The Sarah Isom Center for Women & Gender Studies
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Women in Antiquity

An introduction to the history and culture of ancient Greece and Rome through a consideration of the role and status of women in the classical world. Lectures with slides will be supplemented by readings of ancient texts in translation, in addition to textbook assignments.

Crosslisted as CLC 103

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Introduction to Gender Studies

Exploration of the growing body of research available from many disciplines (humanities, social sciences, sciences) for the study of women and men in the United States and abroad. Investigation of femininity and masculinity and the intersection of gender with other categories of identity.

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Introduction to Queer Studies

This introductory class will examine and complicate gender and sexuality as categories of identity.

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Topics in Gender and Culture

A study of gender roles within traditional and popular culture. The specific content of the course may vary in different semesters. Possible emphases might include women in the arts, women in film, women in the media, and women in popular culture.

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The Family

The American family as an institution and a group of interacting persons; the nature and problems of courtship, husband-wife, and parent-child relationships.

Crosslisted as SOC 301

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Men, Women, and Greek Life

This course considers how issues of gender play out in the unique cultural institutions of fraternities and sororities, including the history and current nature of the Greek system, and considers how how these institutions address sexual orientation, hazing, body image, and sexual assault.

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Women and the Goddess in Asian Religions

Exploration of goddess figures and the social roles of women in the Hindu, Buddhist, and Taoist traditions.

Crosslisted as REL 311

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Men and Masculinities

This course examines the social meanings of masculinity and men's lives. Students will study men's movements as well as the "crisis of masculinity" and the costs and benefits of patriarchy for men.

Crosslisted as SOC 324

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Sociology of Gender

Examines the social and cultural construction of gender differences in contemporary U.S. society, focusing on the social history of gender roles and gender inequality in current cultural and institutional practices.

Crosslisted as SOC 325

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Saints and Sexuality

A survey of holy figures within Christianity and Islam with an emphasis on gender and the body.

Crosslisted as REL 326

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Genocide and Women

Exploration of the roles of women as victims of gender abuse and sexual violence and as perpetrators of violence in modern ethnic genocides.

Crosslisted as SOC 327

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African American Feminist Thought

Exploration of the micro-level and institutional intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality as articulated by African-American women intellectuals from the 19th century to present with particular emphasis on social scientific theory and methodology. Topics include early black feminist thought; comparisons of black and white women's feminisms; third-wave black feminist thought; sexuality, the body, and hip-hop.

Crosslisted as AAS 328, SOC 328

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Queer Playwriting and American Culture

An exploration of LGBTQ-related plays and their influence on American culture.

Crosslisted as THEA 329

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Theories in Gender

This interdisciplinary course analyzes theories in gender studies. The specific content of the course may vary. May be repeated once for credit with permission of director.

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The South and Sexuality

Students will study the ways in which the South has been constructed through depictions of sexuality, especially forms of sexuality deemed marginal, perverse, and dangerous.

Crosslisted as SST 350

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Women in Politics

An analysis of women's political roles. May be taught with focus on United States or with comparative focus.

Crosslisted as POL 346

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Society and the Sexes in Modern Europe

An exploration of the changing roles of European women and men since the French Revolution in 1789.

Crosslisted as HST 349

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Gender and Sexuality in Cinema

Students examine issues of feminity, masculinity, and sexuality within racial and national identity as represented in mainstream or independent films.

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Hemispheric Voices: Women Writers of America

Study of the development of feminist thought in the Americas through translations of works by women writers from North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean.

Crosslisted as MLLL 352

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Gender and Sexuality in the Media

This course teaches students to examine and analyze how representations of gender and sexuality have or have not changed over time. This exploration will include theoretical readings and analysis of television, film, music & music videos, broadcast and print journalism, magazines, advertising, social media, comic books, graphic novels, anime, user-generated online content, and online gaming.

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Women in the Rabbinic Tradition

This course will examine the development of Rabbinic Judaism with particular emphasis on how it has shaped the lives of women.

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Women in the South

A study of the experience of women in the South as revealed primarily through their writings and other expressions.

Crosslisted as ENG 357

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Gender in Latin America

Historical and ethnographic examination of gender in Latin America, with an emphasis on kinship, family structure, and identity.

Crosslisted as INST 363

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Sex, Gender, and the Bible

This course examines sexuality in the biblical corpus, analyzes the biblical writers’ construction of gender, and explores feminist-critical and masculinist-critical readings of biblical texts.

Crosslisted as REL 366

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Feminism, Women, and Religion

An exploration of the commonalitities and differences in feminist issues, strategies and methodologies across a number of religious traditions. Readings from a variety of contemporary feminist religious scholars.

Crosslisted as REL 368

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Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies

This course is an introduction to the theory, scholarship, and critical approaches to the study of gender and sexuality studies.

Crosslisted as ENG 382

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Studies in Gender and Feminism

May be repeated once for credit if topic varies.

Crosslisted as ENG 383

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Studies in Gay and Lesbian Literature and Theory

A study of the theoretical perspective involved in the analysis of gay and lesbian representations in literature and other media.

Crosslisted as ENG 384

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Women in Literature

This course is a study of the images of women in British and American literature. Content will vary.

Crosslisted as ENG 385

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Gender on Film

Students examine issues of femininity, masculinity, and sexuality within racial and national identity as represented in mainstream or independent films.

Crosslisted as ENG 386

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Feminist Philosophy

A survey of contemporary theories and philosophical issues centering on women and feminism.

Crosslisted as PHIL 390

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Women, Gender, and the Environment

This class examines environmental issues through the lens of gender and its intersections with race, class, ethnicity, sexuality, and nationality.

