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50:988:201 Introduction to Women’s Studies (DIV) (3)

Introduction to the study of women as a diverse social group with a history, culture, and experience of their own, and to the study of gender as a category of social, cultural, and economic organization. An interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approach to incorporating race, class, and ethnicity as well as gender analysis. Emphasis on contemporary issues pertaining to women, including feminism and antifeminism, work, sexuality, family relations, reproduction, and politics.

50:988:210 Introduction to Contemporary Gender Issues (DIV, GCM) (3)

This course is intended for lower-division students as an introduction to contemporary gender issues both nationally and globally. Students will examine gender issues such as masculinity, feminism, transgender identity, LGBTQ issues in current culture and related to topics such as health, education, trade, work, sexual identity, politics, and the environment.

50:988:211 Gender, Health, and the Environment (DIV) (3)

This multi-disciplinary course gives students an introductory look into the key debates and theoretical approaches in understanding environmental concerns from a gender and justice perspective. In this course, we will survey key environmental topics such as water justice, natural disasters, climate change, toxic chemical exposure, superfund sites and energy development from a feminist and/or queer theory perspective with the goal of assessing who is most at risk. Specifically, we will discuss how gender, class, race and power mediate human and environmental interactions and what this means for human health and well-being. Particular attention will be paid to how environmental destruction and contamination impacts the lives of women and how and why women have been at the forefront of the environmental justice movement. Course materials will include academic and activist texts, film and photography.

50:988:230 Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, And Queer Studies/ Intro to LGBTQ Studies (DIV) (3)

This introductory course will use historical and literary texts and film to explore lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer (LGBTQ) history and experience from the 1950s to the present. Topics will include life during the cold war, gay liberation and LGBTQ activism, transgender liberation, contemporary family life, and current issues.

50:988:297,298,299 Special Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies (3)

A lower-division course on a specially selected topic.

50:988:310 Sexual Identity and American Popular Culture (AAI, DIV) (3)

Sexual Identity and Popular Culture is designed to teach students how to think critically about popular culture and to achieve a certain level of cultural literacy by examining both critical essays and primary texts of popular or mass culture productions, such as advertising, television, music videos, popular music, and film.

50:988:311 Queer Crime (DIV) (3)

This course focuses on queer crime and punishment in America. It examines on non-fictional accounts of queer – lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender – criminality as well as policing and punishment of these queer identities. With a focus on gender identity and sexuality, it examines myth, misunderstanding, and prejudices of queer identities, the criminalization of queer behavior, and marginalization of queer offenders by the criminal justice system. Materials include actual case studies, law, scholarly literature, and documentary film.

50:988:312 Gender and Sexuality in Crime Thrillers (DIV) (3)

This course examines gender and sexuality within the context of Hollywood cinematic crime thrillers known as film noir and neo noir. By focusing on male and female characters in various films, we will explore how gender roles, gender expectations, and gender stereotypes are played out on screen. We will examine how femininity and masculinity is constructed and represented and how these films produce meanings about the societal expectations and positions of men and women. We will also examine how sexuality is portrayed in male and female characters and how sexual diversity, namely homosexuality, is stereotyped.

50:988:313 Transgender Studies (DIV) (3)

The field of transgender studies has emerged as a response to both increased public awareness of gender variant individuals and an evolving discourse around gender identity. Transgender studies pulls from diverse disciplines to create an interdisciplinary field that explores how sex and gender intersect with identity and culture. This course will provide an introduction to transgender studies. It will examine historical and contemporary complexities of identity, embodiment, language, and activism, with a focus on answering: who transgender people are; what transgender studies is; how transgender studies differs from other forms of scholarship; and, how various disciplines have added to our understanding of transgender individuals and the intersections of sex and gender. We will explore the historical, medical, political, sociological, criminological, visual, and legal issues surrounding transgender and gender variant existence.

50:988:314 Masculinities (DIV) (3)

This course is an introduction to the interdisciplinary study of masculinities. Moving past the conception of gender as a fixed biological category, the course addresses the emergence and representations of multiple masculinities in American culture along intersections with race, class, sexuality, and other areas of difference. It examines the ways diverse formations of masculinities function at the individual and collective level in various domains, such as in sports, family, relationships, subcultures, work and other social and physical sites. It addresses issues including the body, female and queer masculinities, maleness, boyhood, and violence. The course is interdisciplinary and will offer various contexts for exploring masculinities, such as academic and popular literature, film, and music.

50:988:410 Women and Work (DIV) (3)

This course explores the topic of women as paid and unpaid workers in the United States and globally. It considers the gender division of labor, history of women’s work, and the effect of the global economy on work for women. It also considers intersections of gender, race, class, ethnicity, and sexuality on women and work. 

50:988:441 Senior Seminar in Women’s and Gender Studies (DIV, XPL) (3)

Examine and discuss gender and sexuality as categories that intersect with other relations of power and difference, such as race and class. Locate, evaluate, and analyze information in more than one discipline using gender and sexuality as analytical categories and use findings to advocate orally, digitally, and in writing. Work independently and collectively in creative works, research, or problem solving in the interdisciplinary field of women, gender, and sexuality.Prerequisite: Any 15 credits in approved women’s and gender studies minor program or permission of instructor(s).

50:988:490, 491,492 Special Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies (3,3)

An upper-division course on a specially selected topic.

50:988:495,496 Independent Study in Women’s and Gender Studies

Advanced students work individually with an instructor on a self-determined course of study. Prerequisite: 50:988:201.

50:988:480 Study Abroad- Community Service in South Africa (XPL) (3)

Experiential and service learning/study trip to various cities outside of the United States. Students will participate in community service and engage in applied research topics relevant to gender and sexuality.