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WGS 201. Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies in the United States. 4 units

GE Area D1; USCP

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Introduction to theories and research on how genders and sexualities in the US shape and are shaped by historical processes and US institutional formation - specifically social, political, economic, legal, cultural institutions. Emphasis on interlocking systems of gender, sexuality, race and class. 4 lectures. Fulfills GE Area D1 and USCP.

WGS 270. Selected Topics. 1-4 units

Term Typically Offered: TBD

Prerequisite: Open to undergraduate students and consent of instructor.

Directed group study of selected topics. The Schedule of Classes will list title selected. Total credit limited to 8 units. 1 to 4 lectures.

WGS 301. Contemporary Issues in Women's and Gender Studies. 4 units

GE Area D5; USCP

Term Typically Offered: SP

Exploration of contemporary issues in local, national, and comparative transnational contexts as addressed within the interdisciplinary field of Women's & Gender Studies, with an emphasis on the complex intersections of gender and sexuality with race, class, and other social factors. The Schedule of Classes will list topic selected. Total credit limited to 8 units. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: Junior standing, completion of GE Area A, and two courses from lower division Area D. Recommended: WGS 201. Fulfills GE D5 and USCP.

WGS 302. Contemporary Issues in Queer Studies. 4 units

GE Area D5; USCP

Term Typically Offered: W

Exploration of contemporary issues as addressed within the interdisciplinary field of Queer Studies, with an emphasis on the relationships between constructions, experiences and expressions of sexuality and interlocking systems of race, ethnicity, religion, class, nation, age, dis/ability and gender in local, national, and transnational contexts. The Schedule of Classes will list topic selected. Total credit limited to 8 units. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: Junior standing; completion of GE Area A; and one course from lower division Area D. Fulfills GE D5 and USCP.

WGS 311. Sociology of Gender. 4 units

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisite: Junior standing.

Analysis of social constructions of sex and gender. Explores how gender stereotypes are created and reproduced. Focus on media representations; intersections of gender, race, class, sexuality; and effects on individuals and structures of work, education, family, and abusive relationships. 4 lectures. Crosslisted as SOC/WGS 311.

WGS 316. Women as Subject and Object in Art History. 4 units

Term Typically Offered: TBD

Prerequisite: one of the following: ART 111, ART 112, ART 211, ART 212, ART 213, or WGS 201.

Exploration of the role of women in the visual arts. Women as artists, women as portrayed in art, and feminist theory as it applies to the study of the visual arts and art history. 4 lectures. Crosslisted as ART/WGS 316.

WGS 320. Women, Gender and Sexuality in Global Perspective. 4 units

GE Area D5

Term Typically Offered: SP

Examination of women's lives, genders and sexualities in relation to intersecting systems of class, race/ethnicity, religion and nation in comparative cross-cultural contexts. Includes study of global and transnational feminisms, reproductive rights, women's labor, women in development, women's politics. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: Junior standing; completion of GE Area A and one course from lower division Area D. Fulfills GE D5.

WGS 324. Psychology of Gender. 4 units

Term Typically Offered: TBD

Prerequisite: PSY 201 or PSY 202.

Investigation of psychological genders and sexualities beyond ideas associated with biological sex. Exploration of sex/gender/sexuality differences from a social psychological (e.g., socialization) perspective. Implications of gender roles (including masculinity, femininity, non-binary) and sexual identities for relationships and health. 4 lectures. Crosslisted as PSY/WGS 324.

WGS 336. Feminist Ethics, Gender, Sexuality and Society. 4 units

GE Area C4; USCP

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Critical examination of the relations between gender, sexuality, ethnicity, society and ethics from feminist perspectives, with special attention paid to problems in contemporary applied ethics. Joint focus on theory and application. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: Junior standing or Philosophy major; completion of GE Areas A and C2. Crosslisted as PHIL/WGS 336. Fulfills GE C4 except for Philosophy majors. Fulfills USCP.

WGS 340. Sexuality Studies. 4 units

GE Area D5

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Sexuality in a cultural and historical context. Changing definitions of human subjectivity. The cultural and social regimes that control and create sexuality (including the 'invention' of homo/heterosexuality and the social, legal and political systems that define sexual ab/normality). Contemporary issues of sexual orientation and topics of sexuality in relation to gender and race. 4 seminars. Prerequisite: Junior standing; completion of GE Area A and one course from lower division Area D. Crosslisted as WGS/HNRS 340. Fulfills GE D5.

WGS 345. Queer Ethnic Studies. 4 units

GE Area D5; USCP

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Theories, research and methods focused on the interlocking systems of sexuality, race, racialization, and ethnicity in local, national and comparative global/transnational contexts. Relationships between racialization and heteronormativity; queer of color critique; queer migration; decolonizing queer organizing, theory, and knowledge production. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: Junior standing; completion of GE Area A; and one course from lower division Area D. Crosslisted as ES/WGS 345. Fulfills GE D5 except for Ethnic Studies majors. Fulfills USCP.

WGS 350. Gender, Race, Culture, Science and Technology. 4 units

GE Area F; USCP

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisite: Junior standing; completion of GE Area B.

