Institute for Women's Studies and Services
Our office is located at 1059 9th Street Park.
Welcome to the Institute for Women’s Studies and Services! The Institute offers a unique combination of an academic women’s studies program, as well as services and activities typically offered through a women’s center. In addition to information about women’s studies and the types of services we offer, the Institute website contains a database of community scholarships to assist students in seeking financial support for their education, as well as information on local community resources. We also sponsor a number of events and activities focused on feminism and social justice throughout the academic year.
Please contact us at 303-556-8441 for academic advising, support services, or information about our website or our programs.
Check out our amazing Spring 2014 line up of upper division courses!
WMS 3170 Social Justice, Self and Citizenship
TR 9:30-10:45 | CRN: 33401
This course focuses upon psychological theory and self-identity in the context of multicultural and social justice issues (classism, racism, sexism, heterosexism, and ableism). Lectures, readings, and discussions are integrated with a required service learning placement involving 30 hours of volunteer work in a setting for the underserved. Students have the opportunity to a) reflect on social oppressions; b) analyze the political systems that surround their communities and institutions; and c) apply their reflections to their career goals and personal development.
WMS 3180 Feminist Philosophy
MW 12:30-1:45 | CRN: 34991
A course that examines traditional philosophical questions and positions in metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of science and explores how these questions and positions are rethought in twentieth-century Feminist Philosophy. Students will be expected to write a project paper in addition to other exams given in the course.
WMS 3300 Women’s Leadership
S (2/22-3/15) 9:00-5:00 | CRN: 35007
This course will examine the various roles, models, and guiding principles of women in leadership. The discussions will be intentionally interactive as students share their own experience of women’s leadership ranging from traditional to unconventional. Students will identify the values most clearly associated with women’s leadership cross-culturally and read diverse women’s experiences in their communities. Each student will interview a woman whom they deem to be in a leadership role, though not necessarily a formal position, and will present his or her findings to the class. All class members will reflect on their own leadership values in relation to the course material.
WMS 342A Feminist Ethics
F 11:00-1:50 | CRN: 35113
This course analyzes ethics through a feminist framework. The course journey begins with metaethical questions about the nature of feminist ethics itself. Then it moves to considering normative ethics or how feminist ethics offers unique insight into what is the right to do. Finally, specific ethical issues of interest to women will be explored. The course materials reflect the diversity within feminism and will include womanist and lesbian perspectives.
WMS 3490 Queer Sexualities and Identity
M 5:00-7:50 | CRN: 33783
This course explores the various ways in which gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and queer individuals represent themselves vis-a-vis the social construction of identity and resistance. The course analyzes the general strategies LGBTQ individuals (and their communities) utilize to self-identify their gender. Issues of queer social presentation and performance are addressed. Intersections between queer identity and issues of race, ethnicity, and class are investigated. Power and privilege embedded within the LGBTQ visual identity and social control issues are also analyzed.
WMS 367L Women and Climate Change
TR 2:00-3:15 | CRN: 34689
This course explores global women's efforts to make visible and address the gender dimensions of climate change, including grassroots women's adaptation strategies and cutting-edge research. We examine women's vulnerability to the effects of specific hazards and disasters that are related to climate changes and our work historically and regionally to promote gender justice and climate justice. Because we live in the arid West, our work together will also focus on how indigenous women and women in different social locations in our region have coped with climate change historically and are organizing today. Your specific interests will further drive the discussion and outcomes of the course, so bring your ideas and concerns for the future to class and work creatively with others toward solutions.
WMS 390G Bodies and Embodiment
MW 12:30-1:45 | CRN: 34350
In this course, students will explore various interdisciplinary discourses about gendered, sexed, raced, classed, and able bodies, beginning with Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex. Students will have the opportunity to discuss the inscribed, as well as the lived, body through the analysis of key theorists such as Michel Foucault, Judith Butler, Susan Bordo, bell hooks, and Iris M. Young. In order to historically situate these discourses, students will discuss the body as a social construct that is controlled and manipulated but that also has unique experiences that often cannot be verbalized and/or dominated. In addition, students will investigate the many ways in which bodies are gazed at, desired, fashioned, heard, and eroticized. By the end of the semester, students will leave the class with a strong understanding of the history of the social body and how 17th-century, Cartesian, mind/body dualisms have persisted to help construct and reinforce gender, sex, race, class, and ability dualisms and inequalities. They will leave the class with the critical thinking skills needed to question how our current, Western perceptions of bodies (and what they do and how they perform) may or may not be different from other cultures and the consequences of these differences.
WMS 390N Victim Advocacy for Survivors of Interpersonal Violence
W 5:00-7:50 | CRN: 34058
Victim advocacy is both a professional career and an area of study; yet it is often overlooked in traditional academic programs. Individuals who wish to become victim advocates often receive training on the job and not in an academic setting. This class provides a foundation in the field to complement trainings provided by local victim advocacy agencies and police departments. The primary focus of this class is victim advocacy for survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking (interpersonal violence). This course provides students with the intellectual and practical skills to understand the issue and provide effective advocacy for survivors of interpersonal violence in a multicultural context. The course explores interpersonal violence in society today, critical cultural considerations, the experience of survivors, and reflections on providing effective advocacy and activism.
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The Institute is an Institutional Member of the National Women's Studies Association.
The Institute is a Regional Campus Partner of the Southwest Institute for Research on Women.
The Institute is a community partner of the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking.