Fall Courses


To view GWS courses offered during a specific semester, visit the online University Course Catalogue. Select the semester desired from the drop-down menu, then type "GWS" in the Course Prefix box or select GWS from the drop-down menu. There may also be GWS courses listed under the general "A&S" prefix or as Discovery Seminar Program "DSP" courses. Note that actual course offerings are subject to change, but this guide will provide the most current information available.
GWS Graduate Course Descriptions for Fall 2018:

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GWS 640-001:  History of Feminist Thought: Activism: This seminar surveys the late 19th and 20th century historiography of feminist activism focusing especially on the production of transnational feminisms and international solidarity movements.  It is intended to give a series of snapshots of the connections and contestations as well as the overlaps and divergences that have characterized feminist mobilizations and theorizing.  The course is meant to complicate linear feminist “wave” narratives by its focus on activism in understudied decades as well as to deepen understandings of how race, colonialism, nationalism, class, cultural context, repression/backlash, and place have shaped feminist activism. We will explore continuities and discontinuities as well as coalitions and exclusions in feminist actions over time and space. Course readings will include primary historical writings and documents and multidisciplinary readings.  Instructor: Karen Tice, T 4:00-6:30pm. This course is required for GWS PhD students and counts toward credit for the graduate certificate.  This course fulfills the cross-cultural requirement for the graduate certificate. 

GWS 690:  Research in GWS: Independent Study:  This course requires students to work out a project with GWS faculty/affiliated faculty and fill out the necessary independent study contract. Prior to enrollment in the course, the student and faculty need to sign the contract and submit it to michelle.deltoro@uky.edu. Contracts can be obtained on the GWS webpage (http://gws.as.uky.edu/gws-documents-and-forms) or at the GWS office, 112 Breckinridge Hall. Once the contract has been approved, you will be notified how to register. This course will count toward requirements for the GWS graduate certificate and other degrees as appropriate.  

GWS 700-001:  Topical Seminar in GWS: Gender, Courts, & Law: This course examines gender and law in cross-cultural and theoretical context.  In this course, we look at law not merely as being in the domain of legislation and adjudication, but as a cultural object, an important signifier in politics, a technology for people’s strategic use. We read some classic texts of Feminist Jurisprudence that problematize concepts such as equality, difference, justice, and agency, applying them to contemporary debates. We will try to evaluate concepts that have proved useful over time and others which appear to have troubled legacies, seeking to map the complicated terrain through which legal remedies can be used. We will also read (and watch) several histories and ethnographies of legal spaces such as law offices, courtrooms, and informal dispute resolution venues, to concretely study the ways in which gender operates in legal realms. Possible topics include: Is it possible to eradicate sexual violence through law? How are race and class embedded in law? Can marriage/ domestic partnerships be inscribed outside the domain of exchange? Is human rights discourse the best solution for mainstreaming gender justice issues? Instructor: Srimati Basu, R 4:00-6:30pm.  This course counts toward requirements for the GWS graduate certificate and other degrees as appropriate.  This course fulfills the cross-cultural requirement for the graduate certificate.   

GWS 767: Dissertation Residency Credit (2 credits): Residency credit for dissertation research after the qualifying examination. Students may register for this course in the semester of the qualifying examination. A minimum of two semesters are required as well as continuous enrollment (Fall and Spring) until the dissertation is completed and defended. Prereq: Successful completion of the qualifying examination.  This course is for GWS PhD students that are scheduled to complete the qualifying exam before or during the fall 2018 semester or have already completed and passed the qualifying exam. Please register for the section assigned to your advisory committee Chair.


EPE 667:  Education and Gender: The course examines the relationships between gender and education within and outside the U.S. The focus will be on the formation and enactment of gender within social and educational institutions. Using a variety of classic and contemporary source materials and theories, we will address the following questions. What and how do educational institutions teach about gender?   What are individual and collective responses to these learning contexts? How is feminist pedagogies and leadership situated in these institutions?In what ways are social class, race, ethnicity, and sexuality important to our learning and teaching of engendered lives?  How does schooling contribute to the differentiated, gendered experiences of students in their transitions to adult work in the domestic and waged labor forces? How can education contribute to societal changes in equity? Instructor:  Beth Goldstein, W 7:00-9:30pm.

PSY 778:  LGBTQ Psychology: A Lifespan Perspective:  This graduate course is intended as an overview of issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity across the life course from the standpoint of the social sciences, particularly developmental psychology. The course will highlight recent and historical dimensions of controversies about approaches to conceptualization of sexual and gender identity, origins and development of sexual orientation, and issues related to identity formation and disclosure in adolescence and early adulthood. The course then moves on to consider lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer / questioning (LGBTQ) concerns during adulthood, such as relationships within and outside of couples, employment and careers, LGBTQ parenthood, and LGBTQ aging.  Instructor: Rachel Farr, R 12:00-2:30pm.




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