WGS 111 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies: Rodriguez
This course will introduce students to the interdisciplinary field of women's and gender studies, out of which some of the most innovative and challenging developments in recent scholarship are arising. It will 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.
Satisfies the introductory requirement for the major. 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 the diversity and globalization requirement for the major. No prerequisite.
WGS 150 Gender and Race in Pop Culture: Murnen
In this class we will examine how popular culture (e.g., media) represents gender through making observations, reading background theory, examining content analysis research and conducting our own research. We will examine the extent to which popular culture depicts gender-stereotyped behavior, the content of the gender stereotypes, the possible reasons why stereotypes are portrayed and the likely effects of these stereotypes on the behavior of individuals and the structure of society. To the extent that it is possible, we will examine the intersection of stereotypes about gender with those associated with race/ethnicity, social class, age and sexuality. This course satisfies the quantitative reasoning requirement because students will learn about descriptive statistics and put them to use by conducting their own content analysis (in a small group) and presenting and writing about the results of their research. In a service-learning component to the course students will develop a media literacy lesson for high school students based on what they learn about their topic. This course is designed for first-year students. This counts toward the introductory requirement for the major. No prerequisite. Course offering is dependent on staffing.
WGS 291 ST: Tales from the Crypt: Finke and Murphy
**also ANTH 291**
Can headstones, monuments, grave layouts and cemetery locations illuminate the intersections of gender, race, politics, economics, and ideology in the past? What does archaeology, with its focus on physical remains, teach us about the lived experience of men and women? In this class, 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 and methods 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, for most of the term students will conduct original research in local cemeteries. 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. Prerequisite: sophomores only. Satisfies QR.
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. In addition, 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. Prerequisite: any WGS course, any approved departmental course or permission of instructor.
Satisfies a requirement for the major and concentration. Offered every other year.
WGS 480 Senior Colloquium Planning: 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 offered only on a credit/no credit basis. Students planning on taking WGS 481 must enroll in this course.
ANTH 291 ST: Tales from the Crypt Murphy (see also WGS 291 above)
*ANTH 350 Human Sexuality and Culture Suggs
ARTS 203 Sculpture and Contemporary Ritual Lee
ENGL 103.07 What's Love Got To Do With It? O'Neill
ENGL 210 Proper Ladies & Women Writers Yoon
*ENGL 388 20th Century African American Lit Schoenfeld
*HIST 352 Family and State in East Asia Bae
HIST 407 Manhood/Masculinity in U.S. History Gourrier
PHIL 209 Feminist Philosophy Waller
PSYC 321 Abnormal Psychology López
*PSYC 327 Cross-Cultural Psychology López
RLST 103 Religion, Gender & Sexuality Dalton
SOCY 241 Sociology of Gender Kohlman
*SOCY 277 Sociology of Sexualities Johnson
SOCY 422 Topics in Social Stratification Kohlman
*SPAN 353 Lit of National Experience in Argentina Sierra
*SPAN 380 Cultural Productions of the Borderlands Román-Odio
* indicates course satisfies diversity requirement for majors