Spring 22 Course Guide

Spring 22 Course Guide


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Gender and Women’s Studies Courses Spring 2022


Courses Offered by the GWS Department

(Includes Required Courses and Additional Electives for Majors and Minors. Go to page 4 for other GWS courses)


GWS 100: Intro to Gender Women’s Studies

Same as HDFS 140 and SOC 130 - This course satisfies the General Education Criteria in spring 2022 for: Social & Beh Sci - Soc Sci

TBD                                    AD1

CRN 52480


4-4:50 p.m.

TBD                                    AD2

CRN 52485


5-5:50 p.m.

TBD                                    AD3

CRN 52489


10-10:50 a.m.

TBD                                    AD4

CRN 52493


11-11:50 a.m.

Velez, E.                             AL1

CRN 52469


11-11:50 a.m.

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 201: Race, Gender and Power

Same as SOC 201 - This course satisfies the General Education Criteria in spring 2022 for a: Western Comparative Cultures course.

Vergara, D.                        DVB       CRN 71805                                       T/R                       3:30-4:50 p.m.

Race offers a framework for thinking about gender, sexuality, power, class, identity, and culture, and their multiple intersections. This course explores "race" to examine the relations between self and society, community and culture, and imperial subjects and colonial institutions. By focusing on race and power in the context of film and media, science and technology, religion, colonialism, militarism, indigeneity, sports, museums, and other political, social, and cultural forces, this course offers nuanced understandings of the way gender systems are formed, patrolled, and maintained.


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 2022 or a Cultural Studies – Western



CRN 61621


5-5:50 p.m.



CRN 61628


4-4:50 p.m.



CRN 61631


3:30-4:20 p.m.



CRN 61633


4:30-5:20 p.m.



CRN 71815


3:30–4:20 p.m.



CRN 71816


4:30-5:20 p.m.

Mousssawi, G.


CRN 61611


12-12:50 p.m. (Taught remotely)

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 250: Gender and Representation
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria in spring 2022: Social & Beh Sci - Soc Sci

S. Cate                           SC          CRN 73467                                     W/F                         10-11:20 a.m.

Focusing primarily on gender, race, sexuality, and their intersections, this introductory course analyzes the politics of representation drawn from popular culture, painting, television and film, literature, music, religion, and new media.

More specifically this class will be focusing on gender representations in U.S. sex education for teens. This class explores the triumphs, perils, and pitfalls of U.S. American sex education. We will look at various models of sex education both throughout U.S. history, and within recent years. We will analyze how each model constructs norms of ideal versus demonized gender and sex. We will examine the assumptions behind various sex education strategies and explore questions that are raised both outside of and within their own 
rhetorical frameworks, asking these and other questions:
                What is sex education’s history?
                What has been the intended purpose of sex education throughout its US history?
                How has sex education succeeded/failed at its stated goals?
                In what ways has sex education drawn on, versus dictated, gender and sex norms in US culture?
                In what ways have the gender and sex norms of sex education centered certain identities (gender, sexuality, class, racialized, religious, immigrant status, etc.) and marginalized others?
                What are some alternative ways young people have learned about sex in the United States?
                What have been some of the goals of these alternative routes to sex education?
                How do these alternatives to formal sex education compare in their effectiveness to formal sex education?
                What are some unintended effects of formal sex education?



GWS 282: Feminist and Queer Activisms

Same as AAS 282 and LLS 282. - This course satisfies the General Education Criteria in spring 2022: Cultural Studies - US Minority

TBD                                    MN                       CRN 71812                        M/W                     1-2:20 p.m. (Taught remotely)

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

Meets with LLS 296, AFRO 298 and AAS 299. See GWS 295.

Ngo, F.                               FN                        CRN 55398                         MW                     4-5:20 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 350: Feminist & Gender Theory

Ngo, F.                               FN                        CRN 50084                        MW                      1-2:20 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.  See ENGL 378

Mahaffey, V.                      VM                       CRN 56852                         MW                     2:30-3:50 p.m. (Taught remotely)

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 387: History of Sexuality in U.S. Meets w/HIST 387

Vergara, D.                      DV                                    CRN 63265                            TR                     11-12:20 p.m.

