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Haverford College

2011-12 Course Catalog

Areas of Concentration / Programs: Gender and Sexuality Studies, 2011-2012

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Gender and Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary bi-college program that draws on the faculties of both Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges in a variety of traditional disciplines, such as Anthropology, Biology, Economics, English, French, German, History, History of Art, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish and Religion, as well as interdisciplinary programs such as African and Africana Studies, Comparative Literature, East Asian Studies, and the Growth and Structure of Cities. Students graduate from the program with a high level of fluency and rigor in their understanding of the different ways in which issues of gender and sexuality shape our lives as individuals and as members of larger communities, both local and global.

Courses in the program draw upon and speak to feminist theory and women’s studies; transnational and third-world feminisms; womanist theory and the experiences of women of color; the construction of masculinity and men’s studies; lesbian, bisexual, gay, queer, transgendered/transsexual studies; and gender as it is inflected in and by class, race, religion and nationality.

Students choosing a concentration, minor or independent major in Gender and Sexuality Studies plan their programs in consultation with the Gender and Sexuality Coordinator on their home campus. Each year, approximately 20 students pursue either a minor or concentration in Gender and Sexuality Studies, and several design an independent major for themselves in the field.

Concentrators, minors and majors have gone on to do advanced work in all of the undergraduate disciplines, in law, medicine and theology, as well as into employment in a variety of related areas

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Coordinator at Haverford, Associate Professor of Independent College Programs Kaye Edwards
Coordinator at Bryn Mawr, Professor of History Sharon Ullman

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Concentration Requirements

Six courses distributed as follows are required for the concentration:

  1. (1) An introductory course intended for first-and second-year students with no prior knowledge of the field and which may be met with a variety of courses, such as Anthropology 204: Anthropology of Gender; Philosophy 106: Consciousness and Embodiment; or Political Science 242: Women in War and Peace. Equivalent courses at Bryn Mawr, Swarthmore or the University of Pennsylvania are also acceptable.
  2. (2) The core course, 290: Perspectives on Gender, a course intended for juniors and seniors who have completed other work in the program. This interdisciplinary course is team taught by two faculty members, one from Haverford, one from Bryn Mawr, from different disciplinary backgrounds.
  3. (3) Four additional approved courses from at least two different departments, two of which are normally at the 300 level. Units of Independent Study (480a,b) may be used to fulfill this requirement.

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Minor Requirements

Requirements for the minor are identical to those of the concentration, with the stipulation that no courses in Gender and Sexuality will overlap with courses taken to fulfill requirements in the student's major.

Neither a senior seminar nor a senior thesis is required for the concentration or the minor. However, with the permission of the major department, a student may choose to count toward the concentration (but not the minor) a senior thesis with a significant focus on the theoretical and critical issues foregrounded in gender and sexuality studies.

Students wishing to construct an independent major in Gender and Sexuality Studies will have to make a proposal to the College Committee on Student Standing and Programs (CSSP).

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Offered at Haverford College

Fall 2011
ANTH H204 Anthropology of Gender
ANTH H255 Diseased Bodies: AIDS, Culture and the Anthropology of the Body
COML H301 Sex and Gender in the Middle Ages (cross-listed with ENGL H301)
EAST H310 Sex and Gender in Japanese Buddhism
ENGL H301 Sex and Gender in the Middle Ages (cross-listed with COML H301)
ENGL H362 Topics in American Literature: Portrait and Repetition
ENGL H377 Problems in Postcolonial Literature
HIST H303 Gender, Intimacy and U.S. Foreign Policy
HIST H355 Sex, State, and the Law in the Ottoman Empire and Early Modern Europe
ICPR H302 Bodies of Injustice. Health, Illness and Healing in Contexts of Inequality
POLS H242 Women in War and Peace
RELG H301 Seminar in Religious Traditions and Cultural Context. Sex and Gender in Early Christian Literature

Spring 2012
EAST H247 Death and the Afterlife in East Asia
ICPR H244 Quaker Social Witness
ICPR H281 Violence and Public Health
RELG H343 Seminar in Religions of Antiquity and Biblical Literature. Mary Magdalene: Female Disciple, Witness, Icon
SPAN H222 Rethinking Latin America


ECON H224 Women in the Labor Market
ENGL H206 American Autobiography
ENGL H254 Pre-Raphaelites, Aesthetes, & Decadents; Gender and Sexuality in 19th Century Literature
ENGL H269 Another Country: Queer Sexualities in the American Novel
ENGL H278 Contemporary Women Writers
ENGL H281 Fictions of Empire
ENGL H302 Speaking in Tongues
ENGL H347 Spectacle and Spectatorship in 18th Century London
ENGL H362 Genius and Gender in 19th Century U.S. Culture
ENGL H364 After Mastery: Trauma, Reconstruction and the Literary Event
ENGL H381 Textual Politics: Marxism, Feminism, and Deconstruction
GERM H233 Writing Nation: Africa and Europe
GERM H263 Visualizing Europe
HIST H266 Sex and Gender in the Early Modern Islamic World
HIST H310 Political Technologies of Race and the Body
HIST H377 Problems in Postcolonial Literature
ICPR H290 Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Gender and Sexuality
PHIL H105 Love, Friendship and the Ethical Life
POLS H235 African Politics
POLS H123 American Politics: Difference and Discrimination
RELG H221 Women and Gender in Early Christianity
RELG H330 Seminar in the Writings of Women of African Descent

Courses Offered at Bryn Mawr College

Fall 2011
ANTH B101 Introduction to Anthropology
ANTH B316 Gender in South Asia
ANTH B322 Anthropology of the Body
ENGL B235 Reading Popular Culture: Freaks
ENBL B262 African-American Literature and Film: Racial Surveillance
ENGL B333 Lesbian Immortal
ENGL B345 Topics in Narrative Theory: Theories of the Ethnic Novel
FREN B201 Le Chevalier, la dame et le pretre: litterature et public du Moyen Age
GERM B320 No Child Left Behind: Education in German Literature and Culture
HART B108 Women, Feminism, and the History of Art
HART B334 Topics in Film Studies: Queer Cinema through a Transnational Frame
HART B380 Topics in Contemporary Art. Body Politics: Performance and Performativity in Modern and Contemporary Art
PHIL B225 Global Ethical Issues
POLS B375 Women, Work, and Family (cross-listed with SOCL B375)
SOCL B205 Social Inequality
SOCL B375 Women, Work, and Family (cross-listed with POLS B375)
SPAN B322 Queens, Nuns, and Other Deviants in the Early Modern Iberian World