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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.

IIWGS210 Reproductive Justice

An interdisciplinary examination of reproductive justice in the U.S. and other countries. Drawing on concepts from critical race theory, critical legal theory, and feminist theory, among others, students will explore the history informing ideas about reproduction, including eugenics, abortion debates, inequality in access to reproductive services, and similar topics. Prerequisites: ITW 101.

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.

IIWGS240 Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Pop Culture

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

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.

IIWGS300 Critical Ethnic Studies

This class will investigate interdisciplinary concepts and theories that analyze ethnic group experiences and their relation to colonization, immigration, and issues of identity, both in the United States and globally. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP including ITW 101 and QL.

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 QL. Spring.