Women and Gender Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses and Syllabi

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Women and Gender Studies  Courses

Undergraduate

100-Level Courses in WMST

WMST 100: Representations of Women (3 Credits)

Explores ways women are portrayed in advertising, television, film, photographs, cartoons, performance arts, literature, religious texts, and news media from various worldwide sources. Through interdisciplinary study students will evaluate the powerful effects these representations have on the political, economic, and social lives of women throughout the world. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Schedule Type: Lecture

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200-Level Courses in WMST

WMST 200: Introduction to Women and Gender Studies (3 Credits)

Interdisciplinary introduction to women's studies, encompassing key concepts in the field, history of women's movements and women's studies in America, cross-cultural constructions of gender, and a thematic emphasis on the diversity of women's experience across class, race, and cultural lines. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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300-Level Courses in WMST

WMST 300: Current Issues in Women and Gender Studies (1-6 Credits)

Study of selected topics central to contemporary women and gender studies. Topics vary but include subjects such as women and violence, women and international development, women's myth and ritual, LGBTQ topics, the history and politics of sexuality, psychoanalysis, and religion. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Recommended Prerequisite: WMST 200 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

WMST 303: Psychology of Women (3 Credits)

Behavior and attitudes of women, influence of sex chromosomes and sex hormones on behavior, influence of culture on sex role differentiation, and theories of sex role development. Equivalent to PSYC 362.
Recommended Prerequisite: PSYC 100, BIOL 103, 104, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

WMST 306: Topics in Communication and Gender (3 Credits)

Exploration of selected topics involving gender and communication. Topics may include women in media, women as rhetors, male/female communication, and communication and sex roles. Specific interests are examined in a seminar setting. Notes: Course may be repeated with approval of department. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: 60 credits.
Schedule Type: Lecture

WMST 307: Women and Work (3 Credits)

Historical and contemporary accounts of women's participation in paid and unpaid labor. Analyzes the nature of women's work through the divisions in the labor market due to gender, race, nationality, ethnicity, and class. Provides a detailed look at occupational sex segregation, sexual harassment, the glass ceiling, and the role of religion, culture, and education in determining women's opportunities and their value as workers and as family providers. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: 30 credits.
Schedule Type: Lecture

WMST 308: Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, and Queer Studies (3 Credits)

Explores major events in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, and queer culture and history in the United States and throughout the world to understand how identities, experiences, and movements have been socially constructed and have changed in different times and places, often as a result of race, class, and gender inequities. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

WMST 309: Black Social Movements: Gendering of Violence and Activism (3 Credits)

Examines racialized gendered conceptions of popular culture, violence, and the legal system and their role in structuring systems of segregation, discrimination and exclusion. Looks at the gendered strategies and conflicts of organizations that arose to combat racial violence and overturn legal and social barriers to equal opportunity and citizenship rights. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

WMST 312: Gender, Trauma, and Recovery (3 Credits)

Explores the experience of emotional trauma, the process of recovery and the etiology of healing in contemporary North American culture. Investigates memoir, poetry, film, and novel as case studies of trauma and examines the effect of gender on traumatic experiences. Applies psychological and feminist theoretical perspectives. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

WMST 313: Women Who Kill (3 Credits)

Questions the assumptions that women are nonviolent by nature and commit acts of violence only in response to abuse. Explores the complexity of human interactions through popular culture, literature and film and through theoretical works that attempt to explain female violence (compared to male violence) and as it is seen by others. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

WMST 314: Stories of Gender and Human Rights (3 Credits)

Examines global human rights issues through memoir, poetry and fiction. Explores the ways women use literary expression to voice their dissent and to struggle against human rights violations. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

WMST 315: Women During the Enslavement Era (3 Credits)

Examines the general experiences of enslaved women and nominally free women. Includes the lives of female reformers involved in the public arena as orators, writers, preachers, abolitionists and women's rights activists. Explores the effect of gender, class, and race on the development of ideologies concerning abolition, colonization, women's rights, and enslavement. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

WMST 316: Gendered Pan-Africanism (3 Credits)

Gendered Pan-Africanism. Explores the writings and activism of African Americans who traveled to Africa in search of a shared cultural past and present or an opportunity to build pan-African allegiances. Examines these encounters within the context of the Cold War, US civil rights and African anti-colonial movements, and racial and gender ideologies of the time. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

