Please note: The course descriptions displayed here are current as of Monday, April 27, 2015, but the official Course Catalog should be used for all official planning.

GEST 100
Introduction to Gender Studies

What is gender? How is it constructed by the social world in which we live? How are our models of masculinity and femininity interwoven with models of race, sexuality, class, nationality, etc.? We will explore these questions theoretically and through interdisciplinary focal points - these may include "testosterone," "beauty," "domesticity," or other examples as chosen by the instructors. Units: 6.

GEST 110
Gender and Feminism in Historical Perspective

A comparative world history of both gender relations and the emergence of a feminist consciousness within the past 500 years. Case studies drawn from different regions of the world will precede the examination of the emergence of a global feminism in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Topics will include the social roles of men and women, ideas about masculinity and femininity, understandings of sexual orientation, forms of systematic subordination, and the politics of modern feminisms. Units: 6.
Also listed as History 140

GEST 180
The Biology of Human Reproduction

An introductory course focusing on human reproduction to demonstrate some basic biological principles. The course includes discussion of cellular and organismal processes related to the development of human biological complexity. Current research in reproductive biology and its impact on the individual and society is considered. Lecture and laboratory. Primarily for non-science majors; credit not applicable to the biology major. Units: 6.
Also listed as Biology 100

GEST 191
Directed Study in Gender Studies

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required

GEST 195
Internship in Gender Studies

Internships may be obtained in a wide variety of field settings: agencies or organizations focused on education, health care, economics, violence, legal or counseling services, or other arenas in which gender plays a formative role. For example, students might work with a Gay-Straight Alliance or at Planned Parenthood. Students will integrate a scholarly component into their internship with the help of their faculty and on-site supervisor. Students’ Internships may be done during the academic year (at a local placement or on campus) or during the summer. The academic component of the internship includes readings related to the substance of the internship, discussions with the faculty supervisor, and a written report appropriate to the discipline. Course grades are based on this academic work. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required

GEST 200
Introduction to Feminist Theory and Practice

Examines and critiques a variety of feminist theories and how they apply to people’s lives today. We explore the tension between feminist theory and practice as we look at significant contributions to the field by women of color, gay and lesbian studies, queer studies, and the study of masculinities. Units: 6. Prerequisite: GEST 100

GEST 220
Women in Early America, 1607-1860

An examination of the experiences of women in early America, focusing both on women’s lives and on the changing economic, political, and cultural roles they played in American society. Themes include women and the family, women’s religious experiences, women and industrialization, and the effects of slavery on black and white women. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or consent of instructor
Also listed as History 335

GEST 222
Music and Gender

This course will explore the relationship between music and gender in the Western world from the Middle Ages to the present. Considering classical and popular music, including music videos and film, as well as writings about gender and music, we will explore music's role as a reflection of, reaction to, and active participant in gender construction. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing
Also listed as Musicology 221

GEST 256
Transgender Lives

An introduction to the historical and literary representations of transgender people. Using a feminist lens, this course will examine issues such as identity, pathology, representations of the “other,” and of course, cultural ideas about gender norms and appearance. Units: 6. Prerequisite: GEST 100 or consent of instructor

GEST 261
Feminism and Philosophy

A consideration of the contribution of feminism to a range of subjects of philosophical inquiry, including: the philosophy of mind, ethics and the history of philosophy. Units: 6. Prerequisite: One course in philosophy, sophomore standing, or consent of instructor
Also listed as Philosophy 260

GEST 270
The Psychology of Gender

An examination of theory and research on gender identity, gender roles, discrimination, and gender similarities and differences. Topics include gender stereotypes, gender identity development, sexual orientation, sex education, as well as intersections of gender with other aspects of identity. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing
Also listed as Psychology 310

GEST 275
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Psychology

This course will examine the emerging psychological literature on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) persons. Specific topics will include: sexual/gender identity across the lifespan, "coming out" as a sexual/gender minority, transphobic and homophobic bigotry, transgender and same-sex relationships and parenting, and LGBT isues in late-life. Units: 6.
Also listed as Psychology 275

GEST 280
Topics in Gender Studies

Explores a particular topic of current interest in gender studies, and may be cross-listed with other departments. Topics will vary with each offering of the course. Different iterations of the course may be taken for credit with the instructor's consent.

