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1104. Feminisms and the Arts

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: RHAG students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses

Grading Basis: Graded

Interdisciplinary exploration of the work of women artists in drama, the visual arts, music, literature, and/or film. Key issues of feminist criticism in the arts are discussed. CA 1. CA 4.

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1105. Gender and Sexuality in Everyday Life

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: RHAG students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses

Grading Basis: Graded

How gender, sex, and sexuality are woven into systems of difference and stratification that shape everyday life. Examines these processes in the family, education, work, and politics with sensitivity to the diversity of individual experiences across class, racial ethnic groups, cultures, and regions. Provides experience in introductory research methods to analyze the social construction and structural organization of gender and sexuality. CA 2. CA 4. SM-11/16/16 12/5/16

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1121. Women in History

Also offered as: HIST 1203

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The historical roots of challenges faced by contemporary women as revealed in the Western and/or non-Western experience: the political, economic, legal, religious, intellectual and family life of women. CA 1. CA 4.

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2105W. Gender and Science

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to sophomores or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

The historical, sociological, economic, and political processes that shape the ways that gender, race, class, sexuality and nation intersect with science, medicine and technology. CA 4-INT.

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2124. Gender and Globalization

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: WGSS 1105

Grading Basis: Graded

Construction and reproduction of gender inequality and the gendered nature of global structures and processes. Key topics include women's rights as human rights; women's work; gender, development, and the global economy; migration; religious fundamentalism; reproduction, health, and HIV/AIDS; education; violence against women; and gender, war, and peace advocacy. CA 2. CA 4-INT.

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2217. Women, Gender and Film

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Examines intersectional identities of gender, race, and sexuality depicted in film through feminist analysis. CA 1. CA 4.

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2250. Critical Approaches to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Prerequisite or corequisite: Any 1000 level WGSS course; open to sophomores or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Theories, practice, and methodologies of the Women's, Gender, and Sexualities Studies interdiscipline.

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2255. LGBTQ Sexualities, Activism, and Globalization

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to sophomores or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Globalization of LGBTQ identities, cultures and social movement activism, and cultures from a transnational perspective; use, role, and impact of digital media. CA 4-INT.

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2255. Sexualities, Activism, and Globalization

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to sophomores or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Globalization of LGBT identities, cultures and social movement activism, and cultures from a transnational perspective; use, role, and impact of digital media. CA 4-INT.

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2255W. LGBTQ Sexualities, Activism, and Globalization

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to sophomores or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Globalization of LGBTQ identities, cultures and social movement activism, and cultures from a transnational perspective; use, role, and impact of digital media. CA 4-INT.

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2263. Women, Gender, and Violence

Also offered as: HRTS 2263

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to sophomores and higher. Recommended preparation: Any 1000-level WGSS course.

Grading Basis: Graded

Discussion of various forms of gendered violence in the United States and in a global context. Physical, sexual, emotional, and structural violence; social, political, and personal meanings of gendered violence; special emphasis on women. SM - 10/6/15

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3042. Baseball and Society: Politics, Economics, Race and Gender

Also offered as: HDFS 3042, AFRA 3042, AMST 3042

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Baseball in historical, political, sociological, and economic contexts. Topics may include: impact on individuals and families; racial discrimination and integration; labor relations; urbanization; roles of women; treatment of gay athletes; and implications of performance-enhancing drugs.

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3052. Women and Politics

Also offered as: POLS 3672

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

An introduction to feminist thought, the study of women as political actors, the feminist movement and several public policy issues affecting women.

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3105. The Politics of Reproduction

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to juniors or higher; sophomores by consent of instructor. Recommended preparation: any 1000 or 2000-level WGSS course.

Grading Basis: Graded

National and transnational politics of reproduction including: contraception, sexuality education, abortion, childbirth, surrogacy, adoption, health care policy and funding.

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3217. Women and Film

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Feminist analysis of film. Investigates women's roles as filmmakers, writers, editors, and actresses, as well as messages communicated to female viewers.

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3247. Gender and War

Also offered as: POLS 3247

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Gender aspects of war. Masculinities and militaries; gender-based war violence; laws of war and post-war conditions for male and female soldiers and civilians.

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3252. Genders and Sexualities

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Intersectional examination of diverse constructions of gender and sexuality. Focused exploration of selected topics.

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3253. Gender Representations in U.S. Popular Culture

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Forces in the U.S. that shape and reshape gender in popular culture. CA 2.

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3253W. Gender Representations in U.S. Popular Culture

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

Forces in the U.S. that shape and reshape gender in popular culture. CA 2.

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3254. Women and Gender in the Deaf World

Also offered as: ASLN 3254

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: One of WGSS 1104, 1105, or 1124. Recommended preparation: 2000-level WGSS course.

Grading Basis: Graded

The roles of women inside and outside the Deaf world. How language and cultural barriers perpetuate the roles defined for and by d/Deaf women within Deaf and hearing societies.

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3255. Sexual Citizenship

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Sexuality as a significant axis of citizenship. How sexual citizenship differs in national, historical, and international contexts. How its different constructions influence such issues as welfare, adoption, marriage, and immigration. CA 4-INT.

