Courses in Women's Studies
(Division 497)

100. Women's Issues. Open to all undergraduates. (2). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit.

In this introduction to contemporary women's issues, students meet in a small discussion group. In each group, students develop norms which enable collaborative learning about a range of topics including: images of women, gender role socialization; violence against women; race and ethnicity; sexuality; women's health; and movements for social change. Attendance is mandatory at first meeting of class.

150. Humanities Seminars on Women and Gender. (3). (HU).
Section 003 Sex, Gender, and Race: How They Made America.
For Fall Term, 1997, this section is offered jointly with History 197.001. (Smith-Rosenberg)

Section 004 Multicultural Women Writers and Narratives of Education. This seminar will consider fiction and autobiographical writing by women from around the globe-for instance, from Zimbabwe, Australia, the Caribbean Islands, and the United States. Each text will offer a narrative of education, allowing us to examine the ways in which these texts explore the processes of identity formation and deformation as well as the process of becoming educated within formal institutions and through counter-memory and alternative knowledge. We will be posing questions about gendering of education; the relationship of bodies to educational regimes; and the ways in which narratives of education represent the crossing of all kinds of borders. First year students only. Cost 2 WL1 (Smith)

211/UC 182/Hist. of Art 211. Gender and Popular Culture. (4). (HU).

See History of Art 182. (Simons)

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

In this course we will examine women's health issues across the lifespan, from feminist and socio-cultural perspectives. We 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. (Boyd)

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, this 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. The course will not only provide students with an analysis of women's oppression, but will suggest strategies for ending sexual inequality.

250/Religion 250/Budd. Studies 252. Religion and Culture: Feminine and Masculine Images of Religious Experience. (3). (HU).

See Religion 250. (Gomez)

253. Special Topics. (3). (Excl). A maximum of seven credits of WS 252 and 253 may be counted toward graduation.
Section 001 Borderlands: The Textual Intersection of Nation, Race, and Gender.
In this class, we will analyze the borderlands as a physical, ideological, and geographical construct. We will examine the intersection of nation, race, and gender in the construction of the borderlands from early 20th century cosmopolitanism through late 20th century borderlands theory. With an emphasis on the visual representations and texts of Latina and African-American women artists and writers, we will consider the relationship between the mapping of the U.S. and the presentation of white, immigrant, and minority women in U.S. art and literature. (Doherty)

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 have been 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.

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 001 Women & Technology: The Case for Aviation.
This course will take an interdisciplinary approach to women and technology by considering the particular case of women and flying, specifically between the two world wars. It will focus on the regendering of the male aviator as female aviatrix and the regendering of aviation from a military activity to a commercial industry. The class will include an extended unit on Amelia Earhart in order to examine her status as icon, but we will also examine other women flyers by relying on their memoirs and other materials. The faith that a newly developed technology would restructure society by relocating it into the "air" provides important parallels to current conceptions of "cyberspace." Satisfies the interdisciplinary requirement for the Women's Studies Concentration. (Herrmann)

346. African-American Women in Context. WS 240. (3). (SS).

In this course we explore central themes in African American women's lives. The course is divided into three major sections. Section I "A View from Within" explores the narratives of African-American women from the nineteenth century to present. Section II "Women's Connections" explores central sites of connections (family, community, church) for African-American women. Section III "A Womanist View" explores the notion of a "womanist" consciousness and the contours of black feminist thought. Although we will explore common threads that connect African-American women over time, these commonalties will be viewed within the context of diversity among African-American women. Satisfies the interdisciplinary requirement for the Women's Studies Concentration. (Hunter)

357/Class. Civ. 357. Greek Medical Writers in English Translation. (3). (Excl).

See Classical Civilization 357. (Hanson)

361/Film-Video 361. Women and Film. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($45) required.

See Film/Video 361. (Studlar)

362/Hist. 362. Women, Men and Nations: How Is Nationalism Gendered? (3). (Excl).

See History 362. (Eley)

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

See History 370.

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

See Political Science 418. (Lin)

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

Provides 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. 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 in various group formats. Note: This is the prerequisite course to Group Facilitation in Women's Studies (WS 420). (Tirado)

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

A seminar for facilitators of small group discussion on women's issues. Provides training in group process skills and an opportunity to explore women's issues. Students participate actively in planning and facilitating this seminar, as well as gaining additional group experience in support and task-oriented committees. (Hassinger)

422/Poli. Sci. 422. Feminist Political Theory. Junior standing, or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

See Political Science 422. (Wingrove)

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

See Sociology 447. (Martin)

455/Anthro. 455. Feminist Theory and Gender Studies in Anthropology. Junior standing. (3). (Excl).

See Anthropology 455. (Skurski)

483. 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 in Prison: Gender and Crime Among Blacks and Latinas.
For Fall Term, 1997, this section is offered jointly with American Culture 410.002. (Jose-Kampfner)

Section 003 Self-Narrations through Words and Photographs: Looking at Constructions of the Self from a Feminist Perspective. In this course students will use artistic photography, as well as creative and scholarly writing, to investigate self narration and self construction. In visual and verbal self-narratives students will explore the roles of gender, the body, and the individual's relationship to collectivities (the family, the nation, and ancestry from other nations). We will draw on autobiography, fiction, psychology, anthropology, art history, sociology, history and feminist theory to advance the creative and scholarly work of the course, and to facilitate critical discussion. (Leonard and Stewart)

Section 004 Sappho and the Lyric Tradition. For Fall Term, 1997, this section is offered jointly with Comparative Literature 434.001. (Prins)

Section 005 The Fashioning of Women. For Fall Term, 1997, this section is offered jointly with REES 405.001. (Vainshtein)

Section 006 Gender, Travel, and Transgression in 18th-Century Literature. For Fall Term, 1997, this section is offered jointly with English 417.005. (Porter)

486/Phil. 486. Topics in Feminist Philosophy. Two courses in either Philosophy or Women's Studies, or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

See Philosophy 486. (Haslanger)

492/Soc. 490/REES 490. Women and Islam: A Sociological Perspective. (3). (Excl).

See Sociology 490. (Goçek)


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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