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Winter '01 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Women's Studies


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Winter Term, 2001 (January 4 April 26)

Open courses in Women's Studies
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Wolverine Access Subject listing for WOMENSTD

Winter Term '01 Time Schedule for Women's Studies.


WOMENSTD 400. Women's Reproductive Health.

Sections 002-006 satisfy the Upper-Level Writing Requirement.

Instructor(s): Timothy R B Johnson (trbj@umich.edu), Lisa M Kane-Low

Prerequisites: WS 220. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course will explore the current biomedical understanding of major conditions affecting the reproductive health of women, e.g., pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease, and menopause. Course discussions will develop within a feminist and sociopolitical context. Students will study the physical, psychological, and sociopolitical interface of such conditions as abuse in pregnancy, attitudes re: sexuality and voluntary termination of pregnancy. They will participate in scientifically rigorous critiques of current research in women's reproductive health. Major emphasis will be on developing critical thinking skills and self-care capabilities in order to educate and empower students to become proactive within the health care system.

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WOMENSTD 419/Psych. 411. Gender and Group Process in a Multicultural Context.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Nancy J Quay (nquay@umich.edu) , Lara N Zador (zadorl@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: One course in women's studies or psychology. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www.umich.edu/~womenstd/419.htm

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 modeled in class will be applied in home-based groups with opportunities for skill practice and feedback. The goals of skill development will be further pursued in an 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.

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WOMENSTD 420. Group Facilitation in Women's Studies.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Jane A Hassinger (jahass@umich.edu), Gabrielle Dawn Lawhon

Prerequisites: WS 419 and permission of instructor. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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).

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WOMENSTD 447/Soc. 447. Sociology of Gender.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Dana M Greene (dmgreene@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Sociology 447.001.

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WOMENSTD 471/AAPTIS 495/Hist. 546/Religion 496. Gender and Politics in Early Modern Islam.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Kathryn Babayan (babayan@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Students should preferably have had one course in Islamic Studies. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies 495.001.

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WOMENSTD 483. Special Topics.

Section 001 Women, Autobiography, and the Medical Body. Meets with English 317.003.

Instructor(s): Sidonie A Smith (sidsmith@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: WS 240. (3). Degree credit is granted for a combined total of seven credits elected through WS 481, 482, 483, and 484.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~sidsmith/

In this course we will be looking at a variety of representations of the medical body from the contorted body of the hysterical woman in the nineteenth century to the surgically transformed body of the "plasticized" woman and pumped-up, hyperhealthy body of the female bodybuilder in the late twentieth century. As we do so we'll be exploring how it is that the medical technologies and discourses constitute the normative and abnormative female body and subject. That is, we'll be looking at how these technologies and discourses re/produce a life narrative for women. Then we'll take up self-representational practice through which women reproduce, negotiate, and resist these technologies and discourses. We'll be looking at writers such as Suzanna Kaysen (Girl Interrupted), Audre Lorde (The Cancer Journal), Nancy Mairs (Waist-High in the World), and Kate Bornstein (Gender Outlaw); artists such as a Frida Kahlo and Hannah Wilkie; photographers such as Jo Spence; and performance artists such as Orlan, who, over a series of operations, had parts of her body reconstructed according to particular cultural norms of beauty. Requirements will include various kinds of writing: response papers, critical essay, perhaps oral history, among them.

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WOMENSTD 483. Special Topics.

Section 004 Performing Gender: Dramatizing from Oral Sources. Meets with Theater 399.002.

Instructor(s): Glenda Dickerson (glendad@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: WS 240. (3). Degree credit is granted for a combined total of seven credits elected through WS 481, 482, 483, and 484.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Theatre and Drama 399.002.

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WOMENSTD 483. Special Topics.

Section 005 Pop Music, Gender, and Sexuality. Meets with Music Theory 406.001.

Instructor(s): Nadine M Hubbs (nhubbs@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: WS 240. (3). Degree credit is granted for a combined total of seven credits elected through WS 481, 482, 483, and 484.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: https://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/winter/womenstd/483/005.nsf

See Music Theory 406.001.

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WOMENSTD 483. Special Topics.

Section 006 Women and Technology. Meets with Information 513.001.

Instructor(s): Bob Frost (rfrost@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: WS 240. (3). Degree credit is granted for a combined total of seven credits elected through WS 481, 482, 483, and 484.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.si.umich.edu/~rfrost/courses/currcrse.html

Technology is neither good nor bad, but it is critically important to how power and knowledge operate in contemporary society. Context is everything, so in this course we will examine the difficult relationship between women and technology.

Why a difficult relationship? Perhaps because technical know-how as a form of knowledge is so strongly male-identified, perhaps because in this era the acquisition of (or claim to) expertise provides access to power and accentuates the exclusion of women from power, perhaps because historically women were to be "served" by technological gadgets, perhaps because the recent emergence of formidable information technologies has sharply divided women between enthusiasts and loathers, whatever the reason, we had better investigate it.

