WGS 201   Global Women's Studies (3 Hours)

The course is intended to increase student understanding of the history and experiences of women. It principally focuses on the ways in which gender interacts with race/ethnicity, social class, sexual orientation, religion, age, nationality and other cultural identities to create differences and similarities in gendered lives. Students will critically examine and compare through a multidisciplinary approach the voices and experiences of women representing both domestic and global diversities. Selected topics may include gender socialization; the female body and the sociopolitical context of reproduction, body image, appearance and of sexuality; similarities and differences between the genders; marriage and the family; work roles, inequalities and the global economy; health issues; violence against and by women; women in religion and politics; and a historical and contemporary look at global feminism.