01:988:101Introduction to Gender, Race, and Sexuality (3)Introductory survey examining key concepts and themes in women's and gender studies,
including: body image and media, class, feminisms, gender/sex, globalization
and neoliberalism, intersectionality, patriarchy and privilege, race,
reproductive justice, sexuality and queer theory, social justice and human
rights, violence, conflict, and terrorism.
01:988:130Knowledge and Power: Issues in Women's Leadership (3)
Study of gender, in the construction of knowledge in
different fields, and the factors that encourage women to achieve agency and
01:988:160Women in the Global Economy: Feminist Perspectives (3)This course examines issues related to women's paid and
unpaid work as world markets integrate. Analyzes actions of governments, unions, women's movements, employers,
and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to promote equality and women's well-being.
01:988:201Feminist Practices (3)Examines development of women's and gender studies as interdisciplinary
field of study; explores relationship of feminist scholarship to
activism; introduces students to basic research techniques.Required for major.
01:988:202Gender, Culture, and Representation (3) Examines how gender is represented in cultural texts and artifacts; introduces students to theories of representation.
01:988:235Dynamics of Class, Race, and Sex (3) Examination of dynamics of, and connections among, classism, racism, and sexism in contemporary American society; ways they influence and are influenced by the structure of society at large; their effect on individuals; and strategies for personal and social change.
01:988:240Gender and Science (3) Role of gender, race, and class in production and use of scientific and medical knowledge. Impact of gender bias on research in the life, physical, and social sciences.
01:988:250Feminist Perspectives (3)Feminist examination of significant
contemporary issues. The issue
chosen will vary each year. Students should check the department's website for information. Issues to be considered include war,
trafficking, poverty, environment, migration, globalization, and religion.
01:988:252Mentoring, Leadership, and Young Women's Lives (3)Feminist theory, model, and practice of
mentoring. Topics include definitions and history of mentoring; personal
narratives and mentoring practices; and mentoring women's leadership for social
01:988:255Gender, Art, and Society (3)Women artists, their achievements, and impact. Social and cultural reasons for their
neglect in the visual arts and how that neglect is being remedied today. Different ways in which men and women are depicted in art and how those differences relate to culture and society.Please note that this is an online course.
01:988:257Gender and the Body: Representation and Pornography (3)Examination of representations of gendered
bodies in art, sexuality, gender, politics, and pornography. Examines how to
understand who defines what is obscene and why some work is called pornography.
01:988:258Gender, Race, and Contemporary Art (3)Intersection of gender and race in contemporary American
art. Black and white racial politics in relation to gender and contemporary art
in the United States. Special focus on African-American artists.
01:988:259Homosexuality and Visual Culture (3)Central role of homosexuality and homoeroticism
in visual culture in the distant and recent past as well as the present. Marginalization of homosexual artists, critics, and patrons despite direct participation in cultural production of art and popular culture.
01:988:260The Modern Girl (3)Examines the
so-called "modern girl" of the 1920s and 1930s. Representations in fiction,
film, and advertisements. Concentrates on the West, with comparative evidence
from Asia and Africa.Credit not given for both this course and 01:506:215.
01:988:270War: Critical Perspectives (3)Critical
examination of the nature, functions, and effects of war with particular
attention to racialized and gendered dynamics of militarization, terrorism,
counterterrorism, and genocide.Credit not given for both this course and 01:920:273.
01:988:280Introduction to Critical Study of Masculinities (3)Interdisciplinary and comparative introduction to the study of masculinities in the United States. Includes social history, and analyses of contemporary national and international contexts.
01:888:285Lesbians and Gay Men and Society (3) Introduction to various disciplines' contributions to understanding the
relationship of homosexuality, particularly lesbianism, to society.
Includes a section on the political organization and recent theory
coming out of the gay movement.
01:888:290Introduction to Critical Sexualities (3)Introduction to the study of sexuality as well as sexual and gendered identity from multidisciplinary and historical perspectives. Includes U.S. and European approaches to sexology, legal regulation of sexual practices, and family formation.
01:988:299Mentoring Leadership and Practice (3)Explores meaning of women's
leadership, knowledge, and power through the mentor experience. Topics include how gender shapes
knowledge and power; the challenges women's colleges present to orthodox
conceptions of leadership; and practical and theoretical applications of feminist
01:988:301Feminist Theory: Historical Perspectives (3)Introduction to feminist theories about women, sex, gender, sexuality,
embodiment, politics, social relations; examination of feminist
theories' challenge to Western literary, philosophical, and scientific
traditions.Prerequisite: 01:988:101 or 201 or 202 or 235 or by special permission.