In this course, we will examine central issues of technology, gender, power, and politics. In one sense, we will examine how society shapes technologies and how technologies, once implanted, shape societies-that's fine, but we will more concisely examine how technological artifacts have been used to engender women in very specific ways, and how women have tried to reshape technologies for their own uses. For example, as part of an examination of technoenthusiastic rhetoric, we'll see how liberatory discourses were developed in order to "free" women from the demands of hard, paid labor and, in turn, to liberate them from "domestic servitude." From this, we will learn that, as Marcuse argued, some liberatory impulses can often oppress further.

If knowledge is power, this course will empower-in part by examining paths of disempowerment, in part by understanding the social dynamics of technology.

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WOMENSTD 483. Special Topics.

Section 007 Sex/Gender/Sexualities: Sex, Gender, and the Body. Meets with Sociology 495.003.

Instructor(s): Karen Sue Honeycutt (khoneyct@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: WS 240. (3). Degree credit is granted for a combined total of seven credits elected through WS 481, 482, 483, and 484.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: https://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/winter/soc/495/003.nsf

See Sociology 495.003.

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WOMENSTD 486/Phil. 486. Topics in Feminist Philosophy.

Section 001 Feminist Epistemology and Philosophy of Science.

Instructor(s): Elizabeth S Anderson (eandersn@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Two courses in either Philosophy or Women's Studies. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: https://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/winter/phil/486/001.nsf

See Philosophy 486.001.

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WOMENSTD 580. Independent Study.

Prerequisites: Wom. St. 530 and Graduate standing. (1-3). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Directed readings or research in consultation with a member of the department faculty.

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WOMENSTD 602. Approaches to Feminist Scholarship in the Social Sciences.

Section 001 NARRATIVES AND NUMBERS: INTEGRATING QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN THE STUDY OF GENDER AND THE LIFE COURSE. Meets with Sociology 595.002 and Rackham 570.002.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www.umich.edu/~irwg/narratives.html

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WOMENSTD 604. Approaches to Feminist Practice.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Jane A Hassinger (jahass@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Practice experience and course work in some field/profession. Graduate standing. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

In this seminar, students and faculty from different disciplines and professional schools will study a number of approaches to feminist, anti-racist, and multiculturalist praxis, the systematic examination of the inter-relationships of theory and practice, through cycles of action and reflection. Participants will review the ways in which (1) feminist knowledge, principles, and practices have been applied in different disciplines, professions and practice settings; and (2) feminist perspectives and/or feminist practice skills can incorporate class, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, religion, age, differently abled, and other factors often associated with societal oppression, and that affect the lives of women. Prerequisites: Practice experience plus coursework in some field/professional school, AND prior coursework in Women's Studies (e.g., WS530 and one elective in Women's Studies) OR permission of instructor.

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WOMENSTD 621/Hist. 621. Studies in Women's History.

Section 001 Gender, Body, and Sexuality in Early Modern and Modern Europe. Meets with German 822.001

Instructor(s): Kathleen M Canning (kcanning@umich.edu), Helmut Puff

Prerequisites: Graduate standing; Upperclassmen with permission of instructor. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See History 621.001.

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WOMENSTD 621/Hist. 621. Studies in Women's History.

Section 002 Doing and Teaching U.S. Women's History, 1550-1900: Primary Texts/Major Readings/Recent Theories and Technologies. Meets with American Culture 699.006.

Instructor(s): Carol F Karlsen (ckarlsen@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing; Upperclassmen with permission of instructor. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See History 621.002.

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WOMENSTD 690. Directed Readings.

Prerequisites: Wom. St. 530 and 601 or 602. Graduate standing. (1-3). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Designed for individual students who have an interest in a specific topic (usually that has stemmed from a previous course). An individual instructor must agree to direct such a reading, and the requirements are specified when approval is granted.

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WOMENSTD 698. Special Seminar.

Section 002 Gender and Trauma. (3 credits). Meets with English 667.002.

Instructor(s): Patricia Smith Yaeger (pyaeger@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: One graduate course in Women's Studies. Graduate standing. (1-3). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See English 667.002.

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WOMENSTD 698. Special Seminar.

Section 003 Gendering Modernism. (3 credits). Meets with English 648.001.

Instructor(s): Anne C Herrmann (anneh@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: One graduate course in Women's Studies. Graduate standing. (1-3). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The aim of this course will be to explore various facets of literary and cultural modernism in terms of gendered responses to three signifiers of modernity. The metropolis, World War I, and the machine, specifically the airplane, are initially constructed as sites of masculine endeavor that nevertheless enable the entrance of elite women into history as participants in the production of what it means to be modern. How then do modernity and modernism, feminism and the primitive, circulate as conceptual categories by which to understand this historical moment (1900-1945)? We will begin by tracing the genealogy of the flaneur (can there be a flancusc?) as a figure of European urbanity via Beaudelaire, Simmel and Woolf and end by examining the "passing" figure of the New Negro in works by James Weldon Johnson and Nella Larsen. We will consider constructions of Paris and Berlin via film, representations of World War I via the novels of Virginia Woolf and Willa Cather, and the figure of the aviator/aviatrix via Bertolt Brecht and Beryl Markham. Primary texts will be supplemented by specifically modernist genres such as the photocollage and the manifesto. Written assignments include a short paper and a final paper, as well as a class presentation.

