Courses in Women's Studies (Division 497)

100(200). Women's Issues. Open to all undergraduates. (2). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit.

This course uses small group discussion and the 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 a strong emphasis on developing analytic tools taking a critical stance with respect to one's experience, to social issues, and to the assigned literature. Topics include: socialization, work, family; race, class, ethnicity; relationships; current movements for change.

240/Amer. Cult. 240. Introduction to Women's Studies. Open to all undergraduates. (4). (HU).

Designed as an introduction to the New Scholarship on Women, Women's Studies 240 acquaints students with the key concepts, theoretical frameworks, and interdisciplinary research on women's status and roles in male-dominated or sexist societies. The course will involve cross-cultural and historical analyses as well as consideration of major issues relevant to contemporary American women. The course will seek to provide the student with an explanatory understanding of women's oppression as well as avenues for change. The course is structured around weekly lectures and readings which provide material for discussion groups. Students are encouraged to participate fully in discussion and assume responsibility for sharing their knowledge and insights. We are concerned with academic as well as personal growth, and we want to explore alternatives for women in contemporary American society. The course grade is based on written assignments, a final examination, and participation in discussions. Please note that sections 005 and 008 are coed. All other sections are for women only.

270(370). 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 course begins with a historical overview of the struggle for women's legal rights in the 19th century. The Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, especially the Equal Protection Clause, has become crucial to many current sex discrimination cases, and thus is discussed in some detail. Other legal issues such as family law, rape, spouse assault, employment discrimination, pregnancy discrimination, sexual harassment, and affirmative action are also discussed from a legal standpoint. Required: midterm and final examinations, paper, and class participation in discussion. Strongly recommended: introductory government course. (Stratton, McMurtrie, Rosechild)

320. Seminar in Group Process and Gender. Women's Studies 100, 240, another Women's Studies course, and permission of instructor. (4). (SS).

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of group process and facilitation skills. Its purpose is to train students to facilitate small discussion groups on women's issues. Enrollment in the course is determined by an interview procedure held during the previous term and by permission of the instructor. Facilitators enrolled in this course must attend a group skills seminar every week. For more information contact the Women's Studies program. (763-2047). (Reinharz)

344. Gender in Art, Literature, and Culture. Women's Studies 240 or permission of instructor. (3). (HU).

This course will examine creative work by women in literature, art and film. We will spend some time reading current theories about women and creativity and the presentation of women in different creative forms. We will also look in depth at a poet (Adrienne Rich) and a novelist (Toni Morrison), as well as examples of painting, crafts, documentary and experimental films by women, and one or two full-length films. We will spend approximately four weeks on each area; three take-home exams will be required. Readings will include Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own, Ellen Moers' Literary Women, Germaine Greer's The Obstacle Race: The Fortunes of Women Painters and Their Work, Thomas Hess and Elizabeth Baker, Art and Sexual Politics, Molly Haskell, From Reverence to Rape: The Portrayal of Women in Film, as well as a course pack of recent articles and some other selected readings. During the section on film we will occasionally hold a Tuesday evening meeting. (Vicinus)

345. Specific Populations. Women's Studies 240 or permission of instructor. (3). (SS).

This course is jointly offered with RC Social Science 352. See RC for description. (Larimore)

372/Hist. 372. Women in European History, 1750 to the Present. (4). (SS).

See History 372. (Tilly)

380/College Honors 380. History and Current Politics of the Equal Rights Amendment. Open to Honors students with at least sophomore standing; or Women's Studies 240 or equivalent, and permission of instructor. (4). (SS).

See College Honors 380. (Morrow)

423/Economics 423. The Economic Status of Women. Econ. 201 or 400. (3). (SS).

See Economics 423. (Freedman)

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

Academic seminar for the presentation and discussion of original research on women. Two or three topics of current debate will be taken up. This term we will consider the debate over the parallel between female/male and nature/culture, the debate over the relationship between socialism and feminism, and one other issue to be announced. Seminar format with some outside speakers. Course requirements: presentation of paper, plus either annotated bibliography or analytical journal. (Ortner)

446/Political Science 446. Women and Socialism. Junior standing or permission of instructor. (4). (SS).

See Political Science 446. (Meyer)


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