Current Graduate Courses


Offerings | Spring Semester 2020


WGSST 7701 - Feminist Inquiry II
Professor Jennifer Suchland
Th 2:15pm - 5:00pm
Class number 28496

WGSST 7760 - Feminist Inquiry: Methods
Professor Cynthia Burack
Tu 2:15pm - 5:00pm
Class number 33341

WGSST 7790 - Research and Writing Workshop
Professor Juno Parreñas
Mo 11:00am - 1:45pm
Class number 28497

WGSST 8163 - Practicum in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Professor Guisela Latorre
We 2:15pm - 5:00pm
Class number 19572

WGSST 8800.03 - Black Feminist Thought
Professor Treva Lindsey
We 11:15am - 2:00pm
Class number 28498
Course Description:
In this course, we will explore the foundations, ideas, and implications of contemporary Black feminism within the African Diaspora, and specifically within the United States. Students will examine theoretical contributions of Black feminists working from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Constructions of Black feminism are NOT monolithic or universal. We will uncover shared frameworks, categories of analyses and practices of black feminism(s) and engage the emergence of contemporary feminist scholarship and activism. We will identify how Black feminists address social structures such as racism, classism, ableism, heterosexism, patriarchy, and sexism.
As a foundational course within Black Gender Studies, students will be exposed to a wide array of contemporary perspectives on Black feminism.
NOTE: All seats in WGSST 8800.03 will be held for WGSS graduate students until November 19. If you would like to add yourself to the waitlist before the hold is lifted, you should automatically be enrolled in the class by November 20.

WGSST 8800.04 - Emerging Transgender Studies
Professor Jian Chen
We 11:15 - 2:00pm
Class number 33342
Course Description:

This seminar will explore transgender studies as an emerging field that has yet to be named, recognized, and established in the academic world. We will engage with the growing body of monographs, essays, and cultural material (literature, film/video, performance, digital media, ephemera) that more explicitly centers transgender subjects, while also being deliberate about including materials that may not be explicitly marked as transgender that nevertheless do impactful work in deconstructing and reconstructing gender (embodiment and identity). Driving questions for the seminar will include: who are the subjects of transgender studies and how have their emergence as transgender subjects been shaped by different racial, (settler) colonial, gender, and sexual histories and social conditions? What kinds of critical and social interventions are offered by a more expansive account of transgender studies? In addition to familiarizing ourselves with work in transgender studies, we will track the methods and intellectual and cultural lineages adopted and created within the field and also the relationships with the social and political world outside/inside of academia posed by work in the field. The course will draw substantially from queer studies; queer women of color, women of color, and lesbian feminisms; and critical race, indigenous, and ethnic studies. Seminar materials may include work by Allucquére Rosanne "Sandy" Stone, Susan Stryker, C. Riley Snorton, Qwo-Li Driskill, Jin Haritaworn, José Esteban Muñoz, Deborah Miranda, Eric Stanley, Aren Aizura, Toby Beauchamp, and Tourmaline. Seminar requirements may include a seminar presentation and facilitated discussion, literature or cultural review, and research paper.
NOTE: All seats in WGSST 8800.04 will be held for WGSS graduate students until November 19. If you would like to add yourself to the waitlist before the hold is lifted, you should automatically be enrolled in the class by November 20. For English graduate students interested in taking this WGSS seminar, this seminar fulfills course requirements for the English MA/PhD graduate program.

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