This list showcases a sampling of UB's gender-related courses. For more information, contact the instructor.
ENG 281 Special Topics: Arts One
Days, time, Tu-Th 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Andi Coulter
Arts One is an experimental course designed to introduce students to performers and venues in the wider Buffalo community.
Instead of being bound to the classroom, students will instead take a series of field trips into the city experiencing an array of artistic mediums including music, theater, visual art and film. This class hope to expose students to Buffalo's vibrant art scene, gaining a deeper understanding of what goes into putting on an exhibition or performance. We will speak with musicians, artists, venue owners and festival organizers in an effort to get a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into 'performance'.
This class is interested in looking beyond traditional or institutional art, making visible areas of the community often overlooked or underrepresented. Specifically we will look at artists working within the areas of gender, sexuality and race in Buffalo with an eye towards the politics of space. What goes into performance? What constitutes "art"? What are the roles and expectations of audience?
Some of the possible trips include: Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Shea's Performing Arts Center, Town Ballroom, Sugar City, Colored Musician's Club, Shakespeare in the Park, Burchfield Penney Gallery, Dreamland, Queens City Gallery, Infringement Festival and Buffalo Graffiti.
* Please note: this class will not meet in a classroom. UB bus
transportation will be provided to each event.
Open to all majors and fulfills Gen Ed Arts requirement
SOC 211: Sociology of Diversity
Registration #: 11329
Days, Time: M, T, W, R, F - 11:10 - 12.25 p.m.
Room: 214 O'Brian
Instructor: Laura Obernesser
What does diversity mean in the contemporary United States? Under what conditions is diversity positive or negative? This course applies a sociological lens to the meaning and experience of diversity, paying particular attention to dimensions of difference such race, ethnicity, religion, class, (dis) ability, sexuality, and gender.
MUS 109: The Music Of Jimi Hendrix
Registration #: 12539
Instructor: Colin Tucker
This course focuses on the music of electric guitarist/singer/composer/producer Jimi Hendrix. The course will survey Hendrix’s small but influential work from a variety of perspectives: cultural, historical, and analytical. In the course, we will situate Hendrix in relation to his predecessors and contemporaries. We will discuss Hendrix's position within 1960s rock music, discussing the role of gender, race, and the intersection between the two in the aesthetics of rock. Students will work on writing skills and acquire a basic vocabulary for talking about music; additionally, students will gain basic literacy in issues of race and gender. The course fulfills the Gen Ed arts requirement. No prior musical experience is required.
HIS 152: Western Civ 1715-2015
Registration #: 12420
Days, Time: M-W 6:30 - 9:40 p.m.
Room: O'Brian 214 (North Campus)
Instructor: Averill Earls
Sex is the vehicle that has allowed us to go forth, multiply, and inhabit this beautiful blue and green planet. Yet sex is so much more to us than mere propagation. Sexual pleasure, sexual desire, and sexual identities have been central to repression, oppression, and conflict; dialogues of race, gender, religion, and society; and the way that different cultures and nations organize themselves, their communities, and their members/citizens. This is a Western Civilizations course, but we will approach this huge scope of time with a human sexuality lens. We will tackle many issues and topics that you may find interesting and relevant to your own experience in this world, including (but not limited to): pornography and erotic literature; gay and lesbian identities; and sexual reproduction, abortion, and birth control.
MUS 109: Master Composer: the Music of Jimi Hendrix
Registration #: 12536
Instructor: Colin Tucker
This course focuses on the music of electric guitarist/singer/composer Jimi Hendrix. The course will survey Hendrix’s small but influential work from a variety of perspectives: cultural, historical, and analytical. In the course, we will discuss his innovative approaches to the electric guitar and to the recording studio, and situate his music in relation to that of predecessors. Additionally, we will explore Hendrix’s relationship to counter-cultural and protest movements of the 1960s. We will also discuss gender issues in relation to 1960s rock music and the complex intersections between gender and race inherent in this music. Students will improve writing skills and acquire a basic vocabulary for talking about music. The course fulfills the Gen Ed arts requirement. No prior musical experience is required.