Women's and Gender Studies Courses

 

WS 101- ISSUES FOR WOMEN IN AMERICAN SOCIETY - 3.0 UNITS - Class hours: 3.0 Lecture

Recommendation: Satisfactory completion of the Reading Placement Process or READ 54 or equivalent with a grade of Pass or “C” or higher and satisfactory completion of the English Placement Process or ENGL 52 or equivalent with a grade of Pass or “C” or higher.

Issues for Women in American Society is a multidisciplinary course that provides a foundation for interpreting gender issues in America. It examines the essential components of women’s studies as an academic discipline; delineates theories of feminism and history of women’s movements; evaluates the social construction and politics of gender; analyzes the intersection of gender with race, ethnicity, social class and sexual orientation; and identifies the issues of feminism in a global context. Transfer Credit: CSU; UC

 

WS 102- WOMEN AND RELIGION - 3.0 UNITS - Class hours: 3.0 Lecture

Recommendation: Satisfactory completion of the Reading Placement Process or READ 54 or equivalent with a grade of Pass or “C” or higher and satisfactory completion of English Placement Process or ENGL 52 or equivalent with a grade of Pass or “C” or higher.

This course is a multidisciplinary course that investigates women’s religious lives. It will center around the writing of women’s experiences within world religions. The course will include such issues as identity, women’s religious leadership, language and liturgy, rituals performed by women and sacred texts. Students will learn about world religions generally, and women’s lives in these religions specifically. Transfer Credit: CSU; UC

 

WS 103 - WOMEN, THEIR BODIES AND HEALTH - 3.0 UNITS - Class hours: 3.0 Lecture

This course will examine contemporary women’s health issues and body image concerns. General topics will include images of women, lifespan changes, mental health, eating disorders, prevention of abuse and selfharm, social roles, sexual identity and sexuality, relationships, birth control and pregnancy. Current research on cardiovascular disease, cancer and other chronic conditions will be discussed as they pertain to women’s issues. Students will develop the skills necessary to become wiser consumers of health and beauty-enhancing products. (This course is not open to students currently enrolled or who have completed HED 103.) Transfer Credit: CSU

 

WS 104 -COMMUNITY ORGANIZINGAND ACTIVISM - 3.0 UNITS Class hours: 3.0 Lecture

Recommendation: WS 101 with a grade of Pass or “C” or higher.

This course is designed to encourage the relationship between Cerritos College students who are interested in working with feminist based organizations and the local organizations that need assistance. This class will expose students to potential volunteer, internship, and job opportunities while helping them build more impressive resumes and improve the lives of women. Transfer Credit: CSU

 

WS 107- MEN AND MASCULINITIES: CONSTRUCTING MANHOOD IN AMERICA 3.0 UNITS Class hours: 3.0 Lecture

Prerequisite: Completion of ENGL 52, ENGL 72, or ESL 152 or equivalent with a grade of “C” or higher, or “Pass,” or completion of the English Placement Process with eligibility for ENGL 100. Recommendation: Completion of READ 54 or READ 97 with a grade of “C” or higher, or “Pass,” or completion of the Reading Placement Process with a score of “Reading Exempt.”

“Men and Masculinities: Constructing Manhood in America” is a multidisciplinary course that provides a foundation for interpreting aspects of gender in American society. It examines the essential components of Masculinities Studies as an academic discipline; delineates gender theories; evaluates the social construction and politics of gender, and gender-oriented social and political movements; analyzes the intersections of gender with race, ethnicity, social class, disability, sexual orientation, and sub-cultures; and identifies the issues of men and masculinities in a global context. This course is not open to students who are enrolled in HUM 107 or have received credit in HUM 107. Transfer Credit: CSU; UC

 

WS 108 - WOMEN IN SPORTS - 3.0 UNITS - Class hours: 3.0 Lecture

This course provides students with a chronological history, analysis and interpretation of people, events and issues affecting women in sports, in past and present societies. Physiological, sociological and psychological aspects of female athletes as related to sport, history and education will be covered. Students will gain an understanding of the significant events of women in athletics from the past to the present and how their significance will determine the future of women in sports. This course is not open to students who are enrolled in or who have received credit in WS 106, PE 108, or PE 106. Transfer Credit: CSU; UC

 

WS 109 PHILOSOPHY OF THE BODY, FEMINISM, AND GENDER - 3.0 UNITS - Class hours: 3.0 Lecture

Prerequisite: Completion of ENGL 52, or ENGL 72, or ESL 152 or equivalent with a grade of “C” or higher or “Pass”, or completion of the English Placement Process with eligibility for ENGL 100.

