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|Professors:||T. Gottfried (Psychology, chair term I), B. Haines (Psychology), E. Hoft-March (Milwaukee-Downer College and College Endowment Association Professorship French and Francophone Studies, chair terms II and III) (on leave term(s) I), B. Peterson (German)|
|Associate professors:||C. Daughtry (Anthropology), A. Guenther-Pal (German), M. Pickett (Physics), K. Privatt (James G. and Elthel M. Barber Professor of Theatre and Drama Theatre Arts), M. Rico (History)|
|Assistant professors:||I. Albrecht (Philosophy) (on leave term(s) III), L. Murali (Anthropology) (on leave term(s) I), K. Schweighofer (Dean of Faculty Office)|
|Instructors:||H. Boyd Kramer (Dean of Faculty Office), M. Wegehaupt (Dean of Faculty Office)|
Gender is a fundamental aspect of personal and social identity and a biological, psychological, and cultural category of paramount importance for people everywhere. In addition, gender is often a criterion for social stratification and different political treatment, as well as a favored symbol for expressing values and beliefs. Gender Studies offers students an opportunity for focused study of such varied issues, in both contemporary and past societies, as human reproduction, gender roles in the family and society, the psychology of identity, sexual orientation, and representations of women and men in literature, music, and art.
Required for the major in gender studies
- Two core courses (interdisciplinary in nature):
- GEST 100: Introduction to Gender Studies
- GEST 200: Introduction to Feminist Theory and Practice
- Two additional cross-listed six-unit courses, cross-listed and offered within various disciplines that
focus primarily on gender. These courses must be distributed as follows:
- One must be either GEST 110 or GEST 350.
- One must be either GEST 180 or GEST 270.
- At least six additional six-unit courses in either Gender Studies or cross-listed, and some may be gender-component courses, as described below. The six courses must be distributed as follows:
- At least two courses must be at the level of 200 or above.
- At least one course must be at the level of 400 or above.
- Up to 6 units of independent study in Gender Studies may be substituted for one course.
- One of the six courses must be a Senior Experience of at least six units.
Courses cross-listed in Gender Studies will count toward completion of the major whether students register for them using the program's designation (GEST) or an individual department's designation.
Required for the minor in gender studies
- Two core courses:
- GEST 100: Introduction to Gender Studies
- GEST 200: Introduction to Feminist Theory and Practice
- Four additional six-unit courses that focus primarily on gender. The four courses must be distributed as follows:
- Three must be cross-listed in Gender Studies; the one remaining course may be a gender-component course. If these are gender-component course, students must complete a form (to be signed by the instructor and their Gender Studies advisor) that outlines which course requirements will be fulfilled with work applicable to Gender Studies. This form must be completed and submitted to the Gender Studies advisor by the end of the second week of the term. Forms may be downloaded from the Gender Studies Web page.
- At least two courses must be at the level of 200 or above.
- Completion of an independent study in Gender Studies can be substituted for one course.
Courses cross-listed in Gender Studies will count toward completion of the minor whether students register for them using the program's designation (GEST) or an individual department's designation.
Senior Experience in Gender Studies
Students majoring in Gender Studies will enroll in a Senior Experience that is approved by the Gender Studies Advisory Board and mentored by a Gender Studies faculty member.
The Senior Experience will be at least one term, but may be more depending on the route the student pursues. The experience may be an independent study, an internship/practicum accompanied by an independent study, or an approved project in an advanced course. The Senior Experience will culminate in a senior thesis about the project, and an oral presentation of the student's work. A variety of artistic or research projects, interdisciplinary projects, and projects based on social service or activist initiatives may be appropriate Senior Experiences, but must be approved in consultation with the student's advisor and the Advisory Board.
Students interested in pursuing an interdisciplinary capstone that integrates their interests in Gender Studies with another major or student teaching, are strongly encouraged to consult with their advisors and relevant department chairs to plan and negotiate their overall Senior Experience as early as possible.
Courses - Gender Studies
GEST 100: Introduction to Gender StudiesWhat is gender? How is it constructed by the social world in which we live? How are our models of masculinity and femininity interwoven with models of race, sexuality, class, nationality, etc.? We will explore these questions theoretically and through interdisciplinary focal points - these may include "testosterone," "beauty," "domesticity," or other examples as chosen by the instructors.
