FM ST 150_syllabus_spring_2011

FM ST 150_syllabus_spring_2011 - Spring 2011 TR 3:30-4:45...

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Spring 2011 Professor: Leila Rupp [email protected] TR 3:30-4:45 T.A.s: Chemistry 1179 Melissa Barthelemy [email protected] Kristin Conover [email protected] Meredith Heller [email protected] Claudia Massihi [email protected] Shannon Weber [email protected] Dog: Phoebe Feminist Studies 150: Sex, Love, and Romance Instructor Information: My office is 4710 South Hall, and my phone number is 893-6130. My e-mail address is [email protected] . My regular office hours are Tuesday 1-2 and Wednesday 2-3 but you may also make an appointment with me at another time. Phoebe keeps the same office hours. You will receive office hours for your Teaching Assistant in section. The course website can be found on GauchoSpace. I will post the PowerPoints after class, but please be aware that the slides do not replicate the lecture. Course Description: This course will explore sex, love, romance, desire, and intimate relationships in the modern world. Although diverse sexualities and cultures within the contemporary United States may hold center stage, we will explore these from global and historical perspectives. Thus we will consider such topics as the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, gender, nation, ability, and sexuality; changing definitions of sexual respectability; prostitution and sex work in different contexts; sexual behavior and sexual ideals; the difference the sex and gender of a partner makes; transsexuality and transgender identities; the nature of desire; the varieties of love; the meaning of marriage; the cult of romance; sexual revolutions and gender conflict; feminist thinking on love and sex; state regulation of sexuality; global sexual epidemics; love and sex in popular culture; and the power of love. NOTE: Despite the title, this is not a Disney version of sex, love, and romance! Attendance at both lectures and discussion sections is critical, since the lectures will provide context for discussion of the assigned readings in sections. Careful and complete preparation and lively and informed participation are essential to the success of the class (to say nothing of your success in the class). Required Reading (available for purchase at the UCSB bookstore and also on reserve in the library) :
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Leora Tanenbaum, Slut! Growing Up Female with a Bad Reputation (New York: Perennial, 2000). Don Kulick, Travestí: Sex, Gender and Culture among Brazilian Transgendered Prostitutes (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998). Marjane Satrapi, Embroideries (New York: Pantheon Books, 2005). Hung Cam Thai, For Better or for Worse: Vietnamese International Marriages in the New Global Economy (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2008). Reader: available at Grafikart, 6550 Pardall Road, I.V. (968-3575), and also on reserve at the library. All listed articles can be found in the reader.
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