Gender Studies Graduate Courses

201. Introduction to Interdisciplinary Methods in Gender Studies. (4) Seminar, three hours. Presentation by faculty members of approaches to interdisciplinary studies and discussion of their own research. Demystification of methods, particularly of interdisciplinary sort, to introduce students to wide range of faculty research and to incorporate questions of ethics. Focus on interdisciplinary gender research that intervenes in knowledge production. Particular issues include approaches to interdisciplinary methods of research, introduction to feminist intersectional and queer theories, effective use of reflexivity and positionality in research and writing, and incorporating ethics into research design, conduct, and teaching. May be repeated once for credit with instructor change. Letter grading.

202. Key Theories and Concepts in Gender Studies. (4) Lecture/discussion, three hours. Relationship of debates in field to key intellectual and social movements (such as Marxism, poststructuralism, critical race studies, queer studies, indigenous studies, and postcolonial and transnational studies) that have elicited feminist critiques and contributed to development in feminist thought. Issues include analysis of central theoretical works in field and survey of key methodologies, examination of key concepts and debates in gender studies, and identification of debates that have generated key analytics in feminist analysis and gender studies scholarship. May be repeated once for credit with instructor change. Letter grading.

203. Epistemologies of Gender. (4) Lecture/discussion, three hours. Focus on debates concerning methods of inquiry in gender and sexuality studies and exploration of intersections of feminist studies, masculinity studies, and queer studies. Debates and interventions concern interdisciplinary, intersectional feminist methods and changing boundaries of field over time. Exploration of critical tools to utilize and interrogate existing methodologies. Issues include examination of how feminisms have shaped and been shaped by processes of knowledge-production within and across disciplinary boundaries, cultures, and paradigms, and importance of intersectional, standpoint, and queer theory as critical research tools and as responses to issues of power, domination, oppression, and other loci of identities and difference. May be repeated once for credit with instructor change. Letter grading.

204. Research Design and Professional Development. (4) Seminar, three hours. Required of third-year gender studies graduate students. To be taken after all other coursework is complete; primarily geared toward proposal writing for dissertations and outside grants. Process of constructing dissertation proposals by providing structured process with incremental steps toward writing of dissertation proposal draft. Professional development for students as they prepare to enter academia or other professions. Help in preparation for fall grant-writing season, exploration of job/interview process, development of materials to assist in teaching, and analysis of various job markets. May be repeated once for credit with instructor change. Letter grading.

205. Subfields in Gender Studies. (4) Seminar, three hours. Departmental topics course that offers in-depth aspects of field. Limits of investigation set by individual instructor. S/U or letter grading.

210. Topics in Women and Public Policy. (4) Lecture, four hours. Designed for graduate gender studies students. Introduction to background, decision-making processes, and current debates over public policy directly affecting women in one or more major spheres of public life (e.g., work, family, political system, healthcare, legal regulation). Topics may focus on public health, political science, medicine, workplace studies, and social welfare. May be repeated for credit with topic or instructor change. Letter grading.

215. Topics in Study of Sexuality and Gender. (4) Seminar, three to four hours. Designed for graduate students. Multidisciplinary studies on aspects of sexual orientation, gender identity, queer and transgender theory, interdisciplinary research on minority sexualities, and social construction/deconstruction of gender. May be repeated for credit with topic or instructor change. Letter grading.

220. Cultural Studies in Gender, Race, and Sexuality. (4) Seminar, three hours. Designed for graduate students. In-depth study of representations of gender and sexuality in literature and performance culture, with special attention to race. Topics include flow of artistic cultural production across national borders, theorizing femiqueer as diasporic or multicultural formation. Letter grading.

CM232A. Chicana Feminism. (4) (Same as Chicana and Chicano Studies CM214.) Lecture, four hours. Enforced requisite: course 10 or Chicana and Chicano Studies 10A. Examination of theories and practices of women who identify as Chicana feminist. Analysis of writings of Chicanas who do not identify as feminist but whose practices attend to gender inequities faced by Chicanas both within Chicana/Chicano community and dominant society. Attention to Anglo-European and Third World women. Concurrently scheduled with course CM132A. S/U or letter grading.

M238. Feminist Theory. (4) (Same as Sociology M238.) Seminar, three hours. Designed for graduate students. Analysis of current American feminist theory relevant to sociologists. Exploration of critiques of second wave feminism by working class feminists and/or feminists of color, feminist scholars from other countries, and recent “antifeminist” feminists. Discussion of directions for future feminist sociology. Letter grading.

CM243. Healing, Ritual, and Transformation. (4) (Same as World Arts and Cultures CM240.) Lecture, four hours. Designed for graduate students. Examination of role of healers, historically and within contemporary culture-specific contexts. Exploration of psychological functions served by rites of passage and healing rituals and of role of arts in healing troubled communities. Concurrently scheduled with course CM143. S/U or letter grading.

M252. Selected Topics in Sociology of Gender. (4) (Same as Sociology M252.) Lecture, two hours; discussion, two hours. Designed for graduate students. Seminar on selected topics in sociology of gender. May be repeated for credit. Letter grading.

