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Women’s Studies

WOM ST 8, Women’s Studies Leadership Practicum    3 units

Transfer: CSU • Prerequisite: None.

This course is an application of feminist theories and women’s studies pedagogy to leadership development. Utilizing the methods and tools found in the interdisciplinary field of women’s studies, the course is rooted in theoretically-based and thoughtfully-organized individual and collective action through leadership training, group activities, service-learning, and networking opportunities both on and off campus. While emphasizing the importance of praxis-connecting theory and practice students will develop an understanding of a broad range of women’s experiences across class, racial/ethnic, and international lines. Students will initiate, design, and implement a “field project” of their choosing that incorporates and demonstrates an application of what is being learned in the classroom. Specific course content fluctuates based on individual and group interests, available resources, and community needs.

3244   2:15p-3:35p MW   HSS 151   Cueva B M

WOM ST 10, Introduction to Women’s Studies    3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 4 (Social & Behavioral Sciences) • Prerequisite: None.

Introduction to the study of women and men in society, covering comparative issues of social, political, and economic position in the workplace, family, cultural institutions; historical basis of women’s subordination; the female experience; the male experience; relations between women and men; intersections of ethnicity/race, class and gender; violence against women; cultural images of women and men; social roles of women and men and movements for social change.

3245   8:00a-9:20a TTh   HSS 150   Klein M C

Above section 3245 is part of the Scholars Program and enrollment is limited to program participants. See Special Programs section of class schedule or www.smc.edu/scholars for additional information.

3246   12:45p-2:05p TTh   MC 11   Manoff R J

WOM ST 20, Women, Feminisms, and Social Movements: A Global Approach    3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 4D (Social & Behavioral Sciences) • Prerequisite: None.

This course introduces and utilizes feminist theories to examine salient issues that women confront around the world and the variant movements of resistance and social change spurred by these issues. The course includes an examination of both historical and contemporary women’s activism around the globe, including feminist movements that focus on political, economic, cultural, and environmental change, as well as an assessment of the impact of globalization on women’s lives. Particular attention may be given to Third World women, poor women, women of color, immigrant women, incarcerated women, women and war, women with disabilities, and queer people.

3247   11:15a-12:35p MW   HSS 154   Cueva B M

WOM ST 30, Women and Popular Culture    3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • Prerequisite: None.

Utilizing feminist theories and feminist analysis, this course examines the relationship between women and popular culture. Students will examine historical and contemporary images and roles of women in popular culture (including print, film, television, music, advertising, and consumerism) and situate these images and roles within changing socio-historical, political, and economic contexts. This course utilizes the lens of feminist theories to critically analyze how popular culture constructs gender and how these constructions become cultural norms and values. The intersection of gender, race, class, and sexual orientation is examined throughout the course and the relationship between popular culture and feminist movements is emphasized.

3248   9:30a-10:50a TTh   HSS 150   Klein M C

WOM ST 88A, Independent Studies in Women’s Studies    1 unit

Transfer: CSU

Please see “Independent Studies” section.

3249   Arrange-1 Hour    HSS 354   Schultz C K

WOM ST 88B, Independent Studies in Women’s Studies    2 units

Transfer: CSU

Please see “Independent Studies” section.

3250   Arrange-2 Hours    HSS 354   Schultz C K

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