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. WL:1 (Hassinger)

110. Practical Feminism. (1). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit.
Section 001 New Writing by U.S. Lesbians of Color.
This course introduces issues of self-representations in the construction of transgressive sexual identities. We will focus on a wide array of writing (novels, personal essays, and poetry) by United States lesbians of color. The course opens with an historical survey of the development of a critical consciousness articulated by African-American, Latina, Asian American, and Native American women. We will then question the emergence, viability, and meanings of the category "lesbians of color." This historical framework will allow us to conceptualize and explore the personal and intellectual trajectories in the most recent writings by lesbians. Other issues we will touch upon include the reconstitution of sexuality, relationships, families, spirituality, and nationality. The reading list includes Gloria Anzaldua, Cherrie Moraga, Audre Lorde, Jewelle Gomez, Beth Brant, and others. Evaluations will be based on class participation, weekly journal entries and two short paper, 4-5 pages in length. Resources for the course will include a course pack and several (4-5) paperback collections. Cost:2 WL:1 (Hernandez)

111. Women in Popular Culture. (1). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit.
Section 001 'Bad' Women in Contemporary Film
will examine a series of recent, mainstream films that represent "bad" women: "bad" mothers, women who kill, women who desire, and performing women. We will consider how these films serve as a focus for cultural anxieties about gender, race, class, and sexuality. In this mini-course, we will examine the following questions: Why has there been a proliferation of current films that represent women as "bad"? How do individual films negotiate the differences between "good" and "bad" women? How can we use films to explore current backlash against feminisms? And what do these films tell us about women's relationships to popular culture? The course will be conducted in a seminar format. Course pack. Requirements: Each student will be required to actively participate in discussion, keep a weekly journal, and lead one class discussion. Cost:1 WL:1 (Booth, Risdon)

200/Comm. 217. Women in Popular Films and Television (3). (Excl).

See Communication 217. (Press)

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

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, and violence against women. 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 (Boyd/Henderson)

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

The course is a cultural history of the contemporary U.S. women's movement, or movements. Although we will begin with an historical overview of women's/feminist movements in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the primary focus will be on the 1960s to 1993. Thus we will both look back on people, events, and ideas that are part of our history from the perspective of the (post-feminist?) 90s, and directly engage some of the basic questions associated with feminisms historically and today. What are feminist or womanist issues? Who defines them? Is there a single "mainstream" feminist movement? A plurality of diverse, often contradictory movements? How should we think about gender in the contest of "differences among women" (class, culture, race, region, religion, sexuality, work?) Discussions and papers will center around readings (popular and scholarly articles, personal essays, fiction), as well as examples of popular culture (film, photographs, art, cartoons). Cost:2 WL:1 (Ardizzone)

240/Amer. Cult. 240. Introduction to Women's Studies. Open to all undergraduates. (4). (HU). (This course fulfills the Race or Ethnicity Requirement).

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

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 Group Identity: Gender and Ethnicity. This course explores the ways in which group memberships and social identities are defined and shaped by society. It also considers the means by which these group memberships are claimed and/or challenged at the individual and collective levels including how new or alternative political identities can be created (e.g., feminist identities, or panethnic identities such as "Latinos"). These topics are studied in the context of contemporary U.S. society, especially as they relate to pressing social issues and problems. The course is taught in a seminar format, with student participation an important component. The readings are interdisciplinary (with an emphasis on the social sciences); discussion will draw on recent scholarship in this area and various media; and assignments include a research paper that focuses on the meaning of group membership and identity for a specific social group of the student's choice. (Lopez)

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

Explores the conception that women have of themselves as women and the ways in which this concept defines an individual's actions whether public or private and her relations to others. The course might focus on a series of individual women in relation to their consciousness of gender. Or it might examine women's social networks as they create or reflect gender consciousness. Other appropriate topics include the history of theories of women's collective actions as transformations of gender consciousness into social change, or conversely, the impact of social change on individual gender consciousness. (Hart)

