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WGS 301 • Ethncty & Gender: La Chicana

45960 • Perez, Alexandrea
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM GAR 0.132
(also listed as MAS 311, SOC 308D)
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Introductory Topics in Women's and Gender Studies.  Check cross-listings for originating field of study.

WGS 301 • Ethncty & Gender: La Chicana

45965 • Rosas, Lilia
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM PAR 101
(also listed as MAS 311, SOC 308D)
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Introductory Topics in Women's and Gender Studies.  Check cross-listings for originating field of study.

WGS 301 • Family Relationships

45955 • Gleason, Marci
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM MEZ 1.306
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Introductory Topics in Women's and Gender Studies.  Check cross-listings for originating field of study.

WGS 301 • Gay & Lesbian Lit & Culture

45972 • Egan, Jessica
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM PAR 105
(also listed as E 314V)
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E 314V  l  4-Gay and Lesbian Literature and Culture


Instructor:  Egan, J

Unique #:  35172

Semester:  Fall 2018

Cross-lists:  WS 301.12

Restrictions:  n/a

Computer instruction:  No


Prerequisites:  One of the following: E 303C (or 603A), RHE 306, 306Q, or T C 303C (or 603A).


Description:  What does it mean to live a queer life in 2018?  To write a queer life?  In this course we will examine a range of works by LGBTQ+ writers working in a range of genres (novels, poetry, memoir, critical essay, zines).  Many of these writers are engaged in practices of experimental “life writing,” blending autobiographical elements with political activism, cultural critique, private and communal acts of mourning, and the construction of alternative artistic traditions.  We will consider how queer individuals conceive of their relationship to the “queer community” writ large, while also exploring how our affiliations with distinct cultural, racial, religious, and class communities shape our conceptions of sexuality and gender.  As we reflect on how past generations have lived and written their queer lives, we will also ask how these strategies might help us address the urgent personal and political needs of the present.


The primary aim of this course is to help students develop and improve the critical reading, writing, and thinking skills needed for success in upper-division courses in English and other disciplines.  They will also gain practice in using the Oxford English Dictionary and other online research tools and print resources that support studies in the humanities.  Students will learn basic information literacy skills and models for approaching literature with various historical, generic, and cultural contexts in mind.


This course contains a writing flag.  The writing assignments in this course are arranged procedurally with a focus on invention, development through instructor and peer feedback, and revision; they will comprise a major part of the final grade.


Tentative Texts:  Audre Lorde, Zami: A New Spelling of My Name; Paul Monette, Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir; Imogen Binnie, Nevada; Barry Jenkins, dir. Moonlight; Poems and short contextual essays by Gloria Anzaldúa, Hieu Minh Nguyen, Essex Hemphill, Dorothy Allison.


Requirements & Grading:  30% of the course grade will come from active engagement in our intellectual community, evaluated through in-class discussions and small group activities (10%) and short, regular reading responses posted to the course blog (20%).  The remaining 70% will come from a portfolio of 3-5 “Interpretive Mode” assignments completed over the course of the semester—smaller, flexible projects tailored to the readings, which blend critical analysis with creative work.  Assignments are designed to help students develop and practice key course skills (including close reading, exploration of theoretical and historical contexts, information literacy, self-assessment, and revision) while also exploring other methods for engaging with literary texts and contexts.  The first assignment will be revised and resubmitted on the basis of peer and instructor feedback.  Subsequent assignments may be revised by arrangement with the instructor.

WGS 301 • Gender/Race/Class Amer Soc

45974 • Rogers, Katherine
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM CLA 0.102
(also listed as SOC 307L)
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Course description:
This course examines the workings of race, class, gender and sexuality in U.S. society. Though they are often taken for granted or go unrecognized, gender, sexuality, class, and race are central axes of stratification, identity, and experience. In this course we will explore how they operate not simply as ways of categorizing people, but as structural forces that have real consequences for people’s lives, particularly in terms of the opportunities they have and the challenges they face. We will take a sociological perspective to examining these concepts as social constructions that help to rationalize and justify social inequality. We will then focus our attention on the relationships among them – how sexuality, class, race, and gender intersect to shape individual experiences, interpersonal interactions, and society more broadly. We will also examine how these differences and inequalities matter in a variety of institutional contexts, including popular culture, schools, the economy, the family, and the criminal-legal system, among others.
Reading requirements:
There is no textbook for this class. All required course readings will be posted to Canvas.
Grading requirements:
Writing assignments (4 x 10 points): 40 points (40%) 
Exams (2 x 20 points): 40 points (40%)
In-class pop quizzes: 10 points (10%)
In-class participation: 10 points (10%) 
TOTAL: 100 points (100%)


WGS 301 • Race, Immigration & Family

45975 • Gunasena, Natassja
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM CMA 5.190
(also listed as AAS 310, AMS 315)
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Flag: Cultural Diversity in the U.S.

Queer South Asian Feminisms: This class will interrogate the ways South Asian feminists conceptualize identity, belonging and sexuality within the context of nationalism, anti-blackness, colonialism, and diaspora. Through close-reading literary and theoretical texts, we will examine how nationalism constructs gender and femininity and the transformative potential of queer feminine desires. This class is designed as an introduction to key issues in South Asian feminist thought as well as how these feminisms interface with the larger project of women of color feminisms. Beginning with feminist perspectives on identity and the nation-state, we will consider what “queer” and “feminist” mean in the context of casteism, ethnic cleansing and forced migration. For the scope of this class, we will focus extensively on Sri Lanka and India and their diasporas. Some of the authors we look at include Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Shailja Patel, Ru Freeman and Gayatri Gopinath.


WGS 301 • Revolution Will Be Dramatized

45954 • Thompson, Lisa
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM CLA 1.104
(also listed as AFR 317F, AMS 315, T D 311T)
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This course will examine the representations of black political protest in film and theatre from the 1960s to the present. We will discuss fictional and documentary films as well as plays. The class will also consider the performative aspects of black protest movements for social justice. Texts under consideration include plays such Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop, Robert O’Hara’s Insurrection, and films such as Free Angela and all Political Prisoners, The Butler, The Untold Story of Emmett Till, Night Catches Us and Panther. 



  • The Mountaintop – Katori Hall 

  • Insurrection – Robert O’Hara 

  • Free Angela and All Political Prisoners (film, director – Shola Lynch) 

  • The Butler (film, director – Lee Daniels) 

  • The Untold Story of Emmett Hill (film, director – Keith Beauchamp) 

  • Night Catches Us (film, director- Tanya Hamilton) 


Grading breakdown: 

  • Performance review journal – 25% 

  • Attendance – 15% 

  • Class presentation – 30% 

  • Three response papers – 30%

WGS 301 • Sex, Science And America

45953 • Lyon, Anna
Meets MWF 4:00PM-5:00PM GAR 1.134
(also listed as AMS 311S)
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Reproduction and science have long been intertwined in America, with anxieties about national identity at the crux of these entanglements. In this course, we will trace the legacy of science, medicine, public health, and reproduction from the Antebellum to the present day, studying everything from medical experiments on enslaved women to egg donations in the 21st century. We will draw on a variety of sources, including fiction, film, histories, and primary sources from the past and present, using the topic of reproduction as an entry point for understanding America’s longstanding anxieties about the race, class, and genetic composition of the nation’s residents. By the end of the course, students will understand how the fields of science, medicine, and public health have influenced and responded to anxieties about race and class in America. They will be able to synthesize primary and secondary sources, as well as historical and contemporary sources, to make original arguments about science and medicine, and their relationship to American culture and identity. Students will also become comfortable critically analyzing nonacademic sources like “donor wanted” ads, and pairing them with scholarly sources to make historically-grounded arguments about events unfolding in today’s world. 

