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.

150. Humanities Seminars on Women and Gender. (3). (HU).

Section 001 The Salem Witchcraft Outbreak of 1692. In this seminar we will examine a single event in early American history, the Salem Witchcraft outbreak of 1692. We will focus primarily on six of the most persuasive explanations; of this dramatic episode, asking what each contributes to our understanding of (1) Euro-American witchcraft beliefs and practices, (2) Puritan constructions of womanhood and the experiences of women in colonial New England, (3) New England's social and cultural history more generally, and (4) the process of historical interpretation in our own time. Our exploration will also take us back to the surviving records of the witchcraft trials, and to other primary documents that will help us assess both what happened in Salem in 1692 and why scholars' versions of what happened differ so markedly. Course requirements include thoughtful reading of the assigned books and documents, regular class attendance, active participation in discussion., and two 8-10 page analytical essays. Cost:3 WL:1 (Karlsen)

Section 002 Sex Discrimination and the Law. What is sex discrimination? What legal recourse exists for victims of sex discrimination in the U.S. toady? This course will begin to answer these questions by investigating theoretical writing and litigation on such issues as sexual harassment, pregnancy, domestic violence, affirmative action, hiring/firing/promotion, marriage/divorce, reproductive freedom, rape, prostitution, pornography, school admissions, and athletic funding. My hope is that students will leave this class with a basic understanding of the three pieces of legislation key to sex discrimination litigation (i.e., Title VII, Title IX, and the The Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment), and improved critical thinking and writing skills. In-class time will be spent discussing pertinent topics, listening to guest speakers, and (perhaps) visiting local courts and the UofM law library. Grading will be based on class participation, weekly short (1 paragraph to 1 page) written assignments, a 5-10 page midterm research paper, and a take-home final exam. (Hackett)

200/Comm. 217. Women in Popular Films and Television. (3). (Excl).

See Communication 217. (McLaughlin)

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)

230. Women's Movements. (3). (SS).

This course focuses on women's movements, as they have arisen in the US and in other contexts, in the historical past as well as currently. Topics cover political, social, and relationships within and between groups. Cost:3 WL:4

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 meets the Race and 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

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. WS 240 or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).
Section 003 Language and Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective.
For Fall Term, 1995, this section is offered jointly with Anthropology 356.003. (Ahearn)

345. Third World Women. WS 240 or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

Focuses on women of color, that is, minority women within the U.S. (Afro-American, Asian-American, Hispanic, or Native American) and/or Third World women. In the U.S. context the course examines the intersections of race and gender. In Third World societies, it explores additional forms of oppressions, such as imperialism. Cost:3 WL:4

350. Women and the Community. WS 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)

370/Hist. 370. Women in American History to 1870. (3). (Excl).

See History 370. (Karlsen)

418/Poli. Sci. 418. Women and the Political System. Two courses in political science or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

See Political Science 418. (Burns)

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. WS 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. WS 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 guest 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. Cost:3 WL:1 (Kineke)

440. Issues and Controversies in the New Scholarship on Women. WS 240, one 340-level course or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

This course provides detailed analysis of major theoretical areas of dispute for the women's studies student. Cost:3 WL:4

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 002 Gender, Family, and State in Modern Europe.
For Fall Term, 1995, this section is offered jointly with History 396.005. (Rose)

Section 003 Women in Prison. For Fall Term, 1995, this section is offered jointly with American Culture 410.001. (Jose)

Section 004 Victorian Poetry and the Body of Women. For Fall Term, 1995, this section is offered jointly with English 462.001. (Prins)

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).

Prerequisite: 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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