Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

 
COURSE OFFERINGS
 
201s    Introduction to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies    An introduction to the interdisciplinary field of women's, gender, and sexuality studies, using classical and contemporary texts. An examination of the variety of feminist and queer theoretical approaches to understanding gendered and sexual lives in historical contexts. Four credit hours.  U.    ARELLANO

[211]    Women in Myth and Fairy Tale    How are women represented in the myths and fairy tales of U.S. cultures? What is the impact of these images on our selves and our societies? What are some alternatives to the images we are familiar with? How are women using myths and fairy tales to deconstruct oppressive images based on cultural stereotypes? These questions are explored through close examination of ancient and contemporary versions of the stories of Psyche, Beauty, and Inanna. American Indian stories and feminist fairy tales provide alternative images for discussion, as do various video versions of the stories. Normally offered every other year. Three credit hours.  L.    

[213]    Introduction to Women's Literature and Feminist Criticism    An introduction to the practice of feminist criticism and to women's literature. The impact of feminist criticism on literary studies; fiction, prose, and drama by women writers from various countries. Formerly listed as Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 113. Prerequisite: English 115. Four credit hours.  L, I.    

[217]    Boys to Men     An exploration of the thoughts, feelings, physical responses, life choices, and aspirations of boys and men throughout the life cycle as they act and interact with girls and women, with each other, and with the larger sociocultural context in which they live. From an explicit social justice perspective, how power, privilege, and difference shape boys' and men's lives, and how the social construction and reproduction of masculinity differ based on sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, social class, and age. Particular attention to the problem of men's violence against women and other men. Students work with boys and young men in schools and after-school programs. Four credit hours.  S, U.    

232f    Queer Identities and Politics    Discussion-based course considering central writers in queer studies, with an emphasis on historical and theoretical work on sex, gender, and sexuality. Topics include gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersexual, and queer political movement and theory; sexual identities and feminism; sexual identities and the law; alternative family practices; and queer theory in academia. Four credit hours.  U.    ARELLANO

275f    Gender and Popular Culture    Listed as American Studies 275. Four credit hours.  U.    MCFADDEN

276s    Sociology of Gender    Listed as Sociology 276. Four credit hours.  S, U.    BLAKE

311f    Topics in Feminist Theory: Feminist Theories and Methodologies     Introduces students to the interdisciplinary field of feminist theory, which seeks to understand the creation and perpetuation of gender and sexual identities, differences, and inequalities. Surveys contemporary feminist issues including representation, sexuality, labor, family, activism, and politics. Draws on historical analysis and pays close attention to the variety of women's experiences over time. Incorporates some international perspectives on women and feminism, but the primary focus is on the United States. Four credit hours.  U.    CAMPBELL

334f    Film and Society    Listed as American Studies 334. Four credit hours.  U.    SALTZ

375f    Contemporary Family Relations: Mothers and Daughters    Listed as Sociology 375. Three credit hours.  S, U.    ARENDELL

376s    Queer Popular Cultures    Listed as American Studies 376. Four credit hours.  U.    MCFADDEN

393f    Proseminar: American Masculinities    Listed as American Studies 393. Prerequisite: Junior standing as American studies major. Four credit hours.  U.    ARELLANO

398s    Intimate Labors and the Commodification of Care    Taking sex work to be an especially provocative case study of the increasingly pervasive commodification of care/intimate labors, the agenda of this course is to make space for you to create your own body of interdisciplinary, intersectional thinking and writing about post-1980s "feminist debates on prostitution" in the United States and Canada. We will seriously consider intersections of gender and sexuality with other important vectors of privilege and oppression, including race and ethnicity, work and class, body image and ability, citizenship and the law, religion, and activism. Four credit hours.    CAMPBELL

483f, 484s    Senior Honors Project    An independent research project on an approved topic, conducted in close consultation with a faculty tutor and culminating in a substantial written thesis. Students are responsible for selecting their faculty tutor and submitting their proposal by April 15 of their junior year. A 3.5 major average at the end of the senior year is a condition of successful completion of the program. Prerequisite: Senior standing, a 3.5 major average at the end of the junior year, and permission of the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. Three or four credit hours.    FACULTY

491f, 492s    Independent Study    Individual study of special problems in women's, gender, and sexuality studies in areas where the student has demonstrated the interest and competence necessary for independent work. The instructor must be one of the faculty members in the program. Prerequisite: Women's, gender, and sexuality studies major or minor, permission of the instructor, and approval of the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. Three or four credit hours.    FACULTY

493s    Seminar: Identity Formation, Social Movement, and Gender    An examination of current debates about social and political identity in an effort to understand the terrain of these debates by examining (and in some cases forcing) conversations between and among projects that attempt to offer ways of thinking about the relationship between identity formation and social movements. Students will complete an independent project on a topic of their own choosing. Four credit hours.  I.    ARELLANO