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.

Focuses on the practical implications of recent feminist scholarship for a particular environment, paying special attention to issues of race and class. Specific topics vary from term to term but may include violence against women, women in leadership positions, women in the workplace, reproductive issues, or sexual harassment. Cost:2 WL:1

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

Explores 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. Any particular instance of this course will focus on one theme (e.g., cultural resistance, educational issues, economic status). It may examine this theme in relation to one or several racial groups. Cost:2 WL:1

150. Humanities Seminars on Women and Gender. (3). (HU).
Section 001 "Coming of Age": Gender in Representations of Adolescence and Parenthood.
Using material from anthropology, psychoanalysis, history, cultural studies, art history, literature and film, we examine representations of the "rite of passage" from childhood to adult status, The "coming of age" story is a formative one in Western culture, particularly as adolescence has come to greater prominence since World War II (e.g., Ken and Barbie; films like This Boy's Life; novels such as Portnoy's Complaint; intellectual research such as Mead's critique of American attitudes towards youth). Narratives about "growing up" have greater social resonance when they treat father-son relations, but the mother-daughter bond is receiving increasing attention. This course critically examines the role of gender in these key moments of psychic and social formation. By considering differences between such factors as historical specificities, racial identities, narrative genres, and gendered metaphors, we come to an understanding of their cultural rather than natural formation. Discussion in writing intensive seminars. Cost:2 WL:4 (Simons)

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

See American Culture 170. (Du Puis)

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, and violence against women. 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)

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

This course will provide exposure to the feminist issues confronting women of color. The course will include comparisons of 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). (This course fulfills the Race or Ethnicity Requirement).

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

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.

See English 315.

342. Gender and Society: Hierarchies in Social Organization. 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 continuities 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 research, film and music will be tools used to capture the diversity and complexity of women's experiences across historical periods. Cost:2 WL:1 (Hunter)

343. Gender Consciousness and Social Change. Women's Studies 240 or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).
Section 001 Gender Consciousness in Oral History.
In this course we will try to decipher aspects of the process by which women become conscious of their identities as women, with interests that may be different from or opposed to those of other societal groups. Much of our evidence will be found in their own words. 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. Grades will be based on discussion and on a final paper, for which you will have the option of writing an essay exploring key oral history issues or conducting an oral history project based on original research. In addition to extensive reading of theoretical and primary source material, students will learn to isolate a topic, prepare a bibliography and list of interview questions, and solicit structured testimonies. WL:1 (Hart)

350. Women and the Community. Women's Studies 240 or the equivalent; and permission of instructor. (4). (Excl). (EXPERIENTIAL).

Combines a 5-hour-per-week community work experience with a theoretical analysis of women's status and roles in society. Internships are available in health care; reproduction counseling, law reform, government, advocacy, education, day care, media, the arts, and occupational health. Three hours of classroom work focus on volunteerism, community and organizational analysis, sexism in the workplace, gender roles and socialization, feminist activism, and empowerment. Cost:1 WL:4

360/Hist. 368/Amer. Cult. 342. History of the Family in the U.S. (3). (SS).

See History 368. (Morantz-Sanchez)

371/History 371. Women in American History Since 1870. (3). (Excl).

See History 371. (Johnson)

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 (Tirado)

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).

430/Amer. Cult. 430. Feminist Thought. Women's Studies 240 and one 340-level course, or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

This course will examine theoretical approaches to understanding the conditions and constructions of women. Its focus will involve close analysis of historical and contemporary texts that deal with the different kinds, the cause of, and the possible solutions to women's oppression. Depending on the term, this may be done by examining these issues across disciplines within academia by inviting quest speakers, by reading diverse contemporary theory, or in the case of "Black Feminist Thought" to examine slave narratives, novels, historical accounts, theoretical analyses, and life stories of the women who are at the center of this discourse.

440. Issues and Controversies in the New Scholarship on Women. Women's Studies 240, one 340-level course or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).
Section 001 Gender and Social Movements: Conflict, Coalition, Icon.
Through protest movements, groups seek to right perceived injustices by challenging traditional networks, institutions, and modes of change. In this class we will examine protest movements as an important type of political participation and as the vehicle used by communities in many different societies and historical contexts to include their concerns on the public agenda. A critical question for social movements is how issues of gender and sexuality are dealt with, both inside the movement and as the original starting point for protest. We will read about and discuss these aspects of social movements, drawing our insights from a range of examples. WL:1 (Hart)

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

See Sociology 447. (Wellin)

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)

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 Modernity, Islamic Movements, and the Gender Question.
For Fall Term, 1994, this course is offered jointly with Sociology 495.002. (Gole)

Section 002 Japanese Culture and Society. For Fall Term, 1994, this course is offered jointly with Anthropology 403. (Robertson)

Section 003 Language and Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective. For Fall Term, 1994, this course is offered jointly with Anthropology 356.002. (Ahearn)

Section 004 Women in the Age of Democratic Revolution. For Fall Term, 1994, this course is offered jointly with History 396.003. (Juster)

Section 005 Gender, Family, and State in Modern Europe. For Fall Term, 1994, this course is offered jointly with History 396.005. (Rose)

Section 007 Native American Women Writers. For Fall Term, 1994, this course is offered jointly with American Culture 428.001. (Bell)

484(480). Special Topics. WS 240 or permission of instructor. (4). (Excl). Degree credit is granted for a combined total of 7 credits elected through WS 480, 481, 482, 483, and 484.
Section 001 Autobiography as History: Life Stories of 20th Century Black South Africans.
For Fall Term, 1994, this course is offered jointly with Afroamerican and African Studies 453.001. (Burns)

Independent Study/Directed Reading

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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