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)

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, spousal assault, employment discrimination, pregnancy discrimination, sexual harassment, and affirmative action are also analyzed from a legal standpoint. Required: final examination, two papers, and class participation in discussion. Strongly recommended: introductory government course.

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

See English 315. (Herrmann)

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

A seminar for facilitators of Women's Studies 100. Students facilitate a small group discussion on women's issues (see W.S. 100 for 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. Facilitators gain additional group experience through participation in support and task-oriented committees. Women's Studies 320 encourages all interested women and men to apply for this unique experiential learning opportunity. Enrollment in the course is determined by application and an interview process held on "hiring day" during the Winter Term. If you are interested in facilitating Women's Studies 100, please contact the Women's Studies Program (763-2047) for more information. (Zuniga)

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.

345. Third World Women. Women's Studies 240 or permission of instructor. (3). (SS).

During Fall Term 1986, this course is jointly offered with R.C. Social Science 352. (Larimore)

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 sessions are used to integrate the various course components and to develop relevant skills. Considerable student initiative is encouraged in goal-setting, the internship experience, and the classroom.

370/History 370. Women in American History to 1870. (4). (SS).

See History 370. (Karlsen)

430/Amer. Cult. 430. Theories of Feminism. Women's Studies 240 and one 340-level course, 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 in the past have included: Mary Wollstonecraft, John Stuart Mill, Friedrich Engels, Virginia Woolf, Simone de Beauvoir, Shulamith Firestone, Mary Daly, Adrienne Rich, Audre Lorde, Gayle Rubin, Nancy Chodorow. This course is open only to students who have completed Women's Studies 240 and at least one other 340-level Women's Studies course. A number of analytical essays required. Discussion format. (Howard)


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