Explores a wide variety of sources to understand how notions of sexuality have emerged and been contested at key moments in U.S. history. Our guiding questions include: How have "official" or governing discourses of sexuality (in law, medicine, religions, science) been formulated? In turn, how have "ordinary" people understood and practiced their sexuality? How has the meaning of particular sexual practices changed over time? How have ideas about race, gender, and/or class been embedded within the discourse of sexuality at different moments in U.S. history? What methods of reading and interpretation are most useful for the historical study of sexuality? Also emphasizes skills such as critically analyzing primary sources within their historical context; interpreting different types of primary sources; locating, understanding, and evaluating scholarly secondary sources; and presenting historical arguments, based on both primary and secondary sources.


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 462: Hip Hop Feminism

Flynn, K.


CRN: 64901 (Grad)


9:30-10:50 a.m.



CRN: 64902 (Undergrad)


9:30-10:50 a.m.

Explores how hip hop has shaped the culture, aesthetics, experiences, and perspectives of an emergent generation of artists, scholars, and writers with several aims: 1) To challenge systemic social inequalities. 2) To articulate new visions of justice that depend on the power young people possess. To better understand how and why the relationship between hip hop and feminism is coherent, meaningful, and compelling, students will become familiar with artists working within and beyond various elements of hip hop (rap, graffiti, emceeing, dee-jaying, etc.), social critics concerned with documenting hip hop's cultural practices, and critical educator (broadly defined).


GWS 495: Black Girlhood Studies

Smith, Blair


CRN: 70121 (Grad)


2-3:20 p.m.



CRN 70122 (Undergrad)


2-3:20 p.m.

This course is designed to introduce students to the interdisciplinary field of Black Girls’ Studies/Black Girlhood Studies. Importantly, Black feminist theory, poetics and practice have always remembered and valued the experiences of Black girls and informs the design of this course and related lectures. Together, we will address various topics within the field, including foundations, lived experiences, sexuality, popular culture, arts, representation, policy, and digital humanities (broadly defined).


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 gws-email@illinois.edu This course satisfies the General Education Criteria in Spring 2022 for: Advanced Composition.

Velez, E.                             EV                                 CRN 48439                       F                   11-1:50 p.m.

Considers the relationship between theory and research in gender and women's Studies. Reviews and examines the key issues of feminist scholarship. Provides students with the methodological knowledge and opportunity to carry out a research project.


GWS 580: Queer Theories and Methods

Prerequisite: Graduate Standing (Not intended for undergrad students)

Moussawi, G.                    GM                                CRN 52453                       R           3:30-6:20 p.m.  (Taught remotely)

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.





GWS Crosslisted/Area Elective Courses


GWS 103: Black Women in the Diaspora

Same as AFRO 103 and AFST 103 – See AFRO 103

This Course satisfies the General Education Criteria in Spring 2022 for a: UIUC Cultural Studies—US Minority

McDuffie, E.        A                                  CRN 44763                                    TR                    9:30-10:50 a.m.

Explores the historical, social, economic, cultural and political realities of black women in the African diaspora with an
emphasis on the U.S., Canada, Britain, Africa and the English speaking Caribbean. How macro structures such as slavery,
imperialism, colonialism, capitalism, and globalization shaped and continue to circumscribe the lives of black women across various geographic regions. Discussion of the multiple strategies/efforts that black women employ both in the past and present to ensure the survival of the self and the community.


GWS 215: US Citizenship Comparatively

Same as AAS 215, AIS 295, AFRO 215, and LLS 215. See AAS215

This course satisfies the General Education Criteria in Spring 2022 for a: UIUC Historical and Philosophical Perspectives and US Minority Cultures.

Park, D.                              A                          CRN 52320                                       MW                      1-2:00 p.m. 

Examines the racial, gendered, and sexualized aspects of US citizenship historically and comparatively. Interdisciplinary course taught from a humanities perspective. Readings draw from critical legal studies, history, literature, literary criticism, and ethnography.


GWS 218: Intro to Social Issues Theatre Same as THEA 218. See THEA 218

Enslin, M.                          A                          CRN 48020                                       MW                      1-2:50 p.m.

