Introduction to key concepts from social and cultural theory as they are understood and used in critical studies of gender, race, sexuality, class and nation. We will explore how these concepts are taken up from different perspectives to address particular social problems, and the implications of these critical approaches in the world.
V 3137 Feminist Sexual Politics through a Historical Perspective
Why, and in what ways, has sex been a central issue for feminism throughout its history? How have feminist attitudes towards sex changed over time, and how did attitudes vary amongst feminists themselves? What connections did feminists make between sexual reform, women’s rights, and broader social, political, and economic change? And what are the legacies of past feminist sexual politics for the present day?
This course addresses these questions by exploring the history of feminist sexual politics in Europe over the course of the “long nineteenth century,” that is, between the years 1789 and 1918, and will focus on developments in Britain, France, and Germany. From the French Revolution to the achievement of women’s suffrage, we will examine feminists’ writings on and activism surrounding sex and sexuality to understand how definitions of “sex,” “feminism,” and “sexual politics” changed over time, and how issues of class and race shaped feminist sexual politics. We will also analyze contradictions, tensions and continuities within diverse feminist approaches to sexuality, and assess similarities and differences amongst feminists from different national backgrounds. Furthermore, by adopting a focus on feminism and sexuality, this course offers a unique lens on the major “world historical” events of modern European history.
This undergraduate seminar draws upon feminist, African American, and queer theories and cultural practices to explore the relations of male masculinity and queer subjectivities. We will use literature and film, primarily, to provide a critique of normative notions of the binary oppositions of "black" and "gay" that oversimplify the complex social formations that structure racial and queer representations. We will attempt to find a way into discussions of how sexuality studies can enhance discussions of race and gender within the context of African American artistic forms. Cultural theorists include Judith Butler, Jack Halberstam, Karla Holloway, bell hooks, Kobena Mercer, and Robyn Wiegman. Writers and filmmakers will come from diverse canons, including the black feminist tradition of Mae V. Cowdery, Audre Lorde, Toni Morrison, and Dees Rees. This course will pay particular attention to the possibility of black queer texts and critical practices with an emphasis on deconstructing black masculinity through the languages of intimacy. Artists include Melvin Dixon, Thomas Allen Harris, Essex Hemphill, Issac Julien, Randall Kenan, Richard Bruce Nugent, and Marlon Riggs. One fifteen-page essay.
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. (Seminar). Application Instructions: Women's and Gender Studies majors and concentrators should e-mail Professor Marcellus Blount (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject heading "Race and Sexuality seminar." In your message, include basic information: your name, school, major, year of study, and relevant courses taken, along with a brief statement about why you are interested in taking the course.
The Senior Seminar in Women's Studies offers you the opportunity to develop a capstone research paper by the end of the first semester of your senior year. Senior seminar essays take the form of a 25-page paper based on original research and characterized by an interdisciplinary approach to the study of women, sexuality, and/or gender. You must work with an individual advisor who has expertise in the area of your thesis and who can advise you on the specifics of method and content. Your grade for the semester with be determined by IRWGS's Director of Undergraduate Studies in consultation with your advisor.
Students receiving a grade of "B+" of higher in Senior Seminar I will be invited to complete Senior Seminar II in Spring 2014. Senior Seminar II students will complete a senior thesis of 40-60 pages in a course facilitated by the IRWGS Director.
