Spring 2017 Courses

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  • Office Hours are held in the Hazel Gates Woodruff Cottage, unless otherwise listed.
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Course Number Course Title Day & Time Instructor Room Office Hour Office
WMST 2000-001
Introduces students to the field of Women & Gender Studies. Examines gender issues in the United States from interdisciplinary, multicultural, and feminist perspectives. Covers such topics as sexuality, beauty ideals, women’s health, violence against women, work, the economy, peace and war, and the environment. Meets MAPS requirement for social science: general. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: human diversity.

A&S Core: Human Diversity

Tu/Th 11-12:15 C. Montoya HUMN 250 Th 12:15-2:15 COTT 202
WMST 2020-001
Examines contemporary experiences of people around the world as they negotiate dominant and subversive understandings of gendered identities. Focuses on the ways in which the material and discursive circumstances of people’s lives shape their opportunities for resistance and creative construction. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: human diversity.

A&S Core: Human Diversity

MWF 11-11:50 S. Bullington HLMS 267 M/F 12:30-1:30 COTT 209
WMST 2050-001
Explores diverse cultural forms such as film, popular fiction and non-fiction, music videos, public art, websites, blogs and zines which are shaped by, and in turn shape popular understandings of gender at the intersections of race, class, ability, religion, nation, and imperialism. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: human diversity.

A&S Core: Human Diversity

MW 3-4:15 S. Bowen HALE 230 Tu 2-4pm C4C N450
WMST 2600-001
Examines the positionality of women in terms of gender, race, ethnicity, class, and power relations in a global context. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: contemporary societies.

A&S Core: Contemporary Societies

Tu/Th
2-3:15
E. David HLMS 267 Tu/Th 12:30-1:30 COTT 210
WMST 2700-001
Examines psychological research on gender and sexuality as they intersect with race, class and other social categories. Points of emphasis include differences in cognition, attitudes, personality and social behavior. Conceptual themes include research methodologies, implicit and explicit attitudes, stigma and stereotypes. These elucidate such areas as close relationships, leadership, career success and mental health and happiness. Recommended prereq., WMST 2000 or PSYC 1001. Same as PSYC 2700. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: human diversity.
A&S Core: Human Diversity
Tu/Th 3:30-4:45 G. Russell MUEN E131 Th 1-3pm COTT 206
WMST 3100-001
Explores a variety of alternative systematic accounts of, and explanations for, gender inequities. Social norms of both masculinity and femininity are analyzed in relation to other axes of inequality such as class, sexuality, race/ethnicity, neocolonialism, and the domination of nonhuman nature. Requisites: Requires a prerequisite course of WMST 2000 or WMST 2020 or WMST 2050 or WMST 2600 (minimum grade C-). Restricted to students with 27-180 credits (Sophomores, Juniors or Seniors) only.
MW 3-4:15 D. Misri HLMS 229 M 4:30-6:30 Innisfree
WMST 3250-001
Examines the construction of gender, race, class, sexual orientation and disability in a selection of Disney's animated films. Cultivates skills of media literacy, exploring how mass media acts to enforce and maintain conventional gendered understandings of power, privilege and difference. Analyzes the political economy of the Disney phenomenon through a feminist lens.
Restricted to students with 27-180 credits (Sophomores, Juniors or Seniors) only.
MWF 1-1:50 D. Walker HLMS 229 W/F 11:30-12:30 COTT 206
WMST 3650-001
Examines Latin American politics with particular focus on women's participation in social movements, war, revolution, and elections. Compares women's and men's politics and activism and examines changing gender and sexuality policies, gender relations, and the differential impact of political, economic, and social changes on men and women. Recommended prereq., WMST 2600 or PSCI 2012 or PSCI 3032. Same as PSCI 3052. Requisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Juniors or Seniors).
Tu/Th 9:30-10:45 L. Bayard de Volo HALE 240 Tu 10:45-12:45 COTT 102
WMST 3700-001
This class explores the multifaceted relationships of sexuality and space/place. We will focus on sexuality in particular spaces (such as prisons, boarding schools, and highway rest areas) as well as the ways that sexuality (or its absence) creates particular spaces (such as gay neighborhoods, churches, and red light districts). We will look at the relationships of sexualities to public/private distinctions, as well as rural/urban, sacred/profane, and home/away. We will explore global issues around sexuality such as the role of sexuality in colonization, contemporary sex tourism and sex trafficking, and sexuality and nationalism more broadly. After reflecting on methodological considerations in studying sexuality and place (such as access, trust, and insider/outsider dynamics), you will have the opportunity to apply what you’ve learned about the ways that sexuality and place shape one another in the midst of broader discourses of nation, gender, religion, race, class, and generation as you undertake a field research project on campus or in the local community.
May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Recommended prereq., WMST 2000 or 2600. Restricted to sophomores/juniors/seniors.
MWF 2-2:50 S. Bullington EDUC 155 M/F 12:30-1:30 COTT 209
WMST 3710-001
This is a particularly exciting time to study gender and sexuality in sub-Saharan Africa. Dramatic changes are occurring across the continent that are reworking gender and sexuality, from women’s expanding presence in the workplace, the struggle for gay rights, changing notions of masculinity, and the highest rates of urbanization in the world. This class will provide an overview of many of these fascinating dynamics. It begins by focusing on how best to conceptualize gender and sexuality in Africa, followed by a brief examination of gender and sexuality in the colonial period. The majority of the course then focuses on contemporary issues, including sexuality in the context of HIV/AIDS, the impact of globalization, modern motherhood, new African masculinities, same-sex relationships, African feminisms, and the meanings of love in Africa today. The course incorporates a wide range of material, including ethnographies by anthropologists and sociologists, journalism, films, and public health interventions. No prior coursework on Africa is required.
Tu/Th 3:30-4:45 R. Wyrod GUGG 206 M 9:30-11:30 COTT 211
WMST 3800-001
Offers expository writing and training in analytical and descriptive skills, structures or argument, critical thinking, the rhetoric of persuasion, and the development of a personal voice. Readings and papers focus on basic issues in gender studies. Recommended prereq., WMST 2000 or WMST 2600. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: written communication. Requisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Juniors or Seniors).
MWF 10-10:50 S. Rathod HLMS 196 M 1-3pm COTT 111
WMST 3800-002
Offers expository writing and training in analytical and descriptive skills, structures or argument, critical thinking, the rhetoric of persuasion, and the development of a personal voice. Readings and papers focus on basic issues in gender studies. Recommended prereq., WMST 2000 or WMST 2600. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: written communication. Requisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Juniors or Seniors).
MWF 11-11:50 S. Rathod HLMS 196 M 1-3pm COTT 111
WMST 3930
Provides field experience in local and national government and non-governmental agencies focusing on women and gender-related issues. Supervision by approved field instructors. Students must relate their academic experience to their field work experience though a portfolio and a final paper. Recommended prereq., 6 hours of course work in Women and Gender Studies and 30 cumulative credit hours. Please contact the Women & Gender Studies office for enrollment information.
         
