Courses in Women's Studies (Division 497)

110. Practical Feminism. (1). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit.
Section 101 Make-up, Bodybuilding, and Fat-free Cookies.
This course will examine the constructions of beauty and physical fitness as defined in contemporary U.S. society through such mediums as advertising, film and television. We will look at how strict definitions of beauty and the pressure for women to be physically fit generates high profits for the cosmetics and diet industries. In addition, the material effects of these social narratives that will be explored include low self-esteem, overdieting, and specific reasons for exercising. Students are required to maintain a food ( and exercise, if applicable) journal for the duration of the course. In addition, weekly readings will be assigned for critical discussion. (Chambers)

315/English 315. Women and Literature. (2). (HU). May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

See English 315.

336/CAAS 336. Black Women in America. (3). (SS).

See AAS 336. (Barkley-Brown)

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

See American Culture 342. (Bass-Rivera)

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 101 Sexuality, the Body, and Christian Thought.
For Spring Term, 1995, this section is offered jointly with ACABS 291.102. (De Conick)

Section 103 Gender and Law in Colonial Africa. For Spring Term, 1995, this section is offered jointly with AAS 358.101. (Niescher)

Section 104 Introduction to Sociology through Gender and Youth. For Spring Term, 1995, this section is offered jointly with Sociology 102.102. (Roskin)

Section 105 Feminist Anthropology at the Margins. For Spring Term, 1995, this section is offered jointly with Anthropology 298.102. (Rao)

Section 106 Gender and Transformation in East Central Europe. For Spring Term, 1995, this section is offered jointly with REES 405.101. (Fuszara)

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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