WGST Co-Listed Courses

WGST-206 Queer Looks (co-listed with FNRT 206)

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-235 Women, Work, and Culture (co-listed with SOCI 235)

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 Women (co-listed with PSYC 237)

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 (co-listed with PSYC 240)

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 (co-listed with CRIM 245)

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-246 History of Women in Science and Engineering (co-listed with STSO 246)

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 (Spring) 

WGST-250 Domestic Violence (co-listed with CRIM 250)

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)

WGST-255 Seminar on Sexual Violence (co-listed with CRIM 255)

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

WGST-265 Women and Crime (co-listed with CRIM 265)

This course deals with women as criminal offenders and as victims of crime, focusing upon theories about women in crime, types of crimes committed, patterns of criminality and the treatment of women offenders. Also examines the role of women as law enforcement officers, judges, lawyers and correctional officers in the criminal justice system. Elective course for criminal justice majors. (CRIM-110 Intro to Criminal Justice) Class 3, Credit 3 (S, biannually)

WGST-290 American Women's and Gender History (co-listed with HIST 190)

This course surveys women’s history in the United States from the colonial period to present. The course moves chronologically and thematically, focusing on the diversity of women’s experiences across race, class, and geography as well as the construction of dominant gender norms. Topics include Native American, African American, and Euro-American women in colonial America; the Industrial Revolution and the ideology of domesticity, Women in the American West; women’s paid and unpaid work; sexuality and reproduction; women’s activism; and women’s experiences of immigration and family life.

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