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1060  The Political Economy of Race, Ethnicity, Class, and Gender (3) Cross listed as ECON 1060. Fulfills Diversity.
   The evolution of racial, ethnic, class, and gender economic roles and outcomes in the context of capitalist development. Economic analysis of the role of market forces in reinforcing, changing, or diminishing differences among people. The role of social differences in promoting or constraining economic development.

1100  Gender and Social Change (3) Fulfills Diversity & Soc/Beh Sci Exploration.
   Fulfills core course requirement for gender studies majors and minors. Forces affecting social change; gender roles and their changing definition in America. Skills and strategies for coping with changing gender-role expectations and their applications to individual lives.

2080  Philosophical Issues in Feminism (3) Cross listed as PHIL 2080. Fulfills Diversity & Humanities Exploration.
   Introduction to theoretical and applied issues in feminism. Topics include theories of gender, feminist critiques of science, pornography, and abortion.

2100  Introduction to Gender Studies (3)
   Fulfills core course requirement for gender studies majors and minors. Feminist analyses of the construction of gender.

2800  Psychology of Love (3) Cross listed as PSY 2800.
   This course presents an overview of psychological theory and research on romantic relationships. Key questions to be addressed: Why do people fall in love? How is romantic love similar to and different from other types of love? What gets and keeps couples together? How do individual and cultural differences influence relationships?

3040  Psychology of Gender (3) Cross listed as PSY 3040. Fulfills Diversity.
   Developmental investigation of psychological character of women and men. Childhood, adolescence, relationship formation, middle years, and old age from the perspectives of female and male psychological experiences.

3090  Women in Music (3) Fulfills Diversity.
   Women composers from past to present. Why have there been so few, what are the stylistic differences, who is being performed now? Several works discussed.

3100  Protests & Movements: A Contemporary History (3) Prerequisite: GNDR 1100 or 2100 or 3690. Fulfills Upper Division Communication/Writing.
   Required core course for Gender Studies majors and minors. This course serves as an introduction to the history of social movements and the search for social justice in post-WW II United States. Focusing on feminism and the rights of women, we will also explore the civil rights movements of ethnic minorities and the gay/lesbian/transgendered communities. What has been the relationship between these movements, and what has shaped their relative successes and failures? This is a writing intensive course.

3140  Gender and Politics (3) Cross listed as POLS 3140. Fulfills Diversity.
   Impact of gender in the political system; law and public policy, electoral behavior and professions.

3250  Gender, Ethics and Public Policy (3) Cross listed as POLS 3250.
   This course explores ethical issues in public policy, focusing on policies that affect gender relations. It examines the role policy can play in eliminating sexual discrimination and inequality.

3690  Gender and Contemporary Issues (3) Cross listed as UGS 3690. Fulfills Diversity & (Hum or Soc/Beh Sci Exploration).
   Fulfills core course requirement for gender studies majors and minors. Investigates the interrelation of race, class, sexual orientation, age, and ability as those classifications influence gender identity and gender-linked behavior. Issues addressed include effects of current gender assignments and strategies for possible restructurings of self and society.

3730  Women Writers (3) Cross listed as ENGL 3730. Fulfills Humanities Exploration.
   Situations of women writers, and images of women's lives in their fiction. Literary forms and techniques by and about women.

3900  Introduction to Feminist Theories (3) Prerequisite: GNDR 3100
   Required core course for gender studies majors and minors. Introduction to theory and scope of gender studies as an academic discipline. Focuses on feminist theories classified as liberal, radical, socialist, French, post-structuralism, etc.

3950  Independent Study (1 to 3)

3960  Special Topics (1 to 3)
   Varied topics, see current course listing for offerings each semester.

4100  Perspectives on Women Artists (2)
   A survey of women in the visual arts from ancient to modern times. Materials will be presented in slide lectures and in seminar-style discussions.

4280  Sex and Gender in Early Modern Europe, 1300-1700 (3) Cross listed as HIST 4280.
   This 4000 level course will examine early modern European society through the filter of gender. Students taking this course will be expected to examine such issues as the exercise of political power, status and gender, sexuality, urban and rural economic roles, gender and spirituality, mobility and education.

4400  Transgender Studies (3) Prerequisite: GNDR 1100 or 2100 or 3690 or permission of instructor.
   The course provides an introduction to the emerging discipline ot transgender studies. Transgender as a phenomenon has served as a critical element in the postmodern deconstruction of gender and contributes to the assessment of gender as essence, construction, performance, social contract, or other. A major course focus is the critical examination of the categories of gender, sex, women, queer, and transgender.

4600  Women in American History to 1870 (3) Cross listed as HIST 4600. Fulfills Diversity.
   Broad overview of white, African-American, Native American, and Hispanic women in colonial, early Republican, and Victorian periods of American history. Women's work and family life in the New World, struggles of slave women, experience of women workers in Lowell textile mills, 19th-century cult of domesticity, legacy of westward expansion for Hispanic, Native American, and white women, and origins of first American women's rights movement.

4610  Women in American History Since 1870 (3) Cross listed as HIST 4610. Fulfills Diversity.
   Struggle for women's entrance into colleges and professions; lives of Black, Native American, Hispanic, and immigrant women; women's suffrage movement; 1920s revolt against Victorian passionlessness; transformation of women's wage-work; domestic life of women in 1950s, and rebirth of modern feminism in 1970s.

4620  Topics in Gender History (3) Cross listed as HIST 4620.
   Variable content course.

4630  History of Sexuality in America (3) Cross listed as HIST 4630.
   Examines how Americans understand sexuality, sexual identity and their role in culture and politics, starting from early European ideas, shifting to those of native Americans, then examining changing formulations in the 19th and 20th centuries.

4900  Masculinities (3)
   The shift from "women's studies" to "gender studies" during the last decade or so has included a growing intrest in the study of masculinity and of men as gendered beings. Informed by work in feminist and sexuality studies, what has been termed "masculinity studies" assumes that men and masculinity - in their numerous, complicated variations - are "texts" that can be analyzed from a gendered perspective.

4960  Topics in Gender and Religion (3)
   Various topics focusing on roles of gender in religious institutions and theological developments.

4999  Honors Thesis/Project (3)
   Restricted to students in the Honors Program working on their Honors degree.

5041  Feminist Philosophy of Science and Social Science (3) Prerequisite: GNDR 2100 and 3050.
   Addresses such questions as: What counts as knowledge? What are feminist critiques of traditional epistemologies? What are feminist research methodologies? Specific focus on methods used by feminists in a variety of Humanities disciplines.

5080  Advanced Feminist Theories: Feminist Political Thought (3) Prerequisite: GNDR 2100 and 3050 and 5050.
   One of three options to fulfill the required theory core courses for Gender Studies majors. Offers advanced study from a social science perspective of the theoretical bases of feminism and women's studies. Focuses on the connections between political theory and practice, on the ideological bases of social institutions and their reproduction, and on the possibilities for and methods of social change.

5090  Advanced Feminist Theories: Critical Theories and Post-structuralism (3) Prerequisite: GNDR 2100 and 3050 and 5050.
   Cross-listed as ENGL 5760 (Criticism) when this topic specified. One of three options to fulfill the required theory core course for Gender studies majors. "Feminism" no longer signifies (if it ever did) a single theory or methodology. Disagreements about what counts as feminist theory rage within the rapidly shifting borders of feminist discouse even as feminists continue to insist that gender be considered a fundamental category of analysis. Readings focus on theoretical texts that articulate feminism(s) with and against other methodologies and critical issues.

5170  Feminist Economics (3) Cross listed as ECON 5170. Fulfills Diversity.
   Meets with ECON 6170. Graduate students should register for ECON 6170 and will be held to higher standards and/or additional work. Theoretical and methodological issues associated with a feminist perspective on economics. Changing position of women in the world economy since the 19th-century; patterns of gender discrimination in various economies; and centrality of women's work to capitalist development.

5290  Language and Gender (3) Cross listed as ARAB 4205, LING 5205, MID E 4120.
   Meets with LING 6205/ARAB 6205/MID E 6120. Cross-linguistic, cross-cultural approach focusing on systematic differences in speech patterns of females and males; language and power; sexism in language.

5390  Gender and Minorities Across the Lifespan (3) Cross listed as FCS 5390, ETHNC 5290. Prerequisite: FCS 3290 or ETHNC 3290. Fulfills Diversity.
   The primary objective of this class is to analyze the distinctive ways women and minorities experience major life events across the lifespan. The course has three sections: 1) child development as related to gender socialization and racial identity; 2) adolescence and its connection with teen pregnancy, racial attitudes among minority youths, and biculturalism and acculturation among minority adolescents; and 3) adult development and aging among women and elderly of color. Literatures are drawn from psychology, sociology, gender studies, race relations, and ethnic studies.

5560  Gender and Economic Development in the Third World (3) Cross listed as ECON 5560.
   This course meets with ECON 6560. Graduate students should register for ECON 6560 and will be held to higher standards and/or additional work. The impact of economic development on the gender division of labor and gender-based control over resources in the Third World. Case studies of rural transformation and agricultural development, rural-urban migration, urbanization and industrialization, economic crisis and population growth. Examines policies and political struggles aimed at reducing gender bias in development processes.