344. Women in Literature and the Arts. Women's Studies 240 or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).
Section 001 Women and Consumerism.
In this course, we will explore how literature by and about women can help us understand the persistent links in modern culture between women and consumerism. Our perspective will be historical and interdisciplinary. We will read literary works (poems, novels, essays, autobiographies) from the eighteenth century to our own period along with selected essays in cultural history and feminist theory, and try to answer the following questions: How did women come to be the focus of cultural anxieties about consumerism? How has consumerism shaped women's identities? How do class, race and ethnicity change women's relationships to consumer society? Texts and issues may include: Daniel Defoe's Roxana; Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth; Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye; the rise of the fashion industry; the stereotypes of the "bag lady" and "Jewish-American Princess." Students will be responsible for leading class discussion and writing several papers. (Pinch)

Section 002 Women Making Music. For Winter Term, 1994, this course is offered jointly with RC Humanities 252.002. (Halsted)

347. Feminist Perspective on Lesbian Studies. Women's Studies 240. (3). (Excl).
Feminist Perspectives in Lesbian Studies "Lesbian" History.
This course will examine the richly diverse range of "lesbian" history, chiefly in the West but with some comparative material drawn from other sites. Rather than searching for some universal, ahistorical, or essential "identity" of women who love women, the course seeks to understand the uses and problems of such terms as "sexual identity" and "lesbian" by considering the historical, variable specifics of women's contacts, associations and behaviours with other women. Our material potentially covers such manifestations as the Greek poet Sappho; nuns and mystics; warrior women; transvestism; the seventeenth century Queen Christina of Sweden; sexology, medicine and psychoanalysis as a "modern" phenomenon; early twentieth century writers like Gerturde Stein; women's romantic friendships; lesbian bars in twentieth century America; the Gay and Lesbian Movement. Classes will be in discussion format. Evaluation will be based on class participation and a final paper. Cost:2 WL:4 (Simons)

370/History 370. Women in American History to 1870. (3). (Excl).

See History 370. (Karlsen)

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

See History 371. (Johnson)

394/Great Books 394. Great Books by Women Writers. Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. (4). (HU).

See Great Books 394. (Yeager)

415/Hist. of Art 415. Studies in Gender and the Arts. One course in Women's Studies or History of Art. (3). (HU). May be repeated for a total of nine credits.

See History of Art 415. (Simons)

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). (SS).

Provides 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. 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. (Ore/Shultz)

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. (Hassinger)

422/Poli. Sci. 422. Feminist Political Theory. Junior standing, or permission of instructor. (Excl).

See Political Science 422. (Stevens)

427/Anthro. 427/CAAS 427. African Women. One course in African Studies, anthropology, or women's studies; or permission of instructor. (3). (SS).

See CAAS 427. (Clark)

430/Amer. Cult. 430. Feminist Thought. Women's Studies 240 and one 340-level course, or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).
Section 001 Philosophy and Gender.
For Winter Term, 1994, this course is jointly offered with Philosophy 372. (Haslanger)

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

See Sociology 447. (Rose)

481(480). Special Topics. WS 240 or permission of instructor. (1). (Excl). Degree credit is granted for a combined total of 7 credits elected through WS 480, 481, 482, 483, and 484.
Section 001 Race and Sentimentality in Early Black Women's Writing.
For Winter Term, 1994, this section is jointly offered with CAAS 490.002. (Foreman)

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 in International Development.
For Winter Term, 1994, this section is jointly offered with CAAS 458.001. (Omer)

Section 002 Women and Exile. For Winter Term, 1994, this section is jointly offered with Anthro. 458.003. (Behar)

Section 003 Introduction to Feminist Anthropology. For Winter Term, 1994, this section is jointly offered with Anthropology 356.001. (Ortner)

Section 004 Early Women Writers. For Winter Term, 1994, this section is jointly offered with English 417.002. (Tinkle)

Section 005 La Latina. For Winter Term, 1994, this section is jointly offered with American Culture 410.001. (Moya-Raggio)

Independent Study/Directed Reading

The Program in Women's Studies offers several options for independent study/directed reading.

Directed Reading. Women's Studies 385, 386, 387 (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

Offer advanced Women's Studies students an opportunity to purpose independent, interdisciplinary projects.

385 has prerequisites of Women's Studies 100 or 240, one 300-level Women's Studies course, and permission of instructor. 386 has prerequisite of Women's Studies 385. 387 has prerequisite of Women's Studies 386.

441. Honors Research Tutorial. (1). (Excl). (TUTORIAL).

Prerequisites: Women's Studies 240. 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.

490 and 491. Honors Thesis. (2-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

Prerequisite: Senior Honors Women's Studies concentrators. 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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