Courses for Spring 2018

Title Instructor Location Time All taxonomy terms Description Section Description Cross Listings Fulfills Registration Notes Syllabus Syllabus URL Course Syllabus URL
GSWS 002-601 GENDER & SOCIETY FISCHLER, DEVORAH T 0600PM-0900PM This course will introduce students to the ways in which sex, gender, and sexuality mark our bodies, influence our perceptions of self and others, organize families and work like, delimit opportunities for individuals and groups of people, as well as impact the terms of local and transnational economic exchange. We will explore the ways in which sex, gender, and sexuality work with other markers of difference and social status such as race, age, nationality, and ability to further demarcate possibilities, freedoms, choices, and opportunities available to people.
    Society sector (all classes) CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN US; SOCIETY SECTOR; CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN THE US
    GSWS 003-401 INTRO TO QUEER STUDIES SANCHEZ, MELISSA TR 1200PM-0130PM
      GSWS 004-401 THE FAMILY GONALONS-PONS, PILAR MW 0200PM-0330PM Historical and cultural development of the family, analysis of sexual codes; discussion of role difference between men and women; factors involved in mate selection and marital adjustment; analysis of family disorganization with both individual and societal implications.
        Society sector (all classes) SOCIETY SECTOR
        GSWS 006-401 HISTORY OF MODERN PHILOS DETLEFSEN, KAREN MW 1100AM-1200PM This course is an introduction to a few central themes in philosophy in the 17th and 18th centuries, and to some of the crucial thinkers who addressed those themes. Topics to be covered may include, among others, the nature of the human being (including the human mind), the relationship between God and the created world, the nature of freedom, and the relations among natural sciences, philosophy and theology in this rich period of human history.
          SECTION ACTIVITY CO-REQUISITE REQUIRED
          GSWS 048-401 VOICING POLITICS/POLITICIZING VOICES MURPHY, MARIA TR 0130PM-0300PM What does it mean to have a voice? To raise your voice? To have your voice heard? What do our voices say about us and what do they fail to communicate? How we speak and how our voices are perceived impact our interactions in daily life, our participation in the political sphere, and our capacity to effect change through activism. This CWiC course explores the parameters by which voice is defined in the context of music and sound studies, social justice, philosophy, and media and communication studies. We will consider how voice embodies our political constitution through an examination of the vocal practices of artists such as Tanya Tagaq, Anohni, Juliana Huxtable, Laurie Anderson, Sikh Knowledge, and Lucas Silveira; the phenomena of voice-activated devices such as Apple s Siri and Amazon s Echo; and the collective voices of movements such as Black Lives Matter and the Standing Rock water protectors. Through individual and group presentations, discussions, and creative projects, this critical speaking seminar encourages students to develop their oral communication skills while examining what informs their individual and collective voices. No previous musical training required. Enrollment limited to 16.
            COMMUNICATION WITHIN THE CURRICULUM
            GSWS 060-401 LATINX LITERATURE AND CULTURE STERNAD PONCE DE LEON, JENNIFER MW 0330PM-0500PM A survey of cultural productions by Latinas/os (i.e. people of Latin American descent who have been raised in the U.S.) that usually will focus on the twentieth century, but might at times examine earlier periods instead. The course will take a culturally and historically informed approach to a wide range of novels, poems, plays, and films, and will sometimes include visual art and music. Writers and artists might include Am¿rico Paredes, Piri Thomas, Cherrie Moraga, Sandra Cisneros, Julia Alvarez, Junot Diaz, Cristina Garcia, El Teatro Campesino, John Leguizamo, Carmen Lomas Garza, the Hernandez Brothers, and Los Tigres del Norte. See the English Department's website at www.english.upenn.edu for a complete description of the current offerings.
              CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN US; CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN THE US
              GSWS 090-401 LEAVING HOME: THE FEMALE NOVEL OF DEVELOPMENT BURNHAM, DEBORAH MW 0200PM-0330PM This course will focus on questions of gender difference and of sexual desire in a range of literary works, paying special attention to works by women and treatments of same-sex desire. More fundamentally, the course will introduce students to questions about the relation between identity and representation. We will attend in particular to intersections between gender, sexuality, race, class, and nation, and will choose from a rich vein of authors: Mary Wollstonecraft, Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, Lord Byron, the Brontes, Christina Rossetti, George Eliot, Oscar Wilde, Henry James, Gertrude Stein, Zora Neale Hurston, E. M. Forster, Virginia Woolf, Nella Larsen, Radclyffe Hall, Willa Cather, Elizabeth Bishop, Jean Rhys, James Baldwin, Sylvia Plath, Bessie Head, Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich, Cherrie Moraga, Toni Morrison, Michael Cunningham, Dorothy Allison, Jeanette Winterson, and Leslie Feinberg. See the English Department's website at www.english.upenn.edu for a complete description of the current offerings.
                CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN US; CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN THE US
                GSWS 114-401 RACE/SEX DISCRIMINATION: Race and Sex Discrimination MADDEN, JANICE MW 0200PM-0330PM This course is concerned with the structure, the causes and correlates, and the government policies to alleviate discrimination by race and gender in thee United States.The central focus of the course is on employment differences by race and gender and the extent to which they arise from labor market d discrimination versus other causes, although racial discrimination in housing is also considered. After a comprehensive overview of the structures of labo and housing markets and of nondiscriminatory reasons (that is, the cumulative effects of past discrimination and/or experiences) for the existence of group differentials in employment, wages and residential locations, various theorie ofthe sources of current discrimination are reviewed and evaluated. Actual government policies and alternatives policies are evaluated in light of both the empirical evidence on group differences and the alternative theories of discrimination.
                  Society sector (all classes) SOCIETY SECTOR
                  GSWS 118-401 IRAN CINEMA:GEND/POL/REL ENTEZARI, MAHYAR TR 0300PM-0430PM This seminar explores Iranian culture, society, history and politics through the medium of film. We will examine a variety of cinematic works that represent the social, political, economic and cultural circumstances of contemporary Iran, as well as the diaspora. Along the way, we will discuss issues pertaining to gender, religion, nationalism, ethnicity, and the role of cinema in Iranian society and beyond. Discussions topics will also include the place of the Iranian diaspora in cinema, as well as the transnational production, distribution, and consumption of Iranian cinema. Films will include those by internationally acclaimed filmmakers, such as Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, Asghar Farhadi, Bahman Ghobadi, Abbas Kiarostami, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Dariush Mehrjui, Tahmineh Milani, Jafar Panahi, Marjane Satrapi and others. All films will be subtitled in English. No prior knowledge is required.
                    CROSS CULTURAL ANALYSIS; CROSS-CULTURAL ANALYSIS
                    GSWS 135-601 CREAT.NON-FICTION WRIT: Finding Voice: Perspectives on Race, Class & Gender WATTERSON, KATHRYN T 0530PM-0830PM A workshop course in the writing of expository prose. Assignments include informal as well as formal essays, covering such topics as autobiography, family history, review, interview, analysis of advertising and popular culture, travel, work, and satire. ENGL-135 is the primary for this course, and will be cross-listed with GSWS when the course content includes gender, sexuality and women's studies. See the English Department's website at www.english.upenn.edu for a description of the current offerings
                      GSWS 157-401 Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Eastern Europe GHODSEE, KRISTEN T 0130PM-0430PM The region of Central and Eastern Europe is a fascinating place to examine questions of gender and sexuality in a non-US context. Stretching from Montenegro on the Adriatic Sea to Estonia on the Baltic, these diverse countries are now mostly members of the European Union and NATO and share common 20th century experiments with various forms of state socialism. Through a combination of scholarly articles and literary fiction, this course will examine the changing status of women during and after the fall of communism, shifting constructions of masculinity, and the emergence of LGBT movements and communities in the post-socialist space. Specific topics will include: the woman question before 1989; gender and emerging nationalisms; neoliberal precarity, visual representations in television and film; social movements and radical politics; work; spirituality; and philosophical investigations into the culturally constructed concepts of "freedom" and "human rights" in post-authoritarian states. All readings and assignments are in English.
