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Courses in LSA Women's Studies
Women's Studies (WOMENSTD)
WOMENSTD 400. Women's Reproductive Health
Upperclass standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit. (Gender and Health). W.

WOMENSTD 400 will explore the current biomedical understanding of major conditions affecting the reproductive health of women, e.g. pregnancy, STDs and menopause. Course discussion will develop within a feminist and socio-political context.

WOMENSTD 410. Reproductive Justice
WOMENSTD 220, 240, 270 or 400, or AMCULT 240 or NURS 220 or SOC 270. (3). May not be repeated for credit. Rackham credit requires additional work.

This course surveys legal and ethical issues surrounding decisions about pregnancy and childbirth, with a focus on reproductive injustice. We will look at current issues in the news, U.S. case and statutory law on the rights of women, childbearing issues, maternal-fetal questions, as well as laws and practices restricting access to services.

WOMENSTD 411 / AMCULT 411. Rednecks, Queers, and Country Music
One course in Women's Studies or American Culture. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Queer identity is associated with urban, bourgeois, coastal lifestyles. Country music is linked to heterosexual white, rural, working-class, Southern, and Midwestern cultures and often to "redneck" bigotry. How has music that many people perceive as homophobic and racist become a medium for multicultural queer social and sexual exchange?

WOMENSTD 425 / AMCULT 425. Feminist Practice of Oral History
One course in WOMENSTD or AMCULT. (3). May not be repeated for credit. Rackham credit requires additional work.

This course focuses on the theory and practice of collecting oral histories of women. We examine various theories and methods of conducting interviews, with a concentration on the feminist perspective. We also explore issues such as "insider-outsider" perspectives, relationships between the interviewer and interviewee, our role as "narrator," legal and ethical issues, the reliability of memory, and how the complex intersection of race, class, gender, and sexuality are reflected in women's life stories.

WOMENSTD 431. Advanced Topics in LGBTQ Studies
WOMENSTD 245 or 295. (3 - 4). May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term. Rackham credit requires additional work.

This advanced special topics seminar offers an interdisciplinary approach to sexuality in light of a religious belief, legal code, medical construction, social movement, or cultural representation.

WOMENSTD 432. Advanced Topics in Gender and Health
WOMENSTD 220 or NURS 220. (3 - 4). May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term. Rackham credit requires additional work.

This advanced special topics course promotes an understanding of health as a construct shaped by history and ideas grounded in varying interpretations of the body and disease.

WOMENSTD 434. Advanced Topics in Gender, Culture, and Representation
WOMENSTD 240. (3 - 4). May be elected twice for credit. Rackham credit requires additional work.

This advanced special topics course explores ways in which meanings about women and gender are produced through cultural images, artifacts, and/or performances.

WOMENSTD 435. Advanced Topics in Gender in a Global Context
WOMENSTD 240. (3 - 4). May be elected twice for credit. Rackham credit requires additional work.

This advanced special topics in Gender in a Global Context course offers a comparative cross-cultural perspective on the construction and meaning of gender, race, class, and sexuality. It examines current forces of globalization and empire, the histories of imperialism and colonialism, and postcolonial resistance and theory.

WOMENSTD 438. Gender, Health, and Well-being in Africa
One course in Women's Studies. (3). May not be repeated for credit. Rackham credit requires additional work.

This course focuses on how gender is intertwined with health and well-being in sub-Saharan Africa. It emphasizes the importance of situating health issues within broader social contexts, with special attention to women's sexual health. It engages a range of materials, including ethnographies, journalistic accounts, novels, films, and public health interventions.

WOMENSTD 443 / AAS 443. Pedagogy of Empowerment: Activism in Race, Gender, and Health
AAS 201, WOMENSTD 240 or 220, AMCULT 240, NURS 220. (3). May not be repeated for credit. (Gender and Health).

This course will explore the intersections of health, gender, and race by focusing on the epidemic of HIV and the epidemic of violence in the African American community. Students will explore the theory and practice surrounding an intervention module on HIV prevention and violence.

WOMENSTD 446 / ANTHRCUL 446. Sex and the City: Urban Geography and Sexual Locations
At least one course in Anthropology, History, Women's Studies, Sociology, LGBTQ Studies, or Urban Studies/Urban Planning. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course examines contemporary sexual diversity in the context of urban geography, urban studies, and the political economies of sexuality and space. It addresses issues of the spatial locations of sexual populations and situates the formation and disappearance of sexual neighborhoods and territories in terms of the larger dynamics of urban life. Topics include relationships between urban size to sexual specialization, impact of redevelopment and gentrification on the texture of urban neighborhoods, and specific studies of red light districts, prostitution, and homosexuality.