WGS 301 • Women, Gender, Lit, Culture

45980 • Harring, Emily
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM PAR 303
(also listed as E 314V)
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E 314V  l  6-Women, Gender, Literature, and Culture


Instructor:  Harring, E

 Unique #:  35180

Semester:  Fall 2018

Cross-lists:  WGS 301.27

Restrictions:  n/a

Computer instruction:  No


Prerequisites:  One of the following: E 303C (or 603A), RHE 306, 306Q, or T C 303C (or 603A).




“My silences had not protected me. Your silence will not protect you…What are the words you do not yet have? What do you need to say?”

                                                                  ––Audra Lorde


This course will examine the ways in which women writers of color have broken their silence and spoken their truths.  We will investigate what it means for these women to speak when others tell them they ought to be silent, and we will look writing as a political resistance.  How can we all speak our truths?  How do we break our silences to write through moments that are potentially traumatic and violent?


The primary aim of this course is to help students develop and improve the critical reading, writing, and thinking skills needed for success in upper-division courses in English and other disciplines.  They will also gain practice in using the Oxford English Dictionary and other online research tools and print resources that support studies in the humanities.  Students will learn basic information literacy skills and models for approaching literature with various historical, generic, and cultural contexts in mind.


This course contains a writing flag.  The writing assignments in this course are arranged procedurally with a focus on invention, development through instructor and peer feedback, and revision; they will comprise a major part of the final grade.


Possible texts include Citizen by Claudia Rankine, Beloved by Toni Morrison, and Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot.


Requirements & Grading:  There will be a series of three (3) short essays (60% of final grade), the second and third of which will be revised and resubmitted.  There will also be an Annotated Bibliography (10% of final grade) and a series of short writing assignments (20% of final grade).  Participation is a vital part of class and constitutes 10% of your final grade.

WGS 303 • Introduction To Lgbtq Studies

45990 • Nault, Curran
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM MEZ 1.122
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Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies.

Explores concepts of gender and sexuality, race, class, religion, and nation; as well as skills in theory, history, and research methods relevant to LGBTQ studies. The course will also survey the making of modern understandings of sexual and LGBTQ identities in the last one hundred years and the implications of this history for broader understandings of gender and sexuality.

WGS 305 • Intro To Women's & Gender Stds

46000 • Vasudevan, Pavithra
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM GAR 1.134
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Women’s and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary field that asks critical questions about the relationships between sex, gender, society, and our own experiences as political acts. In this course, students will come to understand key differences between sex, gender, and sexuality; define feminism both broadly and personally, particularly in relationship to race, class, and other intersectional aspects of identity; learn about queer and trans histories and experiences; explore women’s experiences in international contexts; and investigate the body and its representation as a way to uncover gender norms and expectations. We will also discuss and write about recent social controversies (such as bathroom legislation, bias incidents, the exclusion of groups from the Women’s March on Washington) as moments that reveal and critique the cultural codes of gender. An emphasis will be placed on self-identified women, LGBTQA+ individuals, and people of color.

WGS 313 • Child Development

46005 • Speranza, Hallie
Meets TTH 5:00PM-6:30PM FAC 21
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Same as Human Development and Family Sciences 313.

Motor, language, cognitive, social, and emotional development in the family context.

Credit or registration for Human Development and Family Sciences 113L (corresponding Lab for the course), and Psychology 301 with grade of at least C-.

WGS 322 • Population And Society

46015 • Cavanagh, Shannon
Meets MW 1:00PM-2:30PM CLA 0.102
(also listed as SOC 369K)
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Population studies or demography is an interdisciplinary field, encompassing the study of the size, distribution, and composition of human populations, and the processes of fertility, mortality, and migration through which populations’ change. These processes are closely connected to many of the pressing problems facing contemporary societies. For instance, the funding of health care in developed countries is a major issue because of declining fertility and population aging. Civil unrest in parts of Africa and the Middle East are, in part, a function of persistently high fertility rates. These processes are also important drivers of many contemporary environmental problems. Finally, a grasp of population processes is important for a deeper understanding of the population explosion in urban areas and the higher transmission and impact of AIDS in the developing world. 

This course provides an overview of the field of population studies. A sociological approach is emphasized, but economic, geographic, anthropological, and biological perspectives will also be used. Attention will be given to a) the demographic concepts needed to objectively evaluate population issues and b) the substantive content of the population issues. Emphasis will be given to evaluating the evidence regarding debates on population topics. 

Reading Materials 

Required text: Population: An Introduction to Concepts and Issues, 10th edition, John R. Weeks. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Co. ISBN-10: 0495096377 

On-line Readings: There are a number of short reading assignments, marked with an [EL]. These readings can be found in External Links section of the class Blackboard site and should be read prior to class period. 

Grading and Requirement:

You are expected to complete all readings for the day's class before coming to class. Read as actively as possible. Class time will be an opportunity to discuss and further explore the readings, so it is essential that everyone comes prepared to participate. Our class periods will be more productive and enjoyable when we all begin with the same materials. 

There will be TWO examinations during the semester, each worth 20% of your final grade. The exams will draw from both readings and class discussions. The exams are not cumulative. Each will include multiple choice and short answer questions. Make-up examinations will not be administered except in extreme circumstances and only if I am notified beforehand. All make-up examinations are 100% essay. 

You must also complete TWO assignments and ONE short paper during the semester. The assignments—on mortality and fertility—are designed to familiarize you with demographic data on the web, give you an overview of your country of choice, and help you identify your country’s population angle that most interests you and that you will explore in more detail in the short paper. Each assignment is worth 15% of your final grade. The short paper is worth 25% of your grade. 

The final 5% of your grade is based on attendance/class participation. I expect you to show up and engage (i.e., not text, sleep, or read the newspaper) with classmates, the TA, and me in the class.

WGS 322 • Race/Gender/Surveillance

46025 • Browne, Simone
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM WAG 101
(also listed as AFR 372C, AMS 321, SOC 322V)
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Drawing from social science readings, science fiction (Gattaca, THX-1138, Ex-Machina, Grounded), documentaries, and popular media (24, South Park, Orange is the New Black, The Bachelor, Cheaters), this course introduces students to the emerging field of Surveillance Studies.

We examine: slavery, reality TV, sports, Google, trolling + social media, borders, airports, biometric technology, whistleblowers, drones, wearables + fashion, among other topics.


Film Review, In-class Quizzes, Current Event Analysis, Take-Home Final Exam, and Research Teams produce a digital magazine on “Surveillance”.

WGS 322 • Sociology Of Gender

46010 • Williams, Christine
Meets TTH 8:00AM-9:30AM UTC 1.146
(also listed as SOC 333K)
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 This course is an introduction to the sociological study of gender in U.S. society. From the moment of birth, boys and girls are treated differently. Gender structures the experiences of people in all major social institutions, including the family, the workplace, and schools. We will explore how gender impacts our lives and life chances. The central themes of the course are historical changes in gender beliefs and practices; socialization practices that reproduce gender identities; how race/ethnicity, class, and sexuality shape the experience of gender; and the relationship between gender, power, and social inequality. 

