Apr 17, 2024  
2023-2024 WWCC College Catalog 
2023-2024 WWCC College Catalog

GWST 200 - Introduction to Gender Studies

Credits: 5
LEC hours per week: 5
Analysis of the construction and enforcement of gender differences and inequalities, studied from a multidisciplinary and multicultural perspective. Emphasis on the intersection of ethnicity, nationality, class, and gender in women’s lives, and how these intersecting constructs impact women’s past, present, and future contributions.
Recommended: READ 088  or higher.
Course Outcomes:
  • Describe the influences of culture and historical context on gender issues.
  • Analyze how the social construct of gender interacts with class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, able-bodiedness, and other categories of difference.
  • Apply gender studies terminology in writing and discussion.
  • Evaluate different evidence-based perspectives in the formulation and analysis of a problem or question in the area of gender studies.
  • Construct coherent, organized written and spoken expression related to gender issues.
Course Topics:
  1. Effects of gender on social movements and politics
  2. Perspectives on global violence against women
  3. Feminism in literature, cinema, and other media
  4. Women’s health
  5. Current expressions of masculinity, femininity, and gender alternatives
  6. Feminist methodologies
  7. Embodiment
  8. Multi-cultural perspectives on women and feminism
  9. Women and work/economy
  10. Women and the envirnment
  11. Gender, ethnicity, and class in a global context
  12. Gender and U.S. politics
Course Attribute(s): Diversity, Humanities, Social Science