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Required Courses

Course Description Department Professor Time Location
Introduction to       Feminisms
Cross listed
Description: Fulfills Women Writer's requirement for ENGL/LSOE majors. Satisfies one of three elective courses required within the Communication major.

This introductory course offers both an overview and a foundation for understanding the various movements that make up what has come to be called the feminist movement in the U.S. Because systems of privilege and disadvantage shape women's and men's identities and social positions in multiple and unique ways, Introduction to Feminisms analyzes gender from an interdisciplinary approach and applies numerous academic disciplinary methods to the study of gender, including history, literature, psychology, and sociology, and explores women's and men's experiences within various cultural contexts, including socioeconomic class, race and ethnicity, religion and spirituality, nations of citizenship, origin, and generation.
Cross listed           Pfeffer Tue, Thu
4:30–5:45 p.m.
Lyons 202
Introduction to Feminisms
Cross listed
Description: Fulfills Women Writer's requirement for ENGL/LSOE majors. Satisfies one of three elective courses required within the Communication major.

This introductory course offers both an overview and a foundation for understanding the various movements that make up what has come to be called the feminist movement in the U.S. Because systems of privilege and disadvantage shape women's and men's identities and social positions in multiple and unique ways, Introduction to Feminisms analyzes gender from an interdisciplinary approach and applies numerous academic disciplinary methods to the study of gender, including history, literature, psychology, and sociology, and explores women's and men's experiences within various cultural contexts, including socioeconomic class, race and ethnicity, religion and spirituality, nations of citizenship, origin, and generation.
Cross listed Murphy Mon, Wed
3:00–4:15 p.m.
Campion 300

Fall 2018 Undergraduate Electives

Course Description Department Professor Time Location
Images and Power
Description: May be taken as part of the Women's Studies Minor.
This seminar involves an historical sociological exploration of social technologies of image-making in art, science, religion, advertising, politics and everyday life. Of particular concern is the cognitive, moral and bodily power of images in relation to the cultural politics of class, race, sex and gender. Course participants are expected to engage with a wide range of critical literatures pertaining to the material and imaginary power of images and to engage in ethnographic fieldwork, resulting in a mixed-media study of the power of imagery in a particular social scene or institution
Sociology Pfohl Tue
3:00–5:30 p.m.
McGuinn 413
Deviance and Social Control
Description: Fulfills a requirement in the Women's Studies Program and the Pre-Law Program.
This course explores the social construction of boundaries between the "normal" and the so-called "deviant." It examines the struggle between powerful forms of social control and what these exclude, silence, or marginalize. Of particular concern is the relationship between dominant forms of religious, legal, and medical social control and gendered, racialized and global economic structures of power. The course provides an in-depth historical analysis of theoretical perspectives used to explain, study and control deviance, as well as ethical-political inquiry into such matters as religious excess, crime, madness, corporate and governmental wrong-doing, and sexual subcultures that resist dominant social norms.

Satisfies Core requirement for: Cultural Diversity,Social Science
Sociology Pfohl Tue, Thu
10:30–11:45 a.m.
Gasson 306
From #BlackLivesMatter to #MeToo Lab
Description: Core Renewal: Complex Problems
For Freshmen Only
This course explores pressing problems of modern race and gender-based sexual violence in the U.S. and throughout the African Diaspora. Utilizing interdisciplinary perspectives in both the humanities and social sciences, we will examine the roots of sexual violence, the ways in which it has been expressed, the meanings attached to it, and its implications for society from an intersectional perspective. Students will: 1) examine the wide-ranging ramifications of racism on rape culture; 2) formulate solutions for intervening in and eradicating rape culture; and 3) summon their imaginations to envision a world without sexual violence.

Satisfies Core requirement for: Literature,Social Science
African and African Diaspora Studies Diamond-Brown Thu
10:30–11:45 a.m.
Carney 302
Feminisms & Phil of Differ
What does it mean to call oneself (or someone else) a ?feminist?? In attempting an answer to this question, we will consider efforts to reveal, unravel, and remedy the conceptual, psychological, and economic dimensions of the oppression of women. We will discuss a variety of feminisms ? liberal, existential, radical ? and their differing approaches to such ?feminist? issues as marriage and domestic violence, reproduction and pregnancy, work and sexual harassment, and the science of gender and gender difference. We will examine the relationship of sexism to racism, heterosexism, and class exploitation, and investigate the role of the concept of difference in creating and maintaining structural inequalities. Faculty: Cherie McGill Philosophy McGill Mon, Wed
1:30–2:45 p.m.
Campion 236
Contested Cities: Race, Class and Sexuality
This course will explore how racial and ethnic newcomers encountered the American city in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Looking at various groups - older European and Asian immigrants, black migrants from the South, sexual minorities, and recent arrivals from Latin America and the Caribbean - we?ll look at how these newcomers worked, played, organized, and claimed space in the city. We?ll pay particular attention to social and political struggles over urban spaces including neighborhoods, commercial districts, amusement areas, and public parks. Students will conduct research on migrant communities in Boston and collaborate in the production of digital public history projects. History Johnson Tue
3:00–5:25 p.m.
Devlin 010
Gender Roles and Communication
Description: Satisfies one of two writing intensive course requirements within the Communication major. Restricted to Juniors and Seniors.
This course is both a writing-intensive seminar and a Women's and Gender Studies minor course. Focus is on the social construction of gender through communication. The early section of the course compares historical and theoretical approaches to representations of gender in communication texts. Then, building on these comparisons, students read about, examine, and analyze texts, focusing particularly on television programming and advertising.
Communication Cuklanz Tue, Thu
1:30–2:45 p.m.
Gasson 207
Versions in Black: Genres of Black Women's Writing
The phrase ?Black Women?s Writing? implies that such literature is homogeneous and can be neatly represented. Our course constitutes itself against this idea: rather than experiencing writing by black women as an easily definable ?type,? this class presents it as diverse, complicated, and contradictory. By so reading, discussing, and writing about these works, students will be encouraged to examine and reexamine notions of race, gender, and history. Significantly, we will ?de-construct? ?Black Women?s Writing? by examining the various genres these writers use to express their imaginings, specifically: fantasy, mystery, and experimental novels; drama; poetry; and autobiography.

