WS Womens Gender Studies

WS 196Q Topic: Introduction to Queer Studies

Course Description: This course incorporates history, sociology, political science, economics, psychology, geography, and theory in order to understand and appreciate the queer experience. The course begins with an overview of important historical periods from Ancient Greece through the Stonewall Uprisings (1969) to the modern movements and issues. We will explore the theoretical positions of sexologists, scientists, physicians, and psychologists and their attempts to define gender and sexual variation. Other topics include same-sex marriage and families, the creation of local communities, political propositions, "outing," religious identities, and homo-economics. Methodology includes lectures, films, class discussion, and visits to archives, the LGBT Center and points of historical interest.

Course Rotation: NY: Fall.

3 credits

WS 215 Introduction to Women's Studies

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge II or 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV.

Course Description: Reading literary and historical works from many cultures, students will gain a better understanding of how artistic endeavors connect to the everyday lives of women and men. Students will also continue to work on their writing skills.

3 credits

Prerequisites

Pre-requisite for WS 215 ( Course : ENG 120 . Minimum Grade of D. ) or ( Test: English Placement 120)

WS 215C Introduction to Women's Studies through Civic Engagement

This course may be substituted for LIT 211 or LIT 212.

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge I.

Course Description: This course introduces students to women's and gender studies, with an emphasis on sociological readings, and on social welfare and policies that affect women and the family. Students will complete up to 20 hours of community service in an organization that serves women and / or children over the course of the semester.

3 credits

Prerequisites

Pre-requisite for WS 215C ( Course : ENG 120C . Minimum Grade of D. ) or ( Test: English Placement 120)

WS 220 The Medieval Woman

Old Core: This course may be substituted for LIT 211 or LIT 212. May be taken for upper-level credit in the English major with the permission of Instructor. Required for Medieval Studies minors.

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge II or 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV.

Course Description: This course examines a range of literatures written by or about women in the Middle Ages. The study of literature will be complemented by readings from historical analyses of medieval women, along with slide lectures on medieval art history on three themes: medieval women at work, women as readers, and women as saints.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Minimum Grade of D or ENG 120 Minimum Grade of D

WS 234 The Girl Child-A Global Perspective

Course Description: According to the United Nations, children and youth constitute a high percent of the world’s population. This 3-credit course examines key issues in the lives of girl children including, international rights, gender development, gender stereotypes, globalizations, child trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation, girls affected by armed conflict, education and schooling, child labor, gender-based violence, female genital mutilation, health and health care. Through an analysis of the ways that gender, race and class intersect, students will have the opportunity to examine the multitude of ways that access to different levels of the social hierarchy allows them to differently negotiate culture, thus increasing or decreasing among other things, their happiness, stress safety, health, and psychological well being. This course is approved for AOK3 and AOK5.

Course Rotation: NY:Fall

3 credits

WS 250 Queer Stories:LGBTQ People and Communities in Historical Context

Course Description: This course focuses on the past three centuries in North America and Western Europe in order to understand the ways in which the historical cultures of those regions developed particular anxieties which drove the creation of new norms, stereotypes and roles related to gender and sexuality. We will also investigate the ways in which queer identities and sub-cultures grew from the many points of resistance to such norms. Few cultures have developed as many penal, medical, and popular bodies of knowledge and techniques to police the gender and desire of individuals. The course begins with a brief survey of classical Mediterranean sexualities in order to understand the historical distinctions between concepts of homoeroticism and gender ambiguity in antiquity and modern times. We then turn to an examination of the 18th century in order to examine the growth of urban subcultures of gender deviance, along with attempts by Europeans to come to terms with gender and sexual differences in the cultures they encountered in the colonial world. The course will cover the emergence of sexual discourses in the human sciences and bohemian and "free love" cultures that emerged during the nineteenth century, and survey the queer sub-cultures, communities, and politics that surfaced in the urban industrial economies of cosmopolitan centers like London, San Francisco, and Berlin during the early twentieth century. The Second World War and the surrounding historical circumstances proved a significant event, with sometimes tragic consequences, for queer people. The course then turns to an examination of the post-war era, centering on the international Homophile Movement as well as the more radical Gay Liberation Movement influenced by New Left Radicalism, Women’s Liberation, and Post-Colonial Nationalist Movements that convulsed much of the world in the 1960s and 1970s. The course concludes with a discussion of the effects of the devastating HIV/AIDS Pandemic of the 1980s and 1990s.

