General Education Segment III Cluster
GENDER AND CULTURE:
IDENTITIES, IMAGES, INTERACTIONS
Segment III Rules:
To receive Segment III credit for a course approved for Segment III, a student must
complete the cluster as described in the Class Schedule and Bulletin, including the
requirement that they must have earned 60 units by the end of the semester in which they
take the course.
Students must complete all four GE Segment I requirements (i.e. written communication,
oral communication, critical thinking, and quantitative reasoning) before beginning
Segment III courses are required to include a minimum of 10 pages of writing corrected
by the instructor.
Students must complete at least one course in the Segment III cluster that fulfills the
Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD) Requirement.
At least one course in the Segment III cluster must be both outside the major department
and outside the major program submitted on the Application for Graduation.
This cluster focuses on the role of gender in producing cultural identities, representations
(in media, film, or literature) and practices of communication. Courses show that
gendering practices in different cultures govern behaviors and interactions in relation to
race, nationality, sexuality, and class.
Learning Outcomes for the Cluster:
1. Students will be able to investigate women and gender issues in relation to various
cultural practices, identities and communities within their specific historical contexts,
in the US or elsewhere in the world. Students will know about the theoretical
perspectives and challenges that constitute the study of gender and culture.
2. Students will be able to interrogate the study of women and gender from across a
variety of academic disciplines, for example, the role of gender in producing cultural
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identities in media production (video, film, artwork, television, journalism,
performance works), literature, anthropological studies and practices of
3. Students will be able to describe ways in which cultural meanings about gender
construct, discipline, and reproduce social identities within historical contexts.
Students will be able to apply feminist and gender scholarship in analyses of cultural
representational issues and their production and reproduction in various historical and
4. Students will demonstrate their knowledge of gendered identities, images,
interactions in written, visual and/or oral projects that employ the critical skills
introduced in each course in the cluster (a minimum of 10 pages of writing will be
required outside the classroom and will be evaluated by the instructor).
5. Students will be able to describe the importance of various cultural meaning systems,
identities and locations including issues of race, gender, sexuality, class, religion and
Cluster Requirements and Courses:
Select one course from Category A, a second course from Category B, and a third course
from either Category A or B (for a total of 9-11 units). At least one course must be
Category A Courses: Prerequisite
ANTH 569/HMSX 567 Cross-Cultural Aspects of Sex & Gender ( 3 units) CESD upper division
BECA/WOMS 485 Women and Media (3 units) upper division
CINE 404 Gender and Film (all topics) (3 units) CESD upper division
ENG/JS/WOMS 546 American Jewish Women Writers (3 units) CESD ENG 214
KIN 457 Culture, Gender, and Movement (3 units) CESD ENG 214, 2 add.
GE I courses, and
SOC 464 Families and Society (4 units) CESD none
SOC 469 Gender and Society (4 units) CESD none
SPCH 352 Women and Words (4 units) upper division
SPCH 443 Rhetoric of Feminist Movements (4 units) SPCH 150
SPCH 503 Gender and Communication (4 units) CESD SPCH 150
SPCH 525 Sexual Identity and Communication (4 units) CESD SPCH 150 or
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Category B Courses: Prerequisite
WOMS 302 Translating Women’s Experience (3 units) CESD 3 units of English
WOMS 303 Women as Creative Agents (3 units) CESD ENG 114
WOMS 533 Women and Men Changing (3 units) CESD ENG 114
WOMS 548 Literature by U.S. Women of Color (3 units) CESD ENG 114
WOMS/HMSX 551 Lesbian & Queer Perspectives in Literature and CESD ENG 114
Media (3 units)
WOMS 554 Immigrant and Refugee Women (3 units) CESD WOMS 564/764
Category B Courses: Prerequisite
WOMS 561 Women of Color in the U.S. (3 units) CESD ENG 114
WOMS 562 History of African American Women (3 units) CESD ENG 114
WOMS 564 Women Writers and Colonialism (3 units) CESD ENG 214
WOMS 565 Women in the Muslim and Arab Worlds (3 units) CESD upper division
Category A Courses: Description
ANTH 569/HMSX 567 Sex, sexuality, and gender; the control of sexuality, cultural
Cross-Cultural Aspects of components of gender role and gender identity, and symbolic aspects
Sex and Gender of sex and gender.
