Spring 2013 Course Listings


ANSO 265-03: Selected Introductory Topics - Gender, Politics, and Protest

In this course we will employ the sociological perspective to make sense of both formal politics and social movements as gendered institutions. We will illuminate the process by which politics came to be defined as a masculine sphere. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the causes of the gender gap in political representation and the impact that this gender gap has on both public policy and the political process. We will discuss the strategies, successes, and shortcomings of feminisms. We will also examine how other social movements, such as the Civil Rights Movement, the Pro Life and Pro Choice movements and even movements against racial equality have employed gendered narratives to cultivate their collective identities. Prerequisites: ANSO 103 or 105 or permission from instructor.

TR 9:30 - 10:45 am
Professor Angela Frederick

ANSO 273: Gender and Environment

This course explores how gender shapes our understandings and interactions with the environment. We will analyze how we construct and maintain particular views of gender and sexuality, and examine how our identifications produce, change, and maintain particular environments within both Western and non-Western worlds. Within this class, we will shift between 1) discussions of philosophical and theoretical debates that underlie feminist environmental thinking and practice, and 2) examinations of tangible struggles over environment and gender within historical and geographical contexts.

MWF 9:00 - 9:50 am
Professor Kimberly Kasper

ENGL 380: Topics in Literary Study - Queer Theory and Literature

Queer Theory offers a series of tools to analyze suppositions about essential, stable or coherent sex/gender identities and categories. The course utilizes works of key theorists, novelists, short story writers and contemporary film makers to understand the field’s critical engagement with hetero-normativity. Queer theoretical analyses are discussed in terms of their meanings, uses and usefulness within our daily lives. Prerequisite: any 200-level English class or permission from instructor.

TR 12:30 - 1:45 pm
Professor Mark Behr

FREN 323: Travel, Gender, and Identity in Medieval and Early Modern French Narrative

This course will examine how gender informs travel and vice-versa in French narratives of travel, exploration, and personal quest. We will take a close look at how gender shapes the modes, means, and purposes of travel, and how encounter, identity and transformation are expressed in travel texts. Our readings will take us to continental France, New France (Canada and Louisiana) and other places in the Francophone world. All reading and discussion in French. Prerequisites: French 301. Students are advised to take French 321 or 322 prior to French 323. F4

TR 3:30 - 4:45 pm
Professor Margaret McColley

GSST 200: Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies

The course will primarily be devoted to key concepts in the study of gender and sexuality and to understand the three “waves” of American feminist thought. We will proceed roughly chronologically, tracing the way gender and sexuality studies increasingly intersects with the study of race, class and nation, among other concerns. In the final days of the semester, we will shift gears, considering “Gender and Sexuality Studies” as a mode of intellectual inquiry that has transformed almost all academic disciplines.This course is required for the minor in GSST.

TR 2:00 - 3:15 pm
Professor Leslie Petty

GSST 400: Feminist and Queer Theories

This course traces the emergence of feminist thought and queer theory in the West over the last two centuries. We will examine some of the complex ways in which gender and sexuality organize our social, political, psychological and intellectual realms. We will also explore how gender and sexuality shape and are shaped by other equally powerful identity categories such as race, class, and religion. Prerequisite: GSST 200 or permission from instructor. This course is required for the Gender and Sexuality Studies minor.

MW 3:00 - 4:15 pm
Professor Judith Haas


A directed internship in which students integrate their academic study of gender issues with practical experience in off-campus organizations, agencies, or businesses (10 hours per week). The student and faculty mentor devise a reading list to complement the internship and submit it, along with an internship proposal, to the chair of the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program for approval. Assignments may include short papers, a reading journal, and a presentation at the Gender Studies symposium or URCAS. To be eligible, students must have a G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher. Pass/Fail only. F11

HIST 205-02: Selected Topics in History - Queer Histories

What are “queer histories”? And how does one “queer” history? This course is an introduction to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) history and methods. Focusing on the nineteenth and twentieth century United States, we will examine historical constructions of non-normative genders and sexualities, and the evolution of LGBTQ identities and communities. Looking at history from a “queer” perspective—one in which we question conventionally-held knowledge and categories of identity—will reveal how ideas about gender and sexuality change over time, and how they are linked to issues of race, class, nationality, citizenship. U.S. history is, as we will find, pretty darn queer. This course counts towards the Gender and Sexuality Studies Minor. F3

MWF 12:00 - 12:50 pm
Professor Ariel Eisenberg

RELS 301-01: Topics in Biblical Studies - Gender and Sexuality in the Hebrew Bible

This course explores representations of gender and sexuality in the Hebrew Bible and other ancient Near Eastern texts. We will consider how ancient texts understand the relationship between sex and gender, ideas of masculinity and femininity, gender transgression, and the practice of interpretation. Other topics include sexual desire in ancient literature, gender and violence, and the body. Readings are drawn from the Hebrew Bible, ancient Near Eastern myths, and contemporary theoretical work in biblical studies, gender studies, and queer theory. Open to majors and minors only, except with permission from instructor.

MW 3:00 - 4:15 pm
Professor Rhiannon Graybill

RUSS 400 / ENGL 382: Film Theory

Introduction to the ideological and aesthetic forces that have shaped the development of twentieth-century film, with particular attention to the following film theories: formalism, Marxism, psychoanalysis, auteur theory, cultural studies, realism, and surrealism. Feminist theory and issues of women in the film industry inform the course’s content at every level. All films are subtitled; course is taught in English. Prerequisites: Any 200-level Film Studies course or permission from instructor. Students may register under either Russian 400 or English 382. F5

TR 3:30 - 4:45 pm
T 6:00 - 9:00 pm (Film Screenings)
Professor Valeria NollanĀ