Coure Rotation: NY: Fall.

3 credits

WS 266 Gender, Race and Class

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge III or 3 credits in Area of Knowledge V.

Course Description: This course examines the interdependence of the categories gender, race and class in world history and literature, in recent cultural theory, and in contemporary lives. It considers both cultural and political conflicts that arise from the postcolonial global landscape and the oppression of marginalized peoples and analyzes how gender, race, and class roles are constructed, negotiated, and manipulated through literature and other media.

3 credits

WS 266C Gender, Race and Class (CAP)

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge III or 3 credits in Area of Knowledge V.
br /> Course Description: This course examines the interdependence of the categories gender, race and class in world history and literature, in recent cultural theory, and in contemporary lives. It considers both cultural and political conflicts that arise from the postcolonial global landscape and the oppression of marginalized peoples and analyzes how gender, race, and class roles are constructed, negotiated, and manipulated through literature and other media.

3 credits

WS 267 Meanings and Models of Motherhood in European History and Literature

Old Core: Fulfills LIT 211 or LIT 212. New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge II and 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV.

Community Course Description: This course examines motherhood as a social, historical, and literary construct. We will discuss how motherhood was defined in a variety of historical cultures: the work assigned to or expected of mothers; the ideal of the "good mother;" the relationship between mothers and fathers; and the legal position of mothers. At the same time, we will examine motherhood and mothers in a variety of literary texts from the same periods, discussing motherhood as metaphor. Students will also design their own Web pages on a maternal figure or topic.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.

6 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Minimum Grade of D or ENG 120 Minimum Grade of D

WS 268 Men and Masculinities

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge II or 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV.

Course Description: What does it mean to "be a man"? This course examines men and masculinity in the light of contemporary gender theories and will discuss men's relations to violence, culture, the family, sexuality, the women's movement, and each other.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall and Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

Pre-requisite for WS 268 ( Course : ENG 120 . Minimum Grade of D. )

WS 269 Lesbians in Literature and Film

Old Core: Fufills LIT 211 or LIT 212. New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV

Course Description: This course introduces students to a broad range of lesbian-identified literature and film. Because of difficulties in defining what constitutes lesbianism prior to 1860, the course will take a social constructionist perspective and will focus on literature written after 1900. Structured historically, the course will cover many genres-- novels, short story, plays, films, popular culture, and poetry.

Course Rotation: NYC Spring, odd years PLV: TBA

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

WS 270 A Cultural History of Sexualities from Prehistory to the Present

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge II or 3 credits in Area of Knowledge V.

Course Description: Changes in sexuality during the 1960's are referred to as the "sexual revolution." Using literature, historical texts and films, this course will examine sexual revolutions in a variety of cultures from prehistory to the present, with special emphasis on how they influence sexual values and practices in our culture today.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall, Spring . PLV: Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

Pre-requisite for WS 270 ( Course : ENG 120 . Minimum Grade of D. )

WS 271 Women in Jeopardy

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV. Old Core: Fulfills 211 or LIT 212.

Course Description: Students in this course will read four powerful and tragic novels by women of the 20th century, each from a different generation and social milieu. The novels will be discussed in class from feminist and literary perspectives.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall and Spring. PLV: TBA.

3 credits

Prerequisites

Pre-requisite for WS 271 ( Course : ENG 120 . Minimum Grade of D. )

WS 280 Internship in Women's and Gender Studies

Prerequisite: WS 215 or WS 215C or WS 266. New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge I. Service Learning Component.

