Fall 2021

WGS 111 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies: Rodriguez
This course provide students with critical frameworks for thinking about the social construction of gender at the personal and institutional levels. Emphasis will be placed on diverse women’s significant contributions to knowledge and culture; to other areas of gender studies, including men’s studies, family studies and the study of sexuality; and to the intersections of various forms of oppression both within and outside of the U.S. The course will include both scholarly as well as personal texts, visual as well as written text. This counts toward the introductory requirement for the major. This course paired with any other .50 unit WGS course counts toward the social science diversification requirement. Offered every semester.

WGS 121 Introduction to Queer Studies: Bussey
This course is designed to help students develop a critical framework for thinking and writing about intersectional issues related to sexuality, sex, gender identity and gender expression. The course will take a broad view of examining queer and transgender issues from sociopolitical, legal, psychological, biological, cultural, ethical, philosophical and historical frameworks. We will look at the fields of queer theory and LGBTQ+ studies out of which some of the most innovative and challenging developments in modern cultural studies are arising. Additionally, we will examine the ways in which society interacts with queer and transgender identities in a number of spheres, including politics, healthcare, the arts, the sciences and more. This counts towards the introductory and diversity and globalization requirements for the major. This course paired with any other .50 unit WGS course counts toward the social science diversification requirement. No prerequisite.

WGS 291 ST: Tales from the Crypt: Finke
Can headstones, monuments, grave layouts and cemetery locations illuminate the intersections of gender, race, politics, economics and ideology in the past? What does archeology, with its focus on physical remains, teach us about the lived experience of men and women? Students will consider the cemetery as a physical site for humanistic and scientific inquiry. Cemeteries provide an excellent site to consider the relationships between the scientific study of sex difference and feminist theories of gender difference. Specifically we will focus on what we can learn about gender from studying cemeteries, bringing feminist theory to bear on bioarchaeological methodologies and vice versa. Cemeteries are archives from which we can learn about mourning, rituals, status and ideologies about death. We can also glean information about the position of individuals, families, communities and historical demography in local contexts. Although the course will include classroom lectures and discussions, students will conduct original research in local cemeteries for most of the semester. We will use our location in Knox County as an anchoring site for a study of local history through physical and discursive remains that will culminate in projects to be shared with the local community.  

WGS 330: Feminist Theory: Finke
In this course, we will read both historical and contemporary feminist theory with the goal of understanding the multiplicity of feminist approaches to women’s experiences, the representation of women and women’s relative positions in societies. Theoretical positions that will be represented include liberal, cultural, psychoanalytic, socialist and poststructuralist feminism. We will explore the relationship of these theories to issues of race, class, sexual preference and ethnicity through an examination of the theoretical writings of women of color and non-Western women. This counts towards the concentration and the mid-level requirement for the major.This course paired with any other .50 unit WGS course counts toward the social science diversification requirement. Prerequisite: any WGS course, approved departmental course or permission of instructor. Offered every other year.

WGS 480 Senior Colloquium Planning: Rodriguez 
This course will provide the opportunity for those students taking WGS 481 in the spring to plan the course. Students will select a topic, order books, plan the syllabus and design a project. In addition, they will read about course design and pedagogy so that they are prepared to take responsibility for collaboratively teaching the course in the spring. Offered only on a credit/no credit basis. This course is required for the major. This interdisciplinary course does not count toward the completion of any diversification requirement. Prerequisite: senior standing.

Departmental Courses for Fall 2021

ANTH 291 Tales from the Crypt Murphy
*ANTH 350 Human Sexuality and Culture Suggs
*CHNS 222 Women of the Inner Chambers Sun
ENGL 103 Bodily Matters Lau
ENGL 214 Gender Benders: The (de)Construction of Gender in North American Literature Thompson
*ENGL 266 Decolonization and Violence Fernando
*ENGL 286 Toni Morrison Schoenfeld
ENGL 373 Literary Amazons: 19th c. U.S. Women's Literature and Agency Thompson
ENGL 453 Jane Austen Yoon
*HIST 291.01 ST: The Global History of HIV/AIDS Franco
HIST 291.03 ST: LGBTQ American History Pawlikowski
*HIST 341 African Women in Film and Fiction Volz
*HIST 391 ST: The Body Politics of Colonialism Buxton
IPHS 200 Programming Humanity Elkins, Chun
LATN 301 Advanced Latin: Women in the Roman World Serfass
LGLS 191 ST: Gender, Sexuality, and the Law Bender-Baird
*SPAN 353 The Literature of National Experience, Argentina Sierra

* Indicates course satisfies diversity requirement for majors


Spring 2022

WGS 111 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies: Finke
This course provide students with critical frameworks for thinking about the social construction of gender at the personal and institutional levels. Emphasis will be placed on diverse women’s significant contributions to knowledge and culture; to other areas of gender studies, including men’s studies, family studies and the study of sexuality; and to the intersections of various forms of oppression both within and outside of the U.S. The course will include both scholarly as well as personal texts, visual as well as written text. This counts toward the introductory requirement for the major .This course paired with any other .50 unit WGS course counts toward the social science diversification requirement. Offered every semester.

