Courses in Women's Studies
(Division 497)

100 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. (Zuniga, Contratto)

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.

270 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. Because the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, especially the Equal Protection Clause, has become crucial to many current sex discrimination cases, it 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 analyzed 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).

Seminar for facilitators of Women's Studies 100. Students facilitate a small discussion group on women's issues (see W.S. 100 description). A weekly seminar provides training in group process skills and an opportunity to explore women's issues in further depth. Students play an active role in planning and facilitating this seminar. Women's Studies 320 encourages all interested women and men to apply. Enrollment in the course is determined by application and an interview process (hiring day is scheduled for Sunday, April 14th, 1:00 6:00 p.m.). Please contact the Women's Studies Program for more information. (763-2047) (Zuniga, Contratto)

342. Gender and Society: Hierarchies in Social Organization. Women's Studies 240 or permission of instructor. (3). (SS).
Social and Economic Inequality Between the Sexes.
This course explores social and economic inequality between the sexes in American society. We will examine the extent of sex inequality in several American institutions: the family, the educational system, the workplace, the economy, and the political sector. In seeking to understand how the sexes come to differ so radically in the social positions they occupy and the prestige and power accorded to them, we will apply general theories of social inequality and specific explanations of gender inequality. We will look at the roles of sex role socialization, institutionalized barriers, and gender prejudice and discrimination. Although our primary focus is on gender inequality, we will consider how race, social class and age interact with gender to influence individual women's and men's experiences in interpersonal relationships, the family, the workplace and the economy. Class structure will include lecture and class discussion of assigned readings. Readings will be drawn primarily from one or two assigned texts and a course pack. Grades will be based on examinations, short exercises and class participation. (Reskin)

350. Women and the Community. Women's Studies 240 or the equivalent; and permission of instructor. (4). (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.

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

See History 371 for description.

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

See Economics 423 for description. (Freedman)

430/Amer. Cult. 430. Theories of Feminism. Women's Studies 240 and one 340-level course, or permission of instructor. (4). (HU).

This course on feminist theory will focus on the analysis of significant historical and contemporary texts that deal with the nature, the causes of, and the solutions to women's oppression. Authors read will include: Wollstonecraft, Mill, Engels, Woolf, de Beauvoir, Firestone, Daly, Lorde, Rich, Cixous, Irigaray. Three papers will be assigned; there will be no final exam. The course is required for Women's Studies concentrators and graduate students, but is open to others who have completed W.S. 240 and a 340-level Women's Studies course. (Stanton)

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.


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