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  Summer  2019 Courses

WST 102:  Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies in the Social Sciences  - CER, SBS  
SUMMER Session I - ONLINE - Allyse Knox
SUMMER Session II - ONLINE - Alexandra Novitskaya view flyer
This course is an introductory and interdisciplinary survey that will familiarize students with gender and sexuality theories, histories of women’s and feminist movements, and current debates within Women’s and Gender Studies. We draw on sources from across the social sciences to understand how gender and sex is explained with respect to specific physical bodies; formulates identities within gendered institutions; and influences our everyday personal and political interactions. Critically thinking of these issues can only occur when we include the intersection of racial, class, age, ableist and national identities within our analysis. The overarching theme of power, hierarchy, and privilege in structured(ing) institutions will always guide our study.
 
WST 103:  Women, Culture, Difference - CER, HUM, DIV
SUMMER Session I - ONLINE - Melis Umut
SUMMER Session II - ONLINE - Miranda Saenz
An introductory humanities survey focusing on women's traditional association with the home and men's association with public life and how writers, artists, philosophers, and religious thinkers have reflected upon those relationships over the past 150 years. Through lectures and critical analyses of novels, poetry, art, philosophy, and religious texts, the course explores how changing intellectual, artistic, and religious precepts have affected gender identity and different genres in the humanities.
 
WST 291:  Introduction to Feminist Theory - ESI, HFA+
SUMMER Session II - ONLINE - Shruti Mukherjee 
An introductory survey of historical and contemporary interdisciplinary theories used in Women's and Gender Studies. Theoretical debates on sex, gender, sexuality, race, class, knowledge, discourse, representation are among the topics to be considered. The course will provide a strong theoretical foundation for further studies in Women's and Gender Studies.
 
WST 392: Topics in Women & Science - " Qu(e)erying Science and Medicine: Queer, Feminist, and Critical Disability Studies Approaches " - STAS
SUMMER Session I - ONLINE - Andy Eicher    view flyer
People of color, women, queer people, and people with disabilities have long been the subject of scientific and medical scrutiny. While the language and rhetoric used to “make sense” of these bodies that are not white and male has become perhaps more palatable (or, politically correct), the problematic sentiment remains. This course challenges the guise of scientific and medical “objectivity” and locates the imperial, colonial, and eugenic logics of science and medicine with particular attention to how this has impacted people of color, women, queer people, and people with disabilities, especially those with intersectional identities. By problematizing historic approaches to science and medicine, this course ultimately offers queer, feminist, and critical disability studies approaches to science and medicine; in other words, how to imagine science and medicine otherwise. In doing this work, students will consider historic case studies including the history, science, politics, and medicine of birth control, STIs, and dis/ability.
 
Electives (WST Major & Minor)
 
HIS 396: Topics in US History - "Gender and Society in Early America" - SBS+
SUMMER Session I - ONLINE - Bonnie Soper
Explore masculinity and femininity in North America during the colonial period through cultural perspectives. We will use captivity stories, travel journals, satires, plays, and music to understand early American interpretations of  gender, relationships, art, and politics. We will do this through the eyes of Indigenous peoples, colonists, indentured servants, and enslaved people of colonial North America. 
 
HIS 396: Topics in US History - "LGBTQ History" - SBS+
SUMMER Session I - ONLINE - Caroline Propersi-Grossman
What is American LGBTQ* History? When did it begin? This course covers LGBTQ* social and legal history and LGBTQ* representations in media and film from 1945 to the present. Topics covered will include: cold war sexual politics, the sexual revolution, the Stonewall Uprising, Drag, The Aids Crisis, Pride, Lawrence Walker V. Texas, Matthew Shepard James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Act, Non-Discrimination Law, and Marriage Equality. 
 
HIS 396: Topics in US History - "Women and the Law in US History"- SBS+
SUMMER Session I I- ONLINE - Mia Brett
This course will explore the changing legal status of women in US history from the 18th century to the present. It will discuss issues of marriage, inheritance, citizenship, suffrage, jury service, sexual rights, and the legal treatment of violence against women. How has the law been used to construct our notions of gender? How have women used the law historically to fight for more rights? How has the law evolved to address sexism? This course will use trials, laws, and appellate arguments including Supreme Court cases to answer these questions. If you enjoyed "On the Basis of Sex" this course is for you.
 
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Fall  2019 Courses
 
WST 102:  Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies in the Social Sciences  - CER, SBS  
LEC 01 - Tu/Th 10:00 - 11:20 am - Suzanne Staub 
LEC 02 - Tu/Th 11:30 - 12:50 pm - TBD
LEC 03 - Tu/Th 4:00 - 5:20 pm - TBD
This course is an introductory and interdisciplinary survey that will familiarize students with gender and sexuality theories, histories of women’s and feminist movements, and current debates within Women’s and Gender Studies. We draw on sources from across the social sciences to understand how gender and sex is explained with respect to specific physical bodies; formulates identities within gendered institutions; and influences our everyday personal and political interactions. Critically thinking of these issues can only occur when we include the intersection of racial, class, age, ableist and national identities within our analysis. The overarching theme of power, hierarchy, and privilege in structured(ing) institutions will always guide our study.
 
WST 103: Women, Culture, Difference - CER, HUM, DIV
LEC: Mon/Wed 12:00 - 12:53 pm; REC: Fridays 12:00 - 12:53 pm 
Lisa Diedrich; TA's -  TBD
An introductory humanities survey focusing on women's traditional association with the home and men's association with public life and how writers, artists, philosophers, and religious thinkers have reflected upon those relationships over the past 150 years. Through lectures and critical analyses of novels, poetry, art, philosophy, and religious texts, the course explores how changing intellectual, artistic, and religious precepts have affected gender identity and different genres in the humanities.
 
