SPRING 2021 Courses

Gender Studies 187, Sem. 1 Wednesday 2:00pm-4:50pm
Professor Sherene Razack
The colonial world is a world divided into compartments. It is probably unnecessary to recall the existence of native quarters and European quarters, of schools for natives and schools for Europeans, in the same way we need not recall apartheid in South Africa.  Yet, if we examine closely this system of compartments, we will at least be able to reveal the lines of force it implies.  This approach to the colonial world, its ordering and its geographical layout, will allow us to mark out the lines on which a decolonized society will be reorganized.

Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth Racial power, as Fanon noted, is spatially organized.

This course prepares students to use a spatial methodology to examine how racial power is spatially organized. Students will be expected to design and implement a small study using empirical data to study the relationship between race and space. Please note that final papers will be archived in the Department. The course begins with an introduction of spatial concepts. We then consider the spatiality of imperial projects, place and embodiment, space and national identity, urban spaces, violent spaces, black geographies, and geographies of whiteness. Among the spaces we will learn to analyze in terms of their expression of racial power, we consider: the post war house; the frontier; the grid; public housing; queer space; trans space; spaces of homelessness; the racial city; Apartheid spaces; museums; parks; monuments; digital spaces; plantations.

Gender Studies 187, Sem. 2 Thursday 1:00pm-3:50pm
Professor Nancy Mithlo
Museums and archives globally hold vast repositories of objects and records that were collected during previous eras characterized by the colonial impulse to erase living Indigenous peoples while simultaneously collecting their resources – intellectual as well as physical.

This senior capstone course will draw from the emerging literature critiquing the outdated curatorial practices of the last 200 years while offering community-centered perspectives of care and engagement. Topics such as appropriation, copyright, intellectual property, cultural resilience and futurity will be discussed drawing from multidisciplinary sources. Students will conduct original research using audio records in collections including the University of Oklahoma, the Institute of American Indian Arts and the Autry Museum of the American West. Ethical concerns will center discussions of provenance, transcription, context, distribution and interpretation of original source materials. Students will complete a cumulative paper or project that may take the form of a virtual exhibit, a blog or an audio file.

Gender Studies 187, Sem. 3 Tuesday 4:00pm-6:50pm
Professor Sharon Traweek
Seminar on Oral Life Histories: Designing, Collecting, Interpreting, and Archiving.  During the past 30 years a rapidly increasing number of researchers, community members, and policy makers collect and interpret oral histories in a wide array of fields worldwide. New research topics on cultural memory, testimony, and witnessing have emerged using oral/life histories. Professional organizations, university programs, and archives for oral history are expanding. The entire process of designing research using such materials, interpreting them, and using them alongside more conventional records has attracted much attention. These research methods include oral/life histories, archive work/fieldwork, depth interviews, and open-ended interviews, etc. Those methods also are generating new debates about theory and interpretation in anthropological, archival, cultural, gender, heritage, historical, information, legal, sociological, and STS studies. In this seminar we will juxtapose and explore multiple oral history methods and interpretive strategies from various fields and we will address the ethical, and legal issues surrounding oral histories in several countries.

We will design and conduct solitary or collaborative research projects about individuals, communities, and their activities. All students will be free to pick projects from their own interests. Seminar members also will learn how to design project archives and how deposit oral histories in existing archives. We will explore the design of digital archives for oral histories and the design of oral history web portals for the presentation/circulation of oral histories and related data we have gathered. We also will ask how new formats for presenting our work offer opportunities for designing new kinds of interpretation/analysis and new kinds of relationships with the people and topics we are studying

Gender Studies 187, Sem. 4 Monday 11:00am-1:50pm
Professor Uri McMillan
This seminar examines post-1960s aesthetic production staged by select queer-identified artists and collectives. We will analyze works that seek to interrupt majoritarian narratives regarding the AIDS crisis and communities of color, for instance, while centering non-traditional protagonists. We seek to understand why these cultural actors repeatedly turned toward the aesthetic, while also taking stock of how they played with form, narrative, and meaning. Possible topics include S.T.A.R., Looking for Langston, the Watermelon Woman, Pedro Zamora, Mundo Meza, Tourmaline, Mark Aguhar, and Paris is Burning.

Core Courses

GS 102 (Power), GS 103 (Knowledge) and GS 104 (Bodies). The core courses examine theories and analytical concepts in the context of the historical periods and social movements from which ideas emerge. Conceived as conceptual and analytic toolkit courses, the core courses focus on works of theory, criticism, and historiography central to scholarly investigation in the field of gender studies.

