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COURSES ADMINISTERED DIRECTLY BY THE DEPARTMENT OF WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES

WGST 064                                                    Tanya Shields
PLANTATION LULLABIES – FYS
This course introduces students to different ways of understanding plantation culture and how that culture persists today, using close reading strategies and gender analysis. The class will examine film, literature, music, and poetry. LA, NA

WGST 066                                                    Tanya Shields
GROWING UP GIRL, GLOBALLY – FYS
Course introduces students to literature by women from around the world, particularly stories of a girl’s transition to womanhood. Close reading strategies are used to examine films, novels, and poetry.  LA

 WGST 068                                                   Susan Page
ASSUMED IDENTITIES: PERFORMANCE IN PHOTOGRAPHY – FYS
This course will use photography and its aspects of role playing, performance and documentation to understand the construction of identity.  We will look at historical and contemporary photographers who use assumed identities and personas to comment on and explore their changing identity roles in society and challenge society’s stereotypes.  We will explore identity and its representation through individual and group performance/photography projects working with still photography, video and the internet. LA, US

 WGST 089                                                   Staff
FIRST YEAR SEMINAR ( Topics Change)
Content will vary each semester.

WGST 101/WGST 101H                               Karen M. Booth, Silvia Tomášková, Michele Berger, Tanya Shields, Emily Burrill, Ariana Vigil, Susan Page, Jacob Lau,
Sarah Bloesch

INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN’S GENDER
An interdisciplinary exploration of the intersections of gender, race, class, and sexuality in American society and internationally. Topics include work; sexuality; gender relations, and images of women in literature, art, and science; and the history of feminist movements. Course readings are drawn from the humanities and the social sciences.   Required for the major.  SS, US

WGST 111/H                                                  Karen M. Booth
INTRODUCTION TO SEXUALITY STUDIES
This course introduces students to the broad range of disciplinary perspectives used by the field of sexuality studies to study, teach and create knowledge about human sexuality in its various functions and forms.  SS, HS, US, NA

WGST 202                                                     Karen M. Booth, Silvia Tomášková, Michele Berger, Tanya Shields, Emily Burrill, Ariana Vigil, Jacob Lau, Sarah Bloesch
INTRODUCTION TO FEMINIST THOUGHT
Introduces students to feminist theorizing on debates over gender-based oppression.  Gives students tools to pursue academic work in women’s and gender studies and to understand the relationships among concepts, activism, and change.  Prerequisite, WGST 101. Required for the major. Strongly recommended for minors.  PH 

WGST 211                                                      Ariana Vigil
INTRODUCTION TO LATINA FEMINISMS: LITERATURE, THEORY, AND ACTIVISM
Through a variety of texts that span the 20th and 21st centuries, students will be introduced to key concepts, figures, and movements in Latina feminisms. Emphasis will be placed on a diversity of historical and ethno-national perspectives as well as academic interdisciplinarity. LA, US

WGST 215                                                       Sarah Bloesch
GENDER AND SPIRITUALITY          

How does gender affect the way someone has spiritual or religious experiences or thoughts? This course is designed to introduce students to a variety of ways that gender is present in how we define, interpret, and engage the broad categories of the spiritual and spiritualities. Spirituality impacts people’s identity and influences culture and is bound up with understandings of race, gender, sexuality, and class. Popular culture and the media abound in references to gendered spiritual practices and religious traditions highlighting the pervasive impact on modern societies. Consequently, it is beneficial for global citizens to better understand the varieties of gender and spirituality in societies across time and place. US    

WGST 230                                                        Susan Page
WOMEN IN CONTEMPORARY ART: A FIELD STUDY
This seminar will explore the lives and work of women in contemporary art through a combination of readings, films, interviews, studio visits with area artists, and visits to museums and galleries.  We will engage questions of identity, gender, sexuality, politics, and cultural representation and how these affect the creativity, media and final output of women artists. LA, US 

WGST 231                                                         Staff
GENDER AND POPULAR CULTURE
This course examines the ways in which gender and sexual identities are represented and consumed in popular culture.  Students in the course will develop and use critical, analytic skills necessary for understanding the ways in which movies, television, music, and popular media such as fashion mazagines promote and at the same time contest dominant ideological assumptions about gender and sexual identities.  Through a variety of readings and writing assignments, students will have the opportunity to develop basic critical writing and reading skills. VP, US.

WGST 232                                                         Susan Page
IDENTITY IN TRANSIT: PERFORMING THE SELF THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY

This course asks how gendered identity is shaped over time in relation to different cultural, social, and historical circumstances.  We will examine the practices of historic and contemporary photographers who present themselves and others in assumed identities or personas to comment of shifting social roles to challenge stereotypes.  Students will use photography to document performance and create self-portraits to critically engage the studio practices of these artists. US, LA

WGST 233                                                         Ariana Vigil
INTRODUCTION TO LATINA LITERATURE
This course will provide an introduction to Latina literature.  We will read a wide variety of genres from a range of ethno-national perspectives and examine such topics as immigration, identity, mother-daughter relationships, and sexuality. LA, US 

WGST 270                                                         Jacob Lau
INTRODUCTION TO TRANSGENDER STUDIES
This course surveys the breadth of the field of transgender studies through an interdisciplinary lens. Legitimating transitional practices and therapies (including changing names, sex and gender markers on state identity documents, hormone replacement therapies, and gender confirming surgeries) by making transgender narratives understandable to a cis (non-trans)normative world has been the quandary of trans movements and trans people. While LGBTQ, and Gender Studies often devote a week or two to scholarship pertaining to transgender identity, history, or theory, this course will outline trans history from 16th century to the present as well as current topics addressed by scholars in the field. Close readings are drawn from the humanities, arts, and social sciences. US 

WGST 272                                                         Jacob Lau
MASCULINITIES
This class is an interdisciplinary study of masculinities as theorized by feminists and shaped by race, class, sexuality, gender identity, age, ability, and nationality. As a set of social relations, practices, and meanings that are both highly regulated, as well as experientially diverse masculinities have often worked to maintain a set of hierarchical social relationships that facilitate power for those who can most easily fit into what is considered hegemonically masculine. As a result, studying masculinity is not simply about examining white straight cisgender men, but also about the experiences of persons who are deemed to be in dynamic relationship to or outside of masculinity (e.g.: women, boys, people of color, the LGBTQIA community). By taking an intersectional lens to the study of masculinity, this course approaches what is assumed to be natural or hegemonic about masculinity and renders those operations of power visible.

We will address debates about meanings of masculinity, how these meanings vary historically and how these definitions involve people assigned male and female at birth. Meanings of masculinities will be addressed at multiple levels – historical, structural, cultural, and interpersonal –  and in multiple sites – childhood, adolescence, the body, education, work, sports, popular culture, immigration, gender violence, and mass incarceration. Close readings are largely drawn from the social sciences. SS, US 

WGST 278/ANTH 278                                        Silvia Tomášková, Nicole Else-Quest
WOMEN IN SCIENCE
The role of women in scientific domains throughout history and a consideration of the status of women and men as scientists. The development of science as a cultural practice. SS, CI, EE 

WGST 281                                                          Karen Booth, Ariana Vigil
GENDER AND GLOBAL CHANGE
Through a diverse set of texts, students will examine the role of armed conflict in forming United States empire in the 20th and 21st centuries. The course will also consider the gendered contradictions of freedom and historical embodiments of war and violence. Prerequisite: WGST 101 or permission of instructor. SS, GL

WGST 285/AAAD 285                                         Michele Berger
AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN IN THE MEDIA: IDENTITY, POLITICS AND  RESISTANCE
This course will acquaint students with how African American women have been depicted (and have depicted themselves) in 20th and 21st century media.  We will examine representations of African American women in several aspects of culture including: film, art, print, television, theatre and music.  The central questions of the course hope to go beyond “good and bad” images but to a broader historical understanding of the shifting meanings of ‘blackness’and ‘femaleness’.  VP, US

WGST 290                                                         Staff
SPECIAL TOPICS IN WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES
Topics of particular interest to individual faculty members. Each course will study in depth a significant problem or issue in Women’s and Gender Studies.

