Gender and its intersection with other social constructs of difference (ethnicity, class, sexuality, and age). A brief overview of feminism as a social movement and a body of scholarship concerned with equality between men and women, and among women, is also presented. Topical debates address marriage, work, reproductive politics, masculinity, media culture, and other gendered issues.
Philosophical exploration of feminist theories and feminist methods of inquiry.
Cultural representation, social rhetoric, and lived experience of girls and girlhood. Activities include a service-learning project that involves mentoring girls in the local community.
In-depth, interdisciplinary perspectives on U.S. women's activism, actions and resistance strategies.
Social, historical, theoretical contexts for understanding LGBTQ people, cultures, representations, and perspectives. Major thematic concerns and methodologies are presented in relation to the development of LGBTQ Studies as an academic discipline.
Social, historical, and theoretical contexts for understanding disability as a gendered phenomenon. Limitations of the medial model of disability are contrasted with alternative models generated by disabled feminists to resist and replace negative cultural discourses of disability.
Comparison of eugenic practices, including hospitalization, medical experimentation, sterilization, euthanasia, infanticide, and extermination of disabled people, as well as the disproportionate impact of these practices on women, children, and LGBT people.
Social, historical, and theoretical contexts for understanding psychiatric disability as a gendered phenomenon. Limitations of the medical model of psychiatric disability are contrasted with alternative models of mental difference generated by feminist psychologists, feminist psychiatric disability studies, and the mad pride movement.
Area of study not covered in permanent offerings, to be planned around a faculty member's current research.
An individualized program of study in the student's area of interest and in consultation with a faculty member. May be repeated for total of no more than 6 hours of credit.
Supervised professional experience or project with selected community organizations. For each credit hour a minimum of 45 hours of supervised work and periodic consultation with the instructor are required. May be repeated for total of no more than 6 hours of credit.