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WG201s 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
[WG211] 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.
[WG213] 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.
WG217f 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. TAPPAN
WG232f 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
WG273f Sociology of Families Listed as Sociology 273. Four credit hours. S. ARENDELL
[WG275] Gender and Popular Culture Listed as American Studies 275. Four credit hours. U.
WG276s Sociology of Gender Listed as Sociology 276. Four credit hours. S, U. MAYER
WG297j History of Television Students learn to see television as a technology, industry, and site of cultural debate; gain a nuanced understanding of its place in U.S. cultural history — especially its role in sex, gender, and race politics; develop skills to trace the development of television, especially the evolution of program genres and the ways that minorities are envisioned by producers; develop a language for considering the ways that the medium represents identity difference; understand the impact of technological shifts and changes in the U.S. economy on programming; study the role of television in the mundane activities of its users and key events in U.S. social and cultural history. Three credit hours. H, U. GRIFFIN
WG311f Topics in Feminist Theory: Feminist Theories and Methodologies Takes an interdisciplinary, intersectional, and progressively transnational approach to feminist theory of the past three decades. Equally premised in the convictions that the "personal is political" and "the political is gendered." Fosters critical consciousness of the many and varied ways in which sex, gender, and sexuality shape our daily lives. Taking seriously the challenges posed from within and outside feminism to acknowledge and grapple with the gaps between theory and practice born of the many and varied differences between and among women, we closely examine not only what Estelle Freedman terms the "historical case for feminism" but also the historical case for feminist theory. Prerequisite: Junior standing as a WGSS major or minor. Four credit hours. U. GRIFFIN
[WG334] Film and Society: Films of the 1940s Listed as American Studies 334. Four credit hours. U.
[WG375] Contemporary Family Relations: Mothers and Daughters Listed as Sociology 375. Three credit hours. S, U.
[WG376] Queer Popular Cultures Listed as American Studies 376. Four credit hours. U.
[WG393] Proseminar: American Masculinities Listed as American Studies 393A. Prerequisite: Junior standing as American studies major. Four credit hours. U.
WG397f Girls Making Change: Girlhood, Activism, and Popular Culture Provides students with the opportunity to explore how development, popular culture, and social location impact girls' sense of agency and their chosen forms of activism. Students will read feminist psychology, articles on girls' activism, explore girls' activist movements, participate in girl-led actions, and work with girls in the community as a way to learn how dominant cultural constructions of girlhood impact girls' experiences and to engage girls in social justice work. Prerequisite: Education 215, 231, or 235, or Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 235. Four credit hours. U. BROWN
WG398s Feeling Theory Uses emotions and feelings to map intersections of sexuality across globalization and new media. Divided into three conceptual units: "feeling different", "feeling connected", and "feeling hopeful", uses a combination of readings, screenings, discussions, and written assignments to examine the lived and felt dimensions of contemporary cultural politics. Looking at a broad range of issues like disability, terrorism, technological change, social networks, transgender rights, and radical activism, students will interrogate feelings as a critical paradigm for assessing cultural politics, and will consider how emotions operate in discourses about many different social issues. Prerequisite: Prior Women's Gender, and Sexuality Studies course. Four credit hours. GRIFFIN
WG483f, 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
WG491f, 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
WG493s 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. Prerequisite: Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies major or minor. Four credit hours. I. ARELLANO