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Women, Gender and Health: Critical Issues in Mental Health

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Spring

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2023
This course explores issues relevant to mental illness, mental health from a gender perspective. Course themes include illness constructs, life cycle and transitions, collective and individual trauma, role and relationship and embodiment. Topics include eating disorders, pain, hormonally mediated mood disorders, and PTSD. Examples highlight US and international experience. Readings are multidisciplinary, including public health and medicine, social sciences, history and literature...
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Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Junior Year Tutorial: Research and Methods

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Spring

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2023
In Junior Tutorial, students develop key research and writing skills necessary to write a junior research paper. We will read a range of texts that engage diverse methods in the fields of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. Together, we will learn about methods and questions that form feminist engagements with archival research, literary and cultural studies, ethnography, quantitative and survey-based social science, and the sciences. Students will learn and engage with key...
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Legacies of a Powerful Woman: The Life and Afterlife of Empress Theodora

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Spring

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2023
One of the most controversial women of ancient and medieval history is Theodora, wife of Justinian I and empress of the Roman Empire in the 6th century CE. She has been variously portrayed as a hypersexual prostitute and power-hungry, vindictive manipulator, or as a saint, protectress of the needy, champion of women’s rights and revolutionary. Who was this woman really and why did she provoke such conflicting responses? In this seminar, we will explore the historical sources on...
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The Body in American Religious History

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Spring

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2023
Three decades ago, Ramon Gutierrez studied the embodied ceremonies of the sixteenth-century Pueblo to identify crucial cosmological distinctions between their culture and that of the Spanish colonialists. For Gutierrez, differing conceptions of "the body" held the key to understanding so much else. Twenty years later, Judith Weisenfeld looked to the religious lives of African American women to construct "a compelling set of questions about the body as a site of religious experience...
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Introduction to the Study of East Asia: Issues and Methods

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Spring

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2023

This interdisciplinary and team-taught course provides an introduction to several of the approaches and methods through which the societies and cultures of East Asia can be studied at Harvard, including history, philosophy, literary studies, political science, film studies, anthropology and gender studies. We consider both commonalities and differences across the region, and explore how larger processes of imperialism, modernization, and globalization have shaped contemporary East Asian societies and their future trajectories. 

 

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History of Modern Latin America

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Spring

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2023

This course surveys Latin America from its 19th-century independence movements through the present day. How did the powerful legacies of European colonialism, and the neocolonial economic order that emerged to replace it, shape the Americas' new nations? Themes include nationalism and identity, revolution and counterrevolution, populism, state formation, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, social movements, the role of foreign powers, inequality and social class, dictatorship, democratization, and human rights. 

 

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Sex, Gender, Sexuality

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Spring

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2023
Male/Female, Man/Woman, Masculine/Feminine, Straight/Gay. Where do these consequential categories come from? How do they generate inequalities? Why are they so easily reproduced? And what, if anything, should we do about it? Combining real-world applications with academic analyses, this course encourages you to think about how sexuality and gender have shaped the social world, as well as our own place within it.
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American Democracy

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Spring

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2023
Democracy, inequality, and nationalism in America. The white working class and American politics. Class and race. Identities and interests. Conditions for socially inclusive economic growth and for the deepening and dissemination of the knowledge economy. Alternative directions of institutional change, viewed in light of American history. Democratizing the market and deepening democracy. Self-reliance and solidarity. We explore and discuss the past, present, and especially the...
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Sexuality and Public Health

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Spring

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2023

This course provides an introduction to the breadth of research and research methods in the study of sexuality and sexual health promotion in diverse contexts and populations. Students will develop skills needed to carry out epidemiologic research and community-based interventions related to sexual health promotion. Students will be introduced to ways to integrate conceptual models, methodologies, and perspectives from a variety of fields to inform a unique transdisciplinary, holistic approach to public health promotion of sexual health. Class session format includes lectures,...

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Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Sophomore Year Tutorial

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Spring

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2023
An introduction to foundational concepts and skills in the interdisciplinary study of gender and sexuality. Readings include Gloria Anzaldúa, Audre Lorde, Donna Haraway, Patricia Hill Collins, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Judith Butler, Lorgia Garcia- Peña, Hortense Spillers, José Esteban Muñoz, Sara Ahmed, Alison Bechdel, Chandra Talpade Mohanty, and Michel Foucault.
 
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21st Century Global Feminisms

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Spring

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2023
It has been more than 100 years since women gained voting rights in the US and many European countries, more than 70 years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and China’s state policy of gender equality, 50 years since the transnational Women’s Liberation movement, and over 25 years since the UN Beijing Declaration. Yet, as a group, globally women and girls lag behind men and boys in almost every metric of social and economic power, and systematic nonbinary gender data...
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Intermediate Portuguese I: Justice, Equity and Rights in the Lusophone world

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Spring

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2023

In this intermediate-level language course, students will explore social justice issues in the Lusophone world related to education, environment, health, jobs, and food. Students will also interrogate topics such as immigration, racism, and gender by studying a range of texts (e.g. written, audiovisual, visual) from different sources (e.g., social media, newspapers). Through these materials, students will build vocabulary and review and refine various grammatical structures. Students will also build on...

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God Save the Queen! Ruling Women from Rome to the Renaissance

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Spring

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2023

This seminar will explore female rulership in Europe from the late Roman empire to the age of Elizabeth I. Discussion of varied texts and images (most of them primary sources in translation) will reveal the role of queens within their societies, their relationship to broader social and cultural institutions such as the Christian Church, and the ways in which queens were celebrated, criticized, and imagined by writers and artists of their time. 

 

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Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People

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Spring

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2023
We coined the term implicit bias in 1995 to capture the idea that bias, i.e., a deviation from accuracy or values can be implicit, i.e., operate without conscious awareness or conscious control. The idea emerged from basic research on implicit social cognition (ISC), an area of scientific psychology that explores the hidden aspects of mental representations of self, other, and social groups. Today, 25 years later, the term implicit bias has transcended academic psychology and...
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Elizabeth Bishop and Others

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Spring

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2023
This course introduces students to the poetry, literary prose, and artful correspondence of one of the major poets of the twentieth century, considering her innovations in all these genres. We will look at her writing in multiple genres alongside the mid-century shift from ‘closed’ to ‘open’ verse forms, and relate stylistic issues to the intellectual and social changes, and political and historical developments of the period. Bishop’s critique of received ideas about nationality,...
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