Work with Words
''Untitled'' (1987). ''I work with pictures and words because they have the ability to determine who we are and who we aren't.'' Barbara Kruger, Professor of Art at UCLA

 Spring 2018 Courses

Gender Studies 187, sem 1
Professor Judy Han
DescriptionGeographic Narratives: Comics and Graphic Novels; What do cartoons, comic books, and graphic novels have in common? What historical geographies and artistic traditions help explain the similarities and differences among Korean manhwa, Japanese manga, U.S. underground comics, and Franco-Belgian comics? How do countercultural comics and subversive comics journalism challenge dominant narratives of war, violence, and trauma? How do long-form comics (graphic narratives) grapple with the fraught complexities of gender, racial, and religious difference in the contemporary world? How do heteropatriarchy and heteronormativity take place in comics? This seminar will approach comics as geographic narratives—illustrated stories that not only depict a world of power and difference but also animate a distinct sense of place. Engaging with conversations in cultural geography and transnational feminist studies, we will pay careful attention to the geographic narratives of mobility, inequality, and community. Tentative reading list includes Maus, Barefoot Gen, Dykes to Watch Out For, Fun Home, Persepolis, Love and Rockets, Palestine, Monstress, and The Best We Could Do.

Gender Studies 187, sem 2
Professor Sharon Traweek
Description: In this seminar we will juxtapose and explore multiple oral history methods and interpretive strategies from various fields and we will address the ethical, and legal issues surrounding oral histories in several countries.  We will design and conduct solitary or collaborative research projects about individuals, communities, and their activities. All students will be free to pick projects from their own interests.   Seminar members also will learn how to design project archives and how deposit oral histories in existing archives. We will explore the design of digital archives for oral histories and the design of oral history web portals for the presentation/circulation of oral histories and related data we have gathered.  We also will ask how new formats for presenting our work presents opportunities for designing new kinds of interpretation/analysis and new kinds of relationships with the groups we are studying    

Gender Studies 187, sem 3
Professor Kimberly Clair
DescriptionFeminist Research and Writing: What does it mean to do feminist research? What ethical issues emerge in the process of collecting and disseminating information? How might researchers investigate regret, pain, desire, or presence? Which mediums work best for conveying both the substance and texture of our research? Which methodologies inspire community-based activism, personal transformation, heightened curiosity, or a willingness to slow down?  This course invites students to address the above questions through reading, discussion, and experimentation. Using the assigned materials as a guide, students will engage in weekly writing and reflection practices while pursuing a quarter-long independent research project of their choice. Students are strongly encouraged to enter this class with a specific topic, area of interest, or research question. In developing an independent project, students will acquire both the analytical and practical tools for conducting and showcasing their work.

Gender Studies 187, sem 4
Professor Azza Basarudin
Our objectives in this seminar are to develop ways of analyzing the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality, and for students to learn to do original research. Students will learn how to theoretically and conceptually analyze relations of power, and to use these resources to develop and conduct their own research projects.

Core Courses

GS 102 (Power), GS 103 (Knowledge) and GS 104 (Bodies). The core courses examine theories and analytical concepts in the context of the historical periods and social movements from which ideas emerge. Conceived as conceptual and analytic toolkit courses, the core courses focus on works of theory, criticism, and historiography central to scholarly investigation in the field of gender studies.

GS 102: Power
This course considers how feminist social movements have identified and challenged gender-based subordination, and the ways feminist theorists have conceived and critiqued traditional theories of power. Questions to be considered include: How have women's and other social movements defined and challenged social, political and economic subordination? How have feminist theorists addressed the subject of power? How do empire, colonialism, liberalism, neoliberalism and globalization produce distinctive forms of gendered violence, gendered knowledge, and gendered subjectivities? How are gender and sexuality produced and regulated by law, nation, and economy?

GS 103: Knowledge 
This course explores the social production of knowledge about gendered subjects and gender systems. Students will engage key issues in feminist theory and feminist epistemology. How do feminist scholars identify and frame research questions? How is knowledge about marginalized subjects produced? How has feminism challenged dominant understandings of knowledge, rationality, objectivity, and scientific method? How have social movements sought to challenge traditional modes of knowledge production?

