Flyer for Winter 2022 Ecampus Courses in WGSS at Oregon State University

Winter 2022 Courses in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Oregon State University Ecampus

WGSS 110-400: Gender, Race, and Pop Culture: The Hunger Games.

CRN: 40586. BCC: Perspectives: Western Culture.


Introduces students to the critical analysis of mass media and representations of women, gender, sexuality, and race in popular culture. Topics vary from term to term and may include the entertainment industry, advertising, music, literature, the internet and technology. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.


WGSS 223-400: Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

CRN: 36300. BCC: DPD, Social Processes & Institutions, Liberal Arts Social Core.


Multidisciplinary introduction to women, gender, and sexuality studies. Focuses on the lives and status of women in society and explores ways institutions such as family, work, media, law and religion affect different groups of women. Explores issues of gender, race, class, age, sexual orientation, size and ability.



WGSS 235-400: Women in World Cinema.

CRN: 35434. BCC: DPD.


Explores constructions and practices of gender in a transnational, multi-religious, and global framework by examining a wide variety of films about women around the world



WGSS/QS 262-400: Introduction to Queer Studies.

CRNs: 37058/35037. BCC: DPD.


Centering itself on activism and scholarship, this course examines homophobia's and transphobia's relationship with racism, colonialism, sexism, ableism, classism and other forms of oppression. Introduces key concepts, histories, and political frameworks within Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer political movements.



WGSS 270-400: Resisting Gender Violence. 

CRN: 32885. BCC: Social Processes & Institutions, Liberal Arts Social Core.


Addresses issues of domestic violence, rape, dating violence, as well as contemporary social debates about pornography and the media's impact on violence in society, which includes a global perspective. Course focuses on individual and collective practices resisting gender violence.



WGSS/QS 321-400: Queer Pop Culture.

CRNs: 36302/ 36301. BCC: Social Process & Institutions.


Examines the concept of Queer popular culture through film, music, TV, image, and other mediums. Seeks to disrupt dominant discourses around gender and sexuality by centralizing women of color feminisms and queer of color critiques to analyze popular representations of gender, sexuality, race, class, disability, and other social locations.



WGSS 325: Disney: Gender, Race, Empire.

4 Sections. CRNs: 33029, 33390, 33781, 36330. BCC: DPD.


Explores constructions of gender, race, class, sexuality, and nation in the animated films of Walt Disney; introduces concepts in film theory and criticism, and develops analyses of the politics of representation.



WGSS 350-400: Politics of Motherhood in a Global Perspective.

CRNs: 40842. BCC: Global Issues.


Introduces students to the politics of motherhood in global contexts, focusing on politics of transnational adoption; motherhood, surrogacy, and biotechnologies; effects of globalization on mothering across borders; mothering in the global welfare state; movements for reproductive justice; and transnational representations of motherhood.



WGSS 360-400: Men & Masculinities in a Global Context.

CRNs: 38022. BCC: Global Issues.


Students will become familiar with central topics in global masculinity studies, analyze texts in diverse media, develop original arguments, and engage with issues of masculinity and representation through written and creative work.


WGSS 380-400: Muslim Women.

CRN: 40988. BCC: Global Issues.


Examines the lives and experiences of Muslim women in Islamic communities around the world from a variety of perspectives in order to highlight issues significant for contemporary Muslim women: family, education, work, politics, health, marriage, divorce, war, and violence.


WGSS 416-400: Theories of Feminism.

CRN: 34523. 


Explores feminist conceptions about the nature of the world, women's reality and visions for change. Analyzes major issues raised by the women's movement and the development of feminist ideas, as well as provides a critical examination of feminist thought and different theories which comprise it.



WGSS 440-400: Women and Natural Resources

CRN: 36303.  BCC: Science, Technology, and Society.


Explores the relationship between women and natural resources. In particular, the course examines the roles of policy, technology, culture, and management in women's use and control of natural resources.



WGSS/QS 462-400: Queer Theories.

CRNs: 34522/34521.  BCC: DPD.


Engages key themes and critical frameworks in queer theories. Topics include histories of sexuality; forms of oppression, including heterosexism, homophobia, and transphobia; resistance to oppression; violence against LGBTQ people; queer activism; diverse experiences of sexuality; and representations in literature, art, and popular media