5610  Gender, Race, Class, and Community (3) Cross listed as FCS 5610.
   Examines gender, race, and class as major analytical categories. Students will study how the division of labor, race relations, and the prevailing patriarchal ideologies shape the design of the homes, the development of communities, and the adaptation of women and people of color to the prevailing spatial and social arrangements.

5616  History of Women's Education in the United States (3) Cross listed as ECS 6616.
   Meets with ECS 7616. A historical and philosophical study of how the education of women has been understood in the United States. Addresses competing assumptions regarding purposes, values and standards with regard to class, race, and place.

5622  Feminist Epistemologies and Pedagogies (3) Cross listed as ECS 6622.
   Meets with ECS 7622. Focuses on the role played by public vs. private assumptions in knowledge; individual and group experience, power, and difference. Highlights standpoint theories and explores differences between feminist positions on knowledge and education. Repeatable for credit when topics vary.

5745  Gender and Horror: Fiction, film, and gendered "disabilities" (3) Prerequisite: GNDR 3900 and GNDR 5080 or 5090.
   Meets with ENGL 5210. This course explores the way that horror texts reflect, shape, and/or challenge cultural and social concepts of gender and gendered "disabilities", drawing on philosophical, psychological, historical, and feminist approaches to the horror genre. Horror texts considered may include novels, films, art, short stories, and television shows.

5750  Comparative Women's History (3) Prerequisite: GNDR 3900.
   This course takes a comparative perspective on the history of women in the Americas. We will explore key historical moments in Latin America (especially Mexico and Brazil) and the United States. Throughout the course we will examine the relationship between class, gender (definitions of maleness and femaleness), ethnicity , and sexuality. Related topics include motherhood, prostitution, feminism, and state formation.

5755  Gender and Power in Latin America (3) Cross listed as HIST 4310.
   Explores the question of the interplay between gender, power, and the creation of identities in Latin America. Examines how gender relations are socially constructed, maintained, and challenged. Examines the economic and cultural phenomenon which define women's roles in the region. Also considers the relationship between the status of women and their means of fighting for social justice, including instigating change in the status of women.

5760  Gender and Sexuality in International Literature (3) Prerequisite: GNDR 3900. Fulfills International Requirement.
   This course explores American and international fictional/biographical narratives/poems in the light of the question, "Which theoretical models of gender and sexuality and/or which narrative structures underlie our perception that a particular character is male, famale, gay, lesbian, straight, or othewise located on the sex/gender spectrum?" The course introduces critical tools for the study of novelistic or other narrative structures, including a historical overview of the representation of gender; sexuality theories; and semiotic and narratological theories of signification.

5765  Gender and War (3) Prerequisite: GNDR 3100 and 3900. Fulfills International Requirement.
   This course, which meets with the writing intensive requirement, explores the way that war shapes, reflects, and challenges notions of gender. It does so by using the methods of culture and social history to explore several U.S. transnational case studies through the use of primary and secondary sources.

5770  Gender and Sexual Orientation (3)
   This course will provide a comprehensive overview of sexual orientation/identity over the life course from a primarily psychological perspective, emphasizing theoretical and empirical debates over such core issues as the nature and development of sexual orientation; biomedical research on gender and sexual orientation; gender differences in the same-sex sexuality; links between sexual orientation and gender identity; the role of race, class, and ethnicity in the development and expression of same-sex sexuality; cross-cultural differences in same-sex sexuality; sexual, romantic, and family relationships; transgender issues; reparative therapy. A primary emphasis will be the multiple ways in which individuals' experiences of same-sex sexuality, and the impact of same-sex sexuality on social and psychological life, varies according to gender.

5790  Gender and Democracy (3) Prerequisite: GNDR 3900.
   This course examines the relationship between democracy and various forms of gender inequality. It explores feminist theories about how democracy, as a form of goverment, can be made more inclusive of women and other minority groups.

5900  Women and the Law (3)
   General survey of law as it relates to women, including constitutional rights, inheritance laws, civil rights legislation, domestic relations, law as a profession for women, and political implications of the legal process.

5940  Theories of Gender and Sexuality (3) Cross listed as ENGL 5940. Prerequisite: ENGL 3900 or GNDR 3900.
   One of three options to fulfill the required theory core courses for Gender Studies majors. Readings in theory and literature addressing the ways in which gender and sexuality have been defined and represented.

5950  Independent Study (1 to 3)

5960  Special Topics (1 to 3)
   Varied topics, see current course listing for offerings each semester.

5990  Internship (1 to 3)
   Work experience and analytical perspectives on women-centered or related organizations and agencies.


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