CES 109 Introduction to Women's Studies • 5 Cr.


Feminist analysis of the construction and enforcement of gender differences and gender inequalities in various contexts. Emphasis on the intersection of race, class, sexuality and nationality in the lives of women. Topics include feminist theory, motherhood, popular culture, sexual autonomy, racism, and activism in the United States, with possibilities of exploring these issues in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and South and Central America. Recommended: Placement by assessment into ENGL& 101. Previously ETHN 109.

Description starting Summer 2019

Examine the ways gender inequality and power shape women?s lives and experiences in the U.S. and globally. Topics may include marriage, motherhood, popular culture, family, education, reproductive rights, sexuality, politics, economic status, current events, and activism.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Critically examine and reflect upon how gender inequality is institutionalized in a global context; 
  • Apply key concepts and feminist theories to a broad spectrum of historical, political, and social issues facing women; 
  • Analyze the ways gender functions in one's everyday experiences and how gender is also impacted by race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and ability; 
  • Investigate the ways in which women are presented in popular culture and media from a global perspective