Fall 2022 Graduate Courses
WST 601 - Feminist Theories
Tuesdays: 1:15 - 4:05pm
This course examines concepts and conversations that have played a key role in constituting the field of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies and queer, feminist, and trans scholarship more broadly. Far from promising a definitive or comprehensive overview of “feminist theory,” each iteration of this course focuses on particular topics, themes, and/or theoretical frameworks. As such, instructors model for students how to build reading lists that track conceptual debates within the field or trace the contestations and contradictions of particular feminist genealogies. Together, instructors and students situate these concepts and conversations within broader historical, geopolitical, and intellectual contexts in order to question the purpose of specific theories at the moment of their emergence and to evaluate their current usefulness for developing transnational and intersectional understandings of gender and sexuality. At its core, this course attends to the ways in which the legacies of slavery, colonialism, and cisheteronormativity have conditioned western feminist thought and seeks to support students in developing theoretical tools for practicing distinctly anti-racist and decolonial women’s, gender, and sexuality studies.
WST 680 - Interdisciplinary Research Design
Wednesdays: 4:00 - 6:50pm
This interdisciplinary seminar guides students engaged in feminist, liberatory, and social justice oriented projects through the process of research design. We will explore interdisciplinary ideas and debates voiced by scholars and activists about the relationship between theory and research practice, and the conduct of research and research outcomes. Students will be introduced to an array of research methods available across the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences, think critically about their use, and gain some hands-on experience with methods. The seminar is designed as a workshop to apply knowledge of methods and methodologies to students' own research, and over the semester, students will develop either a research proposal for funding agencies and/or their dissertation proposal (prospectus). Course topics will include formulating and refining research questions; developing appropriate theoretical frameworks; articulating scholarly value; and thinking critically about the methods used in feminist interdisciplinary research. Students are expected to work collaboratively, presenting their individual works-in-progress to the class for constructive critique.
[WGSS-Related Electives] - (courses still being added)
AFS 533 - Race, Gender, and Globalization
This seminar explores current issues and debates relating to the racialized and gendered effects of globalization. Topics include an overview of the sociology of globalization and theories of globalism/the global system, transnational classes and a transnational state, global culture and ideology, transnational migrations and the new global labor market, globalization and race/ethnicity, women and globalization, local-global linkages, and resistance to globalization
ARH 554 - Topics in Visual Culture - "What is Photomedia?"
This class examines issues in the interdisciplinary field of visual culture. Visual culture studies look at the dynamic state of visual media in contemporary life and their historical origins, seeking to relate art and film to the mass media and digital culture.
EGL 587 - Topics in Race, Ethnic Studies - "Queer Ecologies: Race, Gender, Sexuality and the Environment in Literature and Culture
Jeff Santa Ana
Thursdays: 5:45 - 8:35pm
This course can satisfy the Literature of People of Color or the Non-Western Literature content area requirements for SBU teacher education students. (only one, not both) This graduate seminar uses ecocriticism and queer theory as its critical lens to explore the concept of queer ecologies in relation to race, gender, sexuality, and the environment in recent literature and culture. As understood and defined in ecocriticism and the environmental humanities, the term queer ecology refers to interdisciplinary scholarly practices that reimagine nature, biology, and sexuality in light of queer theory. As Catriona Sandilands explains, “queer ecology currently highlights the complexity of contemporary biopolitics [as conceptualized by Michel Foucault], draws important connections between the material and cultural dimensions of environmental issues, and insists on an articulatory practice in which sex and nature are understood in light of multiple trajectories of power and matter” (“Queer Ecology” in Keywords for Environmental Studies). Queer ecology upends and resists heterosexist concepts of nature and the natural, drawing from a diverse array of disciplines, including the natural and biological sciences, environmental justice, ecofeminism, and queer studies. At its heart, queer ecology deconstructs various hierarchical binaries and dichotomies that exist particularly within Western human notions of nature and culture. This seminar examines literature and prose (fiction and nonfiction) and films that feature a variety of modern and contemporary representations of human and nonhuman or more-than-human relations in the context of race, gender, sexuality, and the environment. We will examine and explore cultural works (our course’s textual and visual materials) through a queer ecologies critical lens to reimagine nature, biology, and sexuality in light of queer theory. Our goal will be to produce new critical understandings through the lenses of ecocriticism and queer theory as we read and discuss the cultural works for our class.
HIS 532 - Theme Seminar - "Uprisings, Riots, Rebellions, State, Racial, Populist and Political Violence in Global History"
In the aftermath of global responses to George Floyd's murder and the insurrection at the Washington, D.C. Capitol, this course asks our students to historicize and rethink histories of violence through the lens of new histories and approaches to writing state atrocity, urban uprisings, and populist street violence and vigilantism. As such, this theme course explores new and exciting work that reconsiders state, racial, and street violence as a matter of political uprisings and state reprisal. Through a critical historical lens, we will reconsider the meanings and differences between what historians and political pundits might name as riots, senseless violence, insurrections, uprisings, revolutions, terror, and liberation. The course will rethink sites of violence through a global and transnational lens and one that spans three centuries (18th, 19th, and 20th centuries). Course topics will include slave revolts; "race riots" and historical memory; and urban uprisings as an expression of political discontent and resistance to global systems of white supremacy, colonialism, and capitalism. We will also take up new work on populist violence and vigilantism through new work on lynching’s and public memory; extremist street violence; the history of gun violence as racial and political violence; genocides and “race wars;” and, domestic terrorism and political violence (from Nazi Germany to the Oklahoma City bombing). We will also read new work on state violence as political reprisal, racial repression, and as part of a global campaign of anti-insurgent thought and practice during the Cold War era. Topics of state violence will include global and domestic systems of policing and incarceration; border control, immigration detention and deportation; political violence in totalitarian regimes; and state campaigns against guerilla insurgencies during the Cold War. Despite popular narratives that argue that we have entered a new millennium as a less violent age (particularly the claims of Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker about the decline of violence), the persistence and even the intensification of modern-day violence requires that we think historically about this phenomenon to better disentangle the many meanings of violence as social, cultural, political, and racial expression. Pre-requisite: Enrollment in a History MA or PhD Program or permission of the instructor with enrollment under the HIS course number.
SOC 514 - Adv. Topics in Global Sociology - "Global Political Economy & Institutions"
This course will focus on the historical development of macro-structural change. We’ll examine foundational work & contemporary applications from political economic and institutional perspectives as well as work that integrates the two. The major substantive areas – broadly conceived – will include economic inequality, the natural environment, human health and wellbeing, and human rights.
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