Courses in Women's Studies (Division 497)

For a related course, entitled "The Cross-Cultural Status of Women," open to those with a previous course in Women's Studies or Honors students, see College Honors, Division 395, Sophomore Seminar 250, Section 003.

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. (Larimore, Moss)

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. (Stevens, Lardner)

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. (Levin, Benjamin, Harvey)

315/English 315. Women and Literature. (3). (HU). May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

See English 315. (Howard)

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 (Women's Studies 100). 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). (Larimore, Moss)

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

See Afroamerican and African Studies 336. (Wilson)

342. Gender and Society: Hierarchies in Social Organization. Women's Studies 240 or permission of instructor. (3). (SS).
Social and Economic Inequality Between the Sexes.
This course explores social and economic inequality between the sexes in American society. We will examine the extent of sex inequality in several American institutions: the family, the educational system, the workplace, the economy, and the political sector. In seeking to understand how the sexes come to differ so radically in the social positions they occupy and the prestige and power accorded to them, we will apply general theories of social inequality and specific explanations of gender inequality. We will look at the roles of sex role socialization, institutionalized barriers, and gender prejudice and discrimination. Although our primary focus is on gender inequality, we will consider how race, social class and age interact with gender to influence individual women's and men's experiences in interpersonal relationships, the family, the workplace and the economy. Class structure will include lecture and class discussion of assigned readings. Readings will be drawn primarily from one or two assigned texts and a course pack. Grades will be based on examinations, short exercises and class participation. (Reskin)

345. Specific Populations. Women's Studies 240 or permission of instructor. (3). (SS).
African and Afro-American women writers.
In Winter Term, 1984, this course is jointly offered with RC Humanities 315. See RC Humanities 315 for description. (Herrmann)

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

See Religion 354. (Frymer-Kensky)

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

See Political Science 446. (Meyer)


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