Courses in Women's Studies (Division 497)

100 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. (Reed, 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. (Cauthen, Jessup, Hawthorne)

270 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 an 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. (Poe, 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). (Reed, Moss)

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

This is a course in writing as a response to women's ongoing struggle to express their concerns and feelings in writing. We will read letters, diaries and fiction by women writers from many cultures in order to alert ourselves to the ways in which women writers have succeeded or been thwarted in asserting their views and selves. In turn, we will examine the social, psychological and literary conventions which shape students' writing in order that they may discover how to evaluate their own writing as a means of developing more forceful and effective rhetorical strategies. The emphasis in students' writing will be developmental. The class will keep journals, write letters and essays, recording both their responses to class readings and to each others' writing as sources for discussion and topics for papers. Students will meet in small groups to discuss each others' writing and to recommend strategies for revision. (Lassner)

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

This course will deal with the theoretical and substantive issues concerning third world women. Though the course will focus on African women, relevant theories and materials from other third world countries will be included. The course will be based on the historical comparative perspective. Materials for the course will be drawn from various social science disciplines such as: sociology, anthropology, history, economics, political science and psychology. The first half of the term will be devoted to reviewing the theories of the development/modernization status and roles of women. The second half will deal with substantive issues such as food production, poverty and health care. Students will be required to attend class and participate in the discussions. Grades will be on the basis of two in-class exams; one term paper with a class presentation. Requirement: Women's Studies 240.

355/Rel. 355. Women and Religion II: Judaism and Christianity and Beyond. (3). (HU).

See Religion 355. (Frymer-Kensky)

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

See History 371. (Greenwald)

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).

This course assumes the value of a comparative perspective in defining what is a significant feminist issue in the first place. Feminism is not a unitary system of values and views. It has changed over time, and it also varies in different contexts today. The course will cover a range of contexts within which feminist issues are currently being proposed and debated: within academic (in this case anthropological) feminism; within middle class activist feminism in both the U.S. and Europe; and among working class, Black, and third world women. In each case one or two issues of contemporary debate will be explored. For example, for many middle class activist feminists, various aspects of "sexuality" - including erotic object choice, rape, pornography, etc, seem to be at the top of the agenda. For many third world feminists, on the other hand, such issues seem irrelevant in the face of problems of poverty, excessive child- bearing, and the like. These sorts of differences in defining feminist issues, as well as the issues themselves, will be explored. Required for Women's Studies concentrators. Open to others who have had Women's Studies 240 and one WS 340-level course, or by permission of instructor. Seminar format with guest speakers and student presentations. One term paper due at end. (Ortner)

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

The seminar, Women and Science, will explore the role of women in the sciences, particularly in the United States. Women's participation in the sciences will be examined within the context of prevailing cultural values and in relation to the historical development of science as an institution. The work and lives of individual scientists will be studied to gain insight into the dynamics of work, professionalization, and lifestyle for scientists who are women. The goal of the seminar is to promote an understanding of the contributions of women scientists and the factors, attitudes, and social structures that influence their lives and work. Women Scientists in America: Struggles and Strategies to 1940, M. Rossiter (1982), will be used as a text for the first part of the course. Other readings will be selected from biographies, works on gender and science, works on the scientific enterprise, and scientific memoirs (E.F. Keller, A. Sayre, J. Watson, R. Hubbard, R. Bleier, W. Broad & N. Wade). Requirements include several short papers, an eight to twelve page research paper, a final essay exam, and active participation in class discussion. Intended for students interested in the sciences, in women and work, and in how science and scientists reflect and influence cultural values. (Sloat)

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