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Women Gender and Sexuality Studies Summer Courses

Classes listed as "online" during Session I or II will meet synchronously online during a portion of their scheduled meeting times with additional coursework to be completed asynchronously. Session III online courses are all asynchronous (exceptions are noted in course descriptions).

Hybrid courses will meet in person on campus; however, the university will continue to implement the Flexible Hybrid Learning Environment to keep the community safe and allow for the possibility of remote attendance as necessary.


Fordham students please check courses in my.fordham.edu for the most accurate Attribute listings.

ANTH 2886 L11 - Anthropology Of Gender And Sexuality
Session I, June 1 - July 1, 2021
Online: MTWTh, 9 a.m.-Noon

Are sex roles biologically determined or culturally defined? A cross-cultural perspective provides a unique opportunity to explore answers to this question through an examination of the roles of men and women in marriage and the family and in economic, political and religious institutions, as well as how such roles are interrelated with conceptions of masculinity, femininity, honor, and shame.

CRN: 12620
Instructor: Sawalha
4 credits


COMC 2277 L11 - Media and Sexuality
Session I, June 1 - July 1, 2021
Online: TWTh, 9 a.m.-Noon

By all accounts, we have witnessed an explosion of LGBTQ representation in the media over the last decade. This course critically examines the terms of this new visibility, and inquires into the exclusions that accompany the recognition of certain queer and trans subjects. Through the study of media, film, and popular culture, we will explore how representations of sex and sexuality are also central to the construction of ideas about race, class, gender, and nation.

Closed
Instructor: Moorman
4 credits


COMC 3247 L11 - Race, Class, and Gender in Media
Session I, June 1 - July 1, 2021
Online: Th, 9 a.m.-Noon

This class analyzes representations of social class, racial and ethnic identity, and gender and sexuality in media. We begin our work with two assumptions. First, that media both shape and are shaped by social conceptions. Second, that these categories—race, class, and gender—are embodied, that is, they describe different physical bodies that inhabit real, lived environments. From there, students learn to identify central themes and problems in representing differences of race/ethnicity, social class, and sexuality in fiction and nonfiction media. The class will use a mixture of hands-on activities with contemporary media (such as blogging, journaling, and online discussion) plus more traditional readings about theories of representation and embodiment. The course is intended as a learning environment where students are able to do more than simply identify stereotypes. Rather, they intervene in these representations, actively critiquing stereotypes and moving past them towards a reflective attitude about the relationship between society as it is lived for people of different racial, sexual, and class groups—and the image of those groups as depicted in media. Fulfills the Pluralism requirement in Fordham's core curriculum.

Closed
Instructor: Schwartz
4 credits


COMC 3370 L11 - Ethical Issues in Media
Session I, June 1 - July 1, 2021
Online: TTh, 6-9 p.m.

Review of some basic ethical principles and examination of media-related issues such as freedom of expression, the right to privacy, and the public's right to know.

Closed
Instructor: Foley
4 credits


ENGL 4403 PW1 - Extraordinary Bodies
Session III, June 1 - August 5, 2021
Online, Asynchronous

From freak shows to the Americans with Disabilities Act, people with odd bodies have received special, and not always welcome, attention from their peers. This course will study the experience of people with anomalous bodies from a variety of personal and social perspectives. Fulfills the EP4 requirement in Fordham's core curriculum.

Closed
Instructor: Sanchez
4 credits


MLAL 3525 R11 - Cultures of Sexual Dissidence in Latin America
Session I, June 1 - July 1, 2021
Online: MTWTh, 1-4 p.m.

In this course, we will explore an alternative canon of Latin American literary and cultural production, created by and about subjects whose sexualities have been positioned, from the colonial period on, as divergent from the "norm." Topics to be covered include theoretical approaches to "queer" studies rooted in the region (and tensions with queerness conceived as a North Atlantic epistemological framework), alliances between radical feminism and LGBTQ movements, debates about trans people, the pros and cons of political militancy, and the relationship between sexuality and diaspora.

CRN: 12720
Instructor: Fischer
3 credits


PHIL 4407 R11 - Gender, Power, Justice
Session I, June 1 - July 1, 2021
Rose Hill, Hybrid: TTh, 6-9 p.m.

The seminar examines the impact of gender norms, roles and assumptions on the moral structure of social life. The seminar will draw on the extensive materials available from feminist theory of ethics, law, and society; the developing body of work on the cultural construction of masculinity, and its moral and social impacts; and new interest in gender differences and women's welfare in global context. The subject cannot fail to be fundamental to student's personal experiences of social and political life. especially as they make the transition from college years to the workplace or to professional training. Fulfills the EP4 requirement in Fordham's core curriculum.