                        GSWS 222-601 AFR WOMEN LIVES PAST/PRE BLAKELY, PAMELA T 0430PM-0730PM Restoring women to African history is a worthy goal, but easier said than done.The course examines scholarship over the past forty years that brings to light previously overlooked contributions African women have made to political struggle, religious change, culture preservation, and economic development from pre-colonial times to present. The course addresses basic questions about changing women's roles and human rights controversies associated with African women within the wider cultural and historical contexts in which their lives are lived. It also raises fundamental questions about sources, methodology, and representation, including the value of African women's oral and written narrative and cinema production as avenues to insider perspectives on African women's lives.
                          GSWS 224-401 FAMILY FEUDS:BEYONCE, JAY-Z AND SOLANGE AND THE MEANING OF AMERICAN MUSIC TILLET, SALAMISHAH TR 0300PM-0430PM Taking Beyonce's "Lemonade," Solange's "A Seat At The Table," and Jay-z's "4:44" as a point of departure, this class will focus on the role of popular music as "politics" within contemporary American culture. While these albums are clearly neither the first nor the only musical expressions to delve into the matters of black lives, feminism, and sexuality today, they do mark a very significant political and personal evolution for these individual artists and their audiences as they relate to the defining issues of our time. By looking at how each artist engages their influences (Nina Simone is staple for all three) and discussing how these albums challenge musical forms and incorporate different visual mediums, this course will reflect on the conversations these artists are having with each other and examine their cultural impact in order to understand the limits and possibilities of black musical expressions as sites of social change.
                            GSWS 227-401 SEX AND POWER TEELE, DAWN TR 0430PM-0600PM
                              GSWS 233-401 FEMINISM IN THE AMERICAS FARNSWORTH-ALVEAR, ANN M 0200PM-0500PM This is a topics course. See History Department's website: http://www.history.upenn.edu/courses/undergraduate for a complete description of this course for the term.
                                GSWS 242-301 SCI OF SEX & SEXUALITY WAHLERT, LANCE T 0430PM-0730PM While sexual and gender diversity have been consisten features in most cultures throughout history, how such gender and sexual based discussion have been articulated, understood, condoned, or condemned has varied. If medical historians and queer theorists have paid most obsessive attention to these subjects, bioethicists have intervened to a lesser degree and on only a handful of relevant subjects. Bearing in mind the social and medical legacies related to sexual and gender identities, this course will consider a range of historical and contemporary topics which speak to the intersection of bioethical dilemmas on medicine, sexuality and gender identity, including: the gay adolescent, the intersex person, gay-conversion therapies, the prospect of gay gene studies, sex addiction, queer blood/organ donation policies, and the wake of the global HIV/AIDS pandemic. Specifically, we will focus on literary sources (memoirs, diaries, and films) as well as non-literary accounts (medical texts, bioethical scholarship, and historical records) that explore the emotional and somatic aspects of matters related to sexuality, gender identity, and bioethics.
                                  GSWS 243-401 FANTASTIC/UNCANNY IN LIT: GHOSTS,SPIRITS&MACHINES WEISSBERG, LILIANE TR 1030AM-1200PM Do we still believe in spirits and ghosts? Do they have any place in an age of science of technology? Can they perhaps help us to define what a human being is and what it can do? We will venture on a journey through literary texts from the late eighteenth century to the present to explore the uncanny and fantastic in literature and Our discussions will be based on a reading of Sigmund Freud's essay on the uncanny, and extraordinary Romantic narratives by Ludwig Tieck, E.T.A. Hoffmann, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Prosper Merimee, Villiers de Isle-Adam, and others.
