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. (Michalec)

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

Designed as an introduction to the new, feminist scholarship on women, Women's Studies 240 is an interdisciplinary course which acquaints students with key concepts and theoretical frameworks to analyze women's condition. We will explore how women's status has changed over time and across cultures, but we will concentrate on the situation of contemporary American women. Topics will include: violence against women, discrimination in the workplace, the feminization of poverty, and sexuality. Students will also examine how capitalism, racism, and imperialism affect women's lives. The course will not only provide students with an analysis of women's oppression, but will suggest strategies for ending sexual inequality. The course is structured around weekly lectures, readings, films, and discussion sections. Students are encouraged to participate fully in discussion and to assume responsibility for sharing their knowledge and experience. The course grade is based upon written assignments, examinations and participation in discussion.

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, midterm examination, one paper, 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 WS 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. (Michalec)

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

See Afroamerican and African Studies 336. (Wilson)

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

GENDER and SOCIETY: SEX, RACE, and CLASS. In this course we will explore the institutional arrangements and cultural patterns which underlie sex, race, and class-based inequities in American society. We will examine the explanations of, and proposed remedies for, women's disadvantaged positions within the workplace, the family, the economy and the political arena. Our guiding question will be: how is inequality in its various forms produced, reproduced, and experienced by women of different classes, races and ages? We will also focus on the forms of individual and social activism which characterize women's attempts to survive, struggle with, resist, and change oppressive conditions in their lives. The course will be taught in a seminar format with a heavy emphasis on class participation. Readings will be drawn from the social sciences, history, biographies/autobiographies, and novels. Films, guest speakers, and an opportunity to do projects based on oral history interviews or other qualitative research will be offered. (Frankel)

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 a theoretical analysis of women's status and roles in society. Students can choose from a list of 15-20 internships in areas such as health care, reproduction, counseling, law reform, government, advocacy, education, day care, media, the arts, and occupational health. In addition to five hours in their internship, students attend a weekly two-hour class. This weekly seminar covers topics such as volunteerism, community and organizational analysis, sexism in the workplace, gender roles and socialization, feminist activism, and empowerment. Readings relate to these topics and the internships. Students keep a weekly journal of their internship and class experiences and will complete five or six integrative essays. Class sessions are jointly organized and led by students and instructors with the goal of integrating the various components of the course. Considerable student initiative is encouraged: in goal-setting, and in the classroom.

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

See Economics 423. (Anderson)

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

This course will examine a variety of theoretical approaches to understanding the social, political, economic and psychological experience of women. Readings and discussions will focus on classic historical arguments (including those by Wollstonecraft, the Mills, Engels), major twentieth-century statements (including those by Woolf and de Beauvoir), and contemporary analyses associated with various liberal and radical feminist positions. Connections between feminist theories and feminist social movements will be explored, as will connections between feminism and other analyses of oppression. Open to undergraduates who have completed WS 240 and a 340-level Women's Studies course. (Stewart)

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

See Sociology 447. (Anspach)

480. Special Topics. Permission of instructor. (3). (N.Excl).

Section 002 TOWARD a FEMINIST VIDEO AESTHETIC. This is a combination seminar and production course. In the first half of the term we will cover some of the theoretical issues involved in developing a feminist aesthetic practice in video production: strategies of narrative, realism, documentary and positive images of women, versus the possibilities of avant garde or experimental forms, modernism and postmodernism, for feminist aesthetics. Are aesthetic forms gendered? What role can a cultural practice play in social transformation? Is aesthetic innovation automatically recouped by the dominant culture? These are some of the issues we will cover, through readings and film and video screenings. Students will also be learning to operate video production equipment. In the second half of the course small groups will write, produce, and direct video projects reflecting their provisional positions on the issues covered in the course, followed by public screenings of the finished tapes. There will be a lab fee for film and video rental; also students will need to purchase videotape for their project. (Kipnis)


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