WGST 313                                                         Emily Burrill
WOMEN & THE LAW IN AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST
Explores women’s and men’s engagement with colonial and post-colonial legal systems with a focus on the 19th through 21st centuries. Topics include customary law, Islamic law, women’s rights as human rights, disputation and conflict resolution. We will ask the question: “how does gender influence how women and men navigate legal systems?” SS, HS, BN, GL 

WGST 315                                                         Sarah Bloesch
SEXUALITY AND SALVATION
In Christianity and Islam, bodies populate the afterlife. What those bodies look like, how they act, what they feel, and who they engage with are subjects of popular and scholarly contentious, long standing debates. The various answers that have been offered in these debates deeply affect Christian and Muslim responses to the body, sexuality, race, and gender in this life. This course examines how theories about sex, gender, and identity are constructed within two religious traditions’ histories, ideas, and theories. In each tradition, we will look at attempts to dictate a wide variety of sexual norms, at the creativity followers have employed in interpreting and following such regulations, and at the ways Muslims and Christians have used sexual practices, language, and images in their devotion. This means exploring and analyzing the ways thinking about the afterlife and devotion to the divine materially affects family structures, health care debates, legal choices, questions of feminist agency, and war imagery.

To undertake such a broad topic, the semester is divided into two parts. During the first part of the semester, we will address different topics that are part of this larger debate, focused on this life (family, abortion, HIV/AIDS responses) and the possibility of connection to the divine (mysticism).  We will discuss the specific dimensions of the afterlife in Christianity and Islam and use primary sources such as the Qur’an and Bible in exploring the relationship between this world and the next. In the second part of the semester, we will read three books to work through the complex intersections of sexuality and salvation in the last several decades. These texts provide extended case studies in how notions of the afterlife provide influential guiding framework for Supreme Court decisions, agency of women, and transnational conflict and violence.

WGST 325/AMST 325                                         Susan Page
ENCOUNTERING ART IN THE UNEXPECTED: BORDERLANDS AND STORY IN CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN VISUAL ART
This course focuses on contemporary art and social change movements.  We will learn how to use site-specific and performative art interventions to make invisible borders, boundaries, and other issues visible and innovatively to create engaged and sustained dialogue.

 

WGST 336                                                            Susan Page
DIGITIZING THE BODY
This class examines contemporary artistic production by international artists that engage, question and challenge ideas of the body. Theoretical readings about art and the body will be complemented by examining the work of contemporary artists who are known for their images of the body. We will look at digital media artists as well as artists who use traditional media such as photography, mixed media, sculpture and installation. Artists to be examined may include Mona Hatoum, Vito Acconci, Lalla Essaydi, Hannah Wilke, Carolee Schneeman and Vanessa Beecroft. VP

WGST 337                                                           Emily Burrill
AFRICAN GENDER HISTORY
This course seeks to familiarize students with scholarly debates on the importance of gender as a category of analysis, while gaining a greater sense of the African past. Required preparation, at least one AAAD or WMST course. SS, HS, BN, GL

WGST 340                                                          Staff
LEADERSHIP IN VIOLENCE PREVENTION FOR PEER EDUCATORS
Leadership and Violence Prevention is an examination of interpersonal violence, the factors that enable it, and prevention strategies. The course will be of particular interest to students who want a better understanding of how to work in peer groups and communities to end the cycle of violence. We will examine violence on both individual and structural levels, considering perpetrators, victims/survivors, and bystanders. We will address questions such as: What kind of community and societal conditions enable violence? How do race, gender, and sexuality intersect and factor into violence? How are forms of violence related to each other? How are our communities reacting to and working to prevent violence? We’ll focus on strategies of prevention and intervention, drawing upon the expertise of local organizers and service providers in the system of care. Students in the course will be encouraged to participate in peer education groups to help facilitate violence prevention programs at UNC. Leadership and Violence Prevention is a discussion-based and student-centered course. CON E-3 

WGST 345/COMM 345                                       Staff
GENDER AND FILM
This course examines the representations of women in contemporary American film and also considers women as producers of film.  VP

WGST 350                                                          Tanya Shields
SPITTING IN THE WIND: “AMERICAN” WOMEN, ART AND ACTIVISM
This course defines activism as (a) coming into collective consciousness and (b) concrete manifestations of that consciousness and uses films, novels, and essays to engage with various notions of activism (as represented in art and social justice organizations) at play in hemispheric America. LA, US

WGST 352                                                          Tanya Shields
RAHTID REBEL WOMEN: AN INTRODUCTION TO CARIBBEAN WOMEN
This course uses films, novels, and essays to move beyond sun, sand, and sex representations of Caribbean women to examine how they negotiate imperial and national definitions of their place.  LA, BN

WGST 355                                                           Barbara Fedders
YOUTH, SEXUALITY AND THE LAW
Examines how lawyers, laws, and legal institutions shape an understanding of sexuality and gender in young people. Through legal briefs and judicial opinions, articles, news media, and guest speakers, this course promotes critical thinking about our assumptions about what is “normal” and “appropriate” in youth sexuality and gender. The course is built on two, related assumptions: first, that sexuality and gender are neither immutable nor universal; and second, that sexuality and gender are best studied in conjunction with race and class, because social relations and self-understanding are structured by multiple facets of  identity.

WGST 368                                                          Michele Berger
THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES: WOMEN OF COLOR IN COMTEMPORARY U.S. SOCIAL MOVEMENTS
This course will examine the role of women of color as grassroots activists, leaders and thinkers in the new social and community movements of the postwar period.  Starting with the political movements of the 1960s such as the American Indian Movement, Chicano Movement and Black Power Movement, the course will examine the racial and gender dynamics shaping women’s participation.  We will look at specific examples of comtemporary organizing among women of color in the areas of: health, prison reform, education, the environment, domestic violence and unions (among others).  We will seek to understand the ways in which women of color organize on behalf of themselves and others for social justice.  SS, US, NA

WGST 375/HISTORY 375                                   Staff
HISTORY OF GENDER IN AMERICA
Explores how Americans from 1600 to the present have defined what is masculine and what is feminine and how they have constructed their identities around those definitions.  HS, US, NA 

WGST 388                                                          Karen Booth 
THE INTERNATIONAL POLITICS OF SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH
This course takes a feminist political economy perspective on debates over current women’s and men’s health issues of international concern, including HIV/AIDS, population control, reproductive technology, childbirth, and sexual violence.  We also discuss theories of “the body” in relation to health, the medical industry, science, and religion. Prerequisite: WGST 101 or consent of instructor.  SS, BN, GL

WGST 393                                                           Staff
PRACTICUM IN WOMEN’S STUDIES
Supervised internships designed to provide experience working in local, state, and national organizations concerned with women’s issues.  Readings and research paper required.  Comprises 3 credit hours.  Interested students should contact Professor Tanya Shields (tshields@unc.edu), Director of Undergraduate Studies, prior to the beginning of the semester.  Prerequisite: WMST 101 or consent of instructor.  EE

WGST 396                                                           Staff
INDEPENDENT READING AND RESEARCH
A student who wishes to pursue an independent study should write a research proposal and contact a faculty member who teaches in the research area of interest to supervise the project. After identifying a faculty supervisor, the student must complete an Independent Study Learning Contract through the Online Learning Contract Manager (OLCM) and a research proposal outlining the specific details of the semester-long project. Students should complete this process before the semester begins.

