Fall 2014 Courses

CAS WS 101 – 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 213 – 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 241 – Sociology of Gender
Considers how gender shapes the creative work of women writers, artists, and musicians and how women’s artistic work contributes to understanding the social, cultural, and political history of women. Attention also to sexuality, race, ethnicity, class. Carries CAS Humanities divisional credit. Cannot be taken for credit in addition to CAS WS 114.

CAS WS 305 – Critical Issues in Women’s Studies
Two topics are offered Fall 2014. Students may take one or both for credit. Sections A1 and B1: Women and Comedy. From Mae West and 1930s screwball comediennes to Tina Fey and female stand-up comics today, the course explores funny women, women’s humor, what women find funny, and how women use humor as a tool for survival, resistance, and subversion. Section C1: Superwomen, Cyborgs, Vampires: Bodily Transformations and Social Change. Examines popular figures that cross gender, sexual, racial, and human boundaries, challenging our ideas about those social categories. Are figures metaphors for feminism, gay rights, racial equality? Readings in sociology and psychology, science fiction and other pop genres.

CAS WS 360 – Global Feminism: Race and Gender in International Perspectives
(Meets with CAS IR 358 E.) 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 sex industries, violence against women, international women’s movements, and political/institutional change.