Interdisciplinary examination of the complex relationships between gender, race, culture, science, technology in educational, work, knowledge production, policy, and ethical contexts. Topics may include reproductive, medical, genetic, and emerging technologies and exploration of efforts to create more socially responsible science/technology. 3 lectures, 1 activity. Crosslisted as ES/WGS 350. Fulfills GE Area F and USCP.

WGS 351. Gender, Race, Class, Nation in Global Engineering, Technology & International Development. 4 units

GE Area D5

Term Typically Offered: SP

Cross-cultural exploration of the intersections of gender, race, class, nation in the global engineering workforce, small- and large-scale technological systems, and international development programs; special attention to 21st century challenges and efforts to create more socially responsible engineering and technology. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: Junior standing; completion of GE Area A and one lower division course in Area D. Crosslisted as ES/WGS 351. Fulfills GE Area D5 except for Comparative Ethnic Studies majors.

WGS 370. Religion, Gender, and Society. 4 units

GE Area C4; USCP

Term Typically Offered: F, SP

Critical examination of religious ideas and institutions in the United States. Focus on interlocking systems of sex, gender, race, class and religion; individual and group experiences at the intersection of religion, politics and culture. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: Junior standing; completion of GE Areas A and C2. Crosslisted as RELS/WGS 370. Fulfills GE C4 and USCP.

WGS 400. Special Problems for Advanced Undergraduates. 1-4 units

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisite: WGS 201 or consent of Women's and Gender Studies Chair.

Individual investigation, research studies, or surveys of selected problems. Total credit limited to 4 units, with a maximum of 4 units per quarter.

WGS 401. Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies. 4 units

Term Typically Offered: F

Prerequisite: WGS 201. Recommended: Junior standing.

Intensive study of a selected topic in Women's and Gender Studies (such as gender and work, gender and the law, sexuality and the arts). The Schedule of Classes will list topic selected. Field experience may be required as appropriate. May be repeated for up to 8 units. 3 seminars and a supervised research project.

WGS 417. Feminist Legal Theory. 4 units

Term Typically Offered: TBD

Prerequisite: Completion of GE D1. Recommended: POLS 112.

Different approaches to US feminist legal theory and topics in gender and US law. Topics covered include employment, domestic violence, sexual harassment, reproductive justice, sex work, rape, and welfare reform. 4 seminars. Crosslisted as POLS/WGS 417.

WGS 434. American Women's History to 1870. 4 units

Term Typically Offered: TBD

Prerequisite: HIST 303 or completion of GE Area D5, or graduate standing.

Female ideology and experience from the colonial period through the American Civil War. Use of a variety of sources, including women's own writing, in order to understand the history of women as it both reflects and shapes American culture and society. 3 lectures and research project. Crosslisted as HIST/WGS 434.

WGS 435. American Women's History from 1870. 4 units

USCP

Term Typically Offered: TBD

The female past in the modern period of U.S. history. Considers how transformations in gender roles are reflective of other significant changes in American culture and society. Emphasis on class, race, and ethnic variations in women's experience. 3 lectures and research project. Prerequisite: HIST 303 or completion of GE Area D5, or graduate standing. Crosslisted as HIST/WGS 435. Fulfills USCP.

WGS 450. Feminist Theory. 4 units

USCP

Term Typically Offered: W

Prerequisite: WGS 201.

Advanced critical examination of the history and evolution of ideas in feminist theory. Focus on genders and sexualities in relation to race/ethnicity, religion, class, nation, age, dis/ability, with special attention to relationships between theory and praxis/application. 3 lectures, 1 activity. Fulfills USCP.

WGS 457. U.S. Reproductive Politics. 4 units

Term Typically Offered: F

Prerequisite: Completion of GE D1. Recommended: POLS 112.

Multi-disciplinary approach to the study of the law and politics of reproduction in the United States. Topics studied include histories of reproductive regulation, abortion law and politics, technology and fertility, and social policy and reproductive control. 4 seminars. Crosslisted as POLS/WGS 457.

WGS 458. Gender and Sexuality in Modern Europe. 4 units

Term Typically Offered: TBD

Social, economic, political, and cultural effects of changing gender systems in modern Europe, particularly but not exclusively with regard to sex and sexuality. 3 lectures and research project. Prerequisite: HIST 303 or completion of GE Area D5, or graduate standing. Crosslisted as HIST/WGS 458.

WGS 467. Women's and Gender Studies Internship. 4 units

CR/NC

Term Typically Offered: F,W,SP,SU

Prerequisite: WGS 201 and consent of WGS Internship Director. Corequisite: One additional course in WGS.

Supervised work experience in approved agency. Intern subject to of the duties/responsibilities of employees engaged in comparable work. Focus on genders, sexualities, independent utilization of WGS concepts. 30 hours of internship experience per unit of credit. Minimum of 4 units (120 hours). Total credit limited to 8 units. Credit/No Credit grading only.

WGS 470. Selected Advanced Topics. 1-4 units

Term Typically Offered: TBD

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Directed group study of selected topics for advanced students. Open to undergraduate and graduate students. The Schedule of Classes will list title selected. Total credit limited to 8 units. 1 to 4 lectures.