Deadline: The Independent Study Learning Contract must be completed and approved by both the faculty supervisor and the Director of Undergraduate Studies by the Friday of the second week of classes for fall and spring semesters; for summer semesters, the contracts must be completed and approved by the Friday of the first week of classes. Permission of the Chair and a faculty member required.

WGST 402                                                           Tanya Shields
FEMINIST WAYS OF KNOWING
This course is designed to follow Introduction to Feminist Thought (WGST 202, a prerequisite) and has two main purposes. First, it will build on the work students have done in the introductory feminist theory course (WGST 202); students will explore more deeply significant trends, key theoretical texts, and epistemological and methodological debates in feminist thought. Second, by emphasizing connections among theory, method, evidence, and analysis, it will prepare students for the senior capstone course in which they develop and carry out a major research project.

The course will examine how feminist scholars actually apply central concepts such as intersectionality, agency, and praxis across disciplines and with different methods. Students will consider how scholars and activists argue for “truth” or “what they know.” While stressing the breadth of historical and contemporary feminist theory, the class will also require students to explore in depth a particular sub-field or theoretical perspective, such as materialist feminism, feminist empiricism, or the “discursive turn” in feminist scholarship.  We will look at how fields such as sociology, philosophy, history and literature have approached issues of gender, race, class and sexuality and the relationship between theoretical insights and claims on the one hand and lived experiences on the other. The course will require that students engage with the process of research by completing a project that compares how feminist theorists might approach the same issue through different methods, methodologies, and theoretical perspectives (the intellectual “rehearsal”).  This interdisciplinary course uses both humanities and social science research and is also communication intensive. CI, US

WGST 405                                                          Jacob Lau
GENDER, SEXUALITY, EMPIRE AND ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICA
This advanced undergraduate course examines the diverse terms by which empire and sexuality have produced and reflected gender in Asian Pacific America. Examining the tensions within and between both Asian, Pacific, and American alongside empire, sexuality, and gender, this seminar brings together two strains of politicized critical analysis: queer/feminist studies and postcolonial studies through the interdisciplinary standpoint of Asian American Studies. We will examine the intersections of these far-reaching and politically committed intellectual traditions to explore the convergences of sexual politics and (anti-)imperial mobilizations. Close readings are drawn from the social sciences, humanities, and arts. US

WGST 410                                                          Karen Booth
COMPARATIVE QUEER POLITICS
This course focuses on two related issues in the effort to understand and assess the prospects of the emerging global movement for equality for sexual minorities.  First, we compare the histories and practices of local- and national-level queer movements, looking particularly at how communities in South Africa, Thailand, China, Native America, Mexico, and elsewhere negotiate between “imported” sexual identities (that is, Euro-American notions of gay, lesbian, or queer) and indigenous identifications.  Second, we examine the international organizations and networks that have emerged to link these diverse communities, focusing especially on the notions and practices of “human rights,” “global feminism,” “gay pride,” as well as the issues of HIV/AIDS and sexual and non-sexual “gay tourism.” Prerequisite: WGST 101 or consent of instructor.  SS, BN, GL

WGST 415                                                          Sarah Bloesch
QUEER THEORY AND RELIGION
Queer theory has proven to be a fruitful method to examine questions of identity and social power in religious traditions. This course examines the differing philosophical approaches to queer theorizing (psychoanalytic, cultural, transnational) in order to understand how scholars have incorporated discussions of sex, sexuality, gender, and race into their own work on religions. Thus, the first half of the semester focuses on different formulations of queer theory. The psychoanalytic tradition is one of the most influential and widely cited strands within queer theory. Whether scholars love it or hate it, they nonetheless engage it. We begin with the psychoanalytic strand of queer theory to then expand into other theoretical approaches to discussions of sex, sexuality, gender, and identity. The second half of the semester turns to scholars who explicitly use queer theory in their work on various global religious traditions; we investigate the differences and overlapping concerns present across time and geography.  GI

WGST 460                                                          Staff
SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF GENDERED BODIES
This course looks specifically at the social and cultural construction of women’s bodies, this course considers the ways in which biological difference is imbued with social significance. Prerequisite: WGST 101.  SS

WGST 465                                                           Ariana Vigil
GENDER, (IM)MIGRATION, AND LABOR IN LATINA LITERATURE
Students will explore the representation of intersections between gender, identity, immigration and migration via Latina/o literature.  Emplasis will be placed on the intersections between labor, migration, and U.S. immigration policy. US, LA 

WGST 553                                                           Michele Berger
THEORIZING BLACK FEMINISMS
Introduction to the theoretical and practical contributions of African American feminists who maintain that issues of race, gender, sexuality, and social class are central, rather than peripheral, to any history, or strategy for bringing about social justice in the United States. Prerequisite: WGST 202 or consent of instructor.  SS, US

WGST 555                                                           Michele Berger
WOMEN AND CREATIVITY
Women and Creativity will present an overview of the variety and diversity of contemporary American women’s experiences of creative expressions. We explore how women have been historically excluded, silenced and minimized by institutionalized notions of creativity and art. Prerequisite: WGST 101.

WGST/PSYC 573                                                           Nicole Else-Quest
PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN AND GENDER
This course will discuss theories, methods, and empirical research findings on the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social aspects of the psychology of women, as well as topics such as feminist psychology, intersectionality, bias in psychological research, sexual orientation, sexuality, lifespan development, work, and health. Men and masculinity, the psychology of transgender persons, and a critique of the gender binary are also discussed.

WGST 583                                                            Emily Burrill
GENDER AND IMPERIALISM
This course focuses on feminist perspectives on imperialism; the effects of imperialism on colonized and European women; imperialism and masculinity; women’s participation in anti-imperialist movements; and the legacies of imperialism for feminism today. Prerequisite: WGST 101 or consent of instructor.  HS, NA

WGST 610                                                            Karen Booth
FEMINISM, SEXUALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS
Examines how transnational struggles over reproductive rights, HIV/AIDS, sex work, and LGBT rights have used, challenged and transformed human rights discourses. Prerequisite for undergraduates: WGST 101 and at least one other WGST course and junior or senior standing. Consent of instructor for undergraduates and graduate students.  SS, BN, GL 

WGST 691H                                                         Staff
HONORS IN WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES
Writing and completion of an honors essay.  Students must plan their project with a faculty advisor and secure permission from the Chair of the Department of  Women’s and Gender Studies.  Guidelines and forms for initial contract are available in the Women’s and Gender Studies website.  Prerequisite, WMST 695 or WMST 695H. Permission of the Chair of Women’s and Gender Studies and a faculty advisor required.  Fall.

