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 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 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. Small groups meet in different campus locations, to be determined within each group.

110. Practical Feminism. (1). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit.
Section 001 Women and War.
We will explore ideas of what feminist perspectives on war and militarism might be in our post-Cold War world. First, we'll look at representations of women in war and of war itself in plays, poetry, and prose. Next, we'll evaluate theoretical arguments for disarmament and for deterrence. Finally, we'll examine women soldiers' experience of war and of the military establishment. A few of the voices we'll hear will be men's, but mostly women will tell their own stories and speak their own minds. Throughout, we'll look for commonalities and differences in the ways that women of many cultures and conditions approach this difficult subject. A lively and informed class discussion is vital to our exploration, so class participation will weigh heavily in my evaluation of your work. Other requirements will be one 5-page paper and one class presentation on a week's reading. (Sitomer)

112. Issues for Women of Color. (1). (Excl). 0ffered mandatory credit/no credit.
Section 001 Black Feminist Thought and the Tradition of Activism.
African American women have a long standing tradition of organized activism around issues that pertain tot he survival and well-being of themselves and their families. This course will look at representative historical movements and the writing and thinking that both propelled them, and grew out of them. A main theme will be the ways in which Black women, potentially caught between the conflicts between women's rights movement and the struggle for equality for African Americans as whole, have been able to generate unique theory and practice that at once incorporates the concerns of both groups, and at the same time, transcends either limited analysis. Movements discussed in the class will include abolitionism, Ida B. Wells and the Anti-Lynching campaign, the struggle to achieve suffrage, and the civil rights movement. In class discussions, students will be encouraged to apply theories from the class to current social/political problems facing African-American women. We will explore the works of Black women writing as professionals (i.e. scholars and journalist) as well as the thought of so-called "organic intellectuals" (such as the women interviewed by John Langston Gwaltney). Students will be expected to do class readings, attend and participate in discussion, and to write a 7-10 page paper based on an interview with an African American woman of a different generation about her political participation. (Cole)

220/Nursing 220. Perspectives in Women's Health. (3). (Excl).

This course will examine women's health issues, across the lifespan, from feminist and sociocultural perspectives. It will explore the social construction of women's sexuality, reproductive options, health care alternatives, and risks for physical and mental illness. Attention will be paid to historical, economic, and cultural factors which influence the physical and psychological well-being of women. In addition, it is hoped that students will gain greater knowledge about the physiology of women's bodies and an enhanced sensitivity to issues confronting women in dealing with health care institutions. Topics will include: menstruation, contraception, abortion, pregnancy, child birth, breastfeeding, AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, eating disorders, depression, cancer, menopause, sexual assault and domestic violence. The class is open to all students. Both those from non-health related fields and health-related fields are encouraged to enroll. Cost:2 WL:1

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, 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, examination and participation in discussion. Cost:3 WL:4

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 class focuses on ideals of sex equality and how they are incorporated into the American legal system. Topics usually covered include constitutional equality, employment discrimination, family law, rape, domestic violence, sexual harassment, reproductive rights, pornography and women in poverty. Required: midterm examination, 10-12 pages of writing, final examination and class participation in discussion. Some understanding of the history of women of color in the United States is also strongly recommended. Cost:2 WL:1,4

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

This course focuses on those feminist issues related to women writing. Discussion and students writing will respond to writing by women of many different cultural identities so that we can explore those traditions and conventions that govern our ability to discover and express ourselves in writing. Readings will include theories of composition and feminism, memoirs, short fiction, and one novel. We will explore the gender-related assumptions and rhetorical strategies which shape women's composing processes and their sense of the audiences for which they write. 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 conferences with the instructor will provide the basis for evaluation. In this way, we will experience the relationship between readers and writers from different cultural experiences while enacting both roles in our academic setting and culture. (Lassner)

312/RC Interdiv. 310. Gender and Science. An introductory course in natural science, engineering, social sciences or women's studies. (4). (N.Excl).

See RC Interdivisional 310. (Sloat)

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

See English 315.

342. Gender and Society: Hierarchies in Social Organization. Women's Studies 240 or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).
Section 001 Hierarchies in the Workplace.
For Winter Term, 1993, this course is jointly offered with Sociology 495.002. (Blum)

344. Women in Literature and the Arts. Women's Studies 240 or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).
Women in 20th Century Dance.
For Winter Term, 1993, this course is jointly offered with RC Humanities 333.003. (Genne)

345. Third World Women. Women's Studies 240 or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).
Section 002: Gender and Power in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Gender is a crucial aspect of the organization of inequality and equality throughout Latin American. This course explores the relationship between the construction of identities, gender, and power in Latin America. We will examine how gender representations are constructed, assumed, and contested in a variety of sites. These include: the media and telenovelas ("soap operas"), the new social movements, processes of militarization and repression, and the integration of Latin America into the global economy. Students will write two short papers based on class assignments and a final paper. (Koreck)

