Courses

  • WGST 110: Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies

    This course is an introduction to the ways in which gender structures our world, and to the ways feminists challenge established intellectual frameworks. However, because gender is not a homogeneous category but is differentiated by class, race, sexualities, ethnicity, and culture, we also consider the ways differences in social location intersect with gender. 6 credit; Humanistic Inquiry; offered Winter 2019, Spring 2019 · Iveta Jusová, Meera Sehgal
  • WGST 112: Introduction to LGBT/Queer Studies

    This course is an introduction to the interdisciplinary examination of sexual desires, sexual orientations, and the concept of sexuality generally, with a particular focus on the construction of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender identities. The course will look specifically at how these identities interact with other phenomena such as government, family, and popular culture. In exploring sexual diversity, we will highlight the complexity and variability of sexualities, both across different historical periods, and in relation to identities of race, class, and ethnicity. 6 credit; Humanistic Inquiry, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Fall 2018 · Candace I Moore
  • WGST 130: Politics of Sex

    The politics of sex are everywhere--in media, law, medicine, and everyday life. To say that sex is political is to imply that sex intersects with other interests--nation and market building, globalization, and so forth. In this course, we will explore various "sex panics," as they ask us to revisit the boundaries of the "normative" in relation to sex and its intersections with race, class, gender, sexuality, nation, and ability. Sex panics--and, as we'll also explore, "sex scandals" occasion not only the revision of discourses on sex but on identity, politics, and cultures more broadly.

    6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement, Intercultural Domestic Studies; not offered 2018–2019
  • WGST 180: Power and Desire: Gender Relations in the Middle East

    This course investigates how gender identities and relationships between “men” and “women” have been articulated, constructed, and refashioned throughout the Middle East. Starting with problematizing fixed notions of gender and sexuality, we map prominent attitudes through visiting a diverse array of sources from the Qur’an, Sunna, and legal documents to historical and anthropological case studies, literature, and film from across the region. Exploring notions of femininity and masculinity, as well as attitudes towards homosexuality and transgendered populations, we witness their implications in case studies and stories, from a divorce court in Iran to a vampiric dystopia.

    6 credit; Social Inquiry, International Studies, Writing Requirement; offered Fall 2018 · Ahoo Najafian
  • WGST 200: Gender, Power and the Pursuit of Knowledge

    In this course we will examine whether there are feminist ways of knowing, the criteria by which knowledge is classified as feminist and the various methods used by feminists to produce this knowledge. Some questions that will occupy us are: How do we know what we know? Who does research? Does it matter who the researcher is? How does the social location (race, class, gender, sexuality) of the researcher affect research? Who is the research for? How can research relate to efforts for social change? While answering these questions, we will consider how different feminist researchers have dealt with them. 6 credit; Social Inquiry, International Studies; offered Fall 2018 · Meera Sehgal
  • WGST 205: The Politics of Women's Health

    This course will explore the politics of women's health from the perspective of women of different races, ethnicities, classes and sexual orientations in the U.S. The organization of the health care system and women's activism (as consumers and health care practitioners) shall frame our explorations of menstruation, sexuality, nutrition, body image, fertility control, pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause. We will cover basic facts about the female body and pay particular attention to adjustments the body makes during physiological events (i.e. menstruation, sexual and reproductive activity, and menopause). We will focus on the medicalization of these processes and explore alternatives to this medicalization.

    Prerequisites: Women's and Gender Studies 110 6 credit; Intercultural Domestic Studies, Social Inquiry; not offered 2018–2019
  • WGST 210: Sexuality and Religious Controversies in the United States and Beyond

    From pulpits to political campaigns, notions of sexuality are deployed in religious discourse to develop definitions of morality, ethics, family, marriage, gender, citizenship, civil liberties, righteousness and sinfulness. Religious concepts have also been used as creative tools to repress, liberate, legislate, and re-vision various conceptions of sexuality. This course will examine the ways in which religious ideologies, theologies, motivations, and practices function in both public and private contexts in debates over a range of topics, including homosexuality, abortion, and public comportment. We will consider questions about how ideas of sexuality are established as normative through scriptural, ritual, and rhetorical devices. 6 credit; Humanistic Inquiry, Intercultural Domestic Studies; not offered 2018–2019
  • WGST 220: LGBTQ Movements in the U.S.