Course Description: This course is designed for Women's and Gender Studies majors and minors, but is open to all students. Students will work eight hours or more per week in an internship placement. The weekly class meeting will focus on readings and discussions about gender, race, class and labor history, conditions of the contemporary workforce, sexual harassment, the glass ceiling, and the feminization of poverty.

3 credits

Prerequisites

Pre-requisite for WS 280 ( Course : WS 215 . Minimum Grade of D. ) or (Course : WS 266 . Minimum Grade of D. )

WS 285 Queer Cinema

Course Description:The word "queer" implies that the vast range of stigmatized sexualities and gender identifications, far from being marginal, are central to the construction of modern subjectivity. One premise of this course is that cinema does not merely "reflect" but actually produces disparate-normative and queer-constructions of sexuality and gender through specific cinematic structures and conventions. Therefore, a key concern of the class will be to explore issues important to both queer theory and the study of film, including questions of desire, identification, representation, spectatorship, cultural appropriation, and performativity. A second premise is that identity categories do not function in isolation. Therefore, another central concern of the course will be to explore to what extent the project of queer theory engages in dialogue with other politically motivated inquiries such as the African American rhetorical tradition of Signifying (g) or post-colonial mimicry.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 120 Minimum Grade of D or ENG 120A Minimum Grade of D or ENG 120B Minimum Grade of D or ENG 120C Minimum Grade of D or ENG 120D Minimum Grade of D or ENG 120E Minimum Grade of D or ENG 120F Minimum Grade of D or ENG 120G Minimum Grade of D or ENG 120H Minimum Grade of D or ENG 120I Minimum Grade of D or ENG 120J Minimum Grade of D or ENG 120K Minimum Grade of D or ENG 120L Minimum Grade of D or ENG 120M Minimum Grade of D or ENG 120N Minimum Grade of D or ENG 120O Minimum Grade of D or ENG 120P Minimum Grade of D or ENG 120Q Minimum Grade of D or ENG 120R Minimum Grade of D or ENG 120S Minimum Grade of D or ENG 120T Minimum Grade of D or ENG 120U Minimum Grade of D or ENG 120V Minimum Grade of D or ENG 120W Minimum Grade of D or ENG 120X Minimum Grade of D or ENG 120Y Minimum Grade of D or ENG 120Z Minimum Grade of D or INT 197T Minimum Grade of D or INT 198F Minimum Grade of D

WS 288 Women and Film: Past and Present

Course Description: This course provides an introduction to the variety of issues involved in study of women in film. The class focuses both on representations of women in film and films made by women. Each two-week segment of the course will pair two films from different historical eras: these films will be discussed in relationship to changing issues in feminist film theory and the changes in representation over time. Themes to be discussed include: the fetishization of the female image, female directors in the Hollywood industry, the relationship between representations of race and gender, the female action hero, and the "femme fatale".

Course Rotation: NY: Fall

3 credits

WS 289 Science Fiction and Gender

Course Description: This course considers gender and power as they are represented in science fiction stories, novels and films. In particular, we will analyze the social and ideological functions of works such as "Frankenstein", "Star Wars", "The Left hand of Darkness", and "Alien", addressing them not only in their original cultural context but as present day texts. Students will complete a series of formal essays and produce one short story or film.

Course Rotation: NY: Fall

3 credits

WS 296 Topics in Women's Studies

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV.

Course Description:

This class explores the phenomenon of "girl culture" as it has been represented in recent mainstream cinema in the United States. It examines the unlikely feminist heroines of "fin de millenium" popular film, paying particular attention to issues of race, class, ethnicity, education, sexuality, psychology, and geography. The course analyzes the notion of "Third Wave" feminist popular cultural production, in order to empower students to question dominant stereotypes, and to critique prevailing conceptions of feminist agency and political efficacy.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall PLV: TBA.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 101 Min Grade D or ENG 110 Min Grade D

WS 296A Queer Cinema

Satisfies 3 credits toward Film Studies Major/Minor. New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV.