WST 111: Introduction to Queer Studies  - CER, HUM
Mon/Wed 4:00  - 5:20 pm
Carlos Vazquez
This course will provide students with a broad overview of queer studies and major theorists and thinkers within the field. Beginning with Foucault before turning to more contemporary theorists, this course will be an interdisciplinary approach to American queer studies. Through the examination of visual culture, literature, and theory, students will learn to read critically through the lenses of queer theory, critical ethnic studies, disability studies, and feminist theory.
 
WST 210: Contemporary Issues in WaGS -" Toxic Ecologies: The Politics of Race and Place in the U.S." -  CER, SBS+
Tu/Th 1:00 - 2:20 pm
Miranda Saenz
A survey of contemporary issues in the field of Women's and Gender Studies. Potential topics for the course are timely and topical. Topics will consider legal, ethical, social, and political issues of the day, and will address the moral and ethical issues raised by them. Topics examples include Gender and Political Activism, Gender and Music Culture, Gender and Reality TV, Gender, Race, and Sports, Gender and Education, Sexual Medicine, and Gender and Social Media. May not be repeated for credit.
 
WST 291 - Introduction to Feminist Theory
An introductory survey of historical and contemporary interdisciplinary theories used in Women's and Gender Studies. Theoretical debates on sex, gender, sexuality, race, class, knowledge, discourse, representation are among the topics to be considered. The course will provide a strong theoretical foundation for further studies in Women's and Gender Studies .
 
WST 301: Histories of Feminism - SBS+, DIV
Tu/Th 11:30 - 12:50 pm
Vicky Hesford, TA: Ashley Barry
An historical study of the theoretical and practical developments that form contemporary feminism. Beginning with the 18th century critiques of women's rights, the course traces the expansion of feminist concerns to include a global perspective, as well as attention to race and class. Representative texts include Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Women, poems by Phyllis Wheatley and Sojourner Truth, Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper, Virginia Woolf's Three Guineas, and Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex.
 
WST 305: Feminist Theory in Context-HFA+
Tu/Th 4:00 - 5:20 pm
Valerie Moyer
This course offers students an introduction to major traditions in critical and cultural theory while focusing specifically on how feminist scholars have pushed these theories in new directions. The aim of this class is not to provide a comprehensive survey of modern theoretical traditions; instead, we will examine several key theoretical terms that have become central to feminist thought during the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. In addition to unpacking the ways in which liberalism and neoliberalism have shaped contemporary debates about sex, gender, and sexuality, we will also look at how feminist perspectives have challenged and complicated theories of nationalism and citizenship, labor and consumption, and representation and circulation. In doing so, we will gain insight into how feminist theories inform and are informed by other interdisciplinary fields, such as queer studies, disability studies, transgender studies, postcolonial studies, and critical race and ethnic studies.
 
WST 392: Topics in Women & Science - "Global Politics of Reproduction" - STAS 
Tu/Th 11:30 - 12:50 pm
Annu Daftuar
 
 
WST 395: Topics in Global Feminism - "AIDS in a Transnational World"  - GLO, SBS+
Tu/Th 1:00 - 2:20 pm
Andy Eicher
This course centers around the historical and sociopolitical coincidence of globalization, de-industrialization in the west, and resource privatization alongside the AIDS epidemic. These factors ultimately shaped the trajectory of the AIDS epidemic and this course will invite students to consider the responses by transnational queer and feminist activists and scholars, critically considering how non-western ways of knowing and worldmaking influenced their reactions. Drawing on performance studies, transnational feminist theory, queer of color critique, and critical disability studies, students will consider case studies including AIDS service organizations that served primarily non-English speaking immigrants, artistic production by HIV-positive artists like Felix Gonzalez-Torres, and pop-cultural representations of AIDS such as Pedro Zamora. In addition to course readings and traditional assignments, students will also have the opportunity to undertake a creative project and engage directly with cultural production.
 
WST 398: Topics in Gender, Race, Ethnicity - SBS+, DIV
Tu/Th 10:00 - 11:20 am
TBD
 
WST 399: Topics in Gender & Sexuality - "Queering Science Fiction" - HFA+
Wednesday 10:00 - 12:53 pm
Ritch Calvin
This class will introduce and examine theories of science fiction, theories and models of queer reading, and examples of authors who engage in queering science fiction. Theorist Darko Suvin defines “science fiction” as literature that makes the world we are familiar with seem strange, and the strange world seem familiar. Queer theorist William Haver writes about “queer” as “making strange, queer, or even cruel what we had thought to be a world. Given those similarities, you might think that SF had always been queer. That depends. If queer is taken to refer to an identity, then “no.” If queer is taken to mean a critical lens that deconstructs familiar paradigms, then “yes.” Readings/viewings will include works by Samuel R. Delany, James Tiptree, Jr., Joanna Russ, Larissa Lai, Nnedi Okorafor, Gabriela Damián Miravete, Janelle Monáe, Wendy Gay Pearson, and many others….
 
WST 407/408: Senior Research Seminar for Women's and Gender Studies Minors & Majors - EXP+, SPK, WRTD
Mondays 1:00 - 3:50 pm
Ritch Calvin
An exploration of significant feminist scholarship in various disciplines designed for students who are majoring in disciplines other than women's and gender studies. Seminar participants present and discuss reports on reading and research.