WOMENSTD 451 / SOC 451. Women and Work
WOMENSTD 240 (or AMCULT 240) or SOC 100, and one other course in SOC or WOMENSTD. (3). May not be repeated for credit. (Gendered Lives).

This course will draw on empirical research and theory to analyze a wide range of issues regarding gender and work.

WOMENSTD 452 / PSYCH 430. Sexuality and Science
Any WOMENSTD course or PSYCH 111. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (3). (BS). May not be repeated for credit. Rackham credit requires additional work.

This interdisciplinary course focuses on sexuality and science from two perspectives. We discuss current biological and neuroscientific research about sexuality, as well as feminist scholarship on these topics and critical responses to this research. Topics cover the intersections between biology, sexuality, and feminist/critical scholarship about this research.

WOMENSTD 461 / SAC 461. Explorations in Feminist Film Theory
WOMENSTD 240 or AMCULT 240; and junior standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit. (Gender, Culture, and Representation).

This course offers an in-depth exploration of feminist theories that address film in relation to gender. Discussion focuses on contemporary feminist scholarship that draws upon a variety of viewpoints, including psychoanalysis, cultural theory, postmodernism, historical research and ideological theory.

WOMENSTD 471 / AAPTIS 495 / HISTORY 429 / RELIGION 496. Gender and Sexuality in Pre-Modern Islam
Students should preferably have had one course in Islamic Studies. (3). May not be repeated for credit. Taught in English. (Gender in a Global Context).

An introduction to Muslim understanding of gender and gender relations, first through a study of those sacred texts (Qur'an and Hadith) that came to define the ideal woman and man, as well as their roles and relationships. Then, gender participation in the political and cultural life of the Safavi, Ottoman and Mughal Courts shall be explored to view the interplay between theory and practice.

WOMENSTD 483. Special Topics
(3). May be repeated for a maximum of 7 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term. A maximum of 7 credits of WOMENSTD 482 and 483 may be counted toward graduation.

This course considers a topic of a specific or contemporary nature.

WOMENSTD 486 / PHIL 486. Topics in Feminist Philosophy
Two courses in either Philosophy or Women's Studies or permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit. (Gender, Culture, and Representation).

WOMENSTD 487 / ACABS 487. Gender and Society in Ancient Egypt
Some familiarity with Egypt is helpful. (3). May not be repeated for credit. (Gender in a Global Context).

Using ancient texts in translation, secondary readings and artifacts in the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, students in this course will examine the definitions of gender, gender roles and relations and the impact of status, religion, sexuality and ethnicity on ancient Egyptian understandings of gender.

WOMENSTD 492 / REEES 490 / SOC 490. Women and Islam: A Sociological Perspective
(3). May not be repeated for credit. (Gender in a Global Context).

WOMENSTD 494 / PSYCH 494. Adolescent Sexuality
(3). May not be repeated for credit. Rackham credit requires additional work.

This course addresses a wide range of issues that affect young people and their sexual development. We look at early lessons regarding sexuality as the basis for individuals' attitudes regarding sex and potential sexual/relational partners throughout their lifetime.

WOMENSTD 501. Introduction to Graduate Studies
Graduate standing. (1). May not be repeated for credit. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

This course introduces students to graduate study in the joint Women's Studies program and to faculty research areas. Discussions will focus on professional issues (negotiating the requirements of the joint PhD program, applying for grants, submitting papers to conferences, etc.). Faculty will visit to discuss feminist research and methodologies in their disciplines.

WOMENSTD 530. Theories of Feminism
Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

WOMENSTD 531. Graduate Seminar in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

Graduate-level introduction to LGBTQ and its interdisciplinary subfields. Designed for students in all schools and disciplines; no prior knowledge assumed. Includes foundational texts in lesbian-gay studies through recent work on multiethnic and global perspectives, queer disability studies, transgender, and intersex studies. Satisfies requirements for the LGBTQ studies graduate certificate.

WOMENSTD 580. Independent Study
Consent of instructor required. WOMENSTD 530, Graduate standing. (1 - 3). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

WOMENSTD 590 / ARCH 609 / EDUC 580 / ENGLISH 528 / KINESLGY 505 / PMR 580 / RACKHAM 580 / SOC 580 / SW 572. Topics in Disability Studies
Graduate standing. (1 - 3). May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits.

