Women’s Studies (WS) Courses
College of Arts and Sciences
WS 151 Intro Gender & Women's Studies (3) An interdisciplinary survey of gender issues in contemporary U.S. society. Introduces foundational concepts regarding social constructions of gender, race, class, and sexual orientation. Topics include history, religion, sexuality, body image, reproductive rights, family, work, and violence. [Updated: 2013-09-16]
WS 200E Lit Genres: Myth/Folklore (3) An introduction to major genres in literature: Mythology and Folklore. Pre: C or better in ENG 100, ENG 100T, ESL 100 or ESL 100T. (Same as ENG 200E)
WS 201 Global Cinema (3) A course that offers students a critical examination of worldwide cinema. The course will cover film theory and film making techniques from countries such as Germany, Mexico, China, Senegal, Iran, and India. Students will undertake a critical study of various schools of film as they pertain to these national cinemas as well as explore the cultural and socio-political controversies surrounding cinematography. Pre: C or better in ENG 100, ENG 100T, ESL 100 or ESL 100T. (Same as ENG 201)
WS 202 Literature of Human Rights (3) This course will explore narratives from a human rights perspective, beginning in the era shortly before the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 and extending into the 21st century. Students will focus on geopolitical conditions that contribute to the suppression of human rights in areas around the globe, including, but not limited to, Chile, India, Nigeria, Iran, the Palestinian Territories, and the United States. Pre: C or better in ENG 100, ENG 100T, ESL 100 or ESL 100T. (Same as ENG 202)
WS 204 Intr Race/Gender Film Studies (3) This course will focus on how race and gender historically shape individual and cultural experiences in America, as expressed in film. Key works that offer portrayals by and about various groups (i.e. gays/lesbian, immigrants, indigenous communities, mixed-race populations, etc.) will be critically compared and examined. Students will also discuss and address evolving audience responses to these works. Pre: C or better in ENG 100, ENG 100T, ESL 100 or ESL 100T. (Same as ENG 204)
WS 206 Intro to Popular Culture (3) This course offers an introductory study of mainstream manifestations of culture. Students will critically assess production, distribution, and consumption of various popular cultural genres, such as advertising, talk shows, sports programs, music videos and gossip magazines and websites, among many others. Pre: C or better in ENG 100, ENG 100T, ESL 100 or ESL 100T. (Same as ENG 206)
WS 257 Multicultural Literature (3) This is a course designed for students who want to engage literatures from various ethnic groups in the U.S. The course includes historical context regarding the production of these literatures, providing an overview of how these groups have developed their own literary techniques, genres, and canons. Pre C or better in ENG 100, ENG 100T, ESL 100 or ESL 100T. (Same as ENG 257)
WS 300 Family in World Perspective (3) A comparative analysis of family and marriage patterns, mate selection, parent-child interaction, divorce rates, socialization of gender roles, legal sanctions, trends in organization and function. Pre: Soc 100 or instructor's consent. (Same as SOC 300).
WS 305B Themes in Regnl Geog: Mid East (3) Surveys regional landscapes of the Middle East, including North Africa; focuses on historical and contemporary influences of physical, cultural, and economic landscapes. Pre: Junior or senior status, or instructor’s consent. (Same as GEOG 305B)
WS 310 Race & Ethnic Relations (3) Sociological analysis of the patterns of intergroup relations. Topics include the meaning of race, ethnicity, prejudice and discrimination, and the interactive strategies used by various groups. Emphasis on ethnic processes on Hawaiʻi and the Pacific region. Pre: SOC 100 or instructor's consent. (Same as SOC 310).
WS 319 European Women's History (3) Study of European women from pre-history to the 20th century with emphasis on women's social and cultural roles in western history. Current feminist theory is also studied. (Same as HIST 319)
WS 320 Cross-Cultural Study Of Women (3) Comparative analysis of women's roles and women's lives in different societies. Topics include women's status, life stages, gender roles, images of women and power. (Same as ANTH 320)
WS 321 Social Stratification (3) The causes and consequences of institutionalized social inequality. Pre: SOC 100 or instructor's consent. (Same as SOC 320).