BECA/WOMS 485 Analytic modes, including feminist, psychoanalytic, and economic
Women and Media criticism, to assess both how women are represented in mass media
and the status of women employed in mass media.
CINE 404 Variable topic course; topic to be specified in Class Schedule
Gender and Film (all
ENG/JS/WOMS 546 Exploration through novels, short fiction, and memoir the connections
American Jewish Women American women forge and the tensions they experience via
Writers encounters with self, family, Judaism, American society, and world
KIN 457 Transmission of culture, values, and gender roles through a variety of
Culture, Gender, and movement forms. Interpretation of the cultural dimension of
SOC 464 Family variations in the U.S. and the world: historical antecedents and
Families and Society social influences; changing structure of the family, problems and
SOC 469 Sex roles in society. Origin, socialization, and demands of conformity.
Gender and Society Restrictions and encouragements for breaking with conventional sex
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Category A Courses: Description:
SPCH 352 Explores women's communicative cultures, while enhancing students'
Women and Words performance skills through a variety of speech activities, such as
performance of literature, public speaking, and small group
communication. Combines communication and linguistic theories
with practical applications within a feminist framework.
SPCH 443 Impact of women leaders of single and multiple issue campaigns on
Rhetoric of Feminist American social policy. Overview of social movement and rhetorical
Movements criticism literature.
SPCH 503 Processes and theories of gender and communication, including the
Gender and role of power and language; verbal and nonverbal interaction; the
Communication impact of historical, social, and psychological factors on gendered
communication in different settings.
SPCH 525 Emergence of sexual identity and orientation in social interaction.
Sexual Identity and Explores how interpersonal and group communication shapes the
Communication sexual self through private discourse--labeling, defining, self-
disclosing--and public dialogue--community organizing and advocacy.
Category B Courses: Description
WOMS 302 Ways to translate women's cultural experience into writing. Students
Translating Women’s express, analyze, and act upon women's experience in several modes:
Experience personal and critical essays, journals and autobiographies, fiction and
poetry, socio-political action writing.
WOMS 303 Personal expression and self-definition through creative experience in
Women as Creative various media: drawing, painting, photography, poetry, sculpture, and
Agents writing. Work of women artists, filmmakers, poets.
WOMS 533 Film, literature, small group dynamics used to help women and men
Women and Men become better co-workers, parents, political allies, friends, lovers. Re-
Changing educate women and men of different cultures to new understandings
of their interpersonal/social relations.
WOMS 548 Twentieth century literature by African American, Latina, Asian
Literature by U.S. Women American, and Native American women. Literary forms, styles,
of Color images, and themes used by each group to express racism, sexism, and
daily life in the U.S.
WOMS/HMSX 551 Literature and media productions by lesbians and queers of various
Lesbian & Queer racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds. Emergence of lesbian
Perspectives in Literature and queer concerns and feminist concerns and issues of cultural
and Media production and literary form.
WOMS 554 Condition of refugee and immigrant women in the world: causes,
Immigrant and Refugee conditions, and problems of such movements. The cultural, economic,
Women and social issues
WOMS 561 Issues and themes in the history, culture, and contemporary lives of
Women of Color in the Black, Native American, Asian American, and Latina women in the
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Category B Courses: Description
WOMS 562 Experiences of Black women under slavery; in their pioneering roles
History of African as industrial, domestic, and agricultural workers; and in their varied
American Women political, social, and educational roles in the 19th and 20th centuries.
WOMS 564 Literature by women writers whose work addresses the experience of
Women Writers and peoples in colonized countries with a history of colonialism and/or
WOMS 565 Differences/similarities in women's lives in Muslim/Arab world,
Women in the Muslim and including diaspora in Europe and North America. Minorities in Arab
Arab Worlds Middle East. Issues of gender as it relates to nationalism, religion, and
Name: Minoo Moallem
Department: Women Studies
Office: HUM 315