Fall 2016

CMST 452: Cultural Studies

Tue/Thur 10:00 am – 12:20 pm

Course Description: Many books, journals, and university courses bear the name, but “cultural studies is, and always has been, a multi- or post-disciplinary field of inquiry which blurs the boundaries between itself and other subjects” [Barker, 2003, p. 5]. While there is not one single definition or object of study, scholars of cultural studies are interested in the practices, representations, languages, and customs of any specific society. They are interested in the way these processes are distributed, shared, and understood by diverse members of a society.

(Syllabus available soon.)

WMST/CMST 314: Gender & Communication

Tue/Thur 1:00 pm – 3:20 pm

Course Description: It is through practices of communication that we create and maintain political, economic, sexual, and social relationships. Crucially, we also create and maintain our own gendered identities. In this course we will examine these practices from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives, and discuss the implications of these findings for our everyday lives. This is a discussion course, and although I will spend some time explaining things, student participation — asking questions, sharing experiences, challenging ideas — is a fundamental component of this class.

(Syllabus available soon)