WS 324 Culture, Sex And Gender (3) A cross-cultural examination of the development of gender systems and gender roles. Consideration of sex roles and activities as part of the larger gender system. Pre: ANTH 100 or instructor's consent. (Same as ANTH 324)
WS 325 Psychology Of Women (3) Issues and topics relevant to the psychological development and functioning of women including sex differences in abilities and behavior, achievement motivation, work, sexuality, pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood, mental health and domestic violence. Pre: PSY 100. (Same as PSY 325)
WS 327 Law and Identity (3) In this course, will politically engage with the legal construction of who we are as individuals and our presence within different communities. The relationship between law and identity involves politically contested frameworks of sexuality, gender, race and ethnicity, ability, and ownership according to both judicial doctrine and contemporary scholarship. As these frameworks shift and evolve, the politics of legal identification sculpt our own social horizons. (Same as POLS 327).
WS 332 Politics of Race & Gender (3) A survey of the historic, legal, political, and social forces shaping society's construction of race, ethnicity, and gender. Notions of power and the political significance of race and gender are explored. (Same as POLS 332).
WS 340 Socialization & Identity (3) The process by which an individual becomes a functioning member of society. Pre: SOC 100 or instructor's consent. (Same as SOC 340).
WS 342 Sociology of Human Aging (3) Aging as a social phenomenon, including social impact of a growing elderly population, and emerging social patterns among the elderly. Emphasis on the interplay of biological, psychological, sociological and cultural factors of human aging. Pre: SOC 100 or instructor's consent. (Same as SOC 342).
WS 352 Gender and Sexuality (3) An interdisciplinary exploration of concepts, constructions, and behaviors associated with gender and sexuality. Course materials examine historical, contemporary, and cross-cultural definitions and expectations, and correlations with social power and hierarchies. In addition, the course aims to illuminate the multiplicity of personal and social identities relating to sex, race/ethnicity, class, age, etc.
WS 355 Women in Modern Lit & Film (3) Literature and film by and about women from 1900 to the present. Feminist literary theory. Pre: ENG/ESL 100 and 200-level literature course or college level Women's Studies courses or instructor's consent. (Same as ENG 355)
WS 356 Language and Gender (3) Students engage in the analysis of gender as it relates to language and society. Provides students with analytic resources for thinking critically about the relationship between language and social practice. Students gather and analyze data based on current theories. Pre: ENG/ESL 100 or 100T and LING 102, or instructor’s consent. (Same as ENG 356, LING 356)
WS 357 Women and Religion (3) Examines roles of, and attitudes towards, women in various religious traditions. Through both chronological and comparative approaches, explores depictions of women in scriptures and other primary texts as well as women's contributions to each tradition.
WS 358 Women in Christianity (3) Examines issues relating to sex and gender throughout the history of Christianity. Emphasizing primary texts, the course will explore writings by Christian women and Christian writings about women. (Same as HIST 358)
WS 360 American Women's History (3) Study of American women from the 17th to the 20th centuries. Special emphasis on women's social and cultural roles. Current feminist theory is also studied. Pre: HIST 151, 152 or instructor's consent. (Same as HIST 360)
WS 368 Latin American Women's Lit (3) Latin American women of the 20th century have lived in vastly different conditions and upheaval spanning feudalism to postcolonial thought. From genocide to authoritarian institutions of torture, Latin women have had to endure turmoil and violent clashes of ideas. This course captures the Latin perspective of four different sociological spaces that women occupy in Latin America: the Indigenous space, the patriarchal latifundio, the mestizo space of markets, and the professional woman under the military governments. Latin American and French feminist theories are used to clarify these contexts. (Same as SPAN 368).
WS 369 Crit Anal Lat & Hisp Film (3) This course will engage students in Latin and Hispanic films in the context of their perspectives, providing an excellent window into culture and language. The student lives in a global world today in which expansion of mindsets must become elastic with the practice of cultural exposure and analysis. (Same as SPAN 369)
WS 378 N. Amer Indig Cultr Survival (3) This course will cover a broad swath of Native American history from the past few hundred years in the context of cultural survival and resistance. The course will begin with a short background in Native American history, but will be more specifically focused on various examples of resistance and incorporation. (Same as HIST 378).
