Courses in Women's Studies (Division 497)

100(200). Women's Issues. Open to all undergraduates. (2). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit.

This course uses small group discussion and the development of supportive group norms to enable students to explore selected topics in women's studies as they apply to their own lives and to contemporary social issues. The course work includes large and small group activities, theoretical presentations, regularly assigned readings, and written assignments. There is a strong emphasis on developing analytic tools taking a critical stance with respect to one's experience, to social issues, and to the assigned literature. Topics include: socialization, work, family; race, class, ethnicity; relationships; current movements for change.

240/Amer. Cult. 240. Introduction to Women's Studies. Open to all undergraduates. (4). (HU).

Designed as an introduction to the New Scholarship on Women, Women's Studies 240 acquaints students with the key concepts, theoretical frameworks, and interdisciplinary research on women's status and roles in male-dominated or sexist societies. The course will involve cross-cultural and historical analyses as well as consideration of major issues relevant to contemporary American women. The course will seek to provide the student with an explanatory understanding of women's oppression as well as avenues for change. The course is structured around weekly lectures and readings which provide material for discussion groups. Students are encouraged to participate fully in discussion and assume responsibility for sharing their knowledge and insights. We are concerned with academic as well as personal growth, and we want to explore alternatives for women in contemporary American society. The course grade is based on written assignments, examinations, and participation in discussions. Please note that sections 004 and 007 are coed. All other sections are for women only.

270(370). Women and the Law. (3). (SS).

"Women and the Law" covers selected topics in American constitutional and statutory law which have a special effect on women. The course begins with a historical overview of the struggle for women's legal rights in the 19th century. The Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, especially the Equal Protection Clause, has become crucial to many current sex discrimination cases, and thus is discussed in some detail. Other legal issues such as family law, rape, spouse assault, employment discrimination, pregnancy discrimination, sexual harassment, and affirmative action are also discussed from a legal standpoint. Required: midterm and final examinations, paper, and class participation in discussion. Strongly recommended: introductory government course.

320. Seminar in Group Process and Gender. Women's Studies 100, 240, another Women's Studies course, and permission of instructor. (4). (SS).

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of group process and facilitation skills. Its purpose is to train students to facilitate small discussion groups on women's issues. Enrollment in the course is determined by an interview procedure at the end of the previous term and by permission of the instructor. Students enrolled in this course lead a weekly small group discussion of Women's Studies 100. In addition they attend a weekly seminar in which women's issues and group skills are discussed so that they can be effective facilitators of their own small group. Many support structures and innovative learning designs are included in this course. For more information contact the Women's Studies program at 763-2047.

342. Gender and Society: Hierarchies in Social Organization. Women's Studies 240 or permission of instructor. (3). (SS).

The course will focus on women's access to and roles, performance, and adaptation in organizations and social hierarchies. Socialization factors and women's marginal position in public structures will be considered as forces that lead to gender differences in styles of integration and leadership in organizations. Potential for change in the organization of work and other public forums will be forecast in light of women's more significant presence in the labor force. The course will combine lectures and discussions. (Douvan)

410/Anthro. 452. Gender Ideologies. Anthro 101, 330, or junior standing. (3). (SS).

See Anthropology 452. (Ortner)

423/Economics 423. The Economic Status of Women. Econ. 201 and 202. (3). (SS).

See Economics 423. (Freedman)


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