Gen&WS 435: The Politics of Gender and Women’s Rights in the Middle East

Explores the intertwined relationship between gender and politics in contemporary Middle East and North Africa. Situates the region's historical, socio-political, and cultural context that have particularly contributed to shaping the current discourse on gender in the Arab World. Explores - both theoretically and empirically - the role of Arab women in influencing the political processes across the Middle East.

File: GWS_435_F_2023-Syllabus.pdf

Gen&WS 374: Disability, Gender, and Sexuality

Explores gender identity and sexuality among disabled people using historical and theoretical articles to discuss and analyze films, memoirs, and poetry by people with disabilities. Provides a brief introduction to disability studies and intersectionality before delving into academic discussions and artistic representations of the intersections of disability, gender, and sexuality.

File: GenWS-374_Schalk_Fall-2021.pdf

Gen&WS 423: The Female Body in the World

Explores the social, cultural, and political construction of the female/feminine body. Considers specifically the bodies of women and girls, transgender women, non-binary people that embody the feminine, female masculinities, and bodies that identify and are identified as female, as bodies that have historically and traditionally been sites of political contention, of societal meaning making, of cultural symbolism, and active resistance.

File: GenWS-423_Phelps_Syllabus-Spring-2023.pdf

Gen&WS 350: Special Topics in Gender and Literature – Gender, Health & Waiting Rooms

What happens to the bodymind kept in waiting? This course pursues questions of the “in- between” through the lenses of health and disability justice. Considering the concept of “patient,” with connotations of compliance and medicalization, students will explore how race, gender, class, sexuality and citizenship impact how long one waits for care.

File: Waggoner_350_Lit-and-Gender-Waiting-Room-Syllabus_Fall-2023.pdf