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 locations, to be determined within each group.

220/Nursing 220. Perspectives in Women's Health. (3). (Excl).

This course will examine women's health issues, across the lifespan, from feminist and sociocultural perspectives. It will explore the social construction of women's sexuality, reproductive options, health care alternatives, and risks for physical and mental illness. Attention will be paid to historical, economic, and cultural factor which influence the physical and psychological well-being of women. In addition, it is hoped that students will gain greater knowledge about the physiology of women's bodies and an enhanced sensitivity to issues confronting women in dealing with health care institutions. Topics will include: menstruation, contraception, abortion, pregnancy, child birth, breastfeeding, AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, eating disorders, depression, cancer, menopause, sexual assault and domestic violence. The class is open to all students. Both those from non-health related fields and health-related fields are encouraged to enroll. (Gold-Steinberg)

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, examination and participation in discussion. Cost:3 WL:4

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, women in poverty, employment discrimination, pregnancy discrimination, sexual harassment, and affirmative action are also analyzed from a legal standpoint. Required: midterm exam, final exam, 8-12 pages of writing assignments, and class participation in discussion would be helpful. Strongly recommended: some understanding of the histories of women of color in the U.S., Introductory government course. Cost:2 WL:4

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" in early April. If you are interested in facilitating WS 100, please contact the Women's Studies Program (763-2047) for more information. Students must attend applicant day. Date to be announced.

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

See CAAS 336. (Barkley-Brown)

344. Women in Literature and the Arts. Women's Studies 240 or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

In this course, we will explore how literature by and about women can help us understand the persistent links in modern culture between women and consumerism. Our perspective will be historical and interdisciplinary. We will read literary works (poems, novels, essays, autobiographies) from the eighteenth century to our own period along with selected essays in cultural history and feminist theory, and try to answer the following questions: How did women come to be the focus of cultural anxieties about consumerism? How has consumerism shaped women's identities? How do class, race, and ethnicity change women's relationships to consumer society? Texts and issues may include: Daniel Defoe's ROXANA; Edith Wharton's THE HOUSE OF MIRTH; Toni Morrison's THE BLUEST EYE; the rise of the fashion industry; the stereotypes of the "bag lady" and the "Jewish-American Princess." Students will be responsible for leading class discussions and writing several papers.

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.

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.

386. Directed Reading. Women's Studies 385. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

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

387. Directed Reading. Women's Studies 386. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

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

427/Anthro. 427/CAAS 427. African Women. One course in African Studies, anthropology, or women's studies; or permission of instructor. (3). (SS).

See Afroamerican and African Studies 427.

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

In this course we will examine a variety of theoretical approaches to understanding the conditions and constructions of women. We 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 discussion will include "classic" arguments by Wollstonecraft, Mills, and Engels, and major twentieth-century statements which highlight issues of concern to women of diverse backgrounds in both Western and non-Western societies today. Two short papers, one long paper, and a take-home final examination will be required. 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:3 WL:1 (Press)

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.

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

See Sociology 447.

468/Anthro. 468/Psych. 468. Behavioral Biology of Women. Introductory psychology or anthropology. (4). (Excl).

See Psychology 468. (Smuts)

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

SECTION 001 GENDER AND SEXUALITY IN EARLY MODERN EUROPE. By way of one and a half hour seminars held twice a week, the class will explore a range of interdisciplinary material about construction and control of the body in Europe, particularly Italy, between c. 1350 and 1550. The politics and history of sexuality are considered within theoretical frameworks, especially those provided by Michel Foucault and the anthropologist Mary Douglas. Foucault's interpretation of the history of sexuality as a discourse about power and Douglas' examination of cleanliness and pollution in relation to order form our backdrop, against which selected topics are studied. The central regulating function of the Church through images, doctrines and such practices as confession, is one key focus. Another focus is social behavior, again examined with the aid of material drawn from history, art history and literature. A large section concentrates on the construction of "deviance," including witchcraft, prostitution, rape, homosexuality and lesbianism. Other specific topics include medicine, the maternal body, and erotica both verbal and visual. Required written work consists of an annotated bibliography and a paper. Regular participation in seminar discussions is also essential. Cost:2 WL:3 (Simons)

SECTION 002 WOMEN AND WORK IN AMERICAN SOCIETY. This seminar will explore both the historical roots and contemporary persistence of the sexual division of labor and women's subordinate economic status. Specific topics will include: the building of the female labor force and uses of gender ideology in industrializing America; the distinct experiences of minority and immigrant women; the ambivalence of organized labor; women's invisible work; and, finally, an evaluation of the recent gains women have made and have failed to make. The course will be an intensive seminar, emphasizing reading, discussion, writing, and group projects, in place of the usual examination-based grading. Students will be graded on the basis of participation, presentations, and two written projects: and oral history or ethnography, and a policy investigation; students will also have the chance to share their work through panel presentations and evaluation of each others' papers. This course is appropriate for concentrators or graduate students in the social sciences and Women's Studies. (Blum)

Section 003 GENDER AND MASS MEDIA. For Fall, 1991, this course is jointly offered with Communication 500, Section 001. (Press)


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