351. Women and the Community II. Women's Studies 350 and permission of instructor. (2). (Excl). (EXPERIENTIAL).

The goals of this course are to (1) explore the application of women's studies to work in the community and examine the interplay between experience and theory; (2) develop skills for working effectively within our community on issues and situations that concern and affect women. Students will (1) develop an understanding of women's lives within the community: their roles, options, problems, resources and contributions; (2) Examine policies, leadership and action strategies that influence women's lives; (3) analyze the ways in which community and organizational dynamics influence women's participation and effectiveness in community and work settings, and in the development of public policy; (4) Identify and practice ways to apply knowledge gained in this and other WS courses within community, work settings, and policy development settings to enhance the ability to provide leadership in these settings in the future; and (5) work with other students and the instructor to create an interactive, supportive and egalitarian educational environment which encourages the exchange of ideas and experiences. Requirements: (1) Students are expected to keep a journal in which internship activities, readings, class activities and personal reactions to all of these are analyzed, interpreted, and integrated. These will be turned in three times during the term. (2) Three structures analytic assignments, based on the journal entries and turned in with the journals. (3) Each students will select an internship from the list distributed, and will work in that internship setting for an average of 5 hours per week throughout the term. (4) Completion of the required readings and participation in class on Monday evenings is expected. Class discussion will be based on assigned readings from the course pack, available at Michigan Document Service, and from bell hook's Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center, available at Shaman Drum Books. Each student will participate in planning and leading discussions and activities for at least two class sessions. (Schulz)

371/History 371. Women in American History Since 1870. (3). (Excl).

See History 371. (Johnson)

394/Great Books 394. Great Books by Women Writers. Sophomore standing. (4). (HU).

See Great Books 394. (Yaeger and others)


385. Directed Reading. Women's Studies 100 or 240, one 300-level Women's Studies course, and permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

Offers advanced Women's Studies students an opportunity to pursue independent, interdisciplinary projects.

415/Hist. of Art 415. Studies in Gender and the Arts. One course in Women's Studies or History of Art. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of nine credits.
Section 001 Gendered Spaces in Renaissance Italy.
See History of Art 415. (Simons)

416/Engl. 416/Hist. 487. Women in Victorian England. (3). (Excl).

See English 416. (Vicinus)

418/Poli. Sci. 418. Women and the Political System. Two courses in political science or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

See Political Science 418. (Burns)

419/Psych. 411. Gender and Group Process in a Multicultural Context. One course in women's studies or psychology. (3). (Excl).

This course will provide an introduction to theories of group dynamics that illuminate stages of group development and productivity. It will include teaching and practice of group facilitation skills. The course will combine theoretical presentation with an experiential learning model; material discussed and modeled in class will be applied in home-base groups with opportunities for skill practice and feedback. The goals of skill development will be further pursued in extended workshop format at two points in the term. Special attention will be given throughout the course to the influence and manifestation of gender, ethnic and race dynamics as they shape events, conflict and communication patterns in various group formats. Cost:3 WL:3 (Hassinger)

420(320). Group Facilitation in Women's Studies. Women's Studies 419 and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

Students study interpersonal and small group dynamics in general, and as these vary with group composition. The prerequisite course, WS 419. Gender and Group Process in a Multicultural Context, provides the theoretical basis for this course. Students apply knowledge and expertise gained in WS 419 by facilitating small groups (8-10 people). Permission of Instructor required. (Tirado)

430/Amer. Cult. 430. Feminist Thought. Women's Studies 240 and one 340-level course, or permission of instructor. (4). (Excl).
Section 001 Feminist Political Theory.
For Winter Term, 1993, this course is jointly offered with Political Science 402-002. (Stevens)

441. Honors Research Tutorial. Women's Studies 240, junior Women's Studies concentrators. (1). (Excl). (TUTORIAL).

Prepares second term junior Women's Studies concentrators to write an Honors thesis. Students choose a thesis topic before beginning this tutorial. They then work independently with an appropriate faculty member to develop the research skills specific to their topics (e.g., analytic, library, or computer skills). By the end of the term students should have a well-defined research design and the skills to carry it out. Requirement: a short written thesis prospectus.


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

See Sociology 447. (Shively)

455/Anthro. 455. Feminist Theory and Gender Studies in Anthropology. Junior standing. (3). (Excl).

See Anthropology 455. (Clark, Coronil)

483(480). Special Topics. WS 240 or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). Degree credit is granted for a combined total of 7 credits elected through WS 480, 481, 482, 483, and 484.
Section 001 Women and Islam.
For Winter Term, 1993, this course is jointly offered with Sociology 490. (Gocek)

Section 002 La Latina. For Winter Term, 1993, this course is jointly offered with American Culture 410.001. (Moya-Raggio)

491. Honors Thesis. Senior Honors Women's Studies concentrators. (2-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

Provides Women's Studies Honors concentrators an opportunity for independent study under close supervision from their faculty advisor while preparing an Honors thesis.


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