Required Texts (subject to change) 

C.J. Pascoe, Dude, You’re a Fag, Univ. of California Press, 2007. 

Kristen Schilt, Just one of the guys?, University of Chicago Press, 2010. 

Susan Thistle, From Marriage to the Market, Univ. of California Press, 2006. 

Mary Erdmans and Timothy Black, On Becoming a Teen Mom, Univ. of California Press, 2015. 

Sharmila Rudrappa, Discounted Life, NYU Press, 2015. 

Course Requirements 

You must have junior standing to take this class. Students are required to attend all lectures and complete all reading assignments on time. 

Grading Policy 

Your grade in this class is based on your written work, including three in-class exams and 4-5 homework assignments. You will be evaluated based on both your mastery of the material and the quality of your writing. The homework assignments require you to write 2-page essays. Essay questions will be distributed in class and posted on Canvas one week before they are due at the beginning of class. No late assignments will be accepted. 

Computer Policy 

Computer use is not permitted in this class. You may not text, email, or take calls during class

WGS 322 • Sociology Of Race And Work

46020 • Bhalodia-Dhanani, Aarti
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM GEA 127
(also listed as AAS 330, SOC 321R)
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Work is a central activity in the lives of most people. Along with providing an income, the type of work one does shapes the worker’s sense of personal identity. Social interaction in the work place provides workers with a set of skills, values, and mindset that influences how the work is done. Structure of a society determines the kind of work it does, who does what type of work, and how much people are paid for their efforts. In United States, individuals’ racial and gender characteristics deeply shape how labor markets emerge and how skills are evaluated. Jobs are often gender segregated and men and women are remunerated differently. This course is a critical examination of work through a gendered and racial lens. The purpose of this course is to examine concepts such as labor markets, globalization, racial segregation, and gendering of the work place. This course is cross-listed with Asian American Studies and Women’s Studies.

Students will be able to sociologically identify concepts such as global markets, transnational labor, care work, service industry, gendered work, and racial segregation in the work place.  A majority of the readings, films, and class meetings will focus on contemporary work environment. Students will examine workers in the retail industry, care workers such as nannies, maids, and nurses, transnational workers in the STEM fields, and migrant labor. We will start the class with a survey of different forms of labor throughout United States’ history.  Students will be able to make historical connections between American citizenship, work, and value of one’s labor.



WGS 324 • Gender & The News

46037 • Bock, Mary
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM BMC 3.206
(also listed as WGS 393)
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Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies in Communication.

Multidisciplinary course examining issues of women, gender, and sexuality in media industries, texts, and audiences.

WGS 324 • Gender And Fan Culture

46032 • Scott, Suzanne
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM BMC 3.206
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Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies in Communication.

Multidisciplinary course examining issues of women, gender, and sexuality in media industries, texts, and audiences.

WGS 324 • Gender/Race/Sexlty Sport Media

46033 • McClearen, Jennifer
Meets MW 3:00PM-4:30PM BMC 3.206
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Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies in Communication.

Multidisciplinary course examining issues of women, gender, and sexuality in media industries, texts, and audiences.

WGS 324 • Race/Class/Gender In Amer Tv

46034 • Beltran, Mary
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM CMA 3.116
(also listed as MAS 374)
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Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies in Communication.

Multidisciplinary course examining issues of women, gender, and sexuality in media industries, texts, and audiences.

WGS 335 • African Queer Studies

46050 • Livermon, Xavier
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM CLA 1.102
(also listed as AFR 372G)
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This course explores queer gender and sexuality in Africa, with particular focus on theoretical issues, the colonial encounter, citizenship and activism, media representations. In the first unit, we will examine some of the theoretical issues that are relevant to studying queer gender and sexuality in Africa and in the African Diaspora more broadly. In the second unit, we will explore some of the literature on the impact of colonialism on queer African identities and practices, and we will pay particular attention to its lasting impact on queer African lives in our post-colonial moment. In the third unity, we will read several ethnographic and literary texts on specific communities in order to expand our understanding of the diverse ways in which queer Africans create identities, experience desire, and redefine dominant notions of citizenships. In the final unit of the course, we will examine representations of queer African sexuality in literature, film, and media, focusing especially on representation in relation to recent events in South Africa, Uganda, Malawi, and Senegal. We will pay particular attention to how such representations are shaped by political economy and influenced by the international community.



Queer African Reader Sokari Ekine and Hakima Abbas eds.

African Sexualities: A reader Sylvia Tamale ed.

Heterosexual Africa?: The History of an Idea from the Age of Exploration to the Age of AIDS Marc Epprecht

OUT in Africa: LGBT Organizing in Namibia and South Africa Ashley Currier

Allah Made Us: Sexual Outlaws in an Islamic African City Rudolf P. Gaudio

Black Bull, Ancestors, and Me: My life as a Lesbian Sangoma Nkunzi Zandile Nkadinde



Attendance: 10%

Participation: 10%

Response Papers: 20%

Midterm: 20%

Final: 40% 

WGS 335 • Confronting Lgbtq Oppression

46045 • Nguyen, Quynh
Meets W 3:00PM-6:00PM CMA 5.190
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Topics in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies.

The perspectives, experiences, and cultural contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people, examined from different disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary perspectives according to the

WGS 335 • Hiv/Aids Activism/Heal Arts

46040 • Gill, Lyndon
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM PAR 203
(also listed as AFR 374E, ANT 324L)
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The AIDS pandemic is still far from over. This course explores the historical and contemporary phenomenon of HIV/AIDS principally in the art and activism of the African Diaspora. For over three decades we as a species have been using activism and artistry to champion the cause, mourn the dead, prevent infection and encourage healthy HIV+ lives. Here in the United States, in the American South, and at UT, we are part of a global movement of contagiously creative and inf ectiously  passionate people determined to honour, preserve and celebrate life in this age of AIDS. Throughout the semester, we will gather local and international resources, tools and strategies vital for our global well-being.

WGS 335 • Sex/Sexuality Muslim World

46044 • Shirazi, Faegheh
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM BUR 136
(also listed as ISL 372, R S 358)
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Although issues about sexuality are assumed to be personal, private, and intimate, they are a significant part of the public and political fabric of our society, particularly those nations that are ruled by the religious constitutions or in which religion plays an important role within the culture of the society. Sexuality is related to our status and rights as citizens. For the most part sexual jurisprudence and the issue of sexuality in Islam are covered in the Qur`an (Holy scripture), and in the sayings of prophet Muhammad (hadith), and in the rulings of religious leaders (fatwa). However, there are multiple “Islamic” views on sexuality. The schools of law vary, for instance, in the rulings about the permissibility of the use of contraceptives, abortion, fertility treatment, and acceptance of homosexuality, lesbianism, transsexuality, bisexuality, cross-dressing, and gender re-assignment. In addition, numerous cultural interventions could be responsible for interpretation of sexual behavior of a given society.


