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Expanded Course Descriptions - Selected Topics

Fall 2015 (Aug. 24, 2015-Dec. 18, 2015)

WOM393-01/ (Course Reference# 2265) Motherhood and Mothering
Professor Heather Hewett
Wednesday 11 a.m. - 1:50 p.m.

This course will examine the cultural construction of motherhood and the range of mothering practices in the U.S. and globally.  It will provide historical, cultural, and theoretical frameworks for understanding dominant constructions and images of motherhood; gender, sexuality race, class, and motherhood; mother blame; birth, breastfeeding, and maternal bodies; reproductive justice; adoption; surrogacy and assisted reproductive technologies; feminist mothering; queer and trans mothering; the politics of motherhood; transnational mothering; and maternal activism and 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

 

Spring 2016 (Jan. 20, 2016-May 13, 2016)

WOM393-01 (Course Reference#___) Gender and Sexuality in Hip Hop Culture
Professor Jessica N. Pabon
Tuesdays/Fridays 12:30 p.m. -01:45 p.m.

Documentation of hip hop culture's aesthetic, social, and political development, from its late '60s/early '70s Bronx-based quotidian urbanity to its now-global reality, has consistently marginalized girls, women, and queer individuals.  With a feminist lens attentive to these dynamics in hip hop culture, we will explore hip hop's history, aesthetics, and politics, paying particular attention to scholarship developed with gender and sexuality at the center of analysis.

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#___) Radical Grrlz
Professor Jessica N. Pabon
Tuesdays/Fridays 2 p.m. -3:15 p.m.

With an elastic understanding of the term "girl," we will study the various ways that girls (predominantly from the Americas) participate in cultural practices considered
non-mainstream: counter cultures, subcultures, and defiant youth cultures.  We will
examine how the performance of "radical" everyday acts can alter the raced, classed, and
gendered definitions and boundaries of "girlhood"--how "girls" become "grrlz" through the participation and production of political, criminal, sartorial, recreational, and artistic cultural practices practices such as: afro/punk, club, gamer, gang, graff, queer, riot, skater, and zine.

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

WOM393-03 (Course Reference#___) Feminist Methods
Professor Kate McCoy
Mondays/Thursdays 12:30 p.m. -01:45 p.m.

An overview of feminist methodological issues, dilemmas, and debates; an introduction to a variety of qualitative and quantitative research techniques and methods; and guided instruction on designing a project and writing a research proposal.

Credits: 3 (may be repeated for credit)


Restrictions

May not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman

Pre-requisite: WOM220: Women, Images, and Realities.
Pre-requisite: WOM421: Feminist Theory or concurrent with Feminist Theory.