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Women’s and Gender Studies

2nd Floor Smith Building, CB# 3135
(919) 962-3908

First Session, 2020

WGST 101 Introduction to Women Studies (3)

MAYMESTER. An interdisciplinary introduction to the field of Women’s and Gender Studies, this class explores feminist perspectives on intersecting inequalities based on gender, race, class, and sexuality. Topics include: work and labor; sexuality and sexual identity; gender relations; images of women and gender in literature, science and technology; religion; art; family; and the history of feminist struggles. Course readings are drawn from the humanities and the social sciences.

WGST 140 Introduction to Gay and Lesbian Culture and Literature (ENGL 140) (3)

ONLINE. Introduces students to concepts in queer theory and recent sexuality studies. Topics include queer lit, AIDS, race and sexuality, representations of gays and lesbians in the media, political activism/literature.

WGST 188 Introduction to Women and Music (MUSC 188) (3)

The role of women in performance, composition, patronage, and the music business across a wide range of repertories.

WGST 241 Women in Ancient Rome (CLAS 241) (3)

Course examines the life of women in ancient Rome, from the first beginnings of the organized community in Rome through the early Empire, a period of about 900 years. Also explores aspects of the lives of women in provinces governed by Rome.

WMST 260 Women in Sports (EXSS 260) (3)

A broad based perspective of women’s participation in sport including history of participation, physiological differences, and socio-cultural influences including work, politics, family, economics, and gender roles and identity. ***Canceled***

WGST 275 Moral and Philosophical Issues of Gender in Society (PHIL 275) (3)

A survey of feminist perspectives on topics such as the meaning of oppression, sexism and racism, sex roles and stereotypes, ideals of female beauty, women in the workplace, pornography, rape.

WGST 302 Language and Power (ANTH 302) (LING 302) (3)

This course provides an overview of language and power studies. Issues: sexist and sex-neutral language; languages of subcultures defined by gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity; hate speech; “politically correct” language.

WGST 442 Gender, Class, Race and Mass Media (MEJO 442) (3)

ONLINE. The media play a critical role in the construction and contestation of ideas about gender, class, and race. Using a range of methods, students will analyze media messages past and present to understand how gender, race, and class influence media production and consumption.

Second Session, 2020

WGST 101 Introduction to Women Studies (3)

An interdisciplinary introduction to the field of Women’s and Gender Studies, this class explores feminist perspectives on intersecting inequalities based on gender, race, class, and sexuality. Topics include: work and labor; sexuality and sexual identity; gender relations; images of women and gender in literature, science and technology; religion; art; family; and the history of feminist struggles. Course readings are drawn from the humanities and the social sciences.

WGST 140 Introduction to Gay and Lesbian Culture and Literature (ENGL 140) (3)

ONLINE. Introduces students to concepts in queer theory and recent sexuality studies. Topics include queer lit, AIDS, race and sexuality, representations of gays and lesbians in the media, political activism/literature.

WGST 202 Introduction to Feminist Thought! (3)

Prerequisite: WGST 101. Emphasizing close analytical reading and discussion of selected feminist theoretical texts, this course focuses on the development of and debates about feminist concepts such as “woman,” “gender,” “difference,” “gender,” “sexuality,” “oppression,” “intersectionality,” “essentialism,” “patriarchy,” “objectivity,” and “feminism” itself, among others.  We look at historical roots of feminist theories and compare perspectives and themes. We discuss the changing social contexts in which theories are made, debated, and put to use.  We consider the usefulness of feminist theorizing to feminist activism as well as the influence of feminist activism on the development of feminist theory.  The course will give students the tools to pursue further academic work in women’s and gender studies as well as to understand the constructedness and partiality of all knowledge. Students will write and post frequent reading responses.

This is a required course for the WGST major and is strongly recommended for WGST minors. It is a pre-requisite for the senior capstone requirement (WGST 695) and must be taken before students may enroll in WGST 695.

The course will be taught on-line. The possibility of synchronous small group work and one-on-one meetings with the instructor will be discussed among participants. ***Canceled***

WGST 224 Introduction to Gender and Communication (COMM 224) (3)

Examines multiple relationships among gender, communication, and culture. Explores how communication creates gender and shapes relationships and how communication reflects, sustains, and alters cultural views of gender.

WGST 444 Race, Class, and Gender (SOCI 444) (3)

Conceptualizations of gender, race, and class and how, separately and in combination, they are interpreted by the wider society.  Emphasis on how black and working-class women make sense of their experiences at work and within the family.