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. (Myers)

112. Issues for Women of Color. (1). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit.

This minicourse will examine the effects of various social, political, and/or cultural systems on women of color, emphasizing the intersections of gender and racial oppressions and strategies for overcoming these oppressions. Within this larger framework the course will focus on one particular theme, such as cultural resistance, educational issues, cultural representations, family and reproductive issues, or economic status. It may take up this issue in relation to one racial group or, alternatively, it may explore how various groups respond to the issue. No previous background is necessary. The course will meet in a discussion format for two hours a week during the second half of the term only.

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

Did radical feminists really 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. We will examine how feminist thinking about the ERA, class, race, abortion, pornography, sexuality and the family has changed over time. And we will explore the subject from the perspective of women of color. 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 and films. Texts may include Sara Evans' PERSONAL POLITICS, Alice Walker's MERIDIAN and Betty Friedan's THE FEMININE MYSTIQUE. Students will also be asked to purchase a course pack. Regular attendance and several short papers will be required. (Ransby and 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, imperialism, and heterosexism 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, an action project, examinations and participation in discussion. (Brown-Peterside, Huffer, Went)

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, affirmative action, and comparable worth are also analyzed from a legal standpoint. Required: final examination, midterm examination, one paper, and class participation in discussion. Strongly recommended: introductory government course. (Barry, Barrett, Seifert)

315/Engl. 315. Women and Literature. (3). (HU). May be repeated for a total of 6 credits with department permission.

See English 315.

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. (Myers)

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

This course will focus on the ways in which gender identity and sex roles are acquired and influence personality and behavior throughout the life span. Biological, psychological and social sources of gender identity and sex roles will be contrasted and evaluated in the light of research evidence, life histories, and individual experience. The family will be explored as a central force in both sex-role learning and social change. (Stewart)

345. Third World Women. Women's Studies 240 or permission of instructor. (3). (SS).

Section 001. AUTOBIOGRAPHY AND ETHNICITY. This course will examine autobiographies by Afro-American, Asian-American, Native American, Chicana and Jewish writers. It will attempt to raise issues concerning the intersection of autobiographical discourse and the construction of a gendered, ethnic identity. It hopes to address issues such as the appropriation and transformation of traditional autobiographical forms, the interaction between cultural stereotyping and a process of self-naming, and the relation of race and gender to the theory and politics of an ethnic identity. Readings will include Angelou's I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS, Lorde's ZAMI, Kingston's THE WOMAN WARRIOR, Paula Gunn Allen's THE WOMAN WHO OWNED THE SHADOWS, Anzaldua's BORDERLANDS/ LA FRONTERA and Simon's BRONX PRIMITIVE, in addition to poetry, short stories and essays on women's autobiographies. There will be several short papers and an oral presentation. (Herrmann)

Section 002. THE LATINA. In Winter Term, 1988, this section is jointly offered with American Culture 410.001. (Moya-Raggio)

Section 003. WORLD OF THE BLACK FAMILY: BLACK FAMILIES IN SOUTHERN AFRICA. In Winter Term, 1988, this section is jointly offered with CAAS 458.003.

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

See History 371. (Karlsen)

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).

In this course we will examine the cultural construction of violence and sexuality. We will attend to the ways in which ideas about the body are related to notions of social organization and social control. How is heterosexuality constructed and enforced at different historical moments? How are differences of class and race related to shifting ideas about homosexuality and heterosexuality? How do feminist interventions change the experience and construction of women's and men's sexuality? After several weeks of theoretical and anthropological readings (Ortner & Whitehead, Wittig, Lorde, Freud, Foucault, Walkowitz, Vance, Heath, Kuhn, Rose), we will address a series of problems relating to the history of sexuality in Western Europe and the United States: sexuality and English monarchy (Elizabeth I, James I, Anne); pornography and the rise of the novel (Eliza Haywood's LOVE IN EXCESS and John Cleland's FANNY HILL); the creation of male homosexual and lesbian subcultures in the late 19th century; blues and the Harlem Renaissance; Baby M; AIDS. Participants will be responsible for two oral reports and a 15-20 page seminar paper. (Barash)

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

See Sociology 447. (Blum)

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

MIDLIFE ISSUES FOR WOMEN. This course will focus on midlife issues facing women today. It will take an interdisciplinary approach to exploring various aspects of female adult development. Special attention will be given to differences among adult women by race and class. The course will be taught in a discussion format.


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