Upcoming Course Descriptions

Spring 2021

WS 2013: Gender and Social Change
Gender and Social Change is an exciting opportunity to ask critical questions about gender as it intersects with other identity categories, such as race, class, nationality, sexuality, and disability. This survey explores social, cultural, political, and economic issues historically and in the present through a range of topics that may include popular culture and media, labor and employment, violence against women, gender and the family, reproductive justice and other health issues, environmental issues, and activism against injustice. Taking an interdisciplinary approach to power and privilege, this class gives students the opportunity to practice critical thinking and to engage in a way that is relevant to their own fields of study and interests.

WS 2013.01 – 100% Online – Instructor: Dr. Agatha Beins – abeins@twu.edu 
WS 2013.02 – 100% Online – Instructor: Dr. Agatha Beins – abeins@twu.edu 
WS 2013.08 – 100% Online – Instructor: TBA
WS 2013.54 – 100% Online – Instructor: TBA
WS 2013.55 – 100% Online – Instructor: TBA

WS 2033: Womanist Spiritual Activism: Social Justice Theories for Wellness & Holistic Transformation
Womanist spiritual activism is an innovative approach to personal and social health, well-being, and transformation. It draws on Gloria Anzaldúa’s theory-praxis of spiritual activism and Layli Maparyan’s womanist idea to posit a relational worldview in which self- and world change occur simultaneously. Womanist spiritual activism represents an inclusive approach to individual wellness and social change, one enacted by women, men, and nonbinary people of many racial/ethnic backgrounds. This course explores womanist spiritual activism as theory and practice.

WS 2033.01 – 100% Online – Instructor: Dr. AnaLouise Keating – akeating@twu.edu 
WS 2033.50 – 100% Online – Instructor: Dr. AnaLouise Keating – akeating@twu.edu 
WS 2033.51 – 100% Online – Instructor: TBA 

WS 3023: U.S. Women of Colors 
The primary aim of this course is to examine the intersectional theorizing and activism that Native American, African American, Asian American, and Latinx women have engaged in to resist white supremacy, misogyny, xenophobia, and homophobia in the United States. Some sections of this course will use different types of subject material to explore women of color resistance through books, poetry, music, films, and protest literature from the nineteenth century until the present. 

WS 3023.01 – 100% Online – Instructor: TBA
WS 3023.50 – 100% Online – Instructor: TBA

WS 3193: Women and Western Religions 
What are women’s roles and contributions to Western religious traditions (Islam, Judaism, Christianity, and more)? What are the connections between religion and gender, race/ethnicity, sexuality, and culture? In this course, students will analyze religion and engage with feminist/womanist/queer critiques that both challenge and transform Western religious traditions. Students will reflect on how current events relate to the course; how religion and its practices inform diverse experiences of women; and how authority and power shape religious rituals, practices, and traditions. This course demonstrates the interconnectedness between religion and other social categories, exploring the multiplicity of people’s intersectional identities.

WS 3193.01 – 100% Online – Instructor: TBA

WS 4013: Texts, Trends, & Issues in WS: Sexualities and Religions

Texts, Trends, and Issues is an in-depth, upper-level seminar focusing on specialized topics in the field of Women's and Gender Studies. In the course, students will explore current and relevant topics in the field related to their instructor's research specialty. Students can repeat the course for credit when the topic changes.

In Spring 2021, the course topic is Sexualities and Religions. What makes sex “good” or “bad”? How have the world’s religious, secular, and spiritual traditions viewed celibacy, marriage, LGBTQ+ identity, polyamory, sexual pleasure, and reproduction? How do systems of sexual ethics affect people who are marginalized for their gender and/or sexuality? What can we learn from studying sex, religion, and social justice together?

This course can be used for the MWGS minor and MWGS concentration in the BGS major. Required Textbook: Jung, Patricia Beattie, Mary E. Hunt, and Radhika Balakrishnan, editors. Good Sex: Feminist Perspectives from the World’s Religions. Rutgers UP, 2000.

WS 4013.50 – 100% Online - Instructor: Marcella Clinard – mclinard@twu.edu

WS 4493: Feminist Theory 
Feminist theories have been instrumental to monumental movements throughout history such as the women’s suffrage, reproductive rights, civil rights, and Black Lives Matter movements. These movements have resulted in significant changes such as women gaining the right to vote; equal pay and anti-sexual harassment laws; and the recent large-scale protests against racial profiling and police brutality. This course is an introduction to the diverse strands of feminist thought in the United States from the nineteenth century through the twenty-first century and its relationship to pivotal social movements. We will draw from books, articles, and digital media to examine the genealogies and contemporary manifestations of the following feminist theories: intersectionality, queer theory, Marxist feminism, and postcolonial feminism. By the end of the semester, you should have a deeper understanding of feminist theory and its impact on society historically and today.

