LGBT Related School Courses

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ANTH CMMU FMST HIS PHIL POLI PSYC SOCY GRAD 


    Anthropology

  • ANTH 109 – Evolution of Sex

    Provides a physical anthropology understanding of the evolution of sex. Focuses on genetics and the altercations in allele associations that take place as a result of sexual processes.

    ANTH 126 - Sexuality and Society in Cross-Cultural Perspective

    The meaning and social processes associated with sexuality in selected societies. Examination of variations in sexual expressions and control of sexuality, and in economic and political organizations, highlights the interrelationship of sex and society.

    ANTH 131 - Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective

    Examines the diversity of women's as well as men's roles, experiences, and self-conceptions in a number of societies to explore how women and men shape, and are shaped by, particular forms of social life.

    ANTH 139 - Language And Culture

    Examination of language system and language use in relationship to cultural contexts of communication in Western and non-Western societies. Topics include the Sapir-Whorf linguistic relativity hypothesis; linguistic constructions of gender; speech variation in relation to class, ethnicity, and national identity; and the emergence of self in communicative acts.

    ANTH 148 - Gender and Development

    Uses the critical tools of feminist theory and cultural anthropology to look at how global development discourses and institutions mobilize, reinforce, and challenge systems of gender-based inequality. Topics include non-governmental organizations (NGOs), development practice, microcredit, and technocrat cultures.

    ANTH 158 - Feminist Ethnographies

    Considers the relationship between anthropology and feminism. Provides historical perspective on gender inequalities in the discipline as well as the emergence of feminist anthropology. Students read and engage with examples of feminist ethnography form a variety of regions and subfields.

    ANTH 194C - Feminism and Gender in Archaeology

    Considers feminist perspectives on the human past, archaeologists' perspectives on feminist theory, and the impact of gender, feminist, and critical social theory on archaeology as a profession. Students cannot receive credit for this course and course 279.

    ANTH 194O - Masculinities

    Considers the social construction of men and masculinities in a variety of ethnohistorical contexts as well as the unique contribution enabled by anthropological methods, particularly ethnographic fieldwork, to the study of gender and power.

    ANTH 194R - Religion, Gender, Sexuality

    Examines religion in relation to gender and sexuality. Examines how gender, sexuality, and religion intersect in notions of civilization, progress, and modernity in the contemporary and colonial periods. Particular attention paid to Islam, Christianity, and Hinduism.

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  • Community Studies

  • CMMU 100X - Sex, Gender, and Sexuality

    How do people produce and politicize sex, gender, and sexuality on their bodies? How are these represented and disciplined? Topics include transgender, sex work, feminist and queer realities. Materials include testimonials, films, ethnography, social theory, and clinical texts. Interview only: admission determined at first class meeting. Enrollment limited to sophomores and juniors.

    CMMU 101 - Communities, Social Movements, and the Third Sector

    Engages with crosscutting ideas and concepts central to the major including constructions of community in social-change efforts and the institutionalization of social movements in third-sector organizations. Deepens students' understanding of the opportunities and obstacles embedded in various avenues of social action.

    CMMU 110 - Resistance and Social Movements

    Where do ideas for democratic social change come from? How are new social movements formed? Emphasis will be placed on subaltern groups including slaves, peasants, workers, utopians, and "second-class citizens" of the global economy from 1492 to the present. (Formerly course 100P.)

    CMMU 114 - Communities, Problems and Interventions

    Prepares students to develop and design responses to problems affecting communities. Informed by the history of community interventions in Chicana/o, feminist, labor, civil rights, HIV/AIDS, and GLBT/queer movements, students research, design, and propose a community-level intervention. (Formerly course 160.)

    CMMU 155 - Popular Culture and Social Change

    Examines the roles popular culture plays in peoples' everyday lives and the ways in which popular-culture texts reflect, shape, and contest the social values, ideas, and ideologies of particular historical moments. Special emphasis on examining the relationship between popular culture and social change in an effort to map out and study its transformations.

