Nov 28, 2022  
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2017-2018 
    
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


 

Women's and Gender Studies (WGST)

  
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    WGST 1000 Introduction to Gender Studies


    4 semester hours

    An interdisciplinary study of women in society through overview of the major issues, innovations, and debates that have characterized the field of Women's and Gender Studies. Course introduces history of feminist activism and discourse in the U.S.

    University Core fulfilled: Explorations: Understanding Human Behavior.


  
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    WGST 1100 Gender, Race, and Sexuality in Contemporary Society


    4 semester hours

    An introduction to critical thinking skills about concepts such as gender, race, class, and sexuality, how these intersect in lives of women of color together with women's strategies of surviving, resisting, and overcoming barriers.

    University Core fulfilled: Foundations: Studies in American Diversity.


  
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    WGST 1998 Special Studies


    1 TO 4 semester hours

  
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    WGST 1999 Independent Studies


    1 TO 4 semester hours

  
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    WGST 2000 Women in Global Communities


    4 semester hours

    This course introduces students to the cultural, social, political, and economic contexts in which non-Western women live. It addresses the impact of globalization, colonialization, and post-coloniality, and women's responses to these processes.

    University Core fulfilled: Foundations: Studies in American Diversity.


  
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    WGST 2200 Women's Bodies, Health, and Sexuality


    4 semester hours

    This course addresses women's health and sexuality from a feminist perspective. It also deals with body images not only from the perspective of health but also in terms of their relationship to structures of power.


  
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    WGST 2300 Mathematics: Contributions by Women


    3 semester hours

    (See MATH 261 ).


  
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    WGST 2998 Special Studies


    1 TO 4 semester hours

  
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    WGST 2999 Independent Studies


    1 TO 4 semester hours

  
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    WGST 3000 Feminist Theories


    4 semester hours

    Focuses on the historical roots of feminist political thought in relation to other social movements. Examines the intellectual traditions within feminist theory today such as postmodernism, psychoanalysis, postcolonial theory, queer theory, and the intersectional analyses produced by women of color.

    University Core fulfilled: Flags: Information Literacy, Writing.

    Junior or senior standing required.


  
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    WGST 3100 Feminist Research Methods


    4 semester hours

    Examines feminist methodologies through hands-on research and considers the complex relationships between researchers and their subjects, the impact of social location on our field of vision, ethical issues in the research process, as well as research that facilitates social and gender justice.

    Normally offered in the Fall semester.

    University Core fulfilled: Flags: Engaged Learning, Quantitative Reasoning.

    Junior or senior standing required.


  
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    WGST 3200 Women and Environmental Justice


    4 semester hours

    This course explores the relationships between peoples and environments, focusing on the roles and resources, identity, power relations, and geography. The course explores the theoretical and material implications of the different ways in which environmental injustice leads to the degradation of gendered environments and bodies. The course will provide multiple interdisciplinary perspectives on the state of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and the environment.

    University Core fulfilled: Integrations: Interdisciplinary Connections; Flags: Engaged Learning, Writing.


  
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    WGST 3300 Gender, Race, and the Graphic Novel


    4 semester hours

    This course explores how the space of the graphic novel can serve as a cultural space for critical engagement with ideologies of race, gender, nation, class, and sexuality. Critically examining visual language that is presented in the graphic novel, students will examine the ways it challenges iconographic images of ethnic and gendered representation.

    University Core fulfilled: Explorations: Creative Experience.


  
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    WGST 3301 Literature by Women of Color


    4 semester hours

    The course explores contemporary literature by women of color in the United States and their immigrant experiences. It attends to the ways that authors imaginatively use genres to represent and challenge gender and race construction.

    University Core fulfilled: Flag: Writing.


  
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    WGST 3302 The Image of Woman in Nineteenth-Century England


    4 semester hours

    (See ENGL 3342 .)


  
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    WGST 3303 Twentieth-Century Women's Writing


    4 semester hours

    (See ENGL 3343 .)


  
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    WGST 3304 Italian Women Writers


    4 semester hours

    (See ITAL 3580 .)


  
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    WGST 3305 Angels and Demons: Women and Literary Stereotypes


    4 semester hours

    (See MDGK 3343 .)


  
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    WGST 3306 Out of Control: Women, Madness, and the Cultural Imagination


    4 semester hours

    (See MDGK 3346 .)


  
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    WGST 3307 Gender Communication


    4 semester hours

    (See CMST 3110 .)


  
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    WGST 3400 Women in the Middle East


    4 semester hours

    This course explores the themes and variations in women's lives in the Middle East. Particular attention will be paid to family structures, rural-urban, social class and ethnic differences, social and political movements, religion, work, and education.


  
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    WGST 3401 Black Identities, Families, and Cultures


    4 semester hours

    (See AFAM 3432 .)


  
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    WGST 3402 Chicanas and Other Latinas in the U.S.


    4 semester hours

    (See CLST 3302 .)


  
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    WGST 3403 Hip Hop Culture


    4 semester hours

    (See AFAM 4422 .)