    In this course we will examine what constitutes an LGBTQ social movement in the U.S. today. We will analyze the popular understandings of LGBTQ social movements by linking the context, goals, and outcomes of movements to the dynamics of race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, immigration status, and geography. Our goal will be to understand the ways that LGBTQ social movements have helped influence as well as been influenced by existing social and governmental institutions. How have these relationships determined the perceived legitimacy of such movements? We will also examine several contemporary issues that have inspired LGBTQ organizing and advocacy.

    6 credit; Social Inquiry, Intercultural Domestic Studies; not offered 2018–2019
  • WGST 234: Feminist and Queer Theory

    We will explore feminist and queer debates about changing the world using a historical framework to situate these theories in the context of the philosophical and political thought of specific time periods and cultures. Thus, we will follow feminist and queer theories as they challenged, critiqued, subverted and revised liberalism, Marxism, critical race theories, multiculturalism, postmodernism and post-colonialism. We will focus on how theory emerges from and informs matters of practice. We will ask: What counts as theory? Who does it? How is it institutionalized? Who gets to ask the questions and to provide the answers?

    6 credit; Humanistic Inquiry, Intercultural Domestic Studies, Writing Requirement; offered Winter 2019 · Candace I Moore
  • WGST 240: Gender, Globalization and War

    This course examines the relationship between globalization, gender and militarism to understand how globalization and militarism are gendered, and processes through which gender becomes globalized and militarized. We will focus on the field of transnational feminist theorizing which both "genders the international" and "internationalizes gender." We will take up the different theoretical and disciplinary approaches to this project, as well as the perspectives and methods put forth for studying gender, race and class transnationally. We will explore how economic development, human rights, and the politics of resistance (particularly in the NGO sector) are gendered.

    6 credit; Social Inquiry; not offered 2018–2019
  • WGST 241: India Program: Gender & Sexuality in India

    This course explores gender and sexuality as key institutions that structure and stratify Indian society through intersections with other systems of stratification (like class, caste, and region). We will focus on family and gender relations, heteronormativity, homosociality and queer subversions as well as feminism, women's and queer movements--situating these historically and regionally in South Asia. We will also consider how gender and sexuality in India have been represented in the western imagination. Toward the end of the course, we will pay close attention to the gendered and sexualized politics of globalization, economic development and tourism in India.

    6 credit; Social Inquiry, International Studies; not offered 2018–2019
  • WGST 243: Women's and Gender Studies in Europe Program: Situated Feminisms: Socio-Political Systems and Gender Issues Across Europe

    While women’s and LGBTQ movements have flourished all over the world, they have evolved through the particular contexts in which various groups of women and sexual minorities find themselves. This course examines the impact of European colonial heritages on the lives of women in various communities, as well as the continuing legacies of WWII and the gendered dimensions of recent transformations in both Western and East Central Europe. We examine topics including reproductive rights, sex work, immigrant/refugee issues, LGBTQ politics, trafficking, and legacy of socialism across Europe. Topics are addressed both comparatively and historically, stressing the ‘situated’ nature of feminist issues and responses.

    Prerequisites: Acceptance into the WGST Europe Program required 7-8 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2018 · Iveta Jusová
  • WGST 244: Women's & Gender Studies in Europe Program: Issues in Feminist Methodologies

    This course is devoted to the questions of (1) theory: what are the contours of feminist and queer research in the social sciences and humanities? and (2) practice: how does one actually conduct feminist research? Issues arising from these two main questions include the relationship between methodology and knowledge claims in feminist research, how language and narrative shape experience, how the traditional relationship between the researcher and the examined subjects is redefined within frameworks of feminist research, and the relationship between research and activism.