W 4302 The Second Wave and Jewish Women's Artistic Responses: 1939-1990
The course focuses on the memoirs and fiction of American Jewish women writers who published from 1945 to 1990; it is divided into three sections. Section I examines the work of three significant Jewish women writers in the post-World War II period — Jo Sinclair, Tillie Olsen and Grace Paley — in relation to their representation of the Eastern European Jewish immigrant experience, depiction of Jewish women and presentation of gender issues. Section II begins with an analysis of two creative works prominent in American mainstream culture — Philip Roth’s Portnoy’s Complaint (1969) and Neil Simon’s film The Heartbreak Kid (1972) — and their depiction of Jewish American women. This section also includes readings reflecting Jewish women’s responses to and incorporation of second wave feminism into Jewish American identity, religious practice and ritual observance; the film Half the Kingdom (1989) articulates some of these responses; the section concludes with Erica Jong’s novel Fear of Flying (1973) and the installation at the Brooklyn Museum of Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party (1974-79). Section III analyzes the work of — Elana Dykewomon, E. M. Broner, Marcia Freedman, Meredith Tax, Kate Simon, Rebecca Goldstein, and Lore Segal — Jewish writers who consciously incorporated various visions and ideas of second wave feminism into their fiction and memoirs, and, in so doing, attempted to put forth a new vision of Jewish women’s lives and experiences. Secondary readings contextualize these works.
Guest Speaker: Marcia Freedman
G 6001 Feminist Paradigms: Voice of the Witness - Trauma, Memory, Testimony
The historian Annette Wievorka has called our age the “era of witness.” This course examines the emergence of testimony as a genre and a telling source of evidence in the aftermath of 20th and 21st century catastrophes. Focusing comparatively on several key sites that illuminate theoretical and gender dimensions of testimony – war, dictatorship and crimes against humanity as well as rape and sexual abuse – we will study acts of witness in oral history, memoirs, blogs, film, performance and in trials and truth commissions. We will also look at the memorial functions of testimony archives and the role of testimony in museums and memorials. Authors studied will include Giorgio Agamben, Hannah Arendt, Susan Brison, Judith Butler, Cathy Caruth, Charlotte Delbo, Judith Lewis Herrman, Antje Krog, Claude Lanzmann, Primo Levi, François Lyotard, Rigoberta Menchú, Anna Deveare Smith, Art Spiegelman, among others.
Instructor's permission IS REQUIRED. E-mail Professor Hirsch (email@example.com) with the subject heading, "Voice of the Witness." In your message, include basic information: your name, school, major or field, year of study, and relevant courses taken, along with a brief statement about why you are interested in taking the course. Up to NINETEEN STUDENTS will be allowed to enroll. Contact Professor Hirsch for permission to enroll.
G 8001 Feminist Pedagogy
Days and times: Friday, September 27th at 12pm - 2pm; Tuesdays October 8th, 15th, and 22nd at 10am - 12pm
This is a course for graduate students who are thinking about issues in teaching in the near and distant future and want to explore issues of pedagogy. The course will ask what it means to teach “as a feminist,” as well as to create a classroom receptive to issues of feminist method and theory regardless of course theme/content. It will discuss issues of feminist pedagogy including the role of political engagement, the gender dynamics of the classroom, and modes of critical thought and disagreement Discussions can be oriented around student interest.
This is a one-credit course, so the demands are light. Do the readings and the assignments and come to class prepared to discuss them. For a final 5 week duration of the class, you will be working on a syllabus for a course of your choosing. We will discuss these syllabi during the last class session.
Offered Fall 2013. Despite popular conceptions insisting that the ideal Renaissance woman was silent, as well as chaste and obedient, many women in the early modern period (c. 1550-1800) defied such sentiments by writing, circulating and publishing their own literature. Under the influence of humanism, a generation of educated women arose who would become both the audience for and contributors to the great flowering of literature written in sixteenth and seventeenth century England. As we examine how these women addressed questions of love, marriage, age, race and class, we will also consider the roles women and ideas about gender played in the production of English literature. We will read from a range of literary (plays & poetry) and non-literary (cookbooks, broadside, midwifery books) texts.
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 25 students. Sign-up with the English Department is required. Registering for the course only through eBear or SSOL will NOT ensure your enrollment. The date and time that sign-up sheets go up is listed on the English Dept.'s Announcements Page: http://english.barnard.edu/course-information/news-center General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).
