WGS 345 - Special Topics in Gender in a Global Context
Winter 2023, Section 002 - Sexual Violence and the State
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is   Hybrid (see other Sections below)
Subject: Women's and Gender Studies (WGS)
Department: LSA Women's and Gender Studies
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Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:
Start/End Date:
Full Term 1/4/23 - 4/18/23 (see other Sections below)
NOTE: Drop/Add deadlines are dependent on the class meeting dates and will differ for full term versus partial term offerings.
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This course examines, through a comparative, transnational, and intersectional feminist lens, the complex relationship(s) between sexual violence and the state under differing historical contexts and in diverse geographical locations. We will interrogate the colonial and the postcolonial, “first” and “third” worlds, text and context. Tracing how gender intersects with race, religion, nation, social class, and sexuality, we will frame sexual violence as simultaneously personal and political as we critically examine the political, cultural, legal, regulatory and discursive roles of the state. Some of the material focuses on South Asia; however, the scope of the course is historically and geographically broad. The course is interdisciplinary; we will draw from historical, literary, visual, political, sociological and other perspectives and the productive interstices between them. We will weave together theoretical, analytical, and creative (e.g. fiction, film, art) texts. There will also be in-class case studies that we will collectively examine.


Course Requirements:

Course requirements include a film essay, a final project, a class presentation, and a take-home final exam.

Intended Audience:

Women and Gender Studies majors; Gender, Race and Nation minors; Gender and Health majors and minors. Students interested in feminism and global studies.


WGS 345 - Special Topics in Gender in a Global Context
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
10Jr or Sr
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
Note: This course is reserved for students with junior or senior status. First and second year students with background in the subject may email the instructor for permission to enroll.
002 (SEM)
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
003 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
004 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23

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