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COURSE OFFERINGS - Fall 2018

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 150 Cr.3  Introduction to Social Justice
Students in this course will examine the concept of social justice through an intersectional and multidisciplinary lens. Students will begin with a critical investigation of the connections between the individual, the local, and the structural as they relate to justice and inequality in society. Social justice strategies are then evaluated, in case study fashion, through the lenses of gender, race, and class structures.

 

WGS 225 Cr.3 Women and Leadership
This course investigates women's leadership and develops students' leadership skills. Students will examine women's under-representation in formal public positions of power while also evaluating the strengths women can and do bring to leadership, and the emerging possibilities for women's leadership capacity in a rapidly changing world. Special attention will be paid to women's changing roles in the workplace. Students will critically evaluate leadership models, especially as they pertain to gender, race, and class.

WGS 300 Cr.1-3  Independent Study
Topics to be selected by the individual instructor or by the student and instructor together. The topics must relate to women's experiences and/or issues. Repeatable for credit - maximum six. Prerequisite: WGS 100. Consent of department.

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.

WGS 320 Cr.3 Violence Against Women
This course will examine from an interdisciplinary perspective, the connections between violence against women and the power distributions within our society. Three specific types of violence against women will be examined in-depth: sexual assault, incest and battering. Prerequisite: one of the following: WGS 100, WGS 210, WGS 130, EFN 205.

WGS 340 Cr. 3 Gender, Knowledge, and Power
An analysis of how women's learning experience has been and continues to be limited by conceptions of gender, race, and class. Through an examination of how knowledge is acquired and how society defines knowledge, students will come to a better understanding of how women can "reclaim" their educations. Prerequisite: one of the following: WGS 100, WGS 130, EFN 205. Offered Alternate Years.

HIS/WGS 370 Cr. 3 The History of Black Women's Activism
An historical overview of the thoughts, actions, and creative products of black women activists in the United States, from slavery to the present. Students will examine historical analyses, speeches, essays, economic activities, organizational styles, political issues, and various forms of artistic expression that women of African descent have produced in order to query, resist, and defy the interlocking oppressions of racism, sexism, and class-ism in the United States. Prerequisite: WGS 100 or WGS 130 or EFN 205 or ERS 100. (Cross-listed with HIS/WGS; may only earn credit in one department.)

WGS 499 Cr. 3   Women’s Studies Seminar
Intensive interdisciplinary study of particular areas in women’s studies. Topics will be chosen by the instructor and the students. Prerequisite: one of the following: WGS 100, WGS 210, WGS 130; at least two other courses approved for the women’s studies major or minor plan; declared women’s studies major or minor plan.

 

ANT 323 Cr.3 Anthropology of Childhood and Youth
This course provides an overview of the anthropology of childhood and youth, emphasizing how these concepts both vary and are similarly-shaped cross-culturally. The texts draw upon cultural studies, ethnography, feminist anthropology, child development, and psychological anthropology. We will explore topics such as child-rearing practices, the role of peers and family, gender roles and expectations, rites of passage, youth subcultures, and youth engagement with globalization and technology. In our discussions, we will also consider how children and young people are active agents in shaping the world around them and conversely, how they are shaped by their worlds. Prerequisite: ANT 101 or ANT 195 or ANT/SOC 202 or SOC 110 or SOC 120.

CST 334  Cr. 3   Gender Communication
Explores the theory and practice of communication between men and women. Focuses on understanding the similarities and differences of communicative behaviors (verbal, nonverbal, power, conflict and listening) among men and women in various contexts such as intimate relationships, friendships, educational settings, the work place and media. Prerequisite: CST 130 or WGS 100.

CST 419 Cr. 3 Communication, Media and Identity
Mass media frequently represents and perpetuate stereotypes of social groups. When we are isolated from groups different from ourselves, we tend to define these groups by how they are represented in mass media. To some extent, we also define ourselves in relation to mass media representations of groups with which we identify. Communication among individuals and social groups is influenced by mass media's representations of social groups. This course facilitates critical examination of social stereotypes perpetuated by mass media and investigation of the effects of these stereotypes on communication in various social contexts. Prerequisite: CST 190.

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.

ENG 385 Cr. 3 Women Authors
This course examines how women’s literature reflects the causes and nature of women’s places in society and their creation of alternative visions and strategies, with a focus on women’s negotiation of established traditions of authorship. Primary readings will span literary periods and genres. Authors may include Sappho, Marie de France, Katherine Phillips, Mary Astell, Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Shelley, Charlotte Bronte, Phyllis Wheatley, Lillian Hellman, Djuna Barnes, George Eliot, Virginia Woolf, Angela Carter, Joyce Carol Oats, Toni Morrison, Zadie Smith. Prerequisites: three credits in 200 level English courses.

HED 472 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.

PSY 305 Cr. 3   Human Sexuality
This course is an exploration of human sexuality from biological, psychological, and social perspectives throughout the lifespan. Sexual attitudes and behaviors reflecting a broad spectrum of typicality and experience will be discussed. Prerequisite: PSY 100; minimum of 45 credits earned.

+ PSY 318  Cr. 3  Psychology of Women
Theories and research concerning the biological, psychological, and social aspects of female functioning will be evaluated. The course will analyze psychological literature that addresses itself to the experience, development, and behavior of women from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Prerequisite: PSY 100 and sophomore standing.

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.