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Undergraduate Women's Studies

2018 Fall Term

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3 Units

INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES (GE)

Women's Studies 100

An investigation of women's experience from the perspective of various disciplines. The course examines the ways gender interacts with ethnicity, race, class and sexuality and explores contemporary and historical issues related to women's lives. Included are such subjects as health and body image, violence against women, and women's achievements.


3 Units

INTRODUCTION TO LGBTQ STUDIES (GE)

Women's Studies 120

An investigation of LGBTQ Studies from the perspective of various disciplines. The course examines the ways gender and sexuality interact with ethnicity, race, class, and ability and explores contemporary and historical issues related to LGBTQ lives. Included are such subjects as gender and sexuality as social constructions, violence and oppression, representation, history of LGBTQ movements and activism, and intersectional alliances.


3 Units

WOMEN IN AMERICAN CULTURE (GE)

Women's Studies 250

This course is a study of women's contributions and their representation in such areas of American culture as literature, art, crafts, music, film, letters and diaries--from the mid-Nineteenth Century to contemporary times. Students will also explore how the dominant ideas and images of American culture interact with the real lives of diverse groups of women.


3 Units

GENDER AND FILM (GE)

Women's Studies 266

Students will learn to critically view, consider, and describe films, with special attention to representations of sexuality and gender. The course will include instruction in gender theory and methods for deploying gender analysis in the context of film studies.


3 Units

FEMINIST THEORIES

Women's Studies 280

An introduction to historical and contemporary feminist theories, with emphasis on critical reading and analysis of original works by major feminist writers.


3 Units

GENDER AND SEXUALITY IN CROSS CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE (GS)

Women's Studies 334

Anthropological approaches to the cross-cultural study of gender relations and sexuality with an emphasis on societies of the non-Western world. Topics vary.


3 Units

GENDER AND FAMILY IN JAPAN

Women's Studies 347

This course will examine forms of masculinity, femininity, sexuality, and family in contemporary Japan, and their historical development. Students will learn how gender, sexuality, and family are historically and socially constructed, how they are recreated through social interaction, how power inequalities are embedded in gender and family relations, how these inequalities impact individuals (and vice versa).


3 Units

ORIGINS OF GENDER

Women's Studies 367

This course presents theory, methods and case studies examining the role of women in human societies from our earliest origins through the beginning of the modern period. The dominant discipline in this inquiry is archaeological anthropology, but relevant material from sociology, biology, history and other fields will also be covered. No previous knowledge of any one field is expected, but exposure to the social sciences is desirable. My goal for this course is that you will leave with a better understanding of the role of women in past human societies, envision some of the trajectories that have led to contemporary social formations and be able to envision how the past, present and future are connected.


3 Units

GENDER, ETHNICITY, AND THE ENVIRONMENT (DV)

Women's Studies 481

An examination of the ways that sexism, racism, ethnic/class exploitation and environmental destruction are interrelated. Considers social and cultural forces that lead to limited and/or gendered concepts of nature, and explores alternative theoretical and activist perspectives (deep ecology, bioregionalism, ecofemisim, environmental justice, etc.) and responses to the environmental crisis.


3 Units

ADVANCED SEMINAR IN WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES

Women's Studies 489

An intensive, integrative study of selected issues in Women's and Gender Studies, emphasizing critical thinking and research techniques. A substantial research paper is required.


1-3 Units

INDEPENDENT STUDY

Women's Studies 498

Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member.


1-3 Units

INDEPENDENT STUDY

Women's Studies 498R

Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member.

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