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 readings. Topics include: socialization, work, family, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and current movements for change. (Alvarez, Anderson)

110. Practical Feminism. (1). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit.

LESBIAN STUDIES. This mini-course will be held the last seven weeks of Winter Term, 1989. Women's Studies 110 will be a broad introduction to the field of lesbian studies. The class will discuss the following topics: lesbian history, lesbian feminist thought, coming out, contemporary lesbian culture, issues of racism and classism within the lesbian community, sexuality, and future visions. Students are expected to take an active role in directing and facilitating the course, as it will primarily center on student discussions of reading and projects. Students will be asked to keep a weekly journal that integrates critical analysis of the readings, classroom discussions, and personal reactions. Grades will be based on class participation, weekly journals, and a final project/presentation to the class. (Meyers)

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.

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. (Umphrey)

270. Women and the Law. (3). (SS).

"Women and the Law" covers selected topics in American law which have a special effect on women. The legal and social aspects of employment discrimination, sexual harassment, affirmative action, comparable worth, reproductive rights, divorce, child custody, homosexual parenting, pornography, rape and domestic violence are analyzed from a feminist perspective. We will also explore the relationship between sexism in the law and racism, classism and homophobia. Required: Midterm examination, final, and class participation which includes 12-15 pages worth of smaller writing assignments (Holness, Perez, Seifert)

315/English 315. Women and Literature. (3). (HU).

See English 315. (Fulton)

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 discussion group 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 "applicant 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. (Alvarez, Anderson)

325/Class. Civ. 325. Women in Classical Athens. (2). (HU).

See Classical Civilization 325. (Scodel)

343. Gender Consciousness and Social Change. Women's Studies 240 or permission of instructor. (3). (SS).

Section 001 GENDER CONSCIOUSNESS IN ORAL HISTORY. Gerda Lerner writes that the first step toward emancipation is SELF=CONSCIOUSNESS, becoming aware of a distortion, a wrong: what women have been taught about the world, what they see reflected in art, literature, philosophy, and religion is not quite appropriate to them." Alice Walker describes "black women whose spirituality UNCONSCIOUS, that they were themselves unaware of the richness they held." In this course we will try to decipher aspects of the process by which women become CONSCIOUS of themselves as "the other," using evidence found in their own words. We will read and analyze the oral histories of women in a variety of western and non-western contexts. Written assignments: 5 short theoretical papers and final oral history project for which the student will gather primary-source material. (Hart)

Section 002 GENDER AND ETHNIC CONSCIOUSNESS. This course will cover social science theories and autobiographical materials that help explain how gender and ethnic consciousness are developed and how they help women and members of ethnic/racial groups cope with personal issues and mobilize collectively to create social change. Special emphasis will be given to the experiences of different kinds of women and how diversity/differences among women can become a source of creative tension in social movements. Students will carry out a biographical study of a particular woman's path to political consciousness. These biographies will be presented in a class symposium at the end of the term. The class format will depend on discussion and talks by quests. One take-home exam will be held. Students from any department are welcome. (Gurin)

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

See History 372. (Downs)

380. Women's Studies Colloquium. Women's Studies 240 or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

Section 001 GENDER, POVERTY AND POLICY: AN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE. Women enter and leave poverty for reasons different than men. Low wages and dependent children are major factors contributing to women's poverty. This course will use a historical perspective to study the interaction of gender with poverty and poverty policy. This course will focus on female-headed families, women who are frequently workers and mothers. It will also examine the major role played by organized reform women in planning social welfare policy. The course concentrates on the period 1890-1940, but assignments will bring these issues into their contemporary context. The course will be primarily a discussion of the readings. It is essential that students attend regularly, read the material, and participate in the discussions. Intro. to Women's Studies (240) or Women in American History (371) or permission of the instructor is preferred. (Goodwin)

394(294)/Great Books 394. Great Books by Women Writers. Sophomores standing and above. (4). (HU).

See Great Books 394. (Herrmann and others)

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 explores the subject of women's history in the U.S. from the colonial period to the present by focusing on the central issues and controversies U.S. women's historians have been grappling with since 1969. Because women's history has its roots in the women's liberation movement and has developed as part of the larger women's studies movement, the course pays special attention to the political contexts and implications of the various interpretations under consideration and to interdisciplinary influences on historical research. Readings reflect differences in women's historical experiences because of class, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and region. Topics range from long-standing debates on the status of women in pre-industrial communities and the effects of the American Revolution and the Industrial Revolution on women's lives to more recent (and more heated) discussions of the history of sexuality, women's culture, and occupational segregation. Requirements include active participation in discussion, a journal of responses to the readings, a 5-7 page written report, and a 15-20 page historiographical essay. Limited to 15 students, the course is primarily for senior women's studies concentrators, but is open to others by permission of instructor. (Karlsen)

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


"Yet it is clear to see that for many of the women in prison, going to prison was just a traumatic transition from one society that was confining and oppressive to another." (Burkhart)

In this course readings and discussion will focus on understanding which women go to prison in Latin American and American prisons. The course will attempt to analyze how the criminal system perpetuates the oppression of Latino and Black women in society. I also will attempt to bring the fact of the existence of this oppression, to the attention of those fortunate enough to live on the outside. For we know nothing of these inmates whose lives and activities are limited by the cold, gray stone walls of their prison cells. We will also learn what happens to the children of those women that go to prison. On the average, 70 to 80 percent of the inmates in a woman's prison are single mothers, and two thirds of their children are under the ages of ten. (Jose-Kampfner)

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