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WGST 202- Intro to Gender & Sexuality

"This course is created with changing face of gender in mind. This is, it considers gender as a social constructed performance that is ever changing, involving social pressures, excitement and expectations. Gender can be both traditional and queer; sexuality can be both private and public; gender and sexuality can be exciting and troubling, pleasurable and dangerous. Gender theory and queer theory allows us to explore all these aspects and more. In this course we will study the intersectionality of gender with age, class, race/ethnicity, and sexuality; explore the social construction of these identities; learn the impact that globalization and mass media have on gender constructions; and assess how social constructs and theories involving gender apply to the everyday lives of students. Throughout this course we will assess the impact of images concerning gender and sexuality on people's self‐worth, health, social roles, and social participation; learn about economic aspects of gender, sexuality, and transgender in terms of discrimination, job segregation, housing restrictions and privileges, and healthcare costs; analyze the impact that war, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and hate crimes have on people of different genders; consider how gender is played out both differently and similarly around the world; determine how social norms involving gender, class, age, race/ethnicity, and sexuality also constitute systems of privilege and oppression."

                    -Kathryn Ziegler; Women's and Gender Studies; Winter 2013


"Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary exploration of two broad but related topics: gender and sexuality. Gender influences all people’s lives and interacts with other forms of social identity including sexuality, race, class, religion, and (dis)ability. Gender pervades all aspects of our lives, influencing interpersonal relationships, family life, work, sexual interactions, experiences of violence, and interactions with educational, legal and political systems. Sexuality also influences everyone’s lives regardless of whether they identify with categories such as heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, or asexual. As a source of physical pleasure, physical pain, emotional fulfillment, psychological shame, and income, sexuality has wide‐ranging effects. Examined together, these two aspects of social, cultural, personal, and political life provide a window into the pleasures and dangers, freedoms and restrictions, and overall complexity of human life."


                        -Elizabeth Currans; Women's and Gender Studies; Winter 2013

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