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Spring 2018


The following courses are graduate seminars offered in the Center. They are available to graduate students in the Center and those students working on certificates. Please also see this link for a complete listing of approved graduate electives offered outside the center.

Advanced Feminist Theory

Tace Hedrick
WST 6508-Section 09B6
R 6-8; UST 0108; 3 Credits

Contemporary theory with focus on common themes among academic disciplines. Since feminist theory is by its very nature interdisciplinary, this course is designed to acquaint students with some foundational feminist theory–in primary texts–across the disciplines: philosophy, art history, literary studies, sociology, anthropology, the sciences. By foundational” I mean feminist thought which has been influential in shaping academic feminist scholarship since the so-called “second wave” of United States and European feminism, beginning (roughly) in the late 1940s and moving up to the present. Simone de Beauvoir, Judith Butler, Whitney Chadwick, Janice Radway, Nancy Hartsock, bell hooks, Jane Gallop, Gayatri Spivak, Patricia Williams, Pat Hill Collins, Gayle Rubin will be some of the individuals discussed in the course. Course requirements include one 25-30 page final paper, 8 response papers, and one short presentation.

Independent Study

Kendal L Broad-Wright
WST 6905-Section 09BE
TBA; Variable Credits

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and department chair and 1 Women’s Studies course or course that counts for women’s studies, For advanced graduate students who desire to supplement their regular courses by independent reading or research under guidance. On-line application.

Feminist Methods

Kendal L Broad-Wright
WST 6935-Section 02H5
T, 6-8; UST 0108; 3 Credits

This graduate seminar will focus on feminist methods and methodologies in relation to social sciences. The course will begin by considering feminist challenges to positivism. We will carefully examine feminist methodologies (theories and analyses of how research should proceed) and new feminist epistemologies (theories of knowledge), considering how they have redefined the project of social science and the study of gender, race, class and sexuality. By challenging central tenets of positivism (objectivity, generalizability, subject/object relations in research, etc.), feminist work has question whether social science grounded in positivist ideals can really represent women and be adequate for inquiry about gender. This will be the central question of the first part of the seminar. The second part of the seminar will focus on actual methods of (mostly) social science research, considering techniques for doing research such as feminist quantitative research, feminist interviewing, feminist field work, feminist focus groups, feminist oral history, and feminist writing.

Women and Therapy

Patricia Travis
WST 6935-Section 0230
T, 7-9; TUR 2319; 3 Credits

Contemporary “psychology” had its origins in the 19th century treatment of mad women. Today, men constitute the bulk of in-patient mental health clients, while the vast majority of out-patient services go to women, who are diagnosed with depression, anxiety, and related somatic complaints at approximately three times the rate of men. Unsurprisingly, women are the largest consumes of “self-help” culture as well. And at the same time, the American Psychological Association estimates that 75% of postgraduate students in psychology and related fields today are women. This class examines the relationship between women and therapy as it has evolved since the 19th century, looking at women both as patients and as practitioners. While attending to the bio- and neurological dimensions of mental illness, it is grounded in a social constructivist approach, and draws on history, literature, and feminist and critical theory as well as clinical writings. Attention will be paid to traditionally “female complaints,” including hysteria (and its contemporary analogue, borderline personality disorder), eating disorders, and depression as well as to the innovations of feminist therapy and multicultural counseling. Students will do weekly short papers and a substantial final project. Although the class will not dwell at length on the psychoanalytic theories of Sigmund Freud, the class presumes some knowledge of Freud, if for no other reason than to understand both his continued utility and the feminist critique of him. Students should purchase and read Freud for Beginners (Appignanesi and Zarate; available through in preparation for the first class meeting.

Post Colonial Feminism

Tanya Saunders
WST 6935-Section 1D62
W, 7-9;UST 0108; 3 Credits

Women and Islam

Gwendolyn Simmons
WST 6935-Section 18C3
M, 10,W, 10-11; AND 0032; 3 Credits

This course will cast a feminist insider perspective on the volatile subject of “Women and Islam.” Most non-Muslims credit Islam as being the root cause of the oppression of women in the Muslim world. However, a growing number of Muslim women scholars and activists have begun to challenge the notion that Islam is synonymous with the oppression of women. In this course we will review the history of the religion and women’s place in it, bringing to the foreground the significant role women played in Islam’s early history. We will also examine the situation of Muslim women contemporarily from both the perspectives of Islamic Nationalists and Islamists. Both groups see that women are a crucial component for the preservation of Islamic societies.

Gender and Empowerment in Developing Nations

Renata Serra
WST 6935-Section 2A33
T, 6-8; TUR 2303; 3 Credits


Kendal L Broad-Wright
WST 6946-Section 08F5
TBA; Variable Credits

Prerequisite: Permission of Graduate Coordinator. Designed for students desiring practical experience in the community. Students intern with a local agency, group or business involved in women’s issues. Click here for more information and an on-line application.

Master’s Research

Kendal L Broad-Wright
WST 6971-Section 4433
TBA; Variable Credits




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