Courses and Syllabi

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Women and Gender Studies Courses

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.

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.

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

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. Limited to three attempts.
Recommended Prerequisite: 30 credits.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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

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

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.

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

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.

WMST 319: Gender, Health, and Culture in the United States (3 Credits)

Examines issues related to gender, culture, and health in the United States from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives. Encompasses racial and ethnic identification, geographic region, sexual orientation, gender identity, generational status. Will be framed to emphasize the interplay between cultural, social, economic, environmental, and political factors associated with health, and methodological issues in research on health status and health behaviors. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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

Introduces students to theoretical work in feminism, women’s and gender studies, and queer theory. Examines the history of feminist and queer theories, key concepts and thinkers, and the intersection of feminist and queer theories with other areas of social analysis such as race and class. Explores social inequalities and forms of resistance. Limited to three attempts.
Recommended Prerequisite: WMST 200 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

WMST 375: Gender, Race, Sexuality, and TV (3 Credits)

Focuses on constructions of race, gender, and sexuality in contemporary and classical television and how these identity groups are represented on television today. Examines the genres of television programs and how the medium of consumption of television is important when looking at reception of a series (Prime Time, Netflix, etc.). Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

WMST 390: Study Abroad (1-3 Credits)

Study abroad under supervision of George Mason University faculty. Course topics, content and locations vary. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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.

400-Level Courses in WMST

WMST 400: Internship in Women and Gender Studies (1-3 Credits)

Community- or campus-based service or experiential learning related to women's or gender issues. Independent course in which students develop, in consultation with a faculty member, individual contracts defining the learning and competencies they plan to gain from the experience. Includes a paper and/or portfolio component. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: Completion of 60 hours, WMST 200 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Internship
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

WMST 401: Experiential Learning in Women and Gender Studies (1-3 Credits)

Community- or campus-based service or experiential learning as it relates to a specific WMST course, taken at the same time. Students develop, in consultation with faculty member, individual contracts defining learning and competencies they plan to gain from the experience. Notes: Only 3 credits of WMST 400 or 401 may be applied toward the women and gender studies interdisciplinary minor. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in women and gender studies course and approval of advisor and instructor.
Schedule Type: Internship
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

WMST 402: Queer Theory (3 Credits)

Challenges rigid categories and definitions in order to create a space for marginalized voices. Examines the inconsistencies and erasures that often characterize notions of sex, gender, sexuality, and sexual desire. Explores categories that intersect with sexualized identities such as race, ethnicity, class, nationality, location, and age. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

WMST 403: Lesbian and Bisexual Theories (3 Credits)

Examines how lesbian and bisexual theories intersect with other interdisciplinary areas of thought, including feminist and queer theory, psychoanalysis and poststructuralist theory, disability theory, critical race theory, and theories of transnationalism and globalization. Focuses on lesbian and bisexual subjectivities; lesbian historiography and methods; lesbian and bisexual representation in the media; and lesbian and bisexual identities in a transnational frame. Limited to three attempts.
Recommended Prerequisite: WMST 208, WMST 402
Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

WMST 404: Gender, Sexuality, and Disability (3 Credits)

Examines the social construction of disability as it pertains to questions of gender, sexuality, race, and class; representations of disability in literature and film; disability, embodiment, and reproductive rights; queerness and disability; the concept of “passing” and invisible disabilities: asexuality and disability; and rhetorics of disability in the U.S. academy. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

WMST 405: Social Dynamics of Family Violence (3 Credits)

Through seminar readings, videos, assignments, and class discussions, course explores forms of family violence, including child abuse, elder abuse, and intimate partner, and same-gender couple violence. Includes discussions of intervention, prevention and solutions. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

WMST 406: Gender and Violence in Social Institutions (3 Credits)

Examines gender-based violence in institutions such as the military, prisons, the Catholic Church, sports, and fraternities that share structural qualities including sex segregation, high rates of violence, and internal systems of justice. Concludes by examining strategies to reduce violence in each institution. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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.

WMST 411: RS: Feminist Research Practice (3 Credits)

Undertake a semester-long research project investigating an issue of importance to feminist scholarship utilizing a variety of methods typically used by feminist scholars, including quantitative, qualitative, historical, or textual. Enhance understanding of techniques for collecting, analyzing, and writing up empirical material as well as critical engagement with ethical, interpretive, and representational considerations relating to feminist research. Limited to three attempts.
Specialized Designation: Research/Scholarship Intensive
Recommended Prerequisite: WMST 410 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

WMST 413: LGBTQ Issues in Education (3 Credits)

Provides an overview of contemporary issues and concepts related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer persons and communities as they relate to systems, structures, and experiences within educational contexts, such as schools, museums, and community organizations. Focuses on theories, methods, and practices to support learners and educators in settings inclusive of all sexual identities and orientations. Limited to three attempts.
Recommended Prerequisite: WMST 208
Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

