Gender Myths: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Myths are foundational stories that can explain why the world is the way it is, and offer cognitive tools for negotiating everyday as well as extraordinary circumstances. This class will explore a range of myths from around the world that convey what it means to be a human being in particular cultures through the lenses of gender and sexuality. Some of the guiding questions will be: How do sex and gender vary across space, place, and time? Why is the world gendered and sexed? What are the consequences of living in a sexed and gendered world?
Going to the Dogs
Dogs appear at almost all major junctures in human history. According to the most recent census, more households in the U.S. include dogs than children. Considering the dog-human relationship lends itself to interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary perspectives, therefore exposing students to different methods and approaches to learning, researching and writing that they will encounter across various disciplines. In the seminar, portrayals of dogs in various media are analyzed, the biology of dogs is examined, the social implications of dogs (natural disasters, economic impact, etc…) are considered, dogs’ cognitive abilities are explored, and the overall Homo sapiens—Canis familiaris relationship is contemplated.