Courses and Syllabi

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Women and Gender Studies Fall 2019

Undergraduate

100-Level Courses in WMST

WMST 100: Global Representations of Women (3 Credits)

Explores ways women are portrayed around the world in advertising, film, TV, cartoons, and news media; literature and religious texts; as well as photography, and the visual and performing arts. Through interdisciplinary study, students evaluate the powerful effects these representations have on the political, economic, and social lives of women throughout the world. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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2 Sections Currently Scheduled

200-Level Courses in WMST

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

Interdisciplinary introduction to women’s, gender and sexuality 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. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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2 Sections Currently Scheduled

WMST 208: Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies (3 Credits)

Explores major events in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, and queer culture and history in the United States 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. Limited to three attempts.
Recommended Prerequisite: WMST 200: Introduction to Women and Gender Studies
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

300-Level Courses in WMST

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. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

WMST 318: Gender, Social Justice, and Activism (3 Credits)

Course will address historical and contemporary social movements and the intersections of gender into these movements. Will serve as the Gender and Social Justice Living Learning Community Common Course and each year will change topics. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 12 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: This course is intended for students who are enrolled in the Gender and Social Justice Living Learning Community only.
Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

WMST 399: Current Topics in LGBTQ Studies (3 Credits)

Examines contemporary issues and policies within LGBTQ issues. Explores the intersections of race, gender, age, class, disability, and national identity in relation to LGBTQ identities. May be repeated for credit when the topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 18 credits.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

400-Level Courses in WMST

WMST 407: Transnational Sexualities (3 Credits)

Explore the globalization of sexual identities, cultures, and social movements from a transnational perspective. Engaging with literature from across the social sciences and humanities, we will consider how sexual rights discourse get defined and utilized in relation to theories of desire and the body; sexual health and reproductive rights; sex work; travel and tourism; border-crossing and migration; and neoliberalism and development. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Rachel Ann Lewis — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM M — Robinson Hall B205

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

Introduces feminist approaches to social research for advanced undergraduate students. Focuses on the techniques for collecting, analyzing, and writing-up research data and examines central methodological issues raised by feminist scholars. Emphasizes a learning-by-doing approach to conducting social research. Recommended that students take WMST 330 before this course. Limited to three attempts.
Specialized Designation: Scholarly Inquiry.
Recommended Prerequisite: 60 credits, including 9 credits of WMST courses, or permission of instructor
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

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
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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3 Sections Currently Scheduled

Graduate

500-Level Courses in WMST

WMST 507: Transnational Sexualities (3 Credits)

Explore the globalization of sexual identities, cultures, and social movements from a transnational perspective. Engaging with literature from across the social sciences and humanities, we will consider how sexual rights discourse get defined and utilized in relation to theories of desire and the body; sexual health and reproductive rights; sex work; travel and tourism; border-crossing and migration; and neoliberalism and development. 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.

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

Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Rachel Ann Lewis — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM M — Robinson Hall B205

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
Grading:
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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1 Section 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
Grading:
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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2 Sections Currently Scheduled

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

Introduces feminist approaches to social research. Focuses on the techniques for collecting, analyzing, and writing-up research data and examines central methodological issues raised by feminist scholars. Emphasizes a learning-by-doing approach to conducting social 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
Grading:
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

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
Grading:
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

Topics 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
Grading:
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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2 Sections Currently Scheduled