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 factors 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. Cost:2 WL:1 (Boyd)

230. The Contemporary Women's Movement. (3). (SS).
Introduction to studies in Women of Color and feminism.
Women of color in the United States encompass the entire Third World. This class will focus on women from the African, Asian and Latina Diasporas. The particalr place of these women in the United States will be examined as well as their connections to their cultural origins. This class will explore the meaning of feminism and feminist movements to these women, and explore their feminist agendas. The topic areas will include the following, racism and feminism, imperialism and feminism, white feminists and women of color feminists. Aids, as a feminist issues for women of color, poverty as a feminist issues for women of color, sexuality as a feminist issues for women of color, the community, the family and men as a feminist issues for women of color. This is a multidisciplinary class. The readings will include novels, sociology, history, feminist writings, anthropology, political science and health. (Haniff)

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, 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. The class focuses on ideals of sex equality and how they are incorporated into the American legal system. Topics usually covered include constitutional equality, employment discrimination, family law, rape, domestic violence, sexual harassment, reproductive rights, pornography and women in poverty. Required: midterm examination, 10-12 pages of writing, final examination and class participation in discussion. Some understanding of the history of women of color in the United States is also strongly recommended. Cost:2 WL:1,4

310. Women Writing. Women's Studies 240 or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

This course will connect critical thinking and writing by focusing on women writing. We will emphasize writing as a process of discovering and testing meaning by requiring reading and writing in many genres. Journals, essays, short fiction, and one novel will provide access to the experience of women past and present defining their relation to their worlds in writing. The purpose of such reading is to discover the relationship between women's writing and the literary and cultural traditions which shape it. One mode of analysis will be rhetorical: how women write to persuade themselves and others of the value of their experiences, feelings, and observations. Issues of authorial voice, audience, narrative structure, evidence, and assumptions will be considered as the tools of understanding the writing process. Another mode of analysis will be to examine the social, political, and psychological contexts which will lead to the interpretation of the symbol systems and rhetorical strategies of women writers. The questions raised by these critical modes will be applied to the primary focus of the course: student writing. Students will test their responses to the readings, to the issues they raise and to their own writing through composing in several genres and academic modes. They will keep journals and write essays. They will revise as they discover new meaning to their experiences in class and write different perspectives. (Lassner)

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

See English 315.

341. Gender and the Individual: Transmission and Function of Sex/Gender Systems. Women's Studies 240 or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).
Section 001: History and Theory of the Female Body.
This course will examine conceptions of the female body in various historical periods and cultural contexts, focusing particularly on moments when the female body and sexuality have been at the center of scientific and social debate. To what extent have differences in class, race, or sexual preference shaped individual and cultural perceptions of women's physicality? How have women experienced the relationship between body and identity at different periods of history? What role has the body played in feminist politics and scholarship? Beginning with a historical perspective, we will examine representations of the female body in literature, medicine, psychology and religion. Issues will include: sexuality, childbirth, work, pornography, fashion, and food. Toward the end of the term, our focus will shift to the role of the body in contemporary feminist and post-structuralist theories, emphasizing controversies in recent scholarship. Requirements include weekly position papers and three longer written assignments. (Vrettos)

342. Gender and Society: Hierarchies in Social Organization. Women's Studies 240 or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).
Section 001: Women of Ancient and Modern Greece.
This course will critically examine the use of anthropological theory for the understanding of gender in Greece, both ancient and modern. We will look at the way gender organizes the world, at how beliefs about gender govern real life, and at how the rules are undermined and subverted, using feminist theory and ethnography in combination with literary texts. Substantial writing and a final exam. Cost:3 WL:1 (Scodel/van Dyke)

343. Gender Consciousness and Social Change. Women's Studies 240 or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).
Gender Consciousness in Oral History.
In this course we will try to decipher aspects of the process by which women become conscious of themselves as "the Other," using evidence to be found in their own worlds. How women see themselves and how they confront oppression in the context of their own societies has not always been very well understood. To this end, we will read and analyze the oral histories of women in a variety of western and non-western settings. The class will be conducted according to a seminar-discussion rather than a lecture format, and as such will require the active participation of all members. There will be a final oral history project based on original research. In addition to extensive reading of primary source material, students will learn to isolate a topic, prepare a bibliography and list of interview questions, and to solicit structured testimonies. Selections from recent methodological texts about oral history and life-course analysis will be available in a course pack to help with conceptual and practical aspects of completing oral historical research. (Hart)

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. (3). (Excl).

See History 370. (Karlsen)

380. Women's Studies Colloquium. Women's Studies 240 or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).
Section 001: Femininity and Masculinity in Japan.
For Fall Term, 1992, this course is jointly offered with Anthropology 356-002. (Robertson)

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.

415/Hist. of Art 415. Studies in Gender and the Arts. One course in Women's Studies or History of Art. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of nine credits.

See History of Art 415. (Brusati)

416/Engl. 416/Hist. 487. Women in Victorian England. (3). (Excl).

See English 416. (Vicinus)

419/Psych. 411. Gender and Group Process in a Multicultural Context. One course in women's studies or psychology. (3). (Excl).

This course will provide an introduction to theories of group dynamics that illuminate stages of group development and productivity. It will include teaching and practice of group facilitation skills. The course will combine theoretical presentation with an experiential learning model; material discussed and modeled in class will be applied in home-base groups with opportunities for skill practice and feedback. The goals of skill development will be further pursued in extended workshop format at two points in the term. Special attention will be given throughout the course to the influence and manifestation of gender, ethnic and race dynamics as they shape events, conflict and communication patterns in various group formats. Cost:3 WL:3 (Hassinger)

420(320). Group Facilitation in Women's Studies. Women's Studies 419 and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

Students study interpersonal and small group dynamics in general, and as these vary with group composition. The prerequisite course, WS 419. Gender and Group Process in a Multicultural Context, provides the theoretical basis for this course. Students apply knowledge and expertise gained in WS 419 by facilitating small groups (8-10 people). (Tirado)

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. (Clark)

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

This course will introduce students to a range of different issues from different disciplines, all concentrating on gender. The course will be coordinated by Professor Vicinus, with guest faculty lecturers in such fields as Literature, History, Art History, Psychology and Sociology. Readings will concentrate on such issues as gender difference; racism and sexism; legal, social and psychological roots of inequality; and current theoretical debates on the position of women. Requirements will include five or six short position papers (5-7 pages apiece), and a final project. (Vicinus)

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. (Shively)

468/Psych. 439/Anthro. 468. Behavioral Biology of Women. One of the following: Anthro. 161, 361, 368, Psych. 430, Biol. 494 (4). (Excl).

See Psychology 439. (Smuts)

480. Special Topics. Permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.
Section 001: Sappho and the Lyric Tradition.
For Fall Term, 1992, this course is jointly offered with English 417-009. (Prins)

Section 002: Women in Prison. For Fall Term, 1992, this course is jointly offered with American Culture 410-003. (Jose)

Section 003: Creative Fiction Writing. For Fall Term, 1992, this course is jointly offered with Honors 493. (Piercy/Kushigian)

490. Honors Thesis. Senior Honors Women's Studies concentrators. (2-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

Provides Women's Studies Honors concentrators an opportunity for independent study under close supervision from their faculty advisor while preparing an Honors thesis.

491. Honors Thesis. Senior Honors Women's Studies concentrators. (2-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

Provides Women's Studies Honors concentrators an opportunity for independent study under close supervision from their faculty advisor while preparing an Honors thesis.


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