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.

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

This minicourse will focus on the practical implications of recent feminist scholarship. After a brief introduction to relevant theory and research, the course will concentrate on issues of gender asymmetry in a particular environments. Cost:1 WL:1

112. Issues for Women of Color. (1). (Excl). 0ffered mandatory credit/no credit.

This minicourse will examine the effects of various social, political, and/or cultural systems on women of color, focusing specifically on the intersections of gender and racial oppressions and on strategies for overcoming these oppressions. Cost:1 WL:1

210/American Culture 170/History 170/University Courses 170. Histories of "Witchcraft." First-year students only. (4). (Introductory Composition).

See American Culture 170.

211/University Courses 182/Hist. of Art 211. Gender and Popular Culture. (3). (HU).

See UC 182. (Simons)

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

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

231/CAAS 241. Women of Color and Feminism. (3). (Excl).

This course will provide exposure to the main feminist issues confronting women of color by comparing women of color communities and their feminisms. Cost:2 WL:1

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

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 African-American Women: Culture, Community, Family, and Work.
This course explores the variations and continuties in A-A women's lives within and across defined historical and community contexts. of particular interest is the intersection and centrality of community, family, and work in the lives of A-A women and the role of culture and history in shaping their experiences. Part of the aim of this course is to link qualitative and quantitative materials and research as we explore the content and meanings of A-A women's lives over time. Personal narratives of A-A women, social and behavioral reserach, film and music will be tools used to capture the diveristy and complexity of women's experiences across historical periods. (Hunter)

342. Gender and Society: Hierarchies in Social Organization. Women's Studies 240 or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).
Section 001 Sex and Sexuality in U.S. History.
This seminar is designed to introduce students to the field of inquiry known as the history of sexuality. In particular, we will examine the shifting and contested meanings of sex and sexuality in the area that now constitutes the United States. In this, we will stress our own relationship to the discourses of sexuality that have come into full flower in the twentieth century discourses that increasingly have conceived of sexuality as separable from the rest of human experience and as constitutive of personal identity. This course takes as its subject both the emergence of "sexuality" as a category of human experience and the negotiation of sexual matters in circumstances where sex and identity may not have been on such intimate terms or where personal identity itself may not have been salient. We will stress the importance of gender, class, and race in the production of sexual experience, and will pay special attention to the contributions of feminist scholars to understandings of the history of sexuality. Cost:3 WL:1 (Johnson)

350. Women and the Community. Women's Studies 240 or the equivalent; and permission of instructor. (4). (Excl). (EXPERIENTIAL).
Section 001 Mixing Our Metaforce Understanding Poetry Through Creative Responses.
This class offers a chance to explore feminist poetry through interdisciplinary discussions and creative applications. No prior knowledge of poetry is required. We'll spend much of our time learning how to read and talk about poetry. Rather than responding to the assigned reading with papers, students will respond with a creative work. I welcome applications from concentrators in the visual arts, theatre, dance, music, creative writing, etc., as well as those who pursue an art form outside the academic field. Students must be able to work independently on their creative project. Evaluation will be based on contributions to discussions; a reading journal; oral presentations; your help with the organizational work surrounding a final class exhibit/performance; and your creative project. Please read the full course description, which is available from the WS office. Cost:5 WL: Permission of instructor. Those who wish to join should register; give their name, their creative field or fields, and their major to the WS office in April; and attend the first class. Cost:5 (Fulton)

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

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

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).

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

See Sociology 447. (Shively)

483(480). Special Topics. WS 240 or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). Degree credit is granted for a combined total of 7 credits elected through WS 480, 481, 482, 483, and 484.
Section 001 Women and Prison.
For Fall Term, 1993, this course is jointly offered with American Culture 410.002. (Jose)

Section 003 Hands-on Research: Gender Issues. For Fall Term, 1993, this course is jointly offered with RC Social Science 360.001. (Jayaratne)

Section 004 Women and Theories of Popular Culture. (Yaeger)



The Program in Women's Studies offers several options for independent study/directed reading.

Directed Reading. Women's Studies 385, 386, 387 (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

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

385 has prerequisites of Women's Studies 100 or 240, one 300-level Women's Studies course, and permission of instructor. 386 has prerequisite of Women's Studies 385. 387 has prerequisite of Women's Studies 386.

441. Honors Research Tutorial. (1). (Excl). (TUTORIAL).

Prerequisites: Women's Studies 240. 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.

490 and 491. Honors Thesis. (2-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

Prerequisite: Senior Honors Women's Studies concentrators. 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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