Gender Studies Program at The University of Texas at Dallas

Course Listing 

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Gender Studies Core Courses

GST 2300/SOC 2300 Introduction to Gender Studies (3 Semester Hours).   An introduction to the way gender shapes individuals, social institutions and culture.  Examines gender, class, sexuality, race/ethnicity, and nationality as interactive systems.  Topics include biological arguments about gender and sexuality; the cultural construction of gender; the psychology of sex roles; the ways gender shapes families, workplaces and other social institutions.  Satisfies the Core Curriculum Social and Behavioral Science requirement. 

GST 3301/PSY 3324 Psychology of Gender (3 Semester Hours).  Will examine gender as it is expressed in the personality of the individual and in the social relations of dyads and groups. We will examine gender identity, sexual orientation, gender differences in intellectual abilities and personality characteristics, gender as it is expressed in friendships, marriage, and sexuality, and cultural gender stereotypes as they affect individual psychology and personal relationships.

GST 3302/HST 4380 Gender in Western Thought (3 Semester Hours).   Identifies gendered approaches within the history of ideas, including philosophy, theology, and literature.  Universal truths about human nature, particularly with regard to sex and gender, are located within the intellectual milieu of various writers and within the larger body of Western thought. 

GST 3303/SOC3354/GOV3354 Gender, Society, and Politics (3 Semester Hours).  Addresses the influence of gender on the distribution of public goods and the way gender, interacting with race and class, shapes social, political, and economic institutions.  Introduces students to traditional notions of rights and citizenship as conceptual underpinnings for contemporary political and legal debates (on welfare, reproductive rights, childcare, job segregation, women in the military, prostitution).

 

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Gender Studies Major-Related Courses

 

 

 

School of Arts and Humanities

HST 3324 Women in European Society (3 Semester Hours). An historical examination of the varied experiences of European women, focusing on work, family life, political action, sexuality, and cultural expression. May emphasize early modern or modern period. May be repeated for credit as topics vary (6 hours maximum).

HST 3366 Themes in the Social History of the United States (3 Semester Hours). A survey of social history, focusing upon the American experience. The course explores changes in the family, work, sex roles, mobility, migration, urbanization, and industrialization. Fulfills one-half of the Texas legislative requirement for six hours in American history.

HST 3371 Twentieth Century American Culture and Society (3 Semester Hours). An exploration of the interplay between social change and cultural developments during the 20th century. Topics include: urban life, mass marketing and media, gender roles, ethnic identity, and the relation between "high" and "low" culture. Fulfills one-half of the Texas legislative requirement for six hours in American history.

HST 3384 U.S. Women from Settlement to Present (3 Semester Hours). A survey of the changing social, political, and economic roles of American women. Particular attention will be paid to the diversity of women's roles, focusing on how women of different races, classes, and sexualities interpreted their "American experience." Fulfills one-half of the Texas legislative requirement for six hours in American history.

HIST 4360 Topics in American Womenís History (3 semester hours) Subject matter will vary from semester to semester and may include Women and the American Frontier, Popular Culture and Mass Media, and American Religious Societies. May be repeated for credit as topics vary (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: Three hours of lower-division history.

ISAH 3330 Venus to Vampire: Women in History and Art (3 Semester Hours). Starting with the Greeks, this course will explore the female as a constant source of inspiration and vehicle of expression during the major periods of Western art up to the present time. Emphasis will be on the social and philosophical context in which these images were created and on the persistence and change of types of images from period to period.

LIT 3327 Mid-Twentieth Century American Literature (3 Semester Hours). Surveys American literature since 1960. Samples such authors as Updike, Oats, Pynchon, Bellow, Mailer, and Morrison, and considers such topics as black humor, feminism, the new journalism, and the self-reflexive novel.

LIT 3380 Studies in Women's Literature (3 Semester Hours).  An introduction to literature by women.  Examines selections of literature written from antiquity through the contemporary period.  Considers such literary forms as autobiography, journals, letters, fiction, poetry, and drama.  Samples a diverse array of women writers and their relation to the wider Western canon.  May be repeated for credit as topics vary (6 hours maximum).

School of General Studies

AMS 3300 American Popular Culture (3 Semester Hours).    Examines American culture from the colonial period to the present through some of its most popular cultural forms--fiction, drama, film, advertising, music, fairs and festivals. Considers the economics of cultural production, ways of critically reading popular texts, and how consumers make use of popular culture.   Pays particular attention to the ways gender, race, and class influence how popular texts are created and consumed.

AMS 3318 (3 Semester Hours) Contemporary American Conflicts (3 Semester Hours). An investigation of the core tensions and strains in contemporary American society and culture with emphasis on individual freedoms vs. social responsibility, pluralism, social inequality, gender, and poverty and prosperity.

GST 4379/ISGS 4389 Topics in Gender Studies (3 semester hours) May be repeated for credit up to a nine hour maximum.

ISGS 3312 Women in Management (3 Semester Hours). Earnings differences, employment policies, and other critical issues affecting status of women in managerial and professional positions.

ISGS 4306 Human Female (3 Semester Hours) This course will take a life cycle approach to the major biological and cultural landmarks in a womanís life, and the differing ways that various cultures react to these changes. Topics to be discussed are: birth and gender identification, childhood/education, adolescence, body image, marriage/non-marriage, sexuality, reproduction, breast feeding, violence against women, menopause, middle age, old age, and disease. Traditional research in many fields has often focused on male subjects from the perspective of a male researcher. When these topics are examined by female researchers looking at female subjects, the results can be very different. Medical, anthropological and archaeological materials will be incorporated into the discussions, where appropriate.

ISGS 4311 Gender and Education (3 Semester Hours).  An examination of the impact of gender, race, and class on the educational experiences of men and women.   Considers the way educational institutions both empower individuals and reproduce social inequalities based on class, gender, ethnicity, and sexuality.  Topics include Enlightenment discussions of gender and reason, co-ed vs. single sex education, curriculum transformation efforts to include the history and experiences of women and ethnic minorities, feminist and critical pedagogies.

ISGS 4320/SOC 4379 Women, Work & Family (3 Semester Hours).  An examination of the relationship between women's work for pay in the marketplace and their unpaid work in homes across time and in different cultures. Topics include the historical separation of work from home under capitalism; division of household labor between men and women; public policy initiatives (socialized/commercial housework and daycare, family leave, telecommuting, part-time and flex-time work) designed to make juggling work and family easier; the ways class, race, and ethnicity constrain and enable women's choices.

School of Brain & Behavioral Sciences - Psychology

PSY 3338 Adolescence (3 Semester Hours). Social, emotional, cognitive, moral and physical development during adolescence. Specific topics covered in the course will include parent-adolescent relations, self-identity, achievement, motivation, sex roles, and cultural and social class differences.

PSY 4345 Violence in the Family (3 Semester Hours). This course will explore the area of family violence with primary emphasis on the problems of spouse abuse and child abuse. Analysis of each of these areas of family violence will focus specifically on the epidemiology of the problem, characteristics of the families, etiologic theories, and treatment approaches.  Pre- or corequisite:  PSY 4334

PSY 4346 Human Sexuality (3 Semester Hours). This course covers a wide range of issues, including both behavioral and biological aspects of sexuality. Topics include how to judge sexual research, values and sex, love and intimacy, male and female sexual anatomy and physiology, sexually transmitted diseases, patterns of sexual response, sexual problems and therapies, the development of sexuality, sexual orientation, reproductive sexuality, forcible sexual behavior, and social issues in sexuality.

School of Social Sciences

CJS 3324 Gender, Crime, and Justice (3 semester hours).  Analysis of the role of gender in crime and in the justice system. The emphasis is on gender differences in the commission of crime and the types of crimes committed, criminal justice processing, and the employment of women in the criminal justice professions.

