Core Requirements for the Major and Minor
Women's Studies 101W: Introduction to Women's Studies. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
Class #38776, #38777
This course explores the core concepts underlying the interdisciplinary
field of Women's Studies,
introducing the ways in which the study of women and sex/gender as social categories transforms our
understanding of culture, history and society. Topics include the social construction of gender,
the gender division of labor, production and reproduction, intersections of gender, race, class and ethnicity,
and the varieties of sexual experience. This course is the required introduction to the Women's Studies
major and minor, and has no prerequisites. (SS) Fall, Spring
Women's Studies 201W: Theories of Feminism
The main theories used in Women's Studies today will be analyzed from
a historical perspective and with
respect to the combined effects of gender, race and class on the status of women in contemporary society.
The course will include the study of the problems inherent in establishing full social equality for women.
Women's Studies 310: VT: Research Seminar
This course allows students to undertake individual research with any
member of the Queens College faculty,
in conjunction with the Women's Studies Director. Students typically meet weekly with a faculty member and
work towards an original research paper, project, or performance.
Women's Studies 320: Field Work
In recognition of the activist roots and goals of Women's Studies, the
major includes supervised field work
in an advocacy or service organization for women. Students work in political organizations, battered women's
shelters, welfare rights groups, women's health groups or similar organizations and prepare a formal document
based on their experiences and readings.
Other Women's Studies Courses
Women's Studies 210: The Female Body in History
This class will explore the perceptions and representations of women’s bodies from the ancient world through modernity, as well as the experience by women of their own bodies in terms of biology, childbirth, illness, or aspirations towards achieving standards of beauty. Among the themes explored will be medical and anatomical notions of the female body from Aristotle through the modern period; male control over women’s bodies in the medical field or on the domestic front; women’s sexualities as they were judged according to different times and contexts; the manner in which female saints in the middle ages used their body to express religious ideas (in self-starvation, for example); the witch’s body in the early modern period; the representation of female bodies in art, religion, literature, and fashion; changing cultural ideals about male and female beauty, and ugliness; the female body in Victorian Britain and its increasing subjection to psychoanalytical ideas; and finally, the influence of these developments on girls’ and women’s bodies in the present day .
Women's Studies 390.3W: Tutorial
Permission of the director of Women's Studies and the director of Interdisciplinary and Special Studies. Students
undertake and complete an individual research project under the supervision of a member of the women's
Cross-listed Courses For Spring, 2014
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CMLIT 229W: Women in Modern Literature -- Class #43647 and #43648 Prereq.: Sophomore standing.
The representation of women in literary texts by female and male writers, with attention to the relationship
between women’s social and cultural status and their image in literature. The thematic focus of this course
(e.g., Women and War; Women in Non-Western Literature) and the works studied vary each semester.
Students may repeat this course more than once if the topic and works studied are different.
ECON 219W: Economics of Class, Race, and Sex -- Class #42365 This course is concerned with theoretical and historical explanations of stratification by class, race, sex and ethnicity. Specifically, it is concerned with explaining differential rates of progress among ethnic groups; the economic position of the black population versus the white one; black/white males vis-a-vis black/white females; and finally, males and females.
ENGL 325: Gender & Sexualities -- Class #37736
Prereq.: ENGL 165W (or 140W) or 170W
(or 150W) or one PLAS Reading Literature course. An
exploration of the literature and culture of gender and
sexuality. Topics may include feminist and queer theory, traditions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer writing (autobiography, fiction, poetry, etc.) or
themes such as marriage, sexual and gender identity, or HIV/AIDS. This is a variable topics course.
ENGL 326: Women Writers -- Class #37835
The study of women's tradition, through the close reading of a selections of writings by women, primarily in English and American literature. Among the topics considered are the realtionship between women writers and their cultural and social backgrounds; conditions affecting women's literary production; the influence of female and male precursors; the impact of race and class; and continuities and breaks with the dominant literary tradition.
FNES 147: Family Relations -- Class #41321 and #41322
Interpersonal relations in contemporary American marriage and family
life. Topics include dating, courtship,
sex attitudes and behavior, family preplanning, communication, marital
conflict, the unmarried, and elements
of a successful marriage.
FNES 151: The Family and Consumer Studies -- Class #41323 and #41324
A study of consumer issues as they affect the family, with special emphasis on cultural, social, psychological, and economic factors influencing consumer behavior; consumer rights and responsibilities; and public policy issues.
FNES 249: Child and Family Policies-- Class #41334 Prereq.: FNES 147.
An overview of different child
and family policies and their effects on families. Examination of the policy-making process and the
roles that family professionals can play in influencing government policies that support and strengthen families.
FNES 347: Family and Cross-Cultural Perspectives -- Class #41386 Prereq.: FNES 147.
