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WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES COURSES 700-899

WGST 790
GRADUATE SEMINAR IN WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES
 In-depth survey of historical and contemporary developments in feminist theory and knowledge production. Required for the Graduate Certificate.

WGST 796
INDEPENDENT READING AND RESEARCH FOR GRADUATES
Intensive reading and research in a student’s chosen area of interest under faculty supervision. Results in a written report. Permission of the Chair and a faculty member required.

WGST 890
TOPICS IN WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES
This course allows faculty in WGST to offer graduate-level courses on special topics pertinent to their current research.

WGST 715/ANTH 715
FEMINISM AND SOCIETY
Selected topics in feminist analysis of social life, with materials drawn from a global range of societies.

WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES COURSES 400-699  AVAILABLE TO GRADUATE STUDENTS

WGST 410/GLBL 410
COMPARATIVE QUEER POLITICS
This course focuses on two related issues in the effort to understand and assess the prospects of the emerging global movement for equality for sexual minorities: the histories and practices of local- and national-level queer movements and the international organizations and networks that have emerged to link these diverse communities. ,

WGST 465
GENDER, (IM)MIGRATION, AND LABOR IN LATINA LITERATURE
                                                                
Students will explore the representation of intersections between gender, identity, immigration and migration via Latina/o literature. Emphasis will be placed on the intersections between labor, migration, and U.S. immigration policy.

WGST 550                                                                                                                                                          CONSTRUCTION OF WOMEN’S BODIES
Looking specifically at the social and cultural construction of women’s bodies, this course considers the ways in which biological difference is imbued with social significance.

WGST 553
THEORIZING BLACK FEMINISMS
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ntroduction to the theoretical and practical contributions of African American feminists who maintain that issues of race, gender, sexuality, and social class are central, rather than peripheral, to any history or strategy for bringing about social justice in the United States. 

WGST 555
WOMEN AND CREATIVITY
Women and Creativity will present an overview of the variety and diversity of contemporary American women’s experiences of creative expression. We explore how women have been historically excluded, silenced and minimized by institutionalized notions of creativity and art.

WGST 610/GLBL 610
FEMINISM, SEXUALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS
This course examines how feminist, HIV, sex work, and LGBT activists have used, criticized and transformed the United Nations’ human rights discourses in struggles against sexual oppression.

CROSS-LISTED GRADUATE COURSES 700-899

WGST/ANTH 753.

Gender, Sickness, and Society. 3 Credits.

This seminar deals in depth and cross-culturally with the nature of gender and the ways in which social comprehension of gender, gender status, and gender relationships impinge upon differential experience of health and sickness of men and women from a historical and contemporary perspective.

 

WGST 725/HIST 725
READINGS IN THE COMPARATIVE OR GLOBAL HISTORY OF WOMEN AND GENDER
Readings in the history of women and gender in a comparative or global perspective.

WGST 730/HIST 730
FEMINIST AND GENDER THEORY FOR HISTORIANS
Readings in contemporary feminist and gender theory with a focus on theories that address the construction, writing, and general practice of history.

WGST 735/HIST 735
READINGS  IN THE HISTORY OF SEXUALITY AND GENDER
Readings of the historical study of sexuality and gender in different historical contexts.

WGST 751/ART 751
GENDER AND VISUAL CULTURE
This course explores a range of feminist theories and investigates visual images (e.g. paintings, films, rock videos, advertisements) through issues of gender, race, class, and sexual identity.

WGST 755/HIST 755
READINGS IN MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN WOMEN’S HISTORY
Readings in the history of women, gender, and sexuality in Medieval and Early modern Europe.

WGST 768/POLI 768
FEMINIST POLITICS
A survey of feminist approaches to politics and political inquiry.

WGST 770/HIST 770
READINGS IN MODERN EUROPEAN WOMEN’S AND GENDER HISTORY
Readings in the history of women and gender in Europe from the eighteenth to the twentieth century.

WGST 775/PHIL 775
ADVANCED STUDIES IN FEMINIST PHILOSOPHY
Seminar in recent developments in feminist philosophy. Topics include feminist critiques of and constructive approaches toward ethics, epistemology, aesthetics, and philosophy of science.

WGST 851/SOCI 851
SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER
Reviews theory and research on variation in men’s and women’s gender roles, with emphasis on industrialized societies and women’s roles.

COMM 824 (CROSS-LISTING IN PROCESS)
SEMINAR IN FEMINIST STUDIES IN COMMUNICATION
Engages with the complexity of transnational feminist thought by focusing on its diversity. Through various themes — from postcolonial theory to popular culture — we map the relationships that emerge between self, state, nation, and feminism to engage with key ideas and emerging issues in contemporary feminist thought.

WGST 858/COMM 858
SEMINAR IN FEMINIST STUDIES OF FILM AND TELEVISION
This graduate seminar will explore theoretical and practical points of contact between feminism, film and television using psychoanalysis, narrative analysis, ideological analysis, and cultural studies.

WGST 865/HIST 865
READINGS IN AMERICAN WOMEN’S HISTORY
Readings in the history of women and gender in the United States.

CROSS-LISTED COURSES 400-699 AVAILABLE TO GRADUATE STUDENTS

WGST 442/MEJO 442
GENDER, RACE, CLASS AND MEDIA
Concepts and methods to examine media representations of race, gender and class, with a focus on current practices/platforms and possibilities for change.

WGST/MEJO 841

Issues in Media and Society

Focuses on how media frame/represent gender, race, class and other social identities.

