Spring Semester

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


SW 578:  GENDER ISSUES Registration #: 21749
Days, Time: M 9:00 a.m. - 11:50 p.m.
Room: Filmor 351
Instructor: Berg Miller

This elective aims to introduce students to the theories and knowledge essential to understanding the role of gender in shaping individuals’ lives and development, interpersonal relationships and systems, and conditions of social and material inequality. Students will examine social constructs of gender as they intersect with various forms of systemic oppression. In addition, students will have the opportunity to consider the role of social work practice in both reifying gender as well as contesting inequality and injustice. 


CHB 524: A public Health Approach to Understanding and Reducing Sexual Risk Behaivors 

Registration #: 10005

3 Credits, Spring Semester

Days, Times: Wednesdays, 2:20-5:00pm

Prerequisite: None

 Instructor: Sarahmona Przybyla

The course will introduce students to historical trends in the population burden of sexual risk behaviors, the social ecology of these risks, and current controversies in practice and policy. We will also examine surveillance systems and nationally representative samples used to monitor trends in high-risk sexual behaviors and related consequences.


ELP 684:   Youth Exploitation, Trafficking, and (Dis)placement: Policy & Multisector Responses

Registration #: 23333

Days: Tuesdays

Instructor: Melinda Lemke

This course focuses on commercial exploitation and (dis)placement as understood under international and U.S. federal trafficking policy. Students will examine youth trafficking dynamics, the development of current law, conflicts between immigration and trafficking policy, implementation gaps, and tensions between rights respecting practices and other new economy policy agendas.



Registration #: 23191 (UNG), #23719 (GRAD)

Days, Times: Wed, 9-11:50 am

Instructor: Christopher St. Vil

This course concerns the exploration of Black masculinity and the various policies that shape how Black male identity is viewed in America and how those policies shape the gendered perspectives/behaviors of the Black male. Consistent with an interdisciplinary approach the course will focus on a number of domains that impact Black men such as the prison industrial complex, poverty, violence, education and draw from a number of disciplines such as social work, history and sociology. We start our consideration of this topic with an examination of the institution of slavery in America between the 17th century and the beginning of the 20th century which set the foundation for Black masculinity in America. Theories that aim to explain Black male outcomes will be incorporated throughout the course.



Registration #23331

Days, Time: Tues/Thurs, 11am-12:20pm

Instructor: Noelle St. Vil

This course will introduce students to the historical and contemporary issues facing black male-female relationships. Through this course students will use a trauma informed perspective to 1) develop an understanding of the historical and contemporary context of black male-female relationships 2) assess intervention strategies and 3) propose their own solutions for addressing these pressing issues



SW 714: International Social Work 

Registration #: 16827   

Days, Time: Online class

Instructor: Filomena Critelli

Highlights of the Course: An examination of poverty, globalization and its impact on social welfare, global gender inequality and women’s rights, children’s rights and child welfare, human migration and trafficking.



Registration #: 23943/23214
Days, Time: T, TR 12:30 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.
Room: Clemens 119
Instructor: Walter Hakala

This course will examine the different ways in which gender is constructed through South Asian literature, theatre, and film. It is intended to introduce students to the literatures of South Asia, a region that includes present-day Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, by foregrounding the ways in which gender shapes different types, or genres, of text, and how different genres of text in turn shape notions of gender. Our task in this course will be to discover the cultural underpinnings of historical and contemporary conceptions of gender, sexuality, and love. Inasmuch as we “play” out our gender roles our social life, this course will also explore the ways performance is embedded in the public culture of South Asia.
All assigned texts are in English and no background in other languages or South Asian Studies is expected. Satisfies a Breadth of Literary Study requirement for English majors and an upper-level elective requirement for Asian Studies majors and minors.

Registration #: 24035
Days, Time: TR 9:00 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.
Room: Farber 182, South Campus
Instructor: Pavani K. Ram

Did you know that 750,000 people lack access to improved water around the world? Or that one billion people lack access to an improved sanitation facility? Have you wanted to learn more about the complex set of structural, behavioral, policy, and justice challenges that contribute to ongoing global inequities in water, sanitation, and hygiene? This engaging multidisciplinary course offers the opportunity for graduate students from across the university to learn from global experts about major threats to public health, the environment, and global security in an active learning environment.