GS 104: Bodies
This course explores scholarly theories and histories of the body, focusing on topics including sex identities, sexuality, gendered violence, and reproductive politics. Questions to be considered include: How has science, medicine and culture sought to distinguish "male" from "female" in different historical periods and locations? How have the meanings of the terms "sex" and "gender" varied across time and place? How has the gendered body been represented in different visual cultures? How have embodied identities been produced in different historical and geographic contexts? What is the relationship between embodiment and desire?

Approved Courses

Beyond the core courses listed above, three types of courses meet the Major/Minor requirements:

  • Courses offered by GS
  • Courses cross/multi-listed with GS and other departments
  • Selected departmental courses

The General Catalog section on Gender Studies includes full course descriptions for GS-sponsored or multi-listed courses, and a listing of regularly offered departmental courses (see those departmental listings for those course descriptions).

The Schedule of Classes lists those courses being offered for each quarter; it will include courses described in the General Catalog and courses which are offered just for that quarter (special topics, new courses, advanced seminars, etc.).


Gender Studies Course Listing

Lower Division Courses
10. Introduction to Gender Studies

Upper Division Core Courses
102. Power
103. Knowledge
104. Bodies
187. Research Seminar


Upper Division Elective Courses
108. Violence against Women
112. Special Topics in Women and the Arts
113. Sex Work 
120. Internship in Gender Studies 
122. Masculinities 
123. Latin American Women in Film 
125. Women and Healthcare in the U.S. 
129. Caribbean Women
130. Women of Color in the U.S. 
134. Gender, Science, and Theory 
138. Gender and Popular Culture
139. Women and Art in Contemporary U.S.
142. Race, Gender and Punishment 
145. African American Women's History
156A. History of Women in the U.S.: Rebellious Women of the 20th Century
171A. Women, Gender, and Law: Jurisprudence of Sexual Equality 
185. Special Topics in Gender Studies 
195. Community or Corporate Internships in Gender Studies
197. Individual Studies in Gender Studies 
198A-198B-198C. Honors Research in Gender Studies
199. Directed Research in Gender Studies 

Cross-Listed Courses Outside Department Course # - GS Course # - Title 
Afro-American Studies
Afro-Am/Gender M109. Women in Jazz
Afro-Am/Gender M172. Afro-American Woman in U.S. 
Afro-Am M179A. Slavery and Black Women Writers

Anthro/Gender M151. Marriage, Family, and Kinship
Anthro/Gender M154P. Gender Systems: North America
Anthro/Gender M154Q. Gender Systems: Global 
Anthro/Gender M155. Women’s Voices: Their Critique of Anthropology of Japan 
Anthro/Gender M155Q. Women and Social Movements

Art History
Art His 110J. Feminism and French Art

Asian American Studies
Asia Am/Gender M164. Women, Violence, Globalization: India, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam

Chicana and Chicano Studies
Chicano M110/Gender M132A. Chicana Feminism
Chicano M154/Gender M132B. Contemporary Issues among Chicanas 
Chicano/Gender M133. Chicana Lesbian Literature 
Chicano M135/Gender M135C. Bilingual Writing Workshop 
Chicano/Gender M144. Women’s Movement in Latin America
Chicano M147/Gender M147C. Transnational Women’s Organizing in Americas
Chicano M158/Gender M157. Chicana Historiography

Classic 169. Sex in the Ancient World

Communication Studies
Comm St/Gender M149. Media: Gender, Race, Class, and Sexuality

Comparative Literature
Com Lit/Gender CM170 CM170. Alternate Traditions: In Search of Female Voices in Contemporary Literature

Disability Studies
Dis Std/Gender M121. Topics in Gender and Disabilities

Educ147. LGBTS Issue in Education and Law 
Educ/Gender M148. Women in Higher Education 
Educ/Gender CM178. Critical Media Literacy and Politics of Gender 
Educ/Gender CM178L. Critical Media Literacy and Politics of Gender: Laboratory 

