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Gender and Women's Studies Graduate Courses

The Department of Gender and Women's Studies offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Many of them are cross-listed with other programs and departments.

Course Syllabi

The department keeps an electronic "bank" of current and past syllabi.  Click on the semesters below to access these syllabi.

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Graduate-Only Course Descriptions

The following is a list of our permanent exclusively graduate-level courses. Graduate students may also take courses numbered 300-699 which are undergraduate/graduate courses. When taking an undergraduate/graduate course the student must ask the instructor for permission to take the course for graduate credit and ask the instructor for graduate-level enrichment in the course.

For a full listing of all undergraduate and graduate courses offered in the Department of Gender and Women's Studies, please visit the UW Undergraduate Catalog: Department of Gender and Women's Studies.

720 Special Topics in Women & Society (3 credits Soc St; G) Exploration and research into selected topics in GWS. Subject will differ from semester to semester.

732 Psychology of Women (3 credits Soc St; G) (Also Psychology) This course covers research and theory in psychology of women. Topics include non-sexist research methods, psychological gender differences, theories of moral development, women of color, mental health and feminist therapy, rape, sexual harassment, and public policy issues.

735 Health Promotion & Disease Prevention for Women Across the Lifespan (3 credits Soc St; G) (Also Nursing) Identification of health concerns for women, recognizing differences among age socio-economic, and ethnic groups; synthesis of bio-physiological, psycho-social, and cultural influences of such health concerns; analysis and proposal of interventions to promote overall health and to prevent problems among women.

737 Feminist Theory and Criticism (3 credits Hum; G) (Also English) Feminist theory, with an emphasis on literary and cultural theory and criticism in English.

760 Sex/Gender Related Issues in Curriculum and Instruction (3 credits Soc St; G) (Also Curriculum & Instruction) A poststructural feminist analysis of educational discourse and practice; examines selected sex/gender issues in curriculum and instruction; explores some implications for classroom teaching of the complex interrelationships between sex/gender, race, social class, sexuality, and ability/disability.

805 Gender Issues in International Education Policy  (3 credits Soc St; G) (Also Educational Policy Studies)  This course examines a series of topics frequently targeted in international educational policy: the interrelationship of schooling, family formation, fertility and migration; the interrelationship of gender and education in the international political economy; and the place of schooling and gender in the creation of trans-national elites.

820 Women & Mental Health (2 credits Soc St; G)  (Also Social Work) Theory and literature; new models of mental health; new approaches to social work practice with women clients.

858 Women & Social Work Practice (2-3 credits Soc St; G)  (Also Social Work) Examination of the literature, research, and theory concerning the effects of sex-role stereotyping from psychological, economic, and social perspective.

880 Proseminar: Graduate Study in Gender and Women’s Studies (3 Credits Hu/Soc St; G) This course introduces new graduate students to the breadth of scholarship in Gender and Women’s Studies. It also develops particular skills (critical reading, critical writing and basic research) important to graduate level scholarship.

900 Research Methods in Women's Studies (3 credits Hu/Soc St; G)   Overview of research in Women's Studies. Emphasizes theoretical and methodological issues, the development of women's studies as a field, the relationship of women's studies to traditional fields, and the nature of interdisciplinary work.

903 Seminar in Gender Analysis (3 credits Soc St; G) (Also Sociology) An examination of the leading theoretical perspectives on gender relations at micro, meso and macro levels of analysis and applications of these perspectives to specific empirical issues.

904 Sociological Perspectives on Gender (3 credits Soc St; G) (Also Sociology) Advanced topics in the analysis of gender relations in society. (Topics vary by semester)

920 Anthropology of Gender (3 credits Soc St; G) (Also Anthropology) The theoretical and ethnographic approaches to the anthropology of gender, focusing on current works. Topics include sexual inequality, research methods, gender and history, gender and ethnographic writing, cultural constructions of masculinity, sexuality and gender studies and anthropological theory.

933: Feminist Political Theory (3 credits, G) (Also Political Science). Focuses on how specific schools of feminist thought redefine the political, spanning historical and contemporary feminist political theory.

938 History of Sexuality (3 credits Hum; G) (Also History) Using sexuality as a category of historical analysis, examines historiographical, methodological, and theoretical contributions to understanding all aspects of the past.

950 Seminar:¬† Topics in Gender and Women’s Studies (3 credits) Research seminar on specific topics in gender and women’s studies.

990 Research & Thesis (1-6 credits; G)

999 Independent Research (1-3 credits; G) Independent research in GWS for highly qualified and motivated graduate students.