WGST 692H                                                        Staff
HONORS IN WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES
Second semester of the yearlong honors thesis project. Prerequisite, WGST 691H. Permission of department. 

WGST 695/WGST 695H                                     Karen Booth, Silvia Tomášková, Michele Berger, Tanya Shields, Emily Burrill, Ariana Vigil, Jacob Lau, Sarah Bloesch

SENIOR CAPSTONE SEMINAR: PRINCIPLES OF FEMINIST INQUIRY
Students taking Honors in Women’s and Gender Studies must take this course Fall semester.  An advanced,  writing-intensive course drawing on a student’s  interests and background.  Major research of specific topics utilizing feminist perspectives. Prerequisites: WGST 101, WGST 202, and at least one additional WGST course. Senior standing or permission of the instructor required prior to enrolling.   Required for majors. Strongly recommended for minors. CI

WGST 790                                                          Karen Booth, Michele Berger, Tanya Shields, Emily Burrill, Ariana Vigil, Jacob Lau
GRADUATE SEMINAR IN WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES
Explores the complex interaction between Women’s Studies, Feminist Studies and Gender Studies as  these fields have evolved within and across academic disciplines, intersecting with issues of race, class, ethnicity, masculinity, sexual orientation and with practices of queer theory and cultural studies.

WGST 796                                                          Staff
INDEPENDENT READING AND RESEARCH FOR GRADUATES
A student who wishes to pursue an independent study should write a research proposal and contact a faculty member who teaches in the research area of interest to supervise the project. After identifying a faculty supervisor, the student must complete an Independent Study Learning Contract through the Online Learning Contract Manager (OLCM) and a research proposal outlining the specific details of the semester-long project. Students should complete this process before the semester begins.

Deadline: The Independent Study Learning Contract must be completed and approved by both the faculty supervisor and the Director of Undergraduate Studies by the Friday of the second week of classes for fall and spring semesters; for summer semesters, the contracts must be completed and approved by the Friday of the first week of classes. Permission of the Chair and a faculty member required.

WGST 890                                                          Staff
TOPICS IN WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES
This course allows faculty in WMST (especially new faculty) to offer graduate-level courses on special topics pertinent to their current research.

 

CROSS-LISTED COURSES 

WGST 051/PLAN 052                                         Mai Nguyen, Michele  Berger
RACE, SEX AND PLACE IN AMERICA – FYS
This exploratory seminar will expose students to the complex dynamics of race and gender and how these have helped shape the American city.  It will examine both the historical record as well as works of literature, film and music to probe the manifold ways gender and ethnic identity have contributed to the culture of urban life in the US.  The seminar will be conducted in an engaging and exploratory manner, with an emphasis on student creativity and involvement.  Together, we will explore the different ways women and men perceive, understand and use urban space and the built environment, and examine topics ranging from suburbanization, “white flight” and the “urban crisis” of the 1960s, to hip hop culture, graffiti and tagging, and the multiple meanings of “the blood.”

Assignments will include one short film review paper and one short book review paper; and additional group project will be announced. SS

WGST 56/ASIA 56/H                                           Staff
WRITING WOMEN IN MODERN CHINA
Compares the rhetoric of equality between the sexes presented by late Qing, May Fourth, and communist thinkers to perspectives on gender and society by 20th-century Chinese women writers. LA, BN

WGST 124/SOCI 124                                          Lawrence Rosenfeld, Richard Udry, Staff
SEX AND GENDER IN SOCIETY
Examination of the social differentiation between men and women. Attention to the extent, causes, and consequences of sexual inequality and to changes in sex roles and their impact on interpersonal relations. SS

WGST 127/ASIA 127                                           Staff
IRANIAN WOMEN WRITERS
This course introduces students to Iranian women’s issues through their literary works. To contextualize, we will read articles and essays on the historical, cultural, social, political, and economic backgrounds. In order to approach these literary works in a more effective manner, we will also be reading various secondary materials. LA, BN, CI

WGST 140/ENGL 140                                          Staff
INTRODUCTION TO GAY/LESBIAN LITERATURE
This course introduces literary and cultural topics such as the AIDS crisis, gender stereotypes, aging in queer communities, racial politics and gay/lesbian sexuality, and representations of political activism and queer politics.  LA, US 

WGST 144/HIST 144                                            Katherine Turk
WOMEN IN THE UNITED STATES
This course will survey the history of women, gender relations, and notions of sex difference in the United States from the colonial era to present times, with a special emphasis on women’s varied experiences and expectations across divisions of class, race, and region. Key themes will include work, politics, citizenship, reproduction, sociability, and sexuality. US, HS

WGST 188/MUSC 188                                         Annegret Fauser
INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN AND MUSIC
This course addresses issues of women and music from three distinct perspectives: global practice, historical evolutions, and local context. In all cases, the subject matter is anchored in the music that women created, performed, and presented, so students will be exposed to varied, diverse, and thought-provoking repertories drawn from Western and non-Western musics, and ranging from “art” to “popular.” Comparisons will also be made with the other arts, issues will be viewed in cultural, social and political contexts, and methodologies will necessarily draw upon a range of disciplines. Thus this course deals with broader aesthetic issues; it takes a comparative approach between Western and non-Western repertories; and it is by definition culturally diverse in several senses of the term.  VP, NA, GL

IDST 190-004                                                      Michele Tracy Berger, Priscilla Layne, and Courtney Woods
THE ENVIRONMENT, INTERSECTIONALITY, AND SCIENCE FICTION
This course focuses on how the genre of science fiction (film and literature) has been used to address the world’s environmental concerns and how these concerns affect characters differently depending on their gender, race, and class. Using this lens, the course investigates longstanding global environmental challenges including water resources, overpopulation, consumption, climate change, etc. This course provides students with a complex toolkit to understand environmental issues. This course provides an introduction to key concepts across the social sciences, humanities and the natural sciences. We pay special attention to texts with characters or created by artists who are women and/or ethnic minorities. This class invites students to consider different strategies for imagining new realities and solutions to multi-faceted issues. Our focus throughout the term is to support comparativeglobal, intersectional and interdisciplinary thinking. This course is for first-year students ONLY. SS, GL

WGST 200/AAAD 200                                         Staff
GENDER AND SEXUALITY IN AFRICA
Introduction to the study of gender and sexuality in African societies. Theoretical questions relating to the cross-cultural study of gender will be a primary focus. Topics include historical perspectives on the study of kinship and family in Africa and the impact of colonialism and other forms of  social change.  SS, BN

WGST 217/POLI 217                                          Pamela Conover
WOMEN AND POLITICS
A comparison of men and women as political actors at the mass and elite levels in America.

