Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies

Program Length 12 credit hours

 

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Concordia University Chicago’s graduate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) is a 12 credit-hour certificate that may be earned by students who seek expertise and certification in WGS but do not wish to pursue a master’s degree in the field. The certificate, when earned in conjunction with a graduate degree in another field, may enhance the student’s breadth of expertise, preparation for the workplace, and marketability. 

Curriculum

Epistemological Foundations of WGS

Examination of how WGS scholarship has recontextualized epistemological issues in the philosophy of science.  This course draws on contemporary issues (such as gendered violence) in order to examine these and other questions in the context of contemporary gendered discussions of epistemology, ethics and science.

Conceptual and Theoretical Perspectives of WGS

Exploration of the intellectual history of women’s and gender studies. Begins with investigation of the late 18th century and traces theoretical ideas about women and gender through to the present. Although the course focuses primarily on Western theoretical work, it also examines non-Western ideas, especially as these critique Western ideas about gender theory.  Theories include issues of race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and spirituality

Gender, Sexuality, and Race in the U.S.

Explores the complex, intertwined dynamics between identities, ideologies, and institutions. It examines how historical constructions of difference intersect, inform and interrupt the perceptions and realities of U.S. democracy, (in)equality and human rights.  Analyzes historical and contemporary examples to investigate fundamental social forces, political arrangements, and historical conditions shaping the interactions of race, gender, social class, and sexuality.

Gender, Globalization, and Transnational Frameworks

Examines linkages between gender-based inequities and global and transnational politics of power, security, political economy, militarism, and ecology.  Emphasis on how gender roles, relationships, and identities are constructed, deployed, challenged, and resisted around the globe, with particular attention to interconnections of systems and structures of gender, race, class, sexuality, age, ability, culture, religion, and nation.

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