01:988:302Feminist Theory: Contemporary Engagements (3) Introduction to basic concepts central to contemporary feminist thought; exploration of the critical, productive relationship between feminist and patriarchal theory. Prerequisite: 01:988:101 or 201 or 202 or 235 or by special permission.
01:988:303Comparative Feminisms (3) Compares the development of feminist writing in several historical periods across different cultures. Prerequisite: 01:988:101 or 201 or 202 or 235 or by special permission.
01:988:307Women and the Law (3) Areas of law that regulate the position of women, including birth control, abortion, marriage, alimony, child support and custody, child care, education, employment, criminal law (including rape, prostitution, women in prison, and the juvenile justice system), and constitutional rights. Readings in court decisions, statutes, and supplementary materials.
01:988:310South Asian Feminism (3) Women's activism in South Asia in autonomous feminist movements, as
participants in organized political movements, and in family and
01:988:311Gender, Race, and Visual Media (3)Examines visual culture, especially Hollywood
cinema and television, in light of the economic structure of neoliberalism.
Race, gender, and sexuality as sites of power; visual texts; connections
between culture and politics.
01:988:312African Feminism (3) What feminism means to Africa; how gender affects female socialization, women as state subjects; how diverse African feminist strategies differ from and/or parallel other feminisms. Prerequisite: 01:988:101 or 235. Credit not given for both this course and 01:016:312.
01:988:317Gender and Consumption (3) Introduces feminist approaches to consumption through readings that examine the relation of consumption to body, race, nation, and sex work. Prerequisite: 01:988:101 or 201 or 235 or permission of instructor.
01:988:318The Gendered Body (3) Explores the processes by which the body is gendered in different cultures. How is the relationship between physical body, gender, and sexuality forged?
01:888:321Queer Contexts: Same-Sex Desire, Culture, and Representation (3) Cultural construction and representation of same-sex desire in Western societies. Debates about identity, subjectivity, and the uses of experience included.
01:988:325Women on the Fringe: Perceptions of Women as Social and Sex-Role Deviants in American Civilization (3)Societal reaction to female behavior deviating from social and feminine norms. Use of historical narratives, literature, and film to treat such themes as heresy, madness, prostitution, adultery, criminality, political protest, and lesbianism. Credit not given for both this course and 01:050:325.
01:988:326Psychology of Women (3) Evaluation of some major psychological conceptualizations of women in light of current research. Bases for these formulations and their influence on the position of women today. Credit not given for both this course and 01:830:381.
01:988:329History of Race and Sex in America (3)Examines how race and gender have independently and jointly determined life chances throughout American history.Credit not given for both this course and 01:014:366 and 01:512:366.
01:988:330Memoir and Autobiography (3) Reading of several women's memoirs, all written within the last 50
years; some by "famous" and some by "ordinary" women.
01:988:331Theorizing Sexuality and Gender (3) Examines how sexuality and gender became meaningful categories in Western culture through the emergence of sexual politics and queer theory.
01:988:332The Color of AIDS: The Politics of Race During the AIDS Crisis (3)Focuses on AIDS crisis, explores relationships between illness, race, ethnicity, and gender in health policy, research, and care for communities of color.
01:988:333Power, Subjectivity, and Resistance (3)Examines development of feminist concepts of power and the relations between feminist and patriarchal theories.
01:988:337Globalization, Sex, and Families (3)Transnational intimacies, travel, and migration. Case studies of transnational adoption, marriage, sex work, and domestic work. Larger contexts of globalization and impact on families and sexual relations.Prerequisite: 01:070:101 or 01:988:101 or permission of instructor. Credit not given for both this course and 01:070:324.
01:888:338Transnational Sexualities (3)Considers how globalization alters
conceptualizations of sexuality and its relationship to gender. Issues include global, diasporic, and
postcolonial gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender activism, tourism and
travel, HIV/AIDS organization, "sexual rights" discourses, sex work, and asylum
based on gender and sexual orientation.
01:988:341Gender and Popular Culture (3) Use of varied theoretical approaches to examine how popular culture texts shape everyday perceptions of race, gender, family, and nation. Texts include film, television, and radio. Prerequisite: 01:988:101 or 201 or 235 or permission of instructor.
01:988:344Women and Leadership (3) Course explores women's leadership for social change at work, in
politics, communities, and the household in a variety of historical and
contemporary meetings.Prerequisites: By special permission of instructor. Students for this course must have applied and been accepted into the IWL Leadership Scholars Program.
