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GWSS 528 A: Gender and Sexuality in China

TTh 1:30pm - 3:20pm / * *
F 8:00am - 8:50am / * *
Joint Sections: 
JSIS A 328 A, ANTH 328 A, GWSS 328 A
Sasha Su-Ling Welland

Syllabus Description:


Gender & Sexuality in China

Autumn 2020
Scheduled Time: T/Th 1:30-3:20 pm (all times in Pacific Standard Time)

Professor Sasha Su-Ling Welland (she/her)

Teaching Assistants

  • Jainey Kim (she/her): Sections AA (F 10:30-11:20 am) & AD (F 11:30 am-12:20 pm)
  • Catalina Velasquez (she/her): Sections AB (F 10:30-11:20 am) & AC (F 11:30 am-12:20 pm)

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Course Overview

For students of gender and sexuality, the course provides an extensive exploration of feminist thought and movement in a non-Western context; and of the tensions between local and transnational influences in shaping norms, resistances, and struggles for social justice.

For students of anthropology, it examines gender and sexuality as significant aspects of cultural meaning making in everyday life across more than a century of tumultuous historical change.

For students of Chinese history and culture, it analyzes gender and sexuality as central to the development of the modern Chinese nation-state, revolutionary politics, and post-socialist opening to global capitalism.

Students can enroll through GWSS 328 (50 seats), ANTH 328 (20 seats), or JSIS A 328 (20 seats) and receive credit toward any of theses majors regardless of the section they enroll in. There is also a graduate section of the course offered as GWSS 528. 

Remote Learning for Autumn 2020

Following the UW Back-to School plan, this class will be taught remotely. To make it as accessible as possible to students attending classes under varying circumstances, it will offer a flexible combination of synchronous (virtual, real-time) and asynchronous (on your own time, but sometimes still collaborative) learning to build classroom community and maintain engagement and motivation. I plan to start with the following approach, with the expectation that we may need to adapt it along the way based on student input. 

Lectures of approximately 90 minutes for each class day will be pre-recorded for students to watch asynchronously, before, during, or after the scheduled class time of 1:30. (The lectures will be broken into 10-15 minute video segments so that students can watch at their own pace, take screen breaks, and participate in reflection activities along the way.) I will open a 30-minute synchronous Q&A online meeting on each class day at 2:50 pm PST  to give students an opportunity to raise questions and discuss the lecture and assigned readings with the instructor and classmates. 

Friday discussion sections with TAs will be held synchronously via regularly scheduled online meetings. They will provide students with a tutorial-like setting to dive more deeply into critical discussion, working actively with the course materials or additional resources gathered according to student interest. These sections  will also help foster community and peer-to-peer engagement. Any student who might not be able to regularly attend these synchronous sessions should contact the instructor and their TA so that we can develop asynchronous ways for you to participate. 

Graduate students enrolled in GWSS 528 A will have a separate discussion section with the instructor on Fridays, 8:00-9:00 am. 


Proceed to Modules for further course information. The full syllabus is available there in the Getting Started module.

Catalog Description: 
Explores gender and sexuality in China's process of modernization, form the late Qing dynasty through the building of the Republic, Communist revolution, and post-Mao economic reform. Examines, through historical, anthropological, and cultural studies scholarship, the centrality of these social constructs I terms of family, sate, labor, body, and ethnicity. Offered: jointly with ANTH 528/JSIS A 528.
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Last updated: 
September 4, 2020 - 9:16pm