Fall 2014 Course Listings


ANSO 265. Selected Introductory Topics in Anthropology and Sociology - Sociology of Disability

In this course we will analyze disability through sociological lenses, exploring the ways in which disability inequality is created by cultural narratives and institutional practices. We will explore cultural narratives about disability, from the “feeble minded” category which justified twentieth century eugenics practices, to the newer narrative of the “special needs child.” We will also analyze how institutional practices can further oppression or encourage inclusion for people with disabilities. Students will gain an understanding of how disability inequality intersects with other forms of oppression, including gender and racial inequality. Finally, students will explore how people with disabilities experience and manage stigma, and how disability communities have organized to challenge institutional oppression and write new narratives about their lives. Prerequisites: Anthropology/Sociology 103 or 105, or permission from instructor.

MWF 02:00 pm-02:50 pm
Professor Angela Frederick

ART 152. Survey of Contemporary Art (F3, F5)

A comprehensive introduction to European and American art and art criticism since 1940. Movements and sensibilities to be studied include Abstract Expressionism, Pop, Minimal, Feminist, and Neoexpressionism. Themes examined will include modernism and postmodernism, mass culture, art and politics, gender, race, and other markers of identity. Artists include Pollock, Warhol, Spero, Chicago, and Ringgold.

MWF 12:00 pm-12:50 pm
Professor David McCarthy

ENGL 380. Topics in Literary Study - Masculinities and Literature

A study of ideas and ideals of masculinity, maleness and manhood as represented in literature in English and in a selection of films. The course analyses ways in which masculinities (including notions of female masculinity and male femininity) have historically been constructed, maintained and deconstructed in relationship to changing ideas and ideals of the feminine, race, class, sexuality and sexual orientation. The seminar makes use of cultural criticism, masculinity-, feminist-, gender- and queer theories to forge an understanding of challenges that face normative representations of gendered identity in contemporary literature and popular culture. Prerequisite: Any 200-level literature course or permission from instructor.

TR 03:30 pm-04:45 pm
Professor Mark Behr

GSST 460. Internship (F11)

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). Prerequisite: GSST 200 or the equivalent; G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher. (2 - 4 credits)

POLS 330. Campaigns and Elections

This course examines the dynamics of contemporary American electoral politics. We investigate why candidates, voters, and other political actors and groups think and behave the way they do, the rules that govern their behavior, who wins elections and why. Analysis focuses on the ways in which factors within the candidate’s control such as strategy, fundraising and advertising interact with factors largely outside the candidate’s control such as gender, race, partisanship, and regulation to assess what difference (if any) campaigns actually make in election outcomes. Prerequisite: Political Science 270 and one additional 200 level course or by permission of the instructor.

TR 11:00 am-12:15 pm
Professor Amy Jasperson

SPAN 412. Twentieth-Century Spain

This course aims to study some of the most important authors and literary works of what has been called Spain’s “Silver Age” at the beginning of the 20th century. Two key moments in Spanish history serve as bookends for the readings: the “Disaster” of 1898 and the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939. We’ll begin the course by studying representative works of authors included in the so-called Generation of 98, the first of the important literary and artistic generations of the 20th century. When we read the poetry of the Generation of 27, we’ll see the tension between their recognition of the importance of their immediate predecessors and new tendencies toward more avant-garde aesthetic concerns and poetic practices. The connections between literary art, Cubism and Surrealism will also be explored. Since the course is cross-listed with the Gender and Sexuality Studies program, we’ll approach literary works through the lens of gender analysis, focusing specifically on constructions of masculinity and femininity, the connection between gender and genre, and the voicing of difference. The course’s readings include many works and authors recognized within the canon of great works in Spanish literature, but we will also read many works by authors traditionally excluded from the canon, with the aim of exploring the possible reasons and motives for their exclusion. Prerequisites: Spanish 301, 302, 305, 309 or permission from instructor


MWF 01:00 pm-01:50 pm
Professor Kathleen Doyle