WS 385 Women & Health (3) Reproductive health, immune activity, autoimmune disease, and mental health in women are covered from physiological, psychological, historical and cross-cultural perspectives. Pre: PSY 100. (Same as PSY 385)
WS 392 Japanese Women (3) History of women in Japan from the earliest historical eras, including the Heian aristocracy and evolving samurai culture, through the present. Topics include property rights, family structures, the influence of religion and secular philosophies, effects of political and legal changes, women's role in the economy and its effect on their status and lives, and women's activism. (Same as JPST 392, HIST 392). (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P)
WS 393 Normality, Abnormality & Soc (3) Philosophical study of how human diversity interacts with social norms. Topics include health and illness, disability, gender and sexual orientation. Perspectives from biology and the social sciences are included in a study of how beliefs about normality vary between cultures, change through time and affect human relations. Pre: Previous work in Philosophy. (Same as PHIL 393)
WS 401 Women in Hawaiian History (3) This course examines the lives and contributions of women in the history of Hawaiʻi. It considers how events such as the arrivals of foreigners, dismantling of the kapu system, the mahele, epidemics, political changes, world wars, etc., affected the social and cultural lives of women, men, children, and families. Course materials seek to understand how those gendered as "feminine" negotiated, accommodated, and resisted these changes over the last two centuries. (Same as HIST 401). (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P)
WS 411 Family & Gender in Oceania (3) With a focus on the 19th and 20th centuries, this course examines how historical changes affected the social and cultural lives of women, men, children, and families in Oceania. Throughout the course we will endeavor to explore gendered reconstructions of particular events in the history of the Pacific: historiography, exploration, disease & depopulation, missionization, education, imperialism, colonization and decolonization in general. (Same as HIST 411). (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P)
WS 420 Family Communication (3) Foundational concepts and theories are introduced. Communication dynamics within families are explored. Narrative, functional, interpretive, and systems approaches to family communication are included. Cultural influences are examined. Conditions necessary for optimal family functioning are addressed. (Same as COM 420)
WS 423 Post-Colonial Literature (3) A critical analysis of the development of contemporary world literature in the wake of the fall of European empires. This class is designed to address the importance of writing in an age of changing national identities, shifting alliances, and volatile conflicts. Texts from African, Latin American, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and Hawaiʻi will be features. Pre: ENG 300 or instructor's consent. (Same as ENG 423).
WS 430 Gender, Place and Environment (3) Survey of trends in geography of gender related to place, space and the environment. Addresses spatial interactions of gendered bodies of different ages, class and ethnicities. Pre: junior or senior standing or instructor's consent. (Same as GEOG 430). (GenEd/IntReq: GCC)
WS 442 Romantic Literature (3) Poetry and prose from 1780 to 1832. Pre: C or better in ENG 300 or instructor's consent. (Same as ENG 442).
WS 461 Race and Gender in Media (3) This course explores the dynamic interactions between race, gender and the mass media. Specifically, it examines media representations of race and gender and their cultural, sociological, and psychological effects in the society. Pre: COM 260, 360 or instructor's consent. (Same as COM 461).
WS 480 Women and Rhetoric (3) Survey of key female figures that have figured (or not figured) into the rhetorical canon. Analysis of women's use of rhetoric in everyday life and at historic moments and consideration of methodological and theoretical issues intersecting women, rhetoric, and historical research. Pre: C or better in ENG 300 or instructor's consent. (Same as ENG 480).
WS 486 Women in Ancient European Civi (3) Study of European women up to the year 800, with primary focus on the Mediterranean Basin. Themes encompass religion, social customs, and economic activities. Pre: HIST 319 or 323 or 341 or 356 or 360; or instructor’s consent. (Same as HIST 486).
WS 495 Women's Studies Seminar (3) Capstone seminar to be taken in the senior year (or as a second-semester junior). Readings, discussions, presentations, and guest lectures involving advanced analysis of theories about social systems and women's lives. Seminar will facilitate student's application of theoretical material and research toward particular areas of interest. Seminar topics may vary from year to year. Pre: WS 151; 6 credits of upper-division WS courses or instructor's consent.
WS x94 Special Topics in Subject Matter (Arr.) (IO) Special topics chosen by the instructor. Course content will vary. May be repeated for credit, provided that a different topic is studied. Additional requirements may apply depending on subject and topic.
WS x99 Directed Studies (Arr.) (IO) Statement of planned reading or research required. Pre: instructor’s consent.
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