Classes

    Establishing Loving Spaces for Learning: Nurturing Gender & Sexual Identity Development in US Schools

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2020

    This course explores both the role of gender and sexuality in shaping young peoples' schooling experiences, opportunities, and outcomes, and the role of schooling experiences in shaping young people's notions of gender and sexuality. In many ways, the course is about the "hidden curriculum" of heteronormativity, or the subtle practices in schools that privilege heterosexual, gendered identities and ways of being. As such, students in the course will apply the concept of the hidden curriculum to the study of gender and schooling in order to understand why and how children and youth with different gender identities experience schooling differently and why and how heteronormative schooling detrimentally impacts all students. By the end of the course, students should be able to: (1) identify specific strategies that educators at various levels might use to support students in negotiating gender and sexuality norms; (2) identify tools that schools can use to build positive, nurturing environments, which open up possibilities for complex gender and sexual identity development; and (3) analyze and evaluate a variety of school practices, curricula, policies, and programs that seek to support healthy gender and sexual identity development for U.S. children and adolescents. The course will provide opportunities to consider the ways in which other elements of identity (e.g., race, culture, socio-economic status, age, geography, etc.) intersect with gender and sexuality in the process of identity development. Although schools will be the central setting examined, course materials are also applicable to community-based settings.... Read more about Establishing Loving Spaces for Learning: Nurturing Gender & Sexual Identity Development in US Schools

    Title IX: Sex and Equality on Campus

    Semester: 

    Winter

    Offered: 

    2020

    Title IX of the Civil Rights Act promises equal access to educational opportunities. This has been one of the most dynamic areas of civil rights jurisprudence in the recent past, and promises to remain so in the future. While the Obama Administration prioritized the protection of students from sexual assault, the current Department of Education has retreated significantly from this position. This leads us to question various aspects of administrative rulemaking, law enforcement and social policy. What is the role of an administrative agency in enforcing civil rights? What power does the public have to compel enforcement? What other avenues are available to achieve sex equality at schools? How do we formulate policy that provides fairness to both sides of case while preserving the integrity of the purpose of Title IX?
    Issues surrounding Title IX include rights to sexual autonomy, bodily integrity, gender expression and the right to be free from sex discrimination in an educational environment. This intensive course offers the opportunity to delve deeply into these critical issues of gender equality.... Read more about Title IX: Sex and Equality on Campus

    Title IX: Sports, Sex and Equality on Campus

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2020
    Title IX of the Civil Rights Act promises equal access to educational opportunities. This has been one of the most dynamic areas of civil rights activism in the recent past, and promises to remain so. Under the Obama Administration, protecting students from sex assault was a capstone priority. Such efforts may not remain a high priority in the new administration.... Read more about Title IX: Sports, Sex and Equality on Campus

    Understanding Gender in International Development

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2021

    Gender affects multiple aspects of international development, including the challenges that communities face around the world, and how organizations and governments can most effectively support these communities to achieve their goals. This course covers gender theory and frameworks, drawing from feminist writers and scholars from a wide variety of backgrounds and disciplines.... Read more about Understanding Gender in International Development

    Double Binds, Glass Cliffs, & Concrete Walls:Exploring Women’s Experiences in Educational Leadership

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2020
    This course challenges collective assumptions regarding the construction of “effective” leadership in education and who is considered to be an effective leader and why. Specifically, we take a critical perspective to consider how and in what ways, such concepts may be built on gendered and racialized notions of leadership.... Read more about Double Binds, Glass Cliffs, & Concrete Walls:Exploring Women’s Experiences in Educational Leadership

    Say Her Name: Gender, Race & Punishment from Tituba to Breonna Taylor

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2020
    Say Her Name explores the systems of gendered and racialized punishment that have created the current conditions around school suspensions, arrests, and incarceration. The course draws from community voices, academic texts, media, and narrative sources to give particular attention to factors long associated with gender, race, and punishment, such as madness, sexuality, sin, poverty, and citizenship.... Read more about Say Her Name: Gender, Race & Punishment from Tituba to Breonna Taylor

    Queering Education

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2021
    This course explores the role of gender and sexuality in shaping young people’s schooling experiences, opportunities, and outcomes, and the role of schooling experiences in shaping young people's notions of gender and sexuality. In many ways, the course is about the "hidden curriculum" of heteronormativity and cisnormativity, or the subtle practices in schools that privilege heterosexual, gendered identities and ways of being.... Read more about Queering Education

    History and Human Capital

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2021

    Explores a range of subjects concerning human capital, historically and comparatively. Topics include fertility, mortality, health, immigration, women's work, child labor, retirement, education, inequality, slavery, unionization, and governmental regulation of labor, all within the broader context of economic history.... Read more about History and Human Capital