Undergraduate Women's and Gender Studies
2021 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.
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.
WOMEN IN MUSIC
A survey of women musicians in Western European art music and twentieth century popular musical styles. Historical, cultural, and philosophical issues surrounding the contributions of female performers, composers, conductors, patrons, teachers, musicologists, and other musical professions will be explored, as well as the portrayal of women in opera, musical theater, and music videos.
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.
FEMINIST AND QUEER THEORIES
This course covers the historical and contemporary development of feminist and queer theoretical thought. We will explore the rifts, debates, and coalitions that emerge from the variety of perspectives in feminist and queer theories. The range of course material and ideas allow students to develop their own feminist and queer lexicon and their own approach to feminist and queer thought, research, and activism.
GENDER, ETHNICITY, AND THE ENVIRONMENT
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.
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, GENDER, AND SEXUALITY STUDIES
Work and study with an agency, nonprofit, or institution related to women's, gender, and/or LGBTQ* advocacy. 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.