Department of Women's and Gender Studies

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

WOMENST 100 INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN'S STUDIES
GE
3 u

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.

WOMENST 240 WOMEN AND WORK
GE
3 u

This course focuses on the recent successes as well as the problems women face in the work force. It provides an overview of the changing nature of work in the United States and of the history of women from diverse groups and backgrounds.

Prereq:Sophomore standing or consent of instructor.

WOMENST 245 GENDER AND GEOGRAPHY
GS
3 u

Human geographies will be studied through the lens of gender along with gender relations at home and abroad. Content is organized according to a variety of spatial scales including the body, home, city, and world. Cases investigated at the global scale include gendered livelihoods and migration, nationalism and war, and environmental issues.

WOMENST 250 WOMEN IN AMERICAN CULTURE
GE
3 u

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.

Prereq:Sophomore standing or consent of instructor.

WOMENST 266 GENDER IN FILM
GE
3 u

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.

ENGLISH 101 or ENGLISH 105 or ENGLISH 161

Unreq: ENGLISH 266

WOMENST 280 FEMINIST THEORIES

3 u

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

Prereq:WOMENST 100 and sophomore standing.

WOMENST 303/503 WOMEN'S VOICES/WOMEN'S LIVES

3 u

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.

Prereq: Sophomore standing.

WOMENST 310 WOMEN AND THE SHAPING OF LATIN AMERICAN CULTURE

3 u

This course critically examines roles of women in shaping Latin American culture and society through exploration of individual and collective action. Through the lenses of film, essay, and objective studies students encounter ways in which women create, maintain and restore cultures often viewed by the outside as strongly male-dominated.

Prereq:3 units of anthropology or consent of instructor

WOMENST 320 LESBIAN STUDIES

3 u

This course will introduce students to an array of interdisciplinary texts that present issues relevant to perceiving lesbian lives. Readings will include legal, scientific, and philosophic theory, studies by social scientists and historians, multicultural perspectives and literary works. There will be four units; 1) Defining our Terms, 2) Idea(l)s of Community, 3) Life-Cycle Choices, 4) Research on Current Issues.

Prereq:WOMENST 100 and sophomore standing.

WOMENST 330 WOMEN AND RELIGION
GH
3 u

This course will trace changing conceptions of gender roles and the functions of women in various religious traditions. Feminine and masculine images of divinity will be compared and recent scholarship in feminist theology on questions such as the nature of divinity, immortality, and religious devotion will be examined.

Prereq:Sophomore standing or consent of instructor.

Unreq: RELIGST 330

WOMENST 334 WOMEN AND MEN IN CROSS-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE
GS
3 u

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

Prereq:GENED 130 or GENED 140 or sophomore standing.

WOMENST 345 WOMEN IN MUSIC
GE
3 u

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.

Prereq:GENED 110, ENGLISH 1O1 and 102 or 105.

WOMENST 350 STAGES AND TRANSITIONS INWOMEN'S LIVES

3 u

A study of identity issues that women may face in their adult lives, including specific transitions such as entering and/or leaving relationships; work patterns; parenting; care-giving; coping with loss; retirement; and facing the challenges of aging.

Prereq: Sophomore standing.

WOMENST 351 VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

3 u

This course will explore violence against women, focusing specifically on domestic violence, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, stalking, sexual harassment, and human trafficking. Additionally, the course will examine issues related to same-sex violence and cross-cultural abuse, how violence against women becomes normalized, and the role of male allies.

Prereq: Sophomore standing

WOMENST 365 WOMEN, SCIENCE, AND SOCIETY

3 u

Historical survey of women's contributions to science; case studies of modern women scientists; feminism and scientific knowledge.

Prereq:Junior standing or WOMENST 100.

Unreq: HISTRY 365.

WOMENST 367 ARCHEOLOGY OF WOMEN

3 u

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.

Prereq: Sophomore standing

Unreq: ANTHROPL 367

WOMENST 370 WOMEN: RACE AND ETHNICITY
GE/Diversity
3 u

This course will provide an examination of Native American, African American, Latina, and Asian American women in the broad areas of work, family/community relationships, creativity, and social action.

Prereq:Junior standing or WOMENST 100.

WOMENST 380/580 GENDER LAW AND POLICY
GE
3 u

A study of legal, social, and moral issues related to gender, such as the definition of sexual difference, inequality in the workplace, lesbian and gay rights. How those issues have been handled historically and normatively within the legal system will be investigated.

Prereq:Junior standing or consent of instructor.

WOMENST 455 ISSUES AND TOPICS IN WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES

3 u

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.

WOMENST 464/664 WOMEN IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

3 u

This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to study and analyze international relations from a multi-disciplinary perspective. It will examine current understandings of the causes, processes and structures of international relations, violent conflict, as well as resolution of those conflicts and peace within the context of Feminist theories. The goal is to examine the role of women in international relations, international security, conflict and peace through different approaches to the study of conflict and how it is understood. The course will consider both the strength and limitations of various disciplinary approaches.The traditional approaches to international relations, international security, international conflict and peace reflect viewpoints consistent with masculine perspectives on power and security. The goal is to consider how the limitations of the approaches can be effectively challenged and what alternatives might be offered. Themes for discussion will include gender, race, ethnicity, nationalism, state, community, conflict and peace.

Prereq:3 units of political science or 3 units of women's studies.