  
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    WGST 3500 Genders and Sexualities


    4 semester hours

    This course explores the relationship between sexuality and gender as well as a diversity of sexual identities. It focuses on issues of the body, sex, nature, and power within the context of history, culture, and public policy.


  
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    WGST 3501 Gender and Society


    4 semester hours

    (See SOCL 3210 .)


  
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    WGST 3502 Sociology of Marriage and Families


    4 semester hours

    (See SOCL 3160 .)


  
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    WGST 3503 Men and Masculinities


    4 semester hours

    (See SOCL 3211 .)


  
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    WGST 3600 History of Women in California


    4 semester hours

    This course explores California history from the perspective of the women who have lived, worked, and migrated here from the period of Spanish exploration to the present. Designed around experiential learning, this course takes students to important sites in and around Los Angeles to witness sites of history for themselves, visit some of LA's world-class museums, and contextualize our studies in terms of what California looks like today, and how the women's history of the state shapes its role in the larger world.

    University Core fulfilled: Explorations: Historical Analysis and Perspectives.


  
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    WGST 3601 Women in Christian History


    4 semester hours

    (See THST 3022 .)

    University Core fulfilled: Explorations: Historical Analysis and Perspectives.


  
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    WGST 3602 Gender in European History


    4 semester hours

    (See HIST 4225 .)


  
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    WGST 3603 Women in American History


    3 semester hours

    (See HIST 4430 .)


  
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    WGST 3605 History of Childhood and the Family


    4 semester hours

    (See HIST 4431 .)


  
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    WGST 3700 Images of Women in Philosophy


    4 semester hours

    (See PHIL 4175 .)


  
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    WGST 3701 Guadalupe, Queen of the Américas


    4 semester hours

    (See CLST 3310 .)

    University Core fulfilled: Integrations: Faith and Reason; Flag: Writing.


  
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    WGST 3702 Women and Religion


    4 semester hours

    (See THST 3285 .)

    University Core fulfilled: Integrations: Faith and Reason; Flags: Information Literacy, Oral Skills.


  
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    WGST 3703 Christian Marriage and Sexuality


    4 semester hours

    (See THST 3561 .)

    University Core fulfilled: Integrations: Ethics and Justice; Flag: Writing.


  
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    WGST 3704 Sex and the City of God


    4 semester hours

    (See THST 3237 .)

    University Core fulfilled: Integrations: Faith and Reason; Flag: Writing.


  
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    WGST 3998 Special Studies


    1 TO 4 semester hours

  
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    WGST 3999 Independent Studies


    1 TO 4 semester hours

  
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    WGST 4000 Feminist Political Theory


    4 semester hours

    This course familiarizes students with the major themes and movements in the history of feminist political thought and uses gender as a lens through which to view political life. The course also takes up gender as an object of inquiry for politics.


  
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    WGST 4001 Queer Theory


    4 semester hours

    This course explores the emergence, conceptual frameworks, themes, and critical tools of queer theory. This course critically analyzes sex, gender, and sexuality and the gaps between them and their interactions, as well as how these concepts are implicated in or frame many other discourses, such as the war on terror, aesthetics, death, history, race, ethics, monstrosity, nationalism, affect, punk rock, colonialism, temporality, and gentrification.

    Junior or senior standing required.


  
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    WGST 4100 Sex, Trade, Trafficking


    4 semester hours

    The course will address issues of racism, sexism, classism, and violence against women who are trafficked and those who also work as sex workers. We will discuss the relationship between ethics and human trafficking as well as who benefits from such approaches.

    University Core fulfilled: Integrations: Interdisciplinary Connections; Flag: Writing.


  
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    WGST 4101 Gender and Globalization


    4 semester hours

    Examines how gender is shaped by globalization through the feminization of labor and migration, environmental degradation, diaspora, sexuality, cultural displacement, and militarization. Explores the ways women have confronted these conditions as well as the possibilities and challenges of cross-border feminist coalitions.


  
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    WGST 4200 Sex, Race, and Violence


    4 semester hours

    (See AFAM 4642 .)


  
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    WGST 4201 Latina Feminist Theory


    4 semester hours

    (See CLST 4404 .)

    University Core fulfilled: Flag: Writing.


  
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    WGST 4300 Women in Film


    3 semester hours

    (See FTVS 473 .)


  
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    WGST 4400 Women and Politics


    4 semester hours

    (See POLS 4330 .)


  
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    WGST 4900 Senior Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies


    4 semester hours

    Designed as a last course for students obtaining the Women's and Gender Studies major or minor. Stress is on the organization and integration of knowledge gained regarding women in society.

    Offered only during the Spring semester.

    University Core fulfilled: Flags: Oral Skills, Writing.

    Junior or senior standing required.

    Majors or minors only.


  
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    WGST 4901 Service Learning in Women's Studies


    4 semester hours

    The internship in Women's Studies combines practical experience and feminist theory through the theme of women's empowerment. Students work in selected placements while reading through a sequenced bibliography. They discuss their experiences and readings in seminars and papers.


  
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    WGST 4998 Special Studies


    1 TO 4 semester hours

  
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    WGST 4999 Independent Studies


    1 TO 4 semester hours