Examines the role of women in ancient Greek and Latin literature; the portrayal of women in literature as opposed to their actual social status; male and female in ancient Mediterranean cosmologies; readings from ancient epics, lyric drama, history, historical documents, medical texts, oratory, and philosophy, as well as from contemporary sociological and anthropological works that help to analyze the origins of the Western attitude toward women. General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL). General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).
Examination of the social conditions and linguistic practices that have shaped the historical and contemporary gendering of leadership, power, and authority in the United States and around the world. Through examples drawn from the social, political, and economic worlds, we will explore leadership in varying racial, class, and regional contexts. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Limited to 15. General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).
Examines the gendered roles of women and men in Latin American society from the colonial period to the present. Explores a number of themes, including the intersection of social class, race, ethnicity, and gender; the nature of patriarchy; masculinity; gender and the state; and the gendered nature of political mobilization. General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS). General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).
Seminar focuses on the critical analysis of Asian representation and participation in Hollywood by taking a look at how mainstream American cinema continues to essentialize the Asian and how Asian American filmmakers have responded to Hollywood Orientalist stereotypes. We will analyze various issues confronting the Asian American, including yellowface, white patriarchy, male and female stereotypes, the “model minority” myth, depictions of “Chinatowns,” panethnicity, the changing political interpretations of the term Asian American throughout American history, gender and sexuality, and cultural hegemonies and privileging within the Asian community.
GRKM W 4300 Worlding C.P. Cavafy: Desire, Media, Translation
By examining Cavafy's work in all its permutations (as criticism, translation, adaptation), this course introduces students to a wide range of critical approaches used in World Literature, Gender Studies, and Translation Studies. The Cavafy case becomes an experimental ground for different kinds of comparative literature methods, those that engage social-historical issues such as sexuality, diaspora, postcoloniality as well as linguistic issues such as multilingualism, media and translation. How does this poet "at a slight angle to the universe" challenge contemporary theories of gender and literature as national institution? How can studying a canonical author open up our theories and practices of translation? Among the materials considered are translations by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard, James Merrill, and Marguerite Yourcenar, commentary by E.M. Forster, C.M. Bowra, and Roman Jakobson, poems by W.H. Auden, Lawrence Durrell, and Joseph Brodsky, and visual art by David Hockney and Duane Michals. Though this course presupposes no knowledge of Greek, students wanting to read Cavafy in the original are encouraged to take the 1-credit directed reading tutorial offered simultaneously.
ITAL G4391 Challenging Genres, Gendering Fiction: the Experience of Italian Women Writers, 1945-90
Addresses women writers working in Italy from the postwar period to the 1990s. Analyzes the historical novel, fantastic fiction, and autobiography. Against the backdrop of the critical debate on the literary canon, explores the specificity of women's writing and the way these articulated their difference by subverting and altering dominant literary codes. In Italian.
HIST BC 4788 Gender, Sexuality, and Power from Colonial to Contemporary Africa
This course deals with the scholarship on gender and sexuality in African history. The central themes of the course will be changes and continuities in gender performance and the politics of gender and sexual difference within African societies, the social, political, and economic processes that have influenced gender and sexual identities, and the connections between gender, sexuality, inequality, and activism at local, national, continental, and global scales.
This course will provide an introduction to the concrete legal contexts in which issues of gender and justice have been articulated, disputed and hesitatingly, if not provisionally, resolved. Readings will cover issues such as Workplace Equality, Sexual Harassment, Sex Role Stereotyping, Work/Family Conflict, Marriage and Alternatives to Marriage, Compulsory Masculinity, Parenting, Domestic Violence, Reproduction and Pregnancy, Rape, Sex Work & Trafficking. Through these readings we will explore the multiple ways in which the law has contended with sexual difference, gender-based stereotypes, and the meaning of equality in domestic, transnational and international contexts. So too, we will discuss how feminist theorists have thought about sex, gender and sexuality in understanding and critiquing our legal system and its norms.