                                    Arts & Letters Sector (all classes) SECTION ACTIVITY CO-REQUISITE REQUIRED; ARTS & LETTERS SECTOR; ALL READINGS AND LECTURES IN ENGLISH
                                    GSWS 257-401 CONTEMPOR FICT/FILM-JPAN KANO, AYAKO TR 1030AM-1200PM This course will explore fiction and film in contemporary Japan, from 1945 to the present. Topics will include literary and cinematic representation of Japan s war experience and post-war reconstruction, negotiation with Japanese classics, confrontation with the state, and changing ideas of gender and sexuality. We will explore these and other questions by analyzing texts of various genres, including film and film scripts, novels, short stories, mangazines, and academic essays. Class sessions will combine lectures, discussion, audio-visual materials, and creative as well as analytical writing exercises. The course is taught in English, although Japanese materials will be made available upon request. No prior coursework in Japanese literature, culture, or film is required or expected; additional secondary materials will be available for students taking the course at the 600 level. Writers and film directors examined may include: Kawabata Yasunari, Hayashi Fumiko, Abe Kobo, Mishima Yukio, Oe Kenzaburo, Yoshimoto Banana, Ozu Yasujiro, Naruse Mikio, Kurosawa Akira, Imamura Shohei, Koreeda Hirokazu, and Beat Takeshi.
                                      CROSS-CULTURAL ANALYSIS
                                      GSWS 286-401 EMILY DICKINSON AT LARGE CAVITCH, MAX TR 0300PM-0430PM
                                        GSWS 294-401 ART NOW SILVERMAN, KAJA MW 1100AM-1200PM One of the most striking features of today's art world is the conspicuous place occupied in it by the photographic image. Large-scale color photographs and time-based installations in projections are everywhere. Looking back, we can see that much of the art making of the past 60 years has also been defined by this medium, regardless of the form it takes. Photographic images have inspired countless paintings, appeared in combines and installations, morphed into sculptures, drawings and performances, and served both as the object and the vehicle of institutional critique. They are also an increasingly important exhibition site: where most of us go to see earthworks, happenings and body-art. This course is a three-part exploration of our photographic present.
                                          SECTION ACTIVITY CO-REQUISITE REQUIRED
                                          GSWS 295-401 CINEMA AND MEDIA: GLOBAL FILM THEORY MAZAJ, META
                                          REDROBE, KAREN
                                          TR 1030AM-1130AM This course will provide an introduction to some of the most important film theory debates, and allow us to explore how writers and filmmakers from different countries and historical periods have attempted to make sense of the changing phenomenon known as "cinema," to think cinematically. Topics under consideration may include: spectatorship, authorship, the apparatus, sound, editing, realism, race, gender and sexuality, stardom, the culture industry, the nation and decolonization, what counts as film theory and what counts as cinema, and the challenges of considering film theory in a global context, including the challenge of working across languages. There will be no screenings for this course. No knowledge of film theory is presumed. Course requirements: attendance at lecture and participation in lecture and section discussions; canvas postings; 1 in-class mid-term; 1 take-home final.
                                            SECTION ACTIVITY CO-REQUISITE REQUIRED
                                            GSWS 296-401 TOPICS LITERARY THEORY: GLOBAL FEMINISMS LOOMBA, ANIA MW 0200PM-0330PM This course explores an aspect of literary theory intensively; specific course topics vary from year to year. It is an English course that is cross-listed with GSWS when the topic includes gender, sexuality and women's studies. Please check out the English Department's website for the current semester's description.
                                              CROSS CULTURAL ANALYSIS; CROSS-CULTURAL ANALYSIS
                                              GSWS 322-401 Sexuality, Terrorism, and Human Rights RAJAN, VG W 0200PM-0500PM This is an advanced topics course, and the course description will vary from semester to semester.
                                                CROSS CULTURAL ANALYSIS; CROSS-CULTURAL ANALYSIS
                                                GSWS 343-401 BOYS WILL BE BOYS: MASCULINITY IN FRENCH LITERATURE FRANCIS, SCOTT TR 0130PM-0300PM Why was a portrait depicting the Renaissance king Francois I as half-man, half-woman made with royal approval, and moreover intended to represent the king as the perfect embodiment of the ideal qualities of a male sovereign? And why, in what is now regarded as the official portrat of Louis XIV, does the king prominently display his silk stockings and high heels with diamond-encrusted buckles? These are just two examples of the questions that lead us to the point of departure for this course: the idea that masculinit is not a fixed essence that has existed since time immemorial, but rather a flexible concept that changes across and even within historical periods. We will examine how masculinity has evolved from the Middle Ages and the chivalric ideal to the present day, how it has been defined, and its implications for gender relations, politics, and religion in different eras. In addition to literary works, we will study how masculinity is represented across a range of media, including visual arts, music, and film. Discussions will be in English, and assignments will be available in translation, but students who wish to receive credit in French will be able to do coursework in French.