In general permissible sexual relationships as described in Islamic sources speak about the pleasure of sex as a normal human desire and explain that sex is a great way for the couples involved to show their love and caring for each other. At the same time there are prohibitions against extra marital sexual relations, and any other form of sexual relationship that is outside the legal and religious binds of marriage between a man and a woman is strictly forbidden.  


This course will introduce students to readings on sexual behavior in several Islamic countries and among Muslims by examining Islamic Sharia (religious law) in literature, scientific biological, psychological, sociological, anthropological studies as well as in the arena of art, and film industry.

WGS 340 • Africana Women's Art

46100 • Okediji, Moyosore
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM DFA 2.204
(also listed as AFR 374F)
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Multidisciplinary course examining experiences and issues of gender in different cultures.

WGS 340 • Black Women In America

46080 • Berry, Daina
Meets MW 10:00AM-11:30AM GAR 1.126
(also listed as AFR 374D, AMS 321, HIS 350R)
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Course Description:  

In an White House Blog posted on 10 February 2012, First Lady Michelle Obama announced the 2012 theme for Black History Month: Celebrating Black Women in American Culture and History. “They are women,” she explained, “who fought against slavery, who stood up for 


Women’s suffrage, and marched in our streets for our civil rights.”  Continuing, she noted that African American women also  “… stirred our souls and they’ve open our hearts.”  In addition to celebrating Black Women’s contributions, we must also look at the struggles women overcame to be a part of the American fabric; struggles over their images, representation, and reputation. 


To that end, the course will use primary sources, historical monographs, and essays to provide a chronological and thematic overview of the experiences of black women in America from their African roots to the circumstances they face in the present era.  This seminar class will be discussion driven and will address the following topics: the evolution of African American women’s history as field of inquiry; African American women historians; the trans-Atlantic slave trade; enslavement in the United States; abolition and freedom; racial uplift; urban migration; labor and culture; the modern civil rights movement; organized black feminism; hip-hop culture; AIDS and the Black Women's Health study.  Additionally, the course will draw upon readings written by and about African American women with a particularly emphasis on their approach to gender and race historiography 



  • Assata Shakur, Assata: An Autobiography 

  • Tera Hunter, To Joy My Freedom: Southern Black Women’s Lives and Labor After the Civil War (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1997). 

  • Catherine M. Lewis and J. Richard Lewis, eds., Women and Slavery in America: A Documentary History (Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2011). 

  • Eric McDuffie, Sojourning for Freedom: Black Women, American Communism, and the Making of Black Left Feminism(Durham: Duke University Press, 2011). 

  • Deborah Gray White, Ar’n’t I a Woman?: Female Slaves in the Plantation South (New York: W. W. Norton and Company, 1985). 

  • Additional readings will be distributed electronically on Blackboard. 





  • Class Engagement       20%   

  • Posting Responses to the Week’s Readings   10% 

  • Cultural Critique         20% 

  • Outline of Research Paper with Annotated Bibliography      15% 

  • Final Research Paper and Presentation           35% 


WGS 340 • Contemp Afr Amer Women Fic

46095 • Richardson, Matt
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM BUR 228
(also listed as AFR 372E, E 376M)
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E 376M  l  7-Contemporary African American Women’s Fiction


Instructor:  Richardson, M

Unique #:  35870

Semester:  Spring 2014

Cross-lists:  AFR 372E.15, WGS 340.29

Restrictions:  n/a

Computer instruction:  No


Prerequisites:  Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.


Description:  In this course, we will examine the novels and films of women of African descent produced from the 1970s to the present.  We will focus on issues of imagination and the creation of spectacular images of the past and the future.  This class gives special consideration to how African and African Diasporic spirituality is depicted in film and literature.  In this course, we will use the work of history and psychoanalytic theory, cultural, queer, and feminist theories to assist our exploration of these questions and issues.


Required Texts:  Beloved by Toni Morrison; The Gilda Stories by Jewelle Gomez, Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler; Binti by Nnedi Okorafor; Yabo by Alexis DeVeaux, and Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson; Course Reader.


Requirements & Grading:  Four short 1-pg Essays Based on Questions and Close Readings of Required Texts: 30%; Two short 3-pg Essays: 30%; 8-10-pg Research Paper; 20%; Attendance and Participation: 20%.

WGS 340 • Contemp African Pop Culture

46060 • Livermon, Xavier
Meets MWF 2:00PM-3:00PM CLA 1.104
(also listed as AFR 372G, ANT 324L)
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The aim of this course is to introduce students to some of the most significant aspects of popular culture in contemporary sub-Saharan Africa. Manifestations of popular culture are considered as markers of modern African identities, embedded in complex and varied socio-cultural, historical and political contexts. Within the current era of global, diasporic, and transnational flows, it is neither sufficient any longer to view Africa solely from the perspective of political economies, nor to discuss contemporary African culture within the tradition-versus-modernity debate. Manifestations of popular culture in Africa show that the continent is part and parcel of the postmodern world, with cultural production simultaneously influenced by global trends and specific African contexts. The course will cover various forms of cultural expression and genres, including popular film, music, literature, dance, comics and cartoons, fashion, sport, street art, theatre, and contemporary visual arts. Attention will be paid to the production modes, audiences and sites of consumption of these different genres and aspects of popular culture. Course instruction will include extensive film and clip viewings, analysis of music, and reading fictional texts such as popular novels and comics.


  • Marguerite Abouet Aya: Life in Yop City.
  • Nadine Dolby: Constructing Race: Youth, Identity and Popular Culture in South Africa.
  • Manthia Diawara In Search of Africa.
  • Sokari Ekine ed. SMS Uprising: Mobile Activism in Africa. 
  • Relebohile Moletsane, Claudia Mitchell, and Ann Smith eds. Was it Something I Wore? Dress, Identity, Materialitiy.
  • Mwenda Ntarangwi East African Hip-Hop: Youth Culture and Globalization.
  • Simon Weller and Garth Walker South African Township Barbershops and Salons.

Grading breakdown (percentages):

  • Attendance and Participation 20%
  • Response Papers 20%
  • Midterm 20%
  • Final 40%

WGS 340 • Fashion And Desire

46065 • Gill, Lyndon
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM GEA 114
(also listed as AFR 372E)
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This course explores historical and contemporary style in the African Diaspora. From head to toe, runways to street corners, art installations to music videos, “dandyism” to “swag,” Patrick Kelly to Kanye West, Josephine Baker to Beyoncé, we investigate the sartorial as a wearable art form and a political arena. We unfurl the tapestry of desires that encircles black fashion in the U.S. and globally, combing through the intertwined threads of passionate creativity, sexual fetishization, corporeal autonomy, capitalism consumerism, suffocating conformity and humorous play amongst other topics.



Gott, Suzanne & Kristyne Loughran

    2010    Contemporary African Fashion. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.


Miller, Monica

    2009    Slaves to Fashion: Black Dandyism and the Styling of Black Diasporic Identity.

        Durham: Duke University Press.


Tamagni, Daniele

    2009    Gentlemen of Bacongo. London: Trolley Books.


Tulloch, Carol

    2004    Black Style. London: Victoria & Albert Museum.


White, Shane & Graham White

    1999    Stylin’: African American Expressive Culture, from Its Beginnings to the Zoot Suit.

        Ithaca: Cornell University Press.


WGS 340 • Foundations Of Social Justice

46070 • Conway, Fiona
Meets MW 9:30AM-11:00AM SSW 2.118
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Multidisciplinary course examining experiences and issues of gender in different cultures.

