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WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

WGST 100 Women’s Lives This course is an introduction to the field of Women’s Studies. It explores the different experiences of womanhood in the United States and around the world, with an emphasis on roles throughout the life cycle and the importance of race, class, sexuality, and culture in shaping gender roles.

WGST 101 Telling Women’s Lives In this course, students will use feminist analysis to examine the cultural processes of telling and hearing women’s stories and to consider how these narratives create knowledge within multiple disciplines. Students will hear, read and re-tell the life experiences of women using oral and written texts drawn from various genres.

WGST 103 Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies This course is an introduction to Gender Studies. It examines traditional gender roles and considers how these have changed over time.

WGST 108 Race, Class, and Gender Activism This course examines women's movements and activism in the United States and around the world. Through primary source documents and monographs, we will look at a wide spectrum of feminist political interventions that focus on the intersection of race, ethnicity, class, and sexual identity both in the analysis they propose and the solutions they generate.

WGST 109 Gender, Sexuality, and Culture This course explores key concepts in gender studies, including our understanding of the social construction of gender, by examining assumptions about gender roles and relations in contemporary society. Drawing primarily from literature, art, music, and sociology, the course focuses on questions regarding gendered experiences in political, social, and cultural contexts.

WGST 110 Diversity and Difference This course explores how culture shapes individual and community identities. It provides students with social, political, cultural, psychological and historical frameworks for understanding difference and resolving intra and inter-personal cultural conflicts. Students will build a repertoire of skills for identifying, researching, analyzing, navigating, and valuing diversity.

WGST 190 Introduction to LGBT Studies This course offers an interdisciplinary introduction to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender studies. It explores the history of same sex-desire in Western and non-Western cultures and examines the political, psychological and artistic cultures of contemporary lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

WGST 202 Women and Work This course explores the condition of women as paid and unpaid workers in the United States and around the world. It considers the history of women’s work and the effect of the global economy on traditional and non-traditional occupations for women.

WGST 208 Sex: Power, Pleasure, Politics Beginning with some basic work on the history of sexuality, this course explores a variety of topics: heterosexuality as an historical institution; pornography; prostitution; date rape and sexual harassment; rape and sexual violence; race, sex, and miscegenation; sex and disease; and sex and pleasure. The course analyzes each of these topics by placing them in their political, economic, social, and ideological contexts. Previous completion of WGST 100 is recommended.

WGST 210 Black Womanhood This course examines the impact of racism and sexism on Black women and explores various representations of Black womanhood focusing on their implications for feminist thought. Perspectives from sociology, history and literary criticism are included.

WGST 215 Men of Color in Urban America This course analyzes the cultural, social, political, economical, and historical positions of Black and Latino men in urban America. It explores a range of positions that deconstruct the cultural underpinnings of manhood, masculinity, and identity politics. Topics covered include: sexism and violence; the role of the media; employment, drug culture and man as provider (i.e. father); politics, liberation, revolution and activism; leadership models; relationships with men and women; sex and sexuality.

WGST 220 Women and Leadership Students will explore the experiences, strategies, and gendered dynamics affecting women in leadership roles. Beginning with historical examples of political leaders, social activists, and business entrepreneurs, students will examine contemporary issues facing women leaders in workplace and community settings and will create toolkits for exploring and enacting their own leadership potential.

WGST 225 Women, Hip Hop, and Social Change This course will examine the socio-political and cultural role Hip Hop and spoken word plays in women’s social activism in a global context. Students will examine the intersection of race, class, gender and sexuality within the genre of spoken word and Hip Hop in social transformation.

WGST 320 Feminist Practices This course introduces students to the history and development of women’s and gender studies as an academic field. Explores basic concepts central to contemporary feminist thought and offers a critical examination of various research techniques used in women’s and gender studies with a particular emphasis on interdisciplinary work.

WGST 380 Internship in Women’s and Gender Studies Interns work in organizations related to women’s and gender studies and are supervised by assigned staff at placement sites. Journal and final paper are required. (permission of advisor needed).

WGST 330 Gender and Popular Culture This course focuses on construction of femininity and masculinity in various popular cultural forms including: television, movies, music, advertising, fashion, and the Internet. Analyses center on the production and consumption of popular culture and its role in shaping perceptions and experiences of gender in individual, national, and global contexts.

WGST 405 Latina Feminisms This course examines the historical development, theoretical positions, and political, social, and artistic contributions of Latina feminisms in the United States

WGST 410 Gender, Migration, and Citizenship This course will explores how population movements worldwide are intricately connected to existing gender, labor, sexual, and family relations. Analyses address the complex connections between mobility patterns, economic trends, gender relations, discursive formations (including citizenship and nationality laws), and new forms of subjectivity, community, and political engagement.

WGST 490 Senior Seminar in Women’s and Gender Studies Advanced course on a selected topic in women’s and gender studies. Topics may include Gender and Globalization; Women and Spirituality; Feminism, Policy and the Poor; Gender and Human Rights, etc. Each student will be expected to pursue an original research project making use of primary sources, scholarly journals, and other library materials.

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