GWS Spring 2021 Course Guide

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Courses Offered by the GWS Department
(Includes Required Courses and Additional Electives for Majors and Minors. See the full Course Guide for other GWS courses)


GWS 100 Introduction to Gender and Women's Studies

Same as HDFS 140 and SOC 130 - This course satisfies the General Education Criteria in Spring 2021 for: Social & Beh Sci - Soc Sci

Hernandez, J.              AD1     CRN 52480      R 4-4:50pm

Hernandez, J.              AD2     CRN 52485      R 5-5:50pm

Grogan, E.                   AD3     CRN 52489      F 10-10:50am

Grogan, E.                   AD4     CRN 52493      F 11-11:50am

Beauchamp, T.            AL1      CRN 52469      MW 11-11:50am

Addresses issues such as everyday experience, media and popular culture, femininities and masculinities, family, education, employment, economics, literature and the arts, religion, history, science, and technology. Explores interrelationships of race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, ability, and age from a transnational perspective.


GWS 202: Sexualities
Same as SOC 202, See SOC 202 (“Priority registration available for GWS majors and minors. This course will be open to all students following initial registration period”. Restricted to Gender & Women’s Studies majors. – This course satisfies the General Education Criteria in Spring 2021 or a Cultural Studies – Western

Gargiulo, M.                AD1     CRN 61621      W 5-5:50pm

Gargiulo, M.                AD2     CRN 61628      W 4-4:50pm

Delanthamajalu, S       AD3     CRN 61631      R 3:30-4:20pm

Delanthamajalu, S       AD4     CRN 61628      R 4:30-5:20pm

Mousssawi, G.             AL1      CRN 61611      MW 12-12:50pm

Surveys sexualities from multiple perspectives, standpoints, disciplines, and theories. How have different cultures, different people, and different viewpoints understood, shaped, and interpreted sex, sexualities and genders? Course places the concept of sexuality at its core to examine citizenship, education, reproduction, science, tourism, urban/rural space, and politics. Topics may include; gender, race, identities, power, transformation, reproduction.


GWS 204: Gender in Gaming

Same as ENGL 277 and MACS 204

Byrd, J. JB CRN 68612   TR 9:30-10:50am

Examines the history of gender and race in video games, focusing on an intersectional approach to consider how queer, feminist, and gamers of color disrupt and transform the expectations that video games and geek culture are predominantly the domain of cis masculinity and whiteness. By looking at games as well as critical work by feminist, trans, Black, Indigenous, and queer of color game scholars and designers, the course also considers how the embodied elements of play as well as the spatial logics of games function to promote and resist representation and identification.


GWS 282: Feminist and Queer Activisms
Same as AAS 282 and LLS 282. - This course satisfies the General Education Criteria in Spring 2021 for: Cultural Studies - US Minority

Nguyen, M. MN CRN 71690 MW 1-2:20 p.m.

From anti-lynching campaigns to Black Lives Matter, Wages for Housework to domestic worker organizing, ACT UP to queer migration politics, this course examines the history of feminist, queer, and anti-racist movements. We will pay particular attention to women of color theorists and activists, and the ways in which they develop interdisciplinary and intersectional approaches to activism and advocacy.


GWS 295: Beginning Topics in GWS

Topic: Race, Gender, Music

Ngô, F. FN CRN 55398 TR 2-3:20 p.m.

This course examines the relationship between music, social formation, and politics. We will consider how musical cultures shape relations of race, gender, sexuality and nation, by exploring the dynamic processes of musical production, consumption, and exchange. The course will develop a critical analysis of the politics of musical and cultural practice through music history, cultural studies, musicology, and sound studies.


GWS 335: Film, TV, and Gender

Same as MACS 335

Nadeau, C. CN CRN 61645 TR 12:30-1:50 p.m.

Examines the history and theory of film, television, and their interrelationship through one or more specific case studies. Topics may include: film and feminist movements; girl films; queer TV; gender, sport and TV. Focuses attention on gender and related issues such as race, ethnicity, sexuality, age, ability and disability, class, and nationality. Addresses issues of representation, narrative, genre, industry, audience, exhibition, media convergence, new and mobile media, and social space.


