Gender Studies | Women, Gender & Culture
G101 | 2718-2719 | Julie Thomas


Women, Gender, & Culture provides an introduction to the
interdisciplinary study of gender  the social creation and cultural
representation of femininity and masculinity, examining relevant
beliefs, practices, debates and political struggles.  Lectures,
readings, and class discussions consider how people of different
races, ethnicities, classes, and nationalities in various historical
periods have assumed gendered identities. Topics will include:
romantic love and marriage; sexuality; parenthood, reproduction,
birth control and new reproductive technologies; interpersonal
violence; the scientific study of sexual differences; fitness,
health, body image, and popular culture; the sexual division of
labor and economic development; and feminist movements.

The breadth of the course makes it an excellent preparation for
those planning to undertake further or more advanced studies of
gender, either within disciplines or interdisciplinary Gender
Studies.