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Courses

Learn more about the fall 2016 courses we offer.

The courses listed below are among those that can be used to fulfill requirements for the undergraduate major. As course offerings vary from year to year, students are urged to consult with their faculty advisors or with the director at the beginning of each semester. Please note that not all courses listed below will be offered during every academic year.

For complete course descriptions, please refer to the most recent edition of the General Announcements. Or visit the Registrar's Office web site at http://registrar.rice.edu/.

Courses that satisfy the Core Requirements

SWGS 101: Introduction to the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality (3) (fall)

An introductory survey of issues in the study of gender, such as women's social, political, and legal status in the US and globally; feminist perspectives on sexuality, race, the body, globalization, labor, culture; and the implications of these perspectives for social and critical theory. The course also introduces the concept of engaged research and the public service components of feminist activity.

SWGS 201: Introduction to LGBT Studies (3) (spring)

Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Studies offers an interdisciplinary examination of sexual desires, sexual orientations, and the concept of sexuality, with a focus on the construction of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender identities. The course looks at how identities interact with other social phenomena such as government, family, popular culture, scientific inquiry, and especially gender, and highlights the complexity and variability of sexualities both across historical periods and in relation to race, class, ethnicity, and nation. The course also introduces the concept of engaged research and the public service component of LGBT activity.

SWGS 496: Practicum (3) (spring only; formerly Applied Women's and Gender Studies)

An applied research complement to SWGS 497 consisting of six hours/week participating in a research-based project at a local public service agency that addresses the needs of women or is focused on gender and/or sexuality related work. Planning for the Practicum takes place during the previous fall semester in consultation with the CSWGS staff and faculty. Practicum projects are presented to a public audience. Permission of the Instructor and some background in the study of women, gender or sexuality required.

SWGS 497: Seminar (3) (spring only)

Taken in conjunction with SWGS 496, the Seminar develops students' research skills and situates the Practicum project within a range of perspectives on feminist theory and practice, grassroots organizing, and policy-making around issues of women, gender, and sexuality, for example, domestic violence, gender and the prison industry, reproductive freedom, the feminization of AIDS. Permission of the instructor and some background in gender or sexuality studies are required.

Courses Required for the Honors Thesis Option

SWGS 498: Research in Study of Women, Gender, & Sexuality (3) (fall)
Research seminar for CSWGS seniors to pursue an honors thesis. Open to CSWGS majors only.

SWGS 499: Research in Study of Women, Gender, & Sexuality (3) (spring)
Research seminar for CSWGS seniors to pursue an honors thesis. Open to CSWGS majors only.