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Course Offerings

Fall 2015 Core and Cross-listed Courses

Core WGS Courses

WGS 110 - Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
TU TH 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM with Prof Ellen O’Brien
M W 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM with Prof Ann Brigham
This course introduces students to the field of WGS by focusing on keywords and key concepts in feminist thought and gender studies. Topics include examination of feminism(s), sexual politics of women’s rights, and cultural dynamics of gender at intersections of race, class, sexuality, ethnicity, nationality, and ability.

WGS 212 - Feminism in Action
TU TH 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM with Prof Leslie Bloom
Strategies, histories, and theories of feminist activism. Comparative analysis of a variety of activist models at intersections of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, culture, nationality, and ability.

WGS 220 - Politics of Sex
M W 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM with Prof Marjorie Jolles
Critical, multi-disciplinary examination of sexual identities, histories, and controversies, with focus on their political and cultural meaning.

WGS 304 - The Body: Agency, Pain, Desire
W 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM with Prof Marjorie Jolles
This course takes a critical look at the philosophical treatment of the body.  Long considered distinct from the mind and therefore inessential to the self, the body is nonetheless a fundamental marker of identity for all of us. Using a wide array of texts from philosophy, feminist and queer theory, critical race theory, cultural studies, and disability studies, we will inquire into the body as both an inner subject and outer object, as the self’s material home, spatial boundary, and site of engagement with multiple forms of power.  In the process, we will gain a deeper understanding of the varied processes by which bodies become gendered, sexed, raced, classed, beautiful and abject, healthy and sick, enabled and constrained, docile and violent, feeling and felt, capable and incapable, legitimate and illegitimate.  Anchoring our study of embodiment to three key phenomena—agency, pain, and desire—we will explore in depth the way subjectivity and reality are shaped by, and give shape to, the body and its practices.

WGS 399 – Internship in the Community
Students apply and develop WGS knowledge and skills through community work. Students receive supervision at internship site and produce appropriate analytical work in consultation with RU faculty member. Students interested in this opportunity should review the requirements and work with a faculty member to set it up in advance. For details:

Cross-Listed Courses for WGS Credit

AFS 317 - The African-American Woman
TU TH 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM with STAFF
Relationship of the African-American woman to institutions of society from slavery to present. Social policy issues related to legislation, employment, health care, child care, education, housing, and correction systems.

ENG 315 – Contemporary Irish Women’s Writing and the Politics of Gender
TU TH 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM with Prof O’Brien
This course examines poetry, drama, novels, and short stories written by Irish women between 1960 and the present. Looking at writing from both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, we explore representations of and challenges to Irish paradigms of gender in various contexts—particularly those constituted by domestic politics, sexual identities, religious mandates, and national/nationalist discourses. As we highlight questions of gender and sexuality that figure prominently in the works, we also consider how literature engages these issues through the use of and innovation in genre, language, and form.

HIST 308 – Women and the Russian Revolution
TU TH 09:30 AM-10:45 AM with Prof Chris Chulos
This course will examine women's struggle to expand their public role and legal rights in Russia in the half century prior to the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917. Key topics include: women's participation in organized revolutionary movements; challenges to everyday meanings of gender, marriage, motherhood, and sexuality; and contributions to the eventual overthrow of the tsarist regime.

PSYC 108 – Human Sexuality
TU TH 12:30 PM-01:45 PM with STAFF
W 06:00 PM-08:30 PM with Prof Sisco
M W 01:00 PM-02:15 PM (SCH) with STAFF
Sexuality from youth to old age, including the development of gender identity, sexual orientation, and sex roles. Review of the physiology and psychology of sexual arousal, adult sexual behavior in its many manifestations, and a brief introduction to sexual dysfunction.

PSYC 345 – Psychology of Women
TU 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM with Prof Coleman
M W 11:30 AM-12:45 PM (SCH) with STAFF
This course will examine the psychological experiences of women. We will investigate both the biological and psychological underpinnings of womanhood. We will also look at more applied issues such as stereotypes and discrimination, work, relationships, communication, and health.  The course material draws from psychological studies of gender differences and similarities in attitudes and behavior.

SOC 326 - Race, Gender & the Mass Media
M W 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM with STAFF
Relationship between U.S. media and social construction of race and gender; media's role in perpetuating/challenging gender and racial stereotypes; perceptions and reaction to representations; critical consumption of media images/messages pertaining to disenfranchised groups.