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1003 -- Introduction to Women's Studies -- 3 credit hours
An introduction to the subject matter and methods of the discipline of Women's Studies.  Introduces the idea of gender as a cultural phenomenon that shapes all aspects of women and men's lives.  Also explores issues at the center of women's experiences such as health, sexuality, work, family, education, and violence.  Particular attention is paid to the multiplicity of women's identities and the interconnectedness of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, class, and sexuality. Course rotation: Fall.  General Education: Core -- Application & Integration of Knowledge.

2103 -- Women in Global Perspective -- 3 credit hours
Explores the cultural constructions and implications of gender in various global regions by analyzing experiences of women around the world from a feminist perspective.  Also examines how women's movements across the globe practice the desire for social justice.  Course rotation: Spring.  General Education: Intermediate -- Application & Integration of Knowledge.

3103 -- Gender & Politics -- 3 credit hours
Examines the dynamic relationship between cultural constructions of gender and political practice in the United States from a feminist perspective.  Particular attention is paid to the multiplicity of women's identities and the interconnectedness of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, class, and sexuality.  Prerequisites: ENGL 1023 and WS 1003 or instructor's permission.  Course rotation: Alternate fall.  General Education: Intermediate -- Application & Integration of Knowledge.

3123 -- Gender & Popular Culture -- 3 credit hours
Analyzes various aspects of popular culture from a feminist perspective, including how popular culture reflects and shapes cultural constructions of gender and women's experiences.  Particular attention is paid to the multiplicity of women's identities and the interconnectedness of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, class, and sexuality.  Prerequisites:  ENGL 1023 and WS 1003 or instructor's permission.  Course rotation: Alternate fall.  General Education: Intermediate -- Application & Integration of Knowledge.

3203 -- Feminist Theory & Practice -- 3 credit hours
An introduction to the major tenets of and debates in contemporary feminist theories and practices.  Facilitates the application of various feminist theories in analyses of cultural constructions of gender and pivotal issues at the center of women's experiences and explores the integral relationship between feminist theory and practice.  Students also develop their own feminist critical perspectives, and they study trends in and learn to create effective feminist academic writing.  Particular attention is paid to the multiplicity of women's identities and the interconnectedness of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, class, and sexuality.  Prerequisites:  ENGL 1023 and WS 1003 or instructor's permission.  Course rotation: Alternate fall.  General Education: Intermediate -- Application & Integration of Knowledge.

3803 -- Special Topics -- 3 credit hours
Examines the depth and diversity of Women's Studies that may fall outside the range of listed courses.  Special Topics will be offered on an irregular basis, and topics will vary according to instructor.  Prerequisite: WS 1003.

4003 -- Women & Violence -- 3 credit hours
A capstone course that provides students an in-depth exploration of the cultural constructions and implications of gender by examining various forms of violence against women from a feminist perspective, sensitive to inequalities that produce a climate of violence.  Particular attention is paid to how violence against women intersects with other issues central to women's identities and experiences, including race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, religion, nationality, health, family, work, and education.  Students also study diverse activist strategies for combating violence against women and engage in a substantive research project with a service-learning component. Prerequisites: ENGL 1023, WS 1003, and WS 2103, and one 3000-level WS course or instructor's permission.  Course rotation: Spring.  General Education: Mastery -- Application & Integration of Knowledge.

 

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