College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies

W St Course Descriptions

Course titles link to sample syllabi from past courses. See the WSU Catalog for the most current list of women's studies (W St/Women St) courses, or visit the Schedules of Classes to learn what's being offered and when.

Please note: When assessing prerequisites, W St 200 may be substituted for W St 101 or 201.


101 [DIVR] Gender and Power: Introduction to Women's Studies (3) | online offering
 

Analysis of gender and power in contemporary society from perspectives of different racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups.

This introductory course aims to increase awareness of our cultural assumptions about gender and the implications of female and male ideals, roles, and expectations. Basic social concepts will be explored, such as the social construction of identities, discrimination, stereotypes, work, family, relationships, and power. Analyses of several issues will be presented, including the interface between race and gender, socialization into gender roles, sexuality, media images, violence against women, and reproductive choice.

Required for all women's studies majors/minors (including the women's studies concentration in general studies and the queer studies minor).

120 [DIVR] Sex, Race, and Reproduction in Global Health Politics (3)
 

Examination of how cultures, institutions, states, and economies influence reproductive health inequalities around gender, sexuality, race, class, and national identity.


201 Critical Frameworks in Gender Studies (3)
 

Critical frameworks that interrogate gender discrimination and explore gender justice from an intersectional and interdisciplinary perspective.

204
[SSCI] [S]
Family Systems: Understanding Family Interaction (3) | online offering
 

Introduction to the study of family processes: family generational, emotional, boundary, rule, and ritualistic systems. Same as H D 204.

211 Sex Matters: Introduction to Queer Culture and Literature (3)
[HUM] [H]

Introduction to Lesbian/queer cultural production focusing on popular culture, fiction, and film; work from various queer communities in its cultural/historical context. Same as English 211.

214 Gender and Culture in America (3)
[SSCI] [S,D]

Exploration or variation in gender roles, relationships, values, and institutions among men and women in U.S., ethnic, and other subcultures. Same as Anth 214.

216 [S,D] American Cultures (3) | summer offering
 

Introduction to the interdisciplinary study of American cultures and the field of American studies. Same as Am St/English/History 216.

220 Gender, Culture, and Science (3)
[DIVR] [S,D]

Analysis of intersections of gender, sexuality, race, and culture with science and technology.

This course will uncover women and also men of color and their work in science across the globe, question why their numbers are so few, explore socializations across cultures, examine how science has defined gender, study the climate in the sciences and ideological bases of science, and learn of other approaches to the construction of knowledge.

230 Human Sexuality (3) | online offering
 

Recommended preparation: Psych 105. Sexuality in personal development; personal, cultural, biological influences on sexual identification and behavior; fertility, reproduction, sexual functioning, sexuality and personality. Same as Psych 230.

235 [H,D] African American History (3)
 

History of African Americans in the U.S. with emphasis upon major themes of the Black experience. Same as CES 235 and History 205.

251 [S,D] The Sociology of Sex, Relationships, and Marriage 3
 

Social and personal factors in mate selection; the sociology of sexuality; development of gender roles; and intimate relationships and marriage. Same as Soc 251.

277 Special Topics: Study Abroad (V 1-15)
 

May be repeated for credit. S, F grading.

298 History of Women in American Society (3)
[DIVR] [S,D]

Exploration of the many roles women have played in American society from the Colonial period through the twentieth century. Same as History 298.


300 [S] [M] Intersections of Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality (3)
 

Course Prerequisite: 3 hours CES, W St, or Soc 101. Intersections between race, class, and gender through case studies; experiences in interdisciplinary methods. Same as CES 300, Soc 300.

Required for women's studies majors/minors (elective for queer studies minor).

302 [S,D] Contemporary Masculinity and Men's Issues (3) | summer offering
 

Analysis of the development of masculinity in its biological and cultural forms. Same as CES 305, Soc 302.

305 [S] Gender and Politics (3) | online offering
 

Role of gender in political behavior; voting and political participation; women as subjects and objects of political systems. Same as Pol S 305.

306 [H] [M] Introduction to Literary Criticism (3)
 

Introduction to the systematic study of critical and theoretical approaches to literature; emphasis on problems of interpretation. Same as English 308.

308 [H] [M] Women Artists I (3)
 

Middle Ages through the 18th century. Same as Fine Art 308.

309 [H] Women Writers (3) | online offering
 

Women's artistic and intellectual contributions to prose, fiction, drama, and poetry. Same as English 309.

310 [H] [M] Women Artists II (3)
 

19th to 20th century. Same as Fine Art 310.

A survey of women in art in the 20th century. The course will explore chronologically by decade the social, cultural, and economic factors that have influenced the position of women in the visual arts from the turn of the century to the present. Bibliographies and imagery development will be explored through historical context (art movements, styles, politics).

315 [S,D] Women in Management and Leadership (3) | online offering
 

Analysis of women's historical and contemporary role in American management. Same as Mgmt 315.

Analysis of women's historical and contemporary roles in management and leadership. Focus on what the future holds for women in management and leadership roles locally and globally. Readings are both theory and application based. No prerequisite. Interdisciplinary background helpful.

