Current Catalog Courses [2012-2014 Catalog]:

Spring 2013 Women's Studies Courses


WMST 101 (3)    Introduction to Women’s Studies

An introduction to the scholarship on women, both disciplinary and interdisciplinary, with an emphasis on critical thinking. Explores works by and about women, gender roles, and contemporary issues around the world, and analyzes arguments surrounding women’s status.  (GE Credit, D7 or D)

WMST 180 (3)    Introductory Topics in Women's Studies
Introductory special topics in Women's Studies.  The course title and description will vary by offering.  May be repeated for credit as topics change, for a total of six (6) units. 

WMST 201 (3)    Women: Contemporary Issues
Surveys contemporary issues in women’s lives from the standpoints of diverse groups of women.  Subject matter includes, but is not limited to, images of women, reproductive rights, sexuality, economic justice, political empowerment, family relations, and cultural practices.  Subject matter is introduced in a variety of ways, including case studies, narratives, novels, film, and music.  Student may do cross-cultural research on the Internet and Lexis/Nexis for the final project.  This course is not currently offered at Cal State San Marcos.  It is listed only for transfer-credit and course equivalency purposes.

WMST 205 (3)     Gender and Identity in Pop Culture and the Media
Examines the ways in which gender and social identity have been portrayed in popular culture and the media, as well as the economic, political, and historical conditions that affect and inform these images.  Focuses special attention on the economic, political, and historical conditions that have shaped representation of gender, race, class, and sexual identity in popular culture.

WMST 211 (3)    Introduction to Women's Literature
Introduces students to literary works by women within changing socio-cultural contexts from the 18th to 21st centuries.  Analyzes the role of gender and sexuality in creative works and literary criticism, including questions of women's traditions, genre, and aesthetics.  Explores a diverse range of historical writing by women in English; may include recent examples of works in translation from other literary contexts.  Cross-listed with LTWR (GE Credit, C)

WMST 300 (3)    Topics in Women's Studies
Special topics in Women's Studies.  The course title and description will vary by offering.  May be repeated for credit as topics change for a total of six (6) units.  [Recent offerings include: The Body and Identity; Women and Revolution in Cuba; Women in United States Politics.]

WMST 301 (3)    Gender, Race, and Class in Contemporary Societies
Explores the intersection of gender, race, and  class in the modern world.  Themes include the expression of gender, race, class, and sexual identity in arts and humanities, the structures of discrimination, theories about race, class, and gender, the lively debates across cultural and ethnic lines concerning these issues.  (GE credit, CC)

WMST 303 (3)    Education, Gender and Race
Explores the relationships between education, gender, and race/ethnicity. Course content will include such issues as identity development in girls and boys, controversies about gender, race, and education, feminist theories about learning and teaching, social stratification in schools, and pedagogical methods designed to empower all students through education.  Using contemporary case studies, students will examine multiple dimensions of school life—such as formal and informal curricula, student-teacher relationships, and the social construction of teaching—for their gendered and racialized components.  (GE Credit, DD)

WMST 320 (3)    Introduction to Feminist Pedagogies
Focuses on the study of feminist approaches to university learning.  Special emphasis on feminist theories of student-centered learning, innovative teaching methods in higher education, and social change through higher education.  Designed for students who are preparing to serve as Peer Discussion Leaders in WMST 101.  Enrollment Requirement:  WMST 101, or other introductory Women’s Studies course.

WMST 321 (4)    Feminist Pedagogies in Practice
Feminist theory is used to reflect upon classroom leadership and experience.  Designed for students who are serving as Peer Discussion Leaders in WMST 101, under faculty supervision.  May be repeated for a total of eight (8) units.  Enrollment Requirement: WMST 101, or other introductory Women’s Studies course.  Enrollment restricted to students who have obtained consent of instructor.

WMST 323 (3)    Women in Performance: Choreographies of Resistance
Explores issues of power, representation, and access in relation to the female body in dance, performance art, body art and the staging of political empowerment.  Examines crucial historical figures and moments when the body in a motion ruptures or destabilizes normalized expectations.  Also offered as DNCE 323.  Students may not receive credit for both.  (GE credit, CC)

WMST 325 (3)    Folktales of Strong Girls and Women in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia
The study of folktales about strong, clever, and resourceful girls and women in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.  Designed to help students understand the many and complex ways in which women from a variety of nations and cultures have negotiated their social standing, using folktales and stores to convey messages about strong, capable, and smart girls and women who provide role models and leadership for others.

WMST 328 (3)    Body & Identity
Explores the social construction and performances of the body and identity through a cross-cultural look at definitions and meanings of the body, codes inscribed on it by our everyday practices (wearing makeup, working out), and choices of decorative markers (clothing, jewelry, tattoos, piercings). How are gender, race, ethnicity, and power status signaled by the body? How is rebellion enacted through the body? Anthropological perspectives are used to explore how people approach these issues across cultural, economic, political, social, and religious contexts. ( May not be taken for credit by students who have received credit for ID 370-2 and WMST 300-6. Also offered as ANTH 328. Students may not receive credit for both.) 

