Classes

    Primate Social Behavior

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2020

    A review of the behavioral interactions in natural primate populations, drawing on experimental, observational, and theoretical studies. Discussion of ecological, physiological, and developmental bases of primate social behavior, with special attention to the evolution of patterns of behavioral interactions among individuals of different age, sex, relatedness, and status.... Read more about Primate Social Behavior

    Feminism and Anthropology

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2021

    This course considers the relationship between feminism (as activist realm, as theoretical field, in its institutionalized form as gender studies) and anthropology. We will begin with early ethnographic writing by women and about women, and analyze some of the interventions feminists hope to make in anthropology.... Read more about Feminism and Anthropology

    Topics in Advanced Performance Theory: Gender and Sexuality

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2021

    In this seminar, we will listen to and participate in current conversations in Performance Theory about gender and sexuality, especially as both these categories intersect with race. Topics include coloniality, intimacy, pleasure, antisociality, affect, and utopia. Reading includes works by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, E. Patrick Johnson, José Esteban Muñoz, Amber Jamilla Musser, and Joshua Chambers-Letson. This is an advanced course intended for graduate students and upper-level undergraduates.... Read more about Topics in Advanced Performance Theory: Gender and Sexuality

    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

    Human Trafficking, Slavery and Abolition in the Modern World

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2021

    We often think of slavery as being a dark chapter in our past, but this is a tragic oversimplification. What defines slavery in the modern world, and what are the moral, political and social implications of its continued existence? As we explore its underpinnings, we discover that all of us may be in some way complicit in its survival.... Read more about Human Trafficking, Slavery and Abolition in the Modern World

    Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Bioethics

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2021

     

    In its attention to gender, race, and sexuality, this course challenges and expands contemporary bioethical theory and practice. Drawing from philosophy, theology, law, medicine, public health, and the social and biological sciences, this interdisciplinary field is both critical and constructive in addressing bioethical theory, method, and substantive ethical concerns across the clinical, research, organizational, public policy, and global spheres.... Read more about Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Bioethics

    Hidden Figures: The City, Architecture and the Construction of Race and Gender

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2021

    What hidden figures do our buildings and urban environment conceal? There exists systematic erasure of the contributions of Women of Color - Queer, Black and Indigenous -in the design field. This course is experimental by nature; it attempts to dismantle White-Supremacy ideology and the Western canon by not focusing on European, White and European American figures.... Read more about Hidden Figures: The City, Architecture and the Construction of Race and Gender

    Introduction to Latinx Studies

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2021

    In this survey course we will problematize the project of Latinidad — tracing its contours as they have been shaped by historical systems and processes of power such as racialization, gender, sexuality, class, ability, and nation. Following a comparative and critical Ethnic Studies approach, students will gain historical and transdisciplinary perspectives towards the possibilities and limitations of Latinx identity and discourse.... Read more about Introduction to Latinx Studies

    Expository Writing 20: Telling Her Story: Narrative, Media, and #MeToo

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2021

     

    In a powerful essay, the late writer and activist Audre Lorde suggested, “Where the words of women are crying to be heard we must each of us recognize our responsibility to seek those words out, to read them and share them and examine them in their pertinence to our lives.” Lorde is not alone in asking us to pay attention to and take responsibility for women’s stories; for centuries scholars and activists alike have championed the words of women, including women of color and queer women, whose stories have routinely gone untold or unheard.... Read more about Expository Writing 20: Telling Her Story: Narrative, Media, and #MeToo

    Modern Women’s Writing and Religion

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2021

    This course explores relationships between 19th- and 20th-century women’s movements and religion by considering spiritual and religious practices in fiction, poetry, and essays by writers including Virginia Woolf, Jean Rhys, and Zora Neale Hurston, alongside essays by critics such as Saba Mahmood and theologians such as Katie G. Cannon.

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    Queer Nation: LGBTQ Protest, Politics, and Policy in the United States

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2021

    In this course, we will explore the political and politicized lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer peoples living in the United States since World War II. Centering both an intersectional analysis and historical critique of “progress,” we will focus our attention on the interrelationship between protest (how LGBTQ people have organized themselves and expressed their demands in the face of systemic oppression), politics (how LGBTQ people have navigated the “culture wars”), and policy (how LGBTQ people have shaped and been shaped by laws and legislation) across the Homophile Generation (1940s and 1950s), Stonewall Generation (1960s and 1970s), AIDS Generation (1980s and 1990s), and Marriage Generation (2000s to present).... Read more about Queer Nation: LGBTQ Protest, Politics, and Policy in the United States

    Expository Writing 20: Sexism and Politics

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2021

    Today, the United States Congress is 19.4% female. That statistic trails the world average of 23.3%, with Nordic, European, sub-Saharan African, and Asian countries achieving better gender balance in national legislatures than the U.S. Some scholars contend that when women run, they are no more likely to win or lose compared to their male counterparts, though they are simply less likely to run in the first place. Other scholars identify a strong correlation between voting and sexist attitudes, notably in the 2016 U.S. election.... Read more about Expository Writing 20: Sexism and Politics

    Pandemic Inequalities: Human Rights and Global Health

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2021

     

    COVID-19 has laid bare staggering inequalities within and between countries, as well as legitimacy crises that have been growing for decades in both democratic institutions and global governance. In this context, how should we understand the suffering we or others are experiencing, and the dramatically disparate health and social impacts of this novel coronavirus on diverse groups across our societies and the globe? And what legal, political and economic responses should we demand?... Read more about Pandemic Inequalities: Human Rights and Global Health

    Inequality at Work: Contemporary Problems and Policy Solutions

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2021

    Work is at the core of daily life for most American adults. But the experience of work, of having a good job or a bad job, is starkly unequal and by many accounts work has become more precarious and more polarized over the past several decades. We begin with a broad overview of shifts in American society and the economy that are both backdrop and cause of these changes in work - the transformation of the American labor market by the forces of financialization and de-unionization, changes in American families in terms of family structure, women’s labor force participation, and care giving obligations, and retrenchment in the welfare state.... Read more about Inequality at Work: Contemporary Problems and Policy Solutions

    Media and Society

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2021

    What are the virtuous capacities of mass-delivery information technologies? How do they help the world become a better place? Do they present potential threats to individuals and the societies in which they live? Through select theoretical work in sociology, we will reflect upon those questions and apply that knowledge to the world we know.... Read more about Media and Society

    Implicit Bias: Science and Society

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2021

    The term implicit bias was coined in 1995 to capture the idea that bias, i.e., a deviation from truth or shared values can be implicit, i.e., occur without conscious awareness and/or conscious control. It belongs to an area of scientific psychology named implicit social cognition (ISC), dedicated to exploring the hidden aspects of the mental representation of social groups.... Read more about Implicit Bias: Science and Society

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