316 Gender in Cross Cultural Perspective (3) | online offering
[DIVR] [K]

Cross-cultural examination of the status and roles of women and men, sexuality and marriage, and folk concepts of sexual anatomy in traditional cultures in Western science; concepts of nature and culture are explored through a variety of perspectives. Same as Anth 316. Recommended preparation: Sophomore standing; Anth 101, Psych 105, Soc 101, or W St 101, 200, or 201.

317 [H,D] Gay and Lesbian Literature (3)
 

Gay and lesbian literature with focus on the history of homosexual literature and exploration of current authors. Same as English 317.

320 [M] Resource Management, Consumerism, and Problem Solving (3)
 

Styles of managing material, human, and environmental resources with families; analysis of consumer role; interaction of consumers, government, market: various approaches to problem solving with individuals and families; effects on communities, families, and individuals. Same as H D 320.

321 Topics in Women's Studies (V 1-3)
 

May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 9 hours. Focused study of subjects/issues relating to women.

Topics is used to offer students in-depth exposure to various issues or subjects that are not covered through the regular curriculum.

322 Topics in Women's Studies (V 1-3)
 

May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 9 hours. Focused study of subjects/issues relating to women.

Topics is used to offer students in-depth exposure to various issues or subjects that are not covered through the regular curriculum.

324 [S,D] Psychology of Women (3) | online offering
 

Prereq Psych 105 or 198. Socialization and sex roles of women; a psychological perspective. Same as Psych 324. Recommended preparation: Psych 105.

332 [I] Global Feminisms (3)
 

Course Prerequisite: Anth 101, W St 101, W St 200, or W St 201. An interdisciplinary approach to examining women's roles and experiences throughout the world and different approaches to feminism/feminisms. Same as Anth 317.

Required for women's studies major.

335 [K] Women in Latin American History (3) | online offering
 

Survey of women's changing roles throughout Latin America from pre-colonial to present. Same as History 335.

336 [H,D] History of Sexualities (3)
 

Historical analysis of the social construction of sexualities in intersection with race and class within national and transnational contexts.

337 [H] Women in the Ancient World (3)
 

Role of women in ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Israel, Greece, and Rome; focus on the formation of western attitudes toward women. Same as History 337.

338 Women and Popular Culture (3)
[HUM] [H,D]

Intersections of gender, race, class, and sexuality through popular film, television, art, literature, and performance.

340 [I] Third World Women and Film (3)
 

Focus on the intersections of race, gender, class, sexuality, and nation in "third world" women's films.

350 [S] European Women's History, 1400–1800 (3)
 

Women's experiences in Europe from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment and the ideas and roles that shaped their opportunities. Same as History 350.

351 The Family (3) | online offering
[DIVR] [S,D]

Family system and its interaction patterns; family formation and dissolution; marital and partner relations, divorce, sexuality, parenting, work-family balance. Same as Soc 351. Recommended preparation: Soc 101.

363 Women in Music (3)
[DIVR] [G,D]

Intersections of gender, class, race, and culture with popular and country music. Same as Mus 363.

369 Queer Identities in Contemporary Cultures (3)
[ARTS] [H,D]

Course Prerequisite: CES 101, CES 201, W St 101, W St 200, or W St 201. Analysis of roots/legacies of creative resistance writing by Queer communities of color; students learn to produce creative resistance work. Same as CES 309.

372 [S,D] Indigenous Women in Traditional and Contemporary Societies (3)
 

Course Prerequisite: One of Anth 101, 214, CES 101, 171, W St 101, 200, 201. Exploration of roles and activities of women in indigenous societies; how traditional gender roles have developed and changed. Same as CES 372, Anth 312.

382 American Literature: 1940–Present (3)
 

Course Prerequisite: English 302. Advanced study of major authors and movements from the period including O'Connor, Bellow, Salinger, Baldwin, Pynchon, Morrison, Tan, and Alexie. Same as English 482.

384 [S,D] Sociology of Gender (3) | online offering
 

Construction and maintenance of gender and gender inequality in American society. Same as Soc 384. Recommended preparation: Soc 101.

Biological and social causes and effects of sex role socialization; male/female relationships including discriminatory practices, prostitution, and rape.

390 [S,D] Gender and Work (3)
 

Gender and inequality at work including occupational segregation, wage inequality and balancing work and family. Same as Soc 390.

398 History of Women in the American West (3) | online offering
[DIVR] [H,D]

The multicultural history of women in the west through women's literature, archives, and oral history. Same as History 398.

399 [DIVR] [H,D] Lesbian and Gay History: Culture, Politics, and Social Change in the U.S. (3)
 

Course Prerequisite: One of History 110, 111, W St 101, 200, 201. History and theory of same-sex sexuality in the United States including identity formation, community development, politics and culture. Same as History 399.


403 Violence Toward Women (3) | online offering
[CAPS] [T]

Violence toward women and its relationship to broader social issues such as sexism and social control. (Crosslisted course offered as Crm J 403.

405 [M] Contemporary Art: Theory and Practice (3)
 

Contemporary theories of art and how those theories are developed. Same as Fine Art 405.

