UB Gender Courses

As a research center rather than an academic department, the Gender Institute itself does not offer courses, but we promote curricular innovation and academic courses related to women, gender, and sexuality offered by departments and schools throughout the University at Buffalo. The courses featured here highlight just a few of UB's outstanding gender-related courses.

Information about UB's BA, MA, and PhD programs in Global Gender and Sexuality Studies can be found at https://arts-sciences.buffalo.edu/global-gender-sexuality.html.

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Spring 2021

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

Information about UB's BA, MA, and PhD programs in Global Gender and Sexuality Studies can be found at https://arts-sciences.buffalo.edu/global-gender-sexuality.html.

For a course list in the Global Gender and Sexuality Studies Department, click here.


Media Studies

DMS 555: Queer/Trans Media Studies
Course number: 23418
T TR 12:00pm - 1:40 PM
Professor: Cody Mejeur

Queer and trans folks have always had some relationship with media, broadly defined to include print and visual media, and have used media in different ways to tell our stories, share our loves, and organize resistance to cisheteronormative systems that have sought to limit and silence us. At the same time, our relationships with media and ourselves have always been shifting, and the antinormativity of the queer and the motion and gender-bending of the trans means our identities and our uses of media often defy easy or simple categorization. This seminar explores various historical and contemporary uses of media by queer and trans folks and their communities. In particular, we will pay special attention to challenging normative and teleological understandings of queer and trans progress in media, while still holding space for manifesting queer/trans realities and futures through media. Further, we will trace critical tensions and trajectories in queer and trans media studies, including intersectionality and queer of color critique, homonormativity and assimilation, and transphobia in LGBTQ+ communities, among others. Students in the seminar will read, watch, and play queer and trans media texts, and will experiment with ideas and strategies together though discussions, in-class activities, and assignments. Students will further complete two major course-length projects, a seminar paper that makes an original contribution to queer and trans media studies, and a creative media project that could become part of a creative portfolio or art installation/exhibit.

Department of  Learning and Instruction

LAI 620: Intersectionality, Equity, and Education
Course number: 24496
Asynchronous, Monthly
Professor: Sarah Robert

Intersectionality, Inequality, and Education is an introduction to a subfield of education research. The first goal of the course is to provide you with an understanding of the subfield's key concepts: intersectionality, socio-cultural production and practice, identity, difference, positionality, power, (in)equality, and equity. We will foreground gender (and sexuality, feminisms, masculinities, femininities) and attend to intersections with multiple dimensions of inequality including but not limited to race, ethnicity, indigeneity, religious identity, citizenship, able-ism, refugee, migrant. The second goal of the course is to examine how the key concepts can be used to analyze curriculum, instruction, learning, and education policy. A last goal of the course is to apply this knowledge as a student, an educator, counselor, librarian, activist, administrator, parent, or education researcher. Questions we will ponder throughout the semester are: What is intersectionality? What does it have to do with education? What do theories and methodologies of intersectionality reveal to us about teaching, learning, assessment, knowledge/curriculum, school administration, or policy? How might we use this knowledge to transform education and society?

Romance Languages and Literatures

SPA 542: Studies in Early Literature (Early Iberian Song and Drama: Reimagining Technique and Improvisation)
Course number: 23813
Tuesday 3:55-6:35
Professor: Henry S Berlin

Although medieval poetry has necessarily survived as text in manuscripts, most medieval Iberian lyric was composed for public performance, either to be recited or sung, often with musical accompaniment and often by women. These songs would later be incorporated, either directly or by imitation, into the earliest Iberian drama. How can contemporary criticism take these musical, performative, gendered, and sometimes improvisatory aspects of medieval lyric and drama into account? In this seminar, we will read texts by authors such as Alfonso X (Cantigas de Santa María), Martin Codax, Dinis of Portugal, Juan del Encina, Gil Vicente, Garcilaso de la Vega, and Francisco de Sá de Miranda, examining their works in the context of medieval poetics and theology and through theories of the lyric, voice, and improvisation. The seminar will be conducted in Spanish.


SPA 539/ SPA 409: The Age of Lorca
Course number: 23982
Thursdays, 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM
Professor: Elizabeth Scarlett

All course materials and discussions in Spanish. Prerequisite: bilingual or advanced proficiency in Spanish (4 intensive years in high school; SPA 200 level or equivalent completed). Centered on Federico Garcia Lorca's poetry and theatre, the course deals with the Silver Age of Hispanic letters, including the Generation of 1927 (Lorca, Salinas, Guillén, Aleixandre, Alberti, and Cernuda). Studies several avant-garde movements, such as Surrealism, as well as currents in the contemporary period. Gender and sexuality are in the forefront as themes for these artists and writers, and we will examine their role in shaping culture. The graduate tier of the course includes more primary and secondary materials and more research in order to create new critical approaches.

