Bodies & Society, 2018

This Constellation is on hiatus while Dr. Laura McClure is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Research in the Humanities. The following humanities classes offer similar themes:

    • Classics 361: Sex and Power in Greece and Rome

    • Gender And Women’s Studies 103: Women And Their Bodies In Health And Disease
    • Gender And Women’s Studies 320: Female Body In The World
    • History of Science 212:  Bodies, Diseases, and Healers: An Introduction to the History of Medicine

    • History 346: Trans/Gender In Historical Perspective

    • Religious Studies: 305 Women, Gender And Religion

 

How does the body determine identity? How are bodies gendered? How do different disciplines address the problem of gender? Led by Professor Laura McClure, the Bodies & Society Constellation invites students to investigate the various ways in which “body image” has been formed, reinforced, and represented across time and through various media. The core humanities course for this Constellation focuses on Greek and Roman conceptions of women and genders found in literary texts, historical documents, and material culture. Contemporary sociological, anthropological, and feminist theories provide a framework for understanding these representations. In comparing past concepts of sexuality and the body alongside modern notions of gender and identity, students will learn how ideas surrounding the body have changed and persevered across societies and time periods. By bringing multiple approaches into dialogue with one another, the constellation will not only frame contemporary debates about gender and sexuality but also inform students’ sense of themselves as individuals in society.

Laura McClure is a Mellon-Morgridge Professor of the Humanities and an internationally-recognized scholar of gender and women in the ancient world. She teaches in the department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies and the ILS program. Dr. McClure’s Bodies & Society Constellation builds on her signature course, Classics 351: Gender and Sexuality in the Classical World, which integrates her own research to demonstrate the importance of humanistic inquiry in fostering the integration of different types of knowledge. Dr. McClure is the author of Girls, Wives, Mothers: Women in the Ancient World (forthcoming), Spoken Like a Woman: Speech and Gender in Athenian Drama, and Courtesans at Table: Gender and Greek Literary Culture in Athenaeus.

CLASSICS 351: WOMEN & GENDER IN THE CLASSICAL WORLD 

This class anchors the Bodies & Society Constellation through an exploration of ancient Greek and Roman conceptions of women and gender as found in literary texts, historical documents, and material culture.

CR: 3 / Intermediate /  Humanities (Literature)

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Enrollment Info

Classics 351: Gender & Sexuality in the Classical World
Requisites: Sophomore standing
Course Designation: Breadth – Literature
Counts toward the Humanities req
Level – Intermediate
L&S Credit – Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Lecture   66217
Discussion 303  75755

+ GENDER & WOMEN’S STUDIES 103:Women & Their Bodies In Health and Disease This highly-regarded class pays close attention to how bodies are located in social contexts that influence health and illness. It also explores the roles that female-assigned and women-identified people play as patients, practitioners, and activists. A class for every-body!

CR: 3 / Elementary / Natural Science

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Enrollment Info

Gender & Women’s Studies 103
Requisites: None
Course Designation: Breadth – Natural Science
Level – Elementary
L&S Credit – Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Lecture  56360
DISCUSSION OPTIONS:
A: Discussion 308   62133
OR
Discussion 315   75733

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PATHWAY TO GENDER & WOMEN'S STUDIES CERTIFICATE

Constellations and the Gender & Women’s Studies Certificate are two separate, but highly-related programs: the Bodies & Society Constellation can be an on-ramp to the GWS Certificate. Students who complete the Bodies & Society Constellations earn 6 credits toward the total 15 credits needed to complete the certificate, including:

3 Humanities credits and 3 Natural or Biological science credits toward the GEN&WS certificate requirements.