WOMENST 481 GENDER, ETHNICITY, AND THE ENVIRONMENT

3 u

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.

Prereq:Sophomore standing.

WOMENST 489 ADVANCED SEMINAR IN WOMEN'S STUDIES

3 u

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

Prereq: WOMENST 100 and either WOMENST 280 or PHILSPHY 390.

WOMENST 490/690 WORKSHOP IN WOMEN'S STUDIES
Repeatable
1-6 u

Prereq: Consent of instructor.

WOMENST 493 INTERNSHIP IN WOMEN'S STUDIES

3 u

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.

Prereq: 12 units in courses approved for the Women's Studies Minor and approval of Women's Studies Internship Committee.

WOMENST 496/696 SPECIAL STUDIES
Repeatable
1-4 u

Prereq: Consent of instructor.

WOMENST 497 EXCHANGE STUDY
Repeatable
1-12 u

WOMENST 498 INDEPENDENT STUDY
Repeatable
1-3 u

Prereq: Consent of instructor and 6 units from the approved course list or approval of the Women's Studies Chairperson.

APPROVED COURSES IN OTHER DEPARTMENTS:

ART ARTHIST 305/505 History of Women in Art
GA
3 u

SPCH SPEECH 326/526 Communication and Gender

3 u
ENGL ENGLISH 264 Women in Literature: A Feminist
GH
3 u

Re-evaluation

ENGL ENGLISH 368/568 American Minority Women
GH
3 u

Writers (Diversity)

ENGL ENGLISH 463/663 Nineteenth Century Women

3 u

Writers

ENGL ENGLISH 464/664 Twentieth Century Women

3 u

Writers

HIST HISTRY 313 Women in American History
GH
3 u

1600-1875

HIST HISTRY 314 Women in American Histry
GH
3 u

1875- Present

HIST HISTRY 326/526 History of Contemporary

3 u

Women from 1800

HIST HISTRY 363 From Goddesses to Witches

3 u

PHIL PHILSPHY 390/590 Feminist Philosophy

3 u

PSCI POLISCI 315/515 Women and Politics

3 u
PSYCH PSYCH 202 Psychology of Women
GS
3 u

REL RELIGST 330 Women and Religion

3 u

SOC SOCIOLGY 345 Sociology of Gender Roles

3 u

SOC SOCIOLGY 379/579 Women and Crime

3 u

SOCANTHROPL 367 Archeology of Women

3 u

Special Studies, workshops, internships, and seminars having a specific focus on women may be approved for a single term. For more information consult the current schedule of classes.

INTERDISCIPLINARY

CORE COURSES

GENED 110 WORLD OF THE ARTS
GA
3 u

This course exposes students to the areas of Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Art. Students will gain insight into the basic components of the arts, the role of art in society, and be given an historical perspective on art. Students will attend performing arts events and see work in the gallery context. Both western and non-western arts will be explored. May not be taken on an Satisfactory/No Credit grade basis.

Unreq: ACINDP 105.

GENED 120 HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES
GH
3 u

This course examines major trends in the economic, political, and sociocultural history of the world since the nineteenth century. Students are encouraged to draw on multiple perspectives to develop a comparative framework for understanding the origins of current global issues and the changing role of the US in the world. May not be taken on a Satisfactory/No Credit grade basis.

Unreq: HISTRY 105.

GENED 130 INDIVIDUAL AND SOCIETY
GS
3 u

This course critically examines how people influence and are affected by their social worlds from the perspectives of anthropology, psychology, sociology and women’s studies. The course focuses on how we experience life as individuals and as members of cultural systems that shape our personalities, behavior, and perceptions of the world. May not be taken on an Satisfactory/No Credit grade basis.

Unreq: PSYCH 105, SOCIOLGY 105, WOMENST 105 and ANTHROPL 105.

GENED 140 GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES
GS
3 u

This course introduces students to key terms, concepts, issues and relationships in economics, geography and political science. The course investigates how increasing globalization impacts issues such as the authority and competence of the nation-state, population growth and migration, economic development and trade and patterns of international cooperation and conflict. May not be taken on an Satisfactory/No Credit grade basis.

Unreq: ECON 105, GEOGRPY 105, POLISCI 105.

GENED 291 GENERAL EDUCATION TRAVEL STUDY

1-3 u

This course gives students an opportunity to experience first hand important social, cultural and historical aspects of American and other cultures through travel and study in this country and abroad. Specific itineraries and fees will be published in the Schedule of Classes each term. Course is repeatable with change of itinerary up to 4 times and a maximum of 6 units toward degree; a maximum of 3 units may be counted in the General Education elective category. Offered on an Satisfactory/No Credit grade basis only.

GENED 390 THE WORLD OF IDEAS
GH
3 u

This course examines themes and issues that have had a significant impact upon the world's civilizations. Readings will focus on primary texts representing major historical periods, world cultures, and diverse perspectives. This course will stress critical and analytical thought, drawing upon knowledge obtained in this and earlier core courses. May not be taken on an Satisfactory/No Credit grade basis.

Prereq:ENGLISH 101 and ENGLISH 102, Junior standing, and completion of all other required core courses.

Unreq: LSINDP 390.

GENED 496 SPECIAL STUDIES
Repeatable
1-3 u

GENED 498 INDEPENDENT STUDY
Repeatable
1-4 u



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