Satisfies Core requirement for: Cultural Diversity
English Frederick Tue, Thu
10:30–11:45 a.m.
Stokes 211S
Roman Law and Family
We will look at the makeup and dynamics of the Roman household through legal sources, which allow investigation of Roman legal arguments and approaches to issues such as marriage, dowry, divorce, disciplining children, adultery, procreation, adoption, and women's rights, and the role of the pater familias. We will also observe similarities and differences between Roman family law and modern American family law. By the end of the course you will have gained a better understanding not only of the Roman family but also of how societies -- including our own -- use law to order and regulate family relationships. Classical Studies Eshleman Mon, Wed, Fri
11:00–11:50 a.m.
Stokes 103N
Early Modern Love: Human and Divine
Description: Fulfills the pre-1700 requirement.
Love is one of the predominant themes in 16th and 17th-century literature, in which love is variously described as a fire and a disease, a god and an idol, a misery and an ecstasy. This course will explore the literary forms and genres through which early modern authors depict love for family, friends, one?s beloved, and God. We will study early modern understandings of the obstacles to an enduring love and the ways in which people sought to overcome these obstacles. Readings will likely include works by Shakespeare, Spenser, Milton, Donne, Herbert, and women writers of the period.
English Sterrett Tue, Thu
1:30–2:45 p.m.
Higgins 225
Romantic Texts and Contexts Romantic Texts and Contexts? provides graduate students with an advanced introduction to the scholarly and critical study of poetry published in the British Romantic era (1780-1834). It is appropriate both for students who have had some undergraduate course work in the field and those who are relatively new to British Romanticism. We will read novels and poems in various genres (lyric, narrative, and dramatic) and in relation to various ways of contextualizing literary works. Authors will probably include Wollstonecraft and Austen, Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Keats, and selected women poets (Smith, Hemans, Robinson).   Richardson Wed
7:00–9:25 p.m.
Stokes 476S
The Women's Voice in Italian Literature and Culture
Description: Conducted in Italian
The conventional Italian literary canon has frequently ignored women, dismissing unexpected female voices as anomalies (the thirteenth century's Accomplished Maiden), apocryphal (the fourteenth century poets of Fabriano) or men-writing-as-women (the nineteenth century?s Contessa Lara). The latter method of elimination has proven so popular that it was re-proposed most recently to explain the reclusiveness of contemporary author Elena Ferrante. This course will examine the role the woman?s voice ? real or imagined ? plays in Italian authorial tradition. Mothers, daughters, sisters; lovers, saints and sinners; learned women, clever women, women scorned and scorning, independent and invisible?we will meet them all.
Romance Languages and Literatures Contrada Mon, Wed, Fri
11:00–11:50 a.m.
Campion 328
Interpersonal Violence
This course will review research, assessment, treatment, and current controversies in the area of family violence, focusing on child sexual abuse, child physical abuse, and spousal abuse. The course will consist of a combination of a lecture and class discussion of the issues, including those related to memories of abuse, identification of abuse, and the legal, psychological, and social ramifications of extracting women and children from abusive homes. Psychology Tishelman Tue
6:00–8:30 p.m.
Gasson 202
Love, Gender, Marriage: Western Literary Tradition
Description: Core Renewal Course: Enduring Questions
For Freshmen Only
As in all sections of the Writing Core, this one is intended to prepare students for writing at the college level, in a variety of genres and across disciplines. In this section, the subject of our inquiry will be how historical constructions of romantic love, gender and marriage are reflected in our popular culture, legal, and political spheres. Assignments will include rhetorical analyses, personal editorials, event reflections, and a longer research project with a multimedia component.

