WGSS 12000. INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN’S, GENDER & SEXUALITY STUDIES
This course is an overview of WGSS as a discipline and an interdisciplinary field of inquiry, introducing the many issues, theories, and feminist approaches that constitute it. We will examine how gender intersects with nation, religion, race, class and sexuality in order to produce systematic structures of power. Course materials include theoretical, analytical and creative texts. Students will gain the critical tools to analyze a range of historical, political, social and cultural issues from a WGSS perspective, across local and global contexts.
WGSS 20200. HISTORIES OF FEMINIST THOUGHT
This course is a broad introduction to the histories of feminist thought, including major influences in Indigenous and women of color (WoC) feminist thought, as well as Euro-American feminist thought with its roots in early modern Europe, the women’s suffrage movement (often characterized as the First Wave) through the Second and Third Waves of the women’s movement and beyond. This course rejects a singular Eurocentric, Global North “history of feminism” in favor of addressing the intersections and controversies that have emerged among Euro-American feminists, WoC and postcolonial feminist critiques, and within queer studies and queer theory. Prerequisite WGSS 12000 or permission of instructor.
WGSS 20400. TRANSNATIONAL FEMINISMS (Latin American Studies)
This course explores how feminism is understood throughout the world and examines struggles for women’s equality in both a historical and transnational perspective. It examines the relationship between feminisms in the Global North and the Global South, especially as efforts to empower women are impacted by nationalism, race, class and caste, religion, sexuality, and immigration. It also interrogates the complex process of globalization to understand why it is experienced differently based on gender as well as geographical location. Theoretical developments in transnational feminist and postcolonial theory and case studies of transnational feminist activism allow students to critically explore political movements to address intersecting inequities throughout the world. Prerequisite: WGSS 12000.
WGSS 20600. QUEER LIVES
This course addresses a broad range of “queer” issues and the lived experiences of sexual minorities through-out the world. It explores major events in the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, and queer political movements in the United States and transnationally to understand the social construction of identities and movements and how they have changed in different times and places—-often as a result of race-, class-, and gender-based inequities. The course also considers the categories used to describe same-sex desire. How do the Western terms used above help (or hinder) our understandings of the experiences of Indian hijras, Thai “Toms” & “Dees,” Native American two-spirit people, drag queens and kings, and others who do not fit “neatly” within single categories of gender, sex, and sexuality? Prerequisite: WGSS 12000.
WGSS 33000. DOING FEMINIST RESEARCH: THEORY & PRACTICE
This course addresses the question of what makes a research methodology feminist. Through advanced interdisciplinary readings and short writing assignments, students are introduced to feminist research methods as well as distinctive feminist critical approaches to issues in the social sciences, natural sciences, and the humanities. This course is the equivalent of WGSS 401 and is required of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies majors and minors, but it is designed for other students planning to incorporate feminist perspectives into their senior research. Prerequisite: WGSS 12000 and one 200-level WGSS course, or permission of instructor.
WGSS 35000. SENIOR SEMINAR: FEMINIST PEDAGOGY IN ACTION
This course is a rethinking of students’ previous work in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies through an in-depth immersion in advanced theoretical readings, literature, and personal writings pertaining to women, gender, and sexuality. The course is taught through feminist pedagogy and collaborative learning. The seminar is required of majors and minors but open to other interested students. S/NC course. Prerequisite: WGSS 12000, one 200-level WGSS course, and WGSS 33000, or permission of instructor.
WGSS 40500. WGSS PRACTICUM
This course involves mentored participation a student-defined project in feminist praxis. The student will engage in practical efforts toward understanding and/or working for gender justice, and the course will culminate in written analysis of the practicum experience in relation to coursework in WGSS. Practicum could include: organizing events on campus around feminist issues, publishing a feminist newsletter, or staging a theatre production, in conjunction with academic work on the topic. Students interested in a practicum experience are also urged to explore the Antioch Women’s Students Semester in Europe (Fall), the GLCA Philadelphia Center Urban Program, and make prior arrangements with a Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies faculty member to count their off-campus work as a practicum upon submission of a reflective paper or journal entries. Prerequisite: WGSS 12000 and at least one other WGSS course; permission of the chairperson is required before registration.
WGSS 41000. WGSS INTERNSHIP
A structured, usually off-campus experience, in which a student extends classroom knowledge to a work position within a community, business, or government organization. Student interns work and learn under the joint guidance of a host organization supervisor and a College of Wooster mentor. The student must arrange the internship in advance and develop an Internship Learning Plan (forms available through the Registrar) in consultation with a WGSS-affiliated faculty member. (.25-4 course credits) S/NC Course. Prerequisite: WGSS 12000 and at least one other WGSS course; permission of the mentor, department chair, faculty advisor, and the Associate Dean for Experiential Learning is required.