Courses

Fall 2015

  • WGST 110: Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies

    This course is an introduction to the ways in which gender structures our world, and to the ways feminists challenge established intellectual frameworks. However, because gender is not a homogeneous category but is differentiated by class, race, sexualities, ethnicity, and culture, we also consider the ways differences in social location intersect with gender. 6 credit; Humanistic Inquiry; offered Fall 2015 · M. Sehgal
  • WGST 112: Introduction to LGBT/Queer Studies

    This course is an introduction to the interdisciplinary examination of sexual desires, sexual orientations, and the concept of sexuality generally, with a particular focus on the construction of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender identities. The course will look specifically at how these identities interact with other phenomena such as government, family, and popular culture. In exploring sexual diversity, we will highlight the complexity and variability of sexualities, both across different historical periods, and in relation to identities of race, class, and ethnicity. 6 credit; Humanistic Inquiry, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Fall 2015 · E. Kumar
  • WGST 200: Gender, Power and the Pursuit of Knowledge

    In this course we will examine whether there are feminist ways of knowing, the criteria by which knowledge is classified as feminist and the various methods used by feminists to produce this knowledge. Some questions that will occupy us are: How do we know what we know? Who does research? Does it matter who the researcher is? How does the social location (race, class, gender, sexuality) of the researcher affect research? Who is the research for? How can research relate to efforts for social change? While answering these questions, we will consider how different feminist researchers have dealt with them. 6 credit; Social Inquiry, International Studies; offered Fall 2015 · M. Sehgal
  • WGST 220: LGBTQ Movements in the U.S.

    In this course we will examine what constitutes an LGBTQ social movement in the U.S. today. We will analyze the popular understandings of LGBTQ social movements by linking the context, goals, and outcomes of movements to the dynamics of race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, immigration status, and geography. Our goal will be to understand the ways that LGBTQ social movements have helped influence as well as been influenced by existing social and governmental institutions. How have these relationships determined the perceived legitimacy of such movements? We will also examine several contemporary issues that have inspired LGBTQ organizing and advocacy. 6 credit; Social Inquiry, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Fall 2015 · E. Kumar
  • WGST 400: Integrative Exercise

    6 credit; offered Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016 · Staff

Winter 2016

  • WGST 234: Feminist Theory

    Feminism has to do with changing the world. We will explore feminist debates about changing the world using a historical framework to situate feminist theories in the context of the philosophical and political thought of specific time periods and cultures. Thus, we will follow feminist theories as they challenged, critiqued, subverted and revised liberalism, Marxism, existentialism, socialism, anarchism, critical race theories, multiculturalism, postmodernism and post-colonialism. We will focus on how theory emerges from and informs matters of practice. We will ask: What counts as theory? Who does it? How is it institutionalized? Who gets to ask the questions and to provide the answers? 6 credit; Social Inquiry, International Studies; offered Winter 2016 · K. Bloomer
  • WGST 400: Integrative Exercise

    6 credit; offered Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016 · Staff

Spring 2016

  • WGST 130: Politics of Sex

    The politics of sex are everywhere--in media, law, medicine, and everyday life. To say that sex is political is to imply that sex intersects with other interests--nation and market building, globalization, and so forth. In this course, we will explore various "sex panics," as they ask us to revisit the boundaries of the "normative" in relation to sex and its intersections with race, class, gender, sexuality, nation, and ability. Sex panics--and, as we'll also explore, "sex scandals" occasion not only the revision of discourses on sex but on identity, politics, and cultures more broadly.    6 credit; Intercultural Domestic Studies, Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2016 · K. Bashore
  • WGST 312: Gender Violence & Feminist Self-defense: Theory, Research, Practice

    Around the globe, feminist advocacy networks and social movements have led efforts combating violence against women. Recently, a campus anti-rape movement has highlighted the prevalence of sexual assault against college women. This course will focus on the theories and praxis feminists have put forth to resist gender and sexual violence. We will explore cases of feminist self-defense in order to understand how it differs from militarized notions of self-defense, and examine how it supports initiatives for peace and conflict resolution. Class members will participate in self-defense programs and reflect on feminist theories of resistance in the context of personal experience. Prerequisites: Women's and Gender Studies 110 or 200. 6 credit; Social Inquiry, International Studies; offered Spring 2016 · M. Sehgal
  • WGST 400: Integrative Exercise

    6 credit; offered Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016 · Staff