Concepts in Social and Cultural Analysis
SCA-UA 1 4 points.
A gateway to all majors offered by the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis. Focuses on the core concepts that intersect the constituent programs of SCA: Africana studies, American studies, Asian/ Pacific/American studies, gender and sexuality studies, Latino studies, and metropolitan studies. Surveys basic approaches to a range of significant analytical concepts (for example, property, work, technology, nature, popular culture, consumption, knowledge), each considered within a two-week unit.
Field Colloquium in Gender and Sexuality Studies
SCA-UA 4 4 points.
Social and Cultural Analysis 101
SCA-UA 101 Offered every year. 4 points.
Introduces theories, methods, and political trajectories central to the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis (SCA). SCA addresses how individuals and populations structure their worlds and navigate the resulting social, cultural, and political terrain. It privileges scholarly work with an intersectional approach, drawing on theoretical insights from such fields as social geography, feminism and queer studies, ethnic studies, urban and metropolitan studies, critical race theory, labor studies, and cultural studies.
Approaches to Gender and Sexuality Studies
SCA-UA 401 4 points.
Explores the construction of sex, gender, and sexuality; gender asymmetry in society; sexual normativity and violations of norms; and the interactions of sex, gender, sexuality, race, class, and nation. Engages materials and methodologies from a range of media and disciplines, such as literature, the visual arts, history, sociology, psychology, and anthropology. Examines both feminist and nonfeminist arguments from a variety of critical perspectives.
Advanced Research Seminar
SCA-UA 90 Prerequisite: any of the following: Social and Cultural Analysis 101 (SCA-UA 101), or Concepts in Social and Cultural Analysis (SCA-UA 1), or Field Colloquium in Gender and Sexuality Studies (SCA-UA 4), or Intersections: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in U.S. History (SCA-UA 230). Offered every semester. 4 points.
Students write a 20-25 page research paper with a focus on a specific research method. Topics vary by semester; see Albert for details.
Senior Honors Seminar
SCA-UA 92 Prerequisites: 3.65 GPA or higher (both overall and in the major), and either Social and Cultural Analysis 101 (SCA-UA 101) or Concepts in Social and Cultural Analysis (SCA-UA 1), and either Field Colloquium in Gender and Sexuality Studies (SCA-UA 4), or Approaches to Gender and Sexuality Studies (SCA-UA 401), or Intersections: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in U.S. History (SCA-UA 230), and permission of the department. Offered every fall. 4 points.
Senior Honors Thesis
SCA-UA 93 Prerequisites: Senior Honors Seminar (SCA-UA 92), 3.65 GPA or higher (both overall and in the major), and permission of the department. Offered every spring. 4 points.
The 4-point internship program complements and enhances the formal course work of the gender and sexuality major. Students intern at agencies dealing with a range of issues pertaining to the major and take a corequisite seminar that enables them to focus the work experience in meaningful academic terms. The goals of the internship are threefold: (1) to allow students to apply the theory they have gained through course work, (2) to provide students with analytical tools, and (3) to assist students in exploring professional career paths. Open to juniors and seniors and requires an application.
SCA-UA 40 Corequisite: Internship Seminar (SCA-UA 42). Offered every spring. Ten hours of fieldwork are required. 2 points.
SCA-UA 42 Corequisite: Internship Fieldwork (SCA-UA 40). Offered every spring. 2 points.
Sex and the City
SCA-UA 420 4 points.
Regulation, organization, suppression, and celebration of sexuality in cities around the globe, with a special focus on New York. Topics: urban sex work, sexual migration, sexual minorities and cultural production, and sex law from the 19th century to the present. How the politics of sexuality have intersected with the politics of race, gender, class, religion, and citizenship.
SCA-UA 450 Prerequisite: Approaches to Gender and Sexuality Studies (SCA-UA 401) or permission of the instructor. 4 points.
Topics may include: the historical shift from an emphasis on homosexual acts to homosexual persons; the history of the study of gays and lesbians by the medical, psychology, and sexology professions; intersections of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sex, and sexual orientation in literary and visual texts; homophobia; hate crimes; outing; activism; and performativity.
Theories of Gender and Sexuality
SCA-UA 472 Prerequisite: Approaches to Gender and Sexuality Studies (SCA-UA 401), Sex and Gender (SOC-UA 21), or permission of the instructor. 4 points.
Topics vary and may include: feminist theory; queer theory; psychoanalysis; postcolonial theory; border theory; social movements; postmodernism; performativity; theories of history, culture, and representation; and intersectionality.
SCA-UA 474 4 points.
Topics: how do notions of gender and sexuality shift in the context of the gendered travel, displacements, and diasporas created by globalization? How are these contemporary movements shadowed by prior movements precipitated by earlier histories of colonialism, indentured labor, and slavery? Examines theoretical essays, novels, films, and other cultural texts.