Topic for Spring 2015: Sexualities
An examination of how sexual desire, practice, and identity vary both within and between societies around the world. Explores topics such as homosexuality, the sex industry, sexual violence, and AIDS in both Western and non-Western contexts. Special attention will be paid to the relationships between sexuality, race, class, and gender. Units: 6. Prerequisite: GEST 100, or another GEST class and consent of instructor

GEST 300
Introduction to Queer Theory

Offers theoretical frameworks for grappling with social constructions of sexuality alongside those of gender, class, race, and other identity categories. This class, like the field itself, uses the term “queer”  to designate not just people but also practices: it explores representational and interpretive strategies that highlight inconsistencies within our cultural models of sexuality, desire, and subjectivity. Units: 6. Prerequisite: GEST 100, or another GEST class and consent of instructor

GEST 315
Gender in 20th-Century Africa

An examination of the changing roles of African men and women in the 20th century. The course will focus on the rapid social transformations of the 20th century — colonialism, abolition of slavery, the spread of Christianity and Islam, urbanization, the birth of new nations — and their challenges to traditional understandings of what it meant to be a man or woman. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Junior standing or some gender studies background
Also listed as History 220

GEST 323
Reel Men: Masculinity in American Film, 1945-2000

Focusing on an array of well-known American films — “The Maltese Falcon,” “Red River,” “Dr. Strangelove,” “McCabe and Mrs. Miller,” “Chinatown,” “Die Hard,” and “American Beauty” among them — the course will integrate film theory, gender theory, and American history to address the problem of how masculinity has been constructed in American culture since World War II. Not open to students who have previously received, or need to receive, credit for HIST 400. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Sophomore level or above
Also listed as History 300, Film Studies 300

GEST 324
Gender and Cinema

This course examines gender and film in an international context. Topics include the construction of femininity and masculinity in film, feminist and queer film theories, analysis of film using intersectional and formal approaches, women behind the camera, and gender and genre. Units: 6. Prerequisite: FIST 100, GEST 100, the equivalent, or consent of instructor
Also listed as Film Studies 324

GEST 325
Black, Brown, and Queer on Film: Race, Gender, and Sexuality on Film

Visual culture has long defined that which is not white, not queer, and not male as deviant from the visual norm. This course will explore the way in which film culture has traditionally positioned people it defines as deviant fom the racial, ethnic, gender or sexual norm and the ways in which filmmakers have responded to that positioning. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or consent of instructor
Also listed as Film Studies 325, Ethnic Studies 425

GEST 350
Anthropology of Gender

An anthropological approach to the study of gender, the sexual division of labor, marriage, and reproduction. Critical examination of evolutionary, materialist, structuralist, and practice theory approaches to understanding gender behavior and gender stratification. Topics such as transgendered sexuality, reproductive technologies, the anthropology of infancy and parenting address the diversity of ways in which cultures construct sex difference, gender, and sexuality. Units: 6. Prerequisite: ANTH 110 or GEST 100
Also listed as Anthropology 306

GEST 351
Archaeology of Gender

An examination of the relationship between gender and material culture. Focus on how gender and gender roles are reflected in the archaeological record and on the problems in identifying and determining gender roles in prehistory. Readings include studies from both the Old and New Worlds and modern theoretical approaches. Units: 6. Prerequisite: One anthropology course or consent of instructor
Also listed as Anthropology 320

GEST 390
Tutorial Studies in Gender Studies

Advanced study, arranged and carried out under the direction of an advisor. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

GEST 391
Directed Study in Gender Studies

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

GEST 395
Internship in Gender Studies

Internships may be obtained in a wide variety of field settings: agencies or organizations focused on education, health care, economics, violence, legal or counseling services, or other arenas in which gender plays a formative role. For example, students might work with a Gay-Straight Alliance or at Planned Parenthood. Students will integrate a scholarly component into their internship with the help of their faculty and on-site supervisor. Students’ Internships may be done during the academic year (at a local placement or on campus) or during the summer. The academic component of the internship includes readings related to the substance of the internship, discussions with the faculty supervisor, and a written report appropriate to the discipline. Course grades are based on this academic work. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required

GEST 399
Independent Study in Gender Studies

Advanced study, arranged in consultation with an advisor. Students considering an honors project should register for this course for one or more terms. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

GEST 410
Gender, Politics, and Current Events in Latin America

A critical analysis of current events in Latin America with a focus on gender and political issues. Through films, magazine articles, fiction, and selected radio and television broadcasts from Latin America, students will study major events that relate and give expression to the cultural mores of Latin Americans within the realm of gender and politics. The course allows students to continue to develop their oral communication skills in the target language and, with a wide range of topics and interests, to work toward an understanding of gender issues and political events that have shaped and transformed Latin America. Units: 6. Prerequisite: One 300-level Spanish course, its equivalent, or consent of instructor
Also listed as Spanish 410

GEST 412
Gender, Politics, and Current Events in Spain

A critical analysis and discussion of recent and current events in Spain with a focus on issues of gender and sexuality, immigration, and nationalism. Students study and present on topics that affect Spanish society today by reading, watching and listening to a variety of media sources, articles and theoretical readings. Units: 6. Prerequisite: One 300-level Spanish course, its equivalent, or consent of instructor
Also listed as Spanish 415

GEST 415
Society and the Sexes in Pre-Industrial Europe

A seminar, organized topically, exploring changing gender definitions, economic and social roles, family structures and functions, and styles of intimacy from 1000 to 1800. A variety of primary sources and scholarly interpretations examined. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor
Also listed as History 430

