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. (Moos)

230. The Contemporary Women's Movement. (3). (Excl).

Did women's liberation activists burn a bra at the 1968 protest against the Miss America Pageant? This is one of the many questions which will be answered by Women's Studies 230. This course will analyze the trajectory of the women's movement during the period from 1967 to 1982. Students will study the evolution of the radical wing of the movement and the reformist wing which was dominated by Betty Friedan's National Organization for Women. We will examine feminist thinking about the ERA, abortion, pornography, sexuality and the family, and how this has changed over time. We will take a comparative approach, relating the contemporary women's movement both to 19th-century feminism and to other social change movements of the 1960's, especially the Black freedom movement. This is primarily a discussion course, although there will be occasional lectures. Texts include Sara Evan's Personal Politics, Alice Walker's Meridian, and Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique and a course pack. Regular attendance and several short papers will be required. (Echols)

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

Designed as an introduction to the new, feminist scholarship on women, Women's Studies 240 is an interdisciplinary course which acquaints students with key concepts and theoretical frameworks to analyze women's condition. We will explore how women's status has changed over time and across cultures, but we will concentrate on the situation of contemporary American women. Topics will include: violence against women, discrimination in the workplace, the feminization of poverty, and sexuality. Students will also examine how capitalism, racism, and imperialism affect women's lives. The course will not only provide students with an analysis of women's oppression, but will suggest strategies for ending sexual inequality. The course is structured around weekly lectures, readings, films, and discussion sections. Students are encouraged to participate fully in discussion and to assume responsibility for sharing their knowledge and experience. The course grade is based upon written assignments, examinations and participation in discussion. (Meissenhelter and Moses)

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. (McBrien, Barry and Barrett)

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. (Miller)

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

A seminar for facilitators of Women's Studies 100. Students facilitate a small group discussion on women's issues (see W.S. 100 for 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. Facilitators gain additional group experience through participation in support and task-oriented committees. Women's Studies 320 encourages all interested women and men to apply for this unique experiential learning opportunity. Enrollment in the course is determined by application and an interview process held on "hiring day" during the Winter Term. If you are interested in facilitating Women's Studies 100, please contact the Women's Studies Program (763-2047) for more information. (Moos)

344. Women in Literature and the Arts. Women's Studies 240 or permission of instructor. (3). (HU).

This course explores the role of women in the arts and their impact on theory, form and content of art in many medias. Course content will include study about creative women in a variety of arts including painting, sculpture, design, ceramics, photography, new technologies and music. Guest lecturers will frequent the classes sharing their ideas on feminist art form, women in the arts and specifics of their work. Attendance at each class period is mandatory as participation and creating discussions is integral to this course. This course is open to all students, no previous work in art is necessary. The class will also be taking field trips to artists' studios, galleries and museums. There will be assigned readings and the option of a long paper or a few short papers. (Moldenhauer)

345. Third World Women. Women's Studies 240 or permission of instructor. (3). (SS).
Section 001 The Latina.
In Winter Term, 1987, this course is jointly offered with American Culture 410.003. (Moya-Raggio)

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

See Religion 355. (Frymer-Kensky)

371/Hist. 371. Women in American History Since 1870. (4). (SS).

See History 371. (Karlsen)

410/Anthro. 452. Gender Ideologies. Anthro 101, 330, or junior standing. (3). (SS).

See Cultural Anthropology 452. (Ortner)

430/Amer. Cult. 430. Theories of Feminism. Women's Studies 240 and one 340-level course, or permission of instructor. (4). (HU).

This course on feminist theory will focus on the analysis of significant historical and contemporary texts that deal with the nature, the causes of, and the solutions to women's oppression. Authors read will include: Wollstonecraft, Mill, Engels, Woolf, de Beauvoir, Daly, Lorde, Rich, Cixous, Irigaray. Two papers will be assigned; there will be no final exam. The course is required for Women's Studies concentrators and graduate certificate students, but is open to undergraduates who have completed W.S. 240 and a 340-level Women's Studies course and to graduate students with a demonstrated interest in feminist scholarship. (Stanton)

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).
Transvestism and Transsexualism as Cultural Experiments.
This course will examine transvestism and transsexualism as a way of theorizing about gender: what do masculine and feminine mean; are the sexes fundamentally different or not; do cross-dressing and sex changes reinforce sexual stereotypes or serve to break them down? The class will take an interdisciplinary approach, providing examples from anthropology, history, literature and film. The focus will be on psychological and sociological theories as well as on questions of representation which will examine dramatic conventions, narrative structure, and the symbolic significance of clothes. Primary texts will include Shakespeare's, As You Like It; Brecht's, The Good Woman of Sezuan; Woolf's, Orlando; Joanna Russ', The Female Man; Tootsie and Liquid Sky. The class will require class participation, several short written assignments and a research paper. (Herrmann)

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

See Political Science 446. (Meyer)

480. Special Topics. Permission of instructor. (3). (N.Excl).
Section 001 Women and Science.
In Winter Term, 1987, this course is jointly offered with RC Interdivisional 430. (Sloat)


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