Description of Subject
Women & Gender Studies
The study of women and gender is an interdisciplinary program that addresses the dynamics of gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality and power. This minor aims to expand capacities for critical reflection and analysis and to engage students with varied approaches to women’s and gender research, uniting areas of knowledge such as philosophy, the humanities, the social sciences, and history.
The Women and Gender studies major emphasizes a critical, feminist, cross-cultural, multiracial, and transnational understanding of the diversity of women’s experiences and life chances. It also seeks to reach an understanding of how questions of gender are embedded in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. The major in the Study of Women and Gender introduces diverse perspectives and understandings concerning the reproduction of femininity and masculinity, inequality and poverty, violence and crime, race and social class, culture and media, politics and the law, and sexuality and reproductive rights in historical and contemporary contexts.
It also seeks to reach an understanding of how questions of gender are embedded in the liberal arts and science tradition.
The major in the Study of Women and Gender introduces diverse perspectives and understandings concerning the reproduction of femininity and masculinity, inequality and poverty, violence and crime, race and social class, culture and media, politics and the law, and sexuality and reproductive rights in historical and contemporary contexts
Course Information and Descriptions
200 INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF WOMEN AND GENDER (3)
This class is an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of the study of women and gender through a critical examination of feminist perspectives, theories, histories, issues, critiques and practices. The course focuses on U.S. women with emphases on multicultural standpoints and satisfies the multicultural core area requirement.
400 INTERDISCIPLINARY FRAMEWORKS FOR THE ANALYSIS OF WOMEN AND GENDER (3)
This upper-level theory course focuses on interdisciplinary and multicultural epistemologies, theories, and methodological approaches to the study of women and gender.
230 SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER (3)
An examination of how the social existence, roles and identities of women and men are constructed, with an emphasis on the pervasive influence of gender at the individual level as well as in the very organization and working of society. Through this course, students will gain an understanding of the diversity and complexity of gendered experiences in terms of class, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and age. This course will satisfy the social science core area requirement. Listed also as Sociology 230.
235 WOMEN IN POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY (3)
Since Plato’s Republic first asserted the equality of women in political life, the issue of the role of women, in and out of the family, has been a central theme of political reflection by men and women whose provocative writings will be the focus of this course. Listed also as Political Science 235. This course will satisfy the social science core area requirement.
257 WOMEN AND RELIGION (3)
Listed also as Theology 257.
269 WOMEN LEADERS IN THE WORLD (3)
How have women leaders in the world gained their preeminent positions, and what is the nature of their leadership and policies? The power and policies of one or more women as political leaders will be studied. This course will satisfy the social science core area requirement. Listed also as International Studies 269 and Political Science 269.
277 WOMEN AND FILM (3)
This course will examine the images of women in Hollywood film and new possibilities offered by independent female directors. This course will relate film to social, political and personal issues, including work, marriage, motherhood, sexuality and violence. Discussions will focus on stereotyping, the male 'gaze' and new images like the woman warrior. This course will satisfy the fine arts core area requirement. Listed also as Communication Arts and Sciences 277.
297 WOMEN IN POLITICS (3)
Women are both actors in and subjects of politics and legislation. This interrelationship will be explored, focusing either on women who have been active in the political sphere, or on women’s political campaigns. Listed also as Political Science 297. This course will satisfy the social sciences core area requirement.
320 GENDER AND VIOLENCE (3)
An examination of the structural roots of gender-based violence, including domestic abuse, sexual assault, hate crimes, colonization and genocide, law enforcement abuse, international violence and war. Strong focus on anti-violence organizing. Listed also as Criminology 320 and Sociology 320. Prerequisite: Sociology 110 or 230 or 240 or 280 or 350 or consent of instructor.
350 MEDIEVAL WOMEN AND GENDER (3)
A survey of the history of women and family in the Middle Ages. We will examine women from all levels of society and consider medieval constructions of gender and patriarchy. This course will satisfy the history core area requirement. Listed also as History 350. Prerequisite: English 102, sophomore standing, or consent of the instructor.
351 WOMEN AND DEVELOPMENT (3)
This course explores the diverse and changing roles, statuses, opportunities, and options of women living in developing countries. Utilizing the Women’s Rights are Human Rights Paradigm the different ways social institutions such as gender, race/ ethnicity, class, sexuality, religion, culture and age shape the lives of women around the world will be examined. Students will search for similarities and differences among and between diverse communities of women and between themselves. This course will satisfy the multicultural core area requirement. Listed also as Sociology 350 and International Studies 350.
352 IMAGES OF WOMAN IN DRAMA (3)
Students will study the roles and conflicts of women in diverse cultures as these are embodied in dramatic world literature from the ancient Greeks to the present. Thematic units will include Woman as Legend, as Mother, as Victim, as Accommodator and as Pretender. Attendance at theatre productions is required. This course will satisfy the fine arts core area requirement. Listed also as Honors Theatre 350 and Theatre 350. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.
358 GENDER AND MEDIA (3)
All cultures recognize differences between the sexes. Yet "masculinity" and "femininity" are understood by anthropologists to be culturally determined. This course looks at theories and instances of gender differences as they are articulated in mass-mediated popular culture discourses. It considers the relationship between gender and genre, explores advertising and consumer ideologies, and considers historical and contemporary film, television, and print media texts. Listed also as Communication Arts and Sciences 358.
382 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW III: GENDER AND RACE (3)
The issues of gender and race in America have challenged the society and the courts throughout our history. This course will focus on the complex issues of race and gender and the court’s approach to these issues. Topics may include the historic legal difference between men and women, whether laws or legal judgments that favor women in fact benefit them and/or disadvantage men, the legal arm of the civil rights movement, economic, educational, and voting discrimination. These and other topics will be examined through the study of court cases and their effects. Listed also as Political Science 382. Prerequisite: Political Science 170, junior standing, or instructor consent. This course will satisfy the social sciences core area requirement.
395 OR 495 INDEPENDENT RESEARCH OR CREATIVE INVESTIGATION (3)
Intermediate, Advanced, Senior Thesis Independent Research or Creative Investigation is a course in which students collaborate with faculty mentors on an ongoing faculty research project or conduct an independent project under the guidance of a faculty member. This directed undergraduate research or creative investigation culminates in a conference
Interdisciplinary Elective Courses
English 277 LT–Writing Women and Gender (3)
History 244 HI, MC–Latin American Women (3), 344 HI–Historical Experience of Women in the United States (3), 368 HI-Gender and Urban Life/American Studies 338 (3), 371 HI–Work, Family, and Gender in Modern Europe (3)
Liberal Arts Seminar 363 Women’s Work and Leisure (3)
Philosophy 220 PH–Women in Philosophy (3)
Political Science 235 SS–Women in Political Philosophy (3), 297 SS–Women in Politics (3), 382 SS–Gender and the Law (3)
Psychology 325 Psychology of Gender (3)
Study Abroad MC–330 Cuba: History, Politics, and Culture (6), MC–342 El Salvador: Human Rights, Gender, and Globalization.
Theology 256 TH–Marriage and Family Life (3), 273 Women Mystics (3)
Faculty member and contact information
Phone: (708) 524-6693
Caroline Sietmann and