SCA-UA 475 4 points.
Topics are critically examined within a global context and related to histories of modernity, capitalism, and imperialism. They include: cultures and subcultures, sexual practices and meanings, legal regulation, science/biology, public policy, and politics and activism, and intersections of historical hierarchies of race, gender, class, and nation with histories of sexuality.
SCA-UA 481 Offered every year. 4 points.
In-depth study of a particular problem or research area within gender and sexuality studies.
SCA-UA 482 Identical to ENGL-UA 749. Prerequisite: one course in literature, or Approaches to Gender and Sexuality Studies (SCA-UA 401), or permission of the instructor. 4 points.
Develops notions of queerness—deviation from a sexed and gendered norm—through detailed exploration of literary texts in a variety of genres. Historical period and national focus (British, American, Commonwealth) may vary.
SCA-UA 488 Identical to ENGL-UA 302. Prerequisite: one English course, one gender and sexuality studies course, or permission of the instructor. 4 points.
From the Bible to key texts of the Western Middle Ages in which men lay down the law, and occasionally women talk back. Other works: the letters of Abelard and Heloise, the fictive but larger than life Wife of Bath, and the imagined feminine utopia of Christine de Pizan.
Topics in Gender and Sexuality Studies
SCA-UA 493 Offered every semester. 4 points.
In-depth study of a particular problem or research area within gender and sexuality studies.
SCA-UA 496, 497 Prerequisite: permission of the director of undergraduate studies. Offered in the fall and spring respectively. 2 or 4 points per term.
The following courses count as electives for gender and sexuality studies majors and minors. See the departmental or program sections in this Bulletin for course descriptions and prerequisites.
The Black Body and the Lens
SCA-UA 155 4 points.
SCA-UA 156 4 points.
Race and Reproduction
SCA-UA 158 4 points.
Intersections: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in U.S. History
SCA-UA 230 4 points.
Cultures and Economies
SCA-UA 234 4 points.
Couture/Culture: Fashion and Globalization
SCA-UA 253 4 points.
Latino/a Art and Performance in NYC
SCA-UA 532 4 points.
Latina Feminist Studies
SCA-UA 548 4 points.
NAFTA and Narcos
SCA-UA 562 4 points.
Caribbean Women Writers
SCA-UA 570 4 points.
Postmodern Travel Fiction
SCA-UA 572 4 points.
Gender in the Urban Environment
SCA-UA 621 4 points.
Family and Kinship
SCA-UA 705 Identical to ANTH-UA 41. 4 points.
Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality
SCA-UA 711 Identical to ANTH-UA 112. 4 points.
Sexuality and Gender in Greece and Rome
SCA-UA 818 Identical to CLASS-UA 210. 4 points.
Classical Literature and Philosophy: Gender and Genre
SCA-UA 860 Identical to COLIT-UA 160. 4 points.
Gay and Lesbian Performance
SCA-UA 714 Identical to DRLIT-UA 137, THEA-UT 624. 4 points.
Feminism and Theater
SCA-UA 726 Identical to DRLIT-UA 240, THEA-UT 623. Martin. 4 points.
EAST ASIAN STUDIES
Gender and Radicalism in Modern China
SCA-UA 827 Identical to EAST-UA 536, HIST-UA 536. 4 points.
Representations of Women
SCA-UA 734 Identical to ENGL-UA 755. 4 points.
HEBREW AND JUDAIC STUDIES
Sex, Gender, and the Bible
SCA-UA 743 Identical to HBRJD-UA 19. 4 points.
Conceptions of Gender in Ancient Egypt
SCA-UA 745 Identical to HBRJD-UA 138. 4 points.
Women in European Society Since 1750
SCA-UA 716 Identical to HIST-UA 196. 4 points.
Gender/Sex Controversies: Roots and Explanations
SCA-UA 727 Identical to HIST-UA 635. 4 points.
Women and Slavery in the Americas
SCA-UA 730 Identical to HIST-UA 660. 4 points.
Race, Religion, and Gender in 20th Century France
SCA-UA 849 Identical to HIST-UA 192. 4 points.
Black Women in America
SCA-UA 861 Identical to HIST-UA 661. 4 points.
Journalism and Society: Women and the Media
SCA-UA 733 Identical to JOUR-UA 720. 4 points.
Sex, Gender, and Language
SCA-UA 712 Identical to LING-UA 21. 4 points.
Gender in Law
SCA-UA 723 Identical to POL-UA 336. 4 points.
Religion, Sexuality, and Public Life
SCA-UA 812 Identical to RELST-UA 650. 4 points.
Sex and Gender
SCA-UA 704 Identical to SOC-UA 21. 4 points.
SCA-UA 724 Identical to SOC-UA 451. 4 points.
Sexual Diversity in Society
SCA-UA 725 Identical to SOC-UA 511. 4 points.