*WGS 242 Transnational Feminisms: Rodriguez
This course examines the impact of globalization on feminist discourses that describe the cross-cultural experiences of women. Transnational feminist theories and methodologies destabilize Western feminisms, challenging notions of subjectivity and place and their connections to experiences of race, class and gender. The course builds on four key concepts: development, democratization, cultural change and colonialism. Because transnational feminisms are represented by the development of women's global movements, the course will consider examples of women's global networks and the ways in which they destabilized concepts such as citizenship and rights. We also will examine how transnational feminisms have influenced women's productions in the fields of literature and art. Key questions include: How does the history of global feminisms affect local women's movements? What specific issues have galvanized women's movements across national and regional borders? How do feminism and critiques of colonialism and imperialism intersect? What role might feminist agendas play in addressing current global concerns? How do transnational feminisms build and sustain communities and connections to further their agendas? This counts toward the diversity and globalization requirement for the major.This course paired with any other .50 unit WGS course counts toward the social science diversification requirement. Prerequisite: Any WGS course or permission of instructor. Offered every other year.

WGS 291 ST: Witches in Comparative Perspective
This course will take as its subject the figure of the witch as an avatar of feminist resistance and female solidarity and friendship.  The course will be trace the social and cultural history of the witch, a term that first emerges in Old English as wicce (pronounced [wicha]), from its earliest manifestations in Europe to the contemporary United States, where witches have become both a platform for feminist protest and a path for spiritual discovery. A practice today mostly (though not exclusively) espoused by women, Wicca has been connected to the radical feminism of Mary Daly, Starhawk, and Zsuzsanna Budapest. Our investigations will include such eclectic topics as paganism, heresy, esotericism, capitalism, cultural appropriation, political protest, and new age spirituality.  This topic lends itself to an interdisciplinary approach. Since it is difficult to separate the history of accused or self-identified witches from their cultural representations, our study must be informed by artistic and literary representations of witches. Conversely, the visual representations and stories associated with witchcraft contributed to the confessions and presumed activities of alleged witches.

WGS 331 Gender, Power, and Knowledge: Erler
This course will examine feminist critiques of dominant methodologies and theories of knowledge creation in the sciences, social sciences and humanities. It will focus on the following questions: How do we know something? Who gets to decide what counts as knowledge? Who is the knower? In answering these questions this class will explore how power is exercised in the production of knowledge, how the norms of objectivity and universalism perpetuate dominance and exclusion, why women and other minority groups are often seen as lacking epistemic authority and what it means to have knowledge produced from a feminist standpoint. Students will learn a variety of methods and use these methods in a community-based research project. This project will involve working with community partners in Knox County and may require student participation outside of the scheduled class time. In addition, we will discuss various ethical issues that feminist researchers often encounter and what responsibilities feminist researchers have to the broader political community. This course has a community-engaged learning (CEL) component. Students may be required to travel off-campus for site visits. This counts towards the mid-level requirement for the major. This course paired with any other .50 unit WGS course counts toward the social science diversification requirement. Prerequisite: any WGS course, approved departmental course or permission of instructor. Offered every other year.

WGS 481 Senior Colloquium Rodriguez
The senior colloquium is organized around a theme determined by senior majors and concentrators in consultation with the instructor during the semester prior to the beginning of the course. Previous topics include "Women and Madness," "The Politics of the Bathroom" and "Gender and Tourism." This course is required for the major. Prerequisite: WGS 480 or permission of instructor. Offered every spring.

Departmental Courses for Spring 2022

ARTS 391 Soft Sculpture Myers
DRAM 256 Contemporary Women Playwrights MacLeod
ENGL 223 Writing Medieval Women O'Neill
*ENGL 267 Literature, Medicine, and Culture Lau
*ENGL 291 ST: Intro to Caribbean Literature Fernando
*ENGL 370 Transnational South Asia Fernando
*ENGL 386 Toni Morrison Schoenfeld
*FREN 340 Identity in the Francophone Novel Dairon
GERM 366 Cinema Sexuality in German Film Gebhardt
PSYC 244 Human Sexual Behavior Murnen

*Indicates course satisfies diversity requirement for majors