GEST 110: Gender and Feminism in Historical PerspectiveA comparative world history of both gender relations and the emergence of a feminist consciousness within the past 500 years. Case studies drawn from different regions of the world will precede the examination of the emergence of a global feminism in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Topics will include the social roles of men and women, ideas about masculinity and femininity, understandings of sexual orientation, forms of systematic subordination, and the politics of modern feminisms.
GEST 180: The Biology of Human ReproductionAn introductory course focusing on human reproduction to demonstrate some basic biological principles. The course includes discussion of cellular and organismal processes related to the development of human biological complexity. Current research in reproductive biology and its impact on the individual and society is considered. Lecture and laboratory. Primarily for non-science majors; credit not applicable to the biology major.
GEST 191: Directed Study in Gender StudiesDirected study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
GEST 195: Internship in Gender StudiesInternships may be obtained in a wide variety of field settings: agencies or organizations focused on education, health care, economics, violence, legal or counseling services, or other arenas in which gender plays a formative role. For example, students might work with a Gay-Straight Alliance or at Planned Parenthood. Students will integrate a scholarly component into their internship with the help of their faculty and on-site supervisor. Students’ Internships may be done during the academic year (at a local placement or on campus) or during the summer. The academic component of the internship includes readings related to the substance of the internship, discussions with the faculty supervisor, and a written report appropriate to the discipline. Course grades are based on this academic work.
GEST 200: Introduction to Feminist Theory and PracticeExamines and critiques a variety of feminist theories and how they apply to people’s lives today. We explore the tension between feminist theory and practice as we look at significant contributions to the field by women of color, gay and lesbian studies, queer studies, and the study of masculinities.
GEST 210: Gender, Sports and SocietyThis lecture/discussion course applies the interdisciplinary study of gender--the social creation and cultural representation of femininity and masculinity--to sport cultures. The course addresses how sports are shaped by gender, race, class and sexuality. Exams and projects engage topics including athletic bodies, soical stratification, media, fandom, nationality and citizenship, ability and disability, sport economics, fitness and body image.
GEST 220: Women in Early America, 1607-1860An examination of the experiences of women in early America, focusing both on women’s lives and on the changing economic, political, and cultural roles they played in American society. Themes include women and the family, women’s religious experiences, women and industrialization, and the effects of slavery on black and white women.
GEST 222: Music and GenderThis course will explore the relationship between music and gender in the Western world from the Middle Ages to the present. Considering classical and popular music, including music videos and film, as well as writings about gender and music, we will explore music's role as a reflection of, reaction to, and active participant in gender construction.
GEST 256: Transgender LivesAn introduction to the historical and literary representations of transgender people. Using a feminist lens, this course will examine issues such as identity, pathology, representations of the “other,” and of course, cultural ideas about gender norms and appearance.
GEST 261: Feminism and PhilosophyA consideration of the contribution of feminism to a range of subjects of philosophical inquiry, including: the philosophy of mind, ethics and the history of philosophy.
GEST 270: The Psychology of GenderAn examination of theory and research on gender identity, gender roles, discrimination, and gender similarities and differences. Topics include gender stereotypes, gender identity development, sexual orientation, sex education, as well as intersections of gender with other aspects of identity.
GEST 280: Topics in Gender StudiesExplores a particular topic of current interest in gender studies, and may be cross-listed with other departments. Topics will vary with each offering of the course. Different iterations of the course may be taken for credit with the instructor's consent.
Topic for Winter 2019: Masculinities
This course examines the “who, what, where, when” and perhaps most importantly, the “why” of masculinities. Researching historical definitions of masculinity while also attempting to define for ourselves what masculinity means in the present, this class will open us up to the many critical variables that contribute to the variety of masculinities, variables such as historical and geographical context, race, class, sex, age, ability, sexuality, or beliefs. We will locate the key sites in which masculinity is continually reproduced, both through the institutions that rule our life as well as in the realm of cultural representations. In doing so, will uncover many systems of policing and punishment utilized to bolster certain ideas of masculinity while attacking others.