WGST 424/RELI 424
GENDERS AND THEORIES IN THE STUDY OF RELIGION
This course has two primary purposes. First, it will introduce students to important contemporary gender theory, particularly concerning various forms of sexual and nonconformity. We will begin with an exploration of Foucault’s formative texts and then examine major themes in contemporary gender and queer theory. Second, we will consider various applications of these theoretical resources to the religion. We will read a number of recent texts utilizing gender theory to excavate aspects of religion in contemporary culture, then we will turn to focus on a particular significant (and under-analyzed) theme in religious studies scholarship, the long scholarly portrayal of the shaman or magician as a sexual deviant.

WGST 430/AAAD 430
CULTURE, GENDER AND PARTICIPATORY DEVELOPMENT
Participatory development theory and practice in Africa and the U.S. are in the context of other intervention strategies and with special attention to culture and gender. Permission required.

WGST 438/ANTH 537/FOLK 537
GENDER AND PERFORMANCE
Focuses on gender theory and women’s experience.

WGST 443/ANTH 443

Cultures and Politics of Reproduction

This course takes a cross-cultural approach to understanding how reproduction and associated phenomena become arenas where political debates are played out, and where global and local social relations are contested.

WGST 440/ANTH 440
GENDER AND CULTURE
Cross-cultural perspectives on the social uses of gender distinctions. Focus on women’s lives outside the U.S. and Europe. Comparison with students’ social context. 

WGST 446/ENGL 446
AMERICAN WOMEN AUTHORS
Study of major American women writers from the seventeenth century into the twentieth century. 

WGST 451/ART 451
WOMEN IN THE VISUAL ARTS II
This course will focus on a limited number of topics related to the representation of women and/or the status of women as producers of art.

WGST 458/ANTH 458
ARCHAEOLOGY OF SEX AND GENDER
Exploration of gender relations in past and gendered archaeological practice in present, including relevance of gender to general social theory in archaeology, and development of research designs addressing gender meanings and practices, childhood, identity, sexuality.

WGST 475/PHIL 475
FEMINIST PHILOSOPHY: ISSUES IN GENDER, RACE, AND CLASS
This course will make an in depth analysis of one or more of the issues in the marginalization, inequalities and injustices of gender, race and class. The course will look at how these groups have been marginalized, disparaged, or neglected within classical philosophical traditions, in an effort to recuperate, challenge, and rectify the injustices of the past. Critique is essential for this project. Our critiques will lead to reconstructions, but also will serve to generate distinct questions and perspectives for understanding gender, race and class, their commonalities as well as their differences. 

WGST 477/POLI 477
ADVANCED FEMINIST POLITICAL THEORY
Examines in greater depth and complexity current issues in feminist political theory. Topics: theories of subjectivity and solidarity; feminist post-structuralist and post-marxist thinking; gender in the public sphere. 

WGST 479/HIST 479
HISTORY OF FEMALE SEXUALITIES IN THE WEST
Spanning the ancient, medieval, and modern West, this course explores normative and non-normative female sexualities, ideas about female bodies, and the regulation of female sexuality by families, religions, and states. 

WGST 537/HIST 537/ASIA 537
WOMEN IN THE MIDDLE EAST
This course explores the lives of women in the Middle East and how they have changed over time. Focus will change each year. 

WGST 562/COMM 562/HIST 562/FOLK 562
ORAL HISTORY AND PERFORMANCE
Examines performance as a means of interpreting and conveying oral history texts. Performance-centered approach to underscore gender distinctions in the telling and making of history; to enhance students’ identification with narrators as historical agents; and to promote public presentation and discussion of historical research.

WGST 568/HIST 568
WOMEN IN THE SOUTH
An exploration of the distinctive themes in southern women’s lives, using the evidence of history and literature. 

WGST 569/HIST 569/AAAD 569
AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN’S HISTORY
This course explores the experiences of African-American women from slavery through the seventies. We will examine broad themes such as labor, family, community, sexuality, and religion. In the process we will consider the diverse experiences of black women within the context of United States history. Readings consist of a combination of historical documents (narratives, songs, newspaper articles, etc.) as well as articles and monographs on selected issues. 

WGST 576/HIST 576
THE ETHNOHISTORY OF NATIVE AMERICAN WOMEN
This course introduces students to the study of Native American women through the perspectives of anthropology, history, and autobiography. Fulfills an Arts & Sciences Western Historical perspective and the Cultural Diversity requirement.

WGST 620/SPAN 620
WOMEN IN HISPANIC LITERATURE
A study of the inscription of femininity in texts by Spanish and Spanish American authors. Readings will be available in Spanish or in English translation. Lectures will be conducted in English.

WGST 665/ENGL 665
QUEER LATINA/O LITERATURE, PERFORMANCE, AND VISUAL ART
This course explores literature, performance art, film, and photography by Latinas and Latinos whose works may be described as “queer” and that question terms and norms of cultural dominance. 

WGST 666/ENGL 666
QUEER LATINA/O PHOTOGRAPHY AND LITERATURE
This course explores Latina/o literature about photography in relation to photography by queer Latina/o artists and, through this double focus, poses certain questions about identity, subjectivity, and culture.

WGST 684/ENGL 684/FOLK 684
WOMEN IN FOLKLORE AND LITERATURE
Explores images of women pictured in the folk imagination and traces those conceptions through created literature. Broadly based in folklore, literature, history and classics. Interdisciplinary approach reveals how writers are influenced by the folk cultures that surround them.