An interdisciplinary program, consisting of 12 credit hours, designed for students in any major to understand more clearly the role that social constructions of gender shape histories, cultures, institutions and identities. Courses allow students to develop critical analytic skills in examining gender through the lenses of communication studies, history, politics, philosophy, psychology and sociology. Excellent preparation for careers in law, policy, humanitarian or ethics fields.
Students must complete any four of the following courses:
Students will develop theoretical and practical understandings of the role of sex and gender in verbal and nonverbal communication friendships families romantic relationships and professional relationships. This course also examines the issues of technology health power and violence as they related to sex and gender.
Examines the medias role in creating and re-creating our understanding of gender race and class. Includes a historical perspective and traces how these representations have changed over time the forces that have affected representations of gender race and class and the current state of their representation in the media. A field trip to at least one museum in Washington D.C. is planned depending upon exhibits available at the time (e.g. National Museum of the American Indian Smithsonians American History Museum). 2017 Interterm Estimated Extra Cost 100
Examination of the human family historically and comparatively in various cultures with major emphasis placed upon the modern American family. Included are such topics as the diversity of family structures the social construction of emotions gender expectations and roles parenting the life cycle and family tensions. Prerequisite SOC 101 and ENG 110 Writing Intensive
Explores womens histories within various global contexts. It stresses the construction of gender norms and their evolution over time and encourages comparison of womens lives and experiences across various cultural contexts. Topics include womens political rights and participation womens education and literacy womens sexuality and reproduction andor womens work. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 General education global dynamics
Explores the role of women in American and global politics in order to understand the role of identity institutions and social movements in democracy. Topics include womens influence on the development of the modern American welfare state feminism public policy issues of special importance to women and social movement strategies. Alternate years offered 2017-2018
Introduces ethical issues related to gender race and class. Surveys the development of identity-related critiques of traditional ethical theories and examines how the concept of the good life is related to identity. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 and ENG 110 General Education philosophy or religion Ethical Reasoning & Writing Intensive Alternate years offered 2016-2017
A supervised practicum experience in a public or private organization that addresses womens and gender-related issues. The practicum requires 120 hours of field participation over the semester weekly journals and a final substantive scholarly paper. Prerequisites
Taught in the style of a seminar a small group of students learn thinking skills through discussion debate peer review and brainstorming. Context varies from section to section. Incoming students rank topic preferences and then are assigned to a section. Focuses specifically on two key areas of personal development (1) intellectual growth is stimulated through systematic critical questioning and (2) a sense of community involvement and responsibility is developed through classroom group work collaborative learning and a class community engagement project. The course also contains success skill exercises and college orientation information including an introduction to the portfolio program. General education 2014 master core skills
An introduction to the academic community of Bridgewater College to the liberal arts and to the skills of critical thinking and reflective writing specifically designed for transfer students. Transfer students will explore the unique challenges of integrating into a liberal arts educational environment and will begin the process of documenting their experiences and growth in the four dimensions of personal development intellectual growth and discovery citizenship and community responsibility ethical and spiritual growth and emotional maturation and physical health. general education 2014 master core skills
at least one course from the (proposed) gender studies concentration sophomore standing and permission of instructor
Overview of the psychological social and biological aspects of sexuality that will be of use for communicating with romantic partners doctors and family members. Topics include sexual anatomy and physiology sexually transmitted diseases methods of contraception prenatal sexual differentiation sex research attraction and love sexual orientation and sexual dysfunction and sexual ethics. Prerequisite PSY 101 or SOC 101 and junior or senior standing.
Investigation of the interaction between gender and social control in the United States and cross-culturally. The gendered nature of criminal activity is examined empirically and theoretically. The justice system including the correctional treatment of women is examined for its relationship to historical shifts in the status and treatment of women. Prerequisite SOC 101 Alternate years offered 2018-2019
Introduction to a variety of conceptual frameworks and theoretical lenses relating to human gender and sexualities including social constructionism political economy and cultural studies. A critical global historical and sociological approach will be emphasized to unpack gendered ad sexualized social structures like patriarchy heterosexism and hegemonic masculinity. Special attention will be paid to social movements and challenges to powerresource inequalities made by gender and sexuality-based minority groups. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 and SOC 101 Offered alternate years 2016-2017 General Education global dynamics