This course will examine philosophical scholarship on feminism, gender, and theory of the body in the areas of metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and aesthetics. Questions about gender identity, the nature of the self and personal identity, friendship, the feminist conception of knowledge, feminism and philosophy of language, philosophy of religion, philosophy of science; misogynist patterns in philosophical texts, male responses to feminism, moral theories, and feminist questions about beauty and art will be examined in the course, while students are also engaged in understanding the fundamentals of philosophy. This course is not open to students who are enrolled in PHIL 109 or have received credit in PHIL 109. Transfer Credit: CSU; UC

 

WS 118 – HISTORY OF WOMEN IN VISUAL ARTS - 3.0 UNITS - Class hours: 3.0 Lecture

Recommendation: ENGL 52 or ENGL 72 or ESL 152 or equivalent with a grade of “C” or higher or Pass or completion of the English Placement Process with a score eligible for ENGL 100 and READ 54 or READ 97 or equivalent with a grade of “C” or higher or Pass or completion of the Reading Placement Process with a score of “Reading Exempt.”

This course provides an introduction to the role of women in the visual arts as subjects, patrons, and artists. The course examines global case studies of female involvement in the visual arts from the medieval period through the present. Particular attention is paid to issues of female agency, historical gender roles, and female artists and patrons who shaped the discipline of Art History. This course is not open to students who are enrolled in or who have received credit in ART 118. Transfer Credit: CSU; UC

 

WS 202 - GENDER AND SOCIETY - 3.0 UNITS- Class hours: 3.0 Lecture

Recommendation: SOC 101 or equivalent with a grade of Pass or “C” or higher or equivalent with a grade of Pass or “C” or higher.

This course addresses the concept of gender as an organizing principle in men’s and women’s lives from a sociological perspective. The class will address the issue of the social construction of gender and how it relates to race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality, and how social institutions are gendered. Topics to be covered will include cultural ideas of gender, as well as gender and the economy, politics, the media, families, and education. It will also address how gender impacts interactions between individuals and groups. This course is not open to students who are enrolled in or who received credit in SOC 202. Transfer Credit: CSU; UC* *UC credit units may apply. WS 202, PSYC 265, and SOC 202 combined: maximum credit, one course.

 

WS 204 - WOMEN IN AMERICAN HISTORY - 3.0 UNITS - Class hours: 3.0 Lecture

Recommendation: Completion of the English Placement process with a score eligible for ENGL 100 or completion of ENGL 52 or equivalent with a grade of Pass or “C” or higher.

This lecture/discussion course will survey women’s history in the United States from colonial times to the present. It will focus on defining the similarities and differences in historical experiences of women based on their social class, race, and ethnicity. Topics of concentration include the changing roles of women in the private and public spheres; an analysis of the agendas, strategies, and consequences of the women’s movements; and the historical evolution of the definitions of feminism and social construction of gender. This course is not open to students who are enrolled in or have received credit in HIST 204. Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

 

WS 205 – THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF SEXUALITY AND GENDER - 3.0 UNITS - Class hours: 3.0 Lecture

Recommendation: Satisfactory completion of English Placement Process or ENGL 52 or equivalent with a grade of Pass or “C” or higher, and satisfactory completion of the Reading Placement Process or READ 54 with a grade of Pass or “C” or higher.

This course examines the cultural connection of human sexuality and gender in an anthropological framework. Biological and cultural bases for the multiple expressions of sexuality and gender found around the world are presented. Case studies include food foraging, horticultural, agricultural, industrial, and post-industrial societies. A central concern is the interaction between subsistence practices, cultural economics, and status in the construction of “normal” and “abnormal” sexualities and genders. Student must be at least 18 years of age or have parental consent in order to take this course. This course is not open to students who are enrolled in ANTH 205 or have received credit in ANTH 205. Transfer Credit: CSU; UC

 

WS 206 - WOMEN IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY - 3.0 UNITS- Class hours: 3.0 Lecture

Recommendation: ENGL 100.