This course explores the historical production and representation of sex and sexuality in a variety of domains: literature, law, religion, natural history, visual art, popular culture, film, and the various performance spaces that we call everyday life. Moving past the often dualistic questions about identity that have dominated sexuality studies of the past few decades, we will look at the multitude of historical beliefs about sex, sex practices, and sexualities, both real and imaginary, represented in various kinds of texts, images, and other media, from the Bible to Lacan and beyond. Over the course of the semester, we will address a number of questions: To what extent do legal, religious, scientific, literary, and popular representations of sex reflect, or shape, sexual identities and sexual practices? How do our texts help us think about the relationship between sexual identity and sexual acts? What is the relationship between the erotics (or genres) of aesthetic practice and those of sexual practice? How does the consumption of erotic texts and images itself constitute sexual activity? What is the relationship between the “real” performance of sex (in marriage, prostitution, S/M, etc.) and its aesthetic performance (in theatre, film, pornography)?
While our focus will be on the cultural history of sex, the course will serve as a workshop for testing methodologies in historical and literary research more generally, as students develop projects in their areas of expertise. Texts include Plato’s Symposium, Ovid’s Art of Love, Aretino’s Dialogues, Rochester’s Sodom, Sade’s Philosophy in the Bedroom, Freud’s Dora case, Woolf’s Orlando, Hitchcock’s Vertigo (etc.), and numerous legal, religious, scientific, and visual texts.
Gender related courses in other departments
POLS V1013 Political Theory I
Days and Times: M W 11:40 - 12:55pm Call Number: 18944 Points: 3 Instructors: David Johnston, Nadia Urbinati
What is the relationship between law and justice? Are capacities of political judgment shared by the many or reserved for the few? What does human equality consist of and what are its implications? Can individual freedom be reconciled with the demands of political community? What are the origins and effects of persistent gender inequalities? These are some of the crucial questions that we will address in this introductory course in political theory. The course is divided into five thematic sections, each addressing an enduring political problem or issue and centered on a key text in the history of political thought: 1. Laws, Obligations, and the Question of Disobedience; Sophocles, Antigone; 2. Democratic Citizenship and the Capacities of Political Judgment; Plato, Republic; 3. Origins and Effects of (In)equality; John Locke, Second Treatise of Civil Government; 4. Paradoxes of Freedom; Jean Jacques Rousseau, On the Social Contract; 5. The Woman Question; John Stuart Mill, The Subjection of Women.
PSYC BC 3153 Psychology and Women
Days and Times: M 4:10 - 6:00pm Call Number: 01841 Points: 4 Instructors: Wendy McKenna
Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing and at least two psychology courses. Permission of the instructor required for majors other than Psychology or Women's Studies. Enrollment limited to 20 students. Examines how female experience is and has been understood by psychologists. Through an understanding of gender as a social construction and issues raised by the intersections of gender, sexuality, class, and race, the course will analyze assumptions about what causes us to be gendered and about how being gendered affects behavior.
ENGL BC 3195 Modernism
Days and Times: T, Th 2:40 - 3:55pm Call Number: 09910 Points: 3 Instructors: Margaret Vandenburg
Modernist responses to cultural fragmentation and gender anxiety in the wake of psychoanalysis and world war. Works by Woolf, Joyce, Yeats, Eliot, Stein, Hemingway, Toomer, H.D., Pound, Lawrence, Barnes, and other Anglo-American writers.
ENGL W3400 African-American Literature
Days and Times: Th 2:40 - 3:55pm Call Number: 14303 Points: 3 Instructors: Farah Griffin
POLS BC 3402 The Comparative Politics ofGender Inequality
Days and times: W 2:10 - 4:00 Call number: 05871 Points: 3 Instructors: Claire F Ullman
Prerequisites: Not an introductory-level course. Not open to students who have taken the colloquium POLS BC 3507. Enrollment limited to 20 students; L-course sign-up through eBear. Barnard syllabus. Uses major analytical perspectives in comparative politics to understand the persistence of gender inequality in advanced industrial states. Topics include: political representation and participation; political economy and capitalism; the historical development of welfare states; electoral systems, electoral quotas; the role of supranational and international organizations; and social policy.
