Classes

    Sex, Gender, and Sexuality II

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2021

    The second of two parts, the course will continue to explore the theoretical articulation of sex, gender, and sexuality in feminist and queer theory, with attention to the role of other differences – racial, ethnic, religious, and differences in physical ability – in contemporary work. Prerequisite: REL 1572 or consent of the instructor.

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    Roman Catholic Christianity and Contemporary Crises

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2021

    In the face of political and social change, and demands for racial, gender and economic justice, religious traditions struggle to respond while maintaining identity.  As an example, the Second Vatican Council of the early 1960s brought the Roman Catholic Church to a deeper engagement with modern academic scholarship such as historical critical methods of interpreting texts, environmental and evolutionary sciences’ relation to the Church, and the fundamental importance of modern philosophical and political thought to the institution’s self-understanding.... Read more about Roman Catholic Christianity and Contemporary Crises

    Gender, Race, and Poverty in the United States

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2021
    This course investigates the realities of poverty through an intersectional lens, meaning that we will consider the simultaneous impact of race, gender, sexuality (and other identities) on economic insecurity. In what ways are conversations about poverty and its causes infused with assumptions and stereotypes related to gender, race, and sexuality?... Read more about Gender, Race, and Poverty in the United States

    Love's Labors Found: Uncovering Histories of Emotional Labor

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2021

    How do love, care, and desire influence the value of work, and why is emotional labor – which is vital to child or elder care, domestic labor, nursing, teaching, and sex work – often considered to be something other than work? How and why do the racial and gender identities of workers affect the economic, social, and emotional value of their labor?... Read more about Love's Labors Found: Uncovering Histories of Emotional Labor

    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

    Queer Fictions

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2021

    A survey of modern and contemporary queer writing from twentieth- and twenty-first-century French literature. We will read writers such as Jean Genet, Hervé Guibert, Édouard Louis, Mireille Best, Violette Leduc, Monique Wittig, Anne Garréta.... Read more about Queer Fictions

    Introduction to LGBTQ Literature

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2021

    This seminar looks at the expanding range of genres, forms and strategies pursued by modern and contemporary authors who want to represent LGBTQ+- lives, communities, bodies and selves; poems and performances, novels and stories, YA (young adult) fiction and science fiction, memoirs and graphic novels, will all be  represented, along with a light frame of what's usually called queer theory and some points of comparison, or contrast, from earlier centuries. Bechdel, Audre Lorde, O'Hara, Whitman, Walden, and many others.... Read more about Introduction to LGBTQ Literature

    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

    Maternal and Child Health/Children, Youth and Families Seminar

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2021

    Weekly seminar on topics in Maternal and Child Health/Children, Youth and Families. Required for: doctoral students either majoring or minoring in Maternal Child Health/Children Youth and Families (MCH/CYF) until they defend their thesis; masters students concentrating in MCH/CYF for the duration of their program. The MCF/CYF concentration in open to masters and doctoral students in all departments at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.... Read more about Maternal and Child Health/Children, Youth and Families Seminar

    Feminist Political Thought

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2020

    What is feminism? What is patriarchy? What and who is a woman?  How does gender relate to sexuality, and to class and race?  Should housework be waged, should sex be for sale, and should feminists trust the state?  This course is an introduction to feminist political thought since the mid-twentieth century. It explores the key arguments that have preoccupied radical, socialist and liberal feminists, and how debates about equality, work, and identity matter today.

     

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    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

    Descriptive and Substantive Representation

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2021

    This is a graduate-level seminar focused on the descriptive representation of groups in politics, and the consequences of representation for substantive policy outcomes. Topics include the representation of women, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ+, religious groups, geographic regions, class interests, and other social divisions, and how to understand the sources of variation in representation across time and institutional contexts.... Read more about Descriptive and Substantive Representation

    Power and Protest: U.S. Social Movements in the 1960s and 1970s

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2021

    The 1960s and 1970s witnessed dynamic movements of collective action in the United States and the world. This research seminar charts the key events, actors, ideas and strategies of these movements—from civil rights and black power to women’s rights and the conservative movement—and situates them within the central economic, social, and geopolitical developments of the post-World War II period.... Read more about Power and Protest: U.S. Social Movements in the 1960s and 1970s

    Psychology of Women

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2021

    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.... Read more about Psychology of Women

    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

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