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WS 10. Introduction to Women's Studies

Prerequisite: GE Foundation A2 for students in English college-readiness Category III and IV. Interdisciplinary course designed to introduce students to the major social, cultural, economic, and political forces which define gender in society. G.E. Breadth D2.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
GE Area: D2

WS 11. Introduction to LGBTQ+ Studies

Prerequisite: G.E. Foundation A2 for students in English college-readiness Category III and IV. Introduction to theory, questions, and topics in interdisciplinary LGBTQ+ studies. G.E. Breadth D2. (Formerly WS 125)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall
GE Area: D2

WS 12. Critical Thinking: Gender Issues

Theory and practice in basic skills of critical thinking using examples about the intersections of gender with race and class. Skills will be demonstrated and assessed through oral and written performance. G.E. Foundation A3.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
GE Area: A3

WS 18. Women and Aging

(WS 18 same as GERON 18.) Interdisciplinary course designed to facilitate the understanding of older women and the physiological, psychological, and social aspects of the aging process. G.E. Breadth E. (Formerly WS 118)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall
GE Area: E

WS 55T. Topics in Women's Studies

Topics of current interest in the Women's Movement, covering a wide variety of issues. (See Schedule of Courses for specific topics.)

Units: 1-4, Repeatable up to 12 units

WS 101. Women in History

(HIST 101 same as WS 101) Prerequisite: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area D. Historical survey of women's roles in history, with an emphasis on the emergence of the feminist movement. G.E. Integration ID

Units: 3
GE Area: ID

WS 102T. Topics in Women's History

(HIST 102T same as WS 102T.) (See Schedule of Courses for specific topics.)

Units: 3, Repeatable up to 6 units

WS 103. History of Feminism

Survey of history of feminist thought and action from Middle Ages to present, with emphasis on nineteenth and twentieth centuries and major actors and debates.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

WS 107. Women in US Politics

(WS 107 same as PLSI 107). Prerequisites: at least one 3 unit WS or PLSI course. The course examines how women have shaped and been shaped by U.S. politics along with how gender impacts U.S. political thought, institutions, and practices.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

WS 108. Rape and Sexual Assault

An inquiry into the phenomenon of rape, sexual assault, myths about rape and rapists, treatment of rape victims, discussion of physical and psychological preparation for possibility of attack. Lecture, film, paper, speakers. An all-day workshop held on two consecutive Saturdays.

Units: 1
Course Typically Offered: Fall

WS 109. Incest

An exploration of the victim, the victimizer, and the family dynamics of incest, as well as the psychological and sociological implications of the family secret. An all-day workshop held on two consecutive Saturdays.

Units: 1
Course Typically Offered: Fall

WS 110. Representations of Women, Gender, and Sexuality

Interdisciplinary analysis of representations of women, gender, and sexuality across genres, emphasizing popular culture/mass media. Includes critical assessment of historic and contemporary representations and impacts on cultural/societal experiences, identity, equality/justice. Some attention to media institutions, women as creators, alternative narratives. G.E. Integration IC.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
GE Area: IC

WS 111. LGBTQ+ Representation in Film & Video

Prerequisite: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area C. This class investigates lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) representation through film, television, and online videos. We will also examine sexual orientation and gender identity through a critically queer and transgender lens. Students will learn about queer and feminist film theory and how representations of LGBTQ+ have shaped conversations of what it means to be LGBTQ+ in the United States. G.E. Integration IC

Units: 3
GE Area: IC

WS 112. Assertiveness Training

Women's special needs in becoming assertive; blocks preventing assertion and methods of getting around them. An all-day workshop held on two consecutive Saturdays.

Units: 1

WS 114. Marriage and Family Politics

Examines contemporary and historical marriage and family formations, including the ways public policies, laws and a variety of social institutions regulate the domestic sphere. Explores how women resist and re-work dominant understandings of marriage and family.

Units: 3

WS 115. Women, Children & Alcohol

Covers impact of addiction on women and children using a systems perspective.

Units: 1

WS 116. Domestic Violence

An historical and cultural overview of the battered and battering spouse syndromes; the marriage contract as a license to abuse; the status of remedial legislation; and, the effect of parental battering on children. An all-day workshop held on two consecutive Saturdays.

