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. (Stevens)

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 an 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. (Benjamin)

315/English 315. Women and Literature. (3). (HU). May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

See English 315. (Landry)

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 (Women's Studies 100). Enrollment in the course is determined by an interview procedure held during the previous term and by permission of the instructor. Facilitators enrolled in this course must attend a group skills seminar every week. For more information contact the Women's Studies program. (763-2047).

341. Gender and the Individual: Transmission and Function of Sex/Gender Systems. Women's Studies 240 or permission of instructor. (3). (SS).

In Fall Term, 1984, this course is jointly offered with Psychology 458. (Eccles)

343. Gender Consciousness and Social Change. Women's Studies 240 or permission of instructor. (3). (SS).

In Fall Term, 1984, this course is jointly offered with R.C. Social Science 360.002. (Harding)

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 15 to 20 internships in areas such as health care and reproduction, counseling, law reform, government, advocacy, education, day care, media and communications, 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 activities, sexism in the workplace, violence against women, feminist social reforms, organizational structures and processes, and power. Readings are pertinent to the class topics and internships. Students keep an analytic journal of their internship experiences and course material and will complete three or four short assignments. Class meetings will include lecture and class discussion of readings and internship experiences. (Reskin).

354/Rel. 354. Women and Religion. (3). (HU).

See Religion 354. (Frymer-Kensky)

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

See History 371.

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. Any of Women's Studies 341-345; 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, and articles from the contemporary women's movement (Adrienne Rich, Gayle Rubin, Nancy Chodorow). This course is required for Women's Studies concentrators but open to other students who have completed Women's Studies 240 and one other 340-level Women's Studies course. There will be several papers required. Seminar format: enrollment limited to 20 students. (Howard)

441. Honors Research Tutorial. Women's Studies 240, junior Women's Studies concentrators. (1). (Excl). (TUTORIAL).

This a tutorial course in which the student writes a thesis. It is open only to Women's Studies Honors concentrators.

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

See Sociology 447. (K. Mason)


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