Harvard Gender Course Guide 2020 - 2021

Gender Course Guide 2020_2021

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

Sex, Love, and Marriage in the Middle Ages

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

This class explores the relationships of passion, love, and obligation that bound men and women over the course of nearly two millennia, from Rome in the first century B.C.E. to sixteenth-century Italy. In particular, it focuses on how those relationships were organized legally and institutionally, on the social roles created by such relationships, and on the connection (or lack thereof) between marriage, love, and sexual passion.... Read more about Sex, Love, and Marriage in the Middle Ages

Interracial Intimacy: Sex, Race, and Romance in the U.S.

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

What assumptions about race and sex are embedded in the term 'interracial,' and why are different types of interracial relationships viewed differently? How did White fears of relationships between Black men and White women influence the creation of the Ku Klux Klan? How did the story of Pocahontas influence the development of a settler colonial state?... Read more about Interracial Intimacy: Sex, Race, and Romance in the U.S.

Quilts and Quiltmaking

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Are quilts the great American (folk) art? From intricately stitched whole-cloth quilts, to the improvisational patchworks of Gee's Bend; from the graphic simplicity of Amish quilts to the cozy pastels of depression-era quilts; from the Aids Quilt to art quilts; quilts have taken on extraordinary significance in American culture.... Read more about Quilts and Quiltmaking

Friendship as Way of Life

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

 

This course will begin with Foucault’s essay, “Friendship as a Way of Life.” It will discuss the contemporary context of new engagements with and interests in friendship. We will then look at differing concepts and practices of friendship, and their work in shaping social sentiments and political affects in Euro-American context. Readings will include Plato, Montaigne, Bray, Marcus, Foucault, and Miller.... Read more about Friendship as Way of Life

How Sweet is it to be Loved By You: Black Love and the Emotional Politics of Respect

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

The word 'love' is almost never used in any portrayal or description of the African American community's daily life in contemporary media and in the social sciences. But love, as a human experience, is central to our understanding of what it means to be a vital member of a culture and society and thus respected, nurtured, etc. This seminar examines the love that difference makes.... Read more about How Sweet is it to be Loved By You: Black Love and the Emotional Politics of Respect

Negotiating Across Differences

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020
Whenever you are not operating in isolation, it is not sufficient to design a technically perfect solution to a policy problem; negotiation skills are critical in gaining support from diverse stakeholders so that change can be implemented. This course introduces students to the theory and practice of negotiation by emphasizing both analytical and interpersonal skills.... Read more about Negotiating Across Differences

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

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

Supervised Reading and Research-GenderSci Lab. Part one of a two-part series.

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

The GenderSci Lab supports graduate students working at the intersection of the sciences and gender studies. The lab offers interdisciplinary training in theories and methods for the critical intersectional study of sex/gender in biology, medicine, public health, and the social sciences.... Read more about Supervised Reading and Research-GenderSci Lab. Part one of a two-part series.

Women as Photographers in Weimar Germany and in Exile

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

An extraordinary number of women trained to become photographers in Weimar Germany (1919-1933). Their presence and practices dramatically altered the conditions of visual culture in a country that had never achieved the levels of French modernism, for example, neither in terms of its aesthetic complexity nor in terms of its contributions to nation state identity.... Read more about Women as Photographers in Weimar Germany and in Exile

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