Undergraduate Women's and Gender Studies
2019 Fall Term
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INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES
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.
INTRODUCTION TO LGBTQ STUDIES
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.
SEX, GENDER, AND HEALTH
This course explores the reproductive and sexual functions of human bodies, as well as the scientific and social influences on those bodies. By examining sex, reproduction, and aging, this course uses intersectional lenses to explore uneven access to sexual health resources and reproductive justice across cultures, ultimately demonstrating the achievements and limitations of women's health movements in the recent past.
WOMEN AND WORK
This course focuses on the recent successes as well as the problems women face in the work force. It provides as overview of the changing nature of work in the United States and of the history of women from diverse groups and backgrounds.
WOMEN IN AMERICAN CULTURE (GE)
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.
GENDER AND FILM
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.
An introduction to historical and contemporary feminist theories, with emphasis on critical reading and analysis of original works by major feminist writers.
WOMEN'S VOICES/WOMEN'S LIVES
A study of the lives of women in different ages and cultures. Women's roles in society as revealed in diaries, autobiography and biography are explored.
GENDER AND FAMILY IN JAPAN
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).
GENDER AND VIOLENCE
This course examines gender-based violence, focusing specifically on domestic violence, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, stalking, sexual harassment, and human trafficking. Readings and course activities explore the gendered dimensions of violence and inequality within diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds and across sexual identities and national and immigrant statuses. A community based learning project is required.
ISSUES AND TOPICS IN WOMEN AND GENDER STUDIES
This course provides intensive study of important issues in Women's Studies, with special emphasis on courses that reflect the most contemporary thought in our discipline and that correspond to faculty research interests. Topics include Women's Human Rights, Gender and AIDS, and Women, Militarism and War.
ADVANCED SEMINAR IN WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES
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.
INTERNSHIP IN WOMEN'S STUDIES
Work and study with an agency or institution related to women's issues. Students working under faculty supervision will combine academic learning with practical experience.
Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member.