Units: 1
Course Typically Offered: Spring

WS 120. Women of Color in the United States

Examines the role and status of U.S. women of color within the larger social structure. Women in varying family structures and cultural settings will be examined, with an emphasis on how social systems shape the roles of women and affect larger U.S. institutions. Multicultural/International M/I.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

WS 124. Gender and Sexuality in Education

Prerequisite: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area D. This course examines the intersections of gender and sexuality and the influence of these intersections on classrooms, schools, and educational policy. G.E. Integration ID.

Units: 3
GE Area: ID

WS 126. Women and Violence: Public Policy and the Law

(CRIM 126 same as WS 126.) Historical and contemporary issues in public policy responses to violence against women. Gender bias in the legal system and policing violence against women. Theory and research on problems in government policy and enforcement of the law.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

WS 127. Female Sexuality

(PH 127 same as WS 127.) Studies on female sexuality which include past and present sexual roles, female sexual response patterns, and discussion of common problems encountered by women functioning as sexual beings.

Units: 3

WS 130. Women's Health

(PH 130 same as WS 130.) Examines current crises/ controversies in women's health care. Includes conventional/ alternatives approaches to treatment, management, and prevention with emphasis on self-care and promotion of optimum health.

Units: 3

WS 132. Women and Work

(SOC 132 same as WS 132.) An examination of women and work in contemporary society including housework, labor force participation, employment in various occupations, and career planning.

Units: 3

WS 135. Women In Cross-Cultural Perspective

Prerequisites: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area D. Examines economic, social, political, and cultural roles as well as current status of women in one or more of the following: China, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Africa, Middle East, and Latin America. Prepares students to function in an international, multicutural world. Multicultural/International M/I.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

WS 136T. Topics in International Women's Studies

Examines how global economic and cultural processes affect women. Investigates the interconnections between "first" and "third" worlds through topics such as international division of labor, work and gender ideologies, and women's organized resistance to changes in local economics. (Formerly WS 150T)

Units: 3, Repeatable up to 9 units

WS 136T. Intnl Feminism

Units: 3

WS 137. African American Women

(AFRS 137 same as WS 137.) An overview of the accomplishments of African American women in the United States; their contributions to American culture; African influence; African American women as defined by a dominant soceity vs. legitimate definition designed to encourage a positive self-concept.

Units: 3

WS 138. Asian American Women

(ASAM 138 same as WS 138) Addresses race, ethnic, and class issues from the vantage point of Asian American women. For Asian American and Southeast Asian communities, the status of women has long been neglected. Yet women play an important role in the family and its economy even as they enter new roles in U.S. society. Helpful to students in sciences and applied fields.

Units: 3

WS 139. Chicana Women in a Changing Society

(CLAS 162 same as WS 139) Focuses on current issues relevant to Chicana women in the workforce, the family, the health care system, and the educational system. The intersection of race, class, and gender will be the analytical context for examining both their historical and contemporary roles.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

WS 140. Politics of Latina Health and Size

(WS 140 same as CLAS 140) Introduction to the politics of Latina health and size, focusing on reproduction, fitness and fatness, and illness through the study of first person narratives, popular media, and health campaigns.

Units: 3

WS 141. The Chicano Family

(CLAS 141 same as WS 141.) Traditional and changing relationships in the family structure of the Chicano; interaction with wider institutional social system. (Formerly CLAS 152).

Units: 3

WS 143. Feminist Theory

Review of major feminist theories of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, analysis of assumptions underlying each, evaluation of strengths and weaknesses of each, and examination of relationship of various theories to various women's life experiences.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

WS 148. Women and Religion

Seminar to explore many facets of women's religious experience, including history of women in institutional churches, theologies of liberation and oppression, women's religious experience, and feminist spirituality.

Units: 3

WS 149. Gender Law & Social Policy

Prerequisites: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area D. Survey of the impact of feminist legal theory, critical race feminism, and queer theory on the law, the legal system, and social policy. G.E. Integration ID. (Formerly WS 150T)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall
GE Area: ID

WS 150T. Topics in Women's Studies

Topics of current interest in the women's movement, covering a wide variety of issues. (See Schedule of Courses for specific topics.)