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Course Rotation: NYC: Spring PLV: TBA

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D or English Placement

WS 296F Living Under Fire: Women and Warfare

3 credits

WS 296G The Girl Child: A Global Perspective

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge V.

Course Description: According to the United Nations, children and youth constitute a high percent of the world’s population. This course examines key issues in the lives of girl children including international rights, gender development, gender stereotypes, globalization, child trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation, girls affected by armed conflict, education and schooling, child labor, forced marriage, gender-based violence, female genital mutilation, and health/health care. Through a combination of readings and class discussions, students will develop a clearer understanding of global issues affecting the girl child. Students will also gain skills for systematically and scientifically analyzing the psychological and sociological dimensions of childhood using a multicultural perspective and the real life issues involving the girl child. Students will gain a deeper awareness of the problems associated with childhood and the roles they might play as citizens in addressing some of them.

3 credits

WS 296H Topic: Girls on Film: Cultural Studies in New Wave Feminism

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV. Course Rotation: NYC: Spring - PLV: TBA

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

WS 296J Topic: Men, Women and Ethnic Identity in Film and Literature

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV (Humanistic and Creative Expression).

Course Description: Culture is the sum of its immigrant parts. In order to better understand the history, ethnic diversity and socio-economic relationships that exist among citizens of selected western cultures, including that of the U.S., it is helpful to know more about their immigrant past and the current status of immigration. Through close analysis of the depiction of men and women in selected films and works of fiction, the intertwined identities of gender and ethnicity will be explored.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 120 Min Grade D

WS 296K Topic: Women and Film, Past and Present

Course Description: This course introduces students to the variety of issues facing the study of women in film. We will focus both on representations of women in film, and on films made by women. Each segment of the course will pair two films from different historical eras: we will discuss these films in relationship to changing issues in feminist film theory and the changes in representation over time. Topics include: the fetishization of the female image; female directors in the Hollywood industry; the relationship between race and gender, the female action hero, and the "femme fatale."

3 credits

WS 296L Topic: Queer Theory

Course Description: This course will delve into the social construction of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, GBLT identities with a diverse array of sources. Ranging from Gloria Anzaldua's "Borderlands/La Frontera" to the works of Michael Foucault and Robert Stoller, this course encapsulates the experiences that are insular to GBLT people but also differences among groups within this community. Of particular interest is how gay identity is created by language and the use of certain symbols to deconstruct what formerly appears to be fixed, a prioratic categories for understanding gender. Course work will consist of a series of short papers culminating in a (15 - 20) page thesis paper, the latter developed over the course of the semester with the Instructor.

3 credits

WS 296N Topic: Science Fiction and Gender

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV.

Course Description: This course considers gender and power as they are represented in science fiction stories, novels and films. In particular, we will analyze the social and ideological functions of works such as "Frankenstein," "Star Wars," "The Left Hand of Darkness," and "Alien," addressing them not only in their original cultural context but as present-day texts. Students will complete a series of formal essays and produce either one short story or film.

3 credits

Prerequisites

WS 215 Min Grade D or WS 215C Min Grade D or WS 266 Min Grade D

WS 296Q Women in the Arthurian Legends: Medieval to Modern

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge II or 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV.

Course Description: The legends of King Arthur, Guinevere, Morgan le Fay and the Holy Grail have held our imaginations for more than eight centuries. From brief mention in chronicles and old songs, poets and writers have fashioned one of the greatest epics in all literature, stories so real that we still wonder whether Arthur's court actually existed. This course will examine a range of writings about the women of King Arthur's court from the earliest chronicles to the twelfth-century romances of Chrétien de Troyes and the later stories told by Chaucer and Malory. Modern interpretations of the legends will be explored through several films including: Ladyhawke (1985) Tristan & Isolde(2006), Excalibur (1981), The Sword of Lancelot (alt., Lancelot and Guinevere, 1963), and King Arthur(2004), with clips from Camelot, Lovespell, and the Mists of Avalon.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 120 Min Grade D

WS 296R Topic: Race and Gender in American Film

Course Description: This course will examine film representations of gender and race. We will explore the politics of representation in these films, in both formal and thematic terms. We will further ask how gender and race are made visible in popular culture, and how/when film can be a tool of resistance for women and minorities.

