Note: The course descriptions here are abbreviated. Please check the Academic Catalog for full descriptions.
WGS-101 Women's Perspectives and Values
Examines the lives of women and the impact that ethnicity, race, class, and sexual orientation have in determining women's status in our society. This course is a General Education course and fulfills a Humanities requirement. It also fulfills the Improving Human Relations graduation requirement.
WGS-109A. First Year Experience: Sex Lives In Chicago. 3 Hours.
FYE: Sex Lives in Chicago critically examines sexualities in the social and physical space of Chicago from a feminist, sex-positive standpoint. In this course, the five foundations of the First-Year Experience (Future Planning, Integral Preparation, Research, Self-discovery and Transitions) are interwoven into the concepts of sexualities, gender and power. This course explores the diversity of sexual identities, practices, and behaviors in historical and modern Chicago. Students will discover the diversity and complexity of sexualities in Chicago through readings, speakers, films, and field experiences while simultaneously building personal and academic skills that ensure success at NEIU.
WGS-150 Women's Self Defense (1 credit hour)
Develops a framework for understanding violence and self-defense. Major focus is on learning and practicing awareness, prevention, assessment, verbal boundary setting and physical self-defense skills in simulated scenario.
WGS-201 WIP: Writing Intensive Program: Feminist Ideas.
Feminist Ideas is intended to insure that students understand what feminist perspectives are and their relationship to Women's and Gender Studies, social issues and social change. With a focus on Organizing, Family, Health/Reproductive Justice, Violence and Work, students will learn to recognize historical and contemporary feminist leaders, understand the implications and applications of feminist ideas, apply lessons learned from past struggles to contemporary social issues and evaluate women's changing status, by race, class, age, ability, and sexual orientation and other inequalities. Prerequisite: WGS-101
WGS-202 Feminist Activism
This course, subtitled Grassroots Resistance in the U.S., focuses on women as social actors challenging gender stereotypes; organizing to reduce poverty, racism, homophobia and violence; working to expand opportunities; and confronting barriers in education, the criminal justice system and politics. Popular analyses of women and social change often limit themselves to women's roles in families and paid workplaces. Focus is on ordinary women who are working collectively in diverse social settings to empower themselves and others, exploring barriers women face, goals and strategies for social change, and the rewards and challenges of feminist grassroots activism. Prerequisite: WGS-101
WGS-210 Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Studies
The Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Queer (LGBTQ) Studies offers an introductory and interdisciplinary approach to studying the lives, histories and cultures of LGBTQ communities and allies. This course focuses on the multiplicity and diversity in gender and sexual expression including how race, class, ability and other identity markers shape LGBTQ lives. Examining introductory questions in gender and sexualities studies, the course addresses the intersection of identity, knowledge and action through critical thinking, analysis, active learning and social engagement. Counts toward the minor in LGBTQ Studies.
WGS-302 Feminist Theory: Questions of Race, Class and Sexuality
This course, subtitled Questions of Race, Class and Sexuality, is designed to give an introduction into conceptions of feminist theories. Moreover, much of the course will be spent reading and writing about theory. We will begin with an attempt to articulate the assumptions that underlie contemporary feminist theories by tracing the theoretical conceptions they are based upon. Our focus will be on the importance of the position and situation of the subject with respect to questions of class, race, sexuality, gender, historical moment and social location. Prerequisite: WGS-101
WGS-310 Lesbian and Queer Cultures: Identities, Histories and Resistance
This interdisciplinary course introduces students to historical and theoretical research through a series of topics: Identity, Sex, Violence, Activism, and Beyond. This will form the contexts for exploring issues and questions surrounding lesbian and queer cultures. Books, articles, magazines, videos, films, music, art, and more will be used. What makes up, establishes, creates, develops, organizes lesbian and queer cultures? This will be examined, in the context of various struggles over meanings and identities, considering that those meanings change over time and context and differ across race, class and other identity markers. Counts toward the minor in LGBTQ Studies.
WGS-311 Power, Knowledge and Communities: Feminists' Engagements with Education
This course focuses on the role of the educational system in the constructions and reproduction of gender and racial inequality. Using both academic and popular literature to gain perspectives, we will examine relationships between school and society. Topics to be addressed include the historical constructions, representation of schooling and the teaching profession, popular culture and education, and sexuality and schooling.
WGS-312 Women and Global Human Rights
Women's issues have recently been viewed through the lens of human rights. Increasingly they are included in the goals, programs and policies of international human rights organizations, from the United Nations to Amnesty International. This course will examine this shift in perspective and the impact it is having on women's lives worldwide. We will explore international human rights as they apply to women. What do we mean by "human rights"? How have these rights been socially defined, struggled over, and, in some cases, won? To what extent have women and women's rights been included in these conversations and struggles?
WGS-313 Radical Feminist Imagination in Literature
Examination of literary works broadly representative of something called feminist imaginative response to U.S. patriarchy. The meaning of radical feminism will be explored as authors from a range of racial, class, and sexual identities are placed in dialogue with each other and with their respective socio-historical and cultural contexts. Focus will be on textual interpretation and exploring how each work attempts to develop its version of feminist consciousness. The course will investigate how these texts formulate a narrative of women's liberation against the dominant patriarchal narratives that inform cultural consciousness and social relations.
WGS-316. Science And The Gendered Body
This course traces the history of how gender and sex are identified and studied in scientific and medical fields and how cultural conception of gender and sex can influence the interpretation of scientific phenomena. Readings draw from the primary scientific literature, the history and philosophy of science, and cultural anthropological analyses of science and medicine.
WGS-321 (1 credit hour), WGS-322 (2 credit hours), WGS-323 (3 credit hours) Internship in Women's and Gender Studies
Women's and Gender Studies internships allow students the opportunity to test classroom concepts in a field setting within the University or with community agencies that provide services to women or LGBTQ people. Internships from 1 to 3 credit hours are available for Women's and Gender Studies Majors and Minors who have completed at least three Women's and Gender Studies courses. Internships can be arranged with WGS Coordinator or WGS Advisor.
WGS-331 (1 credit hour), WGS-332 (2 credit hours), WGS-333 (3 credit hours) Independent Study on Women's and Gender Studies
WGS-350 Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies
This interdisciplinary capstone course builds on knowledge gained in other Women's and Gender Studies classes. Advanced instruction in appropriate areas such as: feminist theory and methodology, international women's movements, and other topics. Includes a component on research methods/writing. Consent of the instructor is necessary. This course is a requirement for students completing the Women's Studies Major and Minor.Prerequisites: WGS 101 plus 9 credit hours of Women's and Gender Studies and cross-listed courses or consent of instructor.
WGS-360 Queer Theory
Queer theory developed in the early 1990s out of the conjunction of feminist theory, sexuality studies, and queer activism. This course introduces students to some of the key authors and texts in queer theory, shows students how queer theory may be applied in a variety of academic fields, and examines critiques of queer theory as androcentric, Eurocentric, overly intellectual, and impractical. This course aims to foster critical thinking, writing, and discussion. We will go beyond merely digesting theorists' work to actively engaging with the material and critiquing both commonly held assumptions and academic theories about gender and sexuality. Counts toward the minor in LGBTQ Studies.
Prerequisite: WSP-210 minimum grade of C or WGS-210 minimum grade of C.
Check the NEIU Academic Catalog for course descriptions, credit hours and prerequisites.
ANTH-307 Anthropology of Gender, Sexuality and the Body
Communication, Media and Theatre
CMTC-313 Communication, Gender and Identity
CMTM-377 Gender and Media
CMTT-337 Women Playwrights
ENGL-303 Contemporary Gay and Lesbian Literature
ENGL-367 Rethinking Race and Gender
ENGL-371 Studies in Women’s Literature
ENGL-372 American Women Writers of the 19th Century
HIST-315 Women in Medieval Society
HIST-338 Women in American History
JUST-311 Women, Crime and the Criminal Justice System
JUST-321 Violence Against Women
JUST-322 Women, Justice and the Law
JUST-324 Women as Political Prisoners
JUST-325 Women and Revolution: Theories of Justice
JUST-328 Social Justice and LGBTQ Issues
JUST-355 LGBTQ Communities and Crime
PHIL-105 Feminist Philosophy
PHIL-218 Philosophy of Sex
PHIL-353 Feminism and the Philosophy of Science
PHIL-366 Feminist Ethics
PHIL-373 Advanced Feminist Philosophy
PSCI-322 Women and Political Influence in the 21st Century
PSCI-373 Gender and Politics
PSCI-398 Law and Social Change
PSYC-312 Psychological Development in Women
SOC-105 Social Inequalities and Social Change
SOC-214 Sociology of Intimacy, Marriages and Families
SOC-270 Sociology of Latinas
SOC-306 Women, Gender and the "F Word"
SOC-307 Men and Masculinities
SOC-329 Sociology of Violence
SOC-344 African American Women: Feminism, Race and Resistance
SOC-347 Sociology of Media
SOC-352 Sociology of HIV/AIDS
SWK-208 Human Sexuality and Social Work
SWK-312 Women and Social Work
SWK-320 Domestic Violence Social Work: Theory and Practice