An overview of family dynamics (marital relations, gender roles, parenting) in different cultures. Examination of childhood development and patterns of socialization from cross-cultural perspectives.
FNES 349: Family Issues and Conflict Resolution -- Class #41394 FNES 248.
This course is designed to
examine communication and parenting skills and various counseling techniques to facilitate conflict resolution.
FNES 356: Sexuality Counseling -- Class #41395 FNES 349.
An overview of different issues related to sexuality in the family. Examination of how sexuality impacts family life and the factors that impact sexuality.
Counseling strategies to provide support with sexual issues will be discussed.
HIST 271: History of Women in the US, 1880 - Present-- Class #39292
A study of women in the late 19th-century era of rapid industrialization and large-scale immigration and in
20th-century reform movements. Analysis of women in the work force and in the home. Includes the post-World
War II feminist movement and women’s issues of the 1980s and 1990s.
MEDST 320W: Gender and Media -- Class #41065 Prereq.: MEDST 220 or 300W.
Focuses on spectatorship and representation of femininity and masculinity in both mainstream and alternative media.
PHIL 150: Philosopy and Feminism -- Class #33165
An examination of feminist perspectives on topics such
as knowledge, metaphysics, aesthetics, ethics, political philosophy, and the nature and history of philosophy.
Attention will be paid to the nature of gender and to the question of its role in the framing of philosophical issues, methods, and paradigms of investigation.
PSCI 105: Political Theory -- Class #37261 ONLY
Introduction to the nature, types, and problems of political theory. Core of readings consists of selections from classic works of political theory and philosphy.
PSYCH 353: Psychology of Sex Roles-- Class #39786 and #39795
Prereq.: One course from the developmental sequence
(PSYCH 214, 215, 216, or 217) and either PSYCH 221 or 232.
A survey and critical analysis of research and theory
regarding similarities and differences in behavior between males and females, both human and animal. Included are
considerations of biological, social, psychological, and cultural determinants of gender role development.†
SOC 214: The Family -- Class #37376, #37377, #37380
Historical and contemporary factors that shape families, with special emphasis on the American family. Topics include changes over time, cultures and social classes, and interpersonal issues of family life.
SOC 222: Social Welfare as a Social Institution-- Class #37521
Social welfare as an institution, with emphasis on its structure and development, and sociological analysis of problems of aging, divorce, and adoption, etc
SOC 243: Sex and Gender in Comparative Perspective--Class #37685
This course explores the social construction of gender in a comparative-historical perspective. Emphasis is given to the ways in which particular social and historical conditions shape gender relations in the ecomony, the political system, the family, and the ideology and practice of sexuality.
SOC 244: Sociology of Women -- Class #38601, #38606
This course explores the changing position of women as a social group, focusing on the contemporary United States. The sexual division of labor in the paid labor market and in the household, the relatiionship of women to family change and "family crisis", the changing role of women in politics, and the changing social construction of female sexuality will be studied.
SOC 245: Women and Work -- Class #38607
An exploration of the changing situation of women in the U.S. workforce. Included is a study of the causes and consequences of job segregation by sex, and sex differentials in pay. The relationship between women's paid work and their role in the family and society will also be explored.
SOC 246: The Sociology of Human Sexuality -- Class #39353, #39356, #39374
This course explores the social sources of patterns of human sexuality. Among the topics examined are why sexuality has been regulated in all known societies, the sociology of heterosexual and homosexual behavior and identity throughout the life cycle, gender-based sexual socialization, sexual politics (e.g., rape) and commercial sex (e.g., prostitution and pornography).
URBST 101: Urban Issues: Poverty and Affluence -- Class #32211, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, #37538, #37541
Introduction to the field of urban
studies investigating why cities are places of economic and political opportunity for some and of deprivation,
discrimination, violence, and impoverishment for others. Exploration of different theories of urban poverty and inequality and examination of the impact of immigration, racial segregation, suburbanization, public policies, and social movements on U.S. cities and their inhabitants. Special attention is paid to the existence of
inequalities based on race, class, gender, and sexuality, and analyzing proposals to reduce these inequalities.
WOMEN and GENDER STUDIES PROGRAM/QUEENS COLLEGE, CUNY
Women and Gender Studies majors and minors and other interested students have the opportunity to carry out an
internship with an organization on- or off-campus that concerns itself with women's issues. Internships
receive 3 academic credits, through Women and Gender Studies 320: Fieldwork in Women's Studies. Students are graded on the
evaluation of their learning experience as recorded through a final piece of writing.
Among the opportunities available to students are internships in women's shelters, publishing, law, radio stations, political organizations, and women's
organizations. Interested students should contact the Women and Gender Studies office to discuss placement.
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