University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

First-Year Experience 2015-2016

Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies


GSWS 001A ~ D2: Gender Sexuality and Women's Study

Instructor: Annika Ljung-Baruth Senior Lecturer in English More . . .

This course introduces the basic vocabulary of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies through an exploration of central questions in the field.  What is the difference between sex and gender and how are the two related?  What are sexual and gender identities?  How are sex, gender, and sexuality shaped by society, culture, and history?  What is their relationship to politics? How do gender and sexuality intersect with each other as well as with other aspects of identity/experience such as race and class?  What is meant by the terms sexism, heterosexism, heteronormativity, homonormativity, and cisgender privilege?  How are sex, gender, and sexuality created and maintained in mainstream culture?  How have social movements challenged and changed norms around gender and sexuality?  We will explore these and other questions throughout this semester-long introduction to the interdisciplinary field of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies.

IMPORTANT: satisfies the University-wide D2 Diversity Requirement but not the CAS D2 Non-European Cultures General Requirement.

Requirements Satisfied: one Social Sciences course


GSWS 001C ~ D2: Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

Instructor: Ellen Andersen Associate Professor of Political Science More . . .

This course introduces the basic vocabulary of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies through an exploration of central questions in the field.  What is the difference between sex and gender and how are the two related?  What are sexual and gender identities?  How are sex, gender, and sexuality shaped by society, culture, and history?  What is their relationship to politics? How do gender and sexuality intersect with each other as well as with other aspects of identity/experience like race and class?  What is meant by terms like sexism, heterosexism, heteronormativity, homonormativity, and cisgender privilege?  How are sex, gender, and sexuality created and maintained in mainstream culture?  How have social movements challenged and changed norms around gender and sexuality?  We will explore these and other questions throughout this semester-long introduction to the interdisciplinary field of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies.

IMPORTANT: satisfies the University-wide D2 Diversity Requirement but not the CAS D2 Non-European Cultures General Requirement

Requirements Satisfied: one Social Sciences course