    CMMU 185 - Gender and Sexualities in Latina/o America

    Advanced topics in gender and sexuality in Latin America and Latina/o studies. Analyzes role of power, race, coloniality, national and transnational processes in the production and analysis of genders and sexualities. Materials include memoir, fiction, ethnography, social documentary and history.(Formerly, Gender and Sexuality in Latin America.)

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  • Feminist Studies

  • FMST 40 - Sexuality and Globalization
    Examines the relationship between sexuality and the contemporary term "globalization" as a dense entanglement of processes that emerges from a
    history of U.S. empire. Sexuality cannot be separated from power struggles over the classification of bodies, territories, and questions of temporality.
    Examines how sexualized contact zones produce new knowledge, commerce, inequalities, possibilities, and identities. (Formerly course 80B.)

    FMST 41 - Trans Gender Bodies
    Draws from representations of transgender/transsexual people in popular, biomedical, and political contexts. Examines the impact of transgender
    lives on concepts of gender, identity, and technology. Engages with biological and sexological frameworks of sex/gender, trans experience, and social
    movements and theories. (Formerly course 80M.)

    FMST 100 - Feminist Theories
    Core course for feminist studies. Serves as an introduction to thinking theoretically about issues of feminism within multiple contexts and intellectual
    traditions. Sustained discussion of gender and its critical connections to productions of race, class, and sexuality. Focus will change each year.

    FMST 112 - Women and the Law
    Interdisciplinary approach to study of law in its relation to category "women" and production of gender. Considers various materials including critical race theory, domestic case law and international instruments, representations of law, and writings by and on behalf of women living under different forms of legal control. Examines how law structures rights, offers protections, produces hierarchies, and sexualizes power relations in both public and intimate life.

    FMST 133 - Science and the Body
    Contemporary technoscientific practices, such as nano-, info-, and biotechnologies, are rapidly reworking what it means to be human. Course examines
    how both our understanding of the human and the very nature of the human are constituted through technoscientific practices.

    FMST 135 - Topics in Science and Sexuality
    Introduces the multiple debates animating the linkages between science, race, and sexuality. Interrogates the interrelated, epistemological frameworks
    of science and sexuality/queer studies across a range of interdisciplinary and geopolitical locations.

    FMST 145 - Racial and Gender Formations in the U.S
    Introduces the defining issues surrounding racial and gender formations in the U.S. through an understanding of the term "women of color" as an
    emergent, dynamic, and socio-political phenomenon. Interrogates organizing practices around women of color across multiple sites: film and media,
    globalization, representation, sexuality, historiography, and war, to name a select few.

    FMST 148 - Gender and Development
    Uses the critical tools of feminist theory and cultural anthropology to look at how global development discourses and institutions mobilize, reinforce,
    and challenge systems of gender-based inequality. Topics include non-governmental organizations (NGOs), development practice, microcredit, and
    technocrat cultures.

    FMST 175 - Gender and Sexualities in Latina/o America
    Advanced topics in gender and sexuality in Latin America and Latina/o studies. Analyzes role of power, race, coloniality, national and transnational
    processes in the production and analysis of genders and sexualities. Materials include memoir, fiction, ethnography, social documentary and history.
    (Formerly, Gender and Sexuality in Latin America.)

    FMST 189 - Advance Feminist Theory 
    Focus on a particular problem in feminist theory. Problems vary each year but might include theorizing the gendered subject, racializing gender, the meeting points of psychoanalysis and social-political analysis in theorizing gender, the relationship between queer theory and feminist theory, postcolonial feminist theory.

    FMST 194E - History of Sexuality
    Explores one of the central texts of dialogue and contestation in sexuality studies today: Michel Foucault's The History of Sexuality, considers the
    epistemic challenges outlined in Foucault's early work and engages its instantiations in the proliferating scholarship on gender, sexuality, and critical
    race studies. Readings challenge the marginalization of empire in Foucault's work and demonstrate that a history of 19th-century European sexuality
    must also be a history of race. Interview with instructor required. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements;
    enrollment restricted to senior feminist studies majors.

