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Magali Roy-Féquière

Associate Professor & Chair of Gender & Women's Studies

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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Requirements for the major

11 or 12 credits as follows:

  • Introductory course: GWST 101
  • Feminist theory: GWST 206 or GWST 243
  • Feminist methodology: GWST 280
  • One Gender and Women's Studies course in the Humanities
  • One Gender and Women's Studies course in the Social Sciences
  • Electives: four more credits in Gender and Women's Studies; two of these four credits must be at the 300-level.
  • Coursework in a traditional discipline: two credits in a single department or program outside of Gender and Women's Studies, one of which must be a methods or theory course. The course other than methods/theory may be a course cross-listed with Gender and Women's Studies. Courses that currently count toward the method/theory requirement include: ANSO 290, ANSO 300, ANSO 301, ANSO 320, ART 342, BIOL 210, ENG 200, ENG 334, HIST 285, PS 220, PS 230, STAT 200, and THTR 385; other courses may fulfill this requirement on approval by the program chair.
  • Capstone experience: Students carry out a project involving significant individual initiative. This may be done within the context of:
    • participation in the Antioch Women's Studies Abroad program
    • an internship
    • a community action project
    • a research/creative project carried out through independent study
    • an honors thesis in Gender and Women's Studies

The choice of a project is made in consultation with the program chair.

With permission of the chair, up to two credits in related studies outside the program may be counted towards the major. To be considered, courses must contain a significant component on gender and an individualized student project focused on gender issues.

Requirements for the minor

5 credits as follows:

  • Introductory course: GWST 101
  • One course in methods or theory: GWST 206, GWST 243, or GWST 280
  • Three electives of which one may be taken as independent study

Course Descriptions

GWST 101. Women, Culture, and Society. (1)

An introduction to the analysis of culture and society from a feminist perspective. Using gender as a category of analysis, and with attention to the distribution of power in society, we explore such questions as: What are the shaping influences on women's lives and how do women's lives compare with men's? What is the interplay of gender, race, and class in cultural forms and social institutions? What kinds of biases have shaped our understanding of biological "facts," literary "value" and historical "importance"? HSS; DV; Staff;

GWST 206. Theory in the Flesh: Writings by Feminists of Color. (1)

This course is an introduction to the rich and diverse contributions of women of color to feminist theory. We investigate the question of why many non-white, non-middle class women have challenged the claims and practices of Euro-American feminism. Black, Chicana, Asian-American and Native American feminists address race and racism as it affects their lives and invite white feminists to do the same. The goal is to renegotiate a basis for feminist solidarity. HUM; Cross Listing: AFST 206; DV; O; M. Roy-Féquière;

GWST 207. Black Women in the Civil Rights Movement. (1)

An historical survey of Black women in the modern Civil Rights Movement, especially of their significant contributions. We shall explore the virtual silence regarding those contributions for almost a quarter of a century and how that silence was broken. The most prominent organizations will be examined and the gender and class issues that evolved. Finally, the sexism of Black men in the movement will be assessed, along with interracial relationships. Cross Listing: AFST 207; DV; F. Hord;

GWST 208. The Sociology of Gender. (1)

This course provides an examination of the ways in which social systems create, maintain, and reproduce gender dichotomies with specific attention to the significance of gender in interaction, culture, and a number of institutional contexts, including work, politics, family, and nation. Prerequisite(s): sophomore standing and previous coursework in sociology; Cross Listing: ANSO 208; Staff;

GWST 221. Gender and Literature. (1)

Emphasis is on the use of gender as a category of analysis by which to examine literary characters, styles, and techniques, as well as the circumstances and ideology of authors, readers, and the literary canon. HUM; Cross Listing: ENG 221; DV; M. Roy-Féquière; staff;

GWST 222. Women and Modern Chinese Literature. (1)

This course explores the crucial role that women played in shaping modern Chinese literature. We will make close readings of short stories, autobiographies, novel excerpts, and complete novelettes of mostly female writers, exploring the ideas, themes, and theories that they were exploring while breaking new ground. We will also be dissecting these readings through our own contemporary literary lenses as a means of expanding the students' skills of literary interpretation and criticism that will be a concomitant benefit to the expansion of the students' knowledge of China and both its literary and historical past. Cross Listing: ASIA 221;CHIN 221; Offered annually, typically winter; W. Du;

GWST 227. Women and Latin American Politics. (1)

The varied roles that women play in politics--from international politics to personal politics--are considered. The focus is on the different ways in which women define their interests and act upon them, but gender in a broader sense (including men's roles) is analyzed. This course will analyze these issues in the context of a number of Latin American countries. HSS; Prerequisite(s): one course in social science or gender and women's studies required; Cross Listing: LAST 227;PS 227; DV; W; K. Kampwirth;

GWST 229. Women and American Politics. (1)

This course examines various roles of women in American politics with particular emphasis on women as candidates and in elective office. The purpose of this course is to acquaint students with the major arguments in the field of women and politics, and to promote discussion of the impacts of women's political participation at all levels of American political life. Prerequisite(s): PS 101 or sophomore standing; Cross Listing: PS 229; A. Civettini;

GWST 231. Populism in Latin America. (1)

Many of the most famous (or infamous) political leaders in Latin America - people like Evita Peron, Lazaro Cardenas, Rafael Correa and Hugo Chavez - are known as "populists." This course evaluates such leaders, with particular attention to the role of class and gender in their political careers. Other themes to be addressed include: charismatic leadership, classic populism vs. neopopulism vs. radical populism, the uneasy relationship between populism and democracy, feminism and populism, and the meanings of populist followership. Prerequisite(s): One previous Political Science or History class; Cross Listing: PS 231; DV; W; K. Kampwirth;

GWST 235. African American Women Writers. (1)

A broad survey of the poetry, fiction, autobiographies and literary criticism of African American women. Beginning with late eighteenth-century poetry, we explore the themes and images of black women and men, language, settings, and form of that literature. With African American women at the center of discourse speaking as subjects, we further examine the interlocking of gender, race, and class and the uniqueness of their experience as reflected in their literature, as well as how the historical context of internal colonialism has affected their voices. HUM; Cross Listing: AFST 235;ENG 235; DV; M. Roy-Féquière;

GWST 238. Latin American Women Writers. (1)

The past two decades have seen the rise of an unprecedented number of Latin American women writers who have made important aesthetic contributions to the literary traditions of their countries. This course examines some of their works paying special attention to the gendered politics and poetics of the text. Among some of the works included are Nellie Campobello's novels of the Mexican Revolution, the testimonial narrative of Elena Poniatowska, the magical realist works of Isabel Allende. All works are read in English translations. HUM; Prerequisite(s): sophomore standing; Cross Listing: LAST 238; DV; M. Roy-Féquière;

GWST 243. Philosophies of Feminism. (1)

This course explores the theoretical frameworks by which feminists explain the exploitation and oppression of women. The aim of this course is to understand how feminists conceive of sexism, how they model a nonsexist society, and the manner in which they believe this society may be established. We proceed historically, beginning with Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of A Woman, ending with contemporary feminist issues. Among the varieties of feminist thought covered are Enlightenment feminism, cultural feminism, Marxist feminism, psychoanalytic feminism, radical feminism and contemporary French feminism. HUM; Prerequisite(s): sophomore standing; Cross Listing: PHIL 243; W. Young;

GWST 248. Teaching Assistant. (1/2 or 1)

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor; May be graded S/U at instructor's discretion; Staff;

GWST 261. Women and Film. (1)

This is a course examining the representation of women in the cinematic medium. We will especially focus on the intersection of two interpretive theories, psychoanalysis and feminism, and their multi-varied application to the literary text that is cinema, with particular interest in questions of dream, hysteria and transference. HUM; Prerequisite(s): ENG 124 or permission of instructor. Students need familiarity with basic film technique and history.; Cross Listing: ENG 261; R. Smith;

GWST 271. Human Sexuality. (1)

An analysis and discussion of information and misinformation concerning human sexual anatomy and physiology, evolutionary and historical foundations of attitudes towards sexuality, sexuality research, sexual response and techniques of arousal, emotional health, contraception, STDs, diversity and cultural issues. Various research techniques are also discussed. Student participation and presentation are a major part of the course. Prerequisite(s): one 200-level psychology course; Cross Listing: PSYC 271; O; H. Hoffmann;

GWST 273I. . (1)

Greek and Roman sexual attitudes and behaviors have engendered highly charged debates in the modern world around issues of intimacy, privacy, and the proper relationship between the individual and the state. This course explores Greek and Roman concepts of gender, love, and sexuality as documented in ancient literary texts and works of visual art. Topics will include Greek pederasty, the symposium, ancient prostitution, and the regulation of sexual desires and behaviors. We will conclude by discussing some modern works that respond to ancient attitudes toward sexuality, e.g. Oscar Wilde, A.E. Housman, and John Cameron Mitchell. HUM; Cross Listing: CLAS 273I;

GWST 275. Psychology of Gender. (1)

This course is an introduction to the psychological literature on gender. Both men's and women's issues are covered. Emphasis is placed on the analysis and interpretation of research findings, as well as a critique of research methodologies. Students are asked to design and conduct small-scale research projects, the results of which are reported in papers due at the end of the term. The course concludes with analysis and discussion of special topics chosen by students. Prerequisite(s): PSYC 100 or GWST 101; Cross Listing: PSYC 275; K. Shaw;

GWST 280. Feminist Methodologies. (1)

The course examines the fundamental questions characteristic of the interdisciplinary field of Women's Studies, and explores the contributions of feminist scholarship in several specific disciplines that contribute to this field, such as literature, history, anthropology and sociology, philosophy of science, and psychology. Readings include both classic statements and recent writings. Prerequisite(s): one previous course in Gender and Women's Studies or permission of the instructor; M. Roy-Féquière; staff;

GWST 295. Special Topics. (1/2 or 1)

Courses offered occasionally to students in special areas of Gender and Women's Studies not covered in the usual curriculum. Staff;

GWST 312. Gay and Lesbian Identities. (1)

