Gender Studies | Sex, Gender, and the Body
G105 | 2590 | Luedke, Tracy

Sex, Gender, and the Body is an introductory, interdisciplinary
course which examines diverse interconnections between biological
sex, the sexed body, and cultural discourses on masculinity and
femininity. Asking how cultures have imagined and
represented "embodiment," the course investigates the gender
dynamics of sexual differences through an array of topics drawing on
several fields of knowledge. Specifically, this course asks: "In
what ways is the body socially constructed?" and "How is that social
construction different for men and women?" It also explores the
usage of the body in defining masculine and feminine identities and
in empowering or controlling different groups. Themes addressed
include conceptions of the body and the mind; and the body and power
oppression; the body as "public" and "private"; the body and
definitions of citizenship.

This course is excellent preparation for further and upper level
studies of gender, the body, sex differences, political, social,
international, philosophical, anthropological, and cultural studies
of men and women.