Social Issues in Gender and Sexuality
SWMS 210 Rm MRF 340
Office hrs: M 1:00-3:00 pm
This course is designed to introduce some of the major debates about gender and
sexuality within the field of critical gender studies. We will be considering the relations
between the history of sexuality and the politics of gender. We will read some primary
texts in gender theory, and in the study of sexuality, desire, and embodiment. This course
also provides an introduction to the interdisciplinary examination of human sexual and
erotic desires, orientations, and identities. We will study how desires are constructed,
how they vary and remain the same in different places and times, and how they interact
with other social and cultural phenomena such as government, family, popular culture,
scientific inquiry, and, especially, race and class.
Abby L. Ferber, Kimberly Holcomb, Tre Wentlin,
Gender and Sexuality: The New
Basics, An Anthology
(Oxford, UK: Oxford UP, 2009).
Sigmund Freud, Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality (1909) (New York, NY: Basic
Feminism, Western Culture and the Body
and LA: UC Press, 2004).
Lessons from the Intersexed
(New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers UP, 1998).
George L. Mosse, The Image of Man: The Creation of Modern Masculinity (Chicago, IL:
Univ of Chicago Press, 1996).
(2006) directed by Todd Field
Everything You Wanted To Know About Sex…
(1972) directed by Woody A
(2007) directed by Lucia Puenzo
Pumping Iron 1
(1977) directed by George Butler
Set It Off
(1996) directed by F. Gary Gray
Thelma and Louise
(1991) directed by Ridley Scott
Bread and Roses
(2002) directed by Ken Loach
(2006) directed by Tomer Heymann