CAS WS 101 A1- Gender and Sexuality I: An Interdisciplinary Introduction
Introduction to women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, integrating approaches from the natural and social sciences and humanities, focused on the origins, diversity, and expression of gendered and sexed individuals. Topics include the evolutionary origin of sexes; evolution, development, and social construction of sex differences; sexual differences, similarities, and diversity in bodies, brains, behavior, and artistic and intellectual expressions. Team-taught. Students who complete both halves of the two-semester sequence WS 101/102 receive divisional studies credit for two courses, from two different divisions: Natural Science (without lab), Social Science, and/or Humanities. Neither WS 101 nor WS 102 alone carries divisional studies credit.
CAS WS 102 A1 – Gender and Sexuality II: An Interdisciplinary Introduction
Introduction to women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, focused on communities and institutions. Integrates approaches from the natural and social sciences and humanities, including evolutionary, historical, and cross-cultural analyses, feminist and queer theory. Topics include human reproductive biology; patriarchy and sexual violence; parenting, kinship structures, and forms of intimacy; sexual selection; the construction of gender identity and sexual orientation; evolutionary medicine; and the relationship of academic research to social activism. Team-taught. Students who complete both halves of the two-semester sequence WS 101/102 receive divisional studies credit for two courses, from two different divisions: Natural Science (without lab), Social Science, and/or Humanities. Neither WS 101 nor WS 102 alone carries divisional studies credit. 4 cr. 2nd sem.
CAS WS 213 A1 & B1- Sexism in the Twenty-First Century Examines the dynamics of contemporary institutions as they affect women’s and men’s lives, particularly in the United States– the economy, politics, mass media and culture, the beautification industry, sex industries, and hook-up culture– through the intersections of race, class, ethnicity, and sexual identity. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS. Cannot be taken for credit in addition to CAS WS 113.
CAS WS 214 A1, B1, & C1- Creating Women: Gendering Literature, Art, and Music Voices and visions of women writers, artists, and musicians. Considers how women’s artistic productions contribute to understanding the social, cultural, and political history of women, with special attention to gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and class. Carries CAS Humanities divisional credit.
CAS WS 241 – Sociology of Gender An introduction to the social construction of sex and gender with a focus on the economic, political, social, and cultural forces that shape gender relations. Examines gender as a social structure that patterns institutional inequalities and everyday interactions on society. Also offered as CAS SO 241.
CAS WS 305 Critical Issues in Women’s Studies. An interdisciplinary exploration of current topics in women’s studies.
CAS WS 326 – Arts of Gender. Examines representations of gender and sexuality in diverse art forms, including drama, dance, film, and literature, and how art reflects historical constructions of gender. Discussions of dramatic and literary texts are supplemented by film screenings, performance events, and readings in feminist and queer theory. Also offered as CAS EN 326.
CAS WS 340 A1 & B1 – Women, Race, and Gender in Mass Media. Develops student’s media literacy through hands on analysis of media and pop culture representations of women, femininity, and race; their relation to women’s lived experiences; and the place of “feminine” values in contemporary culture.
CAS WS 344 A1 – Images of Women in Popular Fiction Formulaic genres – fairy tales, romance fiction, detective novels, horror stories, and science fiction–offer a medium for tracing the development of representations of women. Course analyzes women’s roles and functions in these genres, focusing on novels by American authors.
CAS WS 345/ Gender and War Examines gender constructions in world politics. Topics include gender biases in international relations theories, female and males roles in war, and rape as an instrument of warfare. Also assesses roles of women as leaders, actors, and objects of foreign policy. Also offered as IR 518 and PO 583
CAS WS 346 A1- Women & Film
Explores how the medium of film has shaped and been shaped by cultural perceptions of women. Readings provide background for interpretation of films ranging from screwball comedy to film noir, “women’s films,” and films by women directors.
CAS WS 348 A1 – Gender and International Development Analysis of significant gender disparities worldwide in education, livelihoods, crisis settings, and political voice. Interdisciplinary approach combines discussion of novels, films, research on development, and lessons from field experience. Ideas on the advancement of gender equality and women’s socio-economic empowerment.
CAS WS 350 A1 – Women and Politics Readings, discussion, and field research on issues of women’s relationship to the processes of political influence, change, and empowerment. Analysis of public policy related to women and children. Also offered as CAS PO 342.
CAS WS 352 A1 – American Masculinities 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. Also offered as CAS SO 352.
CAS WS 356 A1 – Women and Comedy in America Considers how comedy is marked by gender and allows women to defy the expectations of femininity and transmute aggression into humor; what women find funny; and how women use the power of humor for survival, resistance, subversion, and truth-telling.
CAS WS 360 A1- Global Feminism: Race and Gender in International Perspectives Exploration of critical issues concerning women, gender, and race throughout the world. Topics include women and the global economy, health care, reproduction, the dynamics of sexism, violence against women, international women’s movements and political/institutional change. Also offered as IR358.
CAS WS 450 A1 – Internships: Women, Gender and Social Change This seminar will place students in local internships involving community organizing, electoral politics, advocacy groups, public polity, and leadership training. Students will have the opportunity to directly experience the processes involved in trying to make social changes related to class, race, sexuality, women, and gender. In weekly seminar meetings, students will also study key ideas and concepts related to the experiential component, to social change, and to the critical analysis of the contemporary society.
* WS 101 & 102 are NOT prerequisites for WS courses.
NOTE: Courses from other disciplines may be taken for WGS minor credit. Please click on the link on the right to see a list of those courses.