School of  Social Work

SW 714: International Social Work
Course number: 15073
Professor: Filomena M. Critelli

This course offers an opportunity to examine social welfare in different regions the world with a special focus on human rights. This is an excellent course for students who may be interested in working in an international setting, working locally with immigrants and refugees or simply want deeper exposure to current global issues. The course highlights topics such as poverty, global gender inequality, women and children’s rights, human migration and trafficking, and global health.

Department of Sociology

SOC 507: Sociology of Families
Course number: 23582
Fridays, 9:30 am - 12:10 pm
Professor: Kristen Schultz Lee

This course surveys the literature on the sociology of families. Theoretical perspectives are explored via empirical studies of change and variation in families and households. How families are defined, how they change as family members age and in the context of economic and political change, and how families reproduce social inequalities are among the central issues we study in historical and contemporary circumstances. More specifically, we examine questions such as: How do couples allocate their time? How have partnering and childrearing changed over time? How do parents navigate family and work demands? Students will be encouraged to critically evaluate their own assumptions about families in the context of research evidence and theoretical insights.

Department of Anthropology

APY 434/572: Special Topics - Gender Archaeology
Course number: 23582
Remotely, Asyn. TuTh 11:10AM - 12:25PM
Professor: Dr. Timothy Chevral. tt27@buffalo.edu

This course examines both the problems and potential of gender in archaeological research and explores and critically evaluates recent efforts to incorporate questions about the social construction of female, male and a variety of other gender categories, the sexual division of labor, and recent research in cultural and biological anthropology. Within gender archaeology, the roles and agency of other 'muted groups' within a society are often included, so we will additionally examine how childhood, old age, and outgroups or 'others' can be addressed in prehistoric and historical archaeology. Throughout, we will underscore how modern and historic mainstream sociopolitical 'norms and values' have influenced archaeological research. We deal simultaneously with two kinds of issues: 1) what we know and what we don't know, what we can and what we can't learn, and 2) how archaeologists develop and use their array of methods and theories to understand these topics to explicitly (rather than implicitly) consider these social categories; students will be encouraged to address these ideas in their own areas of interest.


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African and African American Studies

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American Studies

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Asian American Studies

As 323 Poster.

AS 323: Gender in Asian Literature
Course number: 300480
Online Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:35am-10:50am
Professor: Syrrina A. Ali Haque

This course will examine the different ways in which gender is constructed through Asian literature, theatre, and film. It is intended to introduce students to the literature of Asia, 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 in our social life, this course will also serve to introduce students to the ways in which performance is embedded in the public culture of Asia. Throughout the semester, students will be required to apply the skills we acquire in our readings on theory to a broad set of materials, including authors from across the length and breadth of Asia. There are no prerequisites for this class and all readings are in English. This course is the same as ENG 327 and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.


AS 393: Special Topics: Korean Drama and Film
Course number: 24486
Wednesdays 4:00pm-7:20pm
Professor: Margaret Rhee

This course offers an introduction to South Korean drama and cinema with attention to Korean culture and history, TV/cinema/visual cultural analysis, and within the contexts Korean cultural global reach also understood as Hallyu or the Korean Wave. Students will study South Korean drama and film through thematics such as historical development, aesthetics, genre, auteur theory, stardom, subtitling, and the politics of distribution. Course activities will consist of 1) Lecture 2) Discussion 3) Screenings 3) Critical Reading and Writing 4) Student Presentations and 5) Creative Subtitling and Screenplay Exercises. All screenings are subtitled in English and readings are in English. Screenings include films by directors such as Bong Jook Ho, Kim Rye-Lim, Chan Woo Park, and Korean Dramas such as Love and Ambitions, 500 Years of Joseon, Crash Landing, and Mr. Sunshine. Books may include Hyangjin Lee’s Contemporary Korean Cinema: Identity, Culture and Politics, and Kathleen McHugh and Nancy Abelmann’s South Korean Golden Age Melodrama: Gender, Genre, and National Cinema. Through rigorous viewings, discussing, reading, writing, students will obtain an introduction to questions on Korean culture, history, politics, aesthetics, and global relations through drama and film.

Department of  English

ENG 272 Latinx Writers.

ENG 272: Into to US Latinx Writers
Course number: 23545
T, Th 2:00-3:30pm
Professor: Carrie Tirado Bramen

Intro to Latinx Literature & Culture, Prof. Tirado Bramen, Tues & Thurs 2pm (remote) This course introduces students to the writings of Latinx writers in the U.S. by reviewing some of the major works produced by Mexican Americans or Chicanos, Puerto Ricans , and the Central American and Hispanic Caribbean Diaspora. Readings will include a wide range of genres including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, memoirs, film, and performance. The course will explore some of the major themes and issues that inform the cultural practices of these groups.