    FMST 194M - Empire and Sexuality
    Explores the production of sexualities, sexual identification, and gender differentiation within multiple contexts of colonialism, decolonization, and
    emerging neo-colonial global formations. (Formerly course 118.)

    FMST 194N - Gender, Class, and Sex in Shanghai
    Focusing on Shanghai, course examines issues of gender, class, and sex in modern urban Chinese history. Given Shanghai's history as a treaty port,
    particular attention paid to ways in which its semi-colonial status inflected the articulation of gender identities, class formations and issues of sexuality
    (particularly sexual labor). Also looks at Shanghai during the Maoist period and in the context of more contemporary economic reforms.

    FMST 194O - The Politics of Gender and Human Rights
    Examines human rights projects and discourses with a focus on the politics of gender, sexuality, race, and rights in the international sphere. Reading
    important human rights documents and theoretical writings, and addressing particular case studies, emphasizes the tensions between the ideals of the
    universal and the particular inherent in human rights law, activism, and humanitarianism.

    FMST 194P - Religion, Gender, and Politics
    Addresses the relationship between religious identities and movements, gender and sexuality, and feminism. Analyzes how media discourses, popular
    culture, and scholarly writing represent the role of religion and gender in shaping contemporary geopolitics.

    FMST 194Q - Queer Diasporas
    Queer diaspora emerged from Third World/queer-of-color critique of queer theory and provides a framework for analyzing racializations, genders, and
    sexualities in colonial, developmental, and modernizing contexts. Readings from anthropology, history, literature, and feminist and cultural studies.

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  • History

  • HIS 80H - Class, Gender, and Community in China, 1700-Present
    Examines gender, sexuality, and family across classes in late imperial China, and the transformation of all three by revolution (and vice versa).
    Concentrates throughout on gender as a category of historical analysis that has remained largely invisible in the construction of conventional Chinese
    history.

    HIS 80N - Gender, Labor, and Feminist Productions
    Examines how constructions of gender and intersecting constructions of race, class, and sexuality define the power of women differentially in the world
    of work. Beginning with the history of emancipation, traces the broader constructions of paid and unpaid labor in the 20th-century U.S. Traces the
    specific histories of transgender women workers, specific regional and industrial histories, and those marked by the meaning given to African, Asian,
    Euro-, indigenous, and Mexican descent in the construction of gender and work. Uses feminist methodology and contemporaneous visual and written
    work by women artists and filmmakers. (Formerly "Topics in U.S. Women's History: Women at Work.")

    HIS 194A - Gender, Class, and Sex in Shanghai
    Focusing on Shanghai, course examines issues of gender, class, and sex in modern urban Chinese history. Given Shanghai's history as a treaty port,
    particular attention paid to ways in which its semi-colonial status inflected the articulation of gender identities, class formations and issues of sexuality
    (particularly sexual labor). Also looks at Shanghai during the Maoist period and in the context of more contemporary economic reforms.

    HIS 196H - Sex and the City--The History of Sexuality in Urban Areas Around the Globe
    Focuses on the history of sexuality in major urban areas globally. Topics include: sexual identities and race, class, and gender; sex work, policing, and
    urban spaces; gay, lesbian, and transgender communities; race, gender, and sexuality within the context of colonialism

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  • Philosophy

  • PHIL 80C - Philosophical Perspectives on Sexuality
    Systematic investigation of the development of philosophical perspectives on sexuality from ancient times to the 21st century. Topics include prostitution,
    homosexuality, perversion, promiscuity/monogamy, pornography, feminism, and sexual morality.

  • Politics

  • POLI 113 - Feminism and the Body
    Introduces the literature on the history of the body. Explores the multiple ways in which the body, in the West, has been the site of cultural and political
    inscription from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. Topics may include: pornography, criminality, sexuality, art, race, and medicine.

  • Psychology

  • PSYC 107 - Gender and Development
    Examines the developmental psychology of gender in childhood and adolescence.

    PSYC 140H - Sexual Identity and Society
    Presents an integrative approach to the study of sexual identity. Focuses on the regulation of sexual desire through medical, psychological, and legal
    discussions. Examines social movements, social policy, and ongoing debates on the meaning and social organization of desire.

