WMS Women's Studies

Courses in WMS:
WMS 020Cultural Representations of Gender (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Interdisciplinary investigation of how specific cultures represent gender difference. Examine a variety of cultural forms and phenomena including film, television, literature, music, popular movements, and institutions. (Letter.) GE credit: ACGH, AH, DD, SS, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
WMS 025Gender & Global Cinema (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s). Role gender plays in film history/culture in various geographical contexts and in aspects of contemporary globalization. Films from nations such as China, Colombia, Cuba, Ethiopia, India, Iran, Korea, New Zealand, and the U.S. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
WMS 050Introduction to Critical Gender Studies (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Introduction to interdisciplinary, critical gender studies. Addresses the emergence of women’s, gender and feminist studies internationally, its links to women’s movements, and its influence within the various arts, humanities and social science disciplines. (Letter.) GE credit: ACGH, AH, DD, SS, VL, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
WMS 060Feminist Critiques of Western Thought (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Critical introduction to major traditions of social thinking in the West from a feminist perspective. (Letter.) GE credit: ACGH, AH, DD, SS, WE. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
WMS 070Theory & History of Sexualities (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Key issues in the social construction, organization, and reproduction of sexualities such as the intersection of sexual identity with gender, race, ethnicity, and class, and the relation between movements for sexual liberation and the regulation of the body. (Letter.) GE credit: ACGH, AH, DD, SS, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
WMS 080Special Topics in Critical Gender Studies (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). In-depth examination of a women and gender studies topic related to the research interest of the instructor. May be repeated up to 1 Time(s) when topic differs. (Letter.) GE credit: SS, WE. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
WMS 090XLower Division Seminar (2) Active
Seminar—2 hour(s). Examination of a special topic in Womens Studies through shared readings, discussions, and written assignments. (Letter.) Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
WMS 091Research Seminar in the Transnational Production & Consumption of Fashion (1-2) Active
Seminar—1-2 hour(s). Preparation for a research conference. May be repeated for credit when topic differs. (Letter.) Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
WMS 098Directed Group Study (1-5) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
WMS 099Special Study for Undergraduates (1-5) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
WMS 102Gender & Post Colonialism (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s); Term Paper. Explores changing configurations of race, gender, sexuality, class and implications for governmentality in one or more colonial or postcolonial regimes in one or more societies. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, DD, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2018 Winter Quarter.
WMS 103Introduction to Feminist Theory (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): WMS 050 recommended or consent of instructor. Introduction to the emergence of feminist theory and to key concepts in feminist theorizing. Examination of past and current debates over sexuality, race, identity politics, and the social construction of womens experience. (Letter.) GE credit: ACGH, AH, DD, SS, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
WMS 104Feminist Research (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Required for Women's Studies major. Introduction to feminist applications and transformations of traditional disciplinary research practices; initial training in methodologies for feminist interdisciplinary work. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, DD, OL, SS, WE. Effective: 2018 Winter Quarter.
WMS 130Globalization & Politics of Family Change (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Political/cultural changes, conflicts, and economic disparities that have led to greater mobility and dispersal of families. Transnationalism on gender relations, sexualities, and the meaning of family. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2018 Spring Quarter.
WMS 136Critical Food Studies (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Production and consumption of food at the intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, nation, and body. Individual and familial experiences as part of larger economic and political structures in the U.S. and globally. (Letter.) GE credit: ACGH, AH, DD, OL, SS, WE. Effective: 2018 Spring Quarter.
WMS 137Contemporary Debates in Western Feminist Theory (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): WMS 060; or Consent of Instructor. Interpretations of poststructuralist, postmodern, and postcolonial thought from a critical feminist perspective; includes methods of applying theory to concrete social/cultural problems of gender, race, sexuality, class. (Letter.) GE credit: ACGH, AH, DD, SS, WE. Effective: 2018 Spring Quarter.
