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WS 115 Intro to Women's & Gender Studies

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge II or 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV.

Course Description: This class is an introduction to gender studies, using both historical and contemporary material, and transnational contexts. It takes an interdisciplinary approach to gender, studying the topic from the perspectives of science and technology; citizenship and the state; and cultural representations and consumption. The course draws on a variety of disciplines in our reading, including history, literary criticism, sociology, economics, and anthropology.

3 credits

WS 196Q Topic: Introduction to Queer Studies

Course Description: This course incorporates history, sociology, political science, economics, psychology, geography, and theory in order to understand and appreciate the queer experience. The course begins with an overview of important historical periods from Ancient Greece through the Stonewall Uprisings (1969) to the modern movements and issues. We will explore the theoretical positions of sexologists, scientists, physicians, and psychologists and their attempts to define gender and sexual variation. Other topics include same-sex marriage and families, the creation of local communities, political propositions, "outing," religious identities, and homo-economics. Methodology includes lectures, films, class discussion, and visits to archives, the LGBT Center and points of historical interest.

Course Rotation: NY: Fall.

3 credits