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Courses - Spring 2019
WMST
Women's Studies Department Site
Both WMST 200 and 250 serve as introductory courses for WMST and may be required before taking some advanced courses with a WMST prefix.
WMST200
Introduction to Women's Studies: Women and Society
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
An interdisciplinary study of the status, roles, and experiences of women in society. Sources from a variety of fields such as literature, psychology, history, and anthropology, focusing on the writings of women.
WMST211
Women in America Since 1880
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Also offered as: HIST211.
Credit only granted for: HIST211 or WMST211.
An examination of women's changing roles in working class and middle class families, the effects of industrialization on women's economic activities and status, and women's involvement in political and social struggles, including those for women's rights, birth control, and civil rights.
WMST250
Introduction to Women's Studies: Women, Art and Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HA, D
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
An examination of women's creative powers as expressed in selected examples of music, film, art, drama, poetry, fiction, and other literature. Explores women's creativity in relation to families, religion, education, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and within a cultural tradition shaped by women.
WMST255
Reading Women Writing
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HL, D
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Also offered as: ENGL250.
Credit only granted for: WMST255 or ENGL250.
Explores literary and cultural expressions by women and their receptions within a range of historical periods and genres. Topics such as what does a woman need in order to write, what role does gender play in the production, consumption, and interpretation of texts, and to what extent do women comprise a distinct literary subculture. Interpretation of texts will be guided by feminist and gender theory, ways of reading that have emerged as important to literary studies over the last four decades.
WMST265
Constructions of Manhood and Womanhood in the Black Community
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Investigates the ways that African Americans are represented and constructed in public and private spheres and explores the social constructions and representations of Black manhood and womanhood from various disciplinary perspectives.
Also offered as AASP298B. Credit granted for WMST265 or AASP298B.
WMST275
World Literature by Women
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HL, D
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Also offered as: CMLT275.
Credit only granted for: WMST275 or CMLT275.
Comparative study of selected works by women writers of several countries, exploring points of intersection and divergence in women's literary representations.
WMST298D
Women's Bodies in Contention
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HA, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP, SCIS
WMST298J
Special Topics in Women's Studies; Gender & Body in Iran
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as PERS252. Credit only granted for: PERS298A, PERS252, or WMST298J. Formerly: PERS298A. Multidisciplinary approach to key topics concerning gender and body in Iran, to include insights from religion, history, sociology, anthropology, disability studies, travel literature,arts, and fashion. Taught in English.
WMST298T
Special Topics in Women's Studies; Gender and Sexuality in Israeli Cinema
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as ISRL249K, FILM298K, JWST219B, and LGBT298T. Credit only granted for ISRL249K, JWST219B, FILM298K, WMST298T, or LGBT298T.

This course will explore the different ways gender and sexuality have been represented in Israeli Cinema over time. We will examine notions of "manhood" and "womanhood" within the Israeli social context, as well as look at examples of outliers, exceptions, transgressors, and pariahs. We will investigate different types of representations of gender and sexuality, asking how they configure secular society, the Orthodox/ Haredi religious community, the LGBTQ community, the Arab/Palestinian communities, the Israeli soldier population, and more.
WMST336
Psychology of Women
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: D
GenEd: DSHS
Prerequisite: PSYC100.
Also offered as: PSYC336.
Credit only granted for: PSYC336 or WMST336.
A study of the biology, life span development, socialization, personality, mental health, and special issues of women.
Restricted to WMST or PSYC undergraduate students only.
WMST350
(Perm Req)
Feminist Pedagogy
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Permission of ARHU-Women's Studies department.
General application of feminist methodology to teaching and communication skills, teaching strategies, motivation, classroom dynamics and knowledge of students' development and learning styles.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
WMST379B
(Perm Req)
Topics in Women's Studies; Honors Thesis Writing II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
WMST379C
Topics in Women's Studies; Politics of Transnational Adoption: Intersectional Analysis of Class, Race, Gender and Nationality
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as AAST398C. Credit only granted for WMST379C or AAST398C.

In this course we will examine the political, economic, and cultural impetus and the consequences of the movement of children across national borders from diverse perspectives. By considering racial, class, gender, and national hierarchies at the global scale, we will explore the factors that have maintained transnational adoption between South Korea and the United States for over sixty years. We will also examine the causes, processes, and results of transnational adoption between China and the United States.
WMST379Q
Topics in Women's Studies; Queer History of Classics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as CLAS309Q, HIST328Q, and LGBT398Q. Credit granted for CLAS309Q, HIST328Q, WMST379Q, and LGBT398Q.

In Classics and Queer History, we will explore ancient and modern paradigms of sex, gender, and sexuality and discuss queer uses of and struggles with the past and the idea of the Classical. To do this, we will examine diverse works of ancient Greek and Roman literature and visual art, as well as works from later periods sonnets, operas, novels, films, scholarship, and more that adapt ancient stories and ideas for their own, queer purposes. As we move across time, geography, and cultures, we will keep in mind the over-arching questions, what is queer history, and why might one pursue it?
WMST386
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Restriction: Must have Learning Proposal approved by Women's Studies Academic Advisor; and junior standing or higher.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
WMST400
Theories of Feminism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 1 course in WMST; or must have completed a course cross-listed with a WMST course.
A study of the multiplicity of feminist theories which have been developed to explain women's position in the family, the workplace, and society. Major feminist writings are considered in the context of their historical moment and in the context of the intellectual traditions to which they relate.
WMST428J
Topics in Women's Studies; Black Feminist Science Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
We will examine the ways in which scientific knowledge has historically been shaped by cultural ideas of race and gender and how black feminist approaches to science offer alternative modes of knowledge production. We will explore the history of scientific racism, eugenics, the Black Women's Health Imperative, the search for African roots using direct- to-consumer genealogy testing, and contemporary case studies on gendered and racialized medicine in the fields of genomics, pharmacology, assisted reproduction.
WMST452
Women in the Media
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: D
GenEd: DVUP
Also offered as: JOUR452.
Credit only granted for: JOUR452 or WMST452.
Participation and portrayal of women in the mass media from colonial to contemporary times.
WMST471
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: D
Restriction: Must be in a major within ARHU-Women's Studies department; or must be in a major within SPHL-Behavioral & Community Health department.
Also offered as: HLTH471.
Credit only granted for: HLTH471 or WMST471.
The women's health movement from the perspective of consumerism and feminism. The physician-patient relationship in the gynecological and other medical settings. The gynecological exam, gynecological problems, contraception, abortion, pregnancy, breast and cervical cancer and surgical procedures. Psychological aspects of gynecological concerns.
Restriction: Must be in a major within SPHL-Behavioral & Community Health department; or must be in a major within ARHU-Women's Studies department. Also offered as HLTH471. Credit granted for HLTH471 or WMST471.
WMST488X
(Perm Req)
Senior Seminar; Feminist Conflict
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Why can't we all just get along? This seminar will offer an opportunity to delve into the history, and the present, of conflict and disagreement within feminist movements including the ongoing legacy of the 1980s clashes over porn and BDSM known as the sex wars, women of color and trans critiques of white cis feminist exclusion, and responses to abuse within social justice movements. Rather than seeing conflict as a failure to achieve goals of unity and progress, we will take feminisms fractures a nd disputes as opportunities to study how power and difference operate in struggles for social transformation. We will also ask what it might mean for conflict itself to be feminist. How can we apply feminist principles of justice and care in the most fraught situations, without eliding the structural issues that lead conflicts to develop?
WMST499
(Perm Req)
Independent Study
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
WMST602
(Perm Req)
Approaches to Women's Studies II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: WMST400; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Continued examination of intersectionality and interdisciplinarity with emphasis on the politics of knowledge production and identity.
WMST618
(Perm Req)
WMST619
(Perm Req)
Women's Studies Teaching Practicum
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg
WMST621
(Perm Req)
Feminist Theories and Women's Movements: Genealogies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: WMST400; or permission of ARHU-Women's Studies department.
Examines theories to explain the matrix of domination from the nineteenth century to the present. Students learn the key debates that produceed new insights and shifted the ground of subsequent feminist theorizing within multi-racial feminisms. Examines those debates within global perspectives. Examines how dominant theoretical frameworks have been developed at specific historical moments.
WMST628
(Perm Req)
Women's Studies Colloquium
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: S-F
For WMST students only.
WMST699
(Perm Req)
Independent Study
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
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WMST709
(Perm Req)
Directed Independent Reading for Major Field Exam
Credits: 1 - 4
Grad Meth: S-F
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WMST799
(Perm Req)
Masters Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
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WMST898
(Perm Req)
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
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WMST899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg
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