This course draws on the wealth of recent scholarship in lesbian and gay studies that examines ideas of culture, sexuality and identity. We explore questions like: How is identity formed? What place do sexual orientation and sexual practice have in an individual's identity, and how does this vary over time and across cultures? What does it mean to say that sexual orientation has a biological base? How do research questions in different disciplines focus our attention in certain directions to the neglect of others? HSS; Prerequisite(s): junior standing; Cross Listing: IDIS 312; W; DV; H. Hoffmann;

GWST 322. Women and Modern Chinese Literature. (1)

See description of ASIA 221. Additional research component and consent of the Instructor required for GWST 322. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing and one literature course or 200-level ASIA course with a C- or better; Cross Listing: ASIA 321;CHIN 321; Offered annually, typically winter; W. Du;

GWST 325. Beyond Stereotypes: Exploring Literature by Chicanas. (1)

During the past two decades Chicana writers have produced an innovative literature that not only dialogues with the male Chicano literary tradition, but vibrantly asserts its own core themes and stylistic and thematic contributions. We examine the innovative narrative, poetry and essay production of Chicana writers such as Gloria Anzaldua, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Elena Viramontes, Sandra Cisneros and Lucha Corpi among many others. HUM; Prerequisite(s): junior standing; Cross Listing: AMST 325; DV; M. Roy-Féquière;

GWST 326. Psychological Anthropology: Self, Culture, and Society. (1)

How is our subjective experience of ourselves and others shaped by the social and cultural context in which we live? How might one investigate this? Are Western accounts of human psychology valid cross-culturally? Drawing on recent research in the field of psychological anthropology, this course takes a comparative approach to such topics as emotional experience and its expression, gender identity, the role of power in social life, language and discursive practices, notions of self and personhood, and the indigenous representation of these in various 'folk theories' or ethnopsychologies. Prerequisite(s): two courses in Anthropology and Sociology and junior standing; Cross Listing: ANSO 326; N. Eberhardt;

GWST 328. Race & Gender in the U.S. Welfare State. (1)

This course examines how political, economic, and cultural ideologies regarding race and gender work(ed) to frame the conception and creation of both the U.S. Welfare State and U.S. welfare policy. We will engage these ideas through an historical exploration of the ways that the U.S. Welfare State was enacted, framed, and codified through policy. In addition we will analyze how the creation of the Welfare State and its subsequent policies reflect American identity and cultural norms, and reinforce social inequities along racial and gendered lines. Prerequisite(s): ANSO 103 and Junior standing or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: ANSO 328; W; Offered alternate years; T. Gonzales;

GWST 332. Gender Studies in German Literature and Culture. (1)

How is gender constructed in the intellectual and literary history of German-speaking countries, and what are the interrelations between gender construction and the life of cultural or political institutions? Possible course topics include: literature as a gendered institution; sexuality and the state; education; gay/lesbian literature; gender and race. HUM; Prerequisite(s): sophomore standing or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: GERM 332E; DV; T. Heidt;

GWST 333. Global Feminism and Antifeminism. (1)

This course will examine backlashes against feminist movements, and against states and global forces that seek to mobilize men and women into more egalitarian roles. Considering examples from the United States, South Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Latin America, this course will consider what sorts of people become antifeminists; how they organize within countries; how that organization has varied across time and cultures; and how international feminists have responded to these challenges. Prerequisite(s): at least one HSS course in which gender is a major theme; Cross Listing: PS 333; DV; W; K. Kampwirth;

GWST 334. LGBT Politics in Latin America. (1)

The political visibility and rights of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans) community in Latin America has changed dramatically over the course of the last generation or two. This course will explore how and why political life has changed, and will compare the political experiences of LGBT citizens of several particular countries. The focus of the course is on the countries of Latin America, though LGBT political history in other areas, such as the U.S. and Europe, will be considered in the introduction to the course, which will analyze both institutional and social movement politics. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing; Cross Listing: PS 334; DV; W; K. Kampwirth;

GWST 336. Science and the Social Construction of Race and Gender. (1)

See description for AFST 336. Cross Listing: AFST 336;IDIS 336; DV; W; M. Crawford; D. Cermak;

GWST 348. Teaching Assistant. (1/2 or 1)

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor; May be graded S/U at instructor's discretion; Staff;

GWST 373. Topics in Women's and Gender History. (1)

Topics vary year to year. Current topics include: "Women, Gender and the American Revolution" - analyzing the form and function of gender in the revolutionary era. Course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite(s): HIST 285, GWST 280, or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: HIST 373; W; GWST 373B is DV; C. Denial;

GWST 383. Women Playwrights. (1)

Analysis of the works of female playwrights who represent diversity in race, nationality, perspective, and style. A brief review of the evolution of feminisms is traced in order to identify the areas of thought and conflict that most influence the condition of the female writer and specifically the playwright. Prerequisite(s): junior standing or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: AFST 383;ENG 383;THTR 383; W; DV; E. Metz;

GWST 395. Special Topics. (1/2 or 1)

Courses offered occasionally to students in special areas of Gender and Women's Studies not covered in the usual curriculum. Staff;

GWST 400. Advanced Studies. (1/2 or 1)

See College Honors Program. Staff;

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