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Courses - Spring 2022
WGSS
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
WGSS200
Introduction to WGSS: Gender, Power, and Society
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Credit only granted for: WMST200 or WGSS200.
Formerly: WMST200.
Examines constructions of race, class, sexuality, ability, and gender relations from a social science multi-disciplinary perspective. The course interrogates the ways that systems of hierarchy and privilege are created, enforced, and intersect through the language of race, class, sexuality, and national belonging. The course will provide students with the skills to examine how systems of power manifest in areas such as poverty, division of labor, health disparities, policing, violence. In addition to examining the impact of systems of power, students will reflect on their own location within the exercise of racialized, and gendered power relations. This course encourages students to understand and critique these systems both personally and politically.
WGSS211
Women in America Since 1880
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Cross-listed with: HIST211.
Credit only granted for: HIST211, WMST211 or WGSS211.
Formerly: 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.
WGSS230
(Perm Req)
Introduction to Humanities, Health, and Medicine
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Restriction: Permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department.
Cross-listed with: ARHU230, ENGL254, HIST219N.
Credit only granted for: ARHU230 , ENGL289C, ENGL254, ARHU298A, HIST219N, or WGSS230.
An overview of the historical, cultural, ethical, and spiritual dimensions of medicine, human health, disease, and death from the points of view of various humanistic disciplines.
WGSS250
Introduction to WGSS: Art and Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Credit only granted for: WMST250 or WGSS250.
Formerly: WMST250.
Provides students with a critical introduction to the ways that art and art activism have served as a conduit to understanding and challenging systems of inequity and practices of normativity. Interrogating the categories of gender, sexuality, race, class, ability, the course will provide students with an examination of how artists have responded to pressing social justice issues of their eras. While the course centers visual art, students will also engage genres such as music, plays, literature, digital and performance art as arenas of social change.
WGSS255
Reading Women Writing
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Cross-listed with: ENGL250.
Credit only granted for: ENGL250, WMST255 or WGSS255.
Formerly: WMST255.
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.
WGSS263
Introduction to Black Women's Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: WMST263, AASP298I or WGSS263.
Formerly: WMST263.
Interdisciplinary exploration of Black women, culture and society in the United States. Drawn primarily from the social sciences and history with complementary material from literature and the arts.
Cross-listing with AASP298I.
WGSS275
World Literature by Women
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Cross-listed with: CMLT275.
Credit only granted for: WMST275, CMLT275 or WGSS275.
Formerly: WMST275.
Comparative study of selected works by women writers of several countries, exploring points of intersection and divergence in women's literary representations.
WGSS290
Bodies in Contention
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP, SCIS
Credit only granted for: WMST298D or WGSS290.
Formerly: WMST298D.
Explores the contributions of feminist scholarship in framing and resolving contemporary controversies concerning gendered bodies. It includes the ways in which knowledge about the human body has been shaped by cultural ideas of gender, race, sexuality and ability.
WGSS291
Racialized Gender and Rebel Media
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Credit only granted for: WGSS291 or WMST298N.
Formerly: WMST298N.
An introduction to the interdisciplinary field of women's studies and an exploration of the ways in which media has been used as a platform for racial justice, feminist activism, and cultural transformation, with a principal focus on the expressions of women of color. The goals of the course are to explore how different forms of media shape the stories which circulate about race, femininities, masculinities, ethnicities, sexualities, religiosity, power and difference, and to examine how various media formats been used to disrupt dominant stories, to tell new stories, and to create differing understandings of citizenship.
WGSS298N
The Politics of Sexuality in America: A Historical Approach
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP, SCIS
Cross-listed with: HIST289N.
Credit only granted for: HIST289N or WGSS298N.
Why do particular issues about sexuality hold such an important place in American political debates? What animates these controversies and what can a historical perspective on these issues add to our understanding of modern sexual politics? This class explores the historical sexual politics that undergird contemporary debates concerning sexuality in America. It focuses on topics that garner significant public attention - Reproductive rights - LGBTQ rights - Sexting - and explores the histories that undergird Americans disagreements.
WGSS302
Feminist, Critical Race, and Queer Theories
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: 6 credits in LGBT, WMST, WGSS or courses that are cross-listed with these.
Credit only granted for: WMST302, WGSS302 or WMST400.
Formerly: WMST302.
Introduces students to some of the major concepts in feminist, critical race, and queer theories. It examines the questions: What is theory? What forms does theory take? What is the relationship between theory and practice? What is the role of theory in political and social action? In art? In personal life? What does it mean to do theory?
WGSS310
Transgender Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Cross-listed with: LGBT310.
Credit only granted for: LGBT310, WMST310 or WGSS310.
Introduces students to the interdisciplinary field of transgender studies, providing a history of the field and engaging current debates within it. Students will explore the emergence and consolidation of trans identities, practices, cultures, and knowledges across medical, historical, sociological, cultural, and artistic contexts, paying particular attention to dynamics of race, class, and ability, to global and transnational difference, and to the implications of transgender studies for understanding gender and sexuality overall.
WGSS319C
Workshops in Gender, Race, and Queer Studies; Gender, Drag, and Burlesque
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
WGSS319U
Workshops in Gender, Race, and Queer Studies; Introduction to Critical University Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This workshop is an introduction to Critical University Studies, a field that turns a critical eye on the university to understand its role in shaping inequalities. Rather than looking at higher education as an institution that serves all members of the public equally and is neutral and depoliticized, Critical University Studies examines the values and politics of higher education.
WGSS320
Women in Classical Antiquity
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Cross-listed with: CLAS320, HIST328W.
Credit only granted for: CLAS320, WMST320, WGSS320 or HIST328W.
A study of women's image and reality in ancient Greek and Roman societies through an examination of literary, linguistic, historical, legal, and artistic evidence; special emphasis in women's role in the family, views of female sexuality, and the place of women in creative art. Readings in primary sources in translation and modern critical writings.
WGSS358
(Perm Req)
Undergraduate Teaching Assistantship
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Restriction: Permission of ARHU-Women's Studies department. Repeatable to 9 credits.