EAAS W3405 y Women in Japanese Literature: Gender, Genre, and Modernity
Days and times: T 2:10-4:00pm Instructors: Tomi Suzuki Call number: 92300 Points: 3
This course engages in close readings of major works of Japanese literature from the 18th-century to the present with particular attention to the issues of gender and genre in the formation of modern Japanese literature. The course considers figures such as female ghosts, wives and courtesans, youth and schoolgirls, the new woman and the modern girl, actors/actresses and cross-dressers. Readings highlight the role of literary genres, examining the ways in which the literary texts engage with changing socio-historical conditions, especially with regard to gender and social relations. Genres include puppet plays, ghost stories, melodrama, Bildungsroman, domestic fiction, autobiographical fiction, and the fantastic. Related critical issues are the novel and the formation of a national community; women's writings; media and the development of urban mass culture; colonial and imperial spaces; history and memory. All readings are in English.
POLS BC 3521 Civil Rights & Civil Liberties
Days and times: T 4:10-6:00pm Instructors: Paula Franzese Call number: 04891 Points: 3
American Government & Politics Prerequisites: POLS W1201 or the equivalent. Not an introductory-level course. Not open to students who have taken the colloquium POLS BC3326. Enrollment limited to 25 students; L-course sign-up through eBear. Barnard syllabus. Explores seminal caselaw to inform contemporary civil rights and civil liberties jurisprudence and policy. Specifically, the readings examine historical and contemporary first amendment values, including freedom of speech and the press, economic liberties, takings law, discrimination based on race, gender, class and sexual preference, affirmative action, the right to privacy, reproductive freedom, the right to die, criminal procedure and adjudication, the rights of the criminally accused post-9/11 and the death penalty. (Cross-listed by the American Studies and Human Rights Programs.)
AFRS BC 3589y Black Sexual Politics in US Pop Culture - Black Feminism in US Pop Culture
Days and times: Th 2:10-4:00pm Instructors: Celia Naylor Call number: 04982 Points: 4
Prerequisites: Permission of the Instructor
What is Black feminism? What is womanism? How do we define Black feminist and womanist thought and praxis? In what ways do Black feminists and womanists challenge European-American/Western feminist constructions and African-American nationalist ideologies? In this course we will utilize Patricia Hill Collins' seminal work, Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender and the New Racism, as the core theoretical framework for our exploration and analysis of key dimensions of contemporary U.S. popular culture. We will specifically address how the work of African-American artists/scholars/activists critiques sexism, racism, classism, heterosexism and ethnocentrism within the U.S. context. In addition, we will analyze how Black feminists/womanists frame and interrogate the politics of race, gender, socioeconomic status, and sexuality in the United States during the contemporary era. In order to examine Black feminism(s) and womanism(s) in popular culture from myriad perspectives, the required readings for this course reflect a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, as well as a range of genres (e.g., essay, visual art, documentary, film, music video, and song). For this course, students will write 2 (5-7-page) essays and 1 (12-15-page) research paper. In addition to the written assignments and class participation, groups of students will co-lead selected class discussions.
