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Women’s and Gender Studies (WST)


150 Introduction to Women's Studies (3) Examines how gender identity is learned and how gender and perceived gender affect sense of self, relationships, worldviews, opportunities, and choices. Takes into account the ways sexual and gender politics intersect with the politics of race, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, nationality, and other markers of difference. Considers possibilities for understanding and changing the cultural, political and social systems that define and constrain us based on gender. F08, S09, F09, S10


201 Politics of Sexuality (3) Modern people and the politics of their ways of life. Students investigate how social practices, legal protections and moral philosophy intersect with one another to produce political action and vice versa. Designed for students who think about both the way we live and the way we make sense of how we live. Focuses on the area of sexual politics, with specific focus on the legal protections extended to gay and lesbian people by governments and municipalities throughout the United States, with particular focus on Wisconsin and Minnesota. Cross-listed as PHIL/POLS 201. S10


210 Sociology of Gender (3) Introduction to the social construction of sex and gender. Focuses on both local and international materials, with particular attention to gender inequality in contemporary societies. Cross-listed as SOCI 210. F08, S09, F09, S10


229 Literature by Women (3) Survey of British and American women's literature from the Middle Ages to the Contemporary period. Women's writing across cultures, genres, and time periods. Cross-listed as ENGL 229. S09, S10


255 Gender and Sexuality in Writing (3) Explores writing on gender and sexuality. Focuses on fiction and nonfiction by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) writers from diverse cultures, classes, races, and ethnicities. Students discover and deepen their own perspectives through writing, as well as reading. Students of all genders, gender identities, and sexual identities are welcome. Cross-listed as ENGL 255. F09


258 Introduction to Psychology of Women (3) Discussion and study of development of women’s roles and personality across the lifespan. Topics include the social construction of sex and gender differences, images of women, status and power, childhood and adolescence, womanhood, love and romance, commitments and relationships, mothering, work and achievement, midlife and beyond, and violence against women. Meets a requirement for the Women’s Studies minor and General Education diversity credit. Cross-listed as PSYC 258. S08, F08, S09, F09, S10


301 Study Abroad (0-6) Field trips designed by the faculty to give students direct experiences in foreign countries. Each program includes preparatory reading, orientation meetings, a faculty-supervised study tour, and a detailed written evaluation of learning situations associated with the course. With consent of the relevant program and content adaptation, programs provided by other agencies can be considered for this credit. Students must obtain approval for taking these courses prior to participation. Otherwise the course may not count. Also, for specific degree requirements, please consult your advisor. Course can be repeated only if content is different.


312 Gender, Crime and Justice (3) Exploration of the social construction of gender in crime and delinquency as well as in justice systems; analysis of how assumptions about female and male natures, appropriate roles and positions in society affect the interpretation and application of law; comparison of women/girls and men/boys as offenders, victims and practitioners. Cross-listed as CJUS /LSTU 312. F08, F09


315 Voices of Hispanic Women (3) Course taught in English focusing on the lives and experiences of Hispanic women writers and artists from Latin America and the United States. Examines the present status of women as they leave the traditional setting of home and emerge into the public sphere of influence and power. Studies the effects of poverty, war, and revolution on women and their families as well as the impact of immigration on identity and self. Cross-listed as SPAN 315. Students registering under SPAN 315 will be required to write all papers and examinations in Spanish.


322 Women and Men in American Society (3) Evolution of gender roles in the United States from colonial times to present. Explores the changing roles of men and women in American society and investigates social, economic, and political factors that produce these changes. Cross-listed as HIST 322. Code 1. G. F09


325 Writing Women, Women Writing (3) Women's non-fiction writing from a variety of time periods and cultures as models for the students' own writing projects. Prerequisites: ENGL 102 or consent of instructor. Cross-listed as ENGL 325. S09


328/528 Gender and Ethnicity in Contemporary American Literature (3) Study of texts by contemporary American writers (both known and lesser-known) who attend to matters of gender and multi-ethnicity in the context of American literature. Cross-listed as ENGL 328. S10


329 Women in Art (3) Women's expression in painting and sculpture, primarily of the 19th and 20th centuries. Research required. Cross-listed as ART 329/529/729.


403 Voices of African Women (3) Seminar-style reading course with autobiography, history, anthropology and fiction on and by African women. Considers their issues and our issues together. May cover topics like slavery and racism in Africa, the impact of colonial power on gender relations, women as revolutionaries, changing roles after independence, the impact of war, rural and urban roles, African gender identities, the impact of globalization, gender and health issues, and women as peacemakers. Many films. Male students welcome. Cross-listed as HIST 403. Code 3, G.  S09


404 Voices of Arab Women (3) Reading seminar that explores the diversity of voices of Arab women on gender-related issues past and present. Interdisciplinary readings from fiction, autobiography, history and anthropology. May cover topics like women during colonialism, women as liberators, the impact of education, women under occupation, Islamism and gender, sexual orientations, female Arab identities, gender and politics, health and the economy. Male students welcome. Cross-listed as HIST 404. Code 6. G. S10


406 Construction of Gender in East Asia (3) Advanced seminar course examining the construction of gender in East/Southeast Asia. The construction of gender is placed into a historical context of East Asia, with emphasis on how the nation-state, the family, and war/imperialism affected gender roles and norms. Although primarily focused on the modern period, the course  examines the pre-modern context as means to assess the continuities and ruptures in gender roles. In addition, the course devotes more time to women’s perspectives because women’s voices historically have been marginalized; however, the course  examines the construction of masculinity.  Strong theoretical focus: construction of gender, the ideology of Orientalism, and the relationship of nationalism and gender. Extensive use of feature films and documentaries, primarily from East Asia, that complement the readings, and how to analyze film as a means to understand the construction of gender. F09


456 Feminist Theory and Action (3) Seminar course providing a deeper look at feminist thought, building on the introduction provided in WST 150. Through readings and films, examines conversations, controversies, and connections among a range of feminist thinkers. Students explore the intersections of feminist thought and action, reading a variety of calls to action and articulating their own. Prerequisites: WST 150 or permission of instructor. Cross-listed as PHIL 456. F08


460 The Study of First Nations Women (3) Exploration of the First Nations woman's social roles and lifestyles from a variety of tribal cultures in North America. Focuses on traditional and contemporary values and roles of First Nations women. Cross-listed as FNS 460. S09, S10


475 Gender and Globalization in Transnational Asia (3) Investigates the impact of global capitalism on gender constructions in selected communities in/of Asia. Employing transnational feminist perspectives, course examines local and global social processes and consequences of the shifting practices and ideology of gender.  Prerequisites: SOCI 101 or equivalent.  Cross-listed as SOCI 475.


490 Special Topics in Women’s Studies (1-4) In-depth study of specialized current topics in Women's Studies selected by the instructor. Course may be repeated for credit when instructor and/or topics are different. On demand.


499 Independent Study (1-4) Supervised independent study and/or research in Women's Studies. May be supervised by any current member of the Women's Studies faculty. Prerequisite: At least three previous credits in Women's Studies and permission of instructor. Open only to students registered in the Women's Studies minor. Arranged.