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Haverford College

2012-13 Course Catalog

Areas of Concentration / Programs: Gender and Sexuality Studies, 2012-2013

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Gender and Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary Bi-Co program that draws on the faculties of both Bryn Mawr and Haverford in a variety of departments, including Anthropology, Archeology, Biology, Comparative Literature, East Asian Studies, Economics, Education, English, French, German, Greek, Growth and Structure of Cities, History, History of Art, Italian, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, and Spanish. 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 and transgendered/transsexual studies; and gender as 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 twenty students complete an approved curriculum in Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Following graduation, concentrators, minors and majors enter advanced degree programs in graduate and professional schools, while others secure employment in a variety of fields, including advocacy, education, media, policy, public health, research and social services.

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Haverford, Raji Mohan, Associate Professor of English
Bryn Mawr, Sharon Ullman, Professor of History

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Concentration Requirements

The concentration requires six courses, distributed as follows:

  1. An introductory course intended for first-and second-year students with no prior knowledge of the field. This may be fulfilled by a variety of courses, including (but not limited to) ANTH 204 (Anthropology of Gender); PHIL 105 (Love, Friendship and the Ethical Life); POLS 123 (American Politics: Difference and Discrimination). Equivalent courses at Bryn Mawr, Swarthmore and the University of Pennsylvania are also acceptable.
  2. The core course, ICPR 290 (Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Gender and Sexuality), is for juniors and seniors who have completed other work in the concentration. This interdisciplinary course is team taught by two faculty members, one from Haverford, one from Bryn Mawr, from different disciplinary backgrounds.
  3. Four additional approved courses from at least two different departments, two of which are normally at the 300–level. Students may use units of Independent Study (480a,b) to fulfill this requirement.
  4. At least two courses, but no more than three, that are in the student's major discipline.

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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 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 must submit for approval a proposal to the College Committee on Student Standing and Programs (CSSP).

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Offered at Haverford

Fall 2012
ANTH H103 Introduction to Anthropology
ANTH H316 Gender and Sexuality in the Middle East
ENGL H227 Topics in the Early Modern Period: Unruly Women, Women Who Rule
ENGL H254 Pre-Raphaelites, Aesthetes and Decadents: Gender and Sexuality in 19th Century Literature
ENGL H320 Adultery and the Literary Imagination: Medieval to Early Modern
ICPR H290 Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Gender and Sexuality
ICPR H302 Bodies of Injustice: Health, Illness and Healing in Contexts of Inequality
RELG H221 Women and Gender in Early Christianity
RELG H330 Seminar in the Writings of Women of African Descent

Spring 2012
ANTH H244 Anthropology of China
ANTH H259 Ethnographies of Islam
EAST H310 Sex and Gender in Japanese Buddhism
ENGL H211 Introduction to Postcolonial Literature
ENGL H245 Jane Austen
ENGL H346 Topics in 18th Century Literature: The Gothic
HIST H231 Age of Enlightenment
HIST H354 Gender, Sex and Power in Early Modern Europe
PHIL H105 Love, Friendship and the Ethical Life


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 in English)
EAST H247 Death and the Afterlife in East Asia (cross-listed in Religion)
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 H377 Problems in Postcolonial Literature: Violence, Terror, and Identity
ENGL H383 Topics in American Literature: The Influence of Henry James, or the Lessons of the Master
GERM H233 Writing Nation: Africa and Europe
GERM H263 Visualizing Europe
GERM H320 Sex, Crime, Madness: The Birth of Modernism and Aesthetics of Transgression
HIST H204 History of Gender and U.S. Women to 1870
HIST H229 Gender, Sex and Power in Europe, 1550-1800
HIST H266 Sex and Gender in the Early Modern Islamic World
HIST H303 Gender, Intimacy and U.S. Foreign Policy
HIST H310 Political Technologies of Race and the Body
ICPR H244 Quaker Social Witness
ICPR H281 Violence and Public Health
PHIL H106 The Philosophy of Consciousness and the Problem of Embodiment
POLS H123 American Politics: Difference and Discrimination
POLS H235 African Politics
POLS H242 Women in War and Peace
RELG H301 Religious Traditions in Cultural Context
SOCL H266 Inequality in Labor Markets
SPAN H221 Narrating Modern Mexico
SPAN H222 Rethinking Latin America in Contemporary Narrative
SPAN H334 Gender Dissidence in Hispanic Writing
SPAN H352 Evita and Her Sisters

Courses Offered at Bryn Mawr College

Fall 2012
ANTH B101 Introduction to Anthropology
ARCH B234 Picturing Women (cross-listed in Classics and History of Art)
BIOL B214 History of Genetics/Embryology (cross-listed in History)
COML B220 Writing the Self: Middle Ages (cross-listed in Classics)
COML B340 Topics in Baroque Art: Costumes and Consumer Culture (cross-listed in History of Art)
EDUC B290 Learning in Institutional Spaces
ENGL B217 Narratives of Latinidad (cross-listed in Spanish)
ENGL B228 The Rhetorics of Silence
ENGL B263 Film and German Literary Imagination: Coming of Age (cross-listed in German)
ENGL B248 Women Poets
ENGL B297 Terror, Pleasure and Gothic Imagination
ENGL B313 Ecological Imaginings
ENGL B334 Topics in Film Studies: Global Queer Cinema (cross-listed in History of Art)
GNST B223 Acting in Prison: Vision
GREK B201 Plato and Thucydides
HIST B284 Movies and America: The Past Lives Forever
HIST B325 Topics in Social History: Women's Higher Education
PHIL B221 Ethics
POLS B375 Women, Work, and Family (cross-listed in Sociology)
SOCL B102 Society, Culture, and Individual
SOCL B225 Women in Society

Spring 2013
ANTH B102 Intro to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH B350 Advanced Topics in Gender Studies: African Childhoods
CITY B329 Advanced Topics in Urban Environments
COML B245 Approaches to German Lit/Culture: A History of Queer Bodies (cross-listed in English and German)
COML B302 Le printemps de la parole feminine (cross-listed in French)
COML B345 Topics in Narrative Theory: Theory of the Ethnic Novel (cross-listed in English)
COML B365 Erotica (cross-listed in English, Philosophy and Political Science)
ENGL B210 Renaissance Literature: Performances of Gender
ENGL B263 Toni Morrison
HART B107 Self/Other in Art of France
HIST B325 Topics in Social History: Sexuality in America
ITAL B304 Il Rinascimento
PHIL B252 Feminist Theory (cross-listed in Political Science)
PHIL B344 Development Ethics (cross-listed in Political Science)
POLS B393 US Welfare Policy: Theory and Practice
SOCL B350 Movements for Social Justice