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

All Semesters

  • 01:888:215 Introduction to Transgender Studies (3)

    Survey of key themes in transgender studies. Explores the category across medicine, history, anthropology, and women's and gender studies; transgender practices as embedded in race, class, sexuality, nationality, and ability.

  • 01:888:285 Lesbians and Gay Men and Society (3)

    Introduction to various disciplines' contributions to understanding the relationship of homosexuality, particularly lesbianism, to society. Includes a section on the political organization and recent theory coming out of the gay movement.

  • 01:888:290 Introduction to Critical Sexualities (4)

    Introduction to the study of sexuality as well as sexual and gendered identity from multidisciplinary and historical perspectives. Includes U.S. and European approaches to sexology, legal regulation of sexual practices, and family formation.

  • 01:888:291 Francophilia: Literature and Sexuality in Modern France (3)

    Explores cultural representations of non-conforming sexualities in France from the late-19th century to the present. Approach combines writing exercises with close reading and analytical discussion of literature, theory, and film within evolving historical context. Taught in English.

  • 01:888:321 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.

  • 01:888:338 Transnational Sexualities (3)

    Considers how globalization alters conceptualizations of sexuality and its relationship to gender. Issues include global, diasporic, and postcolonial gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender activism, tourism and travel, HIV/AIDS organizing, "sexual rights" discourses, sex work, and asylum based on gender and sexual orientation.
    Prerequisite: 01:988:101 or 190 or 235 or 201 or 202.

  • 01:888:339 Research on Sexualities (3)

    Historical, cross-cultural, and multidisciplinary approaches to sexuality research. Social, moral, and political meanings of sexuality in U.S. and transnational contexts. Current issues and debates around sexual norms. Prerequisite: 01:988:280.

  • 01:904:201 Introduction to Social Justice (3)

    Through case studies of pressing social justice issues, examines dynamics of oppression, linking competing theories of social justice to hierarchies grounded in race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, class, and sexuality, and to particular strategies for social transformation.

  • 01:904:202 Practicing Social Justice (3)

    Introduces students to diverse practices of social justice activism including grassroots organizing, labor organizing, political organizing, and transnational organizing. Readings about social change efforts are combined with student participation in community mobilizations, labor organizing efforts, political campaigns, and transnational social movement and nongovernmental organization (NGO) activism

  • 01:904:391,392 Topics in Social Justice (1.5,1.5)

    Intensive investigation of particular social justice issues such as environmental justice, outsourcing of reproductive labor, the informal economy, the prison-industrial complex. Topic varies each semester. Designed for social justice living-learning communities.

  • 01:904:401,402 Social Justice Capstone Seminar (3,3)

    In-depth exploration of a particular social justice issue such as globalizing inequality, gendered migration, war and displacement, refugee camps, militarization, the color of AIDS, asylum-seeking, the prison-industrial complex. Topic varies with instructor. See website for details.

  • 01:904:493,494 Social Justice Independent Study (3,3)

    Supervised individual study of selected topics of interest with extensive reading and a research paper. Reserved for social justice minors.

  • 01:988:101 Introduction to Gender, Race, and Sexuality (3) (formerly Women, Culture, and Society)

    Introductory survey examining key concepts and themes in women's and gender studies, including these twelve: body image and media; class; feminisms; gender/sex; globalization and neoliberalism; intersectionality; patriarchy and privilege; race; reproductive justice; sexuality and queer theory; social justice and human rights; and violence, conflict, and terrorism.

  • 01:988:101:03 Introduction to Gender, Race, and Sexuality (3)

    This course traces the entanglements of race, gender and sexuality that animate critical discourse of the United States as an ongoing heteropatriarchal, imperial and settler colonial project. With an eye for the contexts which produce them, we will look at the emergence of political coalitions like ‘Third World,’ ‘women of color,’ ‘Indigenous,’ and ‘Asian American Pacific Islander’ and the different tactics they use to address systems of power. How does the past inform us in the present? Can thinking about the U.S. as an empire or a settler colony help us understand how we came to believe that assimilation and belonging to the nation are modes of equality and justice?

  • 01:988:130 Knowledge and Power: Issues in Women's Leadership (3)

    Study of gender, in the construction of knowledge in different fields, and the factors that encourage women to achieve agency and leadership.

  • 01:988:160 Women Working in the Global Economy: Feminist Perspectives (3)

    This course examines issues related to women's paid and unpaid work as world markets integrate. Analyzes actions of governments, unions, women's movements, employers, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to promote equality and women's well-being.

  • 01:988:200 Gender, Digital Media, and Social Curation (3)

    This course brings together analytic frameworks in feminist theory and gender studies with emerging bodies of theory about digital media, social media, and digital humanities.


  • 01:988:201 Feminist Practices (3)

    Examines development of women's and gender studies as interdisciplinary field of study; explores relationship of feminist scholarship to activism; introduces students to basic research techniques.Required for major.

  • 01:988:202 Gender, Culture, and Representation (3)

    Examines how gender is represented in cultural texts and artifacts; introduces students to theories of representation.

  • 01:988:206 The Black Woman (3)







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