WGS 340 • Holocaust Aftereffects

46115 • Bos, Pascale
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM BUR 234
(also listed as C L 323, J S 365, LAH 350)
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The events of the Holocaust changed Western culture in fundamental ways. Not only was a great part of Jewish culture in Europe destroyed, the circumstances of the Nazi genocide as a modern, highly rationalized, efficient form of mass murder which took place in the heart of civilized Europe changed the conception of the progress of modernity and the Enlightenment in fundamental ways. This course explores the historical, political, psychological, theological, and cultural fall-out, as well as literary and cinematic responses in Europe and the U.S. to these events as they first became known, and as one moved further away from it in time and came to understand its pronounced and often problematic after effects. Central to our inquiry is the realization that the events of the Holocaust have left indelible traces in European and U.S. culture and culture production, of which a closer look (first decade by decade, then moving on to a number of themes and questions), reveals profound insights into current day culture, politics, and society.

Required Texts:

Levi and Rothberg, The Holocaust: Theoretical Readings; Art Spiegelman, Maus I ⅈ Ruth Klüger, Still Alive: a Girlhood Remembered; Primo Levi, Survival in Auschwitz;  Elie Wiesel, Night; Additional  course packet

Films: Nuit et Brouillard; Holocaust (excerpts); Shoah (excerpts); Schindler's List (excerpt)

Grading Policy:

Attendance/participation 15%

Response papers (2) 10%

Class presentation 10%

Presentation paper 15%

Midterm exam 20%

Final research paper 30% (proposal, bibliography, outline + 1st, 5% each, paper: 15%)

WGS 340 • Making African Art

46071 • Okediji, Moyosore
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM GAR 1.134
(also listed as AFR 374F)
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Multidisciplinary course examining experiences and issues of gender in different cultures.

WGS 340 • Policing Latinidad

46074 • Lebron, Marisol
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM BIO 301
(also listed as AMS 321, MAS 374)
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Course Description:

How does the criminal justice system make itself felt in the everyday lives of Latinxs? From border enforcement, to stop and frisk, to the phenomenon of mass incarceration, many Latinxs find themselves and their communities enmeshed within a dense web of surveillance, punishment, and detention. This interdisciplinary course will examine the historical, political, economic, and social factors that have, in many ways, criminalized Latinidad and/or rendered Latinidad illegal.

We will examine how race, class, education, gender, sexuality, and citizenship shape the American legal system and impact how Latinxs navigate that system. This course will pay special attention to the troubled and unequal relationshi between Latinxs and the criminal justice apparatus in the United States and how it has resulted in the formation of resistant political identities and activist practices.


Timothy Black, When a Heart Turns Rock Solid: The Lives of Three Puerto Rican Brothers On and Off the Streets, New York: Vintage Books, 2009.

Kelly Lytle Hernandez, Migra!: A History of the U.S. Border Patrol, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010.

Patrisia Macia-Rojas, From Deportation to Prison: The Politics of Immigration Enforcement in Post-Civil Rights America, New York: New York University Press 2016.

Eduardo Obregon Pagan, Murder at the Sleepy Lagoon: Zoot Suits, Race, and Riots in Wartime L.A., Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003.

Victor M. Rios, Punished: Policing he Lives o Black and Latino Boys, New York: New York University Press, 2011.

All other readings for this course will be available online.

Assignments and Grading:

Class Participation: 15%

Presentations: 25%

Midterm Essay: 25%

Final Essays: 35%

WGS 340 • Queer Ethnographies

46113 • Merabet, Sofian
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM SAC 4.118
(also listed as ANT 324L)
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Multidisciplinary course examining experiences and issues of gender in different cultures.

WGS 340 • Race And Gender By Design

46072 • Lewis, Charlton
Meets M 5:00PM-8:00PM BTL 101
(also listed as ARC 327R, ARC 386M, LAS 381, WGS 393)
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This seminar will examine the relationship of design relative to the narratives of race, gender, and diversity. The course will be organized in related but distinct topical areas engaging in a critical discourse on ethnicity, race, gender and sexuality within a multi-disciplinary exploration of design and design issues. The latter part of the seminar will leverage the gained understanding into our own shared postulations as we look to seek out and discover a contemporary framing of this complex, critical, and sometimes personal conversation.

WGS 340 • Sacred & Ceremonl Textiles

46114 • Shirazi, Faegheh
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM JES A303A
(also listed as ANT 324L, ISL 372, MEL 321, R S 358)
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Textiles and material objects indigenous to the Islamic world, and what they reveal about the culture of various Islamic societies.

WGS 340 • Self-Revlatn Women's Wrtg

46085 • Hillmann, Michael
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM MEZ 2.102
(also listed as AFR 372E)
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Multidisciplinary course examining experiences and issues of gender in different cultures.

WGS 340 • Sexuality/Gender In Latin Amer

46067 • Zazueta, Maria
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM SRH 1.320
(also listed as HIS 363K, LAS 366)
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Multidisciplinary course examining experiences and issues of gender in different cultures.

WGS 340 • South Asian Migration To US

46099 • Bhalodia-Dhanani, Aarti
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM CMA 3.114
(also listed as AAS 325, ANS 372, HIS 365G)
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This course examines the South Asian diaspora in United States. We will cover migration of people from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh to United States and other parts of the world. While studying the history and culture of South Asian America, we will discuss globalization, transnationalism, migration, assimilation, formation of a diaspora, discrimination, and gender and sexuality, all major themes in Asian American Studies. The course is arranged chronologically and thematically. We will start in the nineteenth century following the journey of the first South Asian migrants to US. We will then move on to studying the Bengali and Punjabi immigrants to U.S. and the formation of Bengali-African and Punjabi-Mexican communities. We will study how American immigration laws have facilitated or inhibited South Asian migration to US in the twentieth century. Topics covered include economic and social reasons for migration, adaptation to American life, cultural and religious assimilation, changing family structures, and discrimination and exclusion. We will end the semester by discussing South Asian American life in the twenty-first century. 

Through the semester we will study more than a century of South Asian American history. A primary goal of this course is to highlight the diversity within South Asian America. We will encounter a diaspora whose members belong to different religious, linguistic, economic and social groups. Many came to the United States forcibly to seek economic opportunities lacking at home. Others came enthusiastically with dreams of making it “big” in the land of abundant opportunities. We will also examine South Asian American interactions with other Americans in the fields of social activism and community development.

You are encouraged to participate in South Asian American life in Austin. I will bring to your attention relevant films, lectures, art, music, and dance performances. Assignments for this course will help you in improving writing and communication skills. Our class meetings will be a blend of lectures and discussions.

WGS 340 • Tejana Cultural Studies

46068 • Rosas, Lilia
Meets MW 2:00PM-3:30PM CAL 419
(also listed as AMS 370, MAS 374)
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Course Description:

With the publication of Entre Guadalupe y Malinche, editors Inés Hernández-Ávila and Norma Elia Cantú solidify their mandate to legitimize Tejan@/x Studies as an arena worthy of ongoing research, study, and comprehension. Furthermore, they center the narratives of Tejanas as a necessary part of the conversation to understand this emergent field of inquiry and integral to Chicana Studies. In this course, we investigate the history of Tejanas to reaffirm and reclaim their place and role in the histories of Native Americans, woman, Chican@/xs, Greater Mexico, and the United States. We will further explore how transfronterizismo and transregionalism complicate this history. Last, we will contemplate how their stories are fundamental to illuminating the struggles, resistance, and liberation of Chicanas, xicanindias, mestizas, and afromexicanas from precontact to decolonization.