3 credits

WS 296S Topic: Dress, Desire and Gesture: Sexualities of Renaissance Europe

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV.

Course Description: This class will examine dramatic, poetic, and printed representation of desire and sexuality in early modern Europe between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries. In particular, it will seek to define the particular, historical interplay between various early modern models of relation, sexual energy, and sexual identity. Modern sexuality can seem especially binary; this class works to expand our field of investigation and provide a more dynamic and nuanced study of the operation and formation of sexualized categories.

Course Rotation NY: Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 120 Min Grade D

WS 296T Topic: Melodrama in America

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge II or 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV.

Course Description: Melodrama is a mode of heightened emotion that typically sees the world as divided into clear good and evil. We will look at the history and theory of the genre paying particular attention to how gender, race, and class function within melodrama, as well as some of the ways that this can shed light on certain ways of looking at contemporary issues, such as racial conflict and terrorism.

Course Rotation: NY: Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 120 Min Grade D

WS 296U Topic: Transgender Studies

Course Description: Transgender Studies charts a dynamic yet underexplored field within the history and culture of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) movement in the U.S. This course examines the growing set of identities and practices organized under the heading of "trans": androgyny; cross-dressing and drag; two-spirit or third gender concepts; transsexualism and in some cases, intersex; and more. We will be studying novels and autobiographical writings; readings in queer theory, psychoanalysis, and sociology; and documentary and narrative film.

Course Rotation: NY: Fall.

3 credits

Prerequisites

WS 215 Min Grade D or WS 215C Min Grade D or WS 266 Min Grade D or WS 268 Min Grade D or WS 269 Min Grade D or WS 270 Min Grade D or WS 197Q Min Grade D or INT 297J Min Grade D or INT 297Q Min Grade D

WS 296V International Activist Politics:Global Feminist and Postcolonial Perspectives

Course Description: Are you interested in human rights and/or feminist advocacy work, particularly regarding global politics or the issues communities are facing around the world? Do you hope to someday work with the United Nations, an international organization, agency, or non-profit, or with transnational advocacy campaigns aimed to improve people's lives in the world? Through a combination of empirical case studies and global, transnational, and post-colonial feminist theories as well as canonical post-colonial theory, we will examine the effectiveness of international and transnational advocacy. We will explore interactions between countries, advocacy networks, activist citizens, and international and local institutions, paying careful attention to gender, race, power relationships, colonialism, and class. Finally, we will assess how to create strategies to engender justice and peace.

Course Rotation: NY: Spring.

3 credits

WS 296W The Gay Male Experience

Prerequisites: Listed prerequisite or permission of instructor.

Course Description: This course will explore historical and current representations of homosexuality and the communities past and present that gay men lived within and created, as well as their social, cultural, and artistic contributions. Students will learn about the historical roots of LGBTQ communities in the US and elsewhere; theoretical models of sexuality and gender; and contemporary issues in politics and culture as they affect gay men, such as military service and marriage equality. Students will also explore effects of minority status, heterosexism and homophobia on gay men's health, including but not limited to STD/HIV/AIDS and teen suicide.

Course Rotation: NY: Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

WS 215 Min Grade D or WS 215C Min Grade D or WS 266 Min Grade D or WS 266C Min Grade D or WS 296U Min Grade D or WS 268 Min Grade D or WS 269 Min Grade D or WS 380 Min Grade D or WS 196Q Min Grade D or WS 296S Min Grade D

WS 305 Philanthropy on a Mission: Women and Change in the Non-Profit Sector

Course Description: Gender is an organizational issue and its affects both how we help women and families in need, and who helps them. Using the perspective of gender equity, the course will explore women’s impact on nonprofit organizations from leadership roles to work on the front lines. We will examine how gender, diversity and leadership are social constructions that can be transformed to maximize women’s contributions to the sector. The course uses a variety of conceptual frameworks which will foster students’ understanding of the factors that influence gender and inclusion in organizations and how these dynamics shape the work of nonprofits. Students will identify and analyze a specific nonprofit that has successfully addressed issues of gender equity internally and externally through its program repertoire. They will also explore several practice areas such as program design and management, planning, fundraising issues and program evaluation for non-profits.

