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Women's and Gender Studies

IIWGS101 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies

This course is designed to introduce students to the key issues, questions, and debates in the interdisciplinary field of Women's and Gender Studies. Central to the course will be a focus on the social construction of identity and the myriad ways in which gender, race, class, sexuality, and nationality work to constitute people's experiences. Fall, Spring.

WGS201 Feminist Practices

This course considers the theoretical and historical contexts of how social change happens from a feminist perspective. Students will engage in an experiential learning project that requires them to make connections between feminist theory, the history of liberatory social movements, and the need for engaged citizenship. Prerequisite: IIWGS 101. Fall, Spring.

IIWGS210 Abortion

An interdisciplinary examination of the issue of abortion in the United States. Can one be a feminist and oppose legal access to abortion? Students will explore the legal, theological, and social history informing the abortion debate, with an aim to appreciate why resistance to reproductive choice exists and persists. Prerequisites: ITW 101. Spring, alternate years.

IIWGS220 Starved or Stuffed

When the body is read as text, eating disorders are manifestations of cultural ideas that communicate to the self and the masses. This interdisciplinary course examines eating disorders through the optic of feminism, taking into consideration feminist discourse, theories of consumption and subjectivity formation, psychology, sociology, and literary analyses. Prerequisites: ITW 101. Fall.

IIWGS230 Spirituality and Sexuality

An interdisciplinary exploration of spirituality and sexuality, drawing from history, religion, as well as women's and gender studies. Key questions: How are institutions of religion socially constructed? How do they affect women's ways of knowing, women's spirituality, and women's sexuality? What are new ways of representing spirituality as social inquiry? Prerequisites: ITW 101. Spring, alternate years.

IIWGS240 Gender and Media

We take an interdisciplinary approach to studying representations of gender (as well as class, race, and sexuality) in the mass media and popular culture. Using literature from cultural studies, communication, sociology, and other disciplines, we explore dominant ideologies and how they are perpetuated (or not) in media products. Prerequisites: ITW 101. Fall.

IIWGS250 Race, Sexuality, and Representation

This interdisciplinary course explores the representation of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality within U.S. visual culture, including film, video, and mass media. Drawing on feminist and queer studies, visual culture studies, film studies, and ethnic studies, this course asks how images convey racial, gender, and sexual difference. Spring.

IIWGS254 Women in the Holocaust

How did women's Holocaust experiences differ from those of men? An interdisciplinary exploration of gender in Central European families, in ghettos, camps, and resistance, this course examines connections between the Holocaust and present day manifestations of anti-Semitism, sexism, homophobia, and nationalism. Readings are drawn from history, women's studies, and Holocaust memoirs. Cross-listed as IIHGS 254. Occasionally.

IIWGS290 Topics in Women's and Gender Studies

Interdisciplinary study of a specific issue or topic within the field of Women's and Gender Studies. Students will develop skills in critical reading and critical thinking. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisites: ITW 101. Offered occasionally.

WGS291 Topics in Women's and Gender Studies

Study of a key issue or topic within the field of Women's and Gender Studies. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisite: ITW 101. Offered Occasionally.

WGS298 Independent Study

An opportunity for a qualified student to develop and complete an innovative project under the supervision of a Women's and Gender Studies faculty member on a topic not currently offered. Proposals must be submitted to the Women's and Gender Studies Department by the student for review before the start of the course.

IIWGS300 Women of Color

This interdisciplinary course explores the experiences of women of color using feminist scholarship from literature, sociology, history, and women's studies. Analyzes the history of social movements that have influenced the construction of the category "women of color" and articulates a critique of the category of "whiteness." Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and IQL 101. Occasionally.

WGS301 Feminist Theories

This course investigates and interrogates key theoretical debates within the feminist movement and women's and gender studies. Central to this course is the idea that understanding significant categories such as race, class, gender, sexuality, and nationality is an interpretive, theoretical, and political act. Prerequisite: WGS 201. Fall, Spring.

WGS302 Queer Theory

Queer studies provide a range of theoretical approaches that challenge fixed, essentialist identities, drawing attention to incoherencies in the allegedly stable sex/gender system. Placing a variety of queer theories in their historical context, this interdisciplinary course will provide a survey of contemporary arguments and critical terms used in the field. Prerequisite: WGS 201. Spring.

WGS303 Latina Feminist Theories

This class is an interdisciplinary examination of Latina feminist theories, drawing from history, epistemology, third-world feminisms, creative nonfiction literature, and art performances. The course is organized around the following issues: colonization, immigration, globalization, critical race theory, sexism, and Latina image representation. Prerequisites: IIWGS 101. Offered every other fall.

IIWGS330 Person and Society

Sociological social psychology lies at the intersection of our inner lives and our social worlds. In this interdisciplinary course, we explore socialization, self-presentation, attitudes and behavior, interpersonal relationships, deviance, conformity, and other topics through sources from sociology, women's and gender studies, psychology, communications, and popular culture. Cross-listed with IISOC 330. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and IQL 101. Spring.

WGS340 Gender and the Law

Examines the myriad ways law and policy affects our lives, from hiring practices to the creation and dissolution of family, from crime to sports and education through the lenses of legal theories that promise the most fair creation and application of law. This course is crosslisted with CJS 340. Prerequisite: CJS 240. Spring

WGS490 Advanced Topics in Women's and Gender Studies

Advanced interdisciplinary study of theoretical perspectives within Women's and Gender Studies. Students will develop skills in critical reading and critical thinking. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisites: One 300-level WGS course or permission of instructor.

WGS495 Capstone in Women's and Gender Studies

Students will explore the relationship between knowledge and power as they research the question, What is activism? Students will read both historical and theoretical accounts of activism, which will inform their work as they design and implement a feminist and/or queer social change project and write a research paper. Prerequisite: WGS 301, WGS 302, or WGS 303, or permission of instructor. Spring.

WGS498 Advanced Independent Study

Independent reading and writing on an approved topic under direction of a Women's and Gender Studies faculty member. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.