Summer Courses

Gender Studies Summer Courses 2018

Session A (June 25th - August 3rd)

M111 Women and Film: Sex in the Cinema
Instructor: Jennifer Moorman – TR 10:45am-12:50pm
Course Description: Beginning with the earliest days of the medium, in films like Edison's The Kiss (1896) and Edwin S. Porter’s What Happened in the Tunnel (1903), filmmakers have sought to titillate and provoke. In this course, we will explore the ambivalent and contested relationship between sex, gender, and the cinema, interrogating women’s authorship and agency as filmmakers and stars, and ways in which women’s roles have been regulated on screen, from the earliest days of the medium to romantic comedies in the present day. Focusing primarily on American cinema, we will consider how race, class, and other identity categories intersect with and inflect cinematic depictions of sexuality and examine the ways in which movies have depicted and engaged with sex – as subject matter, spectacle, subtext, and marketing tool.

GS 10 Introduction to Gender Studies

GS 103 Knowledge (Gender Studies Required Core Course)

Session C (Aug 6th - Sept 14th)

M133C History of Prostitution 
Instructor: Ryan Hilliard – TR 1:00pm-3:05pm
Course Description: In this course we will study “the world’s oldest occupation,” prostitution, from a global historical perspective. Beginning in ancient times and ending in the present day we will trace changing attitudes towards prostitution from the vantage point of sex workers, moralists, medical authorities, and police officials. The history of prostitution is not only about sex, but also intersects with and heavily influences the realms of economics, politics, empire, race, medicine, and globalization. Topics covered in this course include: toleration, regulation, and criminalization of prostitution; the impact of venereal diseases on sex work, from syphilis to AIDS; red-light districts; the white slavery scare; military prostitution in the periods of WWI and WWII; sexual tourism; and contemporary global sex trade. The diverse contexts in which we will study prostitution will include: ancient Greece, medieval Europe, seventeenth-century Japan, London in period of Jack the Ripper, colonial India, and twentieth-century United States. Course readings include novels, primary sources, and testimony by sex workers. 

GS 102 Power (Gender Studies Required Core Course)

Department of Gender Studies 
1120 Rolfe Hall