Coure Rotation: NY: Spring.

3 credits

WS 369 Queer Theory

Course Description: "Queer" has become a stand-in for the identity category that begins with the letters, "LGBT," but what does it mean to be queer, in theory? This interdisciplinary course surveys major concepts and schools of thought in the field of Queer Theory in order to explore the meaning of queerness as a category of radical difference that gives LGBT cultures their social distinctiveness as well as their political urgency. We will use a variety of approaches to theoretical framing of gender and sexuality, including an analysis of literature and visual culture; phenomenology and other schools of philosophy; psychoanalysis and other socio-medical discourses; historiography and legal studies; and a focus on pop culture and current events.

Coure Rotation: NY: Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

WS 196Q Minimum Grade of D or WS 250 Minimum Grade of D or WS 268 Minimum Grade of D or WS 269 Minimum Grade of D or WS 270 Minimum Grade of D or WS 296S Minimum Grade of D or WS 296U Minimum Grade of D or WS 296W Minimum Grade of D or INT 297J Minimum Grade of D

WS 375 Independent Study

3 credits

WS 380 Seminar in Feminist Theory

Prerequisite: WS 215 or WS 215C or WS 266 or permission of Director of Women's and Gender Studies. This course may substitute LIT 327. New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge II or 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV.

Course Description: This course explores how feminist theories and criticism have changed the questions we ask of literary and other texts. The readings trace the confrontation/collaboration of feminism(s) with linguistics, social analysis and Marxism, anthropology, psychoanalysis, and aesthetics.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring - PLV: TBA

3 credits

Prerequisites

Pre-requisite for WS 380 ( Course : WS 215 . Required Courses: 1. ) or (Course : WS 215C . Required Courses: 1. ) or (Course : WS 266 . Required Courses: 1. ) or (Course : WS 266A to 266Z. Required Courses: 1. ) or (Course : WSA 266 . Required Courses: 1. ) or (Course : WSM 266 . Required Courses: 1. ) or (Course : WS 266CE . Required Courses: 1. )

WS 395 Independent Study in Women's and Gender Studies

1 - 9 credits

WS 396A Topic: Gender Issues in Business

3 credits

WS 396B Topic: Miniskirts and Headscarves - Gender, Nationality, and Migration in Modern Europe

Prerequisite: WS 215 or WS 215C or WS 266 or WS 267 or WS 269 or WS 270 or WS 271 or WS 280 or WS 380. Students must have taken at least 3 credits of WS course prior to enrolling. Any one of the WS courses listed in prerequisites will satisfy this requirement.

Course Description: Since 1945, European cultures have experienced waves of migration and population transfers: "guest workers" drawn from the Mediterranean to work in Northern Europe; former colonial subjects who have migrated from Asia or Africa to live in Britain, France, or Holland; people relocating between nations within the European Union; and people from Eastern Europe moving west after the collapse of the Soviet Union. This course uses film, literature, and historical readings to explore the ways in which population transfers and social change have "unsettled" older notions of gender, sexuality, and nationality, resulting in conflicted and contested identities. We will discuss gender and nationality in the context of: expanding consumer cultures; Cold War politics; the political movements of the 1960s in Western Europe; decolonization and the claims of former colonial subjects; Islamophobia and religious conflict; political struggles over citizenship; and the effects that the collapse of the Soviet Union have had on Eastern European women and families.

3 credits

Prerequisites

WS 215 Min Grade D or WS 215C Min Grade D or WS 266 Min Grade D or WS 267 Min Grade D or WS 269 Min Grade D or WS 270 Min Grade D or WS 271 Min Grade D or WS 280 Min Grade D or WS 380 Min Grade D