01:988:350Gender and Spirituality (3) Class explores women's spirituality, feminist theology, and spiritual
systems from around the world. How are spiritual systems and practices
01:988:368Producing Identities: Race, Gender, Class, and Sexualities (3) Social constitution of the self and communities through emergence and transformation of concepts and categories (race, gender, ethnicity, and sexuality) associated with personal identity.
01:988:369Feminism, Space, and Visuality (3) Examines how space and vision have been associated with historically developed concepts of femininity and masculinity.
01:988:370Critical Feminist Investigation (3)Introduces modes of knowledge production, research methods, and
strategies for interdisciplinary feminist scholarship. Required for students pursuing honors in women's, gender, and sexuality studies.
01:988:371Making Change (3) In-depth analysis of different ways women have organized for change. Focus on three or four case studies using cross-cultural perspectives to illustrate various themes of gender and collective action by women. Credit not given for both this course and 01:560:313.
01:988:372Contemporary Feminist Activism (3)Autonomous women's movements in the 20th and 21st centuries. Select case studies illustrate themes of gender and collective action.Credit not given for both this course and 01:506:314.
01:988:387Feminism, Signs, and Representation (3) Introduces major theories in contemporary critical theory including structuralism, recent critiques of structuralism. Focuses on the models and criteria to analyze cultural and social life.
01:988:392Thinking Bodies (3)Examines work of theorists questioning the subordination of body to mind in modern Western thought.
01:988:394Black Women in the United States (3)Examines cultural stereotypes;
political, economic, and social challenges confronting black women in the United States; and
strategies of resistance developed by black women. Prerequisite: 01:988:101 or 235 or by permission.
01:988:395Race, Gender, Media, and the Law (3)Considers
relationship between gender, law, and race in contemporary popular and political
culture. Addresses impact of rise
in televised court cases on perceptions of legal system and in stimulating
public debates about justice. Prerequisite: 01:988:101 or 201 or 202 or 235.
01:988:396Topics in Women's and Gender Studies (3)Selected topics in women's and gender studies. Topics vary each semester. Consult department.
01:988:397Freud and Feminism: Sexuality (3) Introduces Freudian concepts, methods and terminology, and the corresponding issues and debates in feminist theory.
01:988:398Freud and Feminism: The Unconscious (3)Examines Freud's account of the
unconscious and its relevance to
theories of subjectivity, especially to feminist theory and antiracist theory.
01:988:399CESEP (1) Community service placement in women's and gender studies. Corequisite: Must be taken in conjunction with a designated CESEP (Civic Engagement and Service Education Partnerships) course offered in the women's, gender, and sexuality studies program.
01:988:405Gender and Human Rights (3) Examines history and discourse of women's human rights; uses of
humanitarian law in wartime; issues of gender-based violence, health,
and sexuality.Prerequisite: 01:988:101 or 235 or permission of instructor.
01:988:406Women, Work, and Social Change (3) Study of problems faced by women working in industry, unions, the home, and professions in light of modern agitation and social trends; analysis of sex-differentiated occupations, legislation, and service roles with attention to biological, psychological, and social differences between the sexes.
01:988:407Women's Global Health Movements (3)Politics and structure of global women's health
movements. Relationship between health and phenomena such as international
politics, globalization, economic policy, and conflict and war.
01:988:408Gender, Economic Inequality, and Health (3)Fully online. Examines how resource distribution shapes health risk, access to health care, and clinical outcomes. Relationship of gender, class, race, sexuality, and nation to health.
01:988:409Gender, Environmental Justice, and Health (3)Fully online. Examines women's health in
relationship to contradictions between capitalist growth and resource
exhaustion. Health consequences of environmental crises linked to new markets
01:988:410Debt, Crisis, and Women's Health (3) Explores relationship between debt and economic
crisis; examines impact of austerity policies on women's health in various
01:988:411Gendered Health Impacts of Structural Adjustment Programs (3)Compares global impact of World Bank and International Monetary Fund aid
to developing countries. Investigates impact of cuts in public services on
01:988:412Global Food Politics: Health Consequences (3)Fully online. Investigates shifting modes of food
production, distribution, diet, and health. Compares consequences of changes
for women in global North with women in global South.
01:988:413The Global Pharmaceutical Economy and Health (3)Fully online. Explores aspects of pharmaceutical industry. Analyzes burdens and benefits of drug research and development on different
01:988:414Care Work (3)Fully online. Overview of "care economy." Explores recent
efforts to heighten its profit-making potential; considers long-term
implications of efforts to deskill and outsource care work.