Acosta, Teresa Palomo and Ruthe Winegarten. Las Tejanas: 300 Years of History. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2003.

Brown, Ariana. Three-headed Serpent: Digital Chapbook. 2016.

González, Gabriela. Redeeming La Raza: Transborder Modernity, Race, Respectability, and Rights. New York: Oxford University, 2018.

Hernández-Ávila, Inés and Normal Elia Cantú, eds. Entre Guadalupe y Malinche: Tejanas in Literature and Art. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2016.

Nájera, Jennifer R. The Borderlands of Race: Mexican Segregation in A South Texas Town. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2015.

Orozco, Cynthia E. No Mexicans, Women, or Dogs Allowed: The Rise of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2009.

Pérez, Emma. Forgetting the Alamo, or, Blood. Memory: A Novel. Austin: University of. Texas Press, 2009. Vargas, Deborah R. Dissonant Divas in Chicana Music: The Limits of La Onda. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012.



  • Attendance and Participation 15%
  • Reading Journal 10%
  • Research Proposal and Bibliography 5%
  • Primary Document Analysis 10%
  • Rough Draft of Final Paper 10%
  • Oral Presentation 20%
  • Final Paper 30%

WGS 340 • Transnatl Latinx Pop Culture

46069 • Gutierrez, Laura
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM GEA 114
(also listed as AFR 372E, LAS 328, MAS 374)
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This course uses a set of interdisciplinary methods (mainly from ethnic studies, Latina/o studies, cultural studies, and performance studies) to help us understand the kind of 'work' culture is doing in a larger framework, historical, economical, and societal. The class uses these theoretical and methodological lenses to examine Transnational Latina/o popular culture from the 20th and early 21st centuries in order to consider the ways in which popular culture has been an important aspect of nation-building strategies on different scales, from nation-states to Latina/o communities in the US. We pay particular attention to expressive culture from the beginning of the 20th century, focusing on social dance forms like samba, tango, and danzón. Additionally, sports spectacles are analyzed to understand the performance of masculinity, the interconnected between politics and ‘entertainment’ (soccer) and the theatricality of the spectacle (lucha libre—Mexican masked wrestling). The course material moves through the 20th century and into the 21st century and across geo-political divides to put forward the idea that Latina/o popular culture is transnational (at the same time as translocal); cultural works that will be examined in order to grasp a full understanding of his notion run the gamut from the formation of salsa to the reggeatón phenomenon and telenovela (Latin American soap operas) industry to music television. In a more general way, the ultimate goal of the class is to get the student to think about the ways in which popular cultural forms are part of a 20th and 21st century sensibility that is both part of “the practice of everyday life” and nation-building projects. But the student will be asked to think about how different publics consume popular culture (at times transforming it and/or changing its meaning) and, likewise, it is important to consider what happens when popular culture—thanks to the (transnational) cultural industries—travel across geo-political and linguistic borders. The operating question throughout the semester is then, is what is transnational about Latina/o popular culture and why does it matter?

TEXTS (selections):

*Imagination Beyond Nation: Latin American Popular Culture, edited by Eva P. Bueno and Terry Caesar

*Musical ImagiNation: U.S.-Colombian Identity and the Latin Music Boom by María Elena Cepeda

*Latino/a Popular Culture, edited by Michelle Habell-Pallán and Mary Romero

*Memory and Modernity: Popular Culture in Latin America, edited by William Rowe and Vivian Schelling

*Fragments of a Golden Age: The Politics of Culture in Mexico since 1940, edited by Gilbert Joseph, Anne Rubenstein, and Eric Zolov

*From Bananas to Buttocks: The Latina Body in Popular Film and Culture, edited by Myra Mendible

*Oye Como Va! Hybridity and Identity in Latino Popular Music by Deborah Pacini Hernández

*Musica Norteña: Mexican Migrants Creating a Nation between Nations by Cathy Ragland


Attendance and Participation: 15%

One in-class short presentation: 10%

Three short essays during the semester: 30%

Final research paper: 45%


WGS 340 • Women And Socl Mvmnts In US

46105 • Green, Laurie
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM UTC 4.122
(also listed as AFR 372C, AMS 321, HIS 365G)
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This upper-division history lecture course examines women’s participation in both well-known and lesser-known social movements during the twentieth century, more deeply than is possible in a U.S. history survey course. Throughout, we explore women’s activism in movements that specifically targeted women’s rights, such as the woman suffrage movement. However, we also consider women’s participation in movements that do not outwardly appear to be movements about women’s rights, such as the Civil Rights Movement. 

In addition to exploring the scope and contours of women’s activism, the course will emphasize on four key themes: 1) how cultural understandings of gender may have shaped these movements; 2) tensions between ideas of women’s rights that emphasized equality of the sexes and those that emphasized difference; 3) the question of whether you can write a universal history of women or need to write separate histories along lines such as race, class, region, religion, sexual preference, and more; 4) power relations not only between men and women but among women. 


SHORT READINGS will be available on Canvas. 
Crow Dog, Mary. Lakota Woman.

Moody, Anne. Coming of Age in Mississippi. 1968.
Orleck, Annelise. Common Sense and a Little Fire: Women and Working-Class Politics in the United States, 1900-1965.
Marjorie Spruill Wheeler, One Woman, One Vote: Rediscovering the Women’s Suffrage Movement.

OTHER COURSE MATERIALS: Films, photographs, original historical documents


Short assignments                                                               10% total      

Unit quizzes (3)                                                                     10% total

Unit in-class essay exams (3)                                            60% total

Take Home Final                                                                  20%

Extra credit   1-2 points added to final grade

Attendance: Unexcused absences beyond those allowed result in a point deduction from final grade.

WGS 340 • Women Of Color Feminisms In US

46073 • Guidotti-Hernandez, Nicole
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM CMA 3.114
(also listed as AFR 372C, AMS 321, MAS 374)
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This relational ethnic studies course examines the most influential works produced by those women of color whose political and cultural investments in a collaborative, cross-cultural critique of U.S. imperialism and heteronormativity has been called “US Third World Feminism.”  In order to situate these works historically, materially, and culturally, we will also read works by key “third world” anti-colonialist writers.  In addition to developing a facility with historical and contemporary discourses of nationalism, gender, race, sexuality, and class, our goal will be to engage in a sustained and critical exploration of the limits and promises of “US Third World Feminism.”  What is “third world” about this feminism, and what is gained by using this politically fraught label?  How does its discourse carry over into everyday practice?  How do the documents produced under its name draw from the anti-colonial writings of “third world” writers?  What is the relationship between this mode of feminism and more recent elaborations of global and transnational feminisms? 



Alarcón,,  Norma, Kaplan, Caren and Moallem, Minoo. Between Woman and Nation 

Anzaldúa, Gloria and Moraga, Cherríe eds. This Bridge Called My Back 

Davis, Angela. The Angela Davis Reader. 

