200 Level Courses

WGST-200 Foundations in Women’s and Gender Studies

This course will use an interdisciplinary perspective to provide an introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies. The course will focus on the rise of feminist consciousness in the western world from the Middle Ages to the late 20th century. It will consider the concept of patriarchy, its dominance for the past four millennia, and the multitude of efforts by women and men to conceptualize an alternative world view. The course will consider key historical patriarchal and feminist texts, study the rise of feminist thought, and consider the history of women’s activism and the women’s rights movement from the late 18th century through the second half of the 20th century. The course will also consider feminist theory and the rise of feminism. Part of the WGS concentration and minor. May also be taken as an elective. Class 3, Credit 3 (offered: Annually)

WGST-206 Queer Looks

In this course we examine representations of queer sexuality in art, film and popular culture beginning in the repressive 1950s, followed by the Stonewall Riots of 1969. We situate the birth of gay liberation in the U.S. in the context of the civil rights struggles, feminism and the anti-war movement. We turn to the work of Andy Warhol that looms over the post-war period, challenged subsequently by the onset of AIDS and the work of General Idea and Act-Up, on the one hand, and the more graphically provocative work of Robert Mapplethorpe, on the other. We examine the diversification of the queer community as transgendered identity asserts itself and the opening of popular culture to issues of diverse sexual identities. We explore expressions of queer sensibility outside of North America and Europe. We turn finally to the issue of gay marriage, both in the U.S. and abroad. Class 3, Credit 3 (Fall)

WGST-210 Introduction to LGBT Studies

This introductory course examines a broad range of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues within the historical, psychological, racial, theological, cultural, and legal contexts in which we live. Students will learn the historical and theoretical foundations of LGBT studies as well as the contemporary implications for family, work, religion, and law for LGBT people and the mainstream society. Students will have the opportunity to compare the regulation of sexual orientation across different gender, racial, and socioeconomic communities. (3 credits)

WGST-235 Women, Work, and Culture

In this course, we analyze historical and contemporary patterns of gender, race/ethnicity, sexuality, and the organization of work. Using the theoretical perspectives we analyze the work historically undertaken by women in societies and its relationship to broader political and economic structures. While our primary focus is on the U.S., we will also conduct a cross-cultural analysis of gender and work in developing and industrializing societies. Specific issues include gender discrimination (e.g., wage discrimination, sexual harassment), sexuality, reproduction, and women organizing to control their work and working conditions. Class 3, Credit 3 (varies) 

WGST-237 Psychology of Gender

The purpose of this course is to examine the psychology and lives of girls and women. In addition to the influence of culture, biological and genetic differences will be highlighted for each of the different topics. The topics covered include gender stereotypes, the development of gender roles, gender comparisons, love relationships, sexuality, motherhood and violence against women. (PSYC-101 Introduction to Psychology) Class 3, Credit 3 (F, S, Su)

WGST-240 Human Sexuality

This course provides an overview of human sexuality through the lenses of biology and psychology.  What causes sexual behavior and why do some individuals display different sexual behaviors than others?  Human sexual physiology, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors are highly diverse. Coursework will examine the ways in which human sexuality varies among individuals, across groups, and throughout the lifespan.  Multiple explanations for sexual behavior will be considered, drawing from evolutionary psychology, learning theory, social psychology, and biology. Atypical and harmful sexual behaviors will be addressed as well. Throughout the course, students will learn how social science research techniques have been used to expand the field of human sexuality and how empirical inquiry can differentiate myths from facts. (3 credits) Co-listed with PSYC-240

WGST-245 Prostitution and Vice

This course will examine prostitution and vice in the United States and globally. Through empirical scholarship, various issues will be examined including issues faced by sex workers including crime, victimization, health and safety, and law and policy issues. Quality of life issues for communities will also be examined. Elective course for criminal justice majors. (CRIM-110 Intro to Criminal Justice) Class 3, Credit 3 (Fall, bi-annually)

WGST-245 Gender and Health

This course examines connections between gender and health that are both conceptual and empirical. Students will explore the causes of gender-based differences in health outcomes through case studies of sexual and reproductive rights, HIV/AIDS epidemics, and violence. Students will also examine global gender and health trends. The course concludes with an examination of gender inequity in health care and policy implications of these inequities. Counts toward the International and Global Studies program (Transnational Gender Studies track), the Sociology and Anthropology program (Sociology track), Minor in Sociology and Anthropology, and Immersion in Health and Culture (SOCI-102 or ANTH-102)
Class 3, Credit 3 (varies)

WGST-245 History of Women in Science and Engineering

Using biographical and social-historical approaches, this course examines the history of women's involvement in science and engineering since the birth of modern science in the seventeenth century; the historical roots of gender bias in the Western scientific enterprise; and the influx of women into science and engineering since the mid-to-late twentieth century. Cross-listed with women's and gender studies. Class 3, Credit 3 (S) 

WGST-250 Domestic Violence

This course focuses on domestic violence in the United States and globally.  Various types of domestic violence will be examined, including intimate partner violence, child abuse, and elder abuse.   The course will also examine criminal justice responses to domestic violence, including police, court processing of domestic violence cases and punishment of domestic violence offenders. Elective course for criminal justice majors. (CRIM-110 Intro to Criminal Justice) Class 3, Credit 3 (Fall, bi-annually)

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