WGS Minor Courses: Fall 2013

Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Courses:

Fall 2013


CAS WS101 A1 Gender and Sexuality 1: An Interdisciplinary Introduction

Considers communities and institutions. Topics include human reproductive biology; evolutionary, historical and cross-cultural analyses of patriarchy and sexual violence, families and parenting; the social construction of gender and sexual selection in humans; evolutionary medicine; and the relationship of academic research to social activism. Readings will be diverse, including research reports and scholarly essays in natural and social sciences (biology, anthropology, archaeology, psychology, sociology), scholarly works in the humanities (literature, history, philosophy, religion), and creative works (novels, plays, poetry and films).

CAS WS213 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 WS214 B1 Creating Women: Gendering Literature, Art, and Music

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 WS241 A1 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 WS305 A1/2 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.


CAS WS305 C1

Gender and Sexuality in Middle Eastern Film

A study of Middle Eastern representations of the controversies, trade-offs, and dilemmas surrounding the impact of globalization on men and women, through Egyptian, Iranian and Turkish film and literature.

CAS WS346 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 WS360 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 CAS IR 358.


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GRS WS801 A1

Theories and Methods in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

Exploring the variety of theories and methods in the interdisciplinary fields of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, this seminar is required for the WGS Graduate Certificate. Readings from the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences address questions of identity and epistemology.

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Women’s Studies Courses: Spring ‘11

WS 113 A1 & B1 – Women, Society, and Culture: Social Sciences
Women’s economic, political, and familial situation in contemporary American society. Examination of work by feminist scholars in various disciplines, including psychology, biology, and history.  Balser. T/Th: 11:00 – 12:30 & 12:30-2:00.

WS 114 A1, B1 & C1 – Women, Society, Culture: Humanities
Voices and visions of women writers and filmmakers. Considers how women’s artistic productions contribute to understanding the social, cultural, and political history of women.  Greenbridge, Gottfried, and Swedberg. T/Th: 9:30-11:00, 12:30-2 & 2:00-3:30.

WS 305 B1: Critical Issues in Women’s Studies
Topic for Spring 2011: Middle Eastern Women Write. Exploration of feminist movements in the Middle East through works of literature. The impact on gender of colonialism, revolution, and migration. Also offered as XL381 Micallef.  M,W,F: 11:00am 12:00pm

WS 340 A1 & B1 – Women, Race, and Gender in Mass Media
Develops students’ media literacy through hands-on analysis of media and pop culture representations of women, femininity, and race; their relation to women’s lived experience; and the place of “feminine” values in contemporary culture.
Gottfried. W: 1:00-4:00 & Th: 2:00-5:00.

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. McSweeney. M: 1:00-4:00.

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. Balser. T: 4:00-7:00.