Topics include the “gender gap”, the women’s movement, abortion and the Equal Rights Amendment. SS, US

WGST 220/GERM 220                                        Staff
WOMEN IN THE MIDDLE AGES
This course explores the place of women in the Middle Ages from two crucial standpoints.  It examines the representation of women and the construct of gender in the Middle Ages.  It also examines to what extent women actually participated in the economic, political, religious, and cultural life of the Middle Ages.  The course materials will be drawn from a variety of sources, including courtly literature, love poetry, juridical, theological, and medical texts, didactic treaties, mysticism, illuminations and sculpture. LA, NA, WB 

WGST 222/ANTH 222                                         Silvia Tomášková
PREHISTORIC ART
A survey of prehistoric art in Africa, the Americas, Australia, and Europe. PH 

WGST 224/COMM 224/H                                    Staff
GENDER AND COMMUNICATION
Examines multiple relationships between communication and gender.  Emphasizes how communication creates gender and power roles and how communicative patterns reflect, sustain and alter social conceptions of gender.  CI

WGST 225/GEOG 225                                         Staff
SPACE, PLACE & DIFFERENCE
Gender, race and class are examined in terms of the spatial patterns of everyday life, regional patterns and global patterns.  Feminist ideas about social diversity have had an enormous impact on the social sciences in the last two decades.  The discipline of geography is no exception to this trend.  This course will provide an introduction to active debates on the ways in which “space” and “place” contribute to deeper understanding of social diversity and social change. SS 

WGST 237/KOR 237/CMPL 237                         Staff
REBEL, LOVER, MARTYR: GENDER AND SEXUALITY IN NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA SCREEN CULTURES
This course introduces students to the history of North and South Korean film and television through the lens of gender and sexuality. In so doing, it explores the multiple forms of the Korean self and the diverse shapes that Korean identity has taken across the modern and contemporary eras. LA, BN

WGST 240/CLAS 240/H                                      Sharon James
WOMEN IN GREEK ART AND LITERATURE
Course examines law, religion, medicine, social practices, and ideologies in the lives of women in ancient Greece, from Homer to Hellenistic Egypt, using literature, art, epigraphy. LA, NA, WB

WGST 241/CLAS 241/H                                     Sharon James
WOMEN AND ANCIENT ROME
This course examines the life of women in ancient Rome, from the first beginnings of the organized community in Rome through the early Empire, a period of about 900 years.  Also explores aspects of the lives of women in provinces governed by Rome. LA, NA, WB 

WGST 242/CLAS 242                                         Cynthia Dessen
SEX AND GENDER IN ANTIQUITY
Exploration of gender constructs, what it meant to be a woman or a man in antiquity, as revealed in literary, historical and archaeological sources.  Readings from Homer, Euripides, Plato, Ovid, Virgil, Juvenal, Petronius, and other ancient authors.  HS, NA, WB

WGST 244/RELI 244/H                                      Randall Styers
GENDER AND SEXUALITY IN THE WESTERN CHRISTIAN TRADITION
This course has three major purposes.  First, the course will explore excerpts from the broad range of teachings concerning issues of gender and sexuality that have emerged throughout the Western Christian tradition.  Second, in order to place these teachings in context, the course will also introduce major themes in the history of Christianity in the West.  Finally, the course will focus on questions of rhetoric, examining the specific types of argumentation used by various authors and the forms of evidence these authors city in order to support their moral and political positions.  HS

WGST 248/MUSC 248                                       Staff
GENDER ON THE MUSICAL STAGE
An exploration of gender on the musical stage in the past and present, with an emphasis on female-identified creators and  characters, onstage and behind the scenes.  NA

WGST 249/AMST 248/PSYC 248                   Frank Baumgartner, Michelle Robinson, Tanya Shields
INTERSECTIONALITY: RACE, GENDER, SEXUALITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
The first goal of this super-course is to give students real tools for how to address multiple modes of difference. The second arc of this course is its focus on the United States – a region that is in the midst of a dramatic demographic transformation that is likely to accelerate as we approach the mid-century mark. In order to do this work, this interdisciplinary course will cover such topics as racial formation, ethnic identities, racial profiling, environmental justice, gender violence and bias, histories of institutions (education/prison) and narratives of belonging and citizenship. CI, US

WGST 253/AMST 253/JWST 253                       Staff
JEWISH WOMEN IN AMERICA
This course will examine the history and culture of Jewish women in America from their arrival in New Amsterdam in 1654 to the present day, and will explore how gender shaped this journey. This course also examines  critical scholarship in women’s studies, Jewish Studies, and American Studies that has not been previously taught at UNC.  This course is especially important in course development for modern Jewish life and American Jewish history at UNC.  Approved to fulfill AS western historical.  HS, NA

WGST 254/ARTH 254                                         Staff
WOMEN IN THE VISUAL ARTS I
This course will analyze the representation of women in Western Art, placing special emphasis on works made by women.  CI, VP, NA

WGST 259/HIST 259/EURO 259                         Staff
WOMEN AND GENDER IN EUROPE SINCE 1780
When the first factories opened in England in the late eighteenth century, they inaugurated a process of economic change that has radically transformed the human experience.  In this class, we will study how these changes have affected the lives of European women.  HS, NA  

WGST 260/EXSS 260                                          Staff
WOMEN AND SPORT
A socio-historical study of the influence of work, leisure, politics, family, race, economics, education, and perceived roles on women’s participation in sports.  SS 

WGST 263/ENGL 263/H                                      Staff
GENDER AND LITERATURE
Intensive study, focused on gender issues, of of criticism and writing. LA 

WGST 264/HIST 264                                            Donald Raleigh/Staff
WOMEN IN RUSSIAN AND SOVIET HISTORY, 1860-PRESENT
This course traces the development of the woman question in tsarist Russia, how the Soviet regime affected women’s lives, and how women’s experiences compare to the Party’s claim of equality.  HS, BN

WGST 265/POLI 265                                            Susan Bickford
Feminism and Political Theory
Introduction to feminist theory and its implications for the study and practice of political theory.  Topics: Women in feminist critiques of the western political tradition, schools of feminist political theory.  CI, PH, NA

WGST 266/AAAD 232                                            Kia Caldwell
BLACK WOMEN IN AMERICA
An examination of the individual and collective experiences of Black women in America from slavery to the present and the evolution of feminist consciousness.  SS

WGST 271/GERM 271                                          Staff
WOMEN IN GERMAN CINEMA
Introduction to feminist aesthetics and film by examining the representation of women in German cinema from Expressionism to the present; subtitled films.  English is the language of instruction.  VP, NA

WGST 275/PHIL 275/H                                          Staff
PHILOSOPHICAL ISSUES IN FEMINISM
Moral issues of equal rights and justice; sex role stereotypes; equal opportunity and reverse discrimination; abortion; philosophers’ theories of feminism.  PH, US

WGST 277/ANTH 277                                            Staff
GENDER AND CULTURE
Cross-cultural perspectives on the social uses of gender distinctions.  Focus on women’s lives outside the U.S. and Europe.  Comparison with students’ social context.   SS

WGST 280/HIST 280                                              Kathryn Burns
WOMEN IN LATIN AMERICA
Women and gender in Latin American history; examines the experiences of women and gender relations in Latin American Societies from pre-Columbian times to the present.  HS, BN

WGST 302/LING 302/ANTH 302                             Staff
LANGUAGE AND POWER
This course provides an overview of language and power studies.  Issues:  sexist and sex-neutral language; languages of subcultures defined by gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity; hate speech; “politically correct” language.

