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Spring 2015
           
 
Women’s Studies Certificate Program
Coordinator: Linda M. Alcoff, Room 5116 (817-8896, 817-8905)
 
The Certificate in Women’s Studies is available to students matriculated in the Ph.D. programs at The Graduate Center.  Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary approach to research and scholarship that draws on various disciplines, while challenging disciplinary boundaries.  The general aim of the program is to offer critical reflection on the experiences of both women and men in terms of differences of gender, sexuality, race, class, ethnicity and nation.  Students are prepared to teach courses and to do research in Women’s Studies and related critical approaches to the disciplines, such as those developed in Queer Studies, Postcolonial Studies, and Cultural Studies.  Besides focused course work and guidance in research, Women’s Studies offers participation in a wide range of graduate students and faculty activities, including lecture series and forums.  Students are also invited to participate in the research programs and seminars at the Center for the Study of Women and Society at the Graduate Center.
 
WSCP 81601 -Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies
GC      T 4:15-6:15 p.m., Room 5382, 3 credits, Prof. Domna Stanton [27716] [Cross listed with French 87000]
 
This course will examine the various strains of feminist thought since the l970s, and strains within feminist theoretical positions.  Beginning with conflicts around postructuralism and postmodernism, we will then analyze the women's studies/ gender studies issue; the paradigm shift that writing of women of color represented; the sex wars; écriture féminine ; the essentialist debates;  Foucault and feminism;  postcolonial and transnational feminisms; women's rights as human rights; material feminisms, class and social inequalities; and queer, transgender and ze. We will also consider the necessary but often problematic connections between advocacy and activism to theoretical work (praxis); and the future of feminist theories and their relation to other oppositional practices. The course will end with a brief presentation of some of the theories we did not discuss: ecocriticism, disability studies, the posthuman. Work for the course: Whether the course is taken for 2, 3, or 4 credits, all students will be responsible for doing the readings closely and for engaging consistently in class discussion. a. Students who take the course for 2 credits will present in class a critical reading of one theoretical text, a reading that will also be submitted in writing (c 5-7 pp); these students will also take the final exam. b. Students who take the course for 3 credits, will do all of the above and in addition, they will do a 10-page paper on a topic they select, in consultation with the instructor. They will also submit a thesis statement, a bibliography and an outline (the schedule will be indicated on the syllabus). c. Students who take the course for 4 credits will do all of the above, but instead of a 10-page paper, they will do a 20-25 page paper on a topic they select, after consultation with the instructor; they will also submit a thesis statement, a bibliography and an outline (the scheduled will be indicated on the syllabus). All readings and the syllabus for the course will be posted on Blackboard by January 26, 2015 at the latest. Goals of the course: 1. To be become conversant in the various theoretical strains in feminist thought from 1970s to today. 2. To develop a capacity to read feminist theoretical texts critically 3. To write analyses and critiques of theoretical texts (for the final exam; for their class presentations; and either in the 10-page paper (3 credits) or the 20-25 page paper (4 credits). Please address all questions to Domna Stanton (dstanton112@yahoo.com).
 
WSCP 81000 –Gender, Race and Space
GC      T 2:00- 4:00 p.m., Room 3305, 3 credits, Prof. Rupal Oza [27717] [Cross listed with EES.79903]
 
This course deals with exploring how race and gender alters geographies we inhabit. What kinds of structures stencil grids on racial and gendered lines? Drawing on historical texts that pulled disparate parts of the globe in service of the empire during the colonial period, to more contemporary formations, we'll think through how geography helps us understand sexuality, race, and gender. What do we make of global conflicts such as war or more local ones such as those in Ferguson or Gurgoan? What do we understand then about solidarity across these borders when people from Gaza write to those in struggle in Ferguson? or a forgotten history of solidarity between India and Palestine that is now being erased by a masculine heteronormative friendship between India and Israel based in Islamaphobia? Some of these questions and geographies motivate our explorations.
 
WSCP 81000 –Body, Affect, Landscape: Postcolonial Reckonings
GC      T 4:15- 6:15 p.m., Room 8203, 4 credits, Prof. Meena Alexander [27719] [Cross listed with Engl.76200]

How do issues of affect and embodiment play into postcolonial concerns with marked bodies, haunted landscapes, anxious histories? We will consider migration and displacement, bodies that are racially and sexually marked, public space and with it the shifting nature of cultural memory. Our exploration of affect and its intensities as crystallized in language, will include Ismat Chughtai’s short story `Lihaaf’ (`The Quilt’, 1942) about a high born woman and her maid --   a pair of lesbian lovers  -- which drew the attention of the British colonial government. Chughtai was hauled into Lahore court under the Obscenity Laws. We will read fiction by writers such as Ananda Devi, M Ondaatje, U C Ali Farrah, A R Gurnah, poems by K Das, A.K.Ramanujan, and the New York poet A Notley. Questions of passage across the Indian Ocean, a liminal existence and with it the need to refashion the self emerge in autobiographical writings by M.K.Gandhi, A Ghosh and M Alexander. We will consider the phenomenological insights of Merleau-Ponty and work by theorists such as Appadurai, Bhabha , Berlant, Deleuze and Guattari, Debord, Gunew, Massumi, Merleau-Ponty, Sedgwick, Spivack, Stewart and Virno. In addition a short segment of the course will consider the concept of rasa from classical Indian aesthetics and its implications for contemporary affect theory. This course will be run as a seminar with weekly readings, student presentations and a final research paper. In response to readings there will presentations each week by students in class. Books for purchase will be on order at Book Culture, 536 W 112 St (between Broadway and Amsterdam): M. Alexander, Fault Lines; A Devi, Indian Tango; Z Bauman, Identity; A Ghosh, In An Antique Land; M Ondaatje, The Cat’s Table; Kathleen Stewart, Ordinary Affects; Paolo Virno, A Grammar of the Multitude. Essays and other materials will be uploaded into the drop box for the course.

WSCP 81000 – Queer(ing) Critique               
GC       M 2:00- 4:00 p.m., Room 8203, 4 credits, Prof. Kandice Chuh [27721] [Cross listed with Engl.80400]   
 
This course is organized around two questions: 1) what is queer critique?, and 2) what does it mean to queer critique? To address them, we'll read some of the hallmark texts in queer theory especially as it relates to cultural studies (including but not limited to work by Eve Sedgwick, Michel Foucault, Rod Ferguson, Lauren Berlant, José Esteban Muñoz, Siobhan Somerville, Jacqui Alexander, Jack Halberstam, and Judith Butler), and some of the work that has arguably queered the critical paradigms dominant in certain discourses and fields (including but not limited to work by David Eng, Gayatri Gopinath, Licia Fiol-Matta, Robert Reid-Pharr, Lisa Duggan, Madhavi Menon, and William Cohen). Our aim will be not only to pay sustained attention to queer critique as an analytic approach and intellectual tradition, but also to consider the extent to which critique itself may be fashioned as queer -- i.e., as non-normative, politically engaged, involved with matters of desire and attachment, erotics and embodied knowledge. In the course of our discussions, we'll attempt to apprehend some of the key terms and concepts organizing contemporary queer critique -- e.g., affect, materiality, homonormativity, and temporality among others.
Students registering for two credits should expect to submit two short-ish writing assignments. Students registering for four credits should expect to submit two short-ish assignments and a longer seminar paper or the equivalent.
 
WSCP 81000- Advice Books
GC      T 2:00- 4:00 p.m., Room 3309, 4 credits, Prof. Wayne Koestenbaum [27723] [Cross listed with Engl. 80200]
 
It’s dangerous to give advice. Advice-givers get a reputation for being windbags.  (Look at Polonius.)  Nonetheless, one of literature’s undying functions—and we will, in this seminar, pay loving though sometimes irreverent homage to “literature”—appears to be teaching how to behave, how to prosper, how to dwell, how to heal, how to attract, how to change, how to revolt, how to organize, how to mourn, how to practice, how to play, how to write, how to perceive, how to empathize, how to decipher, and how to revenge. You’re welcome to write an advice book (however broadly conceived) as your final project (or you’re welcome to write several other kinds of essays instead); but we won’t spend time in class giving each other advice. We’ll spend our hours talking about some wayward specimens of advice literature, occasionally traveling incognito as novel, poem, or drama; we will aim to develop our abilities to interpret our huddle of writers, and to grow more flexible and inventive in how we approach the act of interpretation in general. I will accept advice from prospective students on what might appear on the syllabus; I forecast a reading list that includes some or many of the following: the four Euripides plays (Herakles, Hekabe, Hippolytos, Alkestis) that Anne Carson translates and publishes as Grief Lessons;  essays by Emerson;  Dodie Bellamy’s The TV Sutras;  Nietzsche’s Twilight of the Idols, or How to Philosophize with a Hammer; Shulamith Firestone’s The Dialectic of Sex:  The Case for Feminist Revolution; Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth;  Simone Weil’s Gravity and Grace; Virginie Despente’s King Kong Theory; Henry James’s The Ambassadors; Edmond Jabès’s The Book of Questions; D. H. Lawrence’s Women in Love; Fred Moten’s The Feel Trio; D. W. Winnicott’s The Child, The Family, and the Outside World; John Ashbery’s translation of Rimbaud’s Illuminations; and The Philosophy of Andy Warhol. We will be reading many of these books in translation (in bilingual editions whenever possible). In an ideal world, we would know many languages, and we would read every work in its original tongue. But ours is not an ideal world.
 
WSCP 81000- Medieval Conversions
GC      R 11:45- 1:45 p.m., Room 4422 , 4 credits, Prof. Steven F. Kruger [27726] [Cross listed with Engl.80700 ]
 
This course examines the significance of religious conversion for medieval literature and culture. We will read a wide range of medieval work in which conversion experience is at the center, and we will also at several points step outside the Middle Ages to see how – at different historical moments – conversion might have operated differently. The hope is that an intense look at medieval material, with forays backward and forward in time, will strengthen our understanding both of the Middle Ages and of its precursors and legacies. Though the narrow definition of conversion – as a radical change in one’s religious affiliation – largely determines the material of the course, we also will try to elucidate conversion experience by considering it in relation to other ways in which individuals, communities, and cultures experience radical change. Is it possible, for instance, to think of a change in national affiliation (facilitated, for instance, by emigration/immigration, or forced by conquest) as somehow like religious conversion? Further, although religious conversion may be thought of as largely involving an individual’s system of belief and her/his daily (ritual and ethical) practices, we will ask how fully religious experience can in fact be separated (in the medieval moment specifically, but also, by extension, in other historical moments and cultural locations) from other categories of identity (gender, sexuality, race/ethnicity/nation, class, age). Is the masculinity, for instance, of a Jewish man conceived in the same ways, within dominant medieval (Christian) culture, as the masculinity of a Christian man? If not, does the religious conversion of a Jewish man to Christianity also entail certain changes to his gender identity? Other kinds of question, of course, will emerge as the course proceeds, and I hope that students’ own research interests will in part drive the directions our joint discussion takes. Course requirements: oral presentation and seminar paper.
 
WSCP 81000 –Memoir/Illness/Graphic/Grief               
GC       W 4:15- 6:15 p.m., Room 3309, 4 credits, Prof. Nancy K. Miller [27728] [Cross listed with Engl.80600 & MALS 71003]
 
“Considering how common illness is, how tremendous the spiritual change that it brings, how astonishing, when the lights of health go down, the undiscovered countries that are then disclosed…it becomes strange indeed that illness has not taken its place with love and battle and jealousy among the prime themes of literature.” Virginia Woolf’s On Being Ill is the first literary work we will read, even if contemporary nonfiction and fiction have long since belied Woolf’s lament. Illness occupies a prominent place in postwar culture, and the seminar will explore the stories of what happens when “the lights of health go down” through a wide range of literary and visual representations of bodily and mental suffering, including AIDS, cancer, depression, and mourning. Among the writers and artists: Roland Barthes, Simone de Beauvoir, Lucy Grealy, Audre Lorde, Paul Monette, Oliver Sacks, Eve Sedgwick, and Susan Sontag; graphic narratives by Bobby Baker, David B., Miriam Engelberg, David Small, and Nicola Streeten. The work of the course: weekly responses, one oral presentation, a final paper.
 
WSCP 81000 –Image/Text/Poem: Composing Memoir in the Digital Age               
GC       T 4:15- 6:15 p.m., Room 4422, 4 credits, Prof. Sondra Perl [27727] [Cross listed with Engl.79020]
 
In The Situation and the Story, Vivian Gornick writes, “A memoir is a work of sustained narrative prose controlled by an idea of the self under obligation to lift from the raw materials of life a tale that will shape experience, transform event, deliver wisdom. Truth in a memoir is achieved not through a recital of actual events; it is achieved when the reader comes to believe that the writer is working hard to engage with the experience at hand. What happened to the writer is not what matters; what matters is the large sense that the writer is able to make of what happened. For that the power of a writing imagination is required.” (91) In this seminar, we will explore the writing imagination by composing several pieces of personal writing (two short pieces based on models that can easily be adapted for use in undergraduate college classrooms and one longer piece of sustained narrative prose that explores issues connected to composing the self as each writer comes to define and understand these issues). Pieces will begin with language on the page but will ultimately be transformed into new media projects, comprised of both words and images. Digital and written drafts of work-in-progress will be shared weekly and responses to assigned readings will be posted to a class blog as will links to the digital projects. Readings will consist of short reflective pieces written by well-known compositionists including Rebecca Faery and Mary Pinard. Two full-length memoirs will also be examined to discover how or whether the authors delivered on the promise outlined above by Gornick. In other words, while reading David Borkowski’s A Shot Story (soon to be published by Fordham University Press) and my own memoir On Austrian Soil: Teaching Those I was Taught to Hate, we will ask how and whether these texts transform lived experiences into language and images and a narrative voice that readers find believable. Familiarity with digital tools such as I-Movie or apps for making videos on mobile devices will be helpful but is not essential. What is essential is goodwill, a willingness to respond honestly to others, and a desire to engage in composing experiments where the shape and form of narratives change as they move from the page to the screen.
 
WSCP 81000 –Metablackness         CANCELLED
GC      W 2:00-4:00 p.m., Room TBA, 3 credits, Prof. Terry Rowden [27729] [Cross listed with Eng. 85500]
 
WSCP 81000 –Romantic Attention
GC      R 4:15-6:15 p.m., Room 4422, 4 credits, Prof. Nancy Yousef [27730] [Cross listed with Eng.84200]

“Attention” is difficult to locate and define. As a receptive activity or state, it may be impossible to distinguish from its supposed opposites or perversions: the blank stare, the mood of distraction. Is attention a minimal condition for more complicated operations of knowledge, or is it a willful suspension of judgment and thought? Is it a state of serenity and detachment, or of vigilance and anxiety? What forms does attention take, and what affects does it involve? In approaching these questions, this course will attempt to take seriously romantic era claims for aesthetics as a method of observation and investigation distinct from scientific procedures on the one hand, and from philosophical theorization on the other hand. Alternating between readings of literature and works of philosophy focused on aesthetics, we will concern ourselves with the following questions: are acts of perception and interpretation distinct? What is the relationship between particular instances and general categories? What does it mean to immerse in a moment of time? Philosophical touchstones will include selections from Locke, Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche and Merleau-Ponty. Literary readings will extend from the romantic era to the later nineteenth century and include works by Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, Eliot and Dickens.
 
WSCP 81000 –European Crime from the Middle Ages to the Present - CANCELLED
GC      W 4:15-6:15 p.m., Room 7314, 3 credits, Prof. Mary Gibson [27731] [Cross listed with Hist.71100]
 
WSCP 81000 –Readings in 20th Century U.S. Women’s History
GC      M 6:30-8:30 p.m., Room 8202, 3 credits, Prof. Kathleen McCarthy [27732] [Cross listed with Hist.74300]
 
When women’s history emerged as a subfield in the 1960s, its initial goal was to write women into the historical record.  Since then, the analytical focus has shifted from an emphasis on “sisterhood” to class relations, political culture, the social construction of gender, transnationalism, and colonialism and empire.  Cultural analyses have also become increasingly important, illuminating the subtexts that shaped women’s lives in different regions and eras, while microhistories have excavated the lives of ordinary Americans in revealing ways.  This course will chart these historiographical shifts, as well as the ways in which women’s history has reshaped our understanding of American history for the period from 1900 to the late 20th century. Within this framework a variety of topics will be explored, including (among others): 1) mainstreaming and microhistory; 2) gender and geography; 3) politics and political cultures; 4) transnationalism and empire; 5) labor; 6) popular culture; 7) feminism and its discontents;8) the New Deal; 9) family and domesticity;10) the women’s movement; 11) science, philanthropy and the politics of the body; 12) women and the welfare state. The goal of this course is threefold: 1) to help students prepare for their written and oral examinations; 2) to deepen their knowledge of the ways in which women’s history has reshaped our understanding of American history; and 3) to bolster their research, writing and analytical skills. Students will lead one to three discussion sessions, and have a choice of doing weekly abstracts on the assigned readings for the weeks in which they are not presenting, or developing a research proposal on a women’s history topic of their choice for the period between 1900 and the 1990s.
 
WSCP 81000 –The Culture of Fashion: New York, Fashion Capital
GC      M 6:30 -8:30 p.m., Room 5383, 3 credits, Prof. Eugenia Paulicelli [27733] [Cross listed with IDS 82300 & MALS 71200] 
 
This course deals with exploring how race and gender alters geographies we inhabit. What kinds of structures stencil grids on racial and gendered lines? Drawing on historical texts that pulled disparate parts of the globe in service of the empire during the colonial period, to more contemporary formations, we'll think through how geography helps us understand sexuality, race, and gender. What do we make of global conflicts such as war or more local ones such as those in Ferguson or Gurgoan? What do we understand then about solidarity across these borders when people from Gaza write to those in struggle in Ferguson? or a forgotten history of solidarity between India and Palestine that is now being erased by a masculine heteronormative friendship between India and Israel based in Islamaphobia? Some of these questions and geographies motivate our explorations.
 
WSCP 81000 –Introduction to Lesbian and Gay/Queer Studies
GC      R 2-00 -4:00 p.m., Room 4433, 3 credits, Prof. Matt Brim [27734] [Cross listed with IDS 70100]
 
IDS 70100 will introduce students to the interdisciplinary field of LGBTQ studies.  It will provide an overview of the foundational texts and theories that have both defined and challenged modern constructions of sexual identity, from 19th-century sexological research, through the psychoanalytic tradition, to gay and lesbian assimilationist/ separationist identity politics, and especially the recent scholarly interventions made possible by queer theory.  The course will also emphasize contemporary issues that have helped to define the meaning/understanding of sex and desire: gay and lesbian activist movements, the relationship of queer theory to feminist theory, the AIDS crisis, transgender liberation, queer of color critique, and the transnational flow of non-normative desire. Ultimately the course will help students examine the ways sexuality and desire exist within and through broader frameworks of cultural and social power. There will be a strong queer pedagogical component to the class, including student-led presentations and an inquiry into the ever-pressing social prescription for queers to be queer educators.

WSCP 81000 –The Politics of Identity
GC      T 11:45 -1:45 p.m., Room 6494, 3 credits, Prof. Julie George [27735] [Cross listed with Pol. Sci. 77903]
 
This course focuses on the politics of ethnicity and nationalism, with a comparative focus. We will investigate theoretical arguments regarding the roots and power of ethnic identity and the ways that such identification enters into the political sphere. We will analyze arguments about whether and how ethnic diversity might affect political competition and conflict. The course will examine general theories and then also examine identity politics in further depth in particular geographic regions including, but not limited to Africa, postcommunist Europe and Eurasia, Latin America, and South Asia. Students will also have an opportunity to read further on geographical areas of their own scholarly interest. In addition to being a course on the subject matter of identity, students will hone their analytical skills through close readings of texts and examination of how authors construct and implement their research agenda.
Students will read the equivalent of a book per week as well as prepare written reading analyses and questions. Students will lead the discussions. In addition to the reading analyses and participation, students will write a short paper and submit a final exam.
 