GWS 350: Feminist & Gender Theory

Kashani, M. MK CRN 50084 TR 3:30-4:50 p.m.

Interdisciplinary survey of feminist and gender theory. Traces developments in feminist theory and LGBT/Q approaches and explores contemporary debates.


GWS 378: Fairy Tales and Gender Formation

Same as ENGL 378

Mahaffey, V. VM CRN 56852 TR 11-12:20 p.m.

Discusses how femininity and gender formation are related through fairy tales. As children grow they are taught the difference between male and female roles. One of the main ways this instruction takes place is through the pleasurable media of fairy tales in books, poems, and more recently, films. Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Beauty and the Best, and the Little Mermaid, among others, will be examined to understand how sexual identity is constructed differently in different cultures, and how issues such as rape and incest are addressed within the narratives. The readings explore the ways that fairy tales work to express psychological reactions to maturation while conditioning both characters and readers to adopt specific social roles in adulthood.


GWS 395: Intermediate Topics in GWS

Topic: Early Modern Trans Studies

Meets w/ENGL 325

Kemp, S. SK CRN 54556 MWF 11-11:50 a.m.

This course introduces students to an archive of early modern texts that engage gender nonconformism, proto-transgender identities, transformation, and imagined genders. We will pair early modern drama, poetry, court cases, political tracts, and other texts with readings from contemporary transgender and queer theorists. Topics will include: colonial gender imperatives, medicalization, gender euphoria, rogue sexualities, and self-fashioning. Together, we will theorize the connections and potential that the long history of trans bodies might have for contemporary trans social issues and activisms.


GWS 395: Intermediate Topics in GWS
Topic: Policing Latinx (Im)migrant Communities

Meets w/ LLS 396

Vergara, D. DVB CRN 54555 MW 4-5:20 p.m.

With current mobilization to abolish police and ICE, this course will provide students with the context of how contemporary policies emerged out of key historical episodes that have shaped and justified policing. We will begin with the formation of the US-Mexico border, turn to urban policing, and end with the rise of crimmigration. While the focus is on Latinx communities the course will take a relational race approach to attend to the ways policing Latinx communities has developed in tandem with other ethnic communities. The course also will center the ways gender and sexuality have been central sites of ethnic management. Interdisciplinary course materials from fields such as legal studies, cultural studies, and ethnography, will provide students opportunities to examine the range of actors and institutions involved in policing beyond the police and familiarize students with activists' strategies to combat policing and develop community-based alternatives.


GWS 399: GWS Internship
Students must have consent of the Internship Coordinator. Approved for Letter and S/U grading. Prerequisite: GWS major or minor; junior or senior standing and completion of six hours of coursework in GWS, or consent of the instructor.

Flynn, K. KF CRN 68616 Arranged

Directed internship experience for GWS students. Students will complete course requirements in addition to holding a semester long internship


GWS 498: Senior Seminar

No graduate credit - Prerequisite: Senior standing and enrollment as a major in Gender and Women’s Studies, or consent of instructor. For consent, please contact This course satisfies the General Education Criteria in Spring 2021 for: Advanced Composition.

Velez, E. EV CRN 48439 F 12-2:50 p.m.

GWS 540: Intersectional Pedagogies
4 graduate hours. No professional credit.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing and previous coursework in Gender and Women's Studies; or consent of instructor.

Beauchamp, T. TB CRN 54554 M 1-3:50 p.m.

Examines the link between political movements and pedagogies, including feminist, critical, critical multicultural, critical race, and queer pedagogies. Students will analyze pedagogical theories and implement practical techniques and strategies.


GWS 580: Queer Theories and Methods
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing (Not intended for undergrad students)

Nadeau, C. CN CRN 52453 R 3:00-5:50 p.m.

Interdisciplinary study in queer theories and methods produced in and across various disciplines. Contemporary philosophical and theoretical developments in queer studies specific to histories of class, race, ethnicity, nation and sexuality.