                                                  CROSS CULTURAL ANALYSIS; CROSS-CULTURAL ANALYSIS
                                                  GSWS 344-401 PSYCHOLOGY OF PERSONAL GROWTH ZAMEL, PAMELA T 0500PM-0800PM Intellectual, emotional and behavioral development in the college years. Illustrative topics: developing intellectual and social competence; developing personal and career goals; managing interpersonal relationships; values and behavior. Recommended for submatriculation in Psychological Services Master's Degree program.
                                                    GSWS 349-401 HIST OF SEXUALITY IN US LAKHANI, ZAIN MW 0200PM-0300PM This course introduces students to a relatively new field of inquiry, the history of sexuality in the U.S. It explores the past to consider why sexuality has been so central to American identities, culture, and politics. Primary documents and other readings focus on the history of sexual ideology and regulation; popular culture and changing sexual practices; the emergence of distinct sexual identity and communities; the politics of sexuality; and the relationship between sexual and other forms of social difference, such as gender, race, ethnicity, age, and class. Topics include many themes with continuing relevance to contemporary public debate: among them, sexual representation and censorship, sexual violence, adolescent sexuality, the politics of reproduction, gay and lesbian sexualities and sexually transmitted diseases.
                                                      CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN US; CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN THE US
                                                      GSWS 396-402 THE NEW LATIN AMERICAN LITERARY BOOM: WOMEN WRITERS IN THE 21ST CENTURY GARCIA SERRANO, MARIA TR 0130PM-0300PM Topics vary.
                                                        CROSS CULTURAL ANALYSIS; CROSS-CULTURAL ANALYSIS
                                                        GSWS 447-401 HUMAN REPRODUCTIVE ECOLOGY O'CONNELL, CAITLIN W 0200PM-0500PM This course explores the processes that regulate fertility in human populations. We adopt an evolutionary perspective to examine the factors that have shaped human reproductive physiology and contribute to variation in reproductive parameters between populations. The biology of menarche, ovarian cycling, pregnancy, lactation, fetal loss, and menopause will be reviewed and the ecological and social factors that influence these steps in the reproductive process will be considered.
                                                          GSWS 492-640 MORE HUMAN THAN HUMAN SADASHIGE, JACQUELINE R 0700PM-0900PM
                                                            ONLINE COURSE FEE $150; ONLINE COURSE ONLY
                                                            GSWS 518-401 NURSING&GENDERING OF HEALTH CARE IN THE U.S. AND INTERNATIONALLY, 1860-2000 CONNOLLY, CYNTHIA W 0400PM-0700PM This course examines changing ideas about the nature of health and illness; changing forms of health care delivery; changing experiences of women as providers and patients; changing role expectations and realities for nurses; changing midwifery practice; and changing segmentation of the health care labor market by gender, class and race. It takes a gender perspective on all topics considered in the course. A comparative approach is used as national and international literature is considered. This focus is presented as one way of understanding the complex interrelationships among gender, class, and race in health care systems of the United States and countries abroad.
                                                              GSWS 555-401 WOMEN AND INCARCERATION DURAIN, DAWN R 0430PM-0730PM This elective course will afford students the opportunity to develop and implement health education workshops for incarcerated women in the Philadelphiajail system. Students will explore the social and historical framework and trends in the incarceration of women, as well as the needs of this population, and will identify specific areas that need to be addressed by particular disciplines or professions. Students will have direct contact with the jail system, its staff, and female inmates.
                                                                PERMISSION NEEDED FROM DEPARTMENT
                                                                GSWS 570-401 SONGS OF DISSENT: READING AFRICAN AMERICAN POETRY IN THE 21ST CENTURY BEAVERS, HERMAN M 0300PM-0600PM This course treats some important aspect of Afican-American literature and culture. Some recent versions of the course have focused on the emergence of African-American women writers, on the relation between African-American literature and cultural studies, and on the Harlem Renaissance. This course is cross-listed with the English Department. See the English Department's website at www.english.upenn.edu for a complete description of the current offerings.
