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Upcoming Courses

Maymester 2022

GSS 1160W 01 – Sex and Society

  • Taught by Shatema Threadcraft
  • Historical, cultural, and social contexts of sexual diversity, discrimination, and sexual violence. Understanding the centrality of sexuality to identity; challenging harmful modes of sexual expression; developing critical awareness of sex and sexuality.
  • This online class will be offered synchronously.
  • Fulfills AXLE: 1000-level W course and AXLE: Perspectives

GSS 3605 01 – Oral Histories: Voting While Black and Female in Nashville

  • Taught by Danyelle Valentine
  • Centennial of the ratification of the 19th Jim Crow laws, voter suppression laws, gerrymandering. Voting experiences, opinions, and struggles of African American women in Nashville. Civic engagement and socializing conditions that create political identity. Intergenerational transmission of stories shaping the contemporary voter.
  • Fulfills AXLE: Perspectives

Summer Session 1 2022

GSS 1160 01 – Sex and Society

  • Taught by Karen A Hammer
  • Historical, cultural, and social contexts of sexual diversity, discrimination, and sexual violence. Understanding the centrality of sexuality to identity; challenging harmful modes of sexual expression; developing critical awareness of sex and sexuality.
  • This online class will be offered synchronously.
  • Fulfills AXLE: Perspectives

GSS 1160W 01 – Sex and Society

  • Taught by Kristen Navarro
  • Historical, cultural, and social contexts of sexual diversity, discrimination, and sexual violence. Understanding the centrality of sexuality to identity; challenging harmful modes of sexual expression; developing critical awareness of sex and sexuality.
  • This online class will be offered synchronously.
  • Fulfills AXLE: 1000-level W course and AXLE: Perspectives

Summer Session 2 2022

GSS 1160W 01 – Sex and Society

  • Taught by Danyelle Valentine
  • Historical, cultural, and social contexts of sexual diversity, discrimination, and sexual violence. Understanding the centrality of sexuality to identity; challenging harmful modes of sexual expression; developing critical awareness of sex and sexuality.
  • This online class will be offered synchronously.
  • Fulfills AXLE: 1000-level W course and AXLE: Perspectives

Fall 2022

GSS 1111 07 – First Year Writing Seminar: Gendered Lives

  • Taught by Elizabeth Covington
  • This course examines how literary texts represent gendered lives. Using contemporary critical techniques and historical approaches, the course will explore how gender is determined by environment, personal choice, and social expectations. Authors will include Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, and Kate Chopin.
  • Fulfills AXLE: First-Year Writing Seminar

GSS 1150 01 – Sex and Gender in Everyday Life

  • Taught by Karen A Hammer
  • Sex and gender roles in culture and society. Gender, race, and class. Women and men in literature, art, culture, politics, institutions.
  • Fulfills AXLE: Perspectives
  • Eligible for African American and Diaspora Studies and Latino/Latina Studies

GSS 1150W 01 – Sex and Gender in Everyday Life

  • Taught by Stacy Simplican
  • Sex and gender roles in culture and society. Gender, race, and class. Women and men in literature, art, culture, politics, institutions.
  • Fulfills AXLE: 1000-level W course and AXLE: Perspectives
  • Eligible for African American and Diaspora Studies and Latino/Latina Studies

GSS 1160 01 – Sex and Society

  • Taught by Kristen Navarro
  • Historical, cultural, and social contexts of sexual diversity, discrimination, and sexual violence. Understanding the centrality of sexuality to identity; challenging harmful modes of sexual expression; developing critical awareness of sex and sexuality.
  • Fulfills AXLE: Perspectives

GSS 1272 01 – Feminism and Film

  • Taught by Kristen Navarro
  • Images of gender and race; techniques, sound, lighting, cinematography in relation to gender.
  • Fulfills AXLE: History and Culture of the United States
  • Eligible for European Studies

GSS 1273 01 – Gender and the City

  • Taught by Julie Gamble
  • Gender and urban processes; spatial and social organization of the city. Geography of gender relations. Gender, sex, race/ethnicity, class, and ability as spatial power relations.
  • Fulfills AXLE: Perspectives

GSS 2234 01 – Women in Judaism

  • Taught by Rebecca Epstein-Levi
  • Judaism and feminism. Women in the Hebrew Bible, Jewish law, natural philosophy, and history. Case studies in Jewish medieval and modern contexts; problems of assimilation and cultural specificity in modern society.
  • Fulfills AXLE: International Cultures

GSS 2242 01 – Women Who Kill

  • Taught by Kathryn Schwarz
  • Examination of classical and contemporary representations of women who kill.
  • Fulfills AXLE: Perspectives

GSS 2244 01 – The Body, Culture, and Feminism

  • Taught by Katherine Crawford
  • The body as a cultural, social, and historical construction. Western culture and narratives of “normalcy” and their impact on identity and representation. Body image and eating disorders. Cultural politics of size, weight, and shape. Disability. Cosmetic surgery.
  • Fulfills AXLE: Perspectives

GSS 2610 01 – Womanism in Global Context

  • Taught by Danyelle Valentine
  • Survey of global Womanist (Black Feminist) theory and praxis. Race, class, sexuality, spirituality, and activism. Controversies over female bodies.
  • Fulfills AXLE: International Cultures

GSS 2612 01 – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies

  • Taught by Karen A Hammer
  • Introductory study of sexual identity, queer theory, relationships, politics.
  • Fulfills AXLE: Humanities and the Creative Arts
  • Eligible for Medicine, Health, and Society

GSS 3030 01 – Feminist Disability Studies

  • Taught by Stacy Simplican
  • Disability through a feminist lens. Changes in the meaning of disability over time and across cultures. Intersectional focus on gender, race, ethnicity, class, age, sexuality, and nationality. Embodiment, eugenics, performance, social movements, and violence.
  • Fulfills AXLE: Perspectives

GSS 3307 01 – Racial Justice

  • Taught by Shatema Threadcraft
  • Major contemporary racial justice debates. Theories of racial justice; inclusion of women of color, LGBT, and trans persons of color. Articulations of race, racism, and pathways to racial justice. Intersectional feminist thinkers and queer theorists.
  • Fulfills AXLE: Perspectives

GSS 3308 01 – Gender, Race, and Urban Mobilities

  • Taught by Julie Gamble
  • Perspectives on and influences of gender and race on mobility, urban and transit planning, and policy. Methodological skills to study modes of transit. Transportation innovation across the Global North and South.
  • Fulfills AXLE: Perspectives

GSS 8301 01 – Gender and Sexuality: Feminist Approaches

  • Taught by Brooke Ackerly
  • Interdisciplinary introduction to the major debates, theoretical terms, and research methods in feminist, gender, sexuality, and queer studies.