Welcome to the Spring 2013 course website for Gender and Society–an undergraduate course in the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania!

This wesbite is the main course management system for the class, and contains all readings, assignments, policies, handouts, projects, and a blog that students post to on a weekly basis. Check out the tabs at the top of this page for these materials.

For more information or questions, email Dr. Cathy Hannabach at channabach@gmail.com.

Course Logistics

Course number: GSWS 002-401

When/Where: Wednesday 6-9 pm, 216 Williams Hall

Professor: Dr. Cathy Hannabach

Contact info:

My Office Hours:

  • Mondays 10-11 am: Online Office Hours. I’ll be on GChat and Skype.
  • Tuesdays 12-1:30 pm: In-person Office Hours (in my office, 435 Cohen) AND online (GChat and Skype).
  • I’m also available by appointment. Email me and we can set up a time to meet either in-person or online. You can also tweet me questions on Twitter: @Dr_CNH

Course Description

This course offers an introduction to the critical study of gender in a transnational world, emphasizing gender’s imbrications with sexuality, race, class, and ability. We will investigate constructions of gender in the context of histories of science; the invention of the modern nation-state; nationalism, colonialism and imperialism; activism within and beyond identity politics; visual culture, technology, and media representation; and contemporary processes of globalization, war, and displacement. The course will provide students with methods for critiquing a binary and ahistorical conception of gender, as they will learn how gender is produced in historically and culturally specific ways. Further, the course emphasizes a transnational approach to gender and society, insisting that gender cannot be understood alone but is rather part of a larger constellation that includes histories of colonialism, contemporary globalization, transnational mobilities, and capitalist production and consumption. Students will learn the skills to become critical participants in their contemporary world, and critical readers of the variety of legal, medical, cultural, activist, and political texts they engage with everyday. Students will also learn production skills and familiarity with digital video production, digital mapping software, blogs, and microblogging.

Course Syllabus:


Course Website (you’re already here!): genderandsocs13.wordpress.com

  • All readings, announcements, blog, handouts, media, and additional course information are found here

Blackboard: http://courseweb.library.upenn.edu

  • All grades will be posted here
  • Grades are the ONLY thing found on Blackboard

Twitter Hashtag: #gendersoc

Required Texts:

  • No books to buy!
  • Articles & book excerpts: on the Readings page of the course website. You should download, annotate, and bring readings to class (this page is password protected due to copyright regulations. Email me to get the password)


In designing this course, I have built on and drawn inspiration from the fabulous pedagogical work of Janell Hobson, Gayle Salamon, Caren Kaplan, Alexis Lothian, Liz Montegary, Brian Croxell, Adrienne Shaw, Shannon Lundeen, and the folks at ProfHacker. Teaching–like scholarship and activism–is a deeply collaborative endeavor and I am grateful to be part of such a vibrant teaching community.

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