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Topics in Gender Studies on Location

Students do approved course work at a foreign university. May be repeated with permission of the director.

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Special Topics in Gender Studies

Content varies. May be repeated once for credit with permission of the director.

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Advanced Queer Studies

This course investigates ongoing theoretical and cultural issues in queer studies. Focuses of the course may include theories of embodiment, the relationship of gender to sexuality, the politics of transgender identity, and issues of normativity as they relate to gay and lesbian assimilation. Students will apply these theories to cultural phenomena in the culture at large.

 

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Race, Place, and Space

This course explores the significance of race, place, and space to modern identity formation. Through a multiple-disciplinary exploration, we will analyze the influence of social, political, cultural, and historical factors on the development of real and perceived "racialized places and spaces," identities, and experiences in America, with special emphasis on gender and the American South.

Crosslisted as AAS 414, SST 314, SOC 414

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African American Women's History

An introduction to African American women's history, exploring the epistemology and the scholarship of the field.

Crosslisted as AAS 362, HST 418

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Readings in U.S. Black Feminism

Students will study the development, expression, ideology, and praxis of the politics African American women have developed to simultaneously counter both racism and sexism.

Crosslisted as AAS 421

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Religion, Gender, and Sexuality

This course uses a sociological approach to study how religion is used to organize, control, and change gender and sexual norms.

Crosslisted as SOC 425

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Women in United States History

History of the struggle for equality in U.S. politics and culture.

Crosslisted as HST 428

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U.S. Gender History

An analysis of changing views of the masculine and the feminine in American culture since 1607. Class, racial, and ethnic differences will be emphasized.

Crosslisted as HST 429

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Theories of Gender and Sexuality

This course surveys how liberal, black, post-colonial, and queer feminist theorists conceptualize gender oppression and resistance and problematizes taken-for-granted beliefs about the naturalness of sex and sexuality.

Crosslisted as SOC 433

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Language, Gender, and Sexuality

Students will study the relationship among language, gender, and sexuality from local and global perspectives.

Crosslisted as LING 538, TESL 538

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Women in Southern History

A historical survey of Southern women with emphasis on research through documentary sources and oral history.

Crosslisted as HST 454, SST 303

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Psychology of Human Sexuality

A survey of behavioral, psychological, and physiological research on human sexuality.

Crosslisted as PSY 460

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Renaissance Women Writers

Study of works from the 16th and 17th centuries.

Crosslisted as ENG 488

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Special Topics in Gender/Sexuality Studies

May be repeated once for credit if topic varies.

Crosslisted as ENG 488

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Power, Knowledge, and Gender

Critical, interdisciplinary examination of identity as related to sex, race, and class and as imbricated in knowledge and power, through a study of literary, cultural, and intellectual history. Taught in English.

Crosslisted as ENG 489, MLLL 489

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Special Topics in Queer Theory

This course will trace major movements in the development of queer theory from the 1970s to the present.

Crosslisted as ENG 490

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Seminar on Literature and Gender

Images of women and men in literature by women and men, the special role of the woman writer, recurrent formal and contextual convention in literature written by women, and feminist critical theory. Content varies; may be repeated for credit.

Crosslisted as ENG 491

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Gender Studies Capstone

Through readings, discussions, and writing workshops, students will focus on the methodology of gender studies, the specificity of language, and the structure of an academic essay in a variety of disciplines.

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Internship in Gender Studies

Internship in approved work settings under professional supervision. May be repeated once for a cumulative total of 3 hours of credit. Z grade.

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Special Topics in Gender Studies

Content varies. May be repeated once for credit with permission of director.

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Directed Readings in Gender Studies

Individual research into selected issues in gender studies; content varies. May be repeated once for credit with permission of director.

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Psychology of Gender

Investigation of the psychological and physiological determinants of gender differences and similarities in behavior, covering topics such as cognitive functioning, social relationships, mental health, and the work place.

Crosslisted as PSY 565

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Directed Readings in Gender Studies

Individual research into selected issues in gender studies; content varies. May be repeated once for credit with permission of director.

 

Graduate Classes

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Gender Studies Methodology

This course will introduce students to the interdisciplinary field of gender studies, including the use of both quantitative and qualitative methods in order to understand gender in a transnational perspective.

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Gender Theory

In this class, we will examine a variety of theoretical perspectives and themes used by researchers of gender from the last century (e.g., Intersectionality, Queer Theory, Critical Race Theory).

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Feminist Pedagogy

In this seminar, we will further our knowledge of feminist pedagogies through rigorous reading, writing responses, guest speakers, co-teaching experiences, and class discussion. We will explore feminist and interrelated critical pedagogies and their application in different kinds of classrooms, with a focus on the gender studies classroom.

 

GST Related-Graduate Classes

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HIS 660: Readings: Gender History of Modern Europe

Topics in the gender history of modern Europe and its colonial empires.

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HST 690: Readings: Gender & Power in Latin America

Topics in the history of gender identity in Latin America.

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PSY 561: Cross-Cultural Training

The course will survey cross-cultural training programs designed to introduce people from one cultural background to ways of interacting effectively in a culture other than their own.

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SOC 625: Current Debates in Gender

Examines the social and cultural construction of gender differences in contemporary U.S. society, focusing on the social history of gender roles and gender inequality in current cultural and institutional practices.

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SPAN 565: Spanish American Women Writers

Poetry, drama, and narrative written by Spanish American women with particular attention to the themes, theories, and questions surrounding gender and escritura femenina.