WGST 310/RECR 310                                             Diane Groff
WOMEN, WORK AND LEISURE
Implications of the relationship between women and leisure from a lifestyle perspective.  Analysis of the changing role of women and changing leisure concepts from a feminist perspective.  SS 

WGST 329/ASIA 329                                                Staff
MIDDLE EAST WOMEN WRITERS
We examine works written by Middle Eastern women. We will begin with reading speeches and short stories in the 1860s. We will focus on topics such as Middle Eastern women and feminism and the West; women and nationalism; women and colonialism; women and patriarchy; women, sexuality, and religion. LA, CI, GL

WGST 353/HIST 354/PWAD 354/H                           Staff
WAR AND GENDER IN MOVIES
The course examines and compares the images of war and gender that movies from different time periods and countries propagate and explores the different factors that influence these images and thereby the perception and recollection of war. HS, NA 

WGST 354/HIST 355                                                 Staff
US WOMEN’S HISTORY To 1865
This course will explore women’s experiences in America from 1500 to1865.  Topics will include the ways in which women have shaped American politics, economy, society, and culture. HS, US 

WGST 356/HIST 356                                                  Staff
AMERICAN WOMEN’S HISTORY, 1865 TO PRESENT
This course will examine the changing lives of women in the United states after 1865:  Their contribution to economy, society, cultural change, and political struggles. HS, US

WGST 360/HIST 361                                                   Katherine Turk
LGBT HISTORY IN THE UNITED STATES
This course investigates the history of people who might today be defined as lesbian, gay bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) in the United States. Key themes will include identity formation, culture, politics, medical knowledge, discrimination, and community. PH

WGST 361/ENGL 361                                                 Staff
ASIAN AMERICAN WOMEN’S WRITING
This course examines Asian American women’s writing by focusing on multiple genres, including narratives, critical essays, poetry, and film. Asian American women have been award winning journalists, best-selling authors, Pulitzer Prize winning writers, and, most importantly, everyday women who have written for their eyes only. Asian American women’s writing has focused on subjects such as war, the inequity of discrimination, American history, the strength of men, and the political importance of feminist activism.  We will read a variety of women’s writings and will examine themes of gender, race, and sexuality, among others.

WGST 362/RELI 362/H                                               Staff
MARY IN THE CHRISTIAN TRADITION
In certain eras, Mary has been more central to Catholic devotion than Christ. This course explores doctrine, liturgy, and popular devotion centering on the Virgin in medieval European Christianity, her impact on colonial religion in the New World, and her roles in Protestantism, Eastern Orthodoxy, and Islam. HS, WB

WGST 363/ENGL 363/H                                             Jeanne Moskal
FEMINIST THEORY AND LITERARY CRITICISM
Examines the importance of feminist theory across the curriculum.  Topics include language and linguistics; psychoanalysis; anthropology, and myth; women’s labor, production, and reproduction; history, political science, and religious studies; and literature, predominantly French and English.  LA

WGST 365/PLCY 365                                                 Staff
SEXUALITY, GENDER, AND PUBLIC POLICY
Public policies affect men and women differently, and they participate differently in the policy-making process. This course examines several key areas of public policy, some expressly related to gender or sexuality and others that have significantly gendered impacts, organized around four themes: family, labor, body, and the world. SS, US

WGST 370/RELI 368/H                                               Staff
RACE, SEXUALITY AND DISABILITY IN THE HISTORY OF WESTERN CHRISTIANITY
Over time, Christian institutions and traditions have helped constitute contemporary narratives of race, sexuality, and disability in society. This course examines shifting definitions and specific case studies from the premodern era through to contemporary discourses and polemics in America.  HS, NA

WGST 371/RELI 371                                                   Staff
WOMEN MYSTICS
While some people sense some dim consciousness of the beyond, some claim to be eyewitnesses to the ultimate truths, to have a direct pipeline to the divine.  Women mystics often gained power and authority as prophets and living saints, or even “the secretaries of God,” but frequently ecclesiastical authorities suspected or censured them as well.  The treatises and letters that come down to us provide remarkable testimony to the embedded beliefs about gender roles, ascetic practices, attitudes toward the body, psychological and somatic experience, and popular devotions.  This course explores the rich variety and diversity of female mystical experience in the West from the thirteenth through the seventeenth century.  We will approach speculative thought, prophecy, calls to action, as well as “transcendental” experiences through the works of Hildegard of Bingen, Marguerite Porète, Julian of Norwich, Catherine of Siena, Catherine of Genoa, Angela of Foligno, Teresa of Avila, and others. PH

WGST 373/CMPL 374                                                 Diane Leonard
MODERN WOMEN WRITERS
The development of a women’s literary tradition in the works of such writers as George Sand, George Eliot, Isak Dinesen, Colette, Virginia Woolf, Gertrude Stein, Marguerite Duras, Nathalie Sarraute, Marguerite Yourcenar. LA, NA

WGST 374/ENGL 374                                                  Staff
SOUTHERN WOMEN WRITERS
Southern Women Writers examines thematic and stylistic aspects in the fiction, drama, and poetry of major authors, and explores recurrent motifs in works by lesser known writers, particularly those from North Carolina.  LA, NA 

WGST 380/CMPL 380/ASIA 380                                   Staff
ALMOST DESPICABLE HEROINES IN JAPANESE AND WESTERN LITERATURE
Authors’ use of narrative techniques to create the separation between heroines and their fictional societies and sometimes also to alienate readers from the heroines.  Austen, Flaubert, Ibsen, Arishima, Tanizaki, Abe.  LA

WGST 382/HIST 385                                                       Staff
AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN’S HISTORY
The course covers the history of black women in the United States from the 18th century to the present. It deals with such themes as work, family, community, sexuality, politics, religion, and culture.HS, NA

WGST 386/AAAD 386                                                      Staff
COMPARATIVE STUDIES IN CULTURE, GENDER AND GLOBAL FORCES
Examines participatory development theory and practice in Africa and the United States in the context of other intervention strategies and with special attention to culture and gender.  Permission required.  

WGST 389/HIST 389                                                        Staff
MAID IN AMERICA, MADE IN CHINA: LABORING WOMEN IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE
Explores women’s experiences in the workforce historically and today. Lectures, readings, and discussions examine the larger social and political consequences of women’s presence in the workplace, efforts to fashion identities as wage laborers on their own terms, race and class divisions, and the boundaries between their waged and unwaged labors.

WGST 424/RELI 424                                                         Randall Styers
GENDER THEORY AND THE STUDY OF RELIGION
This course has two primary purposes.  First, it will introduce students to important contemporary gender theory, particularly concerning various forms of sexual and nonconformity.  We will begin with an exploration of Foucault’s formative texts and then examine major themes in contemporary gender and queer theory.  Second, we will consider various applications of these theoretical resources to the religion.  We will read a number of recent texts utilizing gender theory to excavate aspects of religion in contemporary culture, then we will turn to focus on a particular  significant (and under-analyzed) theme in religious studies scholarship, the long scholarly portrayal of the shaman or magician as a sexual deviant. PH

WGST 438/ANTH 537/FOLK 537                                       Staff
GENDER AND PERFORMANCE: CONSTITUTING IDENTITY
Examines the culturally and historically variable ways in which individuals constitute themselves as cis- or trans-gendered subjects, drawing upon extant expressive resources, modifying them, and expanding options available to others. Performance of self as the product of esthetically marked or unmarked, everyday actions. SS, GL

WGST 440/ANTH 442                                                         Michele Rivkin-Fish
HEALTH AND GENDER AFTER SOCIALISM
This course examines post-socialist experiences of the relationship between political, economic, social, and cultural transitions, and challenges in public health and gender relations.

