Fall 2015

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
WGST 101-01 Women Write War
Instructor: Claire Seiler
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ENGL 101-01.This course reads American womens poetry written about the US Civil War, World War II, and the post-9/11 war on terror. What poetic forms have poets adopted or developed to address national and global conflicts? How do poets figure the metaphorical wars of sex and gender that are often implicated in those conflicts? How has US womens war poetry changed from the 1860s to the presentand why? Poets include Dickinson, Harper, Levertov, Mikhail, Nye, Rankine, Spahr, and Trethewey.
1500:TF   ALTHSE 08
WGST 135-01 Psychology of Women and Gender
Instructor: Megan Yost
Course Description:
Cross-listed with PSYC 135-01.
1330:MR   KAUF 179
WGST 200-01 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
Instructor: Kathryn Oliviero
Course Description:
This is an interdisciplinary course, integrating literature, economics, sociology, psychology, history, anthropology, and geography. This course will focus on historical and contemporary representations of women. It will also examine the varied experiences of women, with attention to the gendered dynamics of family, work, sexuality, race, religion, socioeconomic class, labor, and feminism. This course fulfills the Social Sciences (Division II) distribution requirement and US Diversity graduation requirement.
1500:MR   DENNY 104
WGST 200-02 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
Instructor: Katherine Schweighofer
Course Description:
This is an interdisciplinary course, integrating literature, economics, sociology, psychology, history, anthropology, and geography. This course will focus on historical and contemporary representations of women. It will also examine the varied experiences of women, with attention to the gendered dynamics of family, work, sexuality, race, religion, socioeconomic class, labor, and feminism. This course fulfills the Social Sciences (Division II) distribution requirement and US Diversity graduation requirement.
1230:MWF   DENNY 104
WGST 202-01 Gender, Sport, and American Society
Instructor: Katherine Schweighofer
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AMST 101-02.From children tossing a ball in the backyard, to middle-aged weekend warriors on tennis courts, to athletes training for Olympic gold, sport cultures shape our bodies, relationships, and society. This course applies the interdisciplinary study of gender - the social creation and cultural representation of masculinity and femininity to American sports culture. We will consider how race, class, and sexuality are woven through sports cultures using cross-disciplinary materials and methods. Topics include sports media, coaches and fans, national identity, sport technologies, fitness and health, and sporting histories.
1030:MWF   DENNY 204
WGST 202-02 Advocacy Organizations, Social Movements, and the Politics of Identity
Instructor: Edward Webb, Kathleen Marchetti
Course Description:
Cross-listed with POSC 290-05.Advocacy organizations/social movements as agents of political change in American politics. Course discusses organizations/movements that represent racial/ethnic minorities, women, religious conservatives, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people, and low-income people.
1330:TF   DENNY 304
WGST 250-01 Methods in Women's and Gender Studies
Instructor: Amy Farrell
Course Description:
This course will provide an intensive workshop introducing students to a range of methods and theories drawn from different disciplines for the study of gender and women's lives. Students will return to these methods and theories in greater depth in 400. Prerequisite (or corequisite): 200. This course fulfills the DIV II social sciences distribution requirement. This course fulfills the WID graduation requirement.
1030:TR   DENNY 204
WGST 300-01 Queer Politics and Feminist Thought
Instructor: Kathryn Oliviero
Course Description:
Drawing from queer, women of color and transnational perspectives, this course explores key concepts and tensions between queer politics and feminist thought. How does queerness complicate feminist understandings of gendered bodies and sexual behavior, particularly as they are shaped by race, nation, ability, and culture? In what ways does approaching queerness not only as an identity but as a politics contribute to feminist understandings of the relationship between peoples lives and institutional forces like government, medicine and family? Part I surveys the evolution of queer theorys key concepts and debates with an emphasis on their relationship to feminist understandings of experience and intersectionality. Part II explores the visions queer politics offer up for living in a world that is otherwise than it is. Central to Part IIs investigation is how queerness - as a lived experience and a politics - engages with contemporary feminist discussions around coalition-building, structural inequality, identity, sexual freedom, globalization, and violence. Through their final research projects, students will explore how queer and feminist theories evolving debates apply to a given cultural or political phenomenon of their choice.
