WGSS 6040 Gender/Race/Class in Complex Societies
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as ANTH 6060). Experiential learning in the urban setting through direct exposure to and experience in an ethnic community. Informed awareness of the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of ethnic communities within the community and larger society.

WGSS 6052 Africana Women and Socio Political Change
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

An examination of gender and power relationships in the Africana World. Crosslisted as AAS 6052.

WGSS 6210 Gender and Power in Ethnographic Perspective
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as ANTH 6420.) Ethnographic and theoretical examination of the role of gender in human societies, including role differences and inequalities between women and men cross-culturally; the cultural significance and social institutions associated with public and domestic spheres; power, ideology, and the production of historically specific gender identities and sexualities; global perspectives on feminism and approaches to women’s empowerment.

WGSS 6240 Sexuality and Gender in Asia
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as WSt 4240.) Students will be exposed to studies of sexuality and gender in Asia from the perspective of feminist theory, queer theory, LGBT studies, and women’s gender, and sexuality studies. Materials explored include academic texts, memoir, fiction, and film. No prior course on Asian Studies is required. The course will be particularly useful for majors/minors in Women’s Studies, anthropology, and Asian Studies.

WGSS 6310 Girls
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as ANTH 6320 and SOCI 6315.) Feminist analyses of who girls are and how they are socialized in our society. Girls’ experiences with social institutions, growth and development issues, self-esteem and body image, sexuality, culture and media, third-wave feminism, and girls’ movements.

WGSS 6370 Women and Religion
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as PHIL 6270 and RELS 6270.) Multicultural exploration of the role of women and female divinities in diverse religious traditions; readings from ancient myths to contemporary feminist theory.

WGSS 6470 Visual Culture
Credit Hours 4.0
Description

Study of the visual politics of social organization with emphasis on the images and the arenas of everyday life in North American culture. Includes explorations of the fashion system, the medical body, the cosmetic and fitness industry, visual colonialism, museum displays, and high and popular art.

WGSS 6510 Feminist Political Theory
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as POLS 6510.) This course is divided into three sections. The first is an overview of the treatment of women in Western political thought. The second is an analysis of five strands of feminist thinking: liberal, Marxist, socialist, radical, and postmodern. The third is a more detailed look at a few particular authors, including de Beauvoir, Gilligan, hooks, and MacKinnon.

WGSS 6580 Thinking the Body
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Crosslisted with WGSS 4580. This course considers different threads of feminist and social body theory as they consider the idealization and representation of the body, the input of biopolitical and scientifico-medical discourses on notions of the body, and interrogate the perceived materiality of the body. The course also addresses interventions in normalizing body discourses, specifically in genres of performance art, memoir, and personal essay.

WGSS 6590 Cultural Studies of Gender
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Introduces students to cultural studies as methodological approach to studying gender and culture. The topics vary each year; however, the course will consistently examine how popular culture provides a means for understanding social negotiation, politics and identity construction that people enact in everyday activities with a special focus on the role of gender.

WGSS 6620 Psychology of Women
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as PSYC 6620.) Historical and developmental themes regarding the psychology of women, issues of capacities, choices, stereotypes, status, psychological adjustments, and diversity in women.

WGSS 6720 Feminist Issues in Contemporary Art
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Crosslisted with AH 4720, AH 6720, and WGSS 4720 Emphasis on feminist analyses of contemporary art and visual culture.

WGSS 6740 Women Artists
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as AH 6750). A survey of women artists from prehistory to the present.

WGSS 6750 Black Feminist Thought
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as AAS 6007.) Explores the tradition of Black feminism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Students will critically read, discuss, and respond in writing to a series of texts representing Black feminist thought and its relationship to other feminisms. Students will be expected to demonstrate their knowledge of the Black feminist tradition and to demonstrate their ability to query, compare, and extend Black feminist theories.

WGSS 6760 Activism: History and Theory
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Theoretical and historical perspectives on activism, focusing on how various types of activism are intertwined, the emergence of second-wave feminism within the context of civil rights and anti-war movements, and current feminist activisms within broader social justice frameworks. Students are required to spend a specified number of hours per week working on an activist project. This course is required for students following the Activist Track of the M.A. in Women’s Studies.

