2014-2015 GCWS Graduate Courses at MIT

May 23, 2014

The 2014-2015 Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies seminars are courses that are open to graduate students across disciplines; Masters and PhD students are eligible to apply as well as advanced undergraduate students doing work in a discipline related to the course topics.  There is an application process for GCWS courses.  Applications are accepted until the enrollment deadline and are reviewed by the seminar instructors immediately following.  The Fall application deadline is Thursday, August 21st, 2014.  Please call or email the GCWS at gcws@mit.edu or visit the website for more information about application procedures, member institution cross-registration policies, credit questions, or the specifics of the classes being offered.
The fall courses include:

Workshop for Dissertation Writers in Women’s and Gender Studies

Students will be asked to reflect on the ways that feminism and gender studies have affected their views of what discourses are considered relevant, worthy, and timely.

Gender, Race, and the Construction of the American West

This course explores the historical experiences and cultural productions of women in the North American West during the time it was being explored, settled, and imagined. Challenging the myths of western expansion as an exclusively male endeavor, and the formation of western myth and enterprise as exclusively male domains, the course pays particular attention to the roles of women in promoting, resisting, transforming, and constructing the trans-Mississippi West as reality and imaginary.

Women, Health, and Marginalization

We will draw on a blend of empirical studies, policy materials, films and guest speakers to examine specific health issues like menstrual health, corporate obstetrics, abortion, obesity, intersex, military rape and other forms of violence, mental health and stress, parent- child attachment, as well as ethics and pharmaceuticals.

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