WMST 330: Theoretical Perspectives in Women and Gender Studies (3 Credits)

Examination of feminist and queer critiques and transformations of the theories, methods, and methodologies of the sciences and humanities. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: WMST 200 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

WMST 390: Study Abroad (1-3 Credits)

Study abroad under supervision of George Mason University faculty. Course topics, content and locations vary. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

400-Level Courses in WMST

WMST 410: Feminist Approaches to Social Research (3 Credits)

Introduction to feminist approaches to social research for advanced undergraduate students. Students learn the techniques for collecting, analyzing, and writing-up research data as they examine many of the central methodological issues and questions raised by feminist scholars undertaking social research. Because an understanding of how to conduct social research is best gained through experience in the social world, this course emphasizes a learning-by-doing approach. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Scholarly Inquiry
Recommended Prerequisite: 60 credits, including 9 credits of WMST courses, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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WMST 450: Current Topics in Women and Gender Studies (1-3 Credits)

Studies selected topics central to contemporary women and gender studies. Includes topics such as women and violence, women and international development, women's myth and ritual, LGBTQ topics, the history and politics of sexuality, disability, transnational issues and religion. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 18 credits.
Schedule Type: Seminar

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3 Sections Currently Scheduled

Topics in WMST

WMST 300: Current Issues in Women and Gender Studies (1-6 Credits)

Study of selected topics central to contemporary women and gender studies. Topics vary but include subjects such as women and violence, women and international development, women's myth and ritual, LGBTQ topics, the history and politics of sexuality, psychoanalysis, and religion. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Recommended Prerequisite: WMST 200 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

WMST 306: Topics in Communication and Gender (3 Credits)

Exploration of selected topics involving gender and communication. Topics may include women in media, women as rhetors, male/female communication, and communication and sex roles. Specific interests are examined in a seminar setting. Notes: Course may be repeated with approval of department. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: 60 credits.
Schedule Type: Lecture

Graduate

500-Level Courses in WMST

WMST 550: Current Topics in Women and Gender Studies (1-3 Credits)

Studies selected topics central to contemporary women and gender studies. Includes topics such as women and violence, women and international development, women's myth and ritual, LGBTQ topics, the history and politics of sexuality, disability, disability, transnational issues and religion. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 18 credits.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar

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3 Sections Currently Scheduled

600-Level Courses in WMST

WMST 600: Special Topics (3 Credits)

Study of selected topics central to contemporary women and gender studies. Topics vary but include representation and images, violence, public policy, international development, transmigration of labor, myth and ritual, history and politics of sexuality, psychoanalysis, and religion. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar

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2 Sections Currently Scheduled

WMST 610: Feminist Approaches to Social Research (3 Credits)

Provides an introduction to feminist approaches to social research. Students collect, analyze, and write-up research data as they examine many of the central methodological issues and questions raised by feminist scholars. These include feminist critiques of positivism, feminist standpoint theory, social action research models, and feminist engagements with ethical concerns in doing research with human subjects. Emphasizes a learning-by-doing approach to prepare students to conduct research. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: 3 credits of 600-level WMST courses, or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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WMST 630: Feminist Theories across the Disciplines (3 Credits)

Multidisciplinary course examines the central issues of feminist theory and explores the various strategies of feminist theorists. Analyzes the ways in which feminist theories have challenged established disciplinary boundaries and contested the traditional assumptions of the humanities, the social sciences, and the sciences. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

Topics in WMST

WMST 300: Current Issues in Women and Gender Studies (1-6 Credits)

Study of selected topics central to contemporary women and gender studies. Topics vary but include subjects such as women and violence, women and international development, women's myth and ritual, LGBTQ topics, the history and politics of sexuality, psychoanalysis, and religion. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Recommended Prerequisite: WMST 200 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

WMST 306: Topics in Communication and Gender (3 Credits)

Exploration of selected topics involving gender and communication. Topics may include women in media, women as rhetors, male/female communication, and communication and sex roles. Specific interests are examined in a seminar setting. Notes: Course may be repeated with approval of department. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: 60 credits.
Schedule Type: Lecture