This course is an introduction to the global economy from the perspectives of women in the Third World. Drawing from various disciplinary fields such as economics, history, political science, anthropology and postcolonial studies, it examines critically the processes of globalization that impact

the multiple identities and oppressions which shape women’s lives with respect to race, gender, class, and culture. This course studies the consequences of strategies of modernization and neocolonialism employed by economic development such as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) on the lives of women in the developing countries and the surrounding ecological environment. This course is not open to student who have received credit in ECON 102. Transfer Credit: CSU; UC

 

WS 207 - WOMEN AND MEDIA - 3.0 UNITS - Class hours: 3.0 Lecture

Prerequisite: Completion of ENGL 52, ENGL 72, or ESL 152 or equivalent with a grade of “C” or higher, or “Pass,” or completion of the English Placement Process with eligibility for ENGL 100. Recommendation: Completion of READ 54 or READ 97 with a grade of “C” or higher, or “Pass,” or completion of the Reading Placement Process with a score of “Reading Exempt.”

“Women and Media” explores and analyzes the various portrayals of female representation (historical and contemporary) in media, which may include film, television, music video, video games, commercials, and new media; and uses feminist, gender, and queer theory, criticism, and history to understand how popular culture shapes identity and representation of the female gender in accordance to its socio-historical, political, and economic contexts, as well as values and cultural norms. The intersection of race, social class, ethnicity, religion, disability, sub-cultures, and sexual orientation will be analyzed, along with social and political movements that inform and assist the construction of these images in a global context. This course is not open to students who are enrolled in or who have received credit in ART 207. Transfer Credit: CSU; UC

 

WS 208 - LEADERSHIP FOR WOMEN IN BUSINESS - 3.0 UNITS Class hours: 3.0 Lecture

This course explores women’s leadership, management, communication styles, and the vision and values women leaders bring to an effective environment in business. It is about balancing work/life and managing drive, ambition, adversity, commitment, networking, and achievement. It examines strategies for developing and encouraging skills that enable and allow women leaders and managers to succeed. This course is not open to students who are enrolled in BA 208 or have received credit in BA 208. Transfer Credit: CSU

 

WS 298 - DIRECTED STUDIES - 1.0 UNIT Class hours: 3.0 Independent Study

A course to provide opportunity for individual research and field projects under the direction of a faculty member in a given department. With the guidance of the faculty member, students prepare and carry out a written learning agreement describing the purposes and outcomes of the project. Students should expect to meet with the supervising faculty member one to two hours each week for conferences. Credit is based upon the number of hours in the semester expected to complete the project (1 unit for 54 hours). This course may be taken a maximum of 2 times. For selected disciplines, UC transfer credit may be possible after admission to a UC campus, pending review of appropriate course materials by UC staff. See a counselor for an explanation. Transfer Credit: CSU

 

WS 299 - DIRECTED STUDIES 2.0 UNITS Class hours: 6.0 Independent Study

A course to provide opportunity for individual research and field projects under the direction of a faculty member in a given department. With the guidance of the faculty member, students prepare and carry out a written learning agreement describing the purposes and outcomes of the project. Students should expect to meet with the supervising faculty member one to two hours each week for conferences. Credit is based upon the number of hours in the semester expected to complete the project (2 units for 108 hours). This course may be taken a maximum of 2 times. For selected disciplines, UC transfer credit may be possible after admission to a UC campus, pending review of appropriate course materials by UC staff. See a counselor for an explanation. Transfer Credit: CSU

 

ENGL 236 - STUDIES IN WOMEN’S LITERATURE - 3.0 UNITS Class hours: 3.0 Lecture

Prerequisite: Completion of ENGL 52, ENGL 72, ESL 152 or equivalent with a grade of “C” or higher, or “Pass,” or completion of the English Placement Process with eligibility for ENGL 100.

This course is a survey of literature by women reflecting women’s changing roles and identities in society in various historical, political and cultural settings. Works studied are drawn from the genres of poetry, fiction, drama, essays and journals. Transfer Credit: CSU; UC

 

PSYC 265 - PSYCHOLOGY OF GENDER -3.0 UNITS - Class hours: 3.0 Lecture 

This course will examine the psychological issues that are a part of each gender’s experiences. An exploration of gender and sex differences and issues specific to women will also be undertaken. Topics include the psychology of reproduction, ability, achievement, work, social interactions, sexuality, growing older, violence against women, and mental illness. An emphasis will be placed on differences that exist between women as they relate to race, ethnicity, culture, religion, and class. The evaluation of these topics is relevant for all genders. Transfer Credit: CSU; UC* *UC credit limits may apply. PSYC 265, SOC 202, and WS 202 combined: maximum credit, one course.