GESS 2900 Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies (3) Staff. This course is an interdisciplinary introduction to gender and sexuality studies. Its primary focus is critical perspectives on the social construction of gender and sexuality, inequalities on the basis of gender and sexuality, activism around issues of gender and sexuality, and how gender and sexuality shape and are shaped by other systems of inequality such as race, ethnicity, class, religion, nation, region, and age.
GESS 3500 Identity, Difference, and Social Inequality (3) Staff. Prerequisite: GESS 2900 This course is an interdisciplinary exploration of how gender and sexuality are implicated in, mediate, or are mediated by the social and cultural construction of racial and ethnic identities and cultures, the formation of economic structures and class cultures, and race, ethnic, and class inequalities. This course offers a service learning component.
GESS 3880 Writing Practicum (1) Staff. Prerequisite: successful completion of the First-Year Writing Requirement. Corequisite: three-credit departmental course. Fulfills the college intensive-writing requirement. Students will write one or more papers exploring major topics in feminist theory.
GESS 3890 Service Learning (1) Staff. Prerequisite: Departmental approval. Students complete a service activity in the community in conjunction with the content of a three-credit core course.
GESS 4500 Gender and Archives. (3) Tucker. Prerequisites: GESS 2900 and GESS 3500. This course focuses on developing knowledge of major theories of archives, on fostering research skills by engaging with materials, and on involving students in archival work that will allow questions about gender. Exploring theories and practices of archives, the course takes students through the history of archives, with special attention to women as keeping, and represented in, scholarly collections. The course offers a service learning project.
GESS 4910, 4920 Independent Study (2, 3) Staff. Prerequisites: approval of instructor and program director; open to upper-level majors and minors. Qualified students may arrange for independent study with an instructor to pursue a project of interest to the student. Ordinarily, independent study earns three credits. Requirements will vary depending on the project but will involve some combination of readings, oral reports, and written work. A maximum of four credits of independent studies may be applied toward the major in women's studies and three credits toward the minor.
GESS 4930 Special Topics in Gender and Sexuality Studies (3) Staff. An in-depth examination of a particular topic relevant to gender and/or sexuality studies and/or feminism and/or queer politics. Topics for discussion focus on a theme or question that is best understood within an interdisciplinary framework.
GESS 4950/6950 Advanced Sexuality and Queer Theory. (3) Staff. Prerequisites: GESS 2900, GESS 3500 This course is an advanced seminar in sexuality and queer theory. The primary focus is critical engagement with social, political, and cultural theories of the social construction of sexuality and sexual identities, and of the sources, causes, and effects of sexual inequality and strategies for reducing or eradicating inequality. While emphasis will be placed on theories of sexuality, substantial time will be spent on theories of how sexuality is implicated in and supported by other forms of inequality such as gender, race, ethnicity, and class.
GESS 4960/6960 Advanced Gender and Feminist Theory. Staff.
Prerequisite: GESS 2900, GESS 3500 This course is an advanced seminar in feminist and gender theory. The primary focus is critical engagement with social, political, and cultural theories of the social construction of gender and gender difference, and of the sources, causes, and effects of gender inequality and strategies for reducing or eradicating inequality. While emphasis will be placed on gender difference and inequality, substantial time will be spent on theories of how gender is implicated in and supported by other forms of inequality such as sexuality, race, ethnicity, and class.
GESS 4980 Capstone Project in Gender and Sexuality Studies (3) Prerequisites: GESS 2900, GESS 3500, GESS 4940 or GESS 4950 and Approval of Instructor. This course is the capstone course for the major and is only open to Gender and Sexuality Studies Majors. The primary goal of the course is for students to develop and execute a project through which they produce a piece of work that reflects and represents their intellectual growth and knowledge in the major. The scope and type of project is open to the student with approval from the instructor and normally reflects the student’s present and future interests and goals. Some types of projects might include but are not limited to empirical research, community activism, a work of art, literature, poetry, or film, or a major review of a theoretical and/or empirical literature.
GESS H4990-H5000 Honors Thesis (3, 4) Staff. Open to senior honors candidates and other qualified senior majors with approval of instructor and program director. Intensive interdisciplinary reading and research in the area of gender and/or sexuality studies.
Gender and Sexuality Studies electives are to be selected from among the courses offered by cooperating departments and approved by the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program Committee. In addition to the courses listed below, colloquia, independent studies, and special topics courses may be applied to the major or minor subject to approval. For complete information about these courses, consult the Schedule of Classes or obtain a current course description from the office of the Newcomb College Center for Research on Women.
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