WGS Courses

  • WGS 100 - Introduction to Women's Studies.

    Introduction to the field of women's studies and to scholarly and other writing about women's lives and gender as a social structure and process.  Examination of the feminist reconstruction of knowledge; differences among women based upon race/ethnicity, class, sexual orientation; cultural representation of women; divisions of labor based upon gender and race; politics of women's personal lives; women's activism.  Focus upon women in the U.S.

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  • WGS 167 - Race, Gender and Sexuality.

    Critical analysis of theories of race, gender and sexual identity. Gender and sex roles; racism, sexism and hetero-sexism; concepts of beauty; racial and sexual stereotypes; social issues such as affirmative action, violence, racial and sexual harassment, pornography.

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  • WGS 201 - Women, Education and Globalization.

    Insights on the importance of many aspects of women's issues in the context of globalization.

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  • WGS 216 - Afro/Latino/Caribbean Women Writers.

    Overview of the major genres, publishing activities, goals and concerns of female writers from the Anglophone, Francophone and Dutch Caribbean. The Caribbean Women Writers' Project; the ways in which anticolonial discourse, issues of exile and sanctuary, and revisions of the literary tradition of the Caribbean are manifested in their literature.

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  • WGS 228 - Women and Literature.

    Study of writing by women in order to explore the concerns of women writers, recurrent themes in their work, and feminist approaches to literature. Readings include historically important works by women as well as contemporary literature

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  • WGS 275 - Clothing in Western Culture.

    Historical examination of fashion and clothing of Western culture as a reflection of social mores, gender roles, and political and economic events from Egyptian times to the present.

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  • WGS 284 - Gender and Communication.

    Analysis of gender/communication issues, including how women and men use language differently, how women and men are portrayed in language, and how language reflects and recreates social reality.

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  • WGS 300 - Gender, Crime and Justice.

    Exploration of the gendered structure of the legal and criminal justice systems. Examination of the differential impact of laws and policies on women offenders and the experiences of women in prison, law enforcement and the legal profession. Issues include domestic/intimate partner violence, sexual assault, reproductive rights, child abuse, pornography and gender-related hate crimes.

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  • WGS 301 - Medieval Women and Literature.

    Introduction to literature written by, for or about women during the Middle Ages, with attention to the role of writing and reading in constructing and defining medieval gender and uses of the female body.

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  • WGS 318 - Women Writers of African World.

    Literature by women from Africa, the Caribbean and North America, including such writers as Buchi, Emecheta, Nawal El Saadawi, Edwidge Dandicat and Alice Walker, and experiences that inform their writings.  Examination of diverse ways depolyed by women to discuss issues relevant to them, as well as techniques and recurring motifs used in their works; grounded in feminist theory and the concept of womanism.

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  • WGS 320 - Special Topics.

    Topics to be announced.

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  • WGS 325 - Culture and Personality.

    Cross-cultural examination of the construction of personhood and relationships between individuals and culture. Critique of psychological interpretations in anthropological texts and of universalizing tendencies in the field of psychology; the basic Freudian model in contrast with models of self in African, Asian, and Native American cultures.

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  • WGS 326 - Gender, Labor and Inequality.

    Examination of interaction between gender and labor issues, with particular attention to mechanisms that generate inequality.  Comparison of different theories of how labor markets work and how the labor force is reproduced.  Topics include wage determination, occupational segregation, segmented labor markets, household decision making, gender roles in the economy, and social stratification.

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  • WGS 331 - Women and Work.

    Women's paid employment and job segregation by sex: relation of women's paid work to women's family work, nature of women's jobs and occupations, and a variety of state policies that influence women's employment (e.g. anti-discrimination law, maternity and parental leave). White women and women of color in the advanced capitalist economy of the United States.

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  • WGS 337 - Topics in Women's Literature.

    Intensive study of the concerns and achievements of selected women writers as they explore a common theme, genre or question. Topics may vary (e.g. Life Writings, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman, Marriage and the Novel).

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  • WGS 341 - Psychology of Gender.

    Examination of social learning, psychoanalytic, evolutionary and other psychological perspectives on gender, with focus on contemporary U.S. culture.  May include lesbian couples raising boys, media influences on gender identity, and sexism in the workplace.

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  • WGS 350 - Scripted: Sex & Gender in Theatre.

    Examination of the manner in which theatrical works reflect, re-enforce, challenge and re-vision sex and gender roles in a variety of periods and cultures. Topics include: the politics of re-presentation, the theatrical tradition of cross-dressing, performance art, and the relationship of theatre art to pornography and voyeurism.

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  • WGS 354 - Sociology of Families.

    Family as a social institution.  Historical changes in families; paid and unpaid work; marriage and partnering; divorce, remarriage and blended families; parenting; violence; economic issues; law and social policy; race/ethnicity, sexuality and age.

