Feminist Artists of the Diaspora
This course examines the work of "African" women visual, music,
literary, and performance artists in the United States, the
English-speaking Caribbean, and Africa whose work actively
explores the intersectionality of feminism, race, and
post-colonialism to create a formidable statement about
globalism and art as a transformative personal and political
tool. Meets with PERF-450 003.
Lifelong Sexuality and Intimacy
This course takes students on an academic journey from hooking
up in college to hooking up in senior centers, as people are
living--and dating--longer than ever. The curriculum
addresses sexuality across the lifespan, with a particular focus
on how intimacy changes as life changes. The course considers
how sex and intimacy change after a number of significant life
events, including childbirth, illness, infidelity, coming out,
breaking up, midlife, menopause, and through the "golden years."
This course is designed for a non-gender specific audience and
gives both a modern take and historical perspective on the
acceptance and prevalence of embracing one's sexuality
throughout the lifespan. Meets with WSEM-396 002T.
Gender in Media
Students use a feminist, interdisciplinary lens to explore how
media influences American conceptions of identity, including
race, class, gender, and sexuality. The course examines how
marginalized groups are represented in contemporary popular
media including in movies, television, music, and advertising
with particular attention to how ever-powerful and consolidated
media institutions shape what is seen in media. Students also
explore the emerging role of social media as a possible new
alternative media space to corporate media.
Geographies of Gender and Development in Africa
Offered in Nairobi, Kenya through the AU Abroad program, this course
investigates a number of competing conceptions of development within
the African context from a gendered perspective. The underlying
political, economic, social, and gender dynamics that make development
a continuing global problem are explored by looking at issues such as
health and reproductive rights, livelihoods and land rights, human
security, and political participation. It examines women's
contributions to, challenges to, and revisions of the terms of key
conceptual and political debates in development.
The Long Walk to Equality: Moving towards Change in Spain
A comprehensive course which investigates gender identity, equality,
and feminism in Spain. The course informs students about the role of
women in Spain and approaches the subject from both a historical and
contemporary point of view. Students are introduced to both political
and social movements taking place in modern day Spain that affect the
role of women in society. Other key points addressed include the
historic role of Spanish women under Francisco Franco and through the
transition to democracy, domestic violence, and women in the media.
Offered through the AU Abroad program in Madrid, Spain.
Women in East Asia: Modern Transformation
The course examines continuities and changes in social and
family structures and gender roles in modern China, Japan, and
Korea. With a focus on women's places in the family and in
society and the evolution of ideas of gender and sexuality in
East Asia, the course examines social, political and ideological
transformation of gender roles in East Asian societies and their
relations to social changes. By doing so, the course also
explores the history of East Asian women in comparison with that
in the West and reconsiders the idea of "patriarchy" in the East
Asian context. Meets with ASIA-396 001.
The Gay 80s
The 1980s signaled a renewed emergence of gays and lesbians in
mainstream America. Challenged as never before by the menace and
stigma of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), the path of
the modern Gay and Lesbian Movement and the perception of its
community was recast. This course follows the history of gay and
lesbian activism through this transformative decade, as the
community mobilized to fight the epidemic and became
increasingly visible and involved in American culture,
entertainment, media, and politics.
Course taught entirely online.
Gender and Violence
This course addresses gender-based violence including sexual
assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking from a
historical, sociological, and legal perspective. Readings
emphasize current issues and responses and include an analysis
of the dynamics of gender-based violence within diverse racial,
ethnic, socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientations, and
This interdisciplinary course uses a life course perspective to
investigate the range of trans experiences in the United States.
From experiences predating contemporary identities and
communities to the contemporary movement for justice and
visibility, trans experiences remain largely misunderstood. This
course borrows from the fields of history, sociology, health,
anthropology, and statistics to investigate gender identity, as
well as current and future implications of contemporary trans
This course analyzes limits and challenges inherent with
traditional forms of leadership while exploring characteristics
of leadership from a feminist and social change perspective.
Personal reflection and development with respect to defining and
strengthening personal leadership style is a major component of