WS 5023 Foundations for Scholarly Inquiry in Women's Studies [pdf]
Historical origins and development of Women's Studies within higher education, including critiques and contributions by women of color; relationships between theorizing and activism; the challenges of multi-, inter-, and transdisciplinarity; and emerging issues. Emphasis on development of research, writing, and communication skills. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
WS 5043 Art, Activism, and Social Justice[pdf]
Investigates history and contemporary examples of the use of artistic works by activists and social movements. Focus on feminist art, art activism, and artists who create art for political purposes. Exploration of theoretical frameworks to analyze art, aesthetics, performance, and visual culture. Credit: Three hours.
WS 5093 Law, Gender, and Sexuality [pdf]
Same as GOV 5093. Evolution of legal rights for women and sexual minorities and theoretical issues raised in concrete legal cases. Examination of debates over equality approaches in law; ways in which law constructs gender and sexuality; and the intersecting roles of gender, sexuality, and race in legal doctrine and theory. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
WS 5193 Rights, Race, and Social Justice[pdf]
Same as GOV 5193. Interpretations of the utility of constitutional rights in movements for social justice, with special attention to struggles for racial equality. Readings in legal studies, social sciences, critical legal studies, and critical race theory that address the relationship of legal rights and change. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
WS 5253 Transgressive Identities: Queer Theories and Critical 'Race' Theories [pdf]
Feminist and womanist interventions into recent developments in queer theories and critical 'race' theories; the effects of racial, sexual, and gender impersonation, passing, and masquerade on identity categories. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
WS 5263 Feminism and Religion [pdf]
Women's contributions to the formation and development of religious traditions with emphasis on Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; interconnections between religion, gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and culture; feminist critiques and transformations of religious traditions; relationships between spirituality and social change. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
WS 5283 Ecofeminist Theorizing, Spirituality, and Activism [pdf]
Ecofeminist theorizing concerning interconnections between environmental degradation, sexism, racism, and globalization; spiritual dimensions of ecofeminism and ecofeminist approaches to social change and environmental justice. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
WS 5293 Gloria Anzaldúa Seminar: Theories, Politics, and Transformation [pdf]
Investigation of the theories and literature of Gloria E. Anzaldúa, focusing on her contributions to feminist theory, queer theory, postructuralism, and other contemporary theorectical movements in the social sciences and the humanities. Examination of Anzaldúa's impact on Women's Studies, ethnic studies, and other academic disciplines. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
WS 5353 Feminist Pedagogies [pdf]
Feminist philosophies of education and their significance to women's studies; pedagogical strategies for developing critical consciousness about social inequalities; preparation for teaching undergraduate courses in Women's Studies. Prerequisite: Three graduate credit hours in Women's Studies. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
WS 5363 Feminist/Womanist Epistemologies [pdf]
Feminist, womanist, and indigenous engagements with Cartesian knowledge systems, focusing on recent developments in epistemology/ontology/metaphysics and their potential contributions to social-justice work; investigations of how social, geographical, historical, and bodily location(s) affect knowledge production, consumption, and transformation. Prerequisite: WS 5463 and three additional graduate credit hours in Women's Studies or instructor's approval. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
WS 5373, Black Feminist Thought [pdf]
Examination of various strands of black feminist thought from the nineteenth century to the present. Distinct methodologies of black feminist theorists and how theories may be used for political and social transformation. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
WS 5383 Women at Work: Race, Migration, and Labors [pdf]
Investigation of impact of race, class, and gender politics on the migration and labor experiences of women. Examination of media representations of women workers and similarities and differences in work experiences among women from diverse cultural backgrounds. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
WS 5463 U.S. Women of Colors [pdf]
Histories, theories, cultures, consciousness, and lives of U.S. women of colors from a variety of perspectives; issues related to conflict, agency, survival, resistance, intervention, and transformation. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
WS 5773 Qualitative Research Methods [pdf]
Qualitative research philosophies including phenomenological, critical and feminist perspectives. Research design, data collection, analysis, and writing. Strategies for studying women's lives and developing culturally sensitive models. Responsible research and professional ethics including IRB process. Hands-on research. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
WS 5843 Feminist/Womanist Theories [pdf]
Exploration of feminist/womanist critical inquiry, focusing on particular theoretical issues, historical writings, and/or disciplinary contexts within the diverse body of scholarship of feminist/womanist theories. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
WS 5853 Spiritual Activism: Social Justice Theories for Holistic Transformation [pdf]
Exploration of issues related to spirituality, political activism, personal changes, and social transformation, focusing on multicultural approaches to social change. Investigates the roles of the imagination, creativity, and the arts in struggles for social justice. Examines indigenous contributions to holistic forms of activism. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
WS 5863 The Politics of Writing[pdf]
Enhancement of writing and critical thinking skills in Women's Studies and other feminist scholarship; contributions of feminist/womanist theorists to academic discourse with emphasis on language, imagination, and social change. Writing assignments include paper abstracts, annotated bibliographies, conference papers, and journal articles in Women's Studies. Prerequisites: WS 5463 and nine additional hours of graduate coursework in Women's Studies or instructor's approval. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
WS 5903 Special Topics
Women's Studies seminars are offered on topics that include Studies in Feminist Activism; Feminist Disability Studies; Slavery in the Americas; The Politics of Motherhood [pdf]; and Family Violence. It is a topical course designed to focus student knowledge and scholarship in an integrated, interdisciplinary body of feminist thought. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
WS 5911 Individual Study
Individual study of topics in Women's Studies. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit. Credit: One hour.
WS 5913 Individual Study
Individual study of topics in feminist theory, scholarship, or student's interests and needs. One hour of seminar, two hours of field/internship. Credit: Three hours. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.
WS 5933 Internship in Women's Studies
Supervised practical experience in an agency or organization related to the intellectual and career interests of students. 10 hours of internship work per week.
WS 5983 Thesis
Credit: Three hours.
WS 5993 Thesis
Credit: Three hours.
Women's Studies Course Rotation 2013-2017 [pdf]
Graduate Catalog 2014-2015
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