Fall Semester

This list showcases a sampling of UB's gender-related curriculum.  For more information please contact the instructor.

FALL 2017

SW 992: Special Topics: Reproductive Justice
Registration #: 23583
Days, Time: Online
Instructor: Gretchen Ely

“Is the complete physical, mental, spiritual, political, social and economic well-being of women and girls based on the full achievement and protection of women’s human rights (www.protectchoice.org)”. Topics include: racial justice, economic justice, LGBTQ justice, abortion and contraceptive access, reproductive health and access to health care.

FALL 2016

AHI 588: Displaying Gender: Queering Museums and Exhibitions
Registration #: 23569
Days, Time: W 2:00 PM - 4:40 PM
Room: Clemens 606
Instructor: Elizabeth Otto

This seminar will introduce graduate and advanced undergraduate students to critical museum practice through a focus on issues of gender and representation. In short, this course seeks to queer the museum—to destabilize and denaturalize viewing practices and cultures of display—and to examine how such practices intersect with and participate in structures of power. We will look at how sexuality and sexual identity, race, class, ethnicity, and age are visualized or hidden through curatorial practices and by public institutions. Readings will include key texts in feminist theory, queer theory, and gender studies as they relate to the study of visual culture and art institutions. Our focus will be primarily on Europe and the United States from the nineteenth century to the present, but seminar participants may engage other cultural contexts in their individual guided research projects. 

HIS 341: Social History of Women in the United States, to 1880
Registration #: 23759
Days, Time: Tu-Th  3:30 PM - 4:50 PM
Room: Cooke 248
Instructor: Susan Cahn

This course will examine the history of women in colonial America and the U.S. through the 19th century.  We will concentrate on social history, looking at how women of different races, ethnicities, classes, regions and ages experienced and shaped their daily lives under the constraints of a given era.  Themes will include work, family relations, slavery, childbirth and motherhood, and sexuality. We will also look at political issues, including formal systems of patriarchy, women's legal status, the meaning of the American Revolution for women, and women's political activism in the abolition, temperance, and woman's rights movements. 

POL 324: Poland Today
Registration #: 21484
Days, Time: Tu -Th 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM
Room: Greiner 120B (North Campus)
Instructor: Karolina Kulicka

The course offers students an opportunity to examine how Poland  - a country  “at the crossroads” of North, South, East and West of Europe - responds to political and social challenges of the 21st century, such as gender equality, changing social patterns, or globalization. The present Polish discussions on gender, minorities’ rights, migration, same-sex marriages or climate change policy serve as a  revealing illustration of important social tensions taking place globally.

SW 972: Statistical Analysis of Social Issues
Registration #: 24831
Days, Time: Tu-Th  4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Room: 206 Parker Hall, South Campus
Instructor: Tom Nochajski


Various statistical approaches to studying social problems and the impact of interventions at all levels of social systems.

The underlying rationale for different types of analyses, ranging from chi-square to regression, with an introduction to propensity analysis.Instructor: Tom Nochajski

Various statistical approaches to studying social problems and the impact of interventions at all levels of social systems.

The underlying rationale for different types of analyses, ranging from chi-square to regression, with an introduction to propensity analysis.


Using different statistical techniques and packages.

Using data provided by instructor to develop an understanding of why specific methods are chosen.


Skills to analyze data and interpret results, including how to determine if follow-up analyses are indicated

Open to doctoral & advanced masters students!

FALL 2015

ENG 309: Shakespeare: Earlier Plays
Registration #: 20047
Days, Time: M-W-F 9:00 - 9:50 a.m.
Room: Talbert 113 (North Campus)
Instructors: Barbara Bono

This Fall Semester course on Shakespeare’s earlier works will begin with his self-conscious gestures of mastery in the virtually interchangeable romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet (1594-96) and romantic comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1594-96). During the course of the semester we will then go on to read selections from his second tetralogy of history plays—Richard II (1595), Henry IV (1597), and Henry V (1598-99)—and his series of romantic comedies—Twelfth Night (1599-1600)—as complementary treatments of the fashioning of authority from without, through the recreation of a myth of divine kingship, and from within, through the reproductive consent of women.
Format: Weekly Worksheets. Two medium-length (c. 5-10 pp.) formal, graded, analytic and argumentative papers. Midterm and cumulative final examinations.
Texts: The Norton Shakespeare, 3rd edition, ed. Stephen Greenblatt, et. al. (or any good student edition of the plays you may happen already to own—if you have questions please consult the instructor at the beginning of the course) and The Bedford Companion to Shakespeare: An Introduction with Documents, ed. Russ McDonald.