Topics to be discussed include identity formation and Latinidad, Afro-Latinx identity and the politics of intersectionality, diaspora and immigration, gender and sexualities, language and the use of Spanglish, class, and religion. Students will learn to recognize and appreciate the diversity of Latinx experiences in the United States and will become familiar with a critical vocabulary that will facilitate discussions about broader issues of American culture and identity. Knowledge of Spanish is not necessary.

This course satisfies the General Education Diversity Learning requirement.

ENG 273: Womxn Writers
Course number: 23762
MWF, 3:00 - 3:50 PM
Professor: Jocelyn E. Marshall

This course surveys 20th- and 21st-century literature and art to interrogate the notion of “women’s writing.” In doing so, we think through different ways of understanding what a text is, relationships between body and text, and ways gender might inform artistic practice and modes of reading.
By investigating historical and sociocultural contexts surrounding concepts like genre and authorship, the course aims to conclude with new ways of thinking about agency and voice, gender identity and text material, and reasons to ‘write.’
Scholars and artists of study might include: Barbara Christian, Gabrielle Civil, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Monika Fabijanska, Coco Fusco, Audre Lorde, Ana Mendieta, Claudia Rankine, Gertrude Stein, and Susan Stryker.

Global Gender & Sexuality Studies

GGS 225: VIolence in a Gendered World

Course number: 22402

Tues, Thurs , 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM
Professor: Kari J. Winter

Social constructions of gender assign personal attributes and hierarchical value to humans based on whether they are born male or female. The imposition of gender norms—how we define “masculine” and “feminine”—has been a central, coercive strategy for organizing power, labor and economics through much of history. While the compulsory nature of systems of gender and sexuality inflicts harm on all humans, the asymmetrical value and power assigned to men compared to women normalizes aggression as a central component of masculinity. Through studying twenty-first century epidemics of male-on-male violence, sexual harassment, violence against LGBTQA people, rape, intimate partner violence, child abuse and murder, we will consider how gendered violence is reinforced by other oppressive ideologies such as racism, nationalism, militarism, environmental exploitation and so on. We will consider effective strategies for creating justice, peace, and healing, including feminist work by investigative journalists, artists, memoirists, scholars, politicians, community workers, police reformers, prison workers, #MeToo, #BlackLivesMatter and other important movements. Our readings and discussions will focus on three areas:
I: Sexual Harassment & Institutional Violence
II: Patriarchal Family Ideologies & Domestic Violence
III: Rape Cultures & Reclaiming Bodily Integrity

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GGS 335 / ENG 387: Women Writers

Course number: 23903
Thursday , 3:55 PM - 5:10 PM
Professor: Kari J. Winter

This course will explore texts written in English by women since 1900. Through close reading, class discussion, and essay writing, students will increase their analytical skills and deepen their understanding of literature in relation to history, race, gender, sexuality, class, violence, family, friendship, the environment and other geopolitical/transnational issues. We will examine how stories work by considering literary techniques such as structure, narrative voice, metaphor, character arcs, time-place constructions, and so on.

GGS 555 : Queer/Trans Media Studies

TTR , 12:00 PM - 1:40 PM
Professor: Dr. Cody Mejeur

Cody Mejeur Spring Course flyer.

Department of  History

HIS 273 / GGS 273: The Art and Practice of Fashion

Course number: 24816
Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:20 - 3:35
Professor: Elizabeth Otto, Patrick F. Mcdevitt

The design, production, and dissemination of textiles and clothing have been central to global trade for millennia, and these material products have long been imbued with profound symbolic meanings. Thus, clothing has come to be a vital element of self-expression and the constitution of a vast number of social hierarchies including gender, race, sexuality, ethnic and nationality, and class. The now established field of fashion studies also engages the business of fashion, which encompasses trade, production, shopping, consumerism, advertising, social media, and celebrity culture. This course will investigate clothes both as artistic creations and as consumer products and will pay particular attention to the interplay between the two. Students will be asked to think critically about art, cultural production, history, and the rise of consumer capitalism through clothing and the practices of dressing. 

This class will be conducted completely online. 

Students will have weekly readings, take a midterm and a final, write two, short reflection papers, and contribute regularly to the class website. 


