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. (Gagnon, Larimore)

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, Echols, Raissiguier)

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. Because the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, especially the Equal Protection Clause, has become crucial to many current sex discrimination cases, it is discussed in some detail. Other legal issues such as family law, rape, spousal assault, employment discrimination, pregnancy discrimination, sexual harassment, and affirmative action are also analyzed from a legal standpoint. Required: final examination, two papers, and class participation in discussion. Strongly recommended: introductory government course. (King, McBrien, Poe)

310. Women Writing. Women's Studies 240 or permission of instructor. (3). (HU).

In this course we will explore those traditions and conventions which govern our ability to discover and express ourselves in writing. We will read theories of composition and experiences of writers engaged in the composing process so that we may determine what social and psychological pressures constrain and liberate our sense of ourselves as writers. Reading letters and journals as well as essays in the academic disciplines will reveal the rhetorical and investigative strategies as well as the gender-related assumptions which shape the languages in which we write for ourselves, each other, and for the academic disciplines in which we work. Students will keep journals in which they respond to readings and to class, exploring structures and language which best express their observations and evaluations. Papers will emphasize writing as a process, with revision providing the basis of discovering the implications of what we think and write. Peer critique and individual conferences with the instructor will provide the basis for responses to students' papers. In this way we will experience the relationship between writer and audience while enacting both roles. (Lassner)

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

See English 315. (Herrmann)

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

Seminar for facilitators of Women's Studies 100. Students facilitate a small discussion group on women's issues (see WS 100 description). A weekly seminar provides training in group process skills and an opportunity to explore women's issues in further depth. Students play an active role in planning and facilitating this seminar. Women's Studies 320 encourages all interested women and men to apply. Enrollment in the course is determined by application and an interview process held on a "hiring day" during the Fall Term. If you are interested in facilitating Women's Studies 100, please contact the Women's Studies Program (763-2047) for more information. (Gagnon, Larimore)

341. Gender and the Individual: Transmission and Function of Sex/Gender Systems. Women's Studies 240 or permission of instructor. (3). (SS).
Section 001 Gender and the Individual.
For Winter, 1986, this course is jointly offered with Psychology 458. (Eccles)

345. Third World Women. Women's Studies 240 or permission of instructor. (3). (SS).
Section 001.
Tatyana Mamonova, exiled Soviet feminist, will be teaching this course in Winter l986. Mamonova edited Women and Russia, a collection of writings from 20 Soviet women, published and distributed covertly in the Soviet Union and now translated into 11 languages. This Almanac, the main text for the course, includes essays on: mothering and health care; women in art and culture; women in the dissident and peace movements; women in prisons; foremothers; women and work; lesbians in the Soviet Union, and Soviet women and the State. The class will consist of lectures on these topics and additional themes including: status of women in the USSR; homosexuality in the Soviet Union; the treatment of women by the official and non-official presses; sex and politics; trust and solidarity between American and Soviet feminists; Soviet feminism and military service; feminism and socialism; anarchism, and the publication of Women and Russia in the United States. Readings will include several books about Soviet women, Robin Morgan's Sisterhood is Global, and Emma Goldman's autobiography Living My Life. Each lecture will be followed by a discussion period. There will be weekly readings and several short papers. (Mamonova)

Section 002 The Latina. In Winter, 1986, this course is jointly offered with American Culture 410.003. (Moya-Raggio)

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

See History 372. (Yeo)

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).
Feminism and the American Family.
We will explore issues in current feminist scholarship and several, sometimes contradictory theoretical positions, through studying the modern American Family. We will pay particular attention to diversity of family experience by class, race, ethnicity, and age. Issues will include sexuality, domestic violence and the family as a political arena. Psychoanalytic feminism as an explanation of the reproduction of sexual inequality will be compared to a socialist feminist interpretation. Students should either have had an introductory Women's Studies course or its equivalent. Reading will be interdisciplinary within the social sciences. Student evaluation will be based on a major paper and final exam. We will use a discussion/seminar format. (Contratto)


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