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3257W. Feminist Disability Studies

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010, 1011, or 2011; open to juniors or higher; sophomores by consent of instructor . Recommended preparation: any 1000-level WGSS course.

Grading Basis: Graded

Social, historical, cultural, and political constructions of the intersecting categories of gender and disability. Through a wide variety of texts and cultural examples, exploration of how disability is gendered, gender is disabled, and both are interwoven by race, ethnicity, class, nationality, sexuality, and subcultures.

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3258. Latina Narrative

Also offered as: LLAS 3230

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

Feminist topics in contemporary Latina literature and cultural studies.

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3260. Latinas and Media

Also offered as: LLAS 3264, COMM 3321

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

The role of ethnicity and race in women's lives. Special attention to communication research on ethnic and racial minority women. CA 4.

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3268. Gender and Communication

Also offered as: COMM 3450

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: COMM 1000 or instructor's consent; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Differences in male/female communication, and an examination of cultural assumptions regarding gender in the communication process. Critically analyze the theory, politics and practice of communication and gender.

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3269. Women's Movements

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to juniors or higher; others by instructor consent. Recommended preparation: Any 1000-level WGSS course.Any WGSS 1000 level course

Grading Basis: Graded

Examination of women's movements as related to intersections of gender, race, class, nationality, and sexuality, and to topics such as democracy, economic justice, the environment, health, and sexual freedom.

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3270. Masculinities

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to juniors or higher; sophomores by consent of instructor. Recommended preparation: Any 1000 level WGSS course.

Grading Basis: Graded

Social construction of masculinity and how maleness is gendered. Examination of the multiple forms of masculinity as influenced by differences in social and cultural expressions of gender, race, ethnicity, class, nationality, sexuality, disability and subcultures.

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3271. Seminar on Rape Education and Awareness I

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Explores issues of sexual violence and trains those enrolled to facilitate rape awareness workshops for the campus community. Students are required to attend an intensive two-day training program and participate in weekly seminars.

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3403. Women and Religion

Also offered as: ANTH 3403

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Gender issues in the world's religions. Survey of women's theological standing, ritual activities and participation in a cross-cultural sample of religions, both monotheistic and polytheistic.

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3445. Economic Foundations of Gender Inequality

Also offered as: HRTS 3445

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open to students who have passed or are taking ECON 2445

Grading Basis: Graded

Economic approaches to gender inequality in political representation, economic opportunities, access to education, and health.

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3560. Constructions of Race, Gender, and Sexuality in U.S. History

Also offered as: HIST 3560

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open for credit to students who have passed HIST 3095 when taught as Constructions of Race, Gender, and Sexuality in U.S. History.

Grading Basis: Graded

Examination of historical development, interconnections, and complexities of conceptions of race, gender, and sexuality in U.S. from European conquest to the present.

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3562. History of Women and Gender in the United States, 1850-Present

Also offered as: HIST 3562

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

History of gender and the lives and cultural representations of women in the U.S., emphasizing intersections with race, sexuality, class, region, and nation.

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3609. Women's Literature

Also offered as: ENGL 3609

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Works written by women from different countries and centuries. CA 4.

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3611. Women's Literature 1900 to the Present

Also offered as: ENGL 3611

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Modern and contemporary works written by women from different countries. CA 4.

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3613. Introduction to LGBT Literature

Also offered as: ENGL 3613

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

An introduction to themes of sexual diversity in literature, related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues. CA 4.

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3621. Sociology of Sexualities

Also offered as: SOCI 3621

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Explores the social organization, construction, and politics of sexualities, particular focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer experiences and the intersection of sexualities, gender, race, and class. CA 4.

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3652. Black Feminist Politics

Also offered as: POLS 3652, AFRA 3652

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

An introduction to major philosophical and theoretical debates at the core of black feminist thought, emphasizing the ways in which interlocking systems of oppression uphold and sustain each other.

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3718. Feminism and Science Fiction

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Feminist approaches to science fiction. Human and non-human embodiments - humans, aliens,and cyborgs - and the social issues their interactions raise: reproduction and colonization; racial, sexual, and gender apartheid; \human" rights and the rule of law. CA 4.

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3718W. Feminism and Science Fiction

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

Feminist approaches to science fiction. Human and non-human embodiments - humans, aliens, and cyborgs - and the social issues their interactions raise: reproduction and colonization; racial, sexual, and gender apartheid; "human" rights and the rule of law. CA 4.

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3891. Internship Program

3.00 - 6.00 credits

Prerequisites: One WGSS course; WGSS 3894 must be taken concurrently.

Grading Basis: Graded

A field placement 9-18 hours per week in an organization related to the student's major field of study. Such work is overseen by the field work supervisor and the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Internship Coordinator.

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3995. Special Topics

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary.

Grading Basis: Graded

With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

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3995. Special Topics

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary.

Grading Basis: Graded

With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

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3998. Variable Topics

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary.

Grading Basis: Graded

With a change of topic, may be repeated for credit.

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3999. Independent Study

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

May be repeated for credit with a change in subject matter.

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4994W. Senior Seminar

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies majors only. Recommended preparation: WGSS 3265 and PHIL 3218.

Grading Basis: Graded

Capstone course integrating and analyzing Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies theory and substance through research on a common topic and discussion of advanced texts.

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