Department of Women's and Gender Studies University of Missouri Department of Women's and Gender Studies

Summer Courses

Summer 2015

  • 1120 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies (online)
  • 2340 Perspectives on Gender and Popular Culture (online)
  • 3650 Themes in Feminism
  • 3850 Themes in Gender and the Politics of Representation
  • 4874/7874 Women's and Gender Studies Abroad - Social Science
  • 4875/7875.1&2 Women's and Gender Studies Abroad Humanities
  • 4875.3 & 4875H Women's and Gender Studies Abroad Humanities
  • 8965 Problems in Women's and Gender Studies

Descriptions

WGST 1120 - Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies (online)
Jenna Pirok
Arranged (Online Course: Mizzou Online/Off Campus)

This class is designed to help you learn to think critically and analytically about the various ways that gender is socially constructed and how its construction has both social and cultural importance. We will pay particular attention to how race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, and location structure the lived experiences that women face. In addition, we will delve into the ways in which these constructions and intersections shape women's lives. Another key area of this course's focus will be gender inequality. We will explore how women may endure similar struggles while engaging with the ways that differing social, political, economic, and cultural conditions create distinct differences among individuals.

As an interdisciplinary introduction to Women's and Gender Studies, in this class you will read and view a variety of texts: personal narratives, feminist theory, analytic essays, poems, stories, documentary films, TED lectures, and YouTube videos (to name a few). These texts will help you gain a comprehensive understanding of gender as a historical and socio-cultural construction, an introduction to concepts and issues emerging in the field of Women's and Gender Studies, and an understanding of contemporary debates taking place in feminist theory and scholarship.

As an online course, students' primary responsibilities each week will be to: read/view materials in the book (Women's Voices, Feminist Visions: Classic and Contemporary Readings, 5th edition) and online, participate in an online discussion board which focuses on the reading/viewing materials, take a reading quiz, and write personal blog posts. There will also be a midterm during week 7 and a final exam during week 15. You will be able to access all course materials online and in your textbook, and you will take all quizzes and exams on the course Blackboard site during a several-day window of opportunity to accommodate varied student locations and schedules. 

Satisfies Social Science General Education Requirement

WGST 2340 - Perspectives on Gender and Popular Culture (online)
Evelyn Rogers
Arranged (Online SP 9 Months)

Semester theme: Gender & Popular Culture
This online, themes-based course explores issues in popular culture in the 20th and 21st centuries with respect to feminism, gender, sexuality, race, class, and ability. Students keep a pop-culture journal to increase their awareness of how women are represented in television, movies, music, advertising, news media, women's magazines, popular literature, and social media. Some areas we will cover include: how portrayals of working women in entertainment media do or don't coincide with the reality of women in the labor force; representations of poverty and social class; sex in advertising; and the bias against women's genres ("chick lit" and "chick flicks.") Course texts include Feminism and Pop Culture by Andi Zeisler and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. There are several required films, as well as recommended TV episodes, websites, news stories, songs, magazines and more.

Satisfies Humanities General Education Requirement

WGST 3650 Themes in Feminism
Katherine Knop
Meets in the 1st 4 week summer session
MTWThF 9:50 11:50am | Strickland 304

Semester theme:

Satisfies Social Science General Education Requirement

WGST 3850 Themes in Gender and the Politics of Representation
Nettie Brock
Arranged (Online Course: Mizzou Online/Off Campus)

Semester theme: Gender, TV & the Politics of Representation.

Satisfies Social Science General Education Requirement

WGST 4874/7874 - Women's and Gender Studies Abroad - Social Science
Carolina Escudero
Time and Location arranged

Buenos Aires: Gender Perspectives in the South American Media
This course is a portion of the Missouri School of Journalism Argentina Internship Program in Buenos Aires. It is designed to provide students knowledge about the mass media and gender issues in Argentina and South America. It is divided into eight units and it serves as an introductory module to the study of gender perspectives and media in the region. We will examine the gender perspectives in media as social and cultural systems. The course will introduce students to basic concepts such as gender, sex, sexuality, and gender socialization in the region. The seminar will then go on to examine how gender concepts and behaviors shape and are shaped by larger social institutions including class divisions, ethnicity, media, advertising, economic systems, health, organizations and governments.

Undergraduates: Satisfies Social Science General Education Requirement

WGST 4875/7875 Sec. 1 & 2- Women's and Gender Studies Abroad Humanities
Rangira Gallimore
Time and Location arranged

Rwanda: Genocide in Rwanda
Study abroad this summer in Rwanda. Contextualize the 1994 Rwandan genocide by examining the nation’s historiography, visiting memorial sites and meeting survivors. Explore the reconciliation process through a unique justice system: Gacaca courts. Participate in a customized internship. Visit Akagera National Park, where scenic woodlands are filled with exotic birds, hippos and the occasional elephant.

Satisfies Humanities General Education Requirement

WGST 4875 Sec. 3 & WGST 4875H- Women's and Gender Studies Abroad Humanities
Monika Fischer
Time and Location arranged

Ghana-International Development: NGOs and Advocacy in Ghana
Students will be immersed in the world of international development and NGO advocacy in one of Africa’s premier cities through an internship with an organization or NGO. They will explore how Ghanaian and international NGOs operate on a day-to-day basis, the challenges they encounter working with stakeholders and the kinds of internal organizational challenges faced. The program will address larger questions about the meaning of international development as seen from different points of view, and the ways that the success of development programs are defined and measured. Specific areas of focus include human rights, public health, gender issues, poverty alleviation and children’s rights.

Satisfies Humanities General Education Requirement

WGST 8965 - Problems in Women's and Gender Studies
Contact Mary Jo Neitz
Arranged

Directed individual study on selected topics for qualified graduate students. Plan of study subject to approval by supervising faculty. Consent of department required.


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