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Fall 2015 SWG COURSES

 

SWG 101 SWG Reads
The course offers a series of dialogues about the ways that the Study of Women and Gender reads the world around us and the times we live in. How do we read gender through, and in conversation with, race, class, and sexuality? How do we understand a text differently through the lenses of sociology, cultural studies, or historiography? This course is designed to introduce students to “intersectionality,” as a core concept and a distinctive methodology to read one core text throughout the class.
Graded S/U only. Credits: 2
Elisabeth Armstrong, Jennifer DeClue
Offered Fall 2015
Th 7:30 PM-9:00 PM

SWG 203 Queer of Color Critique 
Students in this course will gain a thorough and sustained understanding of queer of color critique by tracking this theoretical framework from its emergence in women of color feminism through the contemporary moment using historical and canonical texts along with the most cutting edge scholarship being produced in the field.  In our exploration of this critical framework we will engage with independent films, novels and short stories, popular music, as well as television and digital media platforms such as Netflix and Amazon.  We will discuss what is ruptured and what is generated at intersection of race, gender, class, and sexuality. {L} Credits: 4
Jennifer DeClue
Offered Fall 2015
MW 1:10-2:30 PM

SWG 230 Gender, Land and Food Movement
We begin this course by sifting the earth between our fingers as part of a community learning partnership with area farms in Holyoke, Hadley and other neighboring towns. Using women’s movements and feminisms across the globe as our lens, this course develops an understanding of current trends in globalization. This lens also allows us to map the history of transnational connections between people, ideas and movements from the mid-20th century to the present. Through films, memoirs, fiction, ethnography, witty diatribes and graphic novels, this course explores women’s activism on the land of laborers, and in their lives. Students develop research projects in consultation with area farms, link their local research with global agricultural movements, write papers and give one oral presentation. Prerequisite: SWG 150. {H}{S} Credits: 4
Elisabeth Armstrong
Offered Fall 2015
MWF 11:00AM-12:10PM

SWG 204 This Bridge Called My Back: Women of Color Cultural Production
This course examines personal narrative, literature, visual art, and performance created by women of color in North America to explore ideas of identity, belonging, and difference. We will study the formation of women of color feminism from the 1970s to the present through an interpretation of cultural forms, looking specifically at categories of race, indigeneity, gender, sexuality, and class. How do creative forms allow us to address knowledge with fluidity, complexity, and contradiction?  How do women of color authors and artists articulate frameworks of intersectionality, hybridity, coalition, and liberation? Students will write both a personal narrative essay and an analytical essay and have the option of completing a creative
Juliana Hu Pegues
Offered Fall 2015
TTH 1-2:50 pm

 

Spring 2016 Courses

 

SWG 100 Issues in Queer Studies
This course introduces students to issues raised by and in the emerging interdisciplinary field of queer studies. Through a series of lectures by Smith faculty members and invited guests, students will learn about subject areas, methodological issues and resources in queer studies. May not be repeated for credit. Offered for 2 credits, graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory only. {H}{L}{S}
Kevin Quashie, Jennifer DeClue
Offered Spring 2015


SWG 150 Introduction to the Study of Women and Gender
An introduction to the interdisciplinary field of the study of women and gender through a critical examination of feminist histories, issues and practices. Focus on the U.S. with some attention to the global context. Primarily for first and second year students. the course includes lecture and discussion, and students will be assigned to sections. {H}{S} Credits: 4
Elisabeth Armstrong, Ambreen Hai, Jennifer DeClue
Offered Spring 2015


All 300-level courses in the Study of Women and Gender are seminars and are normally limited to 12 juniors or seniors; seminars have prerequisites and all require permission of the instructor to enroll.



SWG 320 Documenting Queer Lives
This course examines visual and literary documentations of queer life by reading autobiographical texts such as Audre Lorde’s Zami  and Leslie Feinberg’s Stone Butch Blues and by screening documentaries like Marlon Rigg’s "Black Is…Black Ain’t" and "Performing Girl", a short film about transgender Sri Lankan performer D’Lo. We consider the power and value of documenting queer lives while examining the politics of visibility as impacted by race, class, and gender presentation. Students will a produce short film, write a short biography, or propose another mode of documenting experiences of queer life as members of the LGBT community or as allies.
PENDING CAP APPROVAL FOR SPRING 2016 Credits: 4
Jennifer DeClue
Offered Spring 2016


SWG 370 Women Against Empire
Anti-imperialist movements across the globe in the late 19th to mid-20th centuries led multiple projects for the liberation and equality of people. These movements sought to build sovereign nations independent of colonial power and to develop radically new social orders. For women in these movements, the problem of empire had complex regional and local inflections that began with the politics of reproduction and contested state formation. This course draws on the Sophia Smith Archives to examine women’s involvement contesting empire. PENDING CAP APPROVAL {H}{L} Credits: 4
Elisabeth Armstrong
Offered Spring 2016