GS 102: Power
This course considers how feminist social movements have identified and challenged gender-based subordination, and the ways feminist theorists have conceived and critiqued traditional theories of power. Questions to be considered include: How have women’s and other social movements defined and challenged social, political and economic subordination? How have feminist theorists addressed the subject of power? How do empire, colonialism, liberalism, neoliberalism and globalization produce distinctive forms of gendered violence, gendered knowledge, and gendered subjectivities? How are gender and sexuality produced and regulated by law, nation, and economy?

GS 103: Knowledge 
This course explores the social production of knowledge about gendered subjects and gender systems. Students will engage key issues in feminist theory and feminist epistemology. How do feminist scholars identify and frame research questions? How is knowledge about marginalized subjects produced? How has feminism challenged dominant understandings of knowledge, rationality, objectivity, and scientific method? How have social movements sought to challenge traditional modes of knowledge production?

GS 104: Bodies
This course explores scholarly theories and histories of the body, focusing on topics including sex identities, sexuality, gendered violence, and reproductive politics. Questions to be considered include: How has science, medicine and culture sought to distinguish “male” from “female” in different historical periods and locations? How have the meanings of the terms “sex” and “gender” varied across time and place? How has the gendered body been represented in different visual cultures? How have embodied identities been produced in different historical and geographic contexts? What is the relationship between embodiment and desire?

Approved Courses

Beyond the core courses listed above, three types of courses meet the Major/Minor requirements:

  • Courses offered by GS
  • Courses cross/multi-listed with GS and other departments
  • Selected departmental courses

The General Catalog section on Gender Studies includes full course descriptions for GS-sponsored or multi-listed courses, and a listing of regularly offered departmental courses (see those departmental listings for those course descriptions).

The Schedule of Classes lists those courses being offered for each quarter; it will include courses described in the General Catalog and courses which are offered just for that quarter (special topics, new courses, advanced seminars, etc.).


Gender Studies Course Listing

Lower Division Courses
10. Introduction to Gender Studies

Upper Division Core Courses
102. Power
103. Knowledge
104. Bodies
187. Research Seminar


Upper Division Elective Courses
108. Violence against Women
112. Special Topics in Women and the Arts
113. Sex Work
120. Internship in Gender Studies
122. Masculinities
123. Latin American Women in Film
125. Women and Healthcare in the U.S.
129. Caribbean Women
130. Women of Color in the U.S.
134. Gender, Science, and Theory
138. Gender and Popular Culture
139. Women and Art in Contemporary U.S.
142. Race, Gender and Punishment
145. African American Women’s History
156A. History of Women in the U.S.: Rebellious Women of the 20th Century
171A. Women, Gender, and Law: Jurisprudence of Sexual Equality
185. Special Topics in Gender Studies
195. Community or Corporate Internships in Gender Studies
197. Individual Studies in Gender Studies
198A-198B-198C. Honors Research in Gender Studies
199. Directed Research in Gender Studies

Cross-Listed Courses Outside Department Course # – GS Course # – Title
Afro-American Studies
Afro-Am/Gender M109. Women in Jazz
Afro-Am/Gender M172. Afro-American Woman in U.S.
Afro-Am M179A. Slavery and Black Women Writers

Anthro/Gender M151. Marriage, Family, and Kinship
Anthro/Gender M154P. Gender Systems: North America
Anthro/Gender M154Q. Gender Systems: Global
Anthro/Gender M155. Women’s Voices: Their Critique of Anthropology of Japan
Anthro/Gender M155Q. Women and Social Movements

Art History
Art His 110J. Feminism and French Art

Asian American Studies
Asia Am/Gender M164. Women, Violence, Globalization: India, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam

Chicana and Chicano Studies
Chicano M110/Gender M132A. Chicana Feminism
Chicano M154/Gender M132B. Contemporary Issues among Chicanas
Chicano/Gender M133. Chicana Lesbian Literature
Chicano M135/Gender M135C. Bilingual Writing Workshop
Chicano/Gender M144. Women’s Movement in Latin America
Chicano M147/Gender M147C. Transnational Women’s Organizing in Americas
Chicano M158/Gender M157. Chicana Historiography

Classic 169. Sex in the Ancient World

Communication Studies
Comm St/Gender M149. Media: Gender, Race, Class, and Sexuality

Comparative Literature
Com Lit/Gender CM170 CM170. Alternate Traditions: In Search of Female Voices in Contemporary Literature

Disability Studies
Dis Std/Gender M121. Topics in Gender and Disabilities

Educ147. LGBTS Issue in Education and Law
Educ/Gender M148. Women in Higher Education
Educ/Gender CM178. Critical Media Literacy and Politics of Gender
Educ/Gender CM178L. Critical Media Literacy and Politics of Gender: Laboratory

Engl M101A/Gender M105A. Premodern Queer Literatures and Cultures
Engl M101B/Gender M105B. Queer Literatures and Cultures, 1850 to 1970
Engl M101C/Gender M105C. Queer Literatures and Cultures after 1970
Engl M101D/Gender M105D. Studies in Queer Literatures and Cultures
Engl/Gender M107A. Studies in Women’s Writing
Engl/Gender M107B. Studies in Gender and Sexuality
Engl/Gender M126. Feminist and Queer Theory
Engl 183C. Pornography and Politics of Sexual Representation
Engl/Gender M191D. Topics in Queer Literatures and Cultures
Engl/Gender M191E. Topics in Gender and Sexuality

Ethnomu/Gender M109. Women in Jazz

Film and Television
Film TV/Gender M111. Women and Film

Geog/Gender M146. Feminist Geography

Grntlgy/Gender M104C. Diversity in Aging: Roles of Gender and Ethnicity

Hist/Gender M133A-M133B. History of Women in Europe
Hist/Gender M133C. History of Prostitution
Hist M147C/Gender M147B. History of Women in Colonial British America and Early U.S., 1600 to 1860
Hist/Gender M147D. History of Women in U.S., 1860 to 1980
Hist M151D/Gender M157. Chicana Historiography
Hist/Gender M173B. Women in 20th-Century Japan
Hist/Gender M180B. Historical Perspectives on Gender and Science
Hist M187A/Gender M186A. Global Feminism, 1850 to the Present

Honors Collegium
Hnrs/Gender M106. Imaginary Women

Labor and Workplace Studies
Lbr&WS/Gender M114. Women’s Movement in Latin America
Lbr&WS/Gender M149. Media: Gender, Race, Class, and Sexuality

German M107/Gender M108. Love and Sex in German Literary Tradition
German M105/Gender M119. Tristan, Isolde, and History of Heterosexuality
Russian M127/Gender M127. Women in Russian Literature
French/Gender M140. Women’s Studies in French Literature
Italian/GenderM 158. Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Italian Culture
Scandinavian CM144A/Gender M186. Voices of Women in Nordic Literature

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies
LGBTS M101A/Gender M105A. Premodern Queer Literatures and Cultures
LGBTS M101B/Gender M105B. Queer Literatures and Cultures, 1850 to 1970
LGBTS M101C/Gender M105C. Queer Literatures and Cultures after 1970
LGBTS M101D/Gender M105D. Studies in Queer Literatures and Cultures
LGBTS/Gender M107B. Studies in Gender and Sexuality
LGBTS/Gender M114. Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies
LGBTS/Gender M115. Topics in Study of Sexual and Gender Orientation
LGBTS/Gender M116. Sexuality and the City: Queer Los Angeles
LGBTS/Gender M118. Queering American History
LGBTS/Gender M126. Feminist and Queer Theory
LGBTS/Gender M133. Chicana Lesbian Literature
LGBTS/Gender M147A. Psychology of Lesbian Experience
LGBTS/Gender M167. Contested Sexualities
LGBTS/Gender M191D. Topics in Queer Literatures and Cultures
LGBTS/Gender M191E. Topics in Gender and Sexuality

Music History
Mus Hst/Gender M136. Music and Gender

Philos M187/Gender M110C. Philosophical Analysis of Issues in Feminist Theory

Political Science 
Pol Sci M107/Gender M117. Women and Politics

Psych/Gender M137E. Work Behavior of Women and Men
Psych/Gender M147A. Psychology of Lesbian Experience
Psych/Gender M165. Psychology of Gender
Pysch/Gender M172. Afro-American Woman in U.S.

Social Welfare 
Soc Wlf/Gender M104C. Diversity in Aging: Roles of Gender and Ethnicity

Sociol/Gender M162. Sociology of Gender
Sociol/Gender M163. Gender and Work
Sociol/Gender M164. Politics of Reproduction
Sociol/Gender M166. Women in Socialist and Post-Socialist States
Sociol/Gender M174. Sociology of the Family

Urban Planning
Urbn Pl/Gender M175. Women and Cities

World Arts and Cultures
WL Arts CM140/Gender CM143. Women Healers, Ritual, and Transformation