Introduction to critical questions and contemporary debates in U.S. feminist theories, including the interrelations between increasing globalization and theorizing gender/sexuality. Serves as one of the two Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) courses required of all women’s studies majors.
Introduction to LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) Studies introduces students to historical, theoretical and empirical research as well as fiction, film, and essays that relate to LGBT studies.
(Same as SOCI 3101.) 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, care giving, and alternative families.
Social construction and social control of sexuality. Examining trends in sexual attitudes and behaviors across the life course and how they are influenced by social interaction and social institutions. Topics may include sex research methods, representations of sexuality, sex education, sexual health and infection, sexual violence, and the commodification of sex.
(Same as ENGL 3995.) Critical approaches to the varieties of feminist thinking that influence studies of language, literature, and culture. Individual courses will vary in focus; topics and writers may range from the medieval period to the present. Multicultural perspectives on issues of gender, race, and class emphasized.
(Same as ANTH 4040.) 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.
(Same as JOUR 4780.) Critical and analytical approaches applicable to the study of women in the media. Emphasis on research methods appropriate for analyzing mediated representations of women and the impact of those images on women in society.
Gender and Power in Ethnographic Perspective
WGSS 2010 with a grade of C or better, and ANTH 2020 with grade of C or higher, or consent of instructor
(Same as ANTH 4420.) 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.
(Same as WSt 6240.) 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.
(Same as ANTH 4320 and SOCI 4315.) 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.
(Same as PHIL 4860.) 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.
(Same as HIST 4250.) Issues involving American women from the seventeenth century to the present. Topics include women’s changing economic role, the family, religion, race and ethnicity, the struggle for legal and political equality.
(Same as ANTH 4470.) 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.
(Same as POLS 4510.) 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.
Introduces students to cultural studies as a 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.
(Same as HIST 4650.) Explores changing views of men’s and women’s roles in society, politics, and the economy. Topics include changing ideas about masculinity and femininity; the evolution in ideas about sex and sexuality; the invention of homosexuality; and the “sexual revolution” of the twentieth century.
Feminist Issues in Contemporary Art
WGSS 2010 with a grade of C or better Crosslisted with AH 4720, AH 6720, and WSt 6720
Emphasis on feminist analyses of contemporary art and visual culture.
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 their ability to query, compare, and extend Black feminist theories.
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.
(Same as AAS 4780.) 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Globalization is a complicated process by which people, commodities, images, and capital move with great speed and fluidity across national borders. This course aims to familiarize students with the social, political, and economic impacts of globalization worldwide and to understand the gendered dynamics of such a process.
Honors Thesis: Research
1.0 TO 6.0
WGSS 2010 with a grade of C or better and consent of the instructor and Honors Program director
Readings or research preparatory to honors thesis or project.
Honors Thesis: Writing
1.0 TO 6.0
WGSS 2010 with a grade of C or better, WGSS 4870, and consent of the instructor and Honors Program director
Writing or production of honors thesis or project.
Opportunity to do advanced work on a chosen topic, to be chosen by the student and her/his advisor. The major components of the course include developing in-depth researching and writing skills through focusing on the process involved in writing and revising a major paper. Serves as one of the two Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) courses required of all women’s studies majors. May be repeated to a maximum of six hours.
Opportunity to combine academic study with practical experience in an organizational setting specializing in attention to women’s or gender related issues. A revised paper and internship journal are required. Serves as one of the two Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) courses required of all women’s studies majors.