Gender Studies (GS)

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GS-220   History of AdvertisingCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): GS, HSUS

Designed to develop a critical understanding of the historical evolution of advertising in the United States, with critical attention to race, class, gender, and sexuality. We will explore the economic, political, and cultural factors that have contributed to the development of advertising, and which have been affected by advertising. Some of the topics to be discussed include: the rise of national advertising; the relation of advertising to consumption; advertising to children; political advertising; the relationship between advertisers and the medium in which they appear (magazines, television, radio, etc.); and broadcast and Internet advertising. Also listed as AN-220 and HS-220.

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GS-225   Introduction to Gender StudiesCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: Three completed credits.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): CD, GS, RE, SI, SJS, SS.SV

Examines gender inequalities and the pervasiveness of gender as a way of structuring/organizing social life. Emphasizes how gender as a social structure intersects with other social structures such as race, class, and sexuality to legitimize power and privilege and/or constrain diverse groups of people. Critiques conventional theories of gender and sociology and covers a broad spectrum of topics using feminist and sociological perspectives. Also pays attention to the connection between social structure and human agency - how people's experiences are both shaped by social forces and shaped through human action. First year students are not allowed to take this course prior to the beginning of the fall semester. Also listed as SO-225.

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GS-252   Race and EthnicityCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): CD, GS, RE, SI, SJS

Introduces students to the sociological study of race and ethnicity in the United States as interrelated social systems of power that grant a range of material and non-material advantages to different groups of people based on socially constructed definitions of race and ethnicity, particularly as race and ethnicity intersect with a variety of other social structures such as gender and class. Focuses on the historical legacy and current practices of institutionalized racism that have and continue to shape social relations in the U.S. Also listed as SO-252.

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GS-305   Women in US HistoryCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): GS

Surveys women's historical experience in the U.S. The emphasis of the course will be on how women of different socio-economic backgrounds, races, and ethnic groups have shaped and been affected by U.S. History. Also listed as HS-305.

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GS-307   History of Sexuality in AmericaCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: EN-101 and EN-102 or permission of the instructor.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): CD, GS, HSUS, WT

Explores the social and cultural history of sexuality in the United States. How race, class, and gender have influenced ideas about sexuality, morality, and power. Major topics include: reproduction, gay and lesbian sexualities, sexually transmitted diseases, and sexual representation and censorship. Also listed as HS-307.

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GS-370   Gender Studies SeminarCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: Three credits in Gender Studies elective courses.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): GS

An examination of several disciplines from the perspective of sex and gender. Each discipline is reviewed, and sources of bias are identified. Special attention is given to new data and emergent paradigms generated by recent research in Gender Studies and their implications for traditional assumptions.

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GS-377   A Comparative Study of Women in the WorldCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: GS-225; and EN-101 and EN-102 or permission of the instructor.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): GS, GU, RE, WT

A comparative study of the political, cultural, social, and economic status of women in the United States, Western Europe, Russia, Japan, Israel, and Third World nations. Also listed as PS-377.

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GS-399   Independent Study in Gender StudiesCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: GS-225; six credits in Gender Studies electives, and prior permission of the directing professor.

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

Guided research of a selected topic under the direction of a member of the Gender Studies faculty.