GEST 300: Introduction to Queer TheoryOffers theoretical frameworks for grappling with social constructions of sexuality alongside those of gender, class, race, and other identity categories. This class, like the field itself, uses the term “queer” to designate not just people but also practices: it explores representational and interpretive strategies that highlight inconsistencies within our cultural models of sexuality, desire, and subjectivity.
GEST 315: Gender in 20th-Century AfricaAn examination of the changing roles of African men and women in the 20th century. The course will focus on the rapid social transformations of the 20th century — colonialism, abolition of slavery, the spread of Christianity and Islam, urbanization, the birth of new nations — and their challenges to traditional understandings of what it meant to be a man or woman.
GEST 320: Strong Nations: Perspectives of Contemporary Native American WomenAn interdisciplinary examination of issues facing Native American women today. This course explores the ways gender, race and ethnicity shape identity as well as narrative constructions of nation in regional contexts. Readings by contemporary indigenous women authors, with field trips to federally recognized tribal lands and discussion with Native American women leaders, activists, scholars, musicians, artists and business leaders from a variety of nations.
GEST 323: Reel Men: Masculinity in American Film, 1945-2000Focusing on an array of well-known American films — “The Maltese Falcon,” “Red River,” “Dr. Strangelove,” “McCabe and Mrs. Miller,” “Chinatown,” “Die Hard,” and “American Beauty” among them — the course will integrate film theory, gender theory, and American history to address the problem of how masculinity has been constructed in American culture since World War II. Not open to students who have previously received, or need to receive, credit for HIST 400.
GEST 324: Gender and CinemaThis course examines gender and film in an international context. Topics include the construction of femininity and masculinity in film, feminist and queer film theories, analysis of film using intersectional and formal approaches, women behind the camera, and gender and genre.
GEST 325: Black, Brown, and Queer on Film: Race, Gender, and Sexuality on FilmVisual culture has long defined that which is not white, not queer, and not male as deviant from the visual norm. This course will explore the way in which film culture has traditionally positioned people it defines as deviant from the racial, ethnic, gender or sexual norm and the ways in which filmmakers have responded to that positioning.
GEST 345: Theorizing the Female Body in East Asian ArtThis discussion-based course will examine how tomb murals, paintings, prints, photography, and film have addressed the female body throughout East Asian history. We will explore how social and political issues were defined and negotiated through the gendered images of bodies in Japan, Korea and China in the context of national identity formation, historical reconstruction, subjectivity and sexuality. Coursework will include exams and a research paper.
GEST 350: Anthropology of GenderAn anthropological approach to the study of gender and a/sexuality, and how they intersect with other dimensions of social difference such as race, class, and ethnicity. Topical, ethnographic approach to examining these intersections. Focus on issues such as sexual behavior, reproduction, parenting, trans* identity, work, communication, and violence.
GEST 351: Archaeology of GenderAn examination of the relationship between gender and material culture. Focus on how gender and gender roles are reflected in the archaeological record and on the problems in identifying and determining gender roles in prehistory. Readings include studies from both the Old and New Worlds and modern theoretical approaches.
GEST 353: Women in BuddhismThis discussion-based course investigates the ways in which women and gender minorities participate in Buddhist culture around the world. By reading texts by and about Buddhist women, this course will explore the extent to which gender affects social status, leadership roles, and access to education in Buddhist communities in South Asia, East Asia, and the United States.
GEST 362: Vampires, Monsters, and Man-EatersThis course examines the borders of the human through the figures of the vampire, monster, and femme fatale in literature, film, and the visual arts. Featured in the works of canonized authors as well as within popular culture, “monstrousness” can provide valuable insights into numerous aspects of German history and psychosexual relations. Possible texts include the early vampire film Nosferatu, Wedekind’s Lulu tragedies, Patrick Süskind’s Das Parfüm, and paintings by H.R. Giger.
GEST 390: Tutorial Studies in Gender StudiesAdvanced study, arranged and carried out under the direction of an advisor.
GEST 391: Directed Study in Gender StudiesDirected study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
GEST 395: Internship in Gender StudiesInternships may be obtained in a wide variety of field settings: agencies or organizations focused on education, health care, economics, violence, legal or counseling services, or other arenas in which gender plays a formative role. For example, students might work with a Gay-Straight Alliance or at Planned Parenthood. Students will integrate a scholarly component into their internship with the help of their faculty and on-site supervisor. Students’ Internships may be done during the academic year (at a local placement or on campus) or during the summer. The academic component of the internship includes readings related to the substance of the internship, discussions with the faculty supervisor, and a written report appropriate to the discipline. Course grades are based on this academic work.