WMS 138Critical Fashion Studies (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Feminist cultural studies of style-fashion-dress through transnational circuits, personal subjectivities. Fashion as means of gender oppression and liberation. Histories and discourses of masculinities and femininities. Clothing works on global assembly line. Use of dress in construction/regulation of identities. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, DD, SS, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
WMS 139Feminist Cultural Studies (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Histories, theories, and practices of feminist traditions within Cultural Studies. (Same course as AMS 139.) (Letter.) GE credit: ACGH, AH, DD, SS, VL, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
WMS 140Gender & Law (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Exploration of womens legal rights in historical and contemporary context, discussing a variety of legal issues and applicable feminist theories. Topics include constitutional equal protection, discrimination in employment and education, sexual orientation discrimination, and the regulation of abortion. (Letter.) GE credit: ACGH, DD, SS. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
WMS 145Women's Movements in Transnational Perspective (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): WMS 050 recommended. Limited to 90 students. Transnational perspectives on 20th- and 21st-century women’s movements in Western, colonial and post-colonial contexts, examining movement’s forms and political orientations and relationships between women’s movements and other forces for change. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
WMS 146Gender, War & Peace (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Applies a critical gender perspective to militarism as manifest in contexts of military rule, war, conflict, peacebuilding and security post-conflict. Addresses the changing configurations of gender and sexuality in military institutions and militarized economies and cultures from an interdisciplinary perspective. (Letter.) GE credit: ACGH, AH, DD, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2018 Winter Quarter.
WMS 148Science, Gender, & Social Justice (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s); Term Paper. Limited to 60 students. Critical reading and reflection on the history of Western science, scientific institutions and the changing role of science in relation to inequalities of class, race, gender and sexuality, and global struggles for equality and justice. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, DD, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
WMS 158Masculinities (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Cultural, economic, and political forces which shape historical and contemporary masculinities. Impact of race, class, ability, nation and sexuality on experiences and cultural representations of masculinity. (Letter.) GE credit: ACGH, AH, DD, SS, WE. Effective: 2018 Spring Quarter.
WMS 160Women, "Race" & Sexuality in Postcolonial Cinema (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s). Limited to 90 students. Feminist analysis of race, sexuality and class in the representation of women in commercial and/or independent films. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
WMS 162Feminist Film Theory & Criticism (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s). Historical overview of and contemporary issues in feminist film theory, including representation, spectatorship, and cultural production. Film stars, women filmmakers, and the intersections of gender, race, sexuality, and class in films and their audiences. (Letter.) GE credit: ACGH, AH, DD, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
WMS 164Topics in Gender & Cinematic Representation (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s). Examination of a specific topic within the broad rubric of gender and cinema. Possible topics include Latinas in Hollywood; gender, nation, cinema; and gender and film genre. Topics vary. May be repeated up to 2 Time(s) when topic differs. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
WMS 165Feminist Media Production (6) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Laboratory—3 hour(s); Fieldwork—6 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): (CTS 020 or CDM 020); or two WMS courses. Media production as a mode of cultural criticism, furthering feminist/ social justice activist goals. Fundamentals of camera, editing and distribution via a social engagement model. Study and hands-on response to key historic and contemporary feminist and social justice media discourses. (Same course as CDM 105.) (Letter.) GE credit: ACGH, AH, DD, SS, VL. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
WMS 170Queer Studies (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): WMS 070 recommended or consent of instructor. Study of queer sexualities, identities, theories, practices. Alternative sexualities as historical, social, and cultural constructions in intersections with race, gender, class, nationality. Interdisciplinary exploration of sexual liberation and the regulation of sexuality through history, theory and expressive cultural forms. (Letter.) GE credit: ACGH, AH, DD, SS, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
WMS 174Body Politics (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). The body as a site where status inequalities are formed and resisted. Self-making through bodywork, history of gendered and racial meanings of the body, and analysis of normalizing discourses and practices. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, DD, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2018 Winter Quarter.