Satisfies Core requirement for: Writing
Romance Languages and Literatures Mormando Tue, Thu
Noon–1:15 p.m.
Stokes 103S
Gender and Society
Description: This can be taken as part of the Women's Studies minor.
This course explores the formation, experience, and change of women's and men's social lives in history. Topics include (1) gendered differences in the organization of power, kinship, economic well-being, race, national identity, and ethnicity, religion, sexuality, and culture; (2) socialization into masculine and feminine social roles; (3) the impact of global economic and technological change on social constructions of gender; (4) gender, popular culture, and the mass media; (5) gender equality and social justice.

Satisfies Core requirement for: Social Science
Sociology Eddy Tue, Thu
3:00–4:15 p.m.
Stokes 213S
Women and the Body
This course covers Western cultural pressures on women be super-slender. We analyze biological, sociological, and feminist perspectives on the body especially with regard to issues of beauty and body image and sexuality. We analyze how race, ethnicity and class intersect to create differences among womens relationship to their bodies. In what way do biological perspectives illuminate as well as cloud understanding of women's relationship to their bodies? We explore mass-mediated pressures on women's bodies through films, women's magazine, reality TV, and social networking sites. We examine the plastic surgery industry and the growing trend toward "designer bodies."

Satisfies Core requirement for: Social Science
Sociology Hesse-Biber Tue, Thu
1:30–2:45 p.m.
Gasson 306
Race and Gender in Visual Culture
This course introduces students to the field of visual culture, with a particular emphasis on representations of race, class, gender and sexuality. Our readings will include critical analyses of photographers using image and text to expose the complexities of identity and power (Barbara Kruger and Lorna Simpson); artists challenging racial, sexual and class identity (Robert Mapplethorpe?s Black Book, a documentary film about Harlem drag balls, Paris is Burning, and Alfred Hitchcock?s film Rear Window). A central focus of the course will be on the exhibition at BC?s McMullen Museum of the photography of the African American artist Carrie Mae Weems, which explores the role of art in generating conversation around the impact of violence and the possible ways to resist its dehumanizing effects. English Lydenberg Tue, Thu
Noon–1:15 p.m.
Campion 231
Race, Class, and Gender Viewing race, class, gender, sexuality, and other identities as inseparable from discussions of inequality and power, this course will begin by discussing the social construction of these categories and how they are connected. We will then look at how these social identities shape and are also shaped by four general subject areas: (1) wealth and poverty, (2) education, (3) family, and (4) crime, law, and social policy. Although this course is separated into subject areas, we shall see that these areas greatly overlap and are mutually influenced by one other.

Satisfies Core requirement for: Cultural Diversity,Social Science
Nannies, Maids & Mail Order Brides
Description: Not open to students who have taken HIST4457
How does gender shape immigration and migration? How does it influence the lived experiences of migrants in the workplaces, families and communities? How does it shape migrants' perceptions and assimilation into U.S. society? How does it intersect with transnational practices and imaginaries? We will consider these questions through a study of migration to and within the United Sates from the late-19th-century to the present. The class considers a broad range of racial and ethnic groups while also attending to certain categories of migrants in an effort to understand the role of gender, race, and class in migration.
History Oh Tue, Thu
3:00–4:15 p.m.
Gasson 209
Adoption and Kinship in America
In this class we will examine ideas of family and kinship by studying the history of adoption and family-making in the United States. How have Americans defined and enacted family and kinship? What is the relationship between these ideas and concepts of race, culture, class, gender, nation, rights, citizenship and identity? What do American practices of adoption tell us about how these concepts have changed over time? This course covers the period from the late 19th century to the late 20th century and examines policies, cultural representations, experiences and controversies through a variety of sources History Oh Tue, Thu
Noon–1:15 p.m.
Devlin 112
Sexuality and Society
This course explores societal understandings of sexuality through examining the ways that sexuality is promoted, repressed, and contested within American society. The topic will be surveyed in terms of social behavior, identity, culture, and power. Course readings will emphasize the influence of culture, institutions, and social interactions on sexuality, as well as explore the role of the state and the power of social norms in constructing sexuality. Sociology Carroll Tue, Thu
9:00–10:15 a.m.
Fulton 425
Gender and Sport

This course uses sport to understand gender relations in the U.S., and explores the social dynamics of gender and sporting participation. To inform our analysis we will investigate a variety of sociological, feminist and cultural studies approaches that have been used to understand the complexity of gender relations in American culture. These perspectives will be applied to historical and contemporary experiences and meanings of women’s involvement in sport and physical activity in a variety of settings including recreational, high school, college and professional sport.

Special consideration will be given to the ideological significance of sport in American culture and the role of sport in legitimating particular masculinities and femininities. We will also explore how race, class, and sexuality all structure opportunities and meanings in sport and the ways in which sporting women challenge existing power relations in American culture. Because existing assumptions about women, gender, sexuality and sport have greatly influenced popular and scholarly notions concerning the topic, this course also provides an opportunity to critique existing scholarship and dominant public sentiment. Course content will consist of lecture, discussion, small group work, guest speaker/s, the viewing of videotapes and student presentations.

Sociology Kim Tue, Thu
9:00–10:15 a.m.
Gasson 207

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