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, examinations, and participation in discussions. Please note that sections 005 and 008 are coed. All other sections are for women only. (Kaboolian)

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.

341. Gender and the Individual: Transmission and Function of Sex/Gender Systems. Women's Studies 240 or permission of instructor. (3). (SS).

The course will cover 3 basic areas. The existence of sex differences, the origin of sex role differences and the implications of sex roles. We will consider the evidence for sex differences in physical, social and intellectual functioning to assess which sex differences are supported by evidence and which are not. We will consider the nature of sex role stereotypes. We will discuss the origins of sex differences, with specific attention to biological determinants, environmental and socialization determinants, and their interaction. We will discuss the implications of sex differences and the sex role structure of our society, with particular emphasis on the psychological effects of sex roles on women. We will consider the consequences of the sex role structure on women's achievement, motivation and self concept, mental health, sexuality, interpersonal relationships, marital and occupational status, and the attitudes of others towards women's advancement. Finally, we will discuss the possibilities for change on the societal as well as individual level. Students will benefit from some background in mammalian biology and psychology. A short paper, a journal, and two exams will be required. 150-200 pages of reading per week will be required. (Parsons)

354/Rel. 354. Women and Religion. (3). (HU).

See Religion 354. (Frymer-Kensky)

371/Hist. 371. Women in American History. (4). (SS).

See History 371. (Tentler)

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 the equivalent, and permission of instructor. (4). (SS).

See College Honors 380. (Morrow)

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

See Sociology 447. (Mason)

480. Special Topics. Permission of instructor. (3). (N.Excl).

This course examines aspects of the complex relation between women and language. Topics will include: 'sexism' in language as the dominant symbolic system; gender-marked roles and relationships in verbal and non-verbal communication; controversies about women's speech and literary style; theories of linguistic 'difference' and their implications for the future. Course materials will be drawn from the fields of sociolinguistics, anthropology, literary criticism and continental theory. Prerequisites: Women's Studies 240 and 340 or a 400-level Women's Studies course; or advanced undergraduate work in linguistics or literature with the permission of the instructor. (Stanton)


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