WGSS 6770 Gender and Sexuality in the African Diaspora
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites WGSS 2010 with a grade of C or better
Description

This course thinks about the kinds of conceptual tools: questions, methods, theories, histories, geographies, time periods, and social/cultural movements needed in order to understand the dynamic and shifting terrain of gender and sexuality in the African Diaspora. Colonialism, slavery, social movements as well as transnational circuits of music, self-expression, desire and consumption/production will frame our approach to theorizing gender and sexuality in the actual and imagined spaces of the African Diaspora. Crosslisted with WGSS 4770.

WGSS 6780 African-American Lesbian and Gay Activism
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Examines the speeches, writings, and other public communication of African-American lesbians and gay men who promote democratic ideals. Surveys historical and contemporary issues confronting this marginalized population. Emphasis on thematic and cultural critical approaches.

WGSS 6790 Womanism
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Explores womanism as a perspective distinct from feminism. Examines the multiple origins of womanism within global Africana discourse. Covers theoretical and activist dimensions of womanism across multiple disciplines and in popular culture.

WGSS 6810 Feminism and Foucault
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Provides a broad overview of the works of the French philosopher, Michel Foucault, and emphasizes feminist/womanist use of his theories and methods to analyze domination and resistance.

WGSS 6820 Feminism and Queer Theory
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Analyzes the relations of sexuality and gender identity, as well as the interrelationships among these identities and other institutions, such as capitalism, globalization, art and performance, the law, media, and academia.

WGSS 6830 Class Matters
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Investigates the complexities of class in the U.S., where it is elusive because we often imagine ourselves free from the fixed hierarchies of other societies or, at the very least, overestimate our class mobility. Connects issues of social stratification to other systemic oppressions, such as race and gender, in the context of increasing globalization.

WGSS 6840 Arab and Islamic Feminisms
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

We will look at how Arab and Islamic feminisms articulate with concerns of other feminisms indigenous to the global south and how Arab and Islamic feminisms have emerged as oppositional discourses to colonialism, patriarchal nationalism, and Western feminism.

WGSS 6842 Sexuality and Nationalism
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course explores the relationship between modern forms of identity, sexuality, gender and political regimes. We will explore the deployment of sexuality in various political systems and discuss the specific relations between nationalism and sexuality.

WGSS 6844 Youth and Sexualities
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This class takes up the intersections of youth and sexuality. Readings, discussion, and analysis focus on the ways adults seek to govern the sexual subjectivities of young people and the ways young people respond to their surroundings as they create identities and social practices related to sexuality. Focuses of the course include practices of governing others and the self relating to sex education, the creation of “LGBT” and “queer” youth, social scientific “expertise,” and popular culture.

WGSS 6846 Gender, War, and Militarism in/and the Middle East
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Crosslisted with WGSS 4846. This course explores the interrelationships of war and militarism with gender and sexuality, with a focus on the geopolitical context of the Middle East. Students will engage with a variety of feminist and queer perspectives and disciplinary and interdisciplinary methodologies, including history, anthropology, literature, international relations, and cultural studies.

WGSS 6860 Feminist Philosophy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as PHIL 6870). Classical and contemporary issues concerning women, such as discrimination on the basis of gender, class, race, or sexuality, whether gender is natural or constructed, and historical roots of feminist and anti-feminist perspectives.

WGSS 6910 Special Topics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Intensive treatment of specified topics in women’s studies. May be repeated for credit if topic varies.

WGSS 8001 Feminist Theories
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Students will be exposed to feminist intersectional approaches to gender, race, class and sexuality. This course serves as an introduction to the spectrum of feminist theories and their intellectual contexts. Students will be exposed to theoretical projects such as liberalism/neoliberalism, marxism, post-structuralism/post-modernism, psychoanalytic theory, and post-colonial studies. Engagements and critiques of these theories may include but are not limited to womanism, black feminist thought, queer theory, ecofeminism, transnational feminism, marxist/socialist feminism, and psychoanalytic feminism.

WGSS 8002 Globalization and Gender
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

An exploration of the social, political, and economic impacts of globalization aimed toward understanding the gendered dynamics of global economic restructuring. The course will include a consideration of the relationship between globalization on the one hand and imperialism, national security, and imprisonment on the other. Students will survey a range of feminist theories and responses to globalization, including, but not limited to, transnational feminisms, postcolonial theory, and postmodern theories.

WGSS 8003 New Directions in Feminism
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Emerging perspectives in feminist theory, feminist activism, and the field of women’s studies. May examine how feminism and women’s studies intersect with other critical theories and social movements. Specific topics vary by instructor.

