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. (Kaboolian)

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.

336/CAAS 336. Black Women in America. (3). (SS).

See Afroamerican and African Studies 336. (Terrelonge)

344. Gender in Art, Literature, and Culture. Women's Studies 240 or permission of instructor. (3). (HU).

This course will examine creative work by women in literature and art. We will spend some time reading current theories about women and creativity and the presentation of women in different creative forms. We will also look in depth at a poet (Adrienne Rich) and two novelists (Toni Morrison and Valerie Miner), as well as examples of women's painting, crafts and a variety of modern art forms. We will spend approximately seven weeks on literature and seven on art. Readings will include Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own, Rozika Parker and Griselda Pollock, Old Mistresses: Women, Art and Ideology, a biography of the German painter Kathe Kollwitz, Tillie Olsen's short stories, Judy Chicago's The Dinner Party, and a course pack of recent writings and criticism. One midterm, one term paper and one final exam. (Vicinus)

350. Women and the Community. Women's Studies 240 or the equivalent; and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). (EXPERIENTIAL).

The goal of Women's Studies 350 is to combine community work experience with an academic analysis of women's status and experience in organizations. Students can choose from more than 20 internships in areas such as health care and reproduction, media and communications, counseling, law reform, government, advocacy, education, day care, and women in the labor force. In addition to five hours at their placement, students attend a two hour class session weekly. The weekly seminar/discussion covers topics such as voluntarism, women's community activism, sexism in the work place, feminist social reforms, organizational structures and processes, power, leadership, and stress management. Readings are pertinent to the class topics and internships. Students keep an analytic journal of their internship experiences and course material. The course emphasizes skill development to help students form and attain their career goals.

371/Hist. 371. Women in American History. (4). (SS).

See History 371. (H. Horowitz)

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)

430/Amer. Cult. 430. Theories of Feminism. Women's Studies 240 or equivalent; or permission of instructor. (4). (HU).

In this course on feminist theory we will read and discuss a selection of the most important studies of the nature and causes of, and the solutions to, women's oppression. Authors read will include Mary Wollstonecraft, John Stuart Mill, Friedrich Engels, Virginia Woolf, Simone de Beauvoir, Shulamith Firestone, Mary Daly, Adrienne Rich, Helene Cixous, Gayle Rubin, articles from the contemporary women's movement. This course is required for Women's Studies concentrators but open to other students who have completed W.S. 240 or with permission of the instructor. Frequent brief papers. Seminar format; enrollment limited to 15 students. (Howard)

447/Sociology 447. Gender Roles and Status. (3). (SS).

See Sociology 447. (K. Mason)


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