An interdisciplinary approach to disability studies, including focus on the arts and humanities, natural and social sciences, and professional schools. Some topics include history and culture representation of disability, advocacy, health, rehabilitation, built environment, independent living, public policy. Team taught with visiting speakers. Accessible classroom with real-time captioning.

WOMENSTD 601. Approaches to Feminist Scholarship in the Humanities
Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

WOMENSTD 602. Approaches to Feminist Scholarship in the Social Sciences
Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

WOMENSTD 603. Feminist Scholarship on Women of Color
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

WOMENSTD 604. Approaches to Feminist Practice
Graduate standing; Field training or practical experience plus coursework in some field and or professional school, AND prior coursework in Women's Studies. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

WOMENSTD 606 / AMCULT 606. Refugees of a World on Fire: Women of Color and Transnational Feminisms
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course brings "women of color" and "transnational" feminisms into dialogue by charting the development of U.S./third world feminist thought and action. Course content will focus on modes of theorizing and organizing around questions of subjectivity (race, gender, sexuality, nation, class) and resistance (anti-colonial, nationalist, queer, feminist, anti-globalization).

WOMENSTD 619 / AMCULT 619. Lesbian Worlds: Subject, Object, and Representation
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

The course is about the representation of lesbians and lesbian subcultures in 20th century works of history and ethnography, with some attention given to literature and to media, primarily film, in three periods: 1913-1945 (to the end of World War II); 1946-1969 (Cold War and the '60s) and 1969-1990 (Stonewall through the "Sex Wars").

WOMENSTD 621 / HISTORY 621. Studies in Women's History
Juniors and seniors with permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

WOMENSTD 647 / ANTHRCUL 647. Sexological Theory
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course will examine theories of sexuality from early sexology through the social histories and new paradigms of sexuality in the 1970s. We will consider key late 19th century figures including Krafft-Ebing, Ellis, Hirschfeld, and Freud. 20th century readings will include Kinsey, Gagnon, Simon, McIntosh, Reiss, Weeks, Vance, and Foucault.

WOMENSTD 652 / NURS 852. Transforming Women's Health Care; Feminism and Health
NURS 570, 801, or permission of instructor; see department for details. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course will study the convergence between nursing, public health and feminist theoretical views of gender and social relationships. In particular, it will critically examine those nursing perspectives that have failed to account for the gender bias that negatively effects women's well being. This course will prepare students to investigate women's lives, especially those factors that influence health, by systematically focusing on what has been left out of health theories and developing more scientifically applicable theory.

WOMENSTD 653 / NURS 853. Transforming Women's Health Care: Theory and Methods
NURS 801 or permission of instructor; see department for details. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

The course will focus on women as both providers and recipients of health care in the United States and will analyze the historical and sociopolitical factors, which affect the health and well being of women. The potential of nursing and other health care disciplines to better women's lives will be considered as we analyze such topics as the feminization of poverty, the medicalization of women's health, and gender bias in health care delivery. Research pertaining to women's health in the United States and existing models of nursing research, education and practice will be critiqued.

WOMENSTD 655 / PSYCH 655. The Psychology of Women
Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

WOMENSTD 690. Directed Readings
Consent of instructor required. WOMENSTD 530 and 601 or 602. Graduate standing. (1 - 3). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

WOMENSTD 698. Special Seminar
Graduate standing, and one graduate course in WOMENSTD. (1 - 3). May be repeated for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.

WOMENSTD 720 / HISTART 720. Gender and Sexuality in the Visual Arts
Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). May be elected three times for credit.

WOMENSTD 801. Special Seminar
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

WOMENSTD 890. Advanced Research
Consent of instructor required. WOMENSTD 530 and 601 or 602. (1 - 3). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

WOMENSTD 891. Joint Ph.D. Advanced Research
Consent of instructor required. Must be admitted to JT Ph. D in ENGLISH/WOMENSTD, PSYCH/WOMENSTD, HISTORY/WOMENSTD, or SOC/WOMENSTD. (3). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

WOMENSTD 892. Advanced Research, LGBTQ Certificate Students
WOMENSTD 531. (3). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

Every LGBTQ Graduate Certificate student will carry out a substantial culminating research project on an LGBTQ topic. The project could be a dissertation chapter, a preliminary exam, a master's thesis or a large-scale independent study.

WOMENSTD 990. Dissertation-Precandidate
Advanced Doctoral Students. (1 - 8; 1 - 4 in the half-term). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

WOMENSTD 995. Dissertation/Candidate
Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (8; 4 in the half-term). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

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