Fall Course Guide

Courses in Women's Studies (Division 497)

Fall Term, 1998 (September 8-December 21, 1998)

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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. Attendance is mandatory at first meeting of class. (Hassinger)
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150. Humanities Seminars on Women and Gender. (3). (HU).
Section 001 Tomorrow Is a Another Day: Southern Women Writers and Cinema.
In this course we will read popular novels and plays by southern women writers, including Gone With the Wind, The Little Foxes, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Color Purple, and examine their translation into cinema. In addition to thinking about the ways these writers (and director) play with dominant images of the South, we will read a series of slave narratives, short stories and southern histories that will complicate the historical and aesthetic textures of the texts. We will excavate a series of powerful themes (slavery, the South's depression economy, its New Deal conservatism and optimism, the power of the Civil Rights Movement, and the mythologies of the Mammy and southern belle) that drive these novels and movies and create a newly gendered southern ethos. First year students only. (Yaeger)
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151. Social Science Seminars on Women and Gender. (3). (SS).
Section 001 Court Narratives: Gender and Justice in the U.S.
This seminar will focus on a series of trials and other matters of law that illuminate the history of women and gender relations in the United States. Beginning with prosecutions involving slander, rape, infanticides, illicit sex, heresy, and witchcraft in 17th-century British and Spanish colonies and ending with 20th-century legal battles over employment discrimination, reproductive rights, sexual harassment, and surrogate mothering, our approach will be to examine judicial proceedings as sites of competing "stores in the law" told about gender, race, class, and ethnicity. A primary concern will be how these stories have been narrated in and beyond the courtroom. We will also ask what they tell us about continuities and changes in constructions of womanhood and manhood, in the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, and in the relations of power within families and among different groups of men and women. First year students only. (Karlsen)
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211/Hist. of Art 211. Gender and Popular Culture. (4). (HU).
See History of Art 211. (Simons)
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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 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. (Boyd)
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240/Amer. Cult. 240. Introduction to Women's Studies. (4). (HU). (R&E).
Designed as an introduction to feminist scholarship about women, this interdisciplinary course acquaints students with key concepts and theoretical frameworks for analyzing women's experiences, and helps students hone both their ability to analyze arguments and to "read" literary and visual representations. We will explore how women's lives differ and are interconnected over time and place, but will focus on the situations of women in the United States today. This exploration includes investigation of the effects of gender, race, class, sexual orientation, and nationality on women's lives. Material is drawn from both the humanities and social sciences, and topics may include, for example: violence against women, discrimination in the workplace, the feminization of poverty, and the family. The course does not merely provide analyses of women's oppression, however, but suggests strategies for ending that oppression. The course is structured around lectures, readings, films, and discussion sections. Students are expected to participate fully in discussion by sharing their knowledge and experience. The course grade is based upon written assignments, exams, and participation in discussion.
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270. Women and the Law. (3). (SS). (R&E).
"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.
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315/English 315. Women and Literature. (3). (HU). May be repeated for a total of six credits.
See English 315.
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336/CAAS 336. Black Women in America. (3). (SS).
See Afroamerican and African Studies 336. (Mitchell)
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342. Gender and Society: Hierarchies in Social Organization. WS 240. (3). (Excl).
Section 001 Sex and Gender in Japan.
For Fall Term, 1998, this section is offered jointly with Anthropology 302. (Robertson)
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345. Third World Women. WS 240. (3). (Excl).
Section 001 Gender and Power in Latin America.
Gender is a crucial aspect of the organization of inequality throughout Latin America. This course explores the relationship between the construction of identities, gender, and power in Latin America. We will examine how gender representations are constructed, assumed, contested in a variety of sites, including the "new" social movement, processes of militarization and repression, the integration of Latin America into a new phase of the global economy, and the media and telenovelas ("soap operas") In each of these sites, implicit understanding of gender (and other axes of difference such as class, ethnicity and racial categories) are evoked and inscribed. During the term we will discuss these processes using a wide range of multidisciplinary materials. Meets the interdisciplinary requirement for Women's Studies concentration. (Koreck)
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346. African-American Women in Context. WS 240. (3). (SS).
In this course we focus on the complexity of African-American women's experiences and explore central themes in Black women's lives. The course is divided into three major sections: (1) "A View from Within" explores narratives of African-American women from the nineteenth century to present; (2) "Women's Connection" explores central sites of connection (family, community, church) for African-American women; (3) "A Womanist View" explores the notion of a "womanist" consciousness and will focus on special topics covered by student projects. Although we will explore threads that connect women over time, these commonalties will be viewed within the context of the diversity among African-American women. Meets the interdisciplinary requirement for Women's Studies concentration. (Hunter)
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347. Feminist Perspective on Lesbian Studies. WS 240. (3). (Excl).
Section 001 Crossing Erotic Boundaries: Representations of Lesbianism in Early Modern Western Europe.
For Fall Term, 1998, this section is offered jointly with History of Art 394.002. (Simons)
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350. Women and the Community. WS 240; and permission of instructor. (4). (Excl). (EXPERIENTIAL).
Combines a five hour per week community work with a theoretical analysis of women's status and roles in society. Three hours of classroom work focus on volunteerism, community and organizational analysis, sexism in the workplace, gender roles and socialization, feminist activism, and empowerment.
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360/Hist. 368/Amer. Cult. 342. History of the Family in the U.S. (4). (SS).
See History 368. (Morantz-Sanchez)
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370/Hist. 370. Women in American History to 1870. (3). (Excl).
See History 370.
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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 illuminates 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 model in a class will be applied in home-based groups with opportunities for skill practice and feedback. (White)
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420. 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). (Hassinger)
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422/Poli. Sci. 422. Feminist Political Theory. Junior standing. (3). (Excl).
See Political Science 422. (Wingrove)
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447/Soc. 447. Sociology of Gender. (3). (SS).
This course will examine gender and the state, gender and work, gender and the family, gender and the body as each areas have been theorized as the locus of gender inequality. We will answer such questions as: How do men and women decide who does the housework? When is rape a crime? What are men's and women's experience of gender? How do race, class, and sexuality interact with gender? How do we understand gender internationally?
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471/AAPTIS 495/Hist. 546/Religion 496. Gender and Politics in Early Modern Islamdom. Students should preferably have had one course in Islamic Studies. (3). (Excl).
See AAPTIS 495. (Babayan)
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483. Special Topics. WS 240. (3). (Excl). Degree credit is granted for a combined total of seven credits elected through WS 481, 482, 483, and 484.
Section 001 Women in Prison: Gender and Crime Among Blacks and Latinas.
For Fall Term, 1998, this section is offered jointly with American Culture 410.001. (José-Kampfner)

