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Cluster: Gender and Sexualities Studies (New fall 2012)

PLEASE NOTE: The Gender and Sexualities Studies Sophomore Inquiry (SINQ) replaces Sexualities and Women's Studies SINQ starting the fall 2012 term.  All cluster courses currently in progress or completed in past terms from either SINQ will count towards the new Gender and Sexualities Studies Cluster.  For information about this transition please click here.


The Gender and Sexualities Studies (G&S) Sophomore Inquiry (SINQ) will focus on questions and lines of inquiry shaped by women and gender studies as it engages with and incorporates the newly emerging field of sexuality studies and queer theory. On some registers these two fields of women/gender studies and sexuality studies overlap and meld easily, on others they yield conflicts and controversy. The SINQ will address both.

The overall objectives of the SINQ are to introduce students to both fields of study, including major theoretical approaches, and to enable students to create what feminists call praxis, or the application of theory to practice, through a closer look at selected topics such as sexual violence, body image, gender performance, and queer identity narratives. The course is designed to aid students in thinking critically about systems of power, difference, and resistance. Finally, the course will strive to engage students in a collaborative learning community,
with the assumption that both instructors and students share responsibility for creating an environment in which curiosity, collaboration and respect are fostered.

The content of this course will open lines of inquiry related to some of the following questions relevant to both fields: What does gender mean and how can it be used as a tool of analysis? What is the relationship between gender and the sexed body?  Does this mean to say that sexuality is socially constructed?  How do gender and sexuality intersect with, and indeed rely on, race, class, ability, nation and religion? How are identity categories and normative systems of behavior socially and historically produced? How have groups resisted oppressive
systems of power? How does one build alliances across differences related to social location?

Cluster Coordinator:  Ann Mussey
Office:  XSB, room 219
Phone:  503.725.8441
E-mail:  musseya@pdx.edu

Sophomore Inquiry: Gender and Sexualities Studies
(UNST 231)

All cluster courses subscribe to the basic premise that women and/ or the system of gender is at the center of critical inquiry. Regardless of the disciplinary lens or the topical focus, all of the cluster courses acknowledge that gender systematically organizes social, economic, political, and personal relations. This premise forms the basic coherence for the cluster courses as they exist now.

This SINQ leads to the Gender and Sexualities Studies Cluster.

Approved Cluster Courses:

Academic Year 13-14

Note: Courses listed below are all Approved Cluster Courses for the 2013 - 2014 year.  If you are looking for listings for 2012 - 2013, they are archived here.

ArH 431U Women in the Visual Arts III
ArH 432U Issues in Gender and Art
BI 343U Genes and Society
BST 419U African American Women in the US
CCJ 370U  Women, Crime and Justice 
CFS 390U Sex and the Family
COMM / WS 337U Communication and Gender (crosslisted with WS 337U)
ELP 351U Gender and Education
ENG / WS 372U Topics in Literature: Gender and Sexualities (crosslisted with WS 372U)
ENG 387U  Women Writers 
HST / WS 340U Women and Gender in America (to 1865) (crosslisted with WS 340U)
HST / WS 341U Women and Gender in America (1865 to present) (crosslisted with WS 341U)
HST / WS 342U Women and Gender in America (1920 to present) (crosslisted with WS 342U)
HST / WS 343U American Family History (crosslisted with WS 343U)
HST 352U  European Women's History to 1700 
INTL / WS 331U Women in the Middle East (crosslisted with WS 331U)
PHE 452U  Gender, Race, Class and Health 
PHL 312U  Feminist Philosophy 
PHL 369U Philosophy of Sex and Love 
PS / WS 380U Women and Politics (crosslisted with WS 380U)
PSY / WS 310U Psychology of Women (crosslisted with WS 310U)
PSY 431U Psychology of Men and Masculinity
SCI / WS 347U Science, Gender and Social Context I (crosslisted with WS 347U)
SCI /WS 348U  Science, Gender and Social Context II 
SCI 359U  Biopolitics 
SCI / WS 365U The Science of Women's Bodies (crosslisted with WS 365U)
SOC 344U  Gender and Sexualities  
TA 369U  Women, Theater & Society 
TUR 331U  Women and Gender in Turkey 
WS 306U  Global Gender Issues 
WS 308U  Topics in Gender: Literature and Popular Culture 
WS / PSY 310U Psychology of Women (crosslisted with PSY 310U)
WS 312U Feminist Philosophy
WS 317U Writing as Activism
WS 330U  Women of Color in the U.S. 
WS / INTL 331U Women in the Middle East (crosslisted with INTL 331U)
WS 332U Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality in the US
WS / COMM 337U Communication and Gender (crosslisted with COMM 337U)
WS / HST 340U Women and Gender in America (US to 1865) (crosslisted with HS 340U)
WS / HST 341U Women and Gender in America (1865 to 1920) (crosslisted with HS 341U)
WS / HST 342U Women and Gender in America (1920 to present) (crosslisted with HS 342U)
WS / HST 343U American Family History (crosslisted with HST 343U)
WS / SCI 347U Science, Gender and Social Context I (crosslisted with SCI 347U)
WS / SCI 348U Science, Gender and Social Context II (crosslisted with SCI 347U)
WS 355U Gender and Education
WS 360U  Introduction to Queer Studies 
WS / SCI 365U The Science of Women's Bodies (crosslisted with SCI 365U)
WS 370U  History of Sexualities 
WS / ENG 372U Topics in Literature: Gender and Sexuality (crosslisted with ENG 372U)
WS 375U Topics in Sexualities Studies
WS 377U  Topics in Feminist Spirituality 
WS / PS 380U Women and Politics (crosslisted with PS 380U)
WS 470U Asian American Women's Studies