Classes

    Human Rights and Gender Relations

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2022
    Are human rights expanding or contracting worldwide? In this course, we trace the global spread of human rights rhetoric over time and compare it to human rights practices. We focus especially on human rights issues respecting gender relations and expression, which are at the heart of contemporary international conflicts. In this endeavor, we examine temporal trends and patterns across topics such as childbearing and contraception, intimate partnerships, parenting, and physical and...
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    Gender and Sexuality in Korean Pop Culture

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2022
    What can the songs of BTS and Blackpink, the TV-show “Squid Game,” and the films Parasite andKim Chi-yŏng: Born 1982 teach us about gender roles in contemporary Korea? What roles do writers, musicians, and filmmakers play in shaping our thinking about sex and gender? How do competing ideas about sex shape the current system of cinematic, television, and popular music genres? These questions will be explored through case studies of Korean popular media, while the course will...
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    Psychopathology of the Family

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2022

    In this course, we will explore how the family impacts psychopathology, including relapse, recovery, and resilience, for a member with a mental disorder. We will examine the relationship between the family and mental health conditions like anxiety, autism, depression, personality disorders, and schizophrenia from a life course and a family systems perspective. We will also examine these relationships by discussing the biopsychosocial features of the family that impact child and adolescent psychopathology. The course will focus on contemporary approaches to family life (e.g., dual-earner...

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    Introduction to Sociology

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2022

    What is society? What is the role of the individual in society? How does the way society is organized affect the behaviors and beliefs of people who live in it? How can we change our societies? This course introduces students to the field of sociology. By surveying social theory as well as empirical studies, students acquire what C. Wright Mills calls the "sociological imagination": the ability to think beyond our personal lives and to connect the experiences of individuals with large social structures. Readings include prominent empirical investigations into family dynamics, class...

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    Sex Equality

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2022

    The relation between sex equality under law and sex and gender inequality in society is interrogated in theory and practice in the context of relevant social science, history, and international and comparative law. Mainstream equality doctrine is probed on its own terms and through an alternative. Cases largely on U.S. law focusing on concrete issues--including work, family, rape, sexual harassment, lesbian and gay rights, abortion, prostitution, pornography--structure the inquiry. Race, economic class, and transgender issues are mainstreamed. The purpose of the course is to understand,...

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    Transgender Law and Politics

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2022

    An intensive examination of the legal, social, and political issues raised by the status and treatment of transgender persons, primarily but not exclusively in the United States. Sex, gender, sexuality, identity, and equality are interrogated. Issues and cases on discrimination and other relevant legal concepts arising in contexts of trans rights including health care, employment, sexual and other assault, housing, marriage, parenting, military, imprisonment, education, and athletics, with an optional section on immigration, are focused, with particular attention to sex and gender...

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    Leaning In, Hooking Up: Visions of Feminism and Femininity in the 21st Century

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2023
    What does it mean to “do” feminism, or to “be” a feminist in the 21st-century United States? What can we make of the dominant social expectations for a woman’s life? This course explores contemporary ideals of feminine success, including their physical, familial, professional, and political manifestations. We will engage with highly-contested topics—including sexual violence and Title 9; work-life balance; the imperatives of self-care and presentation; and new models for sexuality...
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    Psychology of Close Relationships

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2023

    This course is an in-depth exploration of close relationships. Examples of topics to be covered include the biological bases of attraction; relationship formation; the end of relationships through break-up, divorce, or death; relationship satisfaction; deception; gender roles; same-sex relationships; loneliness; relationships and well-being; and public perceptions about relationships. You will have an opportunity to explore these topics primarily through critical examination of the empirical literature as well as through popular press. 

     

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    Psychology of Women

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2023
    How does being a woman affect our behavior, our evaluations of ourselves, and our interactions with others? This course examines psychological science on women and girls in western industrialized societies, addressing such topics as gender stereotypes, girlhood, women and work, relationships, pregnancy and motherhood, mental health, violence against women, and women in later adulthood. We will consider these topics through an understanding of gender as a social construction, being...
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    Women's Voices in Asian and Asian American Literature

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2023
    This course introduces students to the writings of both canonical and lesser-known Asian and Asian American women writers. The course especially examines the works by Chinese/ Chinese American, Japanese/ Japanese American, Korean/ Korean American women writers. Moving from the pre-modern to contemporary era, the course will explore a range of women’s voices and experiences as reflected through poetry, fiction, diaries, and epistles. Authors will include Murasaki Shikibu, Li...
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    The First Nine Months

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2023
    What makes a human? A baby develops from a single cell during the nine months of gestation, but the process that begins so simply has complications that stretch beyond the womb into questions of human identity and individuality. This course will explore the process of embryonic and fetal development, highlighting complicated questions such as the medical dilemma of maternal-fetal conflict, which occurs when doctors must evaluate the competing health needs of both fetus and mother....
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    Life and Death in Late Imperial China: Social History of the 10th to 19th Centuries

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2023

    This course is a survey of the social and cultural history of China from the Song to the mid-Qing (roughly from 1000 to 1800). The main topics discussed include urbanization and commerce; gender; family and kinship; education and the examination system, and religion and ritual. The main goal of the course will be to explore the relationship between social and cultural changes and political and intellectual developments.

     

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    History and Human Capital

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2023

    Explores a range of subjects concerning human capital, historically, theoretically, and comparatively. Topics include human capital and economic growth, population and fertility, health and public interventions, education and training, economic inequality, gender and the family, slavery and race, and intergenerational mobility, all within the broad context of economic history. A research paper or significant proposal and a final exam are required. 

     

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    Social Demography Workshop

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2023

    The Social Demography Workshop is a venue for graduate students and faculty to present research on a wide variety of topics such as family, gender, inequality, im/migration, fertility, mortality, and the institutional arrangements that shape and respond to population processes. 

     

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    Social Demography Workshop

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2022

    The Social Demography Workshop is a venue for graduate students and faculty to present research on a wide variety of topics such as family, gender, inequality, im/migration, fertility, mortality, and the institutional arrangements that shape and respond to population processes.

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