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  • WGS 359 - The Black Family.

    Sociological and social-psychological analysis of the Black family in America. Impact of changes in race relations and of urbanization on the Black family. Assessment of various stereotypes existing in mass media and in sociological and psychological literatures.

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  • WGS 369 - History of Women in America I.

    Examination of the evolution of women's experience in the United States from colonization to the Civil War era.

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  • WGS 376 - Sex, Work and International Capital.

    Analysis of significance of women's labor to international capital in a cross-cultural perspective. Examination of social construction of "third world" and "development," and potential and limits of these categories in understanding ideological and material conditions of lives of women across race, class and national boundaries in the world of work.

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  • WGS 378 - Sex & Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective.

    Comparison of gender divisions in various societies; social roles of men, women and other categories. African, Asian, and Native American conceptualizations of gender, in comparison with data from Western cultures. Cultural construction of femaleness, maleness, and sexual behaviors and their relationships (or lack of relationship) to gender stereotypes.

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  • WGS 380 - Women in the African Experience.

    Survey of the history of African women with a focus on gender and the roles African women play in their societies and families. Emphasis on the roles women play in the economy, polities, professions, education, health, environment, socio-cultural and religious life, wars and conflicts.

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  • WGS 381 - History of Women in America II.

    Examination of the evolution of women's experience in the United States from the Civil War era to present.

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  • WGS 384 - Gender and Sexuality in Modern European History.

    Exploration of the construction and transformation of gender and sexual norms for women and men in Europe from 1789 to 1989. Special attention paid to the family, women's rights movements, the intersection of gender, class and race, and the impact of wars and revolutions on the status of women and conceptions of gender and sexuality.

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  • WGS 385 - Women, Gender, and the Law.

    Examination and analysis of the role of law in the social, economic, political and private lives of women in the U.S. Historical overview as well as intensive study of legal problems of current concern to women. Areas of focus: women and work, women and the family, women and their bodies, women and the criminal justice system, role of women in the legal system (including theory as well as case law).

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  • WGS 390 - Special Topics in WGS - SOC.

    Topics to be announced.

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  • WGS 391 - Directed Reading in WGS.

    Designed for students wishing to explore particular interests, including community-based projects in women's and gender studies, not available through other courses.

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  • WGS 399 - Seminar in Women's & Gender Studies.

    Advanced seminar engaging students in reading of key texts and development of individual projects within a broadly defined thematic area central to women's and gender studies. Capstone course for the Women's and Gender Studies Program.

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  • WGS 410 - Feminism and the Visual Arts.

    Study of art-historical issues through feminist methodologies related to the depiction of women in art and artworks made by women. Topics include discussion of the male gaze, and the historical status of women in art institutions. Lecture, discussion, readings.

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  • WGS 440 - Girls, Culture & Education.

    Interdisciplinary introduction to empirical research and critical inquiry on the education of girls in the U.S. Study of contemporary educational thought on the gendered social and cultural context of schooling.

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  • WGS 474 - Gender and Society.

    Critical examination of gender as a social and institutional construct.  Use of theory to interrogate the sex/gender binary, identity and bodies.  How the experience of gender and the structure of gendered institutions are shaped by cross-cutting lines of difference and inequality – social class, race, ethnicity, sexuality and age (among others).  Effects of gender inequality on women, men and society.

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  • WGS 500 - Gender, Crime and Justice.

    Exploration of the gendered structure of the legal and criminal justice systems.  Examination of the differential impact of flaws and policies on women offenders, women in prison, and women in law enforcement and the legal profession.  Examination of how gender impacts the definition and treatment of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, reproductive issues, child abuse, and gender-related hate crimes.  Not open to students with credit for .

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  • WGS 525 - Culture and Personality.

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  • WGS 526 - Gender, Labor and Inequality.

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  • WGS 531 - Women and Work.

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  • WGS 540 - Girls, Culture & Education.

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  • WGS 569 - History of Women in America I.

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  • WGS 574 - Gender and Society.

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  • WGS 576 - Sex, Work & International Capital.

    Analysis of significance of women's labor to international capital in a cross-cultural perspective. Examination of social construction of "third world" and "development," and potential and limits of these categories in understanding ideological and material conditions of lives of women across race, class and national boundaries in the world of work.  Not open to students with credit for ///.

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  • WGS 578 - Sex & Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective.

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  • WGS 581 - History of Women in America II.

    Examination of the evolution of women's experience in the United States from the Civil War era to present. 

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  • WGS 584 - Gender and Sexuality in Modern European History.

    Exploration of the construction and transformation of gender and sexual norms for women and men in Europe from 1789 to 1989. Special attention paid to the family, women's rights movements, the intersection of gender, class and race, and the impact of wars and revolutions on the status of women and conceptions of gender and sexuality. 

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  • WGS 585 - Women, Gender, and the Law.

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