HIS 439/GGS 439: Bombshells: Gender and the Cold War in American History
Course number: 24803, 24804
Tuesdays, 12:45-2PM (Hybrid)
Professor: Victoria W. Wolcott

The cold war was rife with contradictions. On the one hand the dawning of the cold war led to a culture and politics of conservatism. Many middle-class American families withdrew into a private world of suburbia, corporate culture, and consumerism. At the same time counter-cultural movements such as the Beats challenged the status quo. Most significantly, the Civil Rights Movement revealed fundamental injustices in American society. And by the mid-1960s these movements, including second wave feminism, had blossomed into full-scale challenges to the American status quo. By the mid-1970s, as the cold war waned, conservatives argued these movements undermined fundamental American values. This course will explore the cold war’s contradictions through a gendered examination of social, political, and cultural history. We will examine how the cold war’s politics and culture, including its foreign policy, shaped gender relations and sexuality. And we will discuss the significance of gender and the cold war for understanding contemporary American politics and culture.

Media Studies

DMS 448: Games, Gender, and Culture
Course number: 18682
Online Tuesday /Thursday 10:00 AM-11:40 AM
Professor: Cody Mejeur

Comprehensive investigation of the emerging field of Games Studies with focuses on gender, sexuality, identity, and intersectionality. Centers the critical analysis of games and interactive environments within the contexts of their communities and cultures. Addresses different theoretical perspectives that view games and gaming as historical, social, cultural. aesthetic, technical, performative, and cognitive phenomenon. Examines how video games encompass an increasingly diverse set of practices, populations, and locations from fantasy football to multi-player medieval fantasy, from simulations of real life to alternate realities, from fanatics to activists, from nightclubs to competitive arenas to public streets to the classroom; from consoles to mobile phones, to large screen projections. Includes both critical and theoretical research projects and creative projects in which students make their own games and interactive media. Discusses the interdisciplinary nature of a cultural practice which depends on art, artificial intelligence, computer graphics, etc.

Department of Philosophy

PHI 347: Gender and Philosophy
Course number: 24371
T/Th, time TBD
Professor: Duane Long

This course investigates the notion of gender and how it impacts our philosophical thinking, especially with respect to our ethical intuitions, commitments, and characters. We will begin by briefly considering what it means to have a gender, where gender comes from, and what its relation to biological sex is. After this, we will turn to ethical theorizing about gender, specifically the way the masculine gender has traditionally been centered in ethical theory-building (and how its presence at the center has been obscured). We then turn to theories that are or purport to be more in line with feminine ethical values, virtues, and commitments to see how a perspective on the moral landscape grounded in these values and commitments makes a difference to our intuitions and analyses of moral topics. We conclude with issues of normative demands put on women to be beautiful and the related issue of objectification, and then briefly consider the way gendered norms of beauty have resulted in the medically-significant and morally loaded phenomenon of cosmetic surgery..

Romance Languages and Literatures

SPA 409/ SPA 539: The Age of Lorca
Course number: 23980, 233982
Thursdays, 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM
Professor: Elizabeth Scarlett

All course materials and discussions in Spanish. Prerequisite: bilingual or advanced proficiency in Spanish (4 intensive years in high school; SPA 200 level or equivalent completed). Centered on Federico Garcia Lorca's poetry and theatre, the course deals with the Silver Age of Hispanic letters, including the Generation of 1927 (Lorca, Salinas, Guillén, Aleixandre, Alberti, and Cernuda). Studies several avant-garde movements, such as Surrealism, as well as currents in the contemporary period. Gender and sexuality are in the forefront as themes for these artists and writers, and we will examine their role in shaping culture. The graduate tier of the course includes more primary and secondary materials and more research in order to create new critical approaches.

SPA 450: The Politics of Gender and Performance
Course number: 23918
MWF 10:20-11:10
Professor: Margarita Vargas

Performance and Politics of Gender

To illustrate how society and social conventions determine our gendered identities, in this course we will examine the art, literature, films, and video performances of renowned Spanish-American creators. The theory expounded by Judith Butler in her book Gender Trouble will help us frame our argument, and the critical essays on the various works will contextualize them politically, historically, and aesthetically. To establish the setting of our readings and discussions, we will start with the film XXY by Argentinian director Lucía Puenzo. We will analyze plays by Sabina Berman, Susana Torres Molina, short stories by Elena Poniatowska among others, and examine the performances of Cuban and Mexican artists such as Ana Mendieta, Coco Fusco, Jesusa, Guillermo Gómez Peña, and Astrid Hadad. Except for the theoretical readings and the critical essays, all texts will be in Spanish.

Department of  Theatre & Dance

TH 466: Women In Theatre
Course number: 24041
Professor: Robyn Horn

Studies works of women in theatre from Krotsvitha of Gandersheim to present-day women playwrights, actors, directors and designers. [This is the catalog description, but recent iterations of the class have skewed contemporary, and considered women+ and trans playwrights, including those nominated to the Kilroys' List, an annual curated list of plays by women and trans playwrights.]