Spring 2016 GWS Undergraduate Course List

  • Introduction to Gender and Women's Studies

    Instructor: B Barnes
    Units: 4
    Course Number: GWS 10
    Semester: Spring 2016
    CCN: 32903

    Introduction to questions and concepts in gender and women’s Studies. Critical study of the formation of gender and its intersections with other relations of power, such as sexuality, racialization, class, religion, and age. Questions will be addressed within the context of a transnational world. Emphasis of the course will change depending on the instructor.
     
    Discussion Sections:
                                    Section                   CCN                       Time                       Location
                                     101                      32906                    F 9-10                    151 Barrrows
                                     102                      32909                    F 10-11                  B5 Hearst Annex
     

  • Gender, Sexuality, and Race in Global Political Issues

    Instructor: A Agis
    Units: 4
    Course Number: GWS 14
    Semester: Spring 2016
    CCN: 32912

    The production of gender, sexuality, and processes of racialization in contemporary global political issues. Topics and geographical foci may vary. Examples: the post-9-11 situation in the U.S. and U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; Hindu-Muslim conflict in India; the wars in the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda; the Israel/Palestine situation; global right-wing movements; state and social movement terrorisms and transnational "security" measures.

  • Introduction to Feminist Theory

    Instructor: M Moallem
    Units: 4
    Course Number: GWS 20
    Semester: Spring 2016
    CCN: 32915

    Why study theory? How, and from where, does the desire to theorize gender emerge? What does theory do? What forms does theory take? What is the relationship between theory and social movements? This course will introduce students to one of the most exciting and dynamic areas of contemporary inquiry.

    Discussion Sections:
                       Section           CCN                Time             Location
                         101              32918             F 9-10           2038 VLSB
                         102              32921             F 10-11         235 Dwinelle

  • Freshman Seminar

    Instructor: M Chen
    Units: 1
    Course Number: GWS 24
    Semester: Spring 2016
    CCN: 32924

    The Freshman and Sophomore Seminars program has been designed to provide new students with the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member in a small-seminar setting. Freshman seminars are offered in all campus departments, and topics vary from department to department and semester to semester. Enrollment limited to fifteen freshmen.

  • Women in American Cultures: "Wilderness, Gender, Race and American Identity"

    Instructor: B Barnes
    Units: 3
    Course Number: GWS 100AC
    Semester: Spring 2016
    CCN: 32963

    This course will engage in an extended critique of "wilderness" as an important idea in the forging of American identities that relies on both gender and racial differences as they have been produced within a settler colonial context.

  • Doing Feminist Research

    Instructor: C Thompson
    Units: 4
    Course Number: GWS 101
    Semester: Spring 2016
    CCN: 32966

    In this course, students will learn to do feminist research using techniques from the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences. The teaching of interdisciplinary research skills will focus on practices of gender in a particular domain such as labor, love, science, aesthetics, film, religion, politics, or kinship. Topics will vary depending on the instructor.
     

  • Advanced Feminist Theory

    Instructor: B Barnes
    Units: 4
    Course Number: GWS 104
    Semester: Spring 2016
    CCN: 32969

    Feminist theory examines the basic categories that structure social life and that condition dominant modes of thought. Feminist theory engages with many currents of thought such as liberalism, Marxism, psychoanalysis, postcolonial theory, and transnational feminist theory. In this course, students will gain a working knowledge of the range and uses of feminist theory.

  • Israeli Feminism

    Instructor: H Shamir
    Units: 4
    Course Number: GWS 111
    Semester: Spring 2016
    CCN: 32971

    The course will also examine the influence of American feminism on Israeli feminists, and the ways Israeli feminists embraced, as well as resisted and transformed American feminist ideas in light of the specific history and challenges of the Israeli context.

  • Gender and the Politics of Childhood

    Instructor: L Nelson
    Units: 4
    Course Number: GWS 134
    Semester: Spring 2016
    CCN: 32972

    Explores gender and age as interrelated dimensions of social structure, meaning, identity, and embodiment. Emphasis on the gendered politics of childhood--for example, in the social regulation of reproduction; child-rearing, motherhood, fatherhood, care, and rights; the changing global political economy of childhoods and varied constructions of "the child"; child laborers, soldiers, street children; consumption by and for children; growing up in schools, neighborhoods, and families.

  • Women in the Muslim and Arab Worlds

    Instructor: M Moallem
    Units: 4
    Course Number: GWS 142
    Semester: Spring 2016
    CCN: 32975

    Examines differences and similarities in women's lives in the Muslim/Arab worlds, including diasporas in Europe and North America. Analysis of issues of gender in relation to "race," ethnicity, nation, religion, and culture.

  • Alternative Sexualities in a Transnational World

    Instructor: N Distiller
    Units: 4
    Course Number: GWS 144
    Semester: Spring 2016
    CCN: 32978

    This course engages with contemporary narrations produced by and about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual postcolonial subjects through genres such as autobiography, fiction, academic writing, film, journalism, and poetry. Each semester the focus is geopolitically limited to no more than two countries to allow students to consider the conditions out of which the narrations are produced. Sites and subjects may vary from semester to semester.

  • Interpreting the Queer Past: Methods and Problems in the History of Sexuality

    Instructor: P Bacchetta
    Units: 4
    Course Number: LGBT 145
    Semester: Spring 2016
    CCN: 34809

    This course examines interpretive issues in studying the history of sexuality and the formation of sexual identities and communities. Considering primary documents, secondary literature, and theoretical essays, we investigate specific historiographical concerns and raise questions about historical methodology and practice.

  • Cultural Representations of Sexuality

    Instructor: J Rodriguez
    Units: 4
    Course Number: LGBT 146
    Semester: Spring 2016
    CCN: 34809

    This course will draw upon a wide range of critical theory, film, music, literature, popular culture, ethnography, theater, and visual art to explore the relationship between cultural forms of representation and individual and collective forms of expression. Central questions for mutual consideration will include: Who/what constitutes the subject of queer cultural production? How are queer theories relevant (or irrelevant) to queer cultural and political practices?

  • Ethnicity, Gender, and Sexuality

    Instructor: J Asher
    Units: 4
    Course Number: LGBT C148
    Semester: Spring 2016
    CCN: 34812

    Course focuses on the production of sexualities, sexual identification, and gender differentiation across multiple discourses and locations.

  • Senior Honors Thesis

    Instructor: C Thompson
    Units: 4
    Course Number: GWS H195
    Semester: Spring 2016
    CCN: 32981

    Entails writing a bachelor's honors thesis pertaining to majors in Gender and Women’s Studies.  Each student will work under the guidance of a faculty adviser who will read and grade the thesis.