WMS 175Gender & Experience of Race (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Exploration of the co-construction of “race” and gender in comparative national historical contexts and contemporary lived experience. Study of intersections of race and gender in identities and how institutions, labor migration, social movements and consumption shape racialized gendered identities. (Letter.) GE credit: ACGH, AH, DD, SS, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
WMS 176Autobiography, Narrative, Memoir (4) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Limited to 30 students. Life narrative writings by women. Transgressive voices exploring issues of race, class, and sexuality, women's silence and marginalization. Theories of autobiography, autoethnography and memoir included. May be repeated for credit when content differs. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, DD, SS, WE. Effective: 2018 Summer Session 1.
WMS 178AWomen Writers & the Transnational Imaginary: The Arab World (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Writings by women from diverse regions and cultures, understood in their cultural, socio-economic, and historical contexts, with each course offering a focus on women’s writing in specific geographic/national locations and their diasporas: The Arab World. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
WMS 178BWomen Writers & the Transnational Imaginary: Asia (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Writings by women from diverse regions and cultures, understood in their cultural, socio-economic, and historical contexts, with each course offering a focus on women’s writing in specific geographic/national locations and their diasporas: Asia. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
WMS 178CWomen Writers & the Transnational Imaginary: The Caribbean (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Writings by women from diverse regions and cultures, understood in their cultural, socio-economic, and historical contexts, with each course offering a focus on women’s writing in specific geographic/national locations and their diasporas: The Caribbean. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
WMS 178DWomen Writers & the Transnational Imaginary: Africa (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Writings by women from diverse regions and cultures, understood in their cultural, socio-economic, and historical contexts, with each course offering a focus on women’s writing in specific geographic/national locations and their diasporas: Africa. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
WMS 178EWomen Writers & the Transnational Imaginary: Diasporic Women Writers in Europe (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Writings by women from diverse regions and cultures, understood in their cultural, socio-economic, and historical contexts, with each course offering a focus on women’s writing in specific geographic/national locations and their diasporas: Diasporic Women Writers in Europe. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
WMS 178FTransnationalism & Writing by Women of Color (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Writings by women of color in a transnational framework, understood in their cultural, socio-economic, and historical contexts. The interrelation among gender, writing, nationalism, and transnationalism with focus on women's writing in specific geographic/national locations and their diasporas: Topics on Women Writers of Color. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
WMS 179Literature as Aesthetics of Resistance (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Literature by women and other marginal groups which embody dissent and subversion as a means of challenging the status quo and to affect social transformation. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2019 Winter Quarter.
WMS 180Women of Color Writing in the United States (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Literature, especially novels, written by contemporary women of color in the United States, understood in their socio-economic, cultural and historical contexts. (Letter.) GE credit: ACGH, AH, DD, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
WMS 182Globalization, Gender & Culture (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Critical gender analysis of globalization as a process of interconnected cultural, social and economic transformations inflected by gender, nation, class and race/ethnicity. Critical self-reflection and social observation skills. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
WMS 184Gender in the Arab World (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Examination of the history, culture, and social/political/economic dynamics of gender relations and gendering in the Arab world. (Letter.) GE credit: SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
WMS 185Women & Islamic Discourses (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): WMS 050; Or comparable course. Introduction to debate/discourses about women and Islam. Transformations in debate/discourses in colonial and postcolonial periods in the Middle East & South Asia. Comparative study of debate/discourses on family, work, law, sexuality, religion, comportment, human rights, feminist and religious movements. (Same course as MSA 150.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, SS, WC. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
WMS 187Gender & Public Policy (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Role of gender in the creation of social policies, especially with respect to issues brought into the policy arena by contemporary feminism. (Letter.) GE credit: ACGH, DD, SS, WE. Effective: 2018 Winter Quarter.
