First-Year Experience 2013-2014

Teacher-Advisor Program (TAP) Seminars

Fine Arts



Social Sciences

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Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies

WGST 073B ~ D2: Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
CRN: 90069

Instructor: Annika Ljung-Baruth Senior Lecturer in Women's and Gender Studies and in English More . . .

If we are to throw off the myths, fantasies, and delusions about gender that separate us from one another and alienate us from ourselves, we must be able to look critically at the cultural institutions and social systems that have shaped us, and we must be able to look at ourselves as well. This course introduces students to a range of feminist approaches and looks at how the subject of "women" is treated in such disciplines as psychology, sociology, economics, literature, art, law, history, and the sciences. Analyzing the mass media, the fine arts, the workplace, the scholarly writing, the course asks such questions as "How are women represented by mainstream culture? How does feminism challenge those representations?" The course also introduces the basic vocabulary of feminist theory, asking, for example, "What is the difference between sex and gender? What are the relationships between gender and social class, sexual orientation, or race?" The class is small (20-student limit) and is always run as a discussion course, with students contributing ideas about the readings and their own experiences. This course has also been designated as a Service-Learning Course in cooperation with COTS (Committee on Temporary Shelter).

Requirements Satisfied: satisfies the University-wide D2 Diversity Requirement but not the CAS D2 Non-European Cultures General Requirement
Meets: TR 8:30am-9:45am

WGST 075B ~ D2: Introduction to Sexuality and Gender Identity
CRN: 93331

Instructor: Ellen Andersen Associate Professor of Women's and Gender Studies and of Political Science More . . .

The aim of this course is to introduce you to the interdisciplinary field of sexuality and gender identity studies. Topics will include the development of the alphabet soup of characterizations of sexual and gender identity- LGBT(QIA) and, of course, H (heterosexual); the performance and policing of those identities; key theoretical approached to understanding the relationship between gender, sexuality, and power; and the origins and progress of movements aimed at advancing rights related to sexuality and gender identity.

Requirements Satisfied: one Social Sciences course   IMPORTANT: satisfies the University-wide D2 Diversity Requirement but not the CAS D2 Non-European Cultures General Requirement
Meets: MWF 9:35am-10:25am