Harvard Gender Course Guide 2020 - 2021

Gender Course Guide 2020_2021

Black Women's Voices in the #MeToo Era

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

When accepting the Oscar for Best Actress in 2015 Patricia Arquette said the following: 'The truth is, right under the surface, there are huge issues that are at play that do affect women, and it's time for all the women in America and all the men that love women and all the gay people and all the people of color that we all fought for to fight for us now.' This course examines why such statements are part of a larger and longer tradition of disappearing black women and why they are popular in the cultural zeitgeist.... Read more about Black Women's Voices in the #MeToo Era

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

Elizabeth Bishop and Others

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

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.... Read more about Elizabeth Bishop and Others

LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021
The Harvard LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic (HLAC) offers students the opportunity to work directly on cutting-edge issues involving LGBTQ+ rights, with a particular emphasis on issues affecting underrepresented communities within the LGBTQ+ community. Clinic offerings include local and national projects covering the spectrum of LGBTQ+ issues.... Read more about LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic

Women, Gender, and the Quest for Social Justice: Cases in Buddhism

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

We will do two things in this course: take in the history, literature, visual imagery, and theoretical pronouncements around the nature of women and gender in Buddhist materials; and cultivate the critical and hermeneutical skills for processing these materials and contributing to a just and woke future.... Read more about Women, Gender, and the Quest for Social Justice: Cases in Buddhism

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

Resisting Toxicity: Rachel Carson, Dolores Huerta, and Environmental Nonfiction

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Rachel Carson, the author of Silent Spring, and Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farmworkers Union, both campaigned against toxic exposures in the mid-20th-century United States and yet are rarely considered in tandem. This course puts the writings and activism of these two women in conversation, ranging through feminist, queer, and Latinx environmental writing to build connections between environmentalism and labor rights.... Read more about Resisting Toxicity: Rachel Carson, Dolores Huerta, and Environmental Nonfiction

Inequality

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Growing economic inequality is said to be one of the defining challenges of our time. In this class, we will examine some of the most important problems thought to be raised by inequality through the lens of several systematic ways of thinking about social justice.... Read more about Inequality

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
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