March 1, 2017

Purdue Northwest Curriculum Document

Program Name: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

  • Document No: CHESS 16-60 NEW COURSE WGSS 48000
  • Proposed Effective Date: 12/1/2017
  • Submitting Department: Communication
  • Date Reviewed by Department: February 24, 2017
  • Submission Date: March 1, 2017
  • Date Reviewed College/School Curriculum Committee: March 31, 2017
  • Contact Person: Theresa Carilli, Processor
  • Approval by Faculty Senate: May 5, 2017
  • Date Reviewed by Senate Curriculum Committee: 4/14/17
  • Name(s) of Library Staff Consulted: NA
  • Will New Library Resources Used?: No
  • Form 40 Needed?: Yes

Task: Course Change or New Course Proposal

  • Program Name(s): Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Degree Name(s): 

Section 1: This section is for changes in programs, minors and certificates

  • List the major changes in each program of study, minor or certificate: Course offered in W. LAFAYETTE being included as part of WGSS minor on PNW campus (New to PNW)
  • Impact on Students: NA
  • Impact on University Resources: NA
  • Impact on other Academic Units: NA

Section II: This section is for changes in courses only

  • Subject: WGSS course being brought down from W. LAFAYETTE
  • Justification:Additional course offering for WGSS minors

Current Minor:

Proposed Minor:

WGSS 48000 – Feminist Theory Class 3, Credit 3 This course is an introduction to key texts, concepts, and debates that have informed contemporary articulations of feminist theory. Throughout the course, the idea of “feminist theory” will be interrogated, especially the politics of what and who is attributed to this name in an effort to work through the political, cultural, economic, and academic effects of this term. Our readings, assignments and discussions provide opportunities to explore how gender, feminism and theory are produced through constellations of nation, race, gender, citizenship, sexuality, and class in different historical and cultural contexts. The course will foreground the relationship between theory, social justice, and activism and will seek to encourage and invest in these mutual projects.

Prereq: WGSS 28000 or consent of instructor.

Course Objectives / Learning Outcomes:

  1. To explore the theoretical underpinnings of feminist theory and how it affects cultural understanding.
  2. To develop an understanding of how feminist theory presents different methodological perspectives.
  3. To broaden offerings for students who are working towards a minor in WGSS.
  • Impact on Students: NA
  • Impact on University Resources: NA
  • Impact on other Academic Units: NA