WMST 330 (3)    Women as Leaders
Internationally, women contribute to a growing share of public activity, the labor market, and civic leadership.  Based on recent feminist research on leadership development, this course will address the challenges of and opportunities for leadership as they affect women from different cultural backgrounds.  Subjects include cultural perceptions of leadership, traditional stereotypes of femininity, and the evaluation of leadership skills.  Biographies of women leaders will be used to explore some of the key factors that have shaped women's success.  (GE Credit, DD)

WMST 341 (3)    Men and Masculinities
Focuses on various meanings of male identity and the effects that notions of masculinity have had on both men and women. Examines cultural beliefs, values, and representations of masculinity and male identities. Explores distinct perspectives on the meanings of masculinity—past, present, and future—in relation to socialization, work, family, race and ethnicity, class, culture, sexuality, and technological change.  Focuses primarily on the United States, with cross-cultural comparisons to the construction of masculinity in other countries.  (GE Credit, DD)

WMST 343 (3)     Power & Gender in the Muslim World
Internationally, women contribute to a growing share of public activity, the labor market, and civic leadership. Based on recent feminist research on leadership development, this course will address the challenges of and opportunities for leader­ship as they affect women from different cultural backgrounds. Subjects include cultural perceptions of leadership, traditional stereotypes of femininity, and the evaluation of leadership skills. Biographies of women leaders will be used to explore some of the key factors that have shaped women’s successes. (May not be taken for credit by students who have received credit for WMST 300G.)

 

WMST 350 (3)    Chicana and Latina Feminist Thought
Introduction to the foundational writings in Chicana and Latina feminist theory with close attention to how race, class, gender, and sexuality affect Chicana and Latina lives.  Includes triple oppressions theory, identity politics, mestiza consciousness, Chicana subjectivity (agency), lesbian identities, and media analysis.  (GE Credit, CC)

WMST 370 (3)    Transnational Feminisms
Focuses on non-Western feminisms--their histories, practices, politics, theories, and the connections with Western feminisms that helped shape the transnational dynamics of feminist movements. The course highlights relations among local, national, and regional feminisms and women’s movements; explores competing theories of gender relations and women’s rights and powers; and examines critically key debates about transnational activism, including how women differ, what interests and problems they share, the nature of agency, and the role of international institutions.  (GE Credit, DD)

WMST 375 (3)    Feminist Activism
Explores women's international movement, giving attention to the relationship between U.S. women's movements for social change and global feminist struggles. Interdisciplinary readings, including fiction and feminist theory, focus on women's activism in various countries and regions of the world.  (Previously titled “Women Changing Our World”)  (GE Credit, DD)

WMST 398 (3)    Independent Study
Directed readings and research under the guidance of an instructor. Semester project, paper, or performance required. May be repeated for a total of six (6) units. Enrollment restricted to students who have obtained consent of instructor.

WMST 401 (3)    Seminar in Women's Studies
Topic announced each semester prior to registration.  Explores readings in feminist theory and scholarship.  Includes a cross-cultural or cross-national perspective.   May be repeated for a atotal of six (6) units as topics change.  [Recent offerings include:  Twentieth-century Feminism; Locating Third Wave Feminism.]

WMST 407 (3)    The Politics of Sexuality
Examines the social and political construction of categories of sexual and gender identities (such as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, heterosexual), the resulting social coercion of behavior and the role coercion plays in dividing and disempowering people cross-culturally.  Subject matter includes the history of romantic and sexual relationships between people in relation to culture and social institutions, the development of gender and sexual identities in social contexts, related political movement, and the power of heteronormativity in society.  (GE Credit, DD)

WMST 416 (3)    Sex Work
Examines a variety of issues related to sex work, such as prostitution, trafficking in women and children, pornography, sex tourism, and erotic shows.  Material will include material from communications, economic, feminist, health, sociopolitical, and other perspectives with an emphasis on the global nature of the sex industry.  (GE Credit, DD)

WMST 424 (3)    Women and Health
An exploration of women and health.  Analysis of women's health maintenance and disease prevention; gender bias in medical treatment; medicalization of "natural" processes; women and the health system, medical-legal system, and bio-medical research.  Subject matter may include, but is not limited to: eating disorders, contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, fertility from pregnancy to birthing, stress and mental illness, menopause, breast cancer, alternative and traditional healing systems.  Issues of social class, nationality, race, culture, and sexual preference are emphasized throughout.  Recommended Preparation:  previous coursework in the area of health and illness.  Also offered as SOC 424.  Students may not receive credit for both.  (GE Credit, DD)

WMST 445 (3)    Gender and Development
Gender analysis remains in the peripheries of development theory and practice despite evidence which suggests that "modernization" results in disparate outcomes for similarly situated men and women.  To bridge this analytical gap in development studies, the course explores the gender dimensions of the dramatic structural changes taking place in the world economy.  Also offered as ECON 445 and PSCI 445.  Students may only receive credit for one of the courses.  (GE Credit, DD)

WMST 450 (3)    Cinema and Gender 
Investigates the power of film and the film industry in representing and shaping gendered positions in a variety of cultural settings. Explores dominant and alternative practices of gendering cinematic characters and viewers. May employ particular thematic frameworks (e.g., mothers and daughters, gender and European cinema, women in the silents, or gender and documentary film). (GE Credit, CC)

WMST 490 (3)    Feminist Perspectives: Theories and Research
Examines major schools of feminist theory and feminist approaches to research on women and gender across an array of academic disciplines. The application of feminist perspectives and reassessments of social theory in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences may be included.  Student research projects may include bibliographies, archival research, ethnographic, survey, literary analysis or other formats. 

WMST 495 (1-6)    Internship in Women's Studies
Combines readings with placement in an appropriate women's advocacy organization. May be repeated for a total of nine (9) units.

WMST 499 (3)    Independent Research in Women's Studies
In consultation with a faculty advisor, students develop an extended research project using primary and/or secondary sources.  May be repeated for a total of six (6) units.  Enrollment restricted to students who have obtained consent of instructor.