Students work under the supervision of a faculty mentor to assist with an undergraduate LGBT or WMST course while also becoming conversant in feminist, critical race, and queer pedagogical debates and approaches.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
WGSS379A
(Perm Req)
Topics in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Honors Thesis Writing I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
By Permission Only.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
WGSS379B
(Perm Req)
Topics in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Honors Thesis Writing II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
WGSS379G
(Perm Req)
Topics in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; History of Black Women at the University of Maryland
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Permission of instructor. Cross-listing with HIST329C. Credit only granted for HIST329C or WGSS/WMST379G.

Students will do archival and oral history research on the histories of Black women as students, faculty, and staff at the University of Maryland.
WGSS428D
Topics in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Debt Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Debt is a topic that makes news headlines regularly: politicians propose plans to eliminate student debt, the national debt rises, and debt is hampering access to medical care. Debt is deepening inequalities, and while it has been a focus for scholars of economics, it is also increasingly a concern for those who study US culture. In this seminar, we marshal recent scholarship from Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies to understand how debt functions, whom it fails, and what it says about economic inequality and its relationship to race and gender in the contemporary US. We work together to understand the moral charge of debt and we ask how ideas about personal responsibility circulate. We study topics including imprisonment, reparations, the relationship of debt and environmental disaster, student debt, and the work of anti-debt activists.
WGSS428L
Topics in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Twenty-First Century Black Feminisms
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listing with AASP498C. Credit only granted for WGSS428L, WMST428L, or AASP498C.

Built loosely around Dr. Brittney Cooper's 2018 Black feminist manifesto Eloquent Rage, this course looks at Black women's anger as a generative force for social change. Through reading Cooper's book, and the intersectional Black feminist texts that inspired it, this course will explore Black women's sexuality and family life, Black popular culture, Black women's politics, Black women's bodily autonomy, and the simmering rage which undergirds many Black women's experiences in the United States.
WGSS471
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a program in the Harriet Tubman Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; or must be in a major within SPHL-Behavioral & Community Health department.
Cross-listed with: HLTH471.
Credit only granted for: HLTH471, WMST471, or WGSS471..
Formerly: 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.
WGSS488A
Senior Seminar; Black Women in the Arts
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be a student in the WGSS major (49905), WGSS Certificate (9Z004), or BWST minor (#AR01); or by permission of the department.
WGSS489A
Individual Research in Gender, Race and Queer Studies; WGSS Honors Thesis Writing
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
WGSS498M
Advanced Special Topics in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Women and the Civil Rights Movement
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with HIST360 and AASP498I. Credit only granted for HIST360, AASP498I, WGSS498M, or WMST498M.

Twentieth-century U.S. civil rights movement from the vantage point of women, considering both women's involvement in the legal campaigns and political protests and the impact of civil rights struggles on women's condition, status, and identity.
WGSS499
(Perm Req)
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.