Ehrenreich, Barbara  and Annette Fuentes Women in the Global Factory 

Límon, Graciela. In Search of Bernabé 

Mohanty, Chandra .Feminism Without Borders. 

Peña, Milagros. Latina Activists Across Borders 



La Operación 

Black Skins/White Masks 



25% Final Paper 

5% Prospectus and Bibliography 

30% Long Papers 

10% Presentation of final paper 

30% Attendance and Class Participation

WGS 340 • Women/Wealth In South Asia

46125 • Chatterjee, Indrani
Meets T 3:30PM-6:30PM GAR 2.128
(also listed as ANS 372, HIS 350L)
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International aid agencies and modern humanitarians take for granted the poverty of all South Asian women. The question that is seldom asked is how did so many women become so poor? Have women always been poor in the subcontinent? How can we measure poverty and wealth across time and cultures? This course tries to discuss such questions by combining legal, political and social histories of the subcontinent between the seventeenth and the twentieth centuries.

This course carries a Writing Flag. Writing Flag classes meet the Core Communications objectives of Critical Thinking, Communication, Teamwork, and Personal Responsibility, established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Writing Flag courses are designed to give students experience with writing in an academic discipline, in this case, History.

The goals of the course are to teach students two distinct and graduated forms of historical writing. One is review: it begins with learning the skills of summary (presenting the main points of another text concisely), and is completed by learning skills of evaluating texts in terms of their ‘sources’, interpretative methods, persuasiveness in comparison with other similar texts. Students will acquire a familiarity with writing reviews of both published and unpublished writing by commenting on the essays published by established authors as well as by their not-yet-published peers. They will learn to ask the same questions of both. A second form of writing students will learn is that of narrative: ie the arranging of documents, events according to a timeline that establishes an unfolding ‘story’. Historical narrative begins with ‘primary’ sources, taken from the time in which they occurred. At each stage of writing they will be asked to develop careful citation practice, develop the ability to give and take peer criticism, and learn to revise multiple drafts. The end result is to ensure that students write a substantial essay which brings both narrative and reviewing skills together with good citation practice.



1) Reading and Writing: Most readings for this course will be available on Canvas or online at University of Austin Library. Students are expected to read the assigned texts ahead of the class, and be willing to discuss their responses to these texts in class without prompting from the Instructor. The success of the class depends largely on the willingness of students to discuss their ideas and questions in class. Each student should bring to class each week a basic list of 3 questions on the readings. After discussion in class, this list of questions is submitted to the instructor and contributes 20 points to the total grade earned by a student. Questions should be about the author’s arguments and methods, or something that catches your attention but is unexplained in the text, etc. When writing, use the questions you have asked on your readings to form the key organizing principles of your paragraphs. The components of an organized essay are a strong thesis statement in the introductory paragraph, clear and consistent paragraphs with clear opening statements in each, succinct conclusion. Good spelling will count as well.

In addition to regular questions, all students will write 1) a 500-word summary of an article (10 points, 2 of these points will be for correct citation of sources acc. To the Chicago Manual)

2) a 8-10 page essay presenting a summary and review of multiple articles and some primary documents ( 20 points)

3) 3 sets of peer-reviews (15 points)

4) a 15-page final essay reviewing a debate on dowry (20 points)

2) Participating in Class-Discussion: (for 15 points) The assessment of oral discussion shifts in its emphasis from the beginning to the end of the semester. IN the beginning, a student’s ability to speak coherently will be sufficient; by the middle, a student’s ability to synthesise old and new readings, to remember the beginning and be able to refer to it in discussion will be

favorably assessed; in the end, bringing all the older readings to bear upon the latest readings or viewing materials and being able to discuss these in a clear and mature fashion will be rewarded.

3) Attendance: Students will be allowed no more than one unexplained absence, unless there is a serious, documented, medical or personal problem.

WGS 345 • American Dilemmas

46150 • Green, Penny
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM CLA 1.108
(also listed as SOC 336C, URB 354)
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This course examines critical American social problems that threaten the very fabric of our collective life as a nation.  These include problems in the economy and political system, social class and income inequality, racial/ethnic inequality, gender inequality and heterosexism, problems in education, and problems of illness and health care.  The course has three main objectives.  One involves providing students with the theoretical and methodological tools needed to critically analyze these problems from a sociological perspective.  A second involves providing students with current data and other information documenting the seriousness of these problems.  The final objective focuses on evaluating social policies addressing these problems (e.g., welfare-to-work programs, pay equity legislation), with special reference to questions of social justice, the common good, as well as public and individual responsibility.  Class format will be a mixture of lecture and discussion, with a strong emphasis upon the latter. 

Required Readings: 

A packet of readings to be purchased from Austin Text Books at 2116 Guadalupe (i.e., the Drag)

Additional readings will be made available on Blackboard

Attendance Policy:

Regular attendance and punctuality are expected.  You’re allowed three absences without penalty during the semester (excluding our introductory class meeting).  The nonpenalized absences are intended to cover such situations as illness, family emergencies, university sponsored trips, etc.  Students who miss more than three classes, regardless of the reason, will have their semester grades reduced by one full percentage points for each absence beyond the three allowed.  The one exception to this policy concerns absences for religious reasons, assuming advance, written notification is given.

Tentative Grading Policy:

Four Short Papers (2-3 pages)            65%

Class Participation                              20%

Pop Quizzes                                        15%


WGS 345 • Love, Beauty, And Protection

46130 • Clarke, John
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM DFA 2.204
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Topics in Women's and Gender Studies.

WGS 345 • The Family

46142 • Fulton, Kelly
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM CLA 0.128
(also listed as SOC 323)
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This course analyzes the family as a social institution, using the sociological perspective. 

Studying the family can be tricky in that we all have our own experiences being part of families.  It is important, then, to go beyond our own experiences to explore both the private aspects of the family as well as public aspects of the family using various kinds of empirical data.  Shifting definitions of the family are the context for a brief history of the family.  Throughout the course we will explore family change. Specific topics will include dating, “hooking up” and marriage; parents and children; cohabitation, divorce and stepfamilies; and how the family intersects with, is shaped by, and shapes other social institutions, with particular attention to the economy and the world of work as well as state and social policies.

 Grading Policy

Students will be evaluated via short papers, in-class short answer and essay examinations, a group project, and class participation. 

 Texts: (subject to change)

Bogle, Kathleen.  2008.  Hooking Up: Sex, Dating and Relationships on Campus.  NYU Press.       

Coontz, Stephanie.  2006.  Marriage, A History: How Love Conquered Marriage. New York: Penguin.                

Ferguson, Susan J. (ed.).  2010.  Shifting the Center: Understanding Contemporary Families, Fourth Edition.  Boston: McGraw-Hill. 

Lareau, Annette.   2011. Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life, Second Edition with an Update a Decade Later.  Berkeley: University of California Press.

Stone, Pamela.  2007. Opting Out? Why Women Really Quit Careers and Head Home. Berkeley: University of California Press.

WGS 345 • Thtr Studies: Young Audiences

46135 • Luck, Jennifer
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM WIN 1.134
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Topics in Women's and Gender Studies.

