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All WGSS Courses


WGSS-125
: Gender in Society 4:1 (3)

This course focuses on the social construction of gender along with other forms of social inequality; representations of gender that permeate all forms of cultural experience; and theoretical arguments regarding key issues such as equality, ethics and politics, as well as debates at the frontier of gender theory. Usually offered every fall.

 

WGSS-150: Women's Voices through Time 2:1 (3)

The distinctive contributions of women to Western artistic and intellectual traditions. Significant articulations of human experience expressed by women through literature, art, and history; how such traditions became established and how women, despite obstacles, have produced lasting works of ideas and imagination. Usually offered every spring.

 

WGSS-225: Gender, Politics, and Power 4:2 (3)

This course explores the ways in which the social and cultural construction of sexual difference influences the nature and practice of political life in a variety of countries. It examines the ways in which power is gendered and studies how gender has served as a basis for political organization and a critique of public life. Usually offered every spring.  

WGSS-240: Sexualities Studies 4:2 (3)

This course explores the history of the formation of categories of analysis, such as sex, gender, and sexuality/desire, in relationship to fields of knowledge production: from religious restrictions, the State's involvement in regulating sexuality, the legitimization of a sexological field, then psychiatry, psychology, and sociology. The course incorporates non-social scientific modes of knowledge production, while using a social science framework to think about research and inquiry. The course also reveals the assumptions in our social worlds about the significance of the field of sexuality studies emergent in the United States, and the relationship of sexuality, as something commonly thought of as intimate, to the realm of the institutional, discursive, or policy making, that is, the social. Usually offered every spring.

 

WGSS-400: Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Theory (3)

Examines theories of gender as constructed or problematic, not natural or immutable. Surveys the historic development of theories of women's inequality and strategies for changes. Probes contemporary issues and conflicts within feminist and gender theory. Theorizes gender relations in students' own lives. Forges understandings across divisions of race, class, nationality, ability, sexualities, and sexual orientation. Usually offered every spring. Prerequisite: WGSS-125 or permission of director.

 

WGSS-350: Interpreting Gender in Culture (3)

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. An exploration of diverse aspects of gender experience from different disciplinary perspectives. Rotating topics focus on specific subjects, integrating recent scholarship and interdisciplinary contexts. Representative topics include sisters and brothers/husbands and wives, women and the performing arts, and women and men in American culture. Usually offered every term. 

 

WGSS-490: Independent Study Project in Women's and Gender Studies (1-6)

Prerequisite: permission of instructor and program director.

 

WGSS-491: Internship in Women's and Gender Studies (1-6)

Prerequisite: WGSS-125 and permission of instructor and program director.

 

WGSS-498: Senior Honors Project in Women's and Gender Studies (3)

Prerequisite: WGSS-500.

 

WGSS-500: Current Issues and Research in Women's and Gender Studies (3)

Exploration of the philosophies, methods, and theories entailed in doing scholarly work in women's and gender studies. Close examination of selected current works in the discipline. Collaborative work developing bibliographies and designing course activities; individual work in the field. Usually offered every fall. Prerequisite: permission of instructor or program director.

 

WGSS-590: Independent Reading Course in Women's and Gender Studies (1-6)

Prerequisite: permission of instructor and program director.

 

WGSS-600: Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Theory (3)

Examines theories of gender as constructed or problematic, not natural or immutable. Surveys the historic development of theories of women's inequality and strategies for changes. Probes contemporary issues and conflicts within feminist and gender theory. Theorizes gender relations in students' own lives. Forges understandings across divisions of race, class, nationality, ability, sexualities, and sexual orientation. Usually offered every spring. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.