WGST 441/ANTH 441                                                         Staff
GENDER, HEALTH AND ILLNESS
Explores the social and cultural patterns and practices that differentially influence health and illness among women and men.  SS, GL

WGST 442/MEJO 442                                                        Barbara Friedman/A.  Johnston
GENDER, CLASS RACE AND MASS MEDIA
Concepts and methods to examine media representations of race, gender and class, with a focus on current practices/platforms and possibilities for change. SS

WGST 443/ANTH 443                                                         Michele Rivkin-Fish
CULTURES AND POLITICS OF REPRODUCTION
This course takes a cross-cultural approach to understanding how reproduction and associated phenomena become arenas where political debates are played out, and where global and local social relations are contested.SS

WGST 444/SOCI 444                                                          Staff
RACE, CLASS AND GENDER
Conceptualizations of gender, race, and class and how, separately and in combination, they are interpreted by the wider society.  Emphasis on how black and working class women make sense of their experiences at work and within the family. SS

WGST 445/ANTH 445                                                         Jocelyn Chua
MIGRATION AND HEALTH
This course examines the intersections between migration processes and the political, economic, and social dimensions of  health and well-being among  migrants, their families, and their communities. SS 

WGST 446/ENGL 446H                                                        Staff
AMERICAN WOMEN AUTHORS
This course is a study of major American women authors from the seventeenth century into the twentieth century.  LA, NA

WGST 447/GEOG 447/ASIA 447                                          Staff
GENDER IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Examines gender, space, and place relationships in the modern Middle East. Investigates shifting gender geographies of colonialism, nationalism, modernization, and globalization in this region.

WGST 448/RELI 444/JWST 444                                           Staff
GENDER AND SEXUALITY IN JUDAISM
The seminar examines the developments in gender roles and in sexuality in contemporary Judaism.  SS

WGST 450/RELI 450                                                             Staff
SEXUALITY AND MARRIAGE IN JEWISH TRADITION AND HISTORY
This course deals with various topics related to sexuality and marriage in Jewish tradition and history: sex outside of marriage, wedding ceremonies, regulations of marital sex, menstruation, homosexuality, and more. SS

WGST 451/ART 451H                                                           Staff
WOMEN IN THE VISUAL ARTS II
This course will focus on a limited number of topics related to the representation of women and/or the status of women as producers of art.

WGST 458/ANTH 458                                                           Margaret Scarry, Silvia Tomášková
ARCHAEOLOGY OF SEX AND GENDER
Exploration of gender relations in past and gendered archaeological practice in present, including relevance of gender to general social theory in archaeology, and development of research designs addressing gender meanings and practices, childhood, identity, sexuality.  HS, WB

WGST 471/RELI 471                                                             Claudia Yaghoobi
GENDER AND SEXUALITY IN MIDDLE EASTERN LITERATURE
We examine gender and sexuality in literature written by various authors from the Middle East. Our discussions will focus on the significance of sexuality, harems, same-sex desire and homosexuality, construction of female sexuality, masculinity, contraception and abortion, the institution of marriage, gay/lesbian underground subcultures, and social media as sexual outlet. LA, CI, GL

WGST 475/PHIL 475                                                              Staff
FEMINIST PHILOSOPHY: ISSUES IN GENDER, RACE, AND CLASS
This course will make an in depth analysis of one or more of the issues in the marginalization, inequalities and injustices of gender, race and class.  The course will look at how these groups have been marginalized, disparaged, or neglected within classical philosophical traditions, in an effort to recuperate, challenge, and rectify the injustices of the past.  Critique is essential for this project.  Our critiques will lead to reconstructions, but also will serve to generate distinct questions and perspectives for understanding gender, race and class, their commonalities as well as their differences.  US 

WGST 476/HIST 475                                                               Katherine Turk
FEMINIST MOVEMENTS IN THE US SINCE 1945
This course will examine the unprecedented surge of feminist thought and activism in the postwar United States. Course materials and discussions will trace feminists’ varied conceptions of empowered womanhood and their expectations of the state, society at large, and each other. HS, US

WGST 477/POLI 477                                                              Susan Bickford
ADVANCED FEMINIST POLITICAL THEORY
Examines in greater depth and complexity current issues in feminist political theory.  Topics:  theories of subjectivity and solidarity; feminist post-structuralist and post-marxist thinking; gender in the public sphere.  CI, PH, NA

WGST 479/HIST 479                                                               Staff
HISTORY OF FEMALE SEXUALITIES IN THE WEST
Spanning the ancient, medieval, and modern West, this course explores normative and non-normative female sexualities, ideas about female bodies, and the regulation of female sexuality by families, religions, and states.  HS, NA 

WGST 482/RELI 482                                                                Harshita Kamath
SEX, GENDER, AND RELIGION IN SOUTH ASIA
This seminar draws on feminist and philosophical theory, including the works of Plato, Butler, and Foucualt, as well as postcolonial theory, to explore the categories of sex and gender in South Asian religions. We also analyze the moral cultivation of the self in relation to gender identity in South Asia.         PH, BN                       

WGST 486/RUSS 486                                                               Staff
MODERN RUSSIAN WOMEN WRITERS
Using Alexievich as our beacon, we will explore the writers behind the term “Russian Women’s Prose”: Valeria Narbikova, Lyudmila Petrushevskaya, Tatyana Tolstaya, and Lyudmila Ulitskaya. The course will delve into gender identity and body politics as they manifest themselves in the literary texts of lasting aesthetic quality and social relevance. Taught in English; some readings in Russian for qualified students. LA, BN

WGST 500/HIST 500                                                                 Karen Hagemann
GENDER, EMPIRE, AND NATION IN EUROPE AND BEYOND, 18-20 C.
The past two decades have seen an explosion of writing on questions of nation and nationalism. Yet, questions of gender and race have been seriously neglected in much of this work. This is the more surprising because new historical research shows clearly that all nations and nationalisms are invented, gendered and raced. The course explores this growing body of gendered research by focusing on problems of national belonging, citizenship, state and nation formation, and national iconography. HS, NA 

WGST 501/HIST501                                                                  Karen Hagemann
THE GENDER OF WELFARE—COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES, 19-20 C.
This interdisciplinary course introduces students to the growing body of literature in history, political and social sciences on gender and welfare by focusing on problems of the sexual division of labor and its importance for social policy, the work-family balance, and social citizenship in a comparative perspective. The course is intended to broaden and deepen our perspectives of modern welfare states by focusing on the relations among family, work and welfare. HS, NA

WGST 503/ANTH 503                                                                Staff
GENDER, CULTURE, AND DEVELOPMENT
Classic writings and debates relating to gender and development, with emphasis on recent work that critiques conventional development models. The scope is global, with special attention to Latin America and to such questions as how alternative approaches to gender, culture, and development may be more inclusive of diverse peoples and grassroots movements for change. SS, GL

 WGST 517/HIST 517/PWAD 517                                               Staff
GENDER, MILITARY AND WAR IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE
This course introduces students to new research on the history of gender, the military, and war in a comparative perspective. It explores the interrelations between changing military systems, types of warfare, the gender order, as well as political, social, and cultural currents in modern history. HS, NA

WGST 537/HIST 537/ASIA 537                                                 Sarah Shields
WOMEN IN THE MIDDLE EAST
This course explores the lives of  women in the Middle East and how they have changed over time.  Focus will change each year.  HS, BN

WGST 560/HIST 560                                                                 Staff
WOMEN & RELIGION IN US HISTORY
An interdisciplinary consideration of women’s roles, behavior, and ideas in the religious life of Americans from 1636 to 1982.

