Courses

Kim Coates l M 2:30-5:20pm l East Hall 103
This graduate level seminar will glance back briefly at second-wave feminism and then move forward to more recent feminist theory and its applications in fields ranging from, but not necessarily limited to, language, literature, film, religion, philosophy, history, psychoanalysis, psychology, health, and politics. We will work to establish a clear understanding of contemporary feminist methodologies and theoretical approaches, and we will pay close attention to the ways in which feminist thinkers have critiqued and changed traditional academic disciplines, as well as the new bodies of thought (e.g., queer theory, feminist disability studies, affect studies, etc.) that have emerged from these critiques. Our primary focus will be on feminist thought since the 1990s, with a particular emphasis on work published in the last decade.

Remy Attig | Online |
An emphasis on “speaking correctly” and “grammar policing” has been a tool to silence resistance and reaffirm the superiority of the elite for centuries. This is particularly true where it relates to colonial and nationalist projects. While many of us have internalized these ideas of linguistic purity through our education and societal beliefs, the truth is that for a great many people these prescriptivist ideas of language don’t reflect our actual speech. 
Despite the gravitas of institutions such as the Real Academia Española, the Oxford Dictionary, and the standardization of the editorial process, many are using their language in non-standardized ways to voice their resistance on their own terms. 
This course will use translinguistics and queer theories to consider how some traditionally underrepresented communities use language in innovative or unconventional ways to tell their own stories. We’ll look at TV, zines, and literature from across US Latinx communities and on the Hispanic-Brazilian border to see how queer, feminist, Latinx, and other communities are taking control of their own representation. 
**This class is conducted in Spanish. Readings will be in English and Spanish**

Radhika Gajjala | M 6:00-9:00PM l Shatzel Hall 126
This course emphasizes the use of computational tools and data analytics methods combined and juxtaposes with humanities critical ethnographic approaches. The methodological approach emphasizes an antiracist, anti-casteist and intersectional feminist epistemic framework. We use texts that are written by scholars across a gender continuum and emphasize the works of people of color.
We examine the importance of mixed and multiple methods where “big” data is examined closely in “smaller” frames drawing on data analytics tools and their ability to produce quantifiable metrics for describing data on the one hand and using a variety of qualitative and interpretive methods to collect and extend the understanding of these smaller frames in a broader more global context on the other.

Tim Messer-Kruse | Th 2:30-5:20PM | Shatzel 242
The Divisive Concepts of CRT: Myth and Reality will examine the scholarship that is Critical Race Theory and the moral panic that it has provoked. After exploring the history of both CRT and populist racism, each week will be devoted to analyzing one of the "divisive concepts" currently banned by nearly half of the states.

Radhika Gajjala | Th 6:00-9:00PM | Eppler North 303
This course focuses Social Media and Activism/Advocacy/Allyship and Influencers. This course will investigate topics related to social media and its use in activism and advocacy, whether by individuals, non-profits, political parties or social justice movements. Since the internet became publicly available beyond scientific and intelligence communities in the 1990s, we have seen a trend where people from various social and cultural worldwide locations have used the tools available to raise awareness for causes. As early as 1994, the Zapatistas used the internet for activism. Over the last decade we have seen an increase in this use by groups all across the globe.

In looking at Activism/Advocacy/Allyship and Influencers the assumption is not that digital activists and influencers are ideologically progressive. The movements we look at and the tactics and strategies we examine will shed light on both conservative and liberal progressive movements across a spectrum of race, gender, class, caste, religion, nationalisms and fascisms. Thus we look at activist strategies in relation political misinformation, spread of hate groups as well as at human rights, antiracist or feminist movements. This manner of engaging what is happening though social media publics allows us to examine issues of race, gender and geography and how different historically oppressed/marginalized communities are impacted by what has come to be known as “digital activism.” Readings and exercises in class will focus on examining both the algorithmic/machinic infrastructural biases and the more discursively visible social, cultural, political and economic biases that shape practices of “digital activism.”

Rachel Walsh | W 6:00-9:00pm | East Hall 306
This class is an invitation for you to join me in critically examining the historical and fragile present that we collectively inhabit---one that is defined, in large part, by the wealth inequalities authored by decades of neoliberal policies and militarized borders, which have collectively produced the precarity of populations who, along the co-articulated lines of race, nationality, gender, and sexuality are read as threats to be surveilled and contained. Throughout the semester, we will examine texts that trouble borders of genres and disciplines (Julietta Singh’s theoretical memoir, No Archive Will Restore You, Daniel Borzutzky's documentary poems in Written After a Massacre in the Year 2018, Jackie Wang’s book, Carceral Capitalism) and which arguably comprise and depict archives of resistance and implication. These texts scrutinize the ways in which borders are drawn and policed and they imagine and carve out different spaces of belonging and, in Saidiya Hartman’s term, “wayward” ways of being.

