MIT CLASSES

The courses below have been offered in past years and have a significant focus on sexuality, gender identity, or queer theory. Please look for these and other courses in this year's listing of courses.
 


21F.016 Alternative Cinema: Male Same-Sex Desire in International Film

Edward B. Turk (Spring '02)
Interpretation and analysis of works by international filmmakers who focus on male homosexual desire. Primary attention given to ways in which screen representations of same-sex desire affect narrative form, cinematic style, and human vision. Films studied in cultural and political contexts. The course examines a broad range of filmmakers.  Non-English-language films in subtitled versions.

 

SP.401 Introduction to Women's Studies

Evelyne Ender (Fall '01 and Spring '02)
An interdisciplinary subject that draws on literature, history, psychology, philosophy, anthropology, and feminist theory to: 1) examine our cultural assumptions about gender, 2) trace the effects of the new scholarship on traditional disciplines, and 3) increase awareness of the history and experience of women as half the world's population.

 

SP.601J Feminist Political Thought

Annabelle Lever (Fall '01)
Analyzes theories of gender and politics, especially ideologies of gender and their construction; definitions of public and private spheres; gender issues in citizenship; the development of the welfare state; experiences of war and revolution; class formation; and the politics of sexuality. Graduate students are expected to pursue the subject in greater depth through reading and individual research. Cross-listed as 17.007J, meets with 17.007.

 

SP.421J Race and Gender in Asian America

Emma Tang (Spring '02)
An interdisciplinary examination of the Asian-American experience with particular emphasis on gender and race from mid-nineteenth century to present. Topics include Asian American women's history, Asian American feminisms, gender and ethnic nationalism, images of Asian American men and women in film and media, sexuality, and the impact of immigration on gender roles. Uses extensive primary sources and audiovisual media. Cross-listed as 21H.153J.

 

SP.463 Contemporary US Hispanic Literature and Film: Lives as Translation

Nicolas Wey-Gomez (Fall '01)
Examines the experiences and dilemmas of Cubans, Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, and other established and immigrant US Hispanic/Latino groups by studying recent writers and filmmakers. Topics include: marginality, transculturation, and acculturation in works, including some by Julia Alvarez, Gloria Anzaldua, Sandra Cisneros, Jesus Colon, Oscar Hijuelos, and Richard Rodriguez. Includes TV series "I Love Lucy" and the film "Mambo Kings." Taught in English.

 

SP.493 Media in a Cultural Context

Henry Jenkins and Justine Cassell (Spring '02)
This seminar is designed to provide close case study examinations of specific media or media configurations and the larger social, cultural, economic, political, or technological contexts within which they operate. The class can be organized around recurring themes in media history, specific genres or movements, specific media, or specific historical moments. Topic for Spring 2002: Understanding Children's Culture. Meets with 21L.715 and CMS.871.

 

SP.443J Contemporary Women of Color: Writing & Reading Short Stories

Helen Lee (Spring '02)
Students read short stories by Native American, Latina, African-American, and Asian-American women writers and write their own stories and descriptive sketches. Discussion of the following themes: the reclaiming, reconstruction, and preservation of culture and ancestry as sources of power and resistance; storytelling and use of ethnic language as means of survival; use of indigenous myth and motif; shifting, contending, and multiple identities; and tensions between nationalist and feminist struggles for self-determination and self-definition.  Cross-listed as 21W.766J.

 

SP.455J Gender, Sexuality, and Society

Jean Jackson (Spring '02)
An introduction to the anthropological study of human sexuality, gender constructs, and the sociocultural systems these are embedded in. Examines current critiques of Western philosophical and psychological traditions, and cross-cultural variability and universals of gender and sexuality. Cross-listed as 21A.231J.

 

SP.456J The Contemporary US Family

Jean Jackson (Spring '02)
The role of the family in human evolution, and as a symbol in our own social and political lives. Topics include: sex, marriage, and parenting; the labor market; class, race, and ethnicity; and the family's probable future. Cross-listed as 21A.230J.

 

SP.469J Storytelling: Women and Performance

Eleanor Wachs (Fall '01)
Compares oral and written folktales primarily from the Arabic-speaking world, but also from Chinese, African, North American, and European traditions. Studies the formation and reception of storytelling in different sociocultural contexts: western and eastern, contemporary and traditional, male and female. Through lectures, presentations, and videorecordings, students consider storytelling and associated performance practice in the light of a variety of theoretical disciplines such as folklore, performance studies, gender studies, and literary criticism. Cross-listed as 21A.562J.

 

SP.482J The Science of Race, Sex, and Gender in the United States

TBA (Spring '02)
Subject examines the role of science and medicine in the origins and evolution of the concepts of race, sex, and gender from the seventeenth century to the present in the US. A major focus is an examination of how biological, anthropological, and medical concepts intersect with social, cultural, and political ideas about racial, sexual, and gender difference. Approach is historical and comparative across disciplines emphasizing their different modes of explanation and use of evidence. Cross-listed as STS.046J.

 

SP.650J Psychology of Gender

Phoebe Schnitzer (Fall '01 and Spring '02)
Examines evidence (and lack thereof) of when and how individual thoughts, feelings, and actions are affected by gender. Topics include: gender development and stereotypes; gender differences in cognition and emotion; how gender is related to physical/mental health, sexuality, relationships, and work. Cross-listed as 9.75J.

 

Courses not offered in '01-'02

SP.591J Traditions in American Concert Dance. Thomas DeFrantz
SP.581J Modern Art and Sexuality. TBA

SP.492J Popular Narrative: Gender and Sexuality in Popular Culture. Henry Jenkins

SP.602J Feminist Theory. Sally Haslanger

SP.462J Sex Roles in Fiction: Europe and Latin America. Margery Resnick

SP.594 Identity Politics in Performance.  Brenda Cotto-Escalera

SP.519J Forms of Desire: Lesbian and Gay Literature, cross-listed as 21L.445J.   James Cain

SP.593 Queer Theater. Thomas DeFrantz

SP.605J Women and the Legal Process.  Margaret Burnham

SP.604J Race, Gender, and Law. Margaret Burnham

 
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