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Summer Session Classes 2020

WGSS Summer Courses 2020

WGSS is offering exciting Summer courses! Registration is open now!

Session I: 6/22-7/17

WGS 261: GENDER AND POPULAR CULTURE
CRN: 43500 INSTRUCTOR: YVETTE SAAVEDRA
This survey course analyzes different elements of Chicanx expressive culture to study how gender and sexuality are represented and performed in Chicanx Culture productions. Using a Queer Chicana feminist lens, we will examine different forms of popular culture to assess how Chicana feminist cultural productions challenges historical and contemporary dominant systems of power and functions as a means of Chicana/o/x empowerment and resistance. *Mostly asynchronous with the possibility of optional weekly live discussion groups on Wednesdays via Zoom. 

WGS 361: GENDER, FILM, AND MEDIA: Queer & Feminist World Cinema
CRN: 43324 INSTRUCTOR: ELIZABETH HOWARD
This course offers an introduction to queer and feminist film studies in a global context, focusing on several key genres, directors, and themes in transnational queer and feminist film cultures and scholarship. We will examine constructions of sexuality, gender, race, and nation in a variety of films—from documentary to independent, small budget to large-scale studio films—in order to investigate how transnational queer and feminist cinemas can both participate in and resist dominant ideas about sexuality, imperialism, race, gender, politics, and community.

WGS 341: WOMEN, WORK, AND CLASS
CRN: 43322 INSTRUCTOR: LAUREN STEWART
This course examines the ways in which class and work shape the lives and experiences of Women. This class will argue an intersectional perspective of gender. We will look at the ways in which gender, class, race/ethnicity, colonialism, sexuality, ability, and other factors contribute to the oppression of Women. This course also examines issues of gender, sexual, and racial oppression within the workplace. 

Session II: 7/20-8/14 

WGS 221: BODIES AND POWER
CRN: 43319 INSTRUCTOR: JAMIE BUFALINO
This course places bodies and how we understand them within contexts shaped by social relations and systems of power. Learn about how ideas about the body influence reproductive health, disability rights, and body image through a particular nexus of experience and social meaning, influenced as well by race, sexuality, age and class. 

WGS 351: DECOLONIAL FEMINISM
CRN: 43323 INSTRUCTOR: KEMI BALOGUN
How have feminist scholars and activists tackled questions around knowledge, exploitation, and justice in ways that decenter whiteness and the West? In this course, we will critically examine decolonial feminist theory and activism to deconstruct the Relationship between gender, race, and sexuality by centering imperialism, settler-colonialism, and geopolitics. *Pre-requisites waived. No Textbook – all class materials FREE on Canvas! 

Session III: 8/17-9/13 

WGS 321: FEMINIST PERSPECTIVES: IDENTITY, RACE, AND CULTURE
CRN: 43320 INSTRUCTOR: ANA LARA
This course explores how gender and sexual identities intersect with race and culture across a variety of social and political contexts. We will begin by exploring the role of religion in shaping our understandings of gender, across distinct religious cultures. We will then explore questions of belonging, of sovereignty, of globalization and of labor as sites where identities both form and challenge cultural norms and expectations. We will draw primarily from films, podcasts and ethnographic narratives to explore these intersections. 

WGS 361: GENDER, FILM, AND MEDIA
CRN: 43325 INSTRUCTOR: JIESHA STEPHENS
This course traces aesthetic representations of Black resistance through contemporary Black artist within popular culture. Students will research and analyze contemporary texts, commentary, music, and other cultural idioms relevant to Black artists curation of sexuality and music in Hip-Hop genres.