An introductory exploration/survey of the rich histories, theories, and practices of community-based and social issues theatre. Through discussion, participation, lecture, and performance, representative works, movement, and artists will be explored. Lively connections will be made to an array of social issues in today's world.


GWS 226: Black Women Contemp US Society Same as AFRO 226 and SOC 223. See AFRO 226

TBD                                    DMC                     CRN 63816                                       W                         2-4:50 p.m.

Sociological perspective of the experience of African American women in the contemporary United States. Specifically, an examination of relationships between the economy, state policy, culture, work and motherhood for this demographic group.


GWS 230: Black Women Contemp US Society

Same as LLS 230. See LLS 230. - This course satisfies the General Education Criteria in Spring 2022 for: Cultural Studies - US Minority

Caraves, J.                        A                          CRN 63776                                       TR                        9:30-10:50 a.m.

Survey of major theories and debates surrounding the gendered and sexualized dimensions of the Latina/o experience in the United States. The course is comprised of three major units: Gender, Sexuality, and Sex. In these units, students will read about and discuss issues pertaining to femininity/marianismo, masculinity/machismo, family/familism, desire, sexual behavior, sex work, sexual and gendered violence, and gendered and sexualized representations in pop culture.


GWS 280: Women Writers

Same as ENGL 280. See ENGL 280

TBD                                      Q                          CRN 49540                                        TR                       12:30-1:45 p.m.

Study of British and American Women Writers


GWS 305:Theories of Race, Gender and Sexualty

Same as AAS 300 and LLS 305. See AAS 300 - This course satisfies the General Education Criteria in Spring 2022 for: Advanced Composition

Sabherwal, S                        A                          CRN 69049                                       TR                        10-11:20 a.m

Explores theories for performing interdisciplinary, intersectional and comparative studies within the field of Asian American studies. Follows multiple genealogies of critical work in ethnic and American studies.


GWS 320: Gender & Latino Migration

Same as LLS 320 and SOC 321. See LLS 320

Velasquez E.R.                       A                          CRN 52855                                       TR                        12:30-1:50 p.m.

Study of the gendered social process of international immigration, focusing on Latin American migration to the United States. Established theories of migration, the history of international immigration to the U.S., and historical and contemporary Mexico, Caribbean and Central American migration flows will be discussed in great detail. Primary focus on how gender shapes the migration experiences of immigrants and the gendered impact of migration on the economic, political, and social status of individuals.


GWS 343: Criminalization and Punishment

Same as AAS 343, AFRO 343, AIS 343, and LLS 343. See LLS 343.

Velasquez, E.R.                       A                      CRN 69449                               TR                    3:30-4:50 pm.

Examines how populations are criminalized due to race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, and immigration status. Readings analyze how laws are created and normalized. In order to effectively engage in critical inquiry, students will be asked to suspend moral judgments so that they can analytically approach the study of crime, criminals, and criminal activity.


GWS 356: Sex & Gender in Popular Media

Same as MACS 356. See MACS 356 - This course satisfies the General Education Criteria in Spring 2022 for: Cultural Studies - Western



CRN 57064


2-3:20 p.m.



CRN 57064


2:3:20 p.m.

Examines the notion that the mass media influence our development as gendered individuals, looking at those who argue for and against this notion. Considers different forms of feminist theory applied to the study of mass media, the history and scholarly criticisms of the media and their portrayal of women, and feminist attempts to create alternatives to mainstream media images. Throughout the course, considers representation of minorities in the dominant media and examines newly created alternative representations.


GWS 403: Women in Muslim Societies

Same as ANTH 403, GLBL 403, HIST 434, REL 403. See REL 403

Prerequisite: A course in Islam or the Middle East, or consent of instructor.

Erten, H.


CRN 70418


9-11:50 a.m.



CRN 70412


9-11:50 a.m.

Examination of gender ideologies and social realities affecting the lives of women in various Muslim countries.


GWS 409: Women’s Health

Same as CHLH 409 – See CHLH 409 - Prerequisite: CHLH 100 or equivalent; or consent of instructor.

