Multidisciplinary survey of gender assumptions in relation to sexuality, mental health, social and political relations, and artistic expression.
Examination of how gender and sexuality have been constructed, experienced, and legislated.
Identification and examination of social and cultural conflicts through the lens of gender, and comparison of such conflicts across cultures, regions, and historical periods.
Study of sex, gender in relation to science and social sciences; survey of scientific methods, approaches, current research; investigation of gender influences on scientific research.
Theories of feminism; historical, social and cultural perspectives of the women’s movement in America, Europe, and in developing countries; men’s roles in the feminist movement.
Interdisciplinary analysis of LGBTQ issues; examination of the intersections of gender and sexuality with social class, race, religion, and nationality.
A combination of internships in the community and an intensive seminar on the relationship of the students in the academic community with the larger urban community of which it is a part.
Cross-cultural notions of the body, health, and healing; historic and cultural variability of ideas of reproduction, birth, sexuality, mental illness, and disability.
Discussion of the relationship between women and the law in light of feminist jurisprudence, U.S. Supreme Court decisions, and cross-cultural perspectives.
Analysis of transgender behaviors, from androgyny and transvestism to transexuality. Discussion of changing laws, representations, medical standards, and social attitudes towards transgender and intersex people.
Exploration of shifting social organization and cultural meanings of same-sex desire and cross-gender behaviors in the U.S., primarily during the 20th century.
Analysis of the most effective strategies and techniques for reducing prejudice against racial/ethnic minorities, women, gays and lesbians, and others subjected to stigma.
Interdisciplinary examination of social, personal meanings of masculinity; variety of male experience by social class, race, sexuality, and age; emerging masculinities of the future.
Supervised, individual studies. No more than one registration permitted. Enrollment by petition only.
Study of a selected problem, period, or theme in the study of women and men in society by integrating perspectives from cross-cultural and interdisciplinary studies.
Examination of the philosophy and politics of Ecofeminism. It will critique the ideologies that link the oppression of women to the exploitation of nature. Recommended preparation: SWMS 210 or SWMS 301.
Analysis of theoretical perspectives and empirical data from biology, psychology and anthropology that relate to women’s physiology and behavior.
Interdisciplinary study of queer Los Angeles through examination of histories, memoirs, essays, fiction, poetry, documentaries, narrative films, and local archives.
Sport as an institutional locus for construction of gender relations; lives of female and male athletes; issues of sexuality, violence, racism, spectatorship, and media.
Independent research and readings. Not available for graduate credit.
Writing of the honors thesis; for students in the Gender Studies Honors Program. Open only to gender studies majors. Recommended preparation: SWMS 410.
Study of a selected problem, period, or theme through interdisciplinary approaches.