under what circumstances? Did early American values such as liberty and independence extend to women? If so, which women and for what reasons? Did women feel like they had a “revolution” in 1776? We will read captivity narratives, poetry, novels, and other public writing—by authors such as Mary Rowlandson, Phyllis Wheatley, Hannah Griffits, Susannah Wright, Hannah Foster, Susanna Rowson, Charles Brockden Brown, and Mercy Otis Warren—to help us explore these issues   
 
WGSS, ENGL 304-011  Women/Revolution Early America 
CRN 18097 / 3 credits / Graduate Students Only / T, R 10:45 - 12:00 p.m. / Prof. Gordon
The American Revolution happened only a century after Mary Rowlandson was abducted by Native Americans (1675) and women were burned alive during the Salem Witch Trials (1692). In this course, we will read the writing that women produced—and some writing about women—to explore how opportunities and possibilities for women transformed (or remained the same) during the long eighteenth century. Were early American women able to participate in public life? If so, which women and under what circumstances? Did early American values such as liberty and independence extend to women? If so, which women and for what reasons? Did women feel like they had a “revolution” in 1776? We will read captivity narratives, poetry, novels, and other public writing—by authors such as Mary Rowlandson, Phyllis Wheatley, Hannah Griffits, Susannah Wright, Hannah Foster, Susanna Rowson, Charles Brockden Brown, and Mercy Otis Warren—to help us explore these issues   
 
WGSS, PSYC, HMS 334-010  The Psychology of Body Image and Eating Disorders (SS) 
Restricted to WGSS majors/minors.
CRN 18671 / 4 credits / T 7:10 - 10:00 p.m. / Prof. Lomauro
The course addresses the psychosocial aspects of the development of healthy and unhealthy body image and eating disorders. The roles of personality traits/individual factors, family and interpersonal functioning, and cultural factors will be examined, as will the impact of representations of body image in mass media. Public health and psychological interventions for prevention and treatment will be explored. Personal accounts/memoirs, clinical case presentations, and documentary and dramatic films will be incorporated in the presentation of topics.  (Open only to declared HMS minors, declared WGSS minors, or those who have taken WGSS 001)   
 
WGSS 350-010  Seminar in Feminist Theory (ND) 
CRN 18852 / 4 credits / T, R 2:35 - 3:50 p.m. / Prof. Krasas
An upper-level seminar serving as a capstone experience that challenges students to systematize insights gained from introductory and elective courses through the more deeply analytical lens of feminist theory. Prerequisite: WGSS 001 or WGSS 101 or consent of the WGSS program director.   
 
WGSS, MLL 403-010  Grimms' Fairy Tales: Folklore, Feminism, Film 
CRN 19004 / 3 credits / M, W 2:35 - 3:50 p.m. / Prof. Stegmann
This intercultural history of the Grimms' fairy tales investigates how folktale types and gender stereotypes developed and became models for children and adults. The course covers the literary fairy tale in Germany as well as Europe and America. Versions of "Little Red Riding Hood", "Cinderella", or "Sleeping Beauty" exist not only in the Grimms' collection but in films and many forms of world literature. Modern authors have rewritten fairy tales in feminist ways, promoting social change. Taught in English. German language students may receive a German component.   
 
WGSS, CIE 405-010  Experiencing the United Nations: Gender and Education in International Development 
CRN 18853 / 3 credits / R 4:10 - 7:00 p.m. / Prof. Kong
Building on the Lehigh University/United Nations partnership initiative, this course provides a structured practical experience for students to learn about the dynamics of NGO/UN relationships by representing one of the underrepresented international NGOs at the United Nations. Equips students with necessary experience, understanding, and skills in international education development such as policy brief writing and education sector analysis.   
 
WGSS 450-010  Seminar in Feminist Theory 
CRN 18853 / 3 credits / T, R 2:35 - 3:50 p.m. / Prof. Krasas
An upper-level seminar serving as a capstone experience that challenges students to systematize insights gained from introductory and elective courses through the more deeply analytical lens of feminist theory. Prerequisite: WGSS 001 or WGSS 101 or consent of the WGSS program director.