Note: Most seats held for Community Health and GWS majors until first day of classes

Bernsken, J.                          A                          CRN 31276                                       TR                        12:30-1:50 p.m.

Examines the culture of women in relationship to their health. Study is devoted to selected health care issues, developmental and physiological changes in the life cycle, health problems that affect women, and the maintenance of health.


GWS 417: Leading Post-Perform Dialog Same as THEA 417 – See THEA 417.

Smith, S.                            LTD                      CRN 47194                                       TR                        4-5:50 p.m.

Study of the history, processes, and methods of leading discussions with social issues theatre audiences. This course emphasizes on the skills and techniques of facilitators/peer educators; artistic considerations; function and application of the dramaturgy; and practical experience through facilitation of social issues theatre dialog.


GWS 418: Devising Social Issues Theatre Same as THEA 418 – See THEA 418.

Fay, L.


CRN 37113


11:30-12:50 p.m.



CRN 37114


11:30-12:50 p.m.

Focuses on the role of the artist as 'cultural worker' through devising theatre in a community-based context that is explicitly concerned with social and/or health-related issues. While there is substantial research, reading and critique involved, the overall experience will be that of rigorously composing theatrical work vital to the community.


GWS 442: Devising Social Issues Theatre – (1st 8 Weeks Only) Online Only

Same as KIN 442– See KIN 442 - 1ST EIGHT WEEKS: Registration for this course will close at 9 AM on the first day of instruction. No overrides will be given after that time. It takes 24 hours after registering for your name to show up on Compass but this will not happen until 1 week prior to the first day of instruction.

Haugen, M


CRN 71641




CRN 71643


Analysis of the significant social aspects of the human body including anthropological, historical, psychological and sociological perspectives. Places emphasis on cross-culture and cross-national studies of bodily behavior with particular stress on exercise, health and sport practices.


GWS 454: Social Work with Women Same as SOCW 455. See SOCW 455

Not intended for students with Freshman and Sophomore class standing

Kingery, L.                         A                          CRN 63567                                       MW                      4-5:15 p.m.

Focuses on women and now cultural belief systems related to gender are instantiated through the differential treatment of females and males in our education, mental health, social welfare and health care systems; and the consequences of such practices through the lifespan. Includes consideration of policies and practices that support women emphasizing issues of special concern to women of color, lesbians, older women, impoverished women and disabled women.


GWS 465: Race, Sex and Deviance

Same as AAS 465, AFRO 465 and LLS 465. See LLS 465

Flores, N.


CRN 48492


12:30-1:50 p.m.



CRN 48491


12:30 – 1:50 p.m.

Explores how racial stereotypes rely on sexual stereotypes by examining the intersections of ethnic studies, gender and women's studies, and queer studies. Interdisciplinary course that draws from critial legal studies, sociology, anthropology, literary criticism, and history.


GWS 501: Prob in Comp Women’s Hist.


Chettiar, T                         A                          CRN 40143                                       R                          1-2:50 P.M.

Examines major works in global women's history from about 1700 to 1950. Introduces students to major themes in women's history as well as major historiographical debates. Topics will be listed in the department's course guide at http://www.history.illinois.edu.


GWS 512: Gender Relations & Intl Dev


Fogelman, C.                     A                          CRN 54826                                       R                          2-4:50 p.m.

Interdisciplinary seminar examining theoretical and empirical research on gender and the transformation of social and economic structures. Students will develop a comparative perspective on issues of women and public policy by contrasting and comparing such policies in North and South America, Eastern and Western Europe, Asia, and Africa.


GWS 561: Race and Cultural Critique

Same as AAS 561, AFRO 531, ANTH 565 and LLS 561. See AAS 561

Sharif, L.                            A                          CRN 52842                                       W                         2-4:50 p.m.

Introduction to graduate level theoretical and methodological approaches in Comparative Race Studies. As a survey of theories of race and racism and the methodology of critique, this course offers an interdisciplinary approach that draws from anthropology, sociology, history, literature, cultural studies, and gender/sexuality studies. In addition, the study of racial and cultural formation is examined from a comparative perspective in the scholarship of racialized and Gender and Women's Studies.