WSCP 81000 –Civil Liberties
GC      T 6:30 -8:30 p.m., Room 3306, 3 credits, Prof. Thomas Halper [27736] [Cross listed with Pol.Sci.72310]
 
Civil Liberties focuses on freedom of expression and privacy, each viewed from normative and constitutional perspectives. Among the specific topics considered are defamation, hate speech and offensive speech, broadcast regulation, obscenity and indecency, public nuisances, commercial speech, speech plus, national security, privacy as withholding information, privacy as seclusion, and privacy as bodily integrity. Robust class discussion is encouraged. A final examination and critiques of three articles/chapters are required.
 
WSCP 81000 –Psychoanalysis and Political Thought
GC      W 2:00 -4:00 p.m., Room 5382, 4 credits, Prof. Jack Jacobs [27737] [Cross listed with Pol .Sci. 80405]
 
This seminar will be devoted to exploring and debating the hotly contested relationship(s) between psychoanalytic ideas (and of approaches derived from or engaged in dialogue with psychoanalysis) on the one hand and political theory on the other. We will focus particular attention this semester on a range of attempts, made over an extended period of time, to link Marxist approaches with psychoanalytic insights, and will attempt to assess the degree to which each of these attempts does – or does not – remain compelling. Accent will be placed on close reading of classic texts chosen from among the works of such writers as Freud, Jung, Reich, Fromm, Marcuse, Adler, Fanon, Lacan and Althusser. Students will be encouraged to actively participate, to lead specific class sessions, and to explore their own interests by writing research papers on relevant topics.
 
WSCP 81000 –Global Terrorism
GC      M 11:45 -1:45 p.m., Room 4422, 3 credits, Prof. Peter Romaniuk [27738] [Cross listed with Pol. Sci.86207]
 
What is “terrorism”? What causes terrorism and how does radicalization occur? How do terrorists organize and finance their activities? How are the strategies and tactics of counterterrorism determined and are they effective? How do terrorism and counterterrorism affect relations among states? Addressing these and related questions, this course is an advanced-level survey of terrorism and the politics that surround it. The course aims to prepare students to become informed and critical consumers of claims to knowledge about terrorism whether they are presented in scholarship, government policy, in the media, or elsewhere. It also aims to advance the capacity of students to produce robust social science research about terrorism and counterterrorism. While political scientists have a longstanding interest in research topics related to terrorism, the course draws upon materials from the emerging (and contested) inter-disciplinary field of “terrorism studies.” In this way, students will compare terrorist threats and counterterrorist responses across regions and over time.
 
WSCP 81000 –Maternal and Child Health
GC      W 6:30 -8:30 p.m., Room 8202, 3 credits, Prof. Barbara Katz Rothman [27739] [Cross listed with Soc. 77800& PUBH 87000]
 
Maternal, Child, Sexual and Reproductive Health: Social and Historical Contexts
This course will offer an introduction and critical overview of public health issues, approaches and concerns in the area of Maternal, Child Sexual and Reproductive Health. The focus will be on the United States, but global issues will be under consideration as well. Specific topics will include the medicalization of maternity care, sexuality and infancy/childhood; the consequences of 'risk' as a dominant ideology for maternal and child health care; issues in reproductive justice, with particular attention to race and class, and the historic and contemporary influence of eugenics in public health; the history of midwifery and global trends in midwifery care; the role of public health interventions and changing ideas about what constitutes "Public Health." Specific course topics will be adapted to reflect the concerns and interests of what may be a highly interdisciplinary group of participants. Guest speakers will be drawn from advocacy, academic and public health perspectives. 
 