Engl M101A/Gender M105A. Premodern Queer Literatures and Cultures
Engl M101B/Gender M105B. Queer Literatures and Cultures, 1850 to 1970
Engl M101C/Gender M105C. Queer Literatures and Cultures after 1970
Engl M101D/Gender M105D. Studies in Queer Literatures and Cultures
Engl/Gender M107A. Studies in Women’s Writing 
Engl/Gender M107B. Studies in Gender and Sexuality
Engl/Gender M126. Feminist and Queer Theory
Engl 183C. Pornography and Politics of Sexual Representation
Engl/Gender M191D. Topics in Queer Literatures and Cultures
Engl/Gender M191E. Topics in Gender and Sexuality

Ethnomu/Gender M109. Women in Jazz

Film and Television
Film TV/Gender M111. Women and Film 

Geog/Gender M146. Feminist Geography

Grntlgy/Gender M104C. Diversity in Aging: Roles of Gender and Ethnicity

Hist/Gender M133A-M133B. History of Women in Europe 
Hist/Gender M133C. History of Prostitution 
Hist M147C/Gender M147B. History of Women in Colonial British America and Early U.S., 1600 to 1860
Hist/Gender M147D. History of Women in U.S., 1860 to 1980
Hist M151D/Gender M157. Chicana Historiography
Hist/Gender M173B. Women in 20th-Century Japan
Hist/Gender M180B. Historical Perspectives on Gender and Science
Hist M187A/Gender M186A. Global Feminism, 1850 to the Present

Honors Collegium
Hnrs/Gender M106. Imaginary Women

Labor and Workplace Studies
Lbr&WS/Gender M114. Women’s Movement in Latin America
Lbr&WS/Gender M149. Media: Gender, Race, Class, and Sexuality

German M107/Gender M108. Love and Sex in German Literary Tradition
German M105/Gender M119. Tristan, Isolde, and History of Heterosexuality
Russian M127/Gender M127. Women in Russian Literature 
French/Gender M140. Women’s Studies in French Literature
Italian/GenderM 158. Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Italian Culture
Scandinavian CM144A/Gender M186. Voices of Women in Nordic Literature

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies
LGBTS M101A/Gender M105A. Premodern Queer Literatures and Cultures
LGBTS M101B/Gender M105B. Queer Literatures and Cultures, 1850 to 1970
LGBTS M101C/Gender M105C. Queer Literatures and Cultures after 1970
LGBTS M101D/Gender M105D. Studies in Queer Literatures and Cultures
LGBTS/Gender M107B. Studies in Gender and Sexuality
LGBTS/Gender M114. Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies
LGBTS/Gender M115. Topics in Study of Sexual and Gender Orientation
LGBTS/Gender M116. Sexuality and the City: Queer Los Angeles
LGBTS/Gender M118. Queering American History
LGBTS/Gender M126. Feminist and Queer Theory
LGBTS/Gender M133. Chicana Lesbian Literature
LGBTS/Gender M147A. Psychology of Lesbian Experience
LGBTS/Gender M167. Contested Sexualities
LGBTS/Gender M191D. Topics in Queer Literatures and Cultures
LGBTS/Gender M191E. Topics in Gender and Sexuality

Music History
Mus Hst/Gender M136. Music and Gender

Philos M187/Gender M110C. Philosophical Analysis of Issues in Feminist Theory

Political Science 
Pol Sci M107/Gender M117. Women and Politics

Psych/Gender M137E. Work Behavior of Women and Men
Psych/Gender M147A. Psychology of Lesbian Experience 
Psych/Gender M165. Psychology of Gender
Pysch/Gender M172. Afro-American Woman in U.S. 

Social Welfare 
Soc Wlf/Gender M104C. Diversity in Aging: Roles of Gender and Ethnicity

Sociol/Gender M162. Sociology of Gender 
Sociol/Gender M163. Gender and Work
Sociol/Gender M164. Politics of Reproduction
Sociol/Gender M166. Women in Socialist and Post-Socialist States
Sociol/Gender M174. Sociology of the Family

Urban Planning
Urbn Pl/Gender M175. Women and Cities

World Arts and Cultures
WL Arts CM140/Gender CM143. Women Healers, Ritual, and Transformation