Womens Studies

Graduate Courses
  • WOST-W 500 Feminist Theory (3 cr.) An examination of contemporary feminist analyses of gender relations, how they are constituted and experienced and how social structures maintaining sexist hierarchies intersect with hierarchies of race, class, and ethnicity. Rival theories are applied to particular issues to demonstrate connections between theory and practice.
  • WOST-W 601 Survey of Contemporary Research in Women’s Studies: The Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 cr.) An exploration of feminist perspectives in the social sciences. Theoretical frameworks and research styles used by feminist social scientists are examined, as are feminist critiques of traditional social scientific frameworks and research methods. Research reports by feminist researchers in social scientific disciplines are also read and analyzed.
  • WOST-W 602 Contemporary Research in Women’s Studies: The Humanities (3 cr.) Review of literature on sex roles, psychology of women, socialization and politicization of women. Training in methodology of research on women; critique of prevailing and feminist theoretical frameworks for studying women.
  • WOST-W 695 Graduate Readings and Research in Women’s Studies (3-6 cr.) An opportunity for graduate students in various programs at IUPUI to explore specific issues within the field of women’s studies, guided by faculty with particular expertise in these areas. The course is used to do readings and research that go beyond what is covered in other women’s studies graduate courses offered on this campus. It also involves faculty not normally involved in the teaching of these other courses but who have skills and knowledge relevant to the issues being investigated.
  • WOST-W 701 Graduate Topics in Women’s Studies (3-4 cr.) Advanced investigation of selected research topics in women’s studies. Topics to be announced.
Undergraduate Courses
  • WOST-W 105 Introduction to Women’s Studies (3 cr.) This introductory course examines both the relation of women’s studies to other disciplines and the multiple ways in which gender experience is understood and currently studied. Beginning with a focus on how inequalities between women and men, as well as among women, have been explained and critiqued, the course considers the impact of social structure and culture on gender. The intersections of gender, race, class, sexual orientation, and age are investigated in both national and international contexts. PUL=5
  • WOST-W 300 Topics in Women’s Studies: (variable title) (1-3 cr.) An interdisciplinary study of selected themes, issues, and methodologies in women’s studies. May be repeated for up to 6 credit hours. PUL=5
  • WOST-W 480 Women’s Studies Practicum (3-6 cr.) P: W105 and consent of instructor and program director. Internships in the Women’s Studies Program are offered to provide opportunities for students to gain work experience while serving women’s needs. This experience is combined with an academic analysis of women’s status and experience in organizations. PUL=3
  • WOST-W 495 Readings and Research in Women’s Studies (1-3 cr., 6 cr. max cr.) P: W105 and consent of instructor and program director. Individual readings and research. May be repeated twice for credit with a different topic. PUL=5
  • WOST-W 499 Senior Colloquium in Women’s Studies (1 cr.) P: Consent of instructor. This is a culminating interdisciplinary course for advanced students who are prepared to present the results of an original major research effort on a topic in women’s studies. Participants will be expected to read and evaluate the presentations of other students and participating faculty. PUL=3