1330:MR   DENNY 104
WGST 300-02 Chaucer's Women
Instructor: Chelsea Skalak, David Ball
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ENGL 350-01.Patient Griselda, sensual Alisoun, long-suffering Constance, the irrepressible Wife of Bath - in The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer provides a wide range of women who alternately uphold and challenge the medieval boundaries of femininity. In this class we will explore medieval conceptions of gender, sexuality, and romance by way of Chaucer's most memorable women, read alongside confessional manuals, scientific treatises, and religious tracts that provide insight into how medieval scholars conceived of the differences between men and women.
1030:TR   DENNY 311
WGST 300-03 Africana Women's Lives
Instructor: Lynn Johnson
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AFST 320-01.In Women in Africa and the African Diaspora, Rosalyn Terborg-Penn posits, An important reason for the study of women of African descent throughout the world is the common nature of their struggles, the similar ways they deal with the problems and joys in their lives. This course will therefore examine the common and diverse life experiences of Africana women. We will discuss such issues as self-definition, womanhood, sexuality, activism, class, and community. Also, we will consider the theories of Black and African feminisms, as well as Africana womanism.
1330:TF   ALTHSE 109
WGST 305-01 Gender and Sexual Identities
Instructor: Megan Yost
Course Description:
Cross-listed with PSYC 435-01.
1030:TR   KAUF 185
WGST 400-01 Senior Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies
Instructor: Kathryn Oliviero
Course Description:
All topics will draw upon the knowledge of the history and theories of feminism and will be interdisciplinary in nature. Prerequisite: 200, or permission of the instructor.
1330:W   ALTHSE 07
Courses Offered in AFST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
AFST 220-03 Ethnography of Postcolonial Africa
Instructor: Summer Wood
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ANTH 230-01.This course is intended as both an introduction to the ethnography of Africa and an examination of postcolonial situations in Africa. We will learn a great deal about the cultural, social, political, and economic diversity of the continent while avoiding the typological thinking that once characterized area studies. Through ethnography we will learn about African cultures, their historical contingencies, and their entanglements in various fields of power. We will assess the changing influences of pre-colonial traditions, colonialism, postcolonial states, and the global economy.
1230:MWF   DENNY 313
AFST 220-05 Sex and the City: Gender, Politics, and Culture in 20th Century Urban America
Instructor: Crystal Moten
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 211-01.In this class, we will consider the ways in which gender and sexuality have been created, contested, defined, and performed in the urban environment. We will examine several United States cities to illuminate how gender has been inscribed on the urban environment and the ways in which the gendered city reflects complex intersections of race, class, and sexual orientation. The course might include a day trip to Philadelphia; Washington, DC; or New York City.
1500:MR   DENNY 313
AFST 320-01 Africana Women's Lives
Instructor: Lynn Johnson
Course Description:
Cross-listed with WGST 300-03.In Women in Africa and the African Diaspora, Rosalyn Terborg-Penn posits, An important reason for the study of women of African descent throughout the world is the common nature of their struggles, the similar ways they deal with the problems and joys in their lives. This course will therefore examine the common and diverse life experiences of Africana women. We will discuss such issues as self-definition, womanhood, sexuality, activism, class, and community. Also, we will consider the theories of Black and African feminisms, as well as Africana womanism.