GOVT/SOC 3353 Law and Gender (3 semester hours) Examines how laws and legal institutions reflect and reproduce cultural notions of gender. Focuses on how legal equality and sex discrimination have been defined and challenged. Topics include rape law, reproductive issues, marriage and divorce, pornography, workplace regulations, and, generally, how gender and race ideologies interact in legal decision making.

GOVT/SOC 4333 Sex and Politics (3 semester hours) This course examines the role of gender and sexuality in shaping our society. Topics include the biology, psychology and sociology of gender and sexuality in shaping the current debates about reproduction of equality.

GOVT 4334 Gay and Lesbian Politics (3 Semester Hours). This course examines the rise of the Gay Movement in the United States. It examines the origins of the movement, the shift towards militancy and the current issues facing gays and lesbians in the United States. Specific topics include Stonewall, gays in the military, AIDS, and the Gay Rights struggle in litigation.

GOVT 4358/SOC 4355 Social Movements (3 semester hours) The structure, causes and consequences of change-oriented social movements. Historical and contemporary case studies, including the American labor movement, the civil rights movement, and the feminist movement.

SOC 2319 Race, Gender and Class (3 semester hours) The study of how race, gender, and class systems are interwoven. Explores how the multiple statuses of individuals (race, gender, and class) combine to produce packages of privileges and disadvantages. Topics include the social meanings of color, sex/gender systems in historical and contemporary perspectives, theories of power, stereotyping, affirmative action, and welfare debates.

SOC 3343 Sociology of the Family (3 semester hours) Trends in family life are examined with special attention to how these relate to changes in menís and womenís roles. Topics include sex role socialization, division of labor in the household, sexuality, emotional aspects of marriage, marital power and decision making, and divorce.

SOC 3352 Gender Roles (3 Semester Hours). Examines female and male gender roles in nineteenth- and twentieth - century contexts. Considers the way gender status interacts with race and class status to produce different sets of experiences and constraints for women and men. Gender systems are analyzed as culturally and historically specific. Topics include socialization patterns, marital power, reproduction, sexuality, masculinity.

SOC/GOVT 3353 Law and Gender (3 Semester Hours). Examines how laws and legal institutions reflect and reproduce cultural notions of gender. Focuses on how legal equality and sex discrimination have been defined and challenged. Topics include rape law, reproductive issues, marriage and divorce, pornography, workplace regulations, and, generally, how gender and race ideologies interact in legal decision making.

SOC 4355/GOVT 4358 Social Movements (3 Semester Hours). The structure, causes, and consequences of change-oriented social movements. Historical and contemporary case studies, including the American labor movement, the civil rights movement, and the feminist movement.

SOC 4375 Gender and Work (3 semester hours) A sociological analysis of historical trends and current patterns of gender inequality in paid and domestic work; examination of theories and research related to the role of gender in shaping labor market opportunities, experiences, and rewards; identification of various forms of workplace discrimination and potential remedies.

SOC 4379 Women, Work and Family (3 semester hours) An examination of the relationship between women's work for pay in the marketplace and their unpaid work in homes across time and in different cultures. Topics include the historical separation of work from home under capitalism; division of household labor between men and women; public policy initiatives (socialized/commercial housework and daycare, family leave, telecommuting, part-time and flex-time work) designed to make juggling work and family easier; the ways class, race, and ethnicity constrain and enable women's choices.

Independent Study, Special Topics, and Honors  

BIS 4V04 Internships (1-6 semester hours). Internships are a supervised work experience at a site chosen according to student interests.

GST 4379 Topics in Gender Studies (3 Semester Hours). May be repeated for credit up to a nine hour maximum.

GST 4381 Senior Honors Research (3 Semester Hours).  Designed for students conducting original research.  Consent of instructor is required.

GST 4382 Senior Honors in Gender Studies (3 semester hours). To qualify for Magna or Summa cum laude if the required number of hours are taken at UTD.  A suitable ranking of this paper/project is required to qualify for high honors.  Consent of instructor is required.

GST 4V80 Independent Study (3 Semester Hours).  May be repeated for credit.  Consent of instructor is required.

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