Autumn 2023 Featured Courses

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Looking for a course? Consider one of these amazing GWSS courses that still has space available!

GWSS 235: Global Feminist Art (Instructor: Sasha Su-Ling Welland)
T/TH 11:30-1:20 + F Quiz Section | GUG 220 | A&H, SSc
Can art move you to understand the world in different terms? How have feminist artists and critics looked power in the eye? Feminist art challenges norms, embraces multiple media, and exposes inequities rooted in gender, sexuality, race, class, and nationality. It proposes alternative ways of seeing the world. This course takes that premise to the global level, to explore how social categories are constructed across cultures and how the work of feminist artresponds to these powerful formations.

GWSS 290: Body Politics (Instructor: Jen Self)
M/W 8:30-10:20 | THO 135 | SSc
This course is an introduction to foundational concepts in feminist inquiry and focuses on the socio-historical positionality of the body in terms of gender, sexuality, race, class, and disability. How is something so intimate as the body shaped by political, economic, scientific, cultural, and community norms as well as resistance to normative politics? Through varied methodologies, this class examines how bodies are made through cultural systems and structures (e.g. Media, medicine).

GWSS 320: Black Feminist Thought (Instructor: Bettina Judd)
T/TH 3:30-5:20 | MLR 316 | SSc
In order to understand the growing body of scholarship that is Black feminist theory, we will analyze the development of U.S. Black women’s feminist consciousness from the mid-19th century to the present through the essays, speeches, and creative work that has named the complex systems of power which affect the lives of Black women on the primary intersections of race, gender, and class. We will examine closely the important contributions of Black feminist thought to the fields of African American and Africana Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies through concepts developed by Black feminist scholars such as intersectionality. 

GWSS 374: Intro to Transgender Studies (Instructor: Amanda L Swarr)
T/TH 1:30-3:20 | Hybrid | SSc
What does it mean to look beyond a simplistic binary of "man" and"woman"? With definitions of sex and gender as a starting point, we blur these contested categories, complicating them with sexuality, race, class, ability, history, andlocation. 

GWSS 383: Social History of American Women to 1890 (Instructor: Shirley Yee)
T/TH 8:30-10:20 | LOW 206 | SSc
A multi-racial, multicultural study of women in the United States from the seventeenth century to 1890 emphasizing women's unpaid work, participation in the paid labor force, charitable and reform activities, and nineteenth-century social movements. Uses primary materials such as diaries, letters, speeches, and artifacts.

GWSS 490B: Revolutionary Genders in the Middle East (Instructor: Mediha Sorma)
M/W 3:30-5:20 | SAV 156 | SSc
Examines varying configurations of gender and sexuality in the Middle East that disturb race and class hierarchies, policing and state-building, and modern citizenship. Course materials challenge dominant depictions of gender in the region that cast women and non-normative bodies as victims of Islam, demonstrating the substantial role of these social actors in making and sustaining radical social movements and revolutionary times, such as the Arab Spring. Areas of inquiry include nationalism, colonialism, intimacy, reproduction, migration, militancy, resistance, and the politics of culture.

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