WGS 345 • Toni Morrison

46160 • Woodard, Helena
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM PAR 204
(also listed as AFR 372E, E 349S)
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E 349S  l  5-Toni Morrison


Instructor:  Woodard, H

Unique #:  35755

Semester:  Fall 2018

Cross-lists:  AFR 372E; WGS 345

Restrictions:  n/a

Computer instruction:  No


Prerequisites:  Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.


Description:  This course examines select novels by Nobel laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, Toni Morrison.  The novels thematize womanism as theory, which incorporates race, gender, and culture in experiences uniquely shared by women--particularly women of color--across class and regional boundaries.  Collectively, Morrison's characters confront a wide range of challenging crises:  infanticide, male-female relations, familial conflict, socio-economical, cultural survival, etc.  Morrison's novels are a gloss on the African-American literary tradition, deeply rooted in the American literary tradition.


Required Reading (subject to change):  The Bluest Eye, 1970; Sula, 1973; Song of Solomon, 1977; Beloved, 1987; Jazz, 1992; A Mercy, 2008; God Help the Child.


Audio-Visual Aids:  Toni Morrison with Bill Moyers, History of Ideas Series; Toni Morrison on Beloved; Jazz and the Harlem Renaissance; Toni Morrison on Oprah Winfrey (Song of Solomon); The Margaret Garner Opera (documentary).


Requirements & Grading:  .50 Two Critical essays TBA (5 pages each; typed, ds); .30 A Reading Notebook (12-page minimum; typed, ds; see separate instruction sheet); .20 Presentations (TBA) / quizzes / class participation.


ATTENDANCE:  Regular attendance is required.  More than four absences will be sufficient grounds for failure in the course. Penalties may range from a reduction in overall course grade to failure of the course itself.  I reserve the right to make decisions on a case-by-case basis.  The four allowed absences will include illness, deaths of relatives, and other emergencies.  If you are more than five minutes late or leave before class ends (without permission), you will be counted absent for that class.  You are responsible for all work covered in your absence.  Read each novel completely by the first day of discussion for that book.  No makeup for quizzes is permitted.  Course pack articles are required reading.


GRADING SCALE:  Final grades will be determined on the basis of the following rubric.  Please note that to ensure fairness, all numbers are absolute, and will not be rounded up or down at any stage.  Thus, a B- will be inclusive of all scores of 80.000 through 83.999.  The University does not recognize the grade of A+.


A (94-100); A- (90-93); B+ (87-89); B (84-86); B- (80-83); C+ (77-79); C (74-76); C- (70-73); D+ (67-69); D (64-66); D- (60-63); F (0-59).


Plus/minus grades will be assigned for the final grade.  This is a writing-intensive course.  No final exam is given.

WGS 345 • Women Hist Polit Thought

46155 • Stauffer, Dana
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM CLA 0.112
(also listed as CTI 335, GOV 335M)
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GOV 335M   Women in the History of Political Thought

This course examines themes of women, the family, and the private sphere in the history of political thought. We will analyze and interpret theoretical and dramatic works in which women have a central role, and we will seek to understand the relationship between political thinkers’ views about women and the family and their larger political theories. We will begin in ancient Greece, the society that laid the basis for Western political ideals of freedom and equality, and consider how women were viewed by the ancient dramatists as well as the great philosophers. Then we will move through the development of the modern West, considering the critique of paternalism launched by John Locke, the portrait of the ideal woman advanced by Rousseau in Book V of the Emile, and the response of Mary Wollstonecraft to Rousseau’s ideal. In the second half of the course, we will consider the development of early feminism in the thought of John Stuart Mill, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Emma Goldman, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Some of the questions we will pursue are the following: How have political thinkers conceived of the role of women in Western society and how have their views on that question illuminated their theories about justice, human nature, and human freedom? We will also contemplate theoretical questions of gender for ourselves, such as: What does justice demand in the realm of the relations between the sexes? What kinds of social and political arrangements are best for women? How do our answers to these questions intersect with broader questions about identity, political community, and the common good?




De Beauvoir, Simone. The Second Sex. (Vintage)


Euripides II. (Complete Greek Tragedies, Chicago)


Gilman, Charlotte Perkins. The Yellow Wall-paper, Herland, and Selected Writings.

(Penguin Classics)


Mill, John Stuart. The Subjection of Women. Edited by Susan M. Okin (Hackett)


Rousseau, Jean-Jacques. Emile, or On Education. Translated by Allan Bloom. (Basic Books)


Wollstonecraft, Mary. A Vindication of the Rights of Women. (Prometheus)


A COURSE READER, available at Jenn’s Copying and Binding, 2518 Guadalupe St., at the corner of Guadalupe and Dean Keeton, tel. 512-482-0779.



Grading and Requirements:


Option One:


First Exam: 25%

Final Exam:  50%

Class Participation: 5%

Research Project: 10%

Pop Quizzes: 10%


Option Two:


First Exam: 20%

Final Exam:  20%

Paper: 35%

Class Participation: 5%

Research Project: 10%

Pop Quizzes: 10%

WGS 345 • Women In Sickness & Health

46145 • Seaholm, Megan
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM PAR 206
(also listed as HIS 350R)
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In this seminar students will explore the experience of American women, in sickness and in health. Students will learn about medical and biological views of woman and women’s health, the social context of those views, the development of medical practices and, indeed, a new medical specialty, for the treatment of illness and debility. This study of American women focuses on the 19th and 20th century and looks at the experience of Native-American women, African-American women, Latinas, working class women, and white middle- and upper-class women. Health topics include menarche and menstruation, childbirth, birth control and abortion, gynecological disorders and reproductive organ cancers, as well as mental health and mental illness.

WGS 356 • Intro To Feminist Rsch Methods

46165 • Somers-Willett, Susan
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM PAR 310
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Introduction to feminist research methods across a range of traditional disciplines. Designed to prepare students to analyze research within gender studies and to develop their own research skills.

WGS 358Q • Supervised Research

(also listed as AAS 318Q, AAS 358Q, HMN 358Q, LAH 358Q)
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Supervised individual research on an issue in women's and gender studies.
Written consent of the supervising faculty member required; consent forms are available in the Center for Women's
and Gender Studies.

WGS 360 • Rsch/Thesis In Wom's/Gend Stds

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Individual project or paper to be completed under the direction of a women's and gender studies faculty member.

Written consent of the supervising faculty member required, consent forms available in the Center for Women's and Gender Studies for that purpose.

WGS 379L • Internship In Wgs

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Experience working in the community or for a nonprofit agency.

Prerequisite: At least twelve semester hours of coursework in women's and gender studies and written consent of the supervising faculty member; consent forms are available in the Center for Women's and Gender Studies.

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WGS 679HA • Honors Tutorial Course

(also listed as AAS 679HA, AAS 679HB, AHC 679HA, AHC 679HB, C C 679HA, C C 679HB, GK 679HA, GK 679HB, HMN 679HA, HMN 679HB, LAS 679HA, LAS 679HB, LAT 679HA, LAT 679HB, LIN 679HA, LIN 679HB, WGS 679HB)
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WGS 679HB • Honors Tutorial Course

(also listed as AAS 679HA, AAS 679HB, AHC 679HA, AHC 679HB, C C 679HA, C C 679HB, GK 679HA, GK 679HB, HMN 679HA, HMN 679HB, LAS 679HA, LAS 679HB, LAT 679HA, LAT 679HB, LIN 679HA, LIN 679HB, WGS 679HA)
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