Registration #: 17750
Days, Time: M, W, F 9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.
Room: Capen 258
Instructor: Barbara Bono

We’ll start where I typically leave off in English 309: Shakespeare: Earlier Plays, with the Chorus’s fond hope at the beginning of Act V of Henry V that the triumphant Hal will enter London like a “conqu’ring Caesar,” or “As, by a lower but high-loving likelihood, Were now the General of our gracious Empress—/As in good time he may—from Ireland coming, /Bringing rebellion broached on his sword.” (Henry V, Chorus, Act V, ll. 22-35). But there’s a problem. Essex, the ambitious courtier-knight who was “the General of our gracious Empress” (the aging Queen Elizabeth I) did not come home from Ireland like a “conqu’ring Caesar,” “Bring rebellion broached on his sword.” Instead he came home defeated, rebellious himself.
These—Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, King Lear, The Winter’s Tale, The Tempest—will be our texts; these—origin, conflict , sex, murder, ambition, death, production, and reproduction—will be our issues. It should be quite a semester.

Registration #: (A)23256 (B)23257
Days, Time: TH 12:30 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.
Room: Clemens 436
Instructor: Hershini Young

The class will be on Queer Black Performance and will focus on current theorizations of raced sexuality, particularly though not exclusively through the lens of performance studies. We will be reading from 13 texts. For example, Funk the Erotic: Transaesthetics and Black Sexual Cultures; Nobody is Supposed to Know: Black Sexuality on the Down Low; Excerpts from Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Longings; Aberrations in Black: Toward a Queer of Color Critique; Introduction and Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics.

Registration #: 23960
Days, Time: TH 2:00 p.m. - 4:40 p.m.
Room: Clemens 1004
Instructor: Gwynn Thomas

Recent feminist scholarship has addressed the gendered foundations of political communities by critically interrogating accepted understandings of the nation, the state, and citizenship. Taken together citizenship, nation and state compose the “Body Politic.” Central to the debates in literature around these concepts are the issues that surround how to define and delineate political communities and what are and should be the relationships between members of those communities. This course examines how gender has been an integral part of creating and maintaining political power and authority, fostering the emotional bonds of national sentiment, developing and implementing the institutions and process of state development, and shaping the ideals of citizenship.

Registration #: 24132
Days, Time: W 9:00 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.
Room: Capen 110
Instructor: Patrick McDevitt

Masculinity can be defined as the social meaning attached to biological maleness. For scholars of gender, it is axiomatic that masculinity and femininity are cultural constructs and the values attached to biological sex, despite some overlap, substantially vary across time, geography, nationality, class, race, religion, sexual orientation, etc. This seminar will investigate the myriad constructions of manhood in the West from ancient Greece to modern day. Using both primary and secondary texts, students will consider the continuities and discontinuities in how different societies and their subsets defined ideal and flawed manhood. This wide-ranging survey will consider masculinity in ancient Greece, republican and imperial Rome, pagan and Christian late antiquity, medieval and Renaissance, Europe, revolutionary France, aristocratic, middle class, and working class Britain, nineteenth and twentieth century America, and imperial and post-colonial contexts. Students will produce a series of response papers to readings, an analysis of a film which depicts an historical conception of masculinity, and a group research project.

Registration #: 22437
Days, Time: F 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Room: O'Brian 706
Instructor: Isabel Marcus

Women’s rights jurisprudence and practice are important exciting and challenging new legal developments. In this seminar we will explore the complexities of relationships among cultures and stereotypes, national laws and their implementation, international women’s rights norms and instruments, and the work of non-governmental organizations. In addition to the substantive women’s rights issues in family law, criminal law, education law, employment law, and health and reproduction law, we also will address the disparate impact on women and girls of war and migration, structural adjustment, informal labor markets and “free enterprise” zones, and trafficking. We will consider various reporting mechanisms in international fora and evaluate international and regional efforts to develop state accountability for violations of women’s human rights. Students also will receive training in the use of computer resources for women’s rights research and will have opportunities to practice and enhance those skills.

Registration #: 17238
Days, Time: T 9:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
Room: Clemens 204
Instructor: Filomena Critelli

Effective social work practice increasingly requires an internationalist perspective and a broader understanding of the connection between global and local issues. This course offers an opportunity to examine key global social issues, policies and social welfare institutions in different regions the world with a special focus on human rights and globalization’s impact on social welfare and human need. This is an excellent introductory class for students who may be interested in pursuing social work in an international setting or preparing for an international field placement or want to expand their knowledge of global human rights issues and practice.