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Spring '22 Course Highlights

GWST 100, GWST 210, GWST 340, GWST 344

GWST 100 - Introduction to Gender + Women's Studies
This course introduces students to the interdisciplinary field of gender and women's studies, feminist scholarship, and feminist activism. We will examine the relationship between gender, power, and the production of feminist knowledge in a variety of fields, including psychology, sociology, literature, media studies and history. The course provides critical perspectives on the social construction of gender and sexuality, social inequalities based on gender and sexuality, and how those norms function interactively with categories of difference such as race, class, nation, ability and age.

GEP: Culture, Social Sciences

GWST 210 - Introduction to Critical Sexuality Studies
This course introduces students to the field of critical sexuality studies. Using an interdisciplinary approach, the course conducts a critical inquiry into the historical precedents and theoretical frameworks necessary to understand the role of sexuality in shaping personal, social, economic, and political life. The course focuses on patterns of subordination and exclusion based on individuals sexual practices and identities, explains the origins and persistence of those patterns, and considers ways of challenging them. Throughout the course, special attention will be given to intersections of sexuality with gender, race, ethnicity, religion, class, and disability.

GEP: Culture, Social Sciences

Transnational Feminist GWST Electives

GWST 340 - Women, Gender + Globalization
This course focuses on how gender influences social, economic, and political forms of globalization, development, labor and migration, international sexual and health politics, and activism in various regions outside of the United States. We start with representations and consider how "women" have been constructed as a group cross-culturally and as part of feminist imaginaries. We analyze case studies of global and transnational movements for change led by women around the world. Finally, we discuss the ways in which gender matters as a framework for understanding global relationships and politics.

GEP: Arts and Humanities, Culture

GWST 344 - Transnational Femininities
This course studies femininity in a trans/national context. "Trans" suggests that we will discuss femininity as something performed by and written on many kinds of bodies, not only those assigned female at birth. "Transnational" denotes that we will situate femininity in the US, across multiple nations, and within a broad sociocultural framework. We will discuss how class, bodily comportment, sexuality, nation, ability, and religion affect feminine performance and feminine/feminist/queer politics. Recommended Course Preparation: GWST 100 or GWST 210.

GEP: Arts and Humanities, Culture

Posted: November 4, 2021, 1:50 PM