This course addresses the complex interrelationships of gender, race, class and representation in contemporary art.

406 [T] Women and Work In Global Contexts (3) | online/summer offering
 

Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. An interdisciplinary approach to women's labor in global contexts that analyzes differences among women as well as possible shared interests.

407 Biology of Women (3)
[BSCI] [T]

Course Prerequisite: Biology 102 or 106; junior standing. Biological basis of sex and its relationship to body function, women and health care, and the impact of social and cultural perspectives on the experience of being female. Same as Biology 407.

408 [T,D] Introduction to Critical Race Feminism (3)
 

Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. Studies structural inequalities in the U.S. through historically grounded analysis of social systems, race, gender, and the law. Same as CES 408.

409 [T] Women Writers in the American West (3)
 

Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. Diversity of writings by women in the trans-Missouri West from the 1890s to the present. Same as English 409.

410 Internship (V 1-12)
 

May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 12 hours. Course Prerequisite: W St 101, 200, or 201; W St 300 with a B or better, or 481 with a B or better; by interview only. Supervised experience in approved campus or community agencies or projects focusing on women's issues.

Students work with approved agencies or projects focusing on women's issues. Students develop a heightened understanding of women's studies theory, gain employment experience, and establish contact with professionals in the field. Internship possibilities are many, depending on the student's interest and the semester credit hours. Examples are public relations, legal research and advocacy, sexual assault prevention education, sexual orientation education, university curriculum revision, management of a retail outlet, grassroots organization, aide to a member of the legislature, and political campaign management. Students can translate internship experience into corresponding careers in public relations, law, teaching, management, marketing, politics, and more.

Required for women's studies majors.

411 [T,D] Asian Pacific American Women (3)
 

Intersection of ethnicity, race, class, gender, and sexuality in the lives of Asian Pacific American women. Same as CES 411.

421 The American West (3)
 

Multicultural exploration of the frontier experience and western America; environment, economic development, gender, class and race emphasized. Same as History 421. Offered at 400 and 500 level.

425 [T,D] Philosophy and Feminism (3)
 

Course Prerequisite: 3 hours Phil, W St 101, W St 200, or W St 201. Feminist philosophy as critique of Western philosophical tradition and as alternate framework for thought. Same as Phil 425.

435 [T,D] African American Women in U.S. Society (3)
 

Critical terms and models for understanding the experiences of African American women in antebellum America to the present; an interdisciplinary forum concerned with the national experience of the African American woman experience. Same as CES 435.

of African American women in antebellum America to the present; an interdisciplinary forum concerned with the national experience of the African American woman experience. Same as CES 435.

454 [T] La Chicana in U.S. Society (3) | online/summer offering
 

Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. Intersections of race, class, gender, and sexual orientation in the experience of a marginalized group - Chicanas. Same as CES 454.

460 [T] Gender, Race, and Nature in American Culture (3)
 

Course Prerequisite: W St 101, 200, 201, or 300; junior standing. Exploration of American culture through examination of cultural representations of nature in mainstream and environmental politics.

462 [M] Women and Ethics (3)
 

Course Prerequisite: Phil 101, W St 101, W St 200, or W St 201. Study of gender and feminism and their effect on contemporary ethical theories and issues. Same as Phil 462. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

464 Gender and the Media (3)
 

Course Prerequisite: Com 101, W St 101, W St 200, or W St 201; certified major or minor in communication. How news and entertainment media shape and reinforce societal expectations of gender; consideration of race, age, class, and sexual orientation. Same as Com 464.

477 Special Topics: Study Abroad (V 1-15)
 

May be repeated for credit. S, F grading.

481 [M] Theoretical Issues in Women's Studies (3)
 

Course Prerequisite: W St 101, 200, 201, or 300. Introduction to the field of feminist theory, including classic interdisciplinary methods, and applications of this scholarship to contemporary women's issues.

W St 481 or 485 required for women's studies majors (DDP students take 481).

484 Lesbian and Gay Studies (3)
[DIVR] [T,D]

Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. Interdisciplinary exploration of issues related to gender and sexuality, explored transhistorically and cross-culturally, including race, class and age differences. Same as Soc 484.

Required for women's studies majors.

485 [M] Theoretical Issues in Gay and Lesbian Studies (3)
 

Course Prerequisite: W St 484 or 300-400-level W St course. Theoretical construction and interpretation of sexualities, gender, and identity.

This course crosses historical, cultural, disciplinary, gender, orientation, class, and other boundaries to examine comprehensively how sexual identity is constituted, maintained, and legislated in a variety of contexts.

W St 481 or 485 required for women's studies majors (DDP students take 481).

489 [CAPS] Everyday Struggles for Justice and Equality (3)
 

Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. Investigation of everyday realities of racism, sexism, and heterosexism; applied research; communication of findings through new and/or creative media. Same as CES 489.

499 Special Problems (V 1-4)
 

May be repeated for credit. Independent study conducted under the jurisdiction of an approving faculty member; may include independent research studies in technical or specialized problems; selection and analysis of specified readings; development of a creative project; or field experiences. S, F grading.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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