01:988:416Women's Global Health: Special Topics (3)Topic varies with instructor. The requirements for the course would be the
equivalent of any 400-level course in the department.
01:988:420,421Women's Global Health Internship (3,3)RN Response Network provides medical assistance
in the context of natural disasters wherever they may occur. This internship
placement involves 150-180 hours of professional work with RN Response Network
in conjunction with a research paper that links this professional experience
with relevant academic work on humanitarian intervention.
01:988:422Internship in Women's and Gender Studies (3)Students work in organizations related to women's and gender studies. Supervision by assigned staff at the placement. Paper, student journal, and assessment of work performed at placement required.Permission of undergraduate director required.
01:988:425Internship in Women's and Gender Studies (6) Interns work in organizations related to women's and gender studies.
Supervision by assigned staff at the placement site. Seminar, student
journal, paper, and assessment of work experience required.Prerequisite: 01:988:301 or 302 or 303. Permission of undergraduate director required.
01:988:426Internship for IWL Scholars (BA) Examination of women, community activism, and leadership for change;
explores how women's leadership shapes organizations, social movements,
and policy development. Interns work in placements relevant to their
policy interests and produce proposals for social action projects.Prerequisites: Acceptance into IWL Leadership Scholars Program and 01:988:344, or by permission of instructor.
01:988:429Engendering Development (3)Examines gender differences in economic opportunity, human rights, and political representation across developing countries.Prerequisite: 01:988:101 or 235 or 301.
01:988:430IWL Social Action Project (BA) Independent action projects designed to address a particular problem or
women's policy issue relevant to the work done at the internship site.
Projects include gender component and development of leadership skills.
Class meets biweekly.
01:988:465The Queering of Theory (3)Considers the historical and conceptual events that precipitated the emergence of queer theory.
01:988:480Ethics and Leadership (3)Explores contemporary relations between ethics and politics, between
conceptions of leadership and the production of depoliticized masses, between
individual values and public beliefs.
01:988:481Feminism and Visual Culture (3) Examines the history of cultural contexts of visual narratives that address gender and sexuality and their influence on cultural policies. Prerequisite: 01:988:101 or 201 or 202 or 235 or permission of instructor.
01:988:482Feminism, Policy, and the Poor (3) Explores the contributions of feminist analysis, advocacy, and policy making to antipoverty policy and social justice politics. Prerequisite: 01:988:101 or 201 or 202 or 235 or permission of instructor. Fulfills capstone requirement for IWL Leadership Scholars Certificate.
01:988:485Motherhood: Nature and Culture, Policy, and Politics (3) Investigates how motherhood is shaped by intentional public policies and social, economic, political, and cultural forces in the United States and globally. Prerequisite: 01:988:101 or 201 or 202 or 235 or permission of instructor. Fulfills capstone requirement for IWL Leadership Scholars Certificate.
01:988:486Gender, Development, Environment: Policies, Politics, Perspectives (3) Using ethnography and gender as a category of analysis, examines the experiences and implications of transnational development and environmental policies in specific localities. Prerequisite: 01:988:101 or 201 or 202 or 235 or permission of instructor. Credit not given for both this course and 01:070:486. Course fulfills the capstone requirement for the IWL Leadership Scholars Certificate.
01:988:487Language of Women's Health and Health Policy (3)Examines the creation of narratives of women's health and health
policy; through visits from health care experts, considers the impact
of these narratives on practice.Prerequisite: 01:988:101 or 201 or 202 or 235 or permission of instructor. Fulfills the capstone requirement for the IWL Leadership Scholars Certificate.
01:988:490Seminar: Women and Contemporary Issues (3) Intensive reading and discussion; designed for graduating seniors. Topic changes annually. Prerequisite: 01:988:301 or 302 or 303 or by permission of instructor.
01:988:491Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies (3) Advanced course on a selected topic in women's and gender studies. Paper is required. Prerequisite: 01:988:301 or 302 or 303 or by permission of instructor.
01:988:492Seminar: Special Topics in Women's and Gender Studies (3) Selected interdisciplinary topics in women's and gender studies. Past
topics included sexuality, popular culture, women and religion, and
women and the arts.Prerequisite: 01:988:301 or 302 or 303 or by permission of instructor. Open to junior and senior majors and minors; others with instructor's permission.
01:988:493,494Independent Study (3,3) Independent study project under the guidance of a faculty supervisor. Permission of associate director required.
01:988:497-498Honors Research in Women's and Gender Studies (3,3) Individual research project to be written as honors thesis. Open only to seniors who are candidates for honors in women's and gender studies. Permission of undergraduate director required. Both semesters required.