WGSS 8004 Feminist Methodologies
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This interdisciplinary course critiques masculinist and other hegemonic knowledge practices by moving between epistemology, theory, methods and ethics. Rather than training students in particular research methods, this course engages students with feminist epistemological and methodological critiques and theories applicable to their research methods and design.

WGSS 8005 Proseminar in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Credit Hours 1.0 OR 2.0
Description

Introduction to discipline-specific research skills and socialization experiences in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. Required for all first-year WGSS M.A. students. Students take Part A of this year-long course in Fall for 1 credit hour, and Part B in the Spring for 2 credit hours. Students are required to attend certain departmental events in addition to class sessions.

WGSS 8006 Feminist Pedagogy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Introduction to both theoretical and practical components of feminist pedagogy. The phrase feminist pedagogy refers to pedagogical practices that work to be anti-oppressive and liberatory. It develops within a tradition of critical pedagogy, which involves both a critique of the university as a place that acts as a gatekeeper for class privilege and appropriate subject-formation as well as a vision of the university where we can contest power relations and imagine new possibilities for expanding the intelligible. In other words, feminist pedagogy imagines the classroom as a space to encourage deep exploration of social problems in order to critically evaluate and explore social justice frameworks. In the class, students will utilize these theoretical frameworks in order to develop their own specific goals and evaluate specific teaching strategies for use in their own classrooms.

WGSS 8010 Affect and Cultural Politics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course evaluates how interdisciplinary conceptualizations of affect inform analysis of contemporary theoretical, cultural, social, and political problems and issues. Objects of analysis include mass and popular culture, literature, visual art and aesthetics, scenes of activism, the body, modernity, neoliberalism and globalization.

WGSS 8075 Feminist Literary Theory
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as ENGL 8075.) Survey of contemporary ideas, issues, and concepts in feminist literary theory.

WGSS 8101 Family Sociology
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as SOCI 8101.) Key concepts and processes of family sociology with application to sexuality, partner selection, transition to parenthood, parenting and children, housework and paid work, conflict and violence, divorce and remarriage, grandparenting, caregiving, and alternative families.

WGSS 8152 Birth and Parenthood
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as SOCI 8152.) Pregnancy, birth, and parenting; fatherhood and motherhood in a social and historical context.

WGSS 8156 Sexuality and Society
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as SOCI 8156.) Social construction of sexuality, examining the ways human groups attach meaning to emotions, desires, and relationships. Sexuality across the life course, including dating, varieties of relationships, birth control and procreative technologies, sexually transmitted diseases and AIDS, and sex and law.

WGSS 8216 Gender and Society
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as SOCI 8216.) Social construction of gender, gender-based stratification, and power dynamics.

WGSS 8300 Feminist Media Studies
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as COMM 8000). A seminar providing a transdisciplinary, transnational exploration of the various feminist theoretical and methodological approaches to the field of media studies, with attention to its historical, cultural, social, political and economic dimensions.

WGSS 8500 Activism Practicum
Credit Hours 5.0
Corequisites WSt 8510
Description

Supervised, field-based work in a social-change oriented organizational setting.

WGSS 8510 Activism Proseminar
Credit Hours 1.0
Corequisites WSt 8500
Description

Provides an arena for discussion of relevant scholarship and issues, presentations, and evaluation of practicum experience.

WGSS 8750 Seminar in Feminist Philosophy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as PHIL 8870.) Selected topics in feminist philosophy. May be repeated if topic varies.

WGSS 8810 Seminar in the History of Gender
Credit Hours 4.0
Description

(Same as HIST 8810.) Relationship between the ideology of gender and social or cultural practices; special attention to race, religion, work, politics, or empire. Topics vary according to instructor; may be repeated if topics vary.

WGSS 8920 Special Topics in Women’s Studies
Credit Hours 3.0 - 4.0
Description

Critical analysis of a selected topic in Women’s Studies. May be repeated if topic varies.

WGSS 8921 Special Topics in Sexuality Studies
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Intensive study of specified topics in sexuality studies. May be repeated if topic varies.

WGSS 8930 Directed Readings
Credit Hours 1.0 - 3.0
Description
WGSS 8990 Directed Research
Credit Hours 3.0 - 9.0
Prerequisites consent of institute director
Description

Not applicable to degree requirements. May be repeated as necessary.

WGSS 8999 Thesis Research
Credit Hours 1.0 - 9.0
Description