WSCP 81000 –Food, Culture and Society
GC      T 6:30 -8:30 p.m., Room 8203, 3 credits, Prof. Barbara Katz Rothman [27740] [Cross listed with Soc. 82800 and IDS 81610]
 
 The scholarly study of food invokes issues of gender, class, labor, and cultural identities and demands an interdisciplinary approach. This course explores major issues in foodways—food habits from production through consumption—through readings and discussions as well as through primary research in food and society. The key focus in the course is going to be the application of theory and methods from the disciplines represented by students, faculty and invited guests in the course, to the study of Food (with a capital F, food as a social production). Rather than a standard paper, each student will, in consultation with the professor and the other students, develop a project that best fits in with her/his own work –for example,  a food-focused dissertation chapter, an internship, a series of published book reviews, or a paper presentation at a professional conference in the student’s home discipline. Confirmed guests are key scholars in Food Studies in the New York area, in and out of CUNY, and include (in alphabetical order!) Fred Kaufman, Tamara Mose, Fabio Parasecol, Janet Poppendeick, Krishnendu Ray.
 
WSCP 81000 –Religion and Immigration
GC      M 2:00 -4:00 p.m., Room 6114, 3 credits, Prof. P. Kurien [27741] [Cross listed with Soc. 84509]
 
This course will focus on how religion plays a central role in social, economic, and political processes surrounding migration and immigration. Drawing on case studies of migration and immigration to the West (primarily to the US), we will see how religion, through a variety of indirect and direct mechanisms, shapes out-migration patterns, remittance use, social incorporation into receiving societies, and forms of political mobilization. Religion can affect out-migration patterns by determining societal structures such as the social location of groups within society, which in turn influences the fundamental characteristics of groups and gives rise to differential state policies towards them. Religion plays a central role in the incorporation of immigrants not just through personal faith, religious institutions, and communities, but through the intersection of the religiously infused identities and concepts of secularism of the receiving and home countries, as well as global politics which can profoundly impact the political incorporation of immigrants and their mobilization patterns. Majority/minority religious status in the homeland can affect activism around homeland issues, while majority/minority religious status in the host countries can mold racial attitudes and self-identification in different ways.
 
WSCP 81000 –Social Change
GC      M 6:30 -8:30 p.m., Room 6114, 3 credits, Prof. Roslyn Bologh [27827] [Cross listed with Soc. 85405]
 
The rise of the Occupy Movement and the enormous success of Thomas Picketty’s book, Capital, the cross-disciplinary, international, academic and lay interest and acclaim it has garnered, speak to the significance of political economy.  Political economy causes social changes that have major consequences for social life -- including education, urban life, family life, the environment, immigration, ethnic and race relations, labor relations, and gender relations as well as international relations – also for suicide rates, marriage and divorce rates, single parent rates, rates of morbidity and mortality (including longevity) and more. Part of the appeal of Picketty’s book lies in his emphatic rejection of the narrow economic approach to questions of political economy that he encountered in the U.S. and his espousal, in its stead, of a more comprehensive, sociological, cultural and historical perspective – employing sources as unorthodox as Jane Austen’s novels! What are the changes that have occurred in political economy since the 1970s? How should sociologists, and social scientists more broadly, analyze these changes (sometimes conceived as globalization, financial capitalism, monopoly capitalism, neo-liberalism or post-industrial high tech and service economy) and their consequences for social life today and in the coming years? We will examine different analytic perspectives to see which one(s) seem most compelling.
 
WSCP 81000 –Special Topics in Social Welfare: Gender and Sexuality Theory
GC      W 9:30- 11:30 a.m., Room TBA, 3 credits, Prof. Deborah Tolman [27742] [Cross listed with SSW 85000 and PSY 83403]    
 
In this course, we will read deeply across classic gender and sexuality theories, with an emphasis on feminist and queer theories (Foucault, Butler, Halberstam) as well as an array of theories from psychology and other social sciences that fall outside of critical theory (such as Pfaus, Bancroft and Bailey).  We will also cover some of the most innovative and current theory (including the work of Diamond, C. Fine and McRobbie). Focus will be on developing an understanding of theory and its application. We will interrogate a set of studies (i.e., Fahs, McClelland, Dowsett) in which these theories are utilized.  Readings are both books and articles/book chapters.  Students will be asked to participate in and lead discussions, suggest and present additional readings that enable class discussion of theory, and write a series of short papers.