Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

College of Arts & Sciences

Sexism in the 2lst Century

CAS WS 213

Examines the dynamics of contemporary institutions as they impact women's and men's lives, such as the economy, mass media and culture, the beautification industry, marriage, and the hook-up culture. Feminist perspectives are used to analyze the oppression of both women and men in society today, attending to intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, class, and sexual identity. Devotes most attention to contemporary United States, while making comparisons to the experiences of those in other parts of the world and other periods of history. Includes an emphasis on activism. Discussion of new forms of sexism as well as remnants of older forms of sex discrimination that continue from earlier eras. 4 cr. Tuition: $2560

Summer 1 (May 24-June 30)


Topics in Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

CAS WS 305

Topic for Summer 2016: Reproductive Rights and Justice. Analyzes the history, cultural, and societal attitudes and politics of reproduction and sexual health in the United States and globally. Looks at legal rights and freedoms relating to specific topics such as sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS, contraception, sterilization, abortion, and assisted reproductive technology. Investigates how these issues are connected to other social justice issues such as education, health care, welfare, and labor rights. Studies the impact of reproductive policies on communities, with particular attention to historically marginalized groups, including people of color, people with disabilities, intersexed people, transgender people, LGB people, people with low socio-economic status, and people in prison. The course investigates the activities of different social movements and political systems and examines recent US Supreme Court cases, other relevant US laws, and the influence of various United Nations treaties and bodies. 4 cr. Tuition: $2560

Summer 2 (July 5-August 11)


Law and Gender in the United States

CAS WS 342

Combines legal, historical, and sociological studies of women's evolving legal status. Discussions cover constitutional law, family law (including same-sex marriage), reproductive rights/technologies, sex as crime - statutory rape, prostitution, sodomy - and how law shapes gender relations for men and women. 4 cr. Tuition: $2560

Summer 2 (July 6-August 10)


American Masculinities

CAS WS 352

Considers the biological and social organization of masculinities; the ways culture reproduces/articulates masculinities, particularly with regard to race and class; how masculine identities are expressed; male privilege; alternative masculinities; and what is at stake in negotiating contemporary masculinities. 4 cr. Tuition: $2560

Summer 1 (May 23-June 29)


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