WGST 561/COMM 561/H                                                          Staff
PERFORMANCE OF LITERATURE BY WOMEN OF COLOR
Explores through performance contemporary poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and feminist thought by women of color in the United States.  GC Cultural Diversity perspective.  BA-level Aesthetic Perspective.

WGST 562/HIST 562/ H                                                             Staff
ORAL HISTORY AND PERFORMANCE
Permission of one of the instructors.  Examines performance as a means of interpreting and conveying oral history texts.  Performance-centered approach to underscore gender distinctions in the telling and making of history; to enhance students’ identification with narrators as historical agents; and to promote public presentation and discussion of historical research.

WGST 568/HIST 568                                                                   Staff
WOMEN IN THE SOUTH
An exploration of the distinctive themes in southern women’s lives, using the evidence of history and literature. HS, NA

WGST 576/HIST 576                                                                   Staff
THE ETHNOHISTORY OF NATIVE AMERICAN WOMEN
This course introduces students to the study of Native American women through the perspectives of anthropology, history, and autobiography.  Fulfills an Arts & Sciences Western Historical perspective and the Cultural Diversity requirement.  HS, NA

WGST 620/SPAN 620                                                                   Rosa Perelmuter
WOMEN IN HISPANIC LITERATURE
A study of the inscription of femininity in texts by Spanish and Spanish American authors.  Readings will be available in Spanish or in English translation.  Lectures will be conducted in English.

WGST 660/ANTH 660                                                                    Staff
KINSHIP, REPRODUCTION, REPRODUCTIVE TECHNOLOGY AND THE NEW GENETICS
The course combines traditional anthropological concern with family and kinship and the meaning of women’s reproduction and genetic inheritance in contemporary modern society.  Debates in the field of kinship, reproductive technologies and genetics will be examined in depth; ethical dillemmas. SS

WGST 662/PLAN 662                                                                     Staff
GENDER ISSUES IN PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT
Examination of women in the urban environment and economic development process in the developing world.

WGST 664/RELI 665                                                                      Jessica Boon
BODY AND SUFFERING IN CHRISTIAN MYSTICISM
Medieval Christians consistently focused on the suffering body as a means of reflecting on Christ’s sacrifice. This course considers how medical theories of cognition, gender, and pain influenced the potential role of the body in medieval mystical experience. Permission of the instructor for nonmajors. LA

WGST 665/ENGL 665                                                                      Maria DeGuzman
QUEER LATINA/O LITERATURE, PERFORMANCE, AND VISUAL ART
This course explores literature, performance art, film, and photography by Latinas and Latinos whose works may be described as “queer” and that question terms and norms of cultural dominance.  VP, NA

WGST 666/ENGL 666                                                                      Maria DeGuzman
QUEER LATINA/O PHOTOGRAPHY AND LITERATURE
This course explores Latina/o literature about photography in relation to photography by queer Latina/o artists and, through this double focus, poses certain questions about identity, subjectivity, and culture.  VP, NA

WGST 684/ENGL 684/FOLK 684                                                     Staff
WOMEN IN FOLKLORE AND LITERATURE
Explores images of women pictured in the folk imagination and traces those conceptions through created literature.  Broadly based in folklore, literature, history and classics. Interdisciplinary approach reveals how writers are influenced by the folk cultures that surround them.  LA

WGST 715/ANTH 715                                                                        Staff
FEMINISM AND SOCIETY
Seminar in selected topics in feminist analysis of social life, with materials drawn from a global range of societies.

WGST 725/HIST 725                                                                          Staff
SELECTED READINGS IN THE COMPARATIVE OR GLOBAL HISTORY OF WOMEN
Directed readings on selected topics in the comparative or global history of women.

WGST 730/HIST 730                                                                           Staff
FEMINIST THEORY FOR HISTORIANS
Readings in contemporary feminist theory, focused especially on theories that address the construction, writing and general practice of history.

WGST 735/HIST 735                                                                           Staff
READINGS IN THE HISTORY OF GENDER AND SEXUALITY
Readings on the historical study of gender and on definitions of femininity and masculinity in different historical contexts.

WGST 751/ART 751                                                                            Staff
GENDER AND VISUAL CULTURE
This course explores a range of feminist theory and investigates visual images (e.g., paintings, films, rock videos, advertisements) through issues of gender, race, class and sexual identity.

WGST 753/ANTH 753                                                                          Staff
GENDER, SICKNESS AND SOCIETY
This seminar will deal in depth with the nature of gender cross culturally and the ways social comprehension of gender, gender status, and gender relationships impinge upon the differential experience of health and sickness in men and women from both a contemporary and historical perspective.

WGST 755/HIST 755                                                                           Staff
MEDIEVAL WOMEN’S HISTORY
This graduate-level reading course will cover selected topics in the history of European women, c. 500-1500.  Topics will include:  holy virginity and religious life; sexuality; work; courtly love; the different experiences of women of different social strata (i.e., aristocratic vs. urban vs. peasant); and analysis of changes in women’s status over time.

WGST 768/POLI 768                                                                           Susan Bickford
FEMINIST POLITICAL THEORY
A survey of feminist approaches to politics and political inquiry.

WGST 770/HIST 770                                                                            Staff
EUROPEAN WOMEN’S HISTORY
Readings in European women’s history for graduate students.

WGST 775/PHIL 775                                                                            Staff
ADVANCED STUDIES IN FEMINIST PHILOSOPHY
Seminar in recent developments in feminist philosophy.  Topics include feminist critiques of and constructive approaches toward ethics, epistemology, aesthetics, and philosophy of science.

WGST 776/EDUC 776                                                                           Staff
GENDER, RACE AND CLASS
Insight and remedies on issues in education; curriculum, counseling and interaction patterns in the classroom; structures and leadership as well as fundamental assumptions that can perpetuate racism, sexism and class divisions.

WGST 777/EDUC 777                                                                           Catherine Marshall
GENDER, POLICY AND LEADERSHIP IN EDUCATION
Reframes views of education leadership and policy, program, practice and theory, demonstrating ways to incorporate gendered analyses.  Uses feminist and critical theory to identify research, policy and practice to address gender inequity.

WGST 851/SOCI 851                                                                              Lawrence Rosenfeld, Richard Udry
SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER
Reviews theory and research on variation in men’s and women’s gender roles, with emphasis on industrialized societies and women’s roles.

WGST 858/COMM 858                                                                          Staff
SEMINAR IN FEMINIST STUDIES OF FILM AND TELEVISION
This graduate seminar will explore theoretical and practical points of contact between feminism, film and television using psychoanalysis, narrative analysis, ideological analysis, and cultural studies.

WGST 865/HIST 865                                                                               Staff
AMERICAN WOMEN’S HISTORY
Reading in American women’s history for graduate students.

WGST 975/HIST 975                                                                                Staff
RESEARCH SEMINAR ON WOMEN’S HISTORY
A research seminar on the history of women in Western Europe and the United States.