CLEN W 3851 Sexual Personae / Sexual Performance: History, Literature, Theatre, Film, Popular Culture
This course offers a cultural and literary history of sex. We will look at a series of texts from various moments in the history of sex: the Bible, Greek drama, Renaissance erotic literature, Victorian pornography, popular film, YouTube autobiography. And we will look at the variety of spaces, genres, and media in which sex is produced, performed, and represented (visual art, literature, theatre, film, popular culture, and the performance of everyday life). The course will examine, transhistorically, such concepts as desire, pleasure, eroticism, obscenity, taboo, fetish, prostitution, pornography, the body. Reading the history of sex, sexual identity, and sexual performance (in the various senses of the word) will permit us to ask questions of contemporary relevance through a historical lens. Is sexual identity a function of sexual practice? Is it subject to change? What constitutes pornography? Should all forms of sexual expression be permitted? Students who take this class must be comfortable not only discussing the range of historical sexualities, but also looking at (sometimes difficult) images. Texts include Euripides’ Bacchae, Aretino’s Dialogues, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Leopold Sacher-Masoch’s Venus in Furs, Hitchcock’s Vertigo, Andrew Jarecki’s Capturing the Friedmans (etc.), and numerous legal, religious, scientific, and visual texts.
AFAS C3930 Topics in the Black Experience: Religion & Sexuality through Afro-Diasporic Legacies
Days and times: W 4:10-6:00pm Instructors: Jennifer Leath Call number: 68463 Points: 4
Surveillance of Afro-Diasporic sexualities has been a preoccupation of social studies since the inter-ethnic encounters that gave rise to the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Legacies of sexual surveillance continue to impact Afro-Diasporic communities through the present, even as sexualities continue to emerge and develop within the everyday experiences of Afro-Diasporic people and communities and in the perceptions of those outside of Afro-Diasporic communities. Religion uniquely mediates Afro-Diasporic sexualities; it is at the crossroads of sexualities and religions that this course focuses. This course explores the sexualities of Afro-Diasporic people through languages and expressions of religious phenomena. With an emphasis on the voices and scholarship of Afro-Diasporic women, this course considers primary and secondary texts that extend from the Transatlantic Slave Trade through the present day, including religious phenomena such as humanism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and African-derived religious traditions. Through a treatment of bodily exploitation, rape, lynching, and incest, this class will parse the religious ethical perspectives that calcify as a result of racial and gender terror. However, it will also uncover the ways that both religions and sexualities have been (re)imagined in order to contravene iterations of racial, sexual, and religious violence.
ENGL W3931 Latina/o Countercultures
Days and times: W 6:10-8:00pm Points: 4
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. (Seminar). How does art create, challenge and reconstruct what it means to be Latina/o? In this course we will examine instances of countercultural expression in Latina/o literature, performance, and popular media. Counterculture in this context refers to political and aesthetic formations that include feminist and queer art and criticism, socialist political movements, punk, sexual cultures, the paraliterary (such as comic books, zines, and speculative fiction) and DIY (do-it-yourself) culture and publishing. We will approach latinidad--the feeling of being Latina/o--as having a fluctuating sense of value from text to text, appearing and disappearing according to the exigencies of the artist situated at a particular historical, political and cultural juncture. We will encounter moments in major Latina/o works where to be Latina/o is a concrete experience, placed at the center of the text and built up strategically to enable protest, recognition, community, and inclusion. In other, "minor" moments in Latina/o writing, latinidad will seem deconstructed down to subtle transmissions of linguistic style, poetics, humor and feeling. Texts will include novels, plays, poems, graphic novels, scholarly monographs, art, film and performance footage. In our analysis of racial representation we will draw insights from the fields of gender and sexuality/queer studies, performance studies, and literary theory.
Application instructions: E-mail Professor Roy Perez (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject heading "Latina/o Countercultures seminar." In your message, include basic information: your name, school, major, year of study, and relevant courses taken, along with a brief statement about why you are interested in taking the course.
ITAL G 4079 Boccaccio's Decameron
Days and times: Th 4:10-6:10 Call number: 21331 Points: 3
While focusing on the Decameron, this course follows the arc of Boccaccio's career from the Ninfale Fiesolano, through the Decameron, and concluding with the Corbaccio, using the treatment of women as the connective thread. The Decameron is read in the light of its cultural density and contextualized in terms of its antecedents, both classical and vernacular, and of its intertexts, especially Dante's Commedia, with particular attention to Boccaccio's masterful exploitation of narrative as a means for undercutting all absolute certainty. Lectures in English; text in Italian, although comparative literature students who can follow with the help of translations are welcome.