WMST 3940
Enriches the academic experience of Women and Gender Studies majors and minors. This course usually will combine readings from books with lectures and discussions, community outreach and in-house publications spanning the interdisciplinary focus of the program. May be repeated up to 4 total credit hours. Restricted to WMST majors or minors.
Contact WGST Office to enroll.
         
WMST 4000-001
 
This course highlights the gendered aspects of some contemporary transnational moral wrongs, which are often overlooked in mainstream discussions of global justice. Topics may include:
• Human rights, moral relativism, and adaptive preferences
• Assessing wellbeing, poverty, and quality of life
• Responsibility, aid, and development
• Gendered divisions of global labor
• Labor migration, including global care chains and sex trafficking
• Health including reproductive and mental health
• Gender and militarism
• Moral repair and transnational responses to gendered wrongs
Provides an advanced interdisciplinary course organized around a specific topic, problem, or issue relating to gender and sexuality. Course work includes discussion, reading, and written projects. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours for different topics. Recommended prereq., WMST 2000 or WMST 2600. Same as WMST 5000. Requisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Juniors or Seniors).
Tu/Th 2-3:15 A. Jaggar HLMS 251 Tu/Th 3:30-4:30 HLMS 278
WMST 4800-001
Provides students with the opportunity to actively reflect on their education and to complete a research project that incorporates an interdisciplinary and feminist approach to the study of gender, class, race, ethnicity, and sexuality. Offered each spring. Requisites: Requires prerequisite courses of WMST 2000 and WMST 2600 and WMST 3100 (all minimum grade C-). Restricted to students with 87-180 credits (Senior, Fifth Year Senior) Womens Studies (WMST) majors or minors only.
Tu 3:30-6pm R. Buffington COTT 110 Tu/W 2-3pm COTT 201
WMST 4840
May be repeated up to 7 total credit hours. Please contact the Women & Gender Studies Program for enrollment information.
         
WMST 4950
For qualified WMST majors working on the research phase of departmental honors. Prereq., junior/senior standing and 3.30 overall GPA.
Please contact the Women & Gender Studies Program for enrollment information.
         
WMST 4999
Qualified Women and Gender Studies majors may write an honors thesis, an in-depth research paper, on a topic of choice. Thesis hours available to majors only after successfully completing the research phase.
Please contact the Women & Gender Studies Program for enrollment information.
         
WMST 5000-001
This course highlights the gendered aspects of some contemporary transnational moral wrongs, which are often overlooked in mainstream discussions of global justice. Topics may include:
• Human rights, moral relativism, and adaptive preferences
• Assessing wellbeing, poverty, and quality of life
• Responsibility, aid, and development
• Gendered divisions of global labor
• Labor migration, including global care chains and sex trafficking
• Health including reproductive and mental health
• Gender and militarism
• Moral repair and transnational responses to gendered wrongs
Provides an advanced interdisciplinary course organized around a specific topic, problem, or issue relating to gender and sexuality. Course work includes discussion, reading, and written projects. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours for different topics. Recommended prereq., WMST 2000 or WMST 2600. Same as WMST 5000. Requisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Juniors or Seniors).
Tu/Th 2-3:15 A. Jaggar HLMS 251 Tu/Th 3:30-4:30 HLMS 278
WMST 6090-001
Explores how feminist theorists have understood gender and how it interrelates to our understandings of race, ethnicity, sexuality, embodiment and knowledge. Meets the requirements for the WGST certificate. Same as COML 6090. Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.
M 11-1:30 D. Misri COTT 110 M 4:30-6:30 Innisfree

Featured Cross-listed classes

Course Number Course Title Day & Time Instructor Room Office Hours Office
LGBT 2000-001
Investigates the social and historical meanings of racial, gender, and sexual identities and their relationship to contemporary lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgender communities. Same as WMST 2030. Approved for GT-SS3. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: human diversity.

A&S Core: Human Diversity
Tu/Th 3:30-4:45 E. David HALE 240 Tu/Th 12:30-1:30 COTT 210

For more WGST courses please check with other departments as many of our courses are cross-listed.