Session A (June 22nd – July 31st)
Instructor: Laura Terrance – TR 10:45am-12:50pm
Course Description: This course will develop critical reading and writing skills necessary for academic success. Over the course of six weeks, students will engage the assigned readings in conversation with the week’s leading question as outlined on the syllabus. The course is designed to generate a paper topic that will then continually develop during the class as a result of in-class discussions and formal writing exercises. Each student will be responsible for his or her own final writing project, but small writing groups will also be used to assist students in understanding the relationship between how written thoughts are presented and how they are comprehended by different readers. By the end of the six-week course each student can expect to have a full understanding of the writing process, including topic conceptualization, objective of the writing project, organization of thoughts and resources, selection of objects of study, personal writing style, etc.
Instructor: Candace Hansen – TR 10:45am-12:50pm
Course Description: Cinema and television helps us make sense of our place in the world. Often it is through this artform we are able to come to realizations about lives and identities, and even imagine realities beyond our own. Why is it then that mainstream narratives surrounding queer women and trans people are monolithic, tragic, and lack nuance? In this course we will explore the relationship between sexuality, gender, and cinema, interrogating issues surrounding agency, authorship, and the consequences of tropes for lesbians, bisexual women, butches, trans women, trans men, non-binary individuals, and gender non-conforming people. Focusing primarily on American cultural production, we will consider the ways that race, class, and other elements of identity intersect with and influence cinematic depictions of queerness. We will look at independent as well as mainstream cinema, tv shows, documentaries, art films, and other sources to attempt to track queer narratives through the lens of gender studies, and imagine what the future of representation and film making might hold.
Instructor: Taryn Marcelino – TR 8:35am-10:35am
Course Description: Through a framework of keywords such as access, analog/digital, celebrity, censorship, data, fan, posthuman and more, the course will explore issues of authorship, spectatorship, and the ways in which digital content (film, television, blogs, video, advertising) enables, facilitates, and challenges marginalizing social constructions in society. Through feminist critique, students will research and analyze how the internet creates and contests stereotypes and ideas of difference, including exclusionary representations of the human, with a particular focus on how digital technologies are transforming popular culture. A variety of UCLA Gender Studies Department faculty will participate in this class, contributing lectures and other course materials.
Session C (Aug 3rd – Sept 11th)
Instructor: Ryan Hilliard – TR 1:00pm-3:05pm
Course Description: In this course we will study “the world’s oldest occupation,” prostitution, from a global historical perspective. Beginning in ancient times and ending in the present day we will trace changing attitudes towards prostitution from the vantage point of sex workers, moralists, medical authorities, and police officials. The history of prostitution is not only about sex, but also intersects with and heavily influences the realms of economics, politics, empire, race, medicine, and globalization. Topics covered in this course include: toleration, regulation, and criminalization of prostitution; the impact of venereal diseases on sex work, from syphilis to AIDS; red-light districts; the white slavery scare; military prostitution in the periods of WWI and WWII; sexual tourism; and contemporary global sex trade. The diverse contexts in which we will study prostitution will include: ancient Greece, medieval Europe, seventeenth-century Japan, London in period of Jack the Ripper, colonial India, and twentieth-century United States. Course readings include novels, primary sources, and testimony by sex workers.
What does it mean when artistic work is world making? In Hansen’s M107B we will be thinking through queer punk as a method by looking at resistant literatures, things that are not just gay but queer, critical, and artful. In the true spirit of queer praxis, literature will not just be understood as written word alone in this course. Music, video, art, dance, performance, ritual, and collective experiences are all works of artistic merit and meaning, and contribute to a body of knowledge that shape queer and punk epistemologies and identities. We will read and analyze work from classic and contemporary creators, writers, musicians, skateboarders, zinesters, dancers, astrologers, and more to think about what it means to make queer art that is oppositional AND affirming AND community building. Work that is creating, critiquing, and negotiating power. Work that is responding to gaps. Students will write a paper and create an original work as part of their final grade.
Department of Gender Studies
1120 Rolfe Hall