Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

WGS 100 Cr. 3   Gender, Race, and Class in American Institutions
This course provides an introduction to how gender, race and class have intertwined over time to produce women’s social roles and status in American culture. The creation, transmittal, interpretation and institutionalization of gender roles will be examined using family and kinship, the educational system, the media, work, government and the health care system. The course provides a critical, interdisciplinary perspective on scholarship which omits or distorts the female experience.

WGS 130 Cr. 3   Women’s Diversity: Race, Class, and Culture
This course explores the diversity of women’s experience in America as it has been affected by race, ethnicity, class, and other factors, and the effects of gender on women of different groups. Issues that have united and divided women in movements for social change are also addressed.

WGS 303 Cr.3  Social Justice Research Methods
This course answers the question that most caring people want answered: How can we fix this problem? Students will engage in the process of strategizing, whatever the issue (gender bias, racism, homophobia, environmental degradation, disability bias), and whatever the setting (a workplace, neighborhood, campus, or beyond). Course activities organize around the processes behind social change: strategic analysis, organizing, action planning, and evaluation, developing students' ability to create the knowledge necessary for complex problem-solving. Students learn and use the quantitative, qualitative, and critical research methods necessary to inform decisions at each step along a generalized pathway to change. Students going on to graduate school and students entering the workforce in a variety of fields like social work, community organizing, communication, and management will benefit from this course. Prerequisite: WGS 100 or WGS 130 or EFN 205 or ERS 100; plus nine additional credits in courses approved for WGS.

HIS/WGS 305  Cr.3  History of Motherhood in the United States
This course considers motherhood in nineteenth and twentieth century United States history from a variety of perspectives. It explores women's experiences as mothers, across lines of class, race, and relationship status. It also examines the politics of motherhood in US history, and considers both the restrictive and the empowering dimensions of ideologies of motherhood.

WGS 308 Cr.3  Gender, Justice, and Film
Along with other forms of media, film helps to create, introduce, and reinforce cultural values, norms, and understandings. Using an interdisciplinary approach, this course will provide students tools with which to critically analyze film as a cultural product, with a specific focus on representations of gender and justice. Films to be viewed and analyzed will focus on issues such as interpersonal and gendered violence, parenting, immigration, economic justice, criminal justice policy, leadership, and the social construction of race, class, gender, and sexuality. While films will be the primary text in the course, each will be supplemented with the empirical and theoretical literature on the subject at hand. Prerequisite: one from the following: WGS 100, WGS 210, WGS 212, WGS 230, CST 110, EDS 206, EFN 205, ERS 100, SOC 110, SOC 120.

HIS/WGS 315  Cr.3  History of Feminist Thought
An examination of the history of feminist ideas in the United States and the historical context, both western and international, from which they emerged.

SOC/WGS 316 Cr.3  Gender, Sexuality, and Social Change in Religion
This course examines the various gender roles, norms, mobility, restrictions and empowerment that people experience within religious traditions, for example: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. Global case studies and engaging narratives focused on the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, and religion will be considered. Special attention will be paid to feminist laypersons and religious leaders who are reformulating traditional understandings and practices, and in turn, negotiating their agency within secular and spiritual spaces. Prerequisite: WGS 100 or WGS 230 or SOC 110 or SOC 120. (Cross-listed with SOC/WGS; may only earn credit in one department.)

WGS 322  Cr.3  Gendered Violence Prevention
Gendered violence takes many forms such as sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape, and intimate partner violence. In this course, students will review the empirical and theoretical literature on one or more of these forms (topics will vary) as well as the empirical and theoretical literature on prevention strategies. Students will then use that knowledge to design and develop a prevention program aimed at gendered violence. Prerequisite: one from the following: WGS 100, WGS 130, PH 200, CHE 240, EDS 206, EFN 205, ERS 100, PSY 100, SOC 110, SOC 120.

WGS 330 Cr.3  Topics: Women, Gender, and Society – Transgender History
Interdisciplinary analysis of a social issue, idea, or institution from the perspective of women and women's studies. Repeatable for credit - maximum nine. Department approval is necessary to apply more than three credits toward the WS minor. Prerequisite: one of the following: WGS 100, WGS 130, WGS 212, ERS 100, EDS 206, EFN 205, SOC 110, SOC 120 or approval of instructor.

WGS 373  Cr. 3   Gender and Human Rights
This course will provide an overview of transnational women's human rights movements in a variety of locations around the world; locations will vary with the instructor. Included in this overview will be the study of women's political participation as a human rights issue; women's bodily integrity as a human right; violence against women and reproductive sexual health and rights; human rights as a framework for social and economic and gender justice; and human rights as (quasi) legal accountability; UN agreements, treaties and venues of redress. Prerequisite: WGS 100 or WGS 130 or EFN 205 or ERS 100.

WGS 386  Cr.3  Women of Color and Autobiography
This course is designed to introduce students to non-fiction writing, focusing specifically on the autobiographical work of women of color. We will read a variety of different forms of autobiographical text. During this course, we will examine how intersections of race, gender, space, and identity are explored in these women's narratives. Through the readings, we will investigate the ethical and political obligations of minority writers. Also, we will investigate the interplay of identity formation and writing. Additionally, we will place these women's narratives into historical and social contexts to understand how these factors influence these women's texts. While reading these texts, we will write our own narratives as a method to investigate the lives of women.

ARC/HIS 372  Cr.3  History of Women in the Ancient World
A history of the nature and status of women in the ancient world as derived from textual sources, including works of literature, private letters, economic documents, and tomb inscriptions. Areas studies will be Syro-Mesopotamia, Israel, Iran, Anatolia, Egypt, and the Mediterranean world. Also discussed will be the study of women as derived from archaeological sources. (Cross-listed with ARC/HIS; may only earn credit in one department.)

ECO 336 Cr. 3   Women in the U.S. Economy
An introduction to the status of women in the U.S. economy. Topics include alternative perspectives on women, work and the labor force, the value of paid versus unpaid labor, pay equity, the social support network, and the prospects for change.

HED 472/572 Cr. 3   Sexual Health Promotion
A review of current information on health and human sexuality. Emphasis is given to biological, psychosocial and educational aspects of human sexuality with special emphasis on instructional activities related to interpersonal communication, decision-making ability and clarification of values. Prerequisite: ESS 205 or BIO 312; ESS 206 or BIO 313; junior standing.

+POL 205  Cr. 3   Women and Politics
An examination of the positions and roles of women in the political arena. This course discusses the nature and extent of women's political involvement, both in the United States and abroad, with particular emphasis on the cultural and racial diversity of women political participants in the United States. Additional topics will include the legal status of women, differences between male and female political behavior, factors that influence women's political participation and current political issues related to women.

SOC 338  Cr.3 Sociological Aspects of Work and Life
This course will explore the sociological impact of work and life demands in contemporary American society. Special emphasis will be given to how gender, sexual orientation, social class, race and ethnicity, and family structure affect individuals' ability to balance the demands of work and life. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or SOC 120 or SOC 200 or ANT 101.

SOC 370  Cr.3  Sociology of Gender
Explores the social construction, variation and consequences of gender categories across time and space. Examines how gender identities are developed and how gender structures our experiences in education, work, families, the media and other institutions. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or SOC 120 or SOC 200 or ANT 101.