Units: 1-4, Repeatable up to 12 units

WS 151T. Topics in LGBTQ+ Studies

Topics in LGBTQ+ studies, drawing upon areas such as history, sociology, literature, psychology, or interdisciplinary fields.

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 6 units

WS 153. Feminist Research Methodologies

Prerequisites: Either WS 10, WS 103, WS 110, WS 120, WS 135 or WS 143. Introduction to quantitative and qualitative research methods. Hands-on practice of designing and conducting a research project and writing a grant.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

WS 160. Feminist Issues in Counseling

Prerequisite: WS 10 or permission of instructor. Evaluates counseling theories; individual and group counseling techniques; examines ethical issues and power structure in therapeutic settings; surveys community resources; and explores innovative and feminist perspectives concerning the effective treatment of women.

Units: 3

WS 162. Community Service in Women's Studies

Prerequisite: 9 hours of WS courses and permission of instructor and agency. Individual experience relating classroom studies to experience in a women's community service agency. CR/NC grading only. (Minimum of 3 field hours per unit.)

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 6 units

WS 163. Consciousness Raising: Group Leader

Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Students learn skills in facilitating group discussion of women's issues through training and practicum. CR/NC grading only.

Units: 1, Repeatable up to 2 units

WS 168T. Women and Literature

(WS 168T same as ENGL 168T.) Prerequisite: ENGL 20. Discussion and written analysis of literature by and about women. Special emphasis on 19th and 20th Century authors including the Brontes, George Eliot, Emily Dickinson, Edith Wharton, Virginia Woolf, and contemporary writers.

Units: 4, Repeatable up to 8 units
Course Typically Offered: Spring

WS 170. Sex, Gender, Biology and Culture

(ANTH 118 same as WS 170.) A cross-cultural and interdisciplinary analysis. Examines theories and frameworks from across the five-fields of anthropology that explain variations in the expression and human experience of sex, gender, and sexuality, maturation, reproduction, and the life cycle. Also explores how biology shapes culture and how culture shapes biology.

Units: 3

WS 172. Transnational Feminisms: Histories, Foundations, and Debates

Prerequisites: One of the following courses: WS 103,125, 143, 153 or 175. Transnational Feminisms examines the histories, foundations, and current debates among transnational feminists globally. The course content examines transnational feminists critiques of and responses to global expansion projects and their local impacts on women, negatively racialized, and gender non-conforming peoples.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

WS 175. Seminar in Women's Studies

Primarily for women's studies majors and minors. Prerequisite: 15 units in women's studies or permission of instructor. A synthesis of objective and subjective experience in women's studies. Culminating experience required.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

WS 178. Lesbian & Gay Literature

(ENGL 178 same as WS 178) ENGL 178 enrollment Prerequisite: ENGL 105; WS 178 enrollment Prerequisite: WS 125 or permission of the instructor. Discussion and written analysis of literature that explores lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer identities and experience. Also considers how cultural and historical forces shape current notions of sexual identity and community.

Units: 4
Course Typically Offered: Spring

WS 190. Independent Study

See Academic Placement --Independent Study. Approved for RP grading.

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 6 units

WS 194T. Seminar in Women and Literature

(ENGL 194T same as WS 194T.) May be substituted for ENGL 193T in the English major; no more than 12 units of ENGL 193T- ENGL194T applicable to the major. Sections designated by topic. Individual projects; reading, discussion, and writing papers on individual women writers or some aspect of women in literature; for example, Doris Lessing, Myth and Archetypes of Women. ENGL 194T should ordinarily not be taken until 3 upper-division courses in English have been completed.

Units: 4, Repeatable up to 8 units

WS 195. Diversity in the United States: Race and Gender Issues

(See A I S 195, AF AM 195, ASAM 195, CLS 195.) This interdisciplinary course introduces students to theoretical perspectives concerning the historical development of class, race, and gender within the United States and the impact of these issues on contemporary U.S. society. Participation in a special class project is required.

Units: 3