Closed
Instructor: Daugs
4 credits


PHIL 4407 L21 - Gender, Power, Justice
Session II, July 6 - August 5, 2021
Lincoln Center, Hybrid: MW, 9 a.m.-Noon

The seminar examines the impact of gender norms, roles and assumptions on the moral structure of social life. The seminar will draw on the extensive materials available from feminist theory of ethics, law, and society; the developing body of work on the cultural construction of masculinity, and its moral and social impacts; and new interest in gender differences and women's welfare in global context. The subject cannot fail to be fundamental to student's personal experiences of social and political life. especially as they make the transition from college years to the workplace or to professional training. Fulfills the EP4 requirement in Fordham's core curriculum.

CRN: 12717
Instructor: Lake
4 credits


PSYC 3600 L11 - Multicultural Psychology
Session I, June 1 - July 1, 2021
Online: MTWTh, 9 a.m.-Noon

The focus of this course is the multicultural applicability of scientific and professional psychology. Traditional psychological theories, scientific psychology, psychological tests, and the practice of psychology will be examined and critiqued from cultural and socio-historical perspectives. Contemporary psychological theories and research specific to men, women, gay men, lesbians, and race/ethnicity will be reviewed.

CRN: 12522
Instructor: Cisse
4 credits


SOCI 2847 R21 - The 60's: Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll
Session II, July 6 - August 5, 2021
Online: MTWTh, 6-9 p.m.

The 1960's was one of the most tumultuous eras in American history, marked by a revolutionary movement led by youth struggling for freedom on many levels. African Americans, with white support, struggled against the oppression of racial segregation of the South in the Civil Rights movement: young people sought sexual freedom and the right to experiment with drugs; musicians broke away from the restraints of traditional pop and folk songs and created rock and roll; politically-minded youth attacked the traditional institutions of political and economic power by protesting against the war in Vietnam; women challenged traditional male attitudes that confined them to domesticity or inferior status in the work place and in society; gays organized against the repressive laws and prejudices against homosexuality. This course will show how all of these social strands intertwined using films, music and writings from the era.

CRN: 12755
Instructor: Wormser
4 credits


SOCI 2925 R21 - Media Crime Sex Violence
Session II, July 6 - August 5, 2021
Online: MTWTh, 1-4 p.m.

Turn on the television set, pick up the local newspaper, go on the Internet or watch a movie. Wherever you turn, you will find the media-saturated with stories about corrupt cops and honest cops, drug dealers and drug users, murderers and victims, organized crime and serial killers, crusading district attorneys and defense attorneys, corrupt lawyers and hanging judges, violent prisoners and convicted innocents. How accurate are these representations? What are the ideological messages and cultural values these stories communicate? In this course, you will learn how to demystify media representations in order to understand how and why they are produced, and who is responsible for their production.

CRN: 12756
Instructor: Wormser
4 credits


THEO 3715 PW1 - Sacred Texts: Classic Islamic Texts
Session III, June 1 - August 5, 2021
Online, Asynchronous.

This course explores the sacred texts of Islam including the Quran, and Hadith, medieval philosophical, liturigical and legal texts.

CRN: 12843
Instructor: Kueny
3 credits


WGSS 3002 PW1 - Feminist and Women's Studies
Session III, June 1 - August 5, 2021
Online: TTh, 5:30 - 6 p.m.

This course provides a historical perspective on feminism and women’s experience, including 19th and 20th century American movements for women’s rights as well as texts that influenced the development of feminist thought and theory. It is one of three required courses for WGSS program

Closed
Instructor: Farland
4 credits


WGSS 4400 L21 - Gender, Bodies, Sexuality
Session II, July 6 - August 5, 2021
Online, MW, 9 a.m.- Noon

This course explores how gender and sex shape our lives and the world around us, our experiences of our bodies, and definitions of sexuality. Our focus will be on gender/sexuality as key dimensions of all social structures and institutions, with a particular interest in the intersection between gender and sexuality and the shaping of gendered and sexed bodies. We will examine gender, sex, and sexuality as social constructions, as social relations, as contested sets of cultural meanings, as lived experiences, and as dimensions of social structure. We will discuss challenges to and fissures in the sex/gender/sexuality system. Course materials include theoretical writings, empirical studies, autobiographical reflections, and films. These materials will inspire us to consider the social, economic, cultural, and institutional forces that shape our lives. Students will develop a critical perspective on the sources and consequences of social constructs and inequalities that shape us as individuals, our culture, and the social institutions that we inhabit, such as schools, the workplace, the state, and the family. This includes a critical evaluation of widespread assumptions about gender that we often take for granted, such as the naturalness of categories of “man” and “woman,” “femininity” and “masculinity,” and “heterosexual” and “homosexual.”

Closed
Instructor: Detournay
4 credits


WGSS 4888 L31 - Summer Research/Project/Internship
Session III, June 1 - August 5, 2021
Online, TBA

This course is designed with three possible models in mind: 1) students looking to get their research started for the WGSS required senior project, thesis, or internship, in conjunction with an advisor; 2) students looking to complete that research, whether for a thesis, project, or internship during the summer months; 3) students who would like to do a directed independent project in the summer, for WGSS credit.

CRN: 12998
Instructor: Detournay
4 credits