M253A. Seminar: Current Problems in Comparative Education. (4) (Same as Education M253A.) Seminar, four hours. Examination of some of most influential critical theorists, including Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, Marcuse, Foucault, Fanon, and de Beauvoir and their contributions to critique of contemporary education, society, and politics. S/U or letter grading.

M255. Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Gender. (4) (Same as Sociology M255.) Seminar, three hours. How does gender manifest itself in lives of different groups of women in U.S. and abroad? Are universal analytical categories or united feminist movements possible or is gender too different cross-culturally? S/U or letter grading.

M259A-M259B. History of Women. (4-4) (Same as History M259A-M259B.) Seminar, three hours. Course M259A is requisite to M259B. History of women’s social and political issues seen in U.S. and comparative context. In Progress (M259A) and letter (M259B) grading.

M261. Gender and Music in Cross-Cultural Perspective. (4) (Same as Ethnomusicology M261.) Seminar, three hours. Designed to foster in-depth understanding of gender in study of music as culture. Topics range from ethnography of gender and sexuality, (de)codification of messages of resistance, and gender representation to gendered politics via musical production. S/U or letter grading.

M263. Gender Systems. (4) (Formerly numbered M263P.) (Same as Anthropology M243.) Seminar, three hours. Current theoretical developments in understanding gender systems cross-culturally, with emphasis on relationship between systems of gender, economy, ideational systems, and social inequality. Selection of ethnographic cases from recent literature. S/U or letter grading.

M266. Feminist Theory and Social Sciences Research. (4) (Same as Education M266.) Lecture, four hours. Examination of how diverse feminist social theories of last quarter century have both challenged and strengthened conventional social sciences theories and their methodologies. Introduction especially to feminist standpoint theory, distinctive critical theory methodology now widely used in social sciences. Letter grading.

CM270. Alternate Traditions: In Search of Female Voices in Contemporary Literature. (5) (Same as Comparative Literature CM270.) Seminar, four hours. Designed for graduate students. Investigation of narrative texts by contemporary French, German, English, American, Spanish American, African, and Asian women writers from cross-cultural perspective. Common themes, problems, and techniques. Concurrently scheduled with course CM170. S/U or letter grading.

CM278. Critical Media Literacy and Politics of Gender: Theory and Production. (4) (Same as Education CM278.) Seminar, three hours. Corequisite: course CM278L. Use of range of pedagogical approaches to theory and practice of critical media literacy that necessarily involves understanding of new technologies and media forms. Study of both theory and production techniques to inform student analysis of media and critical media literacy projects. Concurrently scheduled with course CM178. Letter grading.

CM278L. Critical Media Literacy and Politics of Gender: Laboratory. (2) (Same as Education CM278L.) Laboratory, two hours. Corequisite: course CM278. Hands-on production experience as integral component of course CM278. Concurrently scheduled with course CM178L. Letter grading.

285. Special Topics in Women’s Studies. (4) Lecture/discussion, four hours. Designed for graduate students. Selected topics or special problems. In-depth study of aspects of feminist theory or research methods or gender analysis within disciplinary studies in social sciences, humanities, health sciences, arts, or professional programs. May be repeated for credit with topic or instructor change. Letter grading.

296. Doctoral Roundtable. (2) Research group meeting, two hours. Preparation: satisfactory completion of PhD program first year. Requisites: at least two courses from 201, 202, 203, 210. Limited to program PhD students. Interactive seminar with focus on disciplinary and interdisciplinary issues, feminist scholarship, research presentation, and professional development. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.

375. Teaching Apprentice Practicum. (1 to 4) Seminar, to be arranged. Preparation: apprentice personnel employment as teaching assistant, associate, or fellow. Requisite or corequisite: course 495. Teaching apprenticeship under active guidance and supervision of regular faculty member responsible for curriculum and instruction at UCLA. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.

495. Feminist Pedagogy. (2) Seminar, two hours. Preparation: appointment as teaching assistant in department. Introduction to feminist methods of teaching, with emphasis on reciprocity and dialogue and de-emphasis on hierarchy. Required of students while serving as teaching assistants (first time only) in undergraduate gender studies courses. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.

596. Directed Individual Study or Research. (2 to 12) Tutorial, to be arranged. Requisites: courses 201, 202, 203. Directed individual research and study in area related to women’s studies/gender studies, arranged individually by student with instructor. May be repeated for credit. S/U or letter grading.

597. Preparation for MA Comprehensive Examination or PhD Qualifying Examinations. (2 to 12) Tutorial, eight hours. Limited to graduate gender studies students. Reading and preparation for written MA comprehensive examination or PhD qualifying field examinations. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 units. S/U grading.

598. Research for MA Thesis. (2 to 12) Tutorial, to be arranged. Requisites: courses 201, 202, 203. Research for and writing of MA thesis under direction of thesis committee chair. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.

599. Research for PhD Dissertation. (2 to 12) Tutorial, to be arranged. Preparation: advancement to PhD candidacy. Research for and writing of PhD dissertation under direction of dissertation committee chair. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.