WMS 189Special Topics in Critical Gender Studies (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). In-depth examination of a women's studies topic related to the research interests of the instructor. May be repeated up to 1 Time(s) when topic differs. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, SS, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
WMS 190Senior Seminar (4) Active
Seminar—4 hour(s). Capstone course for senior Womens Studies majors, which focuses on current issues on feminism as they impact theory, public policy, and practice. (Letter.) GE credit: ACGH, AH, DD, SS. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
WMS 191Capstone Seminar (4) Active
Seminar—4 hour(s). Revision, completion, and presentation of senior research or creative project. Creating a multimedia website for publishing research and creative projects. (Letter.) GE credit: ACGH, AH, DD, SS, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
WMS 192Internship in Women's Studies (1-12) Active
Internship—3-36 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Completion of a minimum of 84 units and consent of instructor; enrollment dependent on availability of intern positions with priority to Women's Studies majors. Supervised internship and study in positions/institutional settings dealing with gender-related problems or issues, as for example, a women's center, affirmative action office, advertising agency, or social welfare agency. Final written report on internship experience. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
WMS 193Feminist Leadership Seminar (2) Active
Seminar—2 hour(s). Use feminist methods to critically reflect on the ethical, methodological and strategic aspects of an organization, project, campaign, movement or other social change initiative. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) GE credit: ACGH, AH, DD, SS, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
WMS 194HASenior Honors Project in Women's Studies (4-6) Active
Independent Study—12 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Senior standing, Women's Studies major, and advisor's approval. In consultation with an advisor, students complete a substantial research paper or significant creative project on a Womens Studies topic. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, SS, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
WMS 194HBSenior Honors Project in Women's Studies (4-6) Active
Independent Study—12 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Senior standing, Women's Studies major, and advisor's approval. In consultation with an advisor, students complete a substantial research paper or significant creative project on a Women's Studies topic. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, SS, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
WMS 195Thematic Seminar in Critical Gender & Women's Studies (4) Active
Seminar—4 hour(s). Group study of a topic, issue or area in feminist theory and research involving intensive reading and writing. May be repeated for credit. (Letter.) GE credit: ACGH, AH, DD, SS, WE. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
WMS 197TTutoring in Women's Studies (1-4) Active
Tutorial—3-12 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Upper division standing and consent of director. Leading small, voluntary discussion groups affiliated with a Womens Studies course. May be repeated up to 8 Unit(s). (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
WMS 198Directed Group Study (1-5) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Upper division standing. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
WMS 199Special Study for Advanced Undergraduates (1-5) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Upper division standing. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
WMS 200ACurrent Issues in Feminist Theory (4) Active
Seminar—4 hour(s). Current issues in feminist theory; techniques employed to build feminist theory in various fields. (Letter.) Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
WMS 200BProblems in Feminist Research (4) Active
Seminar—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): WMS 200A B+ or better. Application of feminist theoretical perspectives to the interdisciplinary investigation of a problem or question chosen by the instructor(s). May be repeated for credit when topic differs. (Letter.) Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
WMS 201Special Topics in Feminist Theory & Research (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Limited enrollment. Explores in depth a topic in feminist theory and research related to the research interests of the instructor. May be repeated for credit when topic differs. (Letter.) Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
WMS 250Cultural Study of Masculinities (4) Active
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Interdisciplinary approaches to understanding the social and cultural construction of masculinities; attention to the effects of biology, gender, race, class, sexual and national identities; criticism of oral, printed, visual, and mass mediated texts, and of social relations and structures. (Same course as AMS 250.) (Letter.) Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
WMS 299Special Study for Graduate Students (1-12) Active
Variable. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
WMS 299DDissertation Research & Writing (4) Active
Extensive Writing/Discussion—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): WMS 200A; WMS 200B; Fulfillment of course requirements for the DE in Feminist Theory and Research, advancement to candidacy. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
WMS 396Teaching Assistant Training Practicum (1-4) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.