WS 4493.50 – 100% Online – Instructor: Dr. Danielle Phillips-Cunningham – dphillips3@twu.edu

WS 4903: ST: Covid-19 & Black Workers: Race, Gender, and Labor
This course centers Covid-19 in a deep exploration of intersecting and systemic inequalities that have impacted the lives of Black workers historically and today.

WS 4903.50 – 100% Online – Instructor: Dr. Danielle Phillips-Cunningham – dphillps3@twu.edu

WS 5023 Foundations/Scholarly Inquiry
What is women’s and gender studies (WGS)? Is WGS related to the subject being studied, the way it is studied, who is studying it, where research is published, or some combination? To explore these questions we'll focus on the history of WGS and its institutionalization in colleges and universities; explore significant trends, concerns, and debates in the field; and imagine what the future of WGS might hold. Our readings and discussions also grapple with the institution of higher education more generally so that we can better understand our locations within it. Therefore, by the end of the semester students will gain a deeper understanding of the complexity and dynamic nature of the field and to develop their own answers to the question, "What is WGS?"

WS 5023.01 – 100% Online – Instructor: Dr. Agatha Beins – abeins@twu.edu

WS/POLS 5163: Women in Politics
This course provides students with a diverse examination of the role of women in U.S. politics as voters, activists, and political elites. The readings emphasize the status of women in politics, political behavior of women, role of women as political candidates and officeholders, and policymaking on gender issues.

WS/POLS 5163.50 – 100% Online – Instructor: Dr. Christina Bejarano – cbejarano@twu.edu

WS 5373 Black Feminist Thought
Black feminist thought is foundational to the Black Lives Matter Movement and other influential social movements that have sparked activism across the world. In this course, we will use multimedia source materials to trace the diverse ideas, theories, and histories that compose black feminist thought. The overarching questions that frame the course are: What is black feminist thought and the history of it? Who are its contributors and what are the relationships between their distinct theories and ideas? How has black feminist thought been used as an organizing tool in social movements, academia, and the arts in the United States, England, and Africa? We will examine these questions through multiple subject materials including music and cinema, archival books and other forms of resistance literature, clubwomen’s documents, independently published reports, cable television programming, and independent media sources. Access to YouTube, Hulu, Netflix, Kindle, and Amazon Prime is required.

WS 5373.01 – 100% Online – Instructor: Dr. Phillips-Cunningham – dphillips3@twu.edu

WS 5933 Internship in Women and Gender Studies
This is a practice-based course that provides an opportunity for graduate students to apply feminist/womanist theories and  research methods at their own selected internship site. In general, the internship sites promote and encourage various forms of social justice activism.

WS 5933.50 – 100% Online – Instructor: Dr. Phillips-Cunningham – dphillips3@twu.edu

WS 6103 New Directions in Feminist/Womanist Theories: Autohistoria-Teoría as Theory, Method, & Praxis
Gloria Anzaldúa coined the term “autohistoria-teoría” to develop an innovative approach to autobiographical narrative that challenges the genre of autobiography through a women-of-color mestisaje lens. Writers of autohistoria-teoría blend cultural and personal biographies with memoir, history, storytelling, myth, and/or other forms of theorizing. Deeply infused with the search for personal and cultural meaning, or what Anzaldúa calls “putting Coyolxauhqui together,” autohistoria-teoría is informed by reflective self-awareness employed in the service of social justice work. Personal experiences–revised and in other ways redrawn–become a lens with which to reread and rewrite existing cultural stories. Through this lens, Anzaldúa and other autohistoria-teorístas expose the limitations in the existing paradigms and create new stories of healing, self-growth, cultural critique, and individual/collective transformation.  However, because Anzaldúa did not fully develop her theory before her untimely death, autohistoria-teoría is very much a theory-in-process. Students will explore autohistoria-teoría as theory and method; analyze how scholars (in the humanities and social sciences) have used it; define autohistoria-teoría for themselves; and apply it to their own work.

Course texts include: Paula Gunn Allen: The Woman Who Owned the Shadows;  Gloria Anzaldúa: Borderlands/La frontera: The New Mestiza and Light in the Dark/Luz en lo oscuro: Rewriting Identity, Spirituality, Reality; Maxine Hong Kingston: The Woman Warrior; Audre Lorde: Zami: A New Spelling of My Name; Trinh T. Minh-ha: Woman, Native, Other: Writing Postcoloniality and Feminism

WS 6103 may be repeated for credit when content varies.

WS 6103.01/ENG 6093.01 – 100% Online – Instructor: Dr. AnaLouise Keating – akeating@twu.edu 

Page last updated 11:58 AM, November 13, 2020