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. (Rubin)

110. Practical Feminism. (1). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit.

LESBIAN STUDIES. This mini-course will be held in the last seven weeks of the Fall Term, 1990. The course will meet in the Women's Studies Program Conference Room (238A) in the West Engineering Building. WS 110 will be a broad introduction to the field of lesbian studies. The class will discuss the following topics: lesbian history, lesbian feminist thought, coming out, contemporary lesbian culture, issues of racism and classism within the lesbian community, sexuality, and future visions. Students are expected to take an active role in directing and facilitating the course, as it will primarily center on student discussions of reading and projects. Students will be asked to keep a weekly journal that integrates critical analysis of the readings, classroom discussions, and personal reactions. Grades will be based on class participation, weekly journals, and a final project/presentation to the class. [Cost:1] [WL:4]

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.

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. [Cost:3] [WL:4 students need to attend section of their choice and also go to lecture. Go to section even it occurs before the first lecture.]

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, reproductive rights, selected topics in family law 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 8-12 pages worth of smaller writing assignments. Attendance at first lecture is required to remain in or register for class. [Cost:2] [WL:1]

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

See RC Interdiv. 310.

315/English 315. Women and Literature. (3). (HU).

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." If you are interested in facilitating WS 100, please contact the Women's Studies Program (763-2047) for more information. [Cost: 8] [WL: 5] Students must attend applicant day. Date to be announced. (Rubin)

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

See Afroamerican and African Studies 336.

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

GENDER AND ETHNIC CONSCIOUSNESS. This course will cover social science theories and autobiographical materials that help explain how gender and ethnic consciousness are developed and how they help women and members of ethnic/racial groups cope with personal issues and mobilize collectively to create social change. Special emphasis will be given to the experiences of different kinds of women and how diversity/differences among women can become a source of creative tension in social movements. Students will carry out a biographical study of a particular woman's path to political consciousness. These biographies will be presented in a class symposium at the end of the term. The class format will depend on discussion and talks by quests. One take-home exam will be held. Students from any department are welcome. (Gurin)

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 three-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. [Cost:2] [WL:3]

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

See History 370. (Karlsen)

385. Directed Reading. Women's Studies 100 or 240, one 300-level Women's Studies course, and permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

Offers advanced Women's Studies students an opportunity to purpose independent, interdisciplinary projects.

427/Anthro. 353/CAAS 427. African Women. (3). (SS).

See Afroamerican and African Studies 427. (Clark)

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

This course will examine a variety of theoretical approaches to understanding the conditions and constructions of women. It will focus on close analysis of historical and contemporary texts that deal with the different kinds, the causes of, and the possible solutions to women's oppression. Readings and discussions will include "classic" arguments by Wollstonecraft, Mills, Engels and Gilman; major twentieth-century statements by Woolf and de Beauvoir; and contemporary essays that highlight the diversity and tension in feminist theory. Two short papers and one long paper will be assigned; there will be no final exam. The course is required for Women's Studies concentrators, but is open to undergraduates who have completed WS 240 and 340-level Women's Studies course. [Cost:2] [WL:5 All students must have permission of the instructor] (Stanton)

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

Prepares second term junior Women's Studies concentrators to write an Honors thesis. Students choose a thesis topic before beginning this tutorial. They then work independently with an appropriate faculty member to develop the research skills specific to their topics (e.g., analytic, library, or computer skills). By the end of the term students should have a well-defined research design and the skills to carry it out. Requirement: a short written thesis prospectus.


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