Section 002 Women, Autobiography, and the Medical Body. For Fall Term, 1998, this section is offered jointly with English 317.004. Meets the interdisciplinary requirement for Women's Studies concentration. (Smith)

Section 003 Women's Health Practicum. The field of Women's Health is vast and varied. Therefore, this course will address the many ways in which one could plan for a career in women's health. To allow students to gain perspectives on the field, the course will offer lectures from women's health professionals, discussion forums, as well as a one hour a week practicum component.

The goals of this course are: (1) to work on a multi-disciplinary women's health topic that will have: community outreach, advocacy, clinical research, and patient education components; (2) to place students in hands-on learning environment to explore areas of women's health; (3) to initiate community service learning and foster community consciousness and commitment among future health professionals; (4) to encourage students to explore women's health through experiential learning. The course will include discussion, guest speakers, and readings. Requirements include active class participation, progress reports, midterm paper/project, final paper/project, and a project presentation. Meets the interdisciplinary requirement for Women's Studies concentration. (Press, Vahration)

Section 004 Photography Special Projects: NEA Photo-Active Feminists Visiting Artist Series. This interdisciplinary studio course will research, host, engage with, and document a National Endowment for the Arts Visiting Photographers' Series, titled "Photo-Active Feminists". Four photographic artists per semester will be invited who are part of a cultural movement addressing women's issues such as women's labor, women and justice, violence against women, issues of difference among women, i.e., race, ethnicity, sexual identity, economics/poverty.

Students will organize, publicize and document visits, research and arrange for the artists to meet with particular communities and audiences that their work addresses, and work with them to produce art and experiences that can provoke action and provide public visibility around particular issues. The project will be documented through photography, video, a catalog and other resource materials. The course is listed as a meeting together with Women's Studies, and is open to all upper level students. Students can set up their own course of study, original research and/or creative work or documentation (visual, written, etc.) with the professor, in relation to the series. Meets the interdisciplinary requirement for Women's Studies concentration. (Jacobsen)
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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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