    Prerequisites: Acceptance into the WGST Europe OCS Program required 7-8 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2018 · Iveta Jusová
  • WGST 310: Asian Mystiques Demystified

    This class will focus on the topic of Asian sexuality and gender, considering traditional, transnational, and transgressive representations of Asian sexualities, femininities, masculinities and bodies. Often associated with paradoxical images of sensuality, spirituality, repression, and femininity, Asian sexuality has a long history, shaped by enduring colonial imaginaries and our transnational, capitalist present. Tracing a genealogy of Asian mystiques, we will study classical sources that have served as "prooftexts" for these images, and will then focus our attention on Asian literature, film, art, religious traditions, and social movements that have produced their own, often alternative, conceptions of Asian sexualities and gender. 6 credit; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; not offered 2018–2019
  • WGST 325: Women's & Gender Studies in Europe Program: Comparative Feminist, Queer and Trans Theories

    This course frames several of the central debates in European feminist, queer and transgender theory in the context of local and global pressures on European women’s and LGBTQ movements. Exploring subjectivity, interpersonal relations and community as mobile sites of knowledge and power formations, students will become conversant with contemporary feminist and queer theory, particularly Continental theory, as we consider affinities and divergences among different theory models that address our changing understanding of knowledge construction in multiple contexts. Theoretical models are evaluated for their potential as frameworks for political interventions in Western and East Central European socio-cultural contexts.

    Prerequisites: Acceptance into the WGST Europe OCS program required 7-8 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2018 · Iveta Jusová
  • WGST 389: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Popular Culture

    This course will read representations of racial, gender, and sexual minorities in popular culture through the lenses of feminist, critical race, postcolonial, and queer theories. Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the term intersectionality in the late 1980s to describe an approach to oppression that considered how structures of power act multiply on individuals based upon their interlocking racial, class, gender, sexual, and other identities. “Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Popular Culture” takes up the charge of intersectional analysis—rejecting essentialist theories of difference while exploring pluralities—to interpret diversity (or lack thereof) in film, television, and digital media.

    Prerequisites: Women's and Gender Studies 110or 112 or 200 or instructor consent 6 credit; Humanistic Inquiry, Writing Requirement, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Spring 2019 · Candace I Moore
  • WGST 391: Independent Field Research

    This independent research project is offered as part of the Women's and Gender Studies in Europe program. It is self-defined and self-designed. The topic and methodology are determined by the individual student’s major and research interests. It builds on readings and work done by European women and/or sexual and ethnic minority populations, feminist and/or queer theory, feminist cross-cultural theory and principles of field research. The project is transnational, cross-cultural and comparative, and ideally should involve active field work. Drawing on skills developed in the WGSE feminist theory and cross-cultural methodology seminars, students select appropriate research methods and conduct a sustained research project based on resources located/developed by the student in three of the European countries visited on the WGSE program. The progress of each research project is evaluated at regular intervals in relation to parameters established in conjunction with the WGSE Program Director (or an external project supervisor if applicable).

    Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Carleton-Antioch Program required 7-8 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2018 · Iveta Jusová
  • WGST 396: Transnational Feminist Activism

    This course focuses on transnational feminist activism in an era of globalization, militarism and religious fundamentalism. We will learn about the debates around different theories of social change, the challenges and pitfalls of global sisterhood and the various "pedagogies of crossing" borders. We will explore case studies of how feminists have collaborated, built networks, mobilized resources and coalitions for collective action, in addition to the obstacles and constraints they have encountered and surmounted in their search for gender and sexual justice. 6 credit; Social Inquiry, International Studies, Writing Requirement; not offered 2018–2019
  • WGST 400: Integrative Exercise

    6 credit; S/NC; offered Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019