Women's Studies 490

WGST 490: Special Topics Seminar in Women’s and Gender Studies

Prerequisites: WGST 200 or permission of instructor

Credit Hours: (3)

Concentrated study on specific areas in Women’s Studies. May be taken for credit as often as course content varies. Content will be approved by the Women’s Studies Advisory Committee. May not be taken if WMST 490 was completed for credit.

Detailed Description of Course

Content will vary. Some possible topics are “Female Slave Narratives,” “Toni Morrison- Texts and Contexts,” “Women’s Bodies: Reproductive Rights, Technologies and Motherhood,” and “Gender, Technology and the Body.”

Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

The course will be conducted using lecture and discussion. It may incorporate the use of web resources or an experiential learning component. Emphasis will be placed on student interaction and collaboration.

Goals and Objectives of the Course

1.Students will develop a deeper awareness of women’s historical roles in particular domains.
2. Students will become more sophisticated in their critical analysis of contemporary events in terms of gender.
3. Students will have the opportunity to delve deeply into a particular aspect of women’s lives.
4. Students gain more experience with the theoretical perspectives and research methods in Women’s Studies.
5. Students will become adept at using technology to locate, access and integrate information.

Assessment Measures

Individual or group research projects leading to written papers or oral presentations or performances, written or oral examinations, dialogue journal on assigned readings, experiential learning project and report, and research paper/scholarly essay.

Other Course Information

When appropriate, this course may be cross-listed with offerings in other departments.


Review and Approval

April 13, 2016
January 2008 Reviewed by Dr. Moira P. Baker