Susana Peña | W 2:30-5:20PM | Shatzel 242
This class will focus on the intersection of race and sexuality, with particular focus on African American and Latinx populations in the United States.  We will discuss how sexuality discourses and practices have constructed, reinforced, and challenged racial, ethnic, gender, and class inequalities.  In particular, we will focus on topics such as queer of color critique, racialized sexualities and sex work, immigration, and reproductive justice. We will read work by scholars such as Roderick Ferguson, Gloria Anzaldúa, Mireille Miller-Young, Lionel Cantú, and Eithne Luibhéid.

Casey Stark | MW 4:30-5:45PM | Central Hall 117
Special topics course that covers the origins of European witchcraft and magic with a strong focus on the period known as the “Witch Craze”. It begins with the development of concepts of “evil”, “magic” and the identification of both good and bad “witches” in early European societies. Next, it follows the evolution of beliefs in demonic spirits and the idea of the “devil” in the early days of Christianity and into the Middle Ages. Most of the course concentrates on the popular beliefs of witchcraft and magic from the 12th through the 17th centuries and the circumstances that led to wide scale witch hunts, which were most prevalent in Western Europe in the Early Modern Period (15th-17th centuries). Considerable attention will be given to the political, religious, economic, and gender influences that sparked this outbreak of mass panic, trials, and executions.

Abhishek Bhati | MWF 1:30-2:20PM | Central Hall 117
This is experiential grant making course. The course also exposes students to familiarize students with key aspects of grant-making institutions, such as mission development, needs assessment, grant proposal analysis, and site visits. Students will develop their own grant-making strategy and learn how to be strategic in their individual giving.

Last year, students raised $1,300 and gave it as grants to two local nonprofits. More details about last year can be found at: POLS Class Grant Project

Katherine Meizel l Th 5:30pm-8:20pm l Moore Musical Arts Center 2002
This course explores how intertwined ideologies of ability and disability impact music and musicians, and how disabled and d/Deaf musicians negotiate--and reshape--those ideologies. In cultures where musical practice is associated with special ability, what does it mean to be a disabled musician? How are disability and d/Deafness performed and represented in music? And how do oppressive systems that target disability, race, ethnicity, and gender identity interlock in the context of music? In addressing these questions, we will engage with theoretical frameworks and scholarship from fields such as disability studies, Deaf studies, ethnomusicology, historical musicology, media studies, gender studies, and popular music studies. No prior familiarity with these fields is required.

Vikki Krane | TuTh 1:00-2:15PM | Central Hall 1010

A critical examination of how gender and sexuality, and social expectations surrounding femininity and masculinity, influence experiences in sport and physical activity. Credit allowed for one of HMSL 6410 or WS 6410.

Becca Cragin | Th 6:00-9:00PM | REMOTE

This course will provide an introduction to critical television studies, exploring foundational and contemporary methods and concepts of the field. These will be used to examine the representation of gender, race, class, and sexuality in a variety of TV genres. We’ll look at:
— culture: how does TV allow for or preclude critique of hegemonic beliefs?
— convergence: how has television changed technologically, culturally, and aesthetically? 
— aesthetics: what role do quality, aesthetics, and performance play in television texts?
— criticism: what expectations do scholars and popular audiences bring to TV watching, and how do these affect the interpretation of television?

Kara Barr | TuTh 1:00-2:15PM | Williams 141

Elective for Women’s Studies Certificate

This course explores the issues facing European women from the 16th to the 18th centuries, including political, social, and religious concerns. It also examines the creation and enforcement of European norms of femininity and masculinity in this same period.

Shannon Orr | TuTh 2:30-3:45PM | Overman Hall 184

Lara Lengel | W 6:00-9:00PM | REMOTE

Sandra Faulkner | TuTh 4:00-5:15PM | Kuhlin Center 206

The purpose of this course is to introduce you to qualitative humanistic communication research methods, the logic and philosophy of such methods, and innovations/controversies in these methods. We will examine general qualitative research and feminist methods and analysis used by communication (and those in related fields) scholars, specifically interviews, observations, narrative analysis, ethnography, autoethnography, grounded theory, arts-based research, media criticism, and content coding. In addition, we will discuss the ethical considerations in conducting human participant research.