GEST 399: Independent Study in Gender StudiesAdvanced study, arranged in consultation with an advisor. Students considering an honors project should register for this course for one or more terms.
GEST 410: Gender, Politics, and Current Events in Latin AmericaA critical analysis of current events in Latin America with a focus on gender and political issues. Through films, magazine articles, fiction, and selected radio and television broadcasts from Latin America, students will study major events that relate and give expression to the cultural mores of Latin Americans within the realm of gender and politics. The course allows students to continue to develop their oral communication skills in the target language and, with a wide range of topics and interests, to work toward an understanding of gender issues and political events that have shaped and transformed Latin America.
GEST 412: Gender, Politics, and Current Events in SpainA critical analysis and discussion of recent and current events in Spain with a focus on issues of gender and sexuality, immigration, and nationalism. Students study and present on topics that affect Spanish society today by reading, watching and listening to a variety of media sources, articles and theoretical readings.
GEST 415: Society and the Sexes in Pre-Industrial EuropeA seminar, organized topically, exploring changing gender definitions, economic and social roles, family structures and functions, and styles of intimacy from 1000 to 1800. A variety of primary sources and scholarly interpretations examined.
GEST 421: Music and GenderThis course will explore the relationship between music and gender in the Western world from the Middle Ages to the present. Considering classical and popular music, including music videos and film, as well as writings about gender and music, we will explore music's role as a reflection of, reaction to, and active participant in gender construction.
GEST 423: Reel Men: Masculinity in American Film, 1945-2000At the upper level, the course will serve as a history seminar in preparation for the history department's capstone course. Those taking it at that level will be required to write at least one paper addressing film or gender theory and to write a 10-15 page research prospectus. Not open to students who have previously received credit for HIST 300.
GEST 445: Gender and Modernist British/American LiteratureA study of the construction of gender in early 20th-century fiction and poetry. Authors include Cather, Woolf, Lawrence, Hemingway, Sassoon, and others.
GEST 446: Gender and EnlightenmentThis course will examine writings by both men and women that reflect on the changing social roles for women in eighteenth-century Britain. Focusing on women's labor, reproduction, reading, and writing, the course will consider to what extent women could participate in the project of the Enlightenment.
GEST 476: Nineteenth Century American Women WritersAn exploration of 19th century women writers, including Sigourney, Harper, Stowe, Jacobs, Dickinson, Harding Davis, Chopin, Lazarus, Johnson, Zitlaka-sa and/or others.
GEST 493: Music and Gender in Cross-Cultural PerspectiveThis course examines the relationship between the constructions of gender identities and music performance and practice, and looks at history and development of approaches, theories, and studies regarding this relationship. Each week contains theoretical readings from gender studies, women’s studies, or feminist scholarship as well as ethnomusicological case studies from a variety of locations around the world.
GEST 503: Women Writing in FrenchSeeking to uncover lives that had remained largely hidden, women writing in French have revealed and shared their innermost desires and frustrations. French and francophone women writers have braved ostracism to question their identity and their relationship to family and society. Authors may include Duras, Djebar, Cixous, Bugul, Kristeva, Sebbar, Sand, Colette, and Hébert.
GEST 506: Contemporary African-American Women PoetsIn this lecture/discussion course, we'll look at the great stylistic variety of poetry that Black women have been writing during the past twenty years. Students will consider poetry through the lenses of critical race and gender criticism and will write weekly short papers and a substantial research paper. Poets may include Marilyn Nelson, Natasha Trethewey, Claudia Rankine, Tracy K. Smith, Nikky Finney and others.
GEST 560: Topics in Gender and Social DevelopmentThis course examines social development with a particular focus on gender issues. Topics include gender identity in intersection with other types of identity development (e.g., ethnicity), sex education, gender role socialization, sexual orientation development, and parenting.
Topic for Winter 2019: Gender and Social Development
Special emphasis is given to the development of gender identity, gender roles, and sexual orientation. Other topics include sex education, parenting, and LGBT youth risk and resilience.