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 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 strong emphasis on developing analytic tools taking a critical stance with respect to one's experience, to social issues, and to the assigned readings. Topics include: socialization, work, family, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and current movements for change. Small groups meet in different campus and off-campus locations. Meeting place is determined within each group. (Lewis, Sullivan)

111. Women in Popular Culture. (1). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit.

This minicourse will examine how gender roles and behaviors are represented in popular culture, as well as the extent to which these representations vary by race and class. The subject matter of the course may include film, advertising, music, popular fiction, magazines, or television, or it may combine a number of these media. A major goal of the course will be to integrate theory with practice, primarily by describing and analyzing issues of gender that manifest themselves subtly but pervasively in mass-market materials. For a more specific description, contact the Women's Studies Program, 234 W. Engineering, 763-2047, after April 14.

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, imperialism, and heterosexism 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, an action project, examinations and participation in discussion.

270. Women and the Law. (3). (SS).

"WOMEN AND THE LAW." covers selected topics in American law which have a special effect on women. The legal and social aspects of employment discrimination, sexual harassment, affirmative action, comparable worth, reproductive rights, divorce, child custody, homosexual parenting, pornography, rape and domestic violence are analyzed from a feminist perspective. We will also explore the relationship between sexism in the law and racism, classism and homophobia. Required: Midterm examination, final, and class participation which includes 12-15 pages worth of smaller writing assignments.

312/RC Interdiv. 310. Gender and Science. An introductory course in natural science, engineering, social sciences or women's studies. (4). (N.Excl).

See RC Interdivisional 310. (Sloat)

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

See English 315.

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

A seminar for facilitators of Women's Studies 100. Students facilitate a small discussion group 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 "applicant day" during the Winter Term. If you are interested in facilitating WS 100, please contact the Women's Studies Program (763-2047) for more information. (Lewis, Sullivan)

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

See Afroamerican and African Studies 336. (Ransby)

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

This course deals with two fundamental questions. The first is how gender and sexuality are acquired in human development. The focus here is on the individual. In order to explore this question, students will examine a variety of models that have been put forth to describe gender acquisition. These range from biological determinism and notions of a passive child receiving a single, all encompassing "sex-role" to the more interactive models which see the child developing a gender identity over a long period by making active choices in the context of the micro society of the family. This section of the course will examine literature from biology, psychology, and sociology. The second question is how to define the systematic interrelation between child development and the organization of families. The focus now shifts from the individual to those institutions that transmit and reinforce gender roles: kinship systems, systems of childcare and parenting, and institutionalized sexuality. There begins to be an impressive literature on the extent to which patterns of gender acquisition are crucially determined by these kin contexts. The focus here is on differing family strategies and systems of parenting, and also on the political and economic factors that can affect these. (Smuts)

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

This course will look at feminist theory and practice as it affects Third World women. A survey of current theories will be accompanied by specific women's projects in selected countries. From this class students should get a critical understanding of the politics of women and development - that:

1. current feminist theory is essentially a Western doctrine;
2. feminism evolves differently in Third World countries;
3. alienation between men and women on the basis of gender have different implications for the West and the Third World.
4. feminism as practiced currently in the Third World is a form of colonization;
5. and this colonization affects U.S. aided women's programs and projects conducted in Third World countries.
6. From this, a working definition of the meaning and direction of feminism for Third World women will emerge.


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.

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

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). (Excl).

Examines the classic texts of feminist theory, past and present. The course may also focus in detail on one or more schools of feminist thought (e.g., socialist feminism, French feminisms, cultural feminism) and may contrast several of these. (Hart)

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

SECTION 001 WOMEN'S HEALTH. For Fall Term, 1989, this section is jointly offered with Sociology 401.002 . (Modigliani)

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