Take an interesting class this summer!
WGST 1808 is an interdisciplinary course designed to familiarize students with key issues in Women’s and Gender Studies from a range of perspectives advanced by a variety of scholars. Students will consider traditional and emerging concepts and structures that influence gender and sexual identities, activities, and attitudes. In so doing, students will be encouraged to think about the complexities of diversity and the relations of power. An intersectional framework will guide our approach to the issues as related through academic discourses and experienced in everyday life.
Feminism has fought no wars. It has killed no opponents. It has set up no concentration camps, starved no enemies, practiced no cruelties. Its battles have been for education, for the vote, for better working conditions, for safety on the streets, for child care, for social welfare, for rape crisis clinics, women’s refuges, reforms in the laws. If someone says, “Oh, I’m not a feminist”, I ask, “Why? What’s your problem? (Dale Spender)
In the first year course, Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies (WGST 1808), you will have the opportunity to discuss a wide range of issues such as:
- Body Image
- Media Representations of Gender, Sexuality and Race
- Gendered Violence
- Sexual Rights and Practices
- Gender and the New Economy
- Gender and Education
- Reproduction: Surrogacy, and “Designer Babies”
- Gender and Criminal Justice
- Gender and Health
- “The Lost Boys” – the Feminization of Universities
- Pay Inequality
- Migration/Immigration and Transnationalism
WGST 1808 is offered as a 1.0 credit full year course in the fall and winter terms OR as a 1.0 credit course in the full summer term.
Instructor: Professor Debra Graham
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