AFAS G4080 (section 003) Topics in the Black Experience: Queer/Caribbean/Studies
Days and times: W 11:00 - 12:50pm Call number: 11678 Points: 4
If we look beyond commercialized tropes of sun, sand, and (straight) sex, how can we understand the complex experiences of same-sex desiring and gender transgressing people in the Caribbean region? In what ways have academics and activists defined "queer-ness," and how has this concept been mobilized in Caribbean and African Diaspora Studies? What are the legacies of varied imperial projects in articulations of same-sex desire in the region? Building from these essential questions, this course offers a framework for thinking about same-sex sexualities as practices, as loci of identity, and as the sources of both belonging and exclusion in the Caribbean as well as in its North American and European diasporas. Through readings, discussions, film screenings, and conversations with guest speakers, we will ask questions about the relationships among processes of racialization, gendering, nation-building and class stratification in the construction of "queer" experiences. The core of the readings come from the social sciences, and the main trajectories of research to be considered include: the uses of gender and sexuality in defining citizenship in the region, fraught conflicts over passing and the costs of visibility, constructions of identity and desire, representations of Jamaica as "the most homophobic place on Earth," the challenges of responding to both state and interpersonal violence, and the sociopolitical context of the region's HIV/AIDS epidemic. Inspired by a growing body of work in Black Queer Studies, our critical, interdisciplinary conversations will allow us to investigate the possibilities and challenges of thinking "queerness" in the contemporary Caribbean.
RELI W 4322 Exploring the Sharia
Days and times: W 2:10-4:00 Call number: 02425 Points: 4
The platform of every modern Islamist political party calls for the implementation of the sharia. This term is invariably (and incorrectly) interpreted as an unchanging legal code dating back to 7th century Arabia. In reality, Islamic law is an organic and constantly evolving human project aimed at ascertaining God's will in a given historical and cultural context. This course offers a detailed and nuanced look at the Islamic legal methodology and its evolution over the last 1400 years. The first part of the semester is dedicated to classical Islamic jurisprudence, concentrating on the manner in which jurists used the Qur'an, the Sunna (the model of the Prophet), and rationality to articulate a coherent legal system. The second part of the course focuses on those areas of the law that engender passionate debate and controversy in the contemporary world. Specifically, we examine the discourse surrounding Islamic family (medical ethics, marriage, divorce, women's rights) and criminal (capital punishment, apostasy, suicide/martyrdom) law. The course concludes by discussing the legal implications of Muslims living as minorities in non-Islamic countries and the effects of modernity on the foundations of Islamic jurisprudence.
ECON W4480 Gender and Applied Economics
Days and times: T Th 1:10-2:25 Call number: 24122 Instructors: Lena Edlund
Prerequisites: Econ W3211, W3213, W3412. This course studies gender gaps, their extent, determinants and consequences. The focus will be on the allocation of rights in different cultures and over time, why women's rights have typically been more limited and why most societies have traditionally favored males in the allocation of resources.
ENGL W4503 Race, Gender and Poetic Form
Days and times: T Th 4:10-5:25 Call number: 22210 Points: 3 Instructor:Michael Golston
The early part of the twentieth century in Europe and America witnessed a heightened interest in the dynamics of the human body, which was conceived as a working machine and as a locus for racial, ethnic, and national identity. Students in this course will explore the intersections between discourses of race and gender physiology and the rhetoric of poetic form. Poets will include Whitman, Dickinson, Pound, Stein, Lawrence, H. D., Eliot, Hart Crane, Williams, Langston Hughes, read against contemporary texts from various scientific and humanistic disciplines, including psychology, physiology, musicology, dance theory, philosophy, and poetics.