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WOMENSTD 698. Special Seminar.

Section 004 Race, Gender & Citizenship in the 19th Century U.S. (3 credits). Meets with American Culture 699.002 and History 698.002.

Instructor(s): Hannah R Rosen (hrosen@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: One graduate course in Women's Studies. Graduate standing. (1-3). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This graduate seminar will explore the evolution of American citizenship, its changing legal contours and cultural meanings, from the antebellum era to the turn of the twentieth century. Our focus will be on the racial and gender dimensions of this history, both dominant discourses constructing an exclusively white male citizenry and popular practices challenging it. We will first explore the political, social, and cultural processes by which a "white man's republic" was constituted in the context of slavery and consolidated in the early nineteenth century. We will then examine the ways in which that republic was shaken by emancipation, Black male enfranchisement, and both Black and white women's changing public roles during Reconstruction. Finally we will study the reconfiguration of race, gender, and citizenship in the era of Jim Crow and emerging U.S. imperialism. Our discussions will focus on the evolving nexus of race, class, gender, and nation in contests over the meanings of freedom and equality in the United States; the changing relationship between domestic and political authority in nineteenth-century political culture; and the politics of subordinated people who have challenged racial, ethnic, and gender restrictions on American citizenship. We will consider throughout how scholars have defined and historicized the concept of a "public sphere." And we will investigate the limitations and paradoxes for women and people of color of liberal notions of citizenship as a mode of equality. Readings will include both theoretical and historical scholarship and will situate the United States in a comparative perspective.

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WOMENSTD 698. Special Seminar.

Section 005 Studies in Modern Medicine and Health: Global Health, Reproductive Medicine, and Biopower. (3 credits). Meets with History 620.001.

Instructor(s): Nancy Rose Hunt (nrhunt@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: One graduate course in Women's Studies. Graduate standing. (1-3). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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WOMENSTD 698. Special Seminar.

Section 006 Race, Empire, and National Identity in Modern Britain. (3 credits). Meets with History 647.001

Instructor(s): Sonya O Rose (sorose@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: One graduate course in Women's Studies. Graduate standing. (1-3). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-3).

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WOMENSTD 698. Special Seminar.

Section 007 Studies in 17th Century French Literature: (Un) Classical Bodies. (3 credits). Meets with French 653.001.

Instructor(s): Domna C Stanton (dcs@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: One graduate course in Women's Studies. Graduate standing. (1-3). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See French 653.001.

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WOMENSTD 720/Hist. or Art 720. Gender and Sexuality in the Visual Arts.

Section 001 Gender and Courts in Early Modern Europe.

Instructor(s): Patricia Simons

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See History of Art 720.001.

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WOMENSTD 890. Advanced Research.

Prerequisites: Wom. St. 530 and 601 or 602. Graduate standing. (1-3). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Every Women's Studies graduate certificate student is required to carry out a research project with a feminist perspective. The form of the project will vary with individual students and is subject to approval by the student's faculty advisor. This can be a chapter of a dissertation, a prelim, a master's thesis project or a project undertaken in the Women's Studies Program

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WOMENSTD 891. JT Ph. D Advanced Research.

Prerequisites: Must be admitted to JT Ph. D in English/WS or Psych/WS. Graduate standing. (3). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

In the interdepartmental doctoral program, students have the opportunity to work out an interdisciplinary approach to a research problem with a faculty committee from an early stage of their training. They benefit from the kind of interdisciplinary mentorship that is necessary to develop and complete an interdisciplinary dissertation.

The course is designed to culminate in the production of an interdisciplinary research paper. The process for achieving this goal will vary from year to year. However, students are encouraged, wherever possible, to build on the work they began in their first year, in the required courses on Feminist Theory (WS 530) and Approaches to Feminist Scholarship (WS 601 or 603).

The preliminary exam in Women' Studies is based on the research paper completed in the WS 891. The student will defend the paper in an oral exam to the prelim committee. This prelim committee should include at least one member from Women's Studies, who is not also appointed in the English Department, and one from the English Department, who is not also appointed in Women's Studies.

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WOMENSTD 892. Supervised Field Practicum.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. Students in Certificate Program in Women's Studies. (3). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Supervised field placement. Student experience is analyzed in light of feminist theory and principles of feminist practice. A substantial paper integrating academic scholarship on feminist practice with the students' experience in the setting is required.

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WOMENSTD 990. Dissertation-Precandidate.

Prerequisites: Advanced Doctoral Students. (1-8). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-8; 1-4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate.

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WOMENSTD 995. Dissertation/Candidate.

Prerequisites: Doctoral Candidates. Graduate standing. (8). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (8; 4 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate. N.B. The defense of the dissertation (the final oral examination) must be held under a full term Candidacy enrollment period.

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