POL 324: Poland Today
Registration #: 22602
Days, Time: T-R 12:30 - 1:50 a.m.
Room: Baldy 109 (North Campus)
Instructors: Karolina Kulicka

The course provides students with an opportunity to enrich their undergraduate program with a valuable insight into current socioeconomic and cultural happenings and developments in Poland—a country “at the heart" of Europe. During the course we will look at how Poland responds to major political challenges of the 21st century, such as changing social and family patterns, gender equality issues or the rights of minorities. The course will have an interactive formula and will include movies, multimedia, and discussions. The course does not require prior knowledge of Polish or European history. It is built on movies, Internet resources, short articles, presentations and discussion. If you have any questions, please contact the instructor (kkulicka@buffalo.edu).

CHB 500: Health for Refugee Populations
Registration #: 24423
Days, Time: M 1:00 - 3:40 p.m.
Room: Diefendorf 5
Instructors: Lynn Kozlowski, Lorraine Collins

This course provides an introduction to health issues, barriers to care, and services for Western New York’s (WNY) refugee population. Through the course, students will explore major health issues impacting refugee communities, identify and prioritize major health issues and unmet needs for this underserved population, and identify, design or recommend a feasible service or intervention model to address the identified issue or issues. Major health issues that will be explored include physical, mental, sociological and spiritual health. Barriers that will be assessed include cultural, social, physical, and financial challenges. The course objectives will be met through faculty and student engagement with refugee community providers and client representatives. Contact Dr. Kozlowski (lk22@buffalo.edu) or Dr. Collins (lcollins@buffalo.edu) for more information.

CHB 500: Health and the Public: Health, Medicine, and Illness in Social Context
Registration #: 24331
Days, Time: M 9:00 - 11:50 a.m.
Room: Diefendorf 205 (South Campus)
Instructor: Elizabeth Gage-Bouchard

In this course we will examine the social nature of health, illness, and medicine. Over the first half of the semester we will seek to understand how the context of a person’s life shapes their likelihood of achieving good health and susceptibility to illness. How does the context of a person’s life (where they live, who they are friends with, if they are married, where they live, if they work, their gender and sexual orientation) shape health? Finally, we will examine the role of medical care in contributing to health in the US. What is good medical care, who gets it, and why? What role do physicians play in producing health? Students will focus on applying empirical evidence and theory to design evidence-based public health interventions to improve community health. Contact Dr. Bouchard (eagage@buffalo.edu) for more information.

GEO 503: International Development 
Registration #: 24416
Days, Time: W 12:30 - 3:10 p.m.
Room: Wilkeson 106 (North Campus)
Instructor: Marion Werner

This seminar will provide students with an advanced understanding of theory and practice in the field of international development from the post-WWII period to the present. Students will consider theoretical debates in the context of changing geographies of global inequality and the shifting role played by multilateral development institutions, such as the World Bank and the IMF. Students will explore contemporary development practice in an era of increased reliance on market mechanisms to achieve social development goals in low-income countries. Case studies include titling programs for informal urban settlements, agro-food export restructuring, microfinance, and gender mainstreaming. For questions please contact Dr. Marion Werner, 645-0475; wernerm@buffalo.edu.

SW 582: Multicultural Issues in Social Work 
Registration #: 12682
Days, Time: T 9:00 - 11:40 a.m.
Room: Diefendorf 207 (South Campus)
Instructor: Isok Kim

Buffalo is becoming more diverse in terms of culture and ethnic background as the WNY region attracts people from all over the world. This course will explore the cultures and value systems of some of the major ethnic groups found within the U.S., discuss the impact of culture on help seeking behavior, assessment, intervention, and the termination process, and recognize the importance of working with informal support networks and indigenous helpers as part of the social work process. For questions contact Dr. Isok Kim, 645-1252; isokkim@buffalo.edu.