Courses

Fall 2017

  • 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 2017, Winter 2018 · Meryl L Lauer
  • 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; offered Fall 2017 · Mingwei Huang
  • WGST 243: Women's and Gender Studies in Europe Program: Situated Feminisms: Socio-Political Systems and Women's Lives

    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 trafficking, reproductive rights, sex work, immigrant/refugee issues, LGBTQ politics, violence, and globalization. Topics are addressed both comparatively and historically, stressing the ‘situated’ nature of feminist issues and responses.

    Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Carleton-Antioch Program required 7-8 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2017 · 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 Carleton-Antioch Program required 7-8 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2017 · Iveta Jusová
  • WGST 325: Women's & Gender Studies in Europe Program: Comparative Feminist Theories

    This course frames several of the central debates in European (and US) feminist and queer theory in the context of local and global pressures on 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, which address some aspect of 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 Carleton-Antioch Program required 7-8 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2017 · Iveta Jusová
  • WGST 391: Independent Field Research

    Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Carleton-Antioch Program required 8 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2017 · Iveta Jusová
  • WGST 400: Integrative Exercise

    6 credit; S/NC; offered Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018

Winter 2018

  • 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 2017, Winter 2018 · Meryl L Lauer
  • WGST 234: Feminist and Queer Theory

    Feminism has to do with changing the world. We will explore feminist debates about changing the world using a historical framework to situate feminist and queer 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, existentialism, socialism, anarchism, 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; Social Inquiry, International Studies; offered Winter 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; offered Winter 2018 · Meera Sehgal
  • WGST 400: Integrative Exercise

    6 credit; S/NC; offered Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018

Spring 2018

  • 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 Spring 2018 · Meera Sehgal
  • 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; offered Spring 2018 · Meera Sehgal
  • WGST 400: Integrative Exercise

    6 credit; S/NC; offered Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018