                                                                  GSWS 572-401 LANGUAGE AND GENDER POMERANTZ, ANNE R 1000AM-1200PM This course traces the development of research on language and gender, introducing key theoretical issues and methodological concerns in this area.s Participants will consider how gender ideologies shape and are shaped by language use, with particular attention to how research findings can be applied to educational and other professional settings.
                                                                    GSWS 583-401 19 CENTURY AMERICAN LIT: KINSHIP, SEXUALITY, INDIGENEITY BENTLEY, NANCY M 1200PM-0300PM
                                                                      GSWS 587-401 RACE, NATION, EMPIRE THOMAS, DEBORAH T 0200PM-0500PM This graduate seminar examines the dynamic relationships among empires, nations and states; colonial and post-colonial policies; and anti-colonial strategies within a changing global context. Using the rubrics of anthropology, history, cultural studies, and social theory, we will explore the intimacies of subject formation within imperial contexts- past and present- especially in relation to ideas about race and belonging. We will focus on how belonging and participation have been defined in particular locales, as well as how these notions have been socialized through a variety of institutional contexts. Finally, we will consider the relationships between popular culture and state formation, examining these as dialectical struggles for hegemony.
                                                                        UNDERGRADUATES NEED PERMISSION
                                                                        GSWS 596-401 TOPICS IN CONTEMP ART: ART AND RESISTANCE HAYES, SHARON
                                                                        REDROBE, KAREN
                                                                        R 0130PM-0430PM
                                                                          UNDERGRADUATES NEED PERMISSION
                                                                          GSWS 610-402 TOPICS IN AMERICAN HIST: WOMEN GENDER & SEXUALITY PEISS, KATHY W 0200PM-0500PM Reading and discussion course on selected topics in American history. See history's website for course description for the term: http://www.history.upenn.edu/courses
                                                                            GSWS 612-401 INTERACTIONAL PROCESSES WITH LGBT INDIVIDUALS CROSS, ERIN CANCELED In the past quarter century, the awareness of the unique issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals has expanded and become essential knowledge in our work as educators, providers of psychological services, and other service provision fields. This course provides a contextual and applied understanding the interactional processes facing LGBT individuals.
                                                                              GSWS 769-401 FEMINISM AND POSTCOLONIALITIES LOOMBA, ANIA T 1200PM-0300PM See the English Department's website at www.english.upenn.edu for a complete description of the current offerings.
                                                                                GSWS 790-401 WHAT'S LEFT OF QUEER THEORY NOW? ENG, DAVID W 0300PM-0600PM The primary for this course is the English Department. When the course content includes gender, sexuality and women's studies it will be cross-listed with GSWS. See additional information and description on the English Department's website: https://www.english.upenn.edu See the English Department's website at www.english.upenn.edu for a complete description of the current offerings.
                                                                                  GSWS 830-401 CONDUCTING RESEARCH IN GLOBAL WOMEN'S HEALTH TEITELMAN, ANNE R 0900AM-1200PM The course focuses on critical examination of theoretical and methodological issues pertaining to research on women and girls conducted around the world across disciplines. A focused and intensive exploration of place as it pertains to women and girls in formal and informal structures of health care delivery as those needing and/or seeking health care, and as those roviding health care to others. We will examine multiple dimensions and qualities of these endeavors (e.g. activity, power, control, visibility, value, and remuneration) and the intersection of gender and health - locally, globally and across borders. We will focus our examination on the implications of seeking and providing health care for women's and girls' health and well-being. By examining issues in local and global contexts and across geographical boundaries, we will have the opportunity to challenge gendered, class, political, and cultural assumptions related to women's health. Invited guest speakers will highlight examples of research in global women's health representing multiple disciplinary perspectives.
                                                                                    AUDITORS NEED PERMISSION; PERMISSION NEEDED FROM INSTRUCTOR