Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Posted by Caroline Lanni on November 15, 2022 at 2:55 PM

WGSS-textbook-cover-350x525Have you ever thought about why some individuals and groups are more privileged than others or what you can do to help prevent domestic violence? You are invited to explore these and other related questions in the Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies three credit course being offered online through School of Graduate, Online and Continuing Education (SGOCE) during the upcoming Winter Session, 12/28/22 through 1/17/23.

This course introduces key concepts and perspectives in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) by examining a broad range of individual and collective experiences at the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, disability and age. It covers such topics as the social and discursive construction of gender and sexuality; identities and social locations; gendered bodies and health; intimate relationships, families and households; work, wages, and welfare; and feminist and LGBTQ activism and social change.

All students interested in learning about gender and sexuality studies are welcome to register for this course. There are no prerequisites for this class, and it will fulfill the Liberal Arts and Sciences CTW requirement, Interdisciplinary Studies major core course requirement, WGSS minor course requirement, and/or substitute as a free elective. Please contact Dr. Viera Lorencová with any questions or concerns about the course.

The Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies course encourages students to apply the course material to their own experiences, as demonstrated by the following testimonials:

“When I began taking the Introduction to Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies with Dr. Viera Lorencová, I had no idea how invested I would become in the subject. I greatly appreciated her feedback and her expertise, as I worked on developing a proposal for a community outreach project with focus on empowering young women, who have been subjected to cyberbullying and body shaming. I felt inspired to empower young women and give back to my community.”  ~ Chris

Professors like her are what truly make a difference for students like me. My final project [proposal for a community outreach project] exemplifies all that I have learned and have taken away from the Introduction to Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies taught by Professor Lorencová.” ~ Stacey

Don’t miss your opportunity to learn more about gender and sexuality studies. Register today!

Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
IDIS 1000/CRN 21265/ONLINE
12/28/22 through 1/17/23


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Dr. Viera LVieraandstudentsorencová is a Professor of Communications Media at Fitchburg State University, where she currently also serves as the Graduate Program Chair of Applied Communication, and a member of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Advisory Committee. Dr. Lorencová received a Ph.D. in Communication and a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. 

Thank you to Meena Roy for contributing this blog.

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