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Summer 2021 Undergraduate Course Offerings


GSS 1160: “Sex and Society,” MTWRF 12pm-3pm–Allison Hammer (AXLE: P)

In this Maymester course, we will analyze the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and ability in our world(s). We will ask critical questions about our historical moment in the areas of popular culture (music, film, and visual art,) reproductive justice, sexual violence, and the LGBTQ+ community. We will discover the range of ways that sexuality and gender are expressed, regulated and resisted in society. The course will be taught asynchronously, which means you will not have to attend class at a specific time, and you can complete work in a way that fits your schedule. Projects and papers will be self-directed to reflect your own interests and fields of study.


GSS 1160W: “Sex and Society”, MTWRF 1-3pm–Elizabeth Covington (AXLE: P)

How do sex and sexuality influence our understandings of ourselves, each other, and the worlds we inhabit? In this course, we will consider how sex as a practice, identity, and category structures our everyday lives. We will think about how a host of institutions legal, medical, political, social, cultural are invested in defining what constitutes sex, where it can happen, and between whom it can happen. We will consider how other social markers, such as gender, race, class, ability, religion, national origin, and citizenship status, impact understandings of sex.


GSS 1150: “Sex and Gender in Everyday Life,” MTWRF 1-3pm–Kristen Navarro (AXLE: P)

This course explores key concepts and issues in Gender& Sexuality Studies (GSS) across six themes: Knowledge, Equality, Identity, the Body, Place, and Representation. In each theme, we will use an intersectional lens to examine how the meaning and significance of gender changes as it intersects with race, ethnicity, sexuality, class, disability, age, nationality, and body size. Students will engage with a variety of material — from feminist theory, autobiography, film, podcasts, poetry, to qualitative and quantitative social science — to reflect the interdisciplinary nature of GSS. Students will write three short papers and take an active role in both synchronous and asynchronous learning activities.

GSS 1150W: “Sex and Gender in Everyday Life,” MTWRF 10am-12pm–Danyelle Valentine (AXLE: P)

This course introduces students to understandings of sex and gender across disciplines and cultures. As a class, will explore such questions as:

  • How are sex and gender socially constructed and variable?
  • How do gendered expectations shape our lives, even before we are born?
  • How have masculinity and femininity become guiding frameworks, enacted both consciously and unconsciously, for our everyday adult lives?
  • How does gender intersect with race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality in our gender identities and expressions?

The chief objective of this class is to engage in collaborative, student-centered dialogue and analytical writing in an exploration of intersectionality, inequality, and difference through sex and gender. As we contextualize gender constructs, we gain greater perspective as to how “Western” notions of sexuality and gender were crafted and normalized.  This course also explores gender in terms of themes of fabrication, convention, pleasure, enslavement, survival, surveillance, equality, disparity, empowerment, and imprisonment.