BA MA Track
Women in Leadership
Naomi Klein
Women in Leadership
Naomi Klein
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Welcome to the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


  • 01:988:301 Feminist Theory: Historical Perspectives (3)

    This course tracks the various developments within the history of feminist theory. It begins with its emergence in and out of liberal, psychoanalytic, and Marxist conceptualizations of the subject. We consider the vexed and paradoxical nature of feminism’s relationship to these theories—they are what originally makes feminist theories thinkable in the West, yet at the same time, are what must be critique, resisted, reimagined, or altogether abandoned, according to many feminist theorists, as they insufficient and limited by their patriarchal, phallocentric, sexist, and often homophobic logics and dispositions. This first half culminates by examining how these critiques, anxieties, and discontents come to (in)form what is termed radical feminism. The second half of the course maps the interventions of a number of other feminist interventions, which critique and build off of these foundational theories, including: ecofeminism, care-focused feminism, black feminism, postcolonial and transnational feminism, queer and trans feminism, and feminist disability studies. Prerequisite: 01:988:101 or 201 or 202 or 235 or by special permission. 

  • 01:988:302 Feminist Theory: Contemporary Engagements

    Introduction to basic concepts central to contemporary feminist thought; exploration of the critical, productive relationship between feminist and patriarchal theory.
    Prerequisite: 01:988:101 or 201 or 202 or 235 or by special permission.

  • 01:988:303 Global Feminisms (3)

    Compares the development of feminist writing in several historical periods across different cultures. Prerequisite: 01:988:101 or 201 or 202 or 235 or by special permission.

  • 01:988:307 Women and the Law (3)

    Areas of law that regulate the position of women, including birth control, abortion, marriage, alimony, child support and custody, childcare, education, employment, criminal law (including rape, prostitution, women in prison, and the juvenile justice system), and constitutional rights. Readings in court decisions, statutes, and supplementary materials.

  • 01:988:308 Women and Society in the Islamic Middle East (3)

    History of women and gender relations in the Islamic Middle East: origins of gender inequalities, women's functioning within society, reality versus literary depictions, recent transformations.

  • 01:988:310 South Asian Feminism (3)

    Women's activism in South Asia in autonomous feminist movements, as participants in organized political movements, and in family and community.Credit not given for both this course and 01:925:310.

  • 01:988:311 Gender, Race, and Visual Media (3)

    Examines visual culture, especially Hollywood cinema and television, in light of the economic structure of neoliberalism. Race, gender, and sexuality as sites of power; visual texts; connections between culture and politics.

  • 01:988:312 African Feminism (3)

    This course is an in-depth examination of diverse critical approaches to the development of feminism in Africa. Students will also build critical understanding of gender dialogues within African societies as experienced in their historical, cultural, social and economic contexts. Through readings, class discussions and written assignments, students will develop critical thinking, analytical, writing and speaking skills. Prerequisite: 01:988:101 or 235. Credit not given for both this course and 01:016:312. 

  • 01:988:315 Women Writers of the Arab World (3)

    This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive overview of the emergence and development of fiction written by Arab women. Emphasis will be laid on differences and similarities between Western and Arab feminist theories and identity issues as reflected in their literature. The course will provide a general understanding of modernist Arabic poetics, and the emergence and development of new literary genres of Arabic writing in the 19th and 20th centuries. Students will become familiar with the development and transformation of literary language, structures and imagery as embodied in selected texts by leading authors. Students will explore processes of change and the search for personal and cultural identity on the literary level in relation to the political and social spheres.

  • 01:988:317 Gender and Consumption (3)

    Introduces feminist approaches to consumption through readings that examine the relation of consumption to body, race, nation, and sex work. Prerequisite: 01:988:101 or 201 or 235 or permission of instructor.


  • 01:988:318 The Gendered Body (3)

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    Explores the processes by which the body is gendered in different cultures. How is the relationship between physical body, gender, and sexuality forged?

  • 01:988:321 Queer Contexts: Same-Sex Desire, Culture, and Representation (3)

    Cultural construction and representation of same-sex desire in Western societies. Debates about identity, subjectivity, and the uses of experience included.

  • 01:988:325 Women on the Fringe (3)

    Examines societal responses to female behavior deviating from prescribed norms of social and feminine behavior from the colonial period to the present through the use of historical narratives, literature, and film to treat such themes as heresy, madness, prostitution, adultery, criminality, drug addiction, political protest, and lesbianism.

  • 01:988:326 Psychology of Women (3)

    Evaluation of some major psychological conceptualizations of women in light of current research. Bases for these formulations and their influence on the position of women today. Credit not given for both this course and 01:830:381.

  • 01:988:329 History of Race and Sex in America (3)

    Feminist theories about race, gender, and nation. Focuses on U.S. nation formation, gender and American nationalism, and U.S. hegemony in a globalizing world. Examines how race and gender have independently and jointly determined life chances throughout American history." Prerequisite: 01:988:101 or 201 or 202 or 235 or by special permission. Cross-listed w/ 01:512:366


  • 01:988:330 Memoir and Autobiography (3)

    Involves intensive and extensive reading of several women's memoirs, all written within the last 50 years.

  • 01:988:331 Theorizing Sexuality and Gender (3)

    Examines how sexuality and gender became meaningful categories in Western culture through the emergence of sexual politics and queer theory.

  • 01:988:332 The Color of AIDS: The Politics of Race During the AIDS Crisis (3)

    Focuses on AIDS crisis, explores relationships between illness, race, ethnicity, and gender in health policy, research, and care for communities of color.

  • 01:988:333 Power, Subjectivity, and Resistance (3)

    Examines development of feminist concepts of power and the relations between feminist and patriarchal theories.

  • 01:988:336 Women and American Politics (3)







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