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Graduate Course Information

FALL  2016 WGST courses that can be used to satisfy the core requirements for the Gender Studies Graduate Certificate:


WGST 510 Feminist Theory – Jaksch – Monday – 4:00 – 6:50 pm

The basic theoretical questions that e will address in this cousre range from deceptively simple ones, which attempt to define concepts such as woman/ women, the body, gender, nature, otherness, labor, oppression and change, to more abstract interrogations of the theoretical assumptions operating within the explicative frameworks of postmodernism, poststructuralism, social constructivism, postcolonialism, materialism and transnational feminisms.

WGST 520 Gender Equity in the Classroom – Thursday – JAKSH  – 5:00 – 7:50 pm

This graduate seminar examines theoretical writings on feminist pedagogy and also addresses practical issues related to teaching Women’s and Gender Studies.  Participants will develop familiarity with  feminist pedagogies and their significance for the field of Women’s and Gender Studies; interpret their own educational experiences within the context of feminist reflections on education; formulate their own philosophies of education; and develop and test pedagogical strategies for developing critical consciousness about social inequalities.

FALL  2016 English Graduate Courses that can be used to satisfy the elective requirements for the Gender Studies Graduate Certificate:

ENGL 505 Contemporary Literary Theory and Methods – H. Hustis  – Tuesday – 5:00pm – 7:30pm

An introduction to the scholarly methods necessary for graduate work in literature and to the study of theoretical frameworks important to contemporary literary criticism, including formalism, structuralism, Marxism, deconstruction, feminism, post-colonial studies, cultural studies, new historicism, and psychoanalysis. The course exposes students to the primary texts from which those theoretical frameworks are derived and requires students to critique and construct applications of those theories to specific literary texts.

ENGL 521 – Women in Literature – Wiliams – Wednesday, 5:00 – 7:30pm

This course will examine Black Women’s writing in the United States. Beginning in the 19th century, we explore the degrees to which African American women’s literature was political both in terms of its motivations and public reaction. As we progress through the 20th century, our goal is to examine how the relationship between the aesthetic and the political continues to be expressed in a variety of genres, including essays, novels, poetry and the neo-slave narrative. We will consider these texts in terms of the Intersectionality between race, class, gender, and sexuality. We may also trace the emergence of black feminism in the 1970s and consider its contemporary articulations. Author may include, but are not limited to, Harriet Jacobs, Anna Julia Cooper, Toni Morrison, Audre Lorde Gwendolyn Brooks, Alice Walker, Claudia Rankine, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.