Past Academia & Research

Classes of Interest in the Past

Autumn 2012

COM 289, Communication and Difference

Explores how communication – from face-to-face to mass media messages – reinforces or challenges certain conceptions of “difference” along racial, ethnic, gender, sexual, class, ability, religion, and other important lines. Examines how communication practices, particularly media, shape our understanding of ourselves, our relationships to others, society, and the world.

COM490/AES490/GWSS 489, Beyond the Binaries

Cultural studies approach to examining the mixed formations that race, sexuality, and gender take in the contemporary U.S. media. Draws upon multi-disciplinary scholarship in examination of the media.

PHIL 338: Philosophy of Human Rights (I&S)
Theories of human rights and the bearing of these theories on issues of public policy such as legitimacy of war and terrorism, economic justice, and whether future generations have rights.

This course is relevant to anyone with an interest in human rights.  It will consider such issues as:  What kind of reason could we have to believe in universal human rights? Is the belief in universal human rights a new kind of Western imperialism? Are human rights individual rights or do they include group rights?  Are rights for gay, lesbian, transgender, and bisexual human rights?

PHIL 338 is a core course for the Human Rights Minor and satisfies the Rights Subfield requirements for the Law, Societies & Justice major and minor.  It is being taught by Philosophy Professor William Talbott, who won a UW Distinguished Teaching Award in 2011.

Winter 2013

COM/AES/GWSS 489, Black Cultural Studies

Examines how images of blackness have been (re)constructed. Topics include black women’s bodies, black men’s bodies, blackface minstrelsy, black queer studies, black power, and black hybridities.

COM 597, Visual Culture

Fall 2013

CHID 496 E: Queer 101
Wednesdays from 3:30-5:20 in Q Center, HUB 315

Queer 101 is a 2 credit focus group that we offer each year out of the Q Center through the Comparative History of Ideas Department. It is a credit/no credit discussion based class that focuses on queer/LGBTQ issues through an intersectional and liberatory lens. These topics include history, (trans*) gender, sexuality, disability, class, access, race, age, bodies, normativity, religion, etc. This class is for anyone at any level of engagement and familiarity with this material.

This class is facilitated by undergraduate peers working with the Director of the Q Center and an Undergraduate advisor. The class will typically be discussion focused.

Past Graduate Studies



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