WMST 415: LGBTQ Health (3 Credits)

Examines health status and health disparities among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities across the lifespan. Measurement and methodological considerations in LGBTQ health research, as well as health-related interventions targeting LGBTQ populations will be emphasized. Limited to three attempts.
Recommended Prerequisite: WMST 208: Introduction to LGBTQ Studies
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

WMST 416: Policing Black Bodies (3 Credits)

Interrogates the myriad ways in which Black Bodies are formally and informally policed. Special focus is given to the ways in which Black women’s bodies are policed not only by the criminal justice system, but also informally through sexual and intimate partner violence, forced sterilization and contraception. Course utilizes the theoretical lenses of intersectionality and of color blind racism. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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.

WMST 490: Independent Study in Women and Gender Studies (1-3 Credits)

Reading or research on a specific topic related to women and/or gender issues, under the direction of a faculty member. May involve a combination of reading assignments, tutorials, papers, presentations, or off-campus activities. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: WMST 200 or Permission of Instructor.
Schedule Type: Independent Study
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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

Graduate

500-Level Courses in WMST

WMST 503: Lesbian and Bisexual Theories (3 Credits)

Examines how lesbian and bisexual theories intersect with other interdisciplinary areas of thought, including feminist and queer theory, psychoanalysis and poststructuralist theory, disability theory, critical race theory, and theories of transnationalism and globalization. Focuses on lesbian and bisexual subjectivities; lesbian historiography and methods; lesbian and bisexual representation in the media; and lesbian and bisexual identities in a transnational frame. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: WMST 208, WMST 402
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.

WMST 504: Gender, Sexuality, and Disability (3 Credits)

Examines the social construction of disability as it pertains to questions of gender, sexuality, race, and class; representations of disability in literature and film; disability, embodiment, and reproductive rights; queerness and disability; the concept of “passing” and invisible disabilities: asexuality and disability; and rhetorics of disability in the U.S. academy. 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.

WMST 505: Social Dynamics of Family Violence (3 Credits)

Through seminar readings, videos, assignments, and class discussions, course explores forms of family violence, including child abuse, elder abuse, and intimate partner, and same-gender couple violence. Includes discussions of intervention, prevention and solutions. 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.

WMST 506: Gender and Violence in Social Institutions (3 Credits)

Examines gender-based violence in institutions such as the military, prisons, the Catholic Church, sports, and fraternities that share structural qualities including sex segregation, high rates of violence, and internal systems of justice. Concludes by examining strategies to reduce violence in each institution. 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.

WMST 516: Policing Black Bodies (3 Credits)

Interrogates the myriad ways in which Black Bodies are formally and informally policed. Special focus is given to the ways in which Black women’s bodies are policed not only by the criminal justice system, but also informally through sexual and intimate partner violence, forced sterilization and contraception. Course utilizes the theoretical lenses of intersectionality and of color blind racism. 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.

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.

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.

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.

WMST 611: Feminist Research Practice (3 Credits)

Undertake a semester-long research project investigating an issue of importance to feminist scholarship utilizing a variety of methods typically used by feminist scholars, including quantitative, qualitative, historical, or textual. Enhance understanding of techniques for collecting, analyzing, and writing up empirical material as well as critical engagement with ethical, interpretive, and representational considerations relating to feminist research. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: WMST 610 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.

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.

WMST 640: Transnational and Global Feminisms (3 Credits)

Multidisciplinary course explores the complex issues women face in different regions of the world. Addresses women's diverse and shared transnational and global concerns and provides students with the tools to analyze and understand women in a global context. 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.

WMST 690: Directed Readings and Research in Women and Gender Studies (1-3 Credits)

Advanced individualized study of gender through readings, discussion, research, and/or projects under the direction and supervision of a member of the women's studies faculty. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 9 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: Admission to graduate program in woman's studies and permission of director.
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: Research
Grading:
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

WMST 695: Internship (3 Credits)

Community or campus-based service or experiential learning related to women's or gender issues. Students develop, in consultation with a faculty member, individual contracts defining the learning and competencies they plan to gain from the experience. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Completion of 15 graduate credits in Interdisciplinary Studies, including 9 credits in Women and Gender Studies 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: Internship
Grading:
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

WMST 699: Capstone Portfolio (0 Credits)

Prior to graduation and in consultation with their advisor, students will reflect on and synthesize their work in the women and gender studies certificate program by selecting three items taken from their work in the program and discussing these items in a 7-10 page essay. Work selected may include course papers, videos of their performances, exhibit photos, music recordings, and other items as agreed upon by student and advisor. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Students must have completed their course work for women and gender studies certificate or be in the last semester of their course work.
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: Independent Study
Grading:
This course is graded on the Satisfactory/No Credit scale.

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.