Women’s & Gender Studies Classes
See online schedule for class sections, times, and locations at: https://www.iusb.edu/registrar/scheduleofclasses/prl/soc4132/WGS/index.html
WGS-B 399 Race and Reproductive Rights
MW 8:30-9:45 Gerken
Common Core Requirement
This course examines how race and class have shaped women’s access to birth control, their ability to make reproductive choices and to have control over their own bodies. We will discuss historical developments as well as current events. Historical topics include forced sterilization, the eugenics movement, the mistreatment of single mothers in the early 20th century, and medical experiments in communities of color. In the second half of the semester, we will turn our attention to current controversies, including teenagers’ access to sex education and birth control, the debate about emergency contraception and abortion, gay and lesbian parents, as well as new reproductive technologies and their ethical implications.
WGS-N 200 The Biology of Women
T 5:30-8:00 Bishop
This course examines the biological basis for bodily functions and changes that take place throughout the life of females.
WGS T190 Women in Refrigerators and Beyond: A Feminist Approach to Reading Comic Books
TR 11:30-12:45 Michaels
About ten years ago, Gail Simone, who is one of the few women writing mainstream comics, put together a website called ‘Women in Refrigerators’ (http://www.unheardtaunts.com/wir/) that’s essentially a list of all the awful things that the primarily male writers of comics have done to their female characters. The title comes from a Green Lantern comic where Kyle Rayner comes home to find that one of his super villain foes has dismembered his girlfriend and left her in his refrigerator for him to discover. This kind of treatment of women in comics has come to be called ‘Women in Refrigerator Syndrome.’
In this class we will, in a very broad sense, look at the way women are portrayed in comic books. The semester will be split between reading books by male writers like Brian Michael Bendis and the Luna Brothers, and female writers like Jodi Picoult and Gail Simone. We’ll draw most of our theoretical framework from feminist film studies, and we’ll be watching a few (non-comic) films, like Hitchcock’s Vertigo, to help us see how to give a feminist reading to a visual text, which, in many ways, is exactly what comic books are.
WGS T390 Needle and Thread: A Cultural and Gendered Analysis of World Textiles
T 2:30 – 5:00 Rusnock
Needle and Thread: A Cultural Analysis of World Textiles will analyze world textiles from the prehistoric period to the modern age. The varied needle arts will be situated within their historical, cultural, and artistic context in order to understand the role these art objects played in their societies. This course will analyze how textiles and textile production both reflected and affected their various cultures not just in terms of aesthetics but also with politics, economics, and gender construction.
WGS-W100 Gender Studies
MW 2:30 - 3:45 Thompson
This course provides an overview of the field of Women’s and Gender Studies and examines a variety of core concepts and debates. It includes a historical overview of women’s rights activism, as well as an introduction to contemporary issues pertaining to women and gender. This course considers not only gender but also the intersection of the category with race, sexuality, and class.
WGS-W100 Gender Studies
TR 2:30-3:45 Elkhart EK A216 Yoder
Must boys be boys? Must girls be girls? This introductory, interdisciplinary course examines the complex relations between biological sex and cultural constructions of masculinity and femininity, and considers the effect of considering gender in these limiting ways. Through primary and secondary sources, we will examine the interrelated questions of gender, race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality. This course will provide students with the tools developed within the frameworks of feminist social and political analysis, women’s history, and theories of sexuality.
WGS- W201 Women in Culture
MW 1-2:15 pm Pfeiffer
An interdisciplinary exploration of women’s roles, images, history, and experiences from the perspective of the arts and humanities. Considers issues of women and culture, including the areas of literature, film, art, and the mass media.
WGS-W 301 International Perspectives on Women
MW 11:30-12:45 Gerken
Campuswide Gen Ed Contemporary Social Values: Non-Western Cultures
This course will explore contemporary women’s voices and experiences from a global perspective. We will examine current issues and debates about globalization as a gendered phenomenon and make connections between gendered ideologies, local concerns, transnational migrations, and global capitalism. Throughout the semester, we will discuss how colonialism, racism, classism, sexism, and heterosexism have shaped the lives of women across the world and how women have acted to fight oppression and create community, both locally and through supra-national organizations.
WGS-W 302 Issues in Gender Studies
TR 1:00 - 2:15 Thompson
“Gender, Video Games, and Gamers: Intersectional Difference On and Off the Screen”
This course examines the intersection of gender and other forms of difference with video games through a variety of theoretical lenses. The course has a dual focus: on the representation of socially marked difference (gender, race, class, sexuality) in video games themselves, and on the ways gamers and other social institutions and discourses respond to and navigate those representations.
WGS W360 Feminist Theory
TR 10 - 11:15 Lidinsky
This course is an introduction to “feminist theory” – that is, a body writing that attempts to describe and explain the condition of women’s lives. We will consider the following questions: What are the many types of feminist theories? What is the relationship between theory and one’s personal experiences, and between theory and social change? How does feminist thinking re-conceptualize issues of identity, equality, oppression, and resistance? How do feminist theorists redefine the differences of race, gender, class, sexuality, and nation?
Using primary and secondary texts, this course will introduce students to key debates in feminist theory and provide students with the skills to choose and use feminist theories to interpret a wide range of sources on the functions of “gender.” Students will write frequent short, analytical pieces, in addition to a creative manifesta and two longer researched essays. This is a discussion course.
WGS-W402 Seminar in Gender Studies: Contemporary U.S. Immigration: Negotiating Identity and Community
T 5:30-8:00 Gerken
This course will examine how different immigrant groups re-shape communities and how the immigration experience alters their own gender, racial, and class identity. This course will focus on voluntary migration and refugee movements and the effect that contemporary immigrants have had on U.S. culture, politics, and society. A special emphasis will be placed on our local community and our own campus. We will discuss how immigration has affected (and will continue to affect) our own communities, neighborhoods, and schools. This course has a service learning component and you will get to work with local immigrant and refugee services.
W460 Psychology of Women
Th & Th 11:30 - 12:45 Borshuk
Prereq: PSY P103. WGS-W 100 is a suggested pre-requisite.
Topic will be violence against women, specifically, the psychological impact of experiences with domestic violence, sexual assault, and rape. Students will learn about psychological treatment for victims of violence, as well as the research on survival and recovery. We will address questions such as what are the individual and social causes of violence against women? What strategies have been successful in reducing it? How do different cultures deal with it? What are the best treatment options for families, offenders, and survivors? Student learning will be assessed through exams, two short papers and a group presentation.
W480, WGS Practicum
M 1-2:15 (class does not meet every week) Lidinsky
This course for WGS majors in their final semester/s requires permission from Dr. Lidinsky to enroll. Students in the practicum work with Dr. Lidinsky to set up a partnership with an organization during the semester before the course begins. The practicum involves 60-90 hours of work with the agency in addition to writing and research assignments for the course, designed to help students analyze and reflect on the experience with feminst tools. This course will also include professional development, with speakers on graduate programs, grant-writing, resume and cover-letter crafting, and other essential skills for making the bridge from undergraduate WGS at IUSB to wider communities.