    PSYC 140Q - Social Psychology of Gender
    Considers individual, interpersonal, and cultural influences on gender similarities and differences in thinking, motivation, and behavior. Emphasizes
    factors related to power and status inequalities between women and men. (Formerly Social Psychology of Sex and Gender.)

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  • Sociology

  • SOCY 120 - Gender, Sexuality, and Cultural Politics
    Focuses on the role feminist discourses play in cultural politics emphasizing sex, sexuality, and sex work as related to gender, race , and class.
    Examines the relationship between academic and popular feminisms. Interrogates post-feminism, third-wave feminism, and generational differences in
    feminisms. (Formerly Feminisms and Cultural Politics)

    SOCY 126 - Sociology of Sex
    Explores social and cultural aspects of human sexuality and reproduction, including how and why meanings and behaviors are contested. Analyzes
    sexuality and reproduction as forms of social and political control as well as cultural expression and self-determination

    SOCY 149 - Sex and Gender
    Modern analyses of sexuality and gender show personal life closely linked to large-scale social structures: power relations, economic processes,
    structures of emotion. Explores these links, examining questions of bodily difference, femininity and masculinity, structures of inequality, the state in
    sexual politics, and the global re-making of gender in modern history. Recommended as background: any lower-division sociology course.

    SOCY 152 - Body and Society
    Critically examines the place of the human body in contemporary society. Focuses on the social and cultural construction of bodies, including how
    they are gendered, racialized, sexualized, politicized, represented, colonized, contained, controlled, and inscribed. Discusses relationship between
    embodiment, lived experiences, and social action. Focuses on body politics in Western society and culture, especially the United States.

    SOCY 157 - Sexualities and Society
    Explores controversies in the sociology of sexuality. Focuses on tensions and disagreements that characterize debates over sex and society, and
    attempts to identify political and theoretical issues at stake in these debates.

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  • Graduate Courses

  • ANTH 232 - Bodies, Knowledge, Practice
    Contemporary social theory and science both focus on bodies as critical sites of inquiry and the production of knowledge. Explores these theoretical intersections and constructions of the body with new ethnographic works. Questions how race, gender, and culture are inscribed through bodily practice, imagery, and phenomenology.
    ANTH 259 - Regulating Religion/Sex
    First examines the regulation of religion and the normalization of sex/sexuality as parallel modalities of secular rule in the production of modern citizens and subjects. Ultimately inquires into the relationship between "proper" religion and "proper" sexuality in secular state formations. 

    ANTH 279 - Feminism and Gender in Archaeology
    Considers feminist perspectives on the human past; archaeologists' perspectives on feminist theory; and the impact of gender, feminist, and critical
    social theory on the archaeological profession. Students cannot receive credit for this course and course 194C.

    FMST 207 - Topics in Queer/Race Studies
    Explores the interrelated epistemological frameworks of critical race studies and queer studies. Through the study of a range of philosophical, scientific,
    literary, and cinematic texts, course historicizes and theorizes discourses of race and sexuality.

    HIS 204A - History of Gender Research Seminar
    Introduction to theories and methods employed in gendered historical research. Readings are drawn from a range of chronological, national, and
    thematic fields and explore the intersection of gender analysis with such historical problems as the body and sexuality, modernity, national identity, and
    production/consumption.

    HIS 244 - Gender and Japanese History
    Examines (through primary and secondary sources) constructions of gender (masculine, feminine, and transgender) in Japanese society over the past
    several centuries, focusing on the modern era.

    MUSC 254K - Music, Gender, and Sexuality
    Seminar focuses on musicological and ethnomusicological work incorporating feminist and queer theories published since the late 1980s. Cross-cultural
    approach to the examination of music, gender, and sexuality, drawing examples from both Western and non-Western traditions.

    PSYC 254 - Psychology of Gender
    Course reviews recent theory, research, and applications in the psychology of gender. Developmental, social-psychological, cultural, and feminist
    approaches are emphasized.

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