D. Amy-Rose Forbes-Erickson| Tu 2:30-5:20PM | Wolfe Center 201

Black feminism is a philosophical, intellectual, artistic, and activist practice emerging from the lived experiences of Black women (transgender/non-binary/cisgender). As a global movement, Black feminism covers an array of practices, and trajectories for “Black Feminisms.” This course introduces students to Black feminist thoughts through performance from the mid-twentieth century to the present. Drawing on a wide range of performances (digital art, blogs, theatre, music, dance, film, fiction, and activism) by Black feminists, the course explores the impacts of heterosexism, racism, classicism, homophobia, transphobia, and other forms of oppression. Although our focus will be on Black feminisms in the United States, we will engage with key works by Black feminists across Africa and the African Diaspora with foundational and contemporary writings by Patricia Hill Collins, Audre Lorde, bell hooks, Evelynn Hammonds, Hakima Abbas, Sokari Ekine, and others.

 


Previous WGSS Graduate Certificate Course Offerings 

Summer 2022 Courses

WS 6820 Representing Love, Sex, and Disability (Rainey-Smithback)
WS 6200 Feminist Theory (Rainey-Smithback)
MC 5670 Gender, Media and Culture (Gajjala)
ACS 6820 Critical Digital Humanities (Gajjala)
THFM 6680 Performance Studies: Queer Performance and Theory (Ahlgren)
HIED 7330 Women in Higher Education (Snyder)

Spring 2022 Courses

ENG 6800 Convincing Women: 19th Century Rhetoric
ENG 6750/WS 6800 Raging Women
WS 6100 Foundations of Feminist Theory
ACS 6820/POPC 6820/WS 6820 Female Body and Feminist Film Theory
CSP 6500 Social Justice Education & Training
THFM 7680 Dance, Movement, and Politics
THFM 6700 Contemporary Black Theatre and Performance
MC 7610/WS 7800 Race and Communication
MC 7630 Global Development and Social Change

Fall 2021 Courses

POPC 6800/WS 6800 TV Comedy & Gender
MC 6400 Humanistic Research Methods

Summer 2021 Courses

WS 6200 Feminist Theory
ENG 6800 – Hitchcock’s Heroines
MC 5670 Gender, Media, & Culture  
ENG 6070 – Theory and Methods of Literary Criticism 
ACS 6820 – Digital Humanities: Intersections and Praxis 
THFM 6700 Performance and Theatre in the Americas: Asian American Theatre and Performance

Spring 2021 Courses

WS 6200 Feminist Theory (Sarah Rainey-Smithback)
WS 6820/ENG 6800 Convincing Women: 19th Century Rhetoric (Sue Carter Wood)
WS 6800/ETHN 6800/POPC 6800 Black Women, POPC, & Respectability (Angela Nelson)
MC 7000 Relational Communication (Sandra Faulkner)
THFM 6680 -Performance & Mourning (Angela Ahlgren)
MUCT 6290 Seminar in Ethnomusicology: Music and Disability (Katherine Meizel)

Fall 2020 Courses

ACS 7700 Media and Cultural Studies (Gajjala)
MC 6400 Humanistic Research Methods (Atkinson)
MC 7630 Global Development and Social Change (Gajjala) 
POLS 5800 Non-Profit Administration
WS 6410/HMSLS 6410 Gender, Sexuality, and Sport (Krane)

Spring 2020 Courses

WS 6200  Feminist Theory (Faulkner)
WS 5800  Marginalized Sexualities (Rainey-Smithback)
WS 6800/ENG 6800  Raging Women (Coates)
WS 6800/POPC 6800  TV Comedy & Gender (Cragin)

Fall 2019 Courses

WS 6800/POPC 6620 Women in Bollywood (Rudisill)
WS 6100 Foundations of Feminist Theory (Cragin)
WS 6800/MC 6530 Interpersonal Communication
ACS 6820/MC 7150 Communications and Social Movements
ACS 7700 Media and Cultural Studies
MC 6400 Humanistic Research Methods
POLS 5800 Non-Profit Administration

Spring 2019 Courses

WS 6200 5001 Feminist Theory (Faulkner)
POPC 6800/WS 6800 5001 Female Body & Film Theory (Brown)
WS 6800 5002 Queer Performance & Theory (Ahlgren)
MC 7000/WS 6800 5003 Relational Communication (Faulkner)
ENG 6820 Topics in English Studies: Queer Before Stonewall (Albertini)
THFM 6820 Performance Theory and Practice: Using Theatrical Tools for Social Change (Ellison)

Fall 2018 Courses

WS 6410/HMSL 6410 Gender, Sexuality, & Sport
WS 6800/POPC 6800 Seminar in Women’s Studies: TV Comedy & Gender
MC 5670 Gender, Media & Culture
POLS 6540 Foundations of the Non-Profit Sector
THFM 6700 Performance and Theatre in the Americas: Women and Performance

Spring 2018 Courses

WS 6200 Feminist Theory
WS 6800/POPC 6800 Seminar: Romance Novels
WS 6800/ARTH Seminar: Performatie Viewer

Updated: 11/16/2022 01:58PM