GEST 421
Music and Gender

This course will explore the relationship between music and gender in the Western world from the Middle Ages to the present. Considering classical and popular music, including music videos and film, as well as writings about gender and music, we will explore music's role as a reflection of, reaction to, and active participant in gender construction. Units: 6. Prerequisite: MUHI 201 and MUHI 202

GEST 423
Reel Men: Masculinity in American Film, 1945-2000

At the upper level, the course will serve as a history seminar in preparation for the history department's capstone course. Those taking it at that level will be required to write at least one paper addressing film or gender theory and to write a 10-15 page research prospectus. Not open to students who have previously received credit for HIST 300. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Junior standing or above
Also listed as History 400, Film Studies 400

GEST 445
Gender and Modernist British/American Literature

A study of the construction of gender in early 20th-century fiction and poetry. Authors include Cather, Woolf, Lawrence, Hemingway, Sassoon, and others. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Junior standing, an intermediate course in English or gender studies, or consent of instructor
Also listed as English 515

GEST 446
Gender and Enlightenment

This course will examine writings by both men and women that reflect on the changing social roles for women in eighteenth-century Britain. Focusing on women's labor, reproduction, reading, and writing, the course will consider to what extent women could participate in the project of the Enlightenment. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Junior standing, ENG 230, or consent of instructor
Also listed as English 446

GEST 500
Advanced Topics in Gender Studies

An examination of a particular topic of current interest in gender studies or feminist theory; may be cross-listed with other departments and programs. Topics in this series will vary each time the course is offered. Different iterations of the course may be taken for credit with the instructor's permission. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Junior standing and gender studies at the 200-level or above, or consent of instructor; individual versions of the course may carry other prerequisites

GEST 503
Women Writing in French

Seeking to uncover lives that had remained largely hidden, women writing in French have revealed and shared their innermost desires and frustrations. French and francophone women writers have braved ostracism to question their identity and their relationship to family and society. Authors may include Duras, Djebar, Cixous, Bugul, Kristeva, Sebbar, Sand, Colette, and Hébert. Units: 6. Prerequisite: One 400-level French course or consent of instructor
Also listed as French 503

GEST 560
Topics in Gender and Social Development

This course examines topics in gender and social development.

Topic for Winter 2015: Gender and Social Development
This seminar examines social development in childhood and adolescence. A variety of issues will be explored including achievement motivation, attachment, and aggression. Special emphasis will be given to the topics of gender identity, gender roles, sex education, and sexual orientation. Units: 6. Prerequisite: PSYC 260 or 265, PSYC 310, or consent of instructor
Also listed as Psychology 560

GEST 570
Topics in Predjudice: Sex and Sexism

Examination of the psychology of prejudice. Readings and discussions cover general theories of prejudice as well as the dynamics of specific types of prejudice (e.g., racism, sexism). The specific areas covered may shift from year to year.

Topic for Winter 2015: Sex and Sexism
Units: 6. Prerequisite: PSYC 270, MATH 117, or consent of instructor
Also listed as Psychology 570

GEST 590
Tutorial Studies in Gender Studies

Advanced study, arranged and carried out under the direction of an advisor. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

GEST 591
Directed Study in Gender Studies

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

GEST 595
Internship in Gender Studies

Internships may be obtained in a wide variety of field settings: agencies or organizations focused on education, health care, economics, violence, legal or counseling services, or other arenas in which gender plays a formative role. For example, students might work with a Gay-Straight Alliance or at Planned Parenthood. Students will integrate a scholarly component into their internship with the help of their faculty and on-site supervisor. Students’ Internships may be done during the academic year (at a local placement or on campus) or during the summer. The academic component of the internship includes readings related to the substance of the internship, discussions with the faculty supervisor, and a written report appropriate to the discipline. Course grades are based on this academic work. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required

GEST 599
Independent Study in Gender Studies

Advanced study, arranged in consultation with an advisor. Students considering an honors project should register for this course for one or more terms. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

GEST 690
Tutorial Studies in Gender Studies

Advanced study, arranged and carried out under the direction of an advisor. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

GEST 691
Directed Study in Gender Studies

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

GEST 695
Internship in Gender Studies

Internships may be obtained in a wide variety of field settings: agencies or organizations focused on education, health care, economics, violence, legal or counseling services, or other arenas in which gender plays a formative role. For example, students might work with a Gay-Straight Alliance or at Planned Parenthood. Students will integrate a scholarly component into their internship with the help of their faculty and on-site supervisor. Students’ Internships may be done during the academic year (at a local placement or on campus) or during the summer. The academic component of the internship includes readings related to the substance of the internship, discussions with the faculty supervisor, and a written report appropriate to the discipline. Course grades are based on this academic work. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required

GEST 699
Independent Study in Gender Studies

Advanced study, arranged in consultation with an advisor. Students considering an honors project should register for this course for one or more terms. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

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