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Expanded Course Descriptions - Selected Topics

Fall  2014 (Aug. 25, 2014-Dec. 18, 2014)

WOM393-01/ (Course Reference # 1317) American Indian Women and Political Power
Professor Meg Devlin O'Sullivan
Mondays & Thursdays, 12:30P-1:45P

This course examines the experience of American Indian women from first contacts with
 Europeans and Africans to the present.  It gives particular attention to the ways in which indigenous women from various groups displayed political power and how culture and history informed and transformed these expressions.  The course will use sources from literature, history, and sociology to get at Indian women's political involvement within their tribes, in relation to the federal government (United States), and in larger feminist and social justice movements.  Our investigations will highlight: political power before European influence; the impact of Christianity and capitalism on indigenous women; Native women as tribal leaders; and American Indian women as participants in the second and third waves of feminism

Credits 3 (may be repeated for credit)

Restrictions

Must be enrolled in the following level: Undergraduate

May not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman

 

 

WOM393-02 (Course Reference #1450) Introduction to Transgender Studies
Professor Karl Bryant
Tuesdays, 3:30P-6:20P

This survey, interdisciplinary course will give students an introduction to Transgender Studies, a newly emerging, interdisciplinary academic field that takes gender non-normativity, broadly construed, as its object of study.  Works covered will include theorizations of transgender subjectivity, ethnographic explorations of transgender lived realities, close readings and critiques of existing knowledge about transgender people, and the excavation and reconstruction of transgender histories.  As an interdisciplinary field, transgender studies spans many disciplinary locations; thus the course will draw on materials from a range of disciplines and interdisciplines, including but not necessarily limited to: history, anthropology, literature, policy studies, sociology, legal studies, cultural studies, media studies, women's/gender studies, and queer studies.

Credits: 3 (may be repeated for credit)

Restrictions

Must be enrolled in the following level: Undergraduate

May not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman