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WMST V 1001y Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies

An interdisciplinary introduction to key concepts and analytical categories in women's and gender studies. This course grapples with gender in its complex intersection with other systems of power and inequality, including: sexuality, race and ethnicity, class and nation. Topics include: feminisms, feminist and queer theory, commodity culture, violence, science and technology, visual cultures, work, and family. - L. Ciolkowski & R. Jordan-Young
Prerequisites: Students registering for this course are expected to attend the lecture on Tuesdays at 11:40am-12:55pm, and one of the four discussion sections for 11:40am-12:55pm on Thursday. The course instructors will assign students to discussion sections in the first few weeks of the semester. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Ethics and Values..
3 points

WMST BC 1050x Women and Health

Interdisciplinary introduction emphasizing interaction of biological and sociocultural influences on women's health, and exploring health disparities among women as well as between women and men. Current biomedical knowledge presented with empirical critiques of research and medical practice in specific areas such as occupational health, cardiology, sexuality, infectious diseases, reproduction, etc. - R. Jordan-Young
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC)..
3 points

WMST BC 2140x Critical Approaches in Social and Cultural Theory

Introduction to key concepts from social theory as they are appropriated 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 effects of these appropriations in the world. - N. Tadiar
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC)..
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: WMST BC2140
WMST
2140
02265
001
MW 1:10p - 2:25p
405 MILBANK HALL
N. Tadiar 119 [ More Info ]

WMST BC 2530y Global South Women Film Directors

Globalization has both shrunk the world and broadened the impact of cultural meanings. Drawing on women directors from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, this course analyzes emerging aesthetics, trends and debates shaping cinemas of the Global South. The course explores the work of key women filmmakers (from the Global South) as they forge a visual semantics in a celluloid landscape dominated by male directors. - M. Joseph
Prerequisites: Students registering for this course are required to attend the screening and commentary on Tuesdays 6:10-8:55 pm, and lecture and discussion section on Thursdays 9:10-10:50 am. Enrollment limited to 20 students. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

WMST V 3111x and y Feminist Texts I

Readings of texts produced before the Second Wave of 20th century feminism. Explores some sources of that feminism and some ways that women and men experienced gender as both theory and lived practice prior to development of a contemporary political language for articulating those experiences. - L. Ciolkowski
Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

WMST V 3112x and y Feminist Texts II

Contemporary issues in feminist thought. A review of the theoretical debates on sex roles, feminism and socialism, psychoanalysis, language, and cultural representations. - L. Tiersten
Prerequisites: Students must attend first day of class and admission will be decided then. Enrollment limited to 20 students. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

WMST BC 3117y Film and Feminism: Transnational Perspectives

WMST BC3117 Film and Feminism is part of the "CCIS Critical Inquiry Lab: Theorizing Diasporic Visuality" with AFRS BC3110 Theorizing Diasporas (Instructors: Tina Campt and May Joseph). "Theorizing Diasporic Visuality," is the first CCIS Critical Inquiry Lab - an innovative series of linked courses sponsored by the Consortium for Critical Interdisciplinary Studies (CCIS). This year's lab links Prof. Tina Campt's (Barnard Africana/Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies [WGSS]) Africana Studies colloquium, AFRS BC3110 Theorizing Diasporas, with May Joseph's (Pratt Social Science and Cultural Studies) WGSS course, WMST BC3117 Film and Feminism. Because cinematic visuality is an increasingly powerful tool for influencing public opinion across international borders, this course will train students in essential skills in visual literacy and reading, and provide fluency in the theoretical vocabularies of Diaspora Studies and feminist film theory and analysis. The Lab will use films by and about women in the quotidian conditions of the African Diaspora to teach students how gender and racial formation are lived in diaspora, and to engage the diasporic visual practices women mobilize to represent themselves. The course is structured around a Tuesday evening film series featuring African women filmmakers and presentations by filmmakers, curators, and visual artists and seminar discussion on Thursday mornings. Students may enroll by registering for either AFRS BC3110 or WMST BC3117. - M. Joseph
Prerequisites: Students registering for this course are required to attend the screening on Tuesdays 6:10-9:00 pm, and lecture and discussion section on Thursdays 9:00-10:50 am. Enrollment limited to 25 students. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

WMST BC 3121x Black Women in America

Examines roles of black women in the U.S. as thinkers, activists and creators during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Focusing on the intellectual work, social activism and cultural expression of African American women, we examine how they understood their lives, resisted oppression and struggled to change society. We will also discuss theoretical frameworks (such as "double jeopardy," or "intersectionality") developed for the study of black women. The seminar will encourage students to pay particular attention to the diversity of black women and critical issues facing Black women today. This course is the same as AFRS BC3121 Black Women in America. - K. Hall
Prerequisites: Students must attend first day of class and admission will be decided then. Enrollment limited to 20 students. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

WMST BC 3122x Contemporary American-Jewish Women Writers: 1990 to the Present

Explores the international character of the Jewish people through the experiences of Jewish women in various historical periods and contexts. Identifies issues and concerns, past and present, articulated by contemporary Jewish feminists: perspectives of secularists, observant traditional women, heterosexuals, lesbians, feminists, and activists committed to diverse political ideologies. - I. Klepfisz
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

WMST BC 3125x Pleasures and Power: An Introduction to Sexuality Studies

This course collaborates between students and professor, humans and animals, subjects and objects, to investigate the Animal Problem. What are non-human animals? How do we relate to them? How do we account for our animal nature while reconciling our cultural aspirations? What are our primary desires with respect to non-human animals? - C. Sameh
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

WMST BC 3131y Women and Science

History and politics of women's involvement with science. Women's contributions to scientific discovery in various fields, accounts by women scientists, engineers, and physicians, issues of science education. Feminist critiques of biological research and of the institution of science. - L. Kay
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 18 students. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

WMST BC 3132y Gendered Controversies: Women's Bodies and Global Conflicts

Investigates the significance of contemporary and historical issues of social, political, and cultural conflicts centered on women's bodies. How do such conflicts constitute women, and what do they tell us about societies, cultures, and politics? - D. Ko - J. Jakobsen
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC)..

WMST BC 3134y Unheard Voices: African Women's Literature

How does one talk of women in Africa without thinking of Africa as a 'mythic unity'? We will consider the political, racial, social and other contexts in which African women write and are written about in the context of their located lives in Africa and in the African Diaspora. This course is the same as AFRS BC3134 Unheard Voices: African Women's Literature. - Y. Christianse
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 14 students. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

WMST V 3311y Feminist Theory

Explores the relationship between new feminist theory and feminist practice, both within the academy and in the realm of political organizing. - M. Hirsch
4 points

WMST V 3312x Theorizing Activism

Helps students develop and apply useful theoretical models to feminist organizing on local and international levels. It involves reading, presentations, and seminar reports. Students use first-hand knowledge of the practices of specific women's activist organizations for theoretical work. - E. Bernstein & J. Jakobsen
Prerequisites: Critical Approaches or Feminist Theory or permission of instructor. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

WMST BC 3506y Memory, Childhood and Dictatorship

"What is a 'normal' childhood under a dictatorship? Focusing on the last Argentine military dictatorship (1976 - 83), the seminar examines the memory of childhood experience in sociocultural, historiographic and cinematographic approaches. Topics include childhood as political subject, public policy aimed at children, children of the disappeared and everyday life." - V. Llobet
Prerequisites: Limited to 20 students. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

WMST BC 3509x Gender, Knowledge and Science in Modern European History

Develops historical strategies for uncovering the significance of gender for the cultures and contents of Western science. We will consider how knowledge is produced by particular bodies in particular spaces and times. - D. Coen
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Ethics and Values.. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

WMST BC 3510x Interpreting Bodies: Engendering the Black Body

This course examines how the body functions as an analytic model and a process of embodiment by focusing on the black female body in particular. Looking at feminist theorizing of the black body, it explores how the black female body has been marked in particular ways and with profound effects. - T. Campt
Prerequisites: Students must attend first day of class and admission will be decided then. Enrollment limited to 20 students. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

WMST BC 3513y Critical Animal Studies

"This course collaborates between students and professor, humans and animals, subjects and objects, to investigate the Animal Problem. What are non-human animals? How do we relate to them? How do we account for our animal nature while reconciling our cultural aspirations? What are our primary desires with respect to non-human animals?" - L. J. Moore
Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

WMST BC 3515y Women in Israel: An Introduction

Focuses primarily on the contemporary status and experiences of Jewish and non-Jewish women living in Israel, with sessions on: women and the law; Jewish minorities; Palestinian women; Jewish women and the military; violence against women; Israeli feminism; pre-State Israel and women and the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. - I. Klepfisz
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 15 students. Sophomore standing. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

WMST BC 3518y Studies in U.S. Imperialism

Historical, comparative study of the cultural effects and social experiences of U.S. Imperialism, with attention to race, gender and sexuality in practices of political, economic, and cultural domination and struggle. Material includes studies of US Imperialism in the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Guam, and Cuba and US foreign involvements in the developing world since World War II. - N. Tadiar
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 20 students. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

WMST BC 3519y Sex Work and Sex Trafficking: Empowerment, Exploitation, and the Politics of Sex

This course explores the history, politics, and social meaning of sex work. Focusing particularly but not exclusively upon prostitution, we will pay careful attention to the diverse range of social experiences which form sex work, as well as the way in which prostitution is utilized as a governing metaphor within sexual relations more generally. Some questions the course will consider: How has sex work changed over time, and what do these changes tell us about both the nature of sex work and about the broader society? In what ways is sex work similar to or different from other forms of service labor or other types of intimate relationship? How do questions of race, class, sexuality and gender alter the meaning and experience of sex work? What sorts of desires and expectations do clients bring to interactions with sex workers, and in what ways have these shifted over time? Recent controversies concerning sex trafficking and underage prostitution will also be addressed, as will the effects of various regulatory schemes which have been developed around the world. - K. Kaye
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 15 students. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

WMST V 3521x Senior Seminar: Knowledge, Practice, Power

Individual research in Women's Studies conducted in consultation with the instructor. The result of each research project is submitted in the form of the senior essay and presented to the seminar. - N. Tadiar
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to senior majors.
4 points

Course
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Call Number/
Section
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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: WMST V3521
WMST
3521
22148
001
Th 10:10a - 12:00p
754 EXT SCHERMERHORN HALL
C. Mercer 3 / 25 [ More Info ]
WMST
3521
03661
002
Tu 11:00a - 12:50p
303 ALTSCHUL HALL
N. Tadiar 13 [ More Info ]

WMST V 3522y Senior Seminar II

Individual research in Women's Studies conducted in consulation with the instructor. The result of each research project is submitted in the form of the senior essay and presented to the seminar. - T. Szell
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to senior majors.
4 points

WMST BC 3530y Feminist Media Theory

The integration of contemporary media and social practices of all types is intensifying. This seminar examines media theory and various media platforms including Language, Photography, Film, Television, Radio, Digital Video, and Computing as treated by feminists, critical race and queer theorists, and other scholars and artists working from the margins. - J. Beller
4 points

WMST BC 3599x or y Independent Research
3-4 points.

WMST V 3813y Colloquium on Feminist Inquiry

This course focuses on those conceptualizations that often are assumed in the practices of feminist inquiry. We will read a number of feminist authors whose works will help us address these conceptualizations and how they are presently contributing to contemporary feminist and critical thinking. We will consider the genealogy of these conceptualizations: the way they have changed or not and why. Then we will consider how these changes affect the practices of feminist inquiry. Some of the conceptualizations to be considered will be: the body, the autobiographic, affect, race/racism, ethnicity, war, debt, governmentality, empiricism, social construction, method, code and measure. Some of the authors to be read are: Richard Dienst, Karen Barad, Judith Butler, Rey Chow, Melinda Cooper, Gilles Deleuze, Saidiya Hartman, Jamaica Kincaid, Brian Massumi, Angela Mitropoulos, Luciana Parisi, Jasbir Puar, and Tiziana Terranova. - E. Povinelli
Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

WMST W 3915x and y Gender and Power in Transnational Perspective

Considers formations of gender, sexuality, and power as they circulate transnationally as well as transnational feminist movements that have emerged to address contemporary gendered inequalities. Topics include political economy, global care chains, sexuality, sex work, and trafficking, feminist politics and human rights. - E. Bernstein, L. Abu-Lughod
Prerequisites: Critical Approaches or permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to 15 students.
4 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: WMST W3915
WMST
3915
04299
001
W 2:10p - 4:00p
102 SULZBERGER ANNEX
E. Bernstein 27 / 25 [ More Info ]

WMST W 3916x Historical Approaches to Feminist Questions

This course will provide students with a comparative perspective on gender, race, and sexuality by illuminating historically specific and culturally distinct conditions in which these systems of power have operated across time and space. In particular, the course seeks to show how gender has not always been a binary or primary category system. Such approach is also useful in understanding the workings of race and sexuality as mechanisms of differentiation. In making these inquiries, the course will pay attention to the intersectional nature of race, gender, and sexuality and to strategic performances of identity by marginalized groups. - A. Nelson
Prerequisites: -00
4 points

WMST W 4301x Early Jewish Women Immigrant Writers: 1900-1939

Covers significant pre-Holocaust texts (including Yiddish fiction in translation) by U.S. Ashkenazi women and analyzes the tensions between upholding Jewish identity and the necessity and/or inevitability of integration and assimilation. It also examines women's quests to realize their full potential in Jewish and non-Jewish communities on both sides of the Atlantic. - I. Klepfisz
Prerequisites: Students must attend first day of class and admission will be decided then. Enrollment limited to 15 students. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT)..
4 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: WMST W4301
WMST
4301
02215
001
M 4:10p - 6:00p
201 LEHMAN HALL
I. Klepfisz 11 [ More Info ]

WMST W 4302y The Second Wave and Jewish Women's Artistic Responses: 1939-1990

A study of Jewish women's fiction, memoirs, art and film in response to the feminist/gender issues raised by the Second Wave. The seminar includes analysis of the writings and artwork of Jo Sinclair, Tillie Olsen, Judy Chicago, Helene Aylon, Elana Dykewomon, Rebecca Goldstein, E.M. Broner and others. - I. Klepfisz
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to 13 students. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT)..
4 points

WMST W 4303y Gender, Globalization, and Empire

Study of the role of gender in economic structures and social processes comprising globalization and in political practices of contemporary U.S. empire. This seminar focuses on the ways in which transformations in global political and economic structures over the last few decades including recent political developments in the U.S. have been shaped by gender, race, sexuality, religion and social movements. - N. Tadiar
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 20 students. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

WMST W 4304y Gender and HIV/AIDS

An interdisciplinary exploration of feminist approaches to HIV/AIDS with emphasis on the nexus of science and social justice. - R. Jordan-Young
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to 15 students. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

WMST W 4305y Feminist Postcolonial Theory

Examines important concerns, concepts and methodological approaches of postcolonial theory, with a focus on feminist perspectives on and strategies for the decolonization of Eurocentric knowledge-formations and practices of Western colonialism. Topics for discussion and study include orientalism, colonialism, nationalism and gender, the politics of cultural representations, subjectivity and subalternity, history, religion, and contemporary global relations of domination. - N. Tadiar
Prerequisites: Critical Approaches and/or permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to 20 students. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

WMST W 4307x Sexuality and the Law

Explores how sexuality is defined and contested in various domains of law (Constitutional, Federal, State), how scientific theories intersect with legal discourse, and takes up considerations of these issues in family law, the military, questions of speech, citizenship rights, and at the workplace. - P. Ettelbrick
Prerequisites: Because this seminar emphasizes weekly discussion and examination of the readings, enrollment is strictly limited to 20 students. Please read and follow the updated instructions: 1) Interested students must write a 50-100 word essay answering the following question: "What background, experience or expertise do you bring to the discussion of Sexuality and the Law that will help inform and challenge the other 19 students in the class?"; 2) Include the following: your name, institution you are graduating from, year of graduation, declared major, and whether you are working towards a Women's Studies major or minor; 3) Send your information and essay through email with the subject line "Barnard Sexuality & the Law"; 4) Send your email to Riya Ortiz, WS Department Assistant, at sortiz@barnard.edu no later than Wednesday, September 1, 2010. The final list of students who are registered for the course will be announced on Friday, September 3, 12 pm. Classes start on Monday, September 13. (Note: Students who have registered for the course must also submit the essay to guarantee their registration). Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

WMST W 4308y Sexuality and Science

Examines scientific research on human sexuality, from early sexology through contemporary studies of biology and sexual orientation, surveys of sexual behavior, and the development and testing of Viagra. How does such research incorporate, reflect, and reshape cultural ideas about sexuality? How is it useful, and for whom? - R. Jordan-Young
Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

WMST W 4309y Sex, Gender and Transgender Queries

Sex, sexual identity, and the body are produced in and through time. "Trans" - as an identity, a set of practices, a question, a site, or as a verb of change and connection - is a relatively new term which this course will situate in theory, time, discipline, and through the study of representation. - P. Currah
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 20 students. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

WMST W 4310y Contemporary American Jewish Women's Literature: 1990 to Present

Identifies trends in Jewish American women's writing of this period: integration of Jewish and feminist consciousness into Jewish women's mainstream writing; exploration through fictive narratives of women's roles in Jewish orthodox communities; recording of experiences of immigrants from the former Soviet Union and from Arab countries. - I. Klepfisz
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 15 students. Sophomore standing. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

WMST W 4311y Feminism and Science Studies

Investigates socially and historically informed critiques of theoretical methods and practices of the sciences. It asks if/how feminist theoretical and political concerns make a critical contribution to science studies. - R. Jordan-Young
Prerequisites: Feminist Theory or permission of instructor.
4 points

WMST W 4320y Queer Theories and Histories

An investigation into the central issues of queer studies. Themes include the historical, methodological, and epistemological crisis points of thinking sexuality trans-historically and cross-culturally; relations among gender, sexuality, race, class, and nation; how queer subjects are formed in relation to major institutions and how queer psychic life is inhabited; sexuality, colonialism, imperialism, migration and diaspora; and transsexual life and culture. - E. Povinelli
4 points


Cross-Listed Courses

Africana Studies (Barnard)

BC3020 Harlem Crossroads

BC3100 Medicine and Power in African History

BC3120 History of African-American Music

BC3121 Black Women in America

BC3517 African American Women and Music

BC3589 Black Feminisms

Anthropology

V1002 The Interpretation of Culture

Art History (Barnard)

BC3675 Feminism and Postmodernism and the Visual Arts: The 1970's and 1980's

BC3948 The Visual Culture of the Harlem Renaissance

Classics

V3158 Women in Antiquity

Classics and Ancient Studies

W4110 Gender and Sexuality in Ancient Greece

Comparative Literature (Barnard)

BC3160 Tragic Bodies

Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race

W3901 Sex, Drugs and Women of Color

W3918 Transnational Transgender Social Formations: Political Economies and Health Disparaties

Dance (Barnard)

BC3583 Gender and Historical Memory in American Dance of the 1930's to the Early 1960's

East Asian Languages and Cultures

W3405 Women in Japanese Literature: Gender, Genre, and Modernity

W4886 Gender, Passions and Social Order In China Since 1500

Economics (Barnard)

BC2010 The Economics of Gender

Economics

W4480 Gender and Applied Economics

English (Barnard)

BC3138 Transformation, Transgression, & Desire

BC3993 The Worlds of Shange

French (Barnard)

BC3043 Twentieth-Century French Women Writers

History

W4383 European Sexual Modernities

W4985 Citizenship, Race, Gender and the Politics of Exclusion

History (Barnard)

BC3323 European Women in the Age of Revolution

BC3567 American Women in the 20th Century

BC3664 Reproducing Inequalities: Families in Latin American History

BC3681 Women and Gender in Latin America

BC3803 Gender and Empire

BC3865 Gender and Power in China

BC4327 Consumer Culture in Modern Europe

BC4500 Maids and Madams: Nannies, Maids, and Care Workers in a Global Economy

BC4861 Body Histories: The Case of Footbinding

BC4870 Gender and Migration: A Global Perspective

BC4886 Fashion

Music

V3462 Music, Gender and Performance

Philosophy

V2110 Philosophy and Feminism

Political Science (Barnard)

BC3507 *Colloquium on Gender, Politics, and Markets

Psychology (Barnard)

BC3152 Psychological Aspects of Human Sexuality

BC3153 Psychology and Women

Religion (Barnard)

V3570 Women and Judaism: Folklore or Religion?

W4120 Issues of Gender in Ancient and Medieval Christianity

Sociology (Barnard)

W3302 Sociology of Gender

V3318 The Sociology of Sexuality

V3901 The Sociology of Culture

BC3909 Ethnic Conflict and Unrest

Spanish and Latin American Cultures (Barnard)

BC3159 Angels and Seagulls: the Cultural Construction of Womanhood in Nineteenth Century Spain

BC3510 Gender and Sexuality in Latin American Cultures