Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Spring 2021


WGST 2100 Key Ideas in LGBTQ Studies
B Aultman- MoWe 3:40pm-4:55pm
Concepts, theories, and texts central to the study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer experience: definitions of sex, gender, sexuality, sexual orientation; queer theory; intersections of sexuality, race, gender, ethnicity, (dis)ability, and class; study of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) politics, communities, identities, and new social movements; representations of gender and sexuality in popular culture, religion, arts, literature, and visual culture; examination of different disciplinary and methodological approaches.

WGST 3436 Global Perspectives on LGBTIQ Sexualities
Paisley Currah- TuTh 2:15pm-3:30pm
Global perspectives on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ) sexualities and genders; study of the LGBTIQ global movement for human rights; consideration of global sexualities and genders in relation to the Western sex/gender system; changing theoretical frameworks in the investigation of global LGBTIQ sexualities and genders. There will be about four visiting speakers during the semester.

WGST 3550 Special Topics in Social Science: Identity Politics and Its Critics
Paisley Currah- MoWe 11:00am-12:15pm
Identity politics, an approach to organizing and social change based on a group’s shared experiences of inequality, has been celebrated in the United States as a much-needed response to the political mistreatment and marginalization of oppressed peoples. It has also been reviled as marking the demise of liberalism. In this course, students will examine the recent history of identity politics, including the Civil Rights Movement, the American Indian Movement, the women’s movement, Hispanic/Latinx political formations, the disability rights movement, and movements for LGBTQ rights and justice, among others. After considering the recent history of identity politics, the course will consider: What is the future of identity politics? How did voting patterns in the 2020 election challenge the idea that specific groups share the same politics? Which important politics issues are issues are occluded by a focus on identity?

WGST 3117 Black Women’s Fiction (AFST 3260/ENGL 3117)
Sybil White- MoWe 5:05pm-6:20pm
Black women novelists, short story writers, and essayists. Cross-cultural comparisons with African and Caribbean novelists. Readings of selected essays in Black feminist criticism. This course is the same as English 3162 and Africana Studies 3260.

WGST 3119 English 3187/Women and Literature, (ENGL 3187)
Marie Rutkoski- Th 6:30pm-9:15pm
Sexual roles and the sources of sexual conflict in English and American literature. Problems of sensibility, style, and audience. Function of literary images of women. This course is the same as English 3187.

WGST 3121 Constructions of Gender and Sexuality in the Media (TREM
Mobina Hashmi- Th 6:30pm-9:15pm
Role of mass media-music, television, advertising, film, video games-in shaping the cultural meanings of gender. Formation of gender identities as inseparable from the formation of other axes of identity such as race, religion, age, class, sexuality, ethnicity, and physical ability. This course is the same as Television, Radio and Emerging Media 3434.

WGST 3135 Philosophy of Feminism (PHIL 3720)
Serene Khader- TuTh 9:30am-10:45am
Philosophical feminism. Critical examination of current issues in feminist scholarship. Issues of discrimination, equality, and difference; women in relation to science, epistemology, and political and moral philosophy.

WGST 3152 Digital Stories: Chicana/Latina Testimonio (PRLS 2250/AMST 3310)
Maria Aramburu- MoWe 2:15pm-3:30pm
Latina feminist tradition of testimonios, autobiographical narratives, short-stories, poems, and oral histories to reveal the complexity of Chicana/Latina identity. The connection between life experience and new knowledge creation. Theorize Latinidades at the intersection of racism, sexism and heterosexism. Rethink feminism, women, gender and sexuality studies, Latin@, American and cultural studies. Students will create their own digital life stories. This course is the same as Puerto Rican and Latino Studies 2250 and American Studies 3310.

WGST 3230 History of Feminism 
Nadja Eisenberg-Guyot-Th 5:05pm-7:40pm
Definitions of feminism; feminists in the Renaissance and early modern Europe; feminist demands arising from the French Revolution; early radical feminism in the United States, France, and the Germanies; liberal and Marxist feminism; women’s movements from the 1850s to World War I in the West; the development of women’s movements outside of Europe and America; imperialism, feminism, and national independence; the “second wave”: women’s liberation movements since 1968. This course is the same as History 3335.

WGST 3319 Workers United: The Sociology of Labor and Capital (SOCY 3608)
Carolina Bank Munoz- Tue/Th 11:00-12:15PM
Theories on labor and work. History of labor struggles and worker’s rights in the U.S. and globally. Relationship between the labor movement and immigrant groups. Development of worker centers as a response to declining labor union density. This course is the same as Sociology 3608.

WGST 3338 The Home and the World: Gender, Family, and Nation-State—A Cross-Cultural Perspective (HIST 3336)
Swapna Banerjee- MoWe 3:40pm-4:55pm
Exploration of gender, family, and households, and their connection with nation and state formation; social construction of gender, different forms of families and households, class-caste-racial hierarchies, the life-course, sexualities, gender, labor, and family inequalities across time in various geopolitical contexts, socio-cultural and political-economic processes. This course is the same as History 3336 and Children and Youth Studies 3338.

WGST 3351 Women and Politics in the US (POLS 3152)
Staff- MoWe 11:00am-12:15pm
Women and politics in the context of the United States of America. Gaining the right to vote; the Equal Rights Amendment; women as political leaders; racial and ethnic diversity of U.S. women; the “gender gap.” Policy issues including the feminization of poverty and social welfare. This course is the same as Political Science 3152.

WGST 3357 Global Gender Politics (POLS 3341)
Janet Johnson – MoWe 2:15pm-3:30pm
Study of gender politics and policy around the globe. Examination of women’s citizenship and impact of gender on public policy and of public policy on gender in a range of societies. Exploration of the gendered foundations and impacts of the international processes of globalization, militarization, and democratization. Exposure to several types of political analysis such as political ethnography and feminist comparative policy. (This course is the same as Political Science 3341.)

WGST 3420 Gender and Society (SOCY 2600)
Marianne Madore- TuTh 9:30am-10:45am
Relationships between men and women in America today. Cultural consequences of biological differences. Sexual stereotypes in mass media. Legal position and education of women in comparison with men. Different work opportunities and the problems of combining work and family. Role of minority group women. Movement toward sexual equality. This course is the same as Sociology 2600.

WGST 4402 Community Internship in Women’s Studies
Paisley Currah- TBA

WGST 4404 Community Internship in LGBTQ Institution
Paisley Currah- TBA

Thursday, November 19th, 12:30 PM: Information Session on LGBTQ Internships

WGST 4405 Community Internship in Women’s Studies
Paisley Currah- TBA

WGST 4408 Independent Study
Staff- TBA

WGST 4410W Senior Seminar
Staff- TBA