1330:TF   ALTHSE 109
Courses Offered in AMST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
AMST 101-02 Gender, Sport, and American Society
Instructor: Katherine Schweighofer
Course Description:
Cross-listed with WGST 202-01.From children tossing a ball in the backyard, to middle-aged weekend warriors on tennis courts, to athletes training for Olympic gold, sport cultures shape our bodies, relationships, and society. This course applies the interdisciplinary study of gender - the social creation and cultural representation of masculinity and femininity to American sports culture. We will consider how race, class, and sexuality are woven through sports cultures using cross-disciplinary materials and methods. Topics include sports media, coaches and fans, national identity, sport technologies, fitness and health, and sporting histories.
1030:MWF   DENNY 204
Courses Offered in ANTH
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
ANTH 230-01 Ethnography of Postcolonial Africa
Instructor: Summer Wood
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AFST 220-03.
1230:MWF   DENNY 313
Courses Offered in ENGL
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
ENGL 101-01 Women Write War
Instructor: Claire Seiler
Course Description:
Cross-listed with WGST 101-01.This course reads American womens poetry written about the US Civil War, World War II, and the post-9/11 war on terror. What poetic forms have poets adopted or developed to address national and global conflicts? How do poets figure the metaphorical wars of sex and gender that are often implicated in those conflicts? How has US womens war poetry changed from the 1860s to the presentand why? Poets include Dickinson, Harper, Levertov, Mikhail, Nye, Rankine, Spahr, and Trethewey.
1500:TF   ALTHSE 08
ENGL 350-01 Chaucer's Women
Instructor: Chelsea Skalak, David Ball
Course Description:
Cross-listed with WGST 300-02.Patient Griselda, sensual Alisoun, long-suffering Constance, the irrepressible Wife of Bath - in The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer provides a wide range of women who alternately uphold and challenge the medieval boundaries of femininity. In this class we will explore medieval conceptions of gender, sexuality, and romance by way of Chaucer's most memorable women, read alongside confessional manuals, scientific treatises, and religious tracts that provide insight into how medieval scholars conceived of the differences between men and women.
1030:TR   DENNY 311
ENGL 403-02 Eudora Welty: Fiction, Photography, and the Southern Experience
Instructor: Carol Ann Johnston
Course Description:
The liveliness of Eudora Welty scholarship at her 2009 centennial shows Welty to be among the pantheon of American writers, one of the masters of the short story. Known from the beginning of her career in the late 1930s for its humorous and poignant depictions of life in rural Mississippi during the depression, Welty's work recently has been examined under the lenses of political and cultural criticism, and has been read compellingly as a part of the feminist canon. We will consider Welty's formal mastery as a writer of fiction, as well as reading her from post-structuralist critical points of view. We will also become familiar with the culture of the rural south, using as our starting point the fabulous photographs that Welty took during the depression.
1330:W   EASTC 406
Courses Offered in HIST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
HIST 211-01 Sex and the City: Gender, Politics, and Culture in 20th Century Urban America
Instructor: Crystal Moten
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AFST 220-05.In this class, we will consider the ways in which gender and sexuality have been created, contested, defined, and performed in the urban environment. We will examine several United States cities to illuminate how gender has been inscribed on the urban environment and the ways in which the gendered city reflects complex intersections of race, class, and sexual orientation. The course might include a day trip to Philadelphia; Washington, DC; or New York City.
1500:MR   DENNY 313
Courses Offered in POSC
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
POSC 290-05 Advocacy Organizations, Social Movements, and the Politics of Identity
Instructor: Edward Webb, Kathleen Marchetti
Course Description:
Cross-listed with WGST 202-02.Advocacy organizations/social movements as agents of political change in American politics. Course discusses organizations/movements that represent racial/ethnic minorities, women, religious conservatives, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people, and low-income people.
1330:TF   DENNY 304
Courses Offered in PSYC
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
PSYC 135-01 Psychology of Women and Gender
Instructor: Megan Yost
Course Description:
Cross-listed with WGST 135-01.
1330:MR   KAUF 179
PSYC 435-01 Gender and Sexual Identities
Instructor: Megan Yost
Course Description:
Cross-listed with WGST 305-01.
1030:TR   KAUF 185