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. Cost:3 WL:1 (Hassinger)
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110. Practical Feminism. (1). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit.
Section 001 Feminist Practice: Rethinking Gender and Activism in the late 1990s.
What does it mean to be a feminist in the United States in 1998? In this class, we will examine contemporary ideas about gender, explore the many ways that men and women are feminists, and discuss the place of feminism in our own lives. Since this is a course on practical feminism, we will spend the bulk of our time discussing feminist practice evaluating the potential of collective as well as individual action. While we will certainly critique feminist institutions and activists, we will focus our discussions on our own creative struggles to work out new possibilities for feminism. The relationship between feminism and differences among women sexuality, race, class, etc. - will be central components of these conversations. This course will emphasize critical thought and class participation. It will include small writing assignments and some required reading. Cost:2 WL:1 (Miller)
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112. Issues for Women of Color. (1). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit.
Section 001 Introduction to Black Feminist Studies: Political and Theoretical Perspectives.
The purpose of this mini-course is to explore Black feminist studies as a serious area of intellectual inquiry. The objective is to introduce and analyze Black feminism as a political movement and Black feminist thought as its intellectual voice and vision. More specifically, we will consider the contours of contemporary Black feminism by focusing on the core themes that shape African-American women's thought and activism. Particular attention will be paid to understanding the complex nature of Black womanhood, the interlocking nature of the oppressions African-American women face, and Black feminism's relationship to Black liberation and mainstream feminist movements. This course follows a directed readings format where we will read articles by selected contemporary Black feminists, and where we learn from and teach each other. As such, students will be evaluated primarily on class attendance and weekly quizzes. There also will be non-graded assignments written outside of class. These short assignments will help students to reflect on the course readings, in-class videos, and/or their own experiences. Cost:2 WL:1 (Dickerson)
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150. Humanities Seminars on Women and Gender. (3). (HU).
Section 001 Gothic Bodies.
For Winter Term, 1998, this course is jointly offered with English 140.003. (Raitt)
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151. Social Science Seminars on Women and Gender. (3). (SS).
Section 001 Women in War and Peace
To begin to understand women's long search for peace and the abolition of war, this seminar uses three perspectives. After a brief consideration of how women have fared in various wars, we will learn about the persistence of the international women's peace movement during the 20th century, about outstanding women peace activists such as Jane Addams, Eleanor Roosevelt, Rigoberta Menchú, and other Nobel peace prize winners. Next, we will focus on the protracted Israeli-Palestinian dispute over national territory and the varying roles women have taken in that struggle. Third, we will investigate women's peace-making activities within peace movements of different scopes: national, regional, global. These efforts have all taken place in a gendered context so that we will necessarily be considering the actions of men as well. A primary goal is to clarify our own thoughts and develop a position about our individual relationships to increasing peace in the world and decreasing wars. This course will focus on library research and writing. It will be taught using collaborative pedagogical methods. We will use STORYSPACE, a hypertext software writing tool for the Macintosh, to write analysis, exposition, and narration. Three papers drawn from hypertext writing and effective class participation are required. Cost:3 WL:1 (Larimore)
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220/Nursing 220. Perspectives in Women's Health. (3). (SS).
In this course we 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. Cost:3 WL:4 (Boyd)
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230. Women's Movements. (3). (SS).
Section 001 Women Globally and Internationally.
In this course we will explore the progress that the international women's movement has been making in the various world regions of Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America and Europe, Western Asia, and Africa. We will examine key issues such as women's human rights, women in economic development, the empowerment of women for democracy and citizenship, structural adjustment, and women and violence. Necessarily, we will need to examine the current status of women in the states which make up these regions as a context in which particular issues arise. We will read to acquaint ourselves with the pressing challenges which the world's women face. We will also consider what specific roles women in America can play in furthering the Platform for Action. You will also write a term paper using exploratory research methods which follow multiple paths and use a variety of source materials. A goal of this course is to acquaint you with some of the vast library resources at this outstanding research university. Cost:3 WL:1 (Larimore)
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231/CAAS 241. Women of Color and Feminism. (3). (Excl).
In this course, we will look at feminist theories and movements of Black women across disciplinary, sexual-identity, and national boundaries. The focus will be on relating theory to praxis and the reality of Black women's lives "locally" as well as "globally." We will therefore also investigate various forms of Black and related Third World feminism in the U.S., other parts of the Americas, and Africa. We can expect to use a range of theoretical, empirical-analytical, and literary sources. Students will write a couple of short, response papers and a final essay. Cost:3 WL:1 (Green)
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240/Amer. Cult. 240. Introduction to Women's Studies. Open to all undergraduates. (4). (HU). (This course meets the Race and Ethnicity Requirement).
Designed as an introduction to the new feminist scholarship on women, this interdisciplinary course 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 examination, and participation in discussion. Cost:3 WL:1 (Hackett)
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243/Amer. Cult. 243. Introduction to Study of Latinas in the U.S. (3). (HU). (This course meets the Race and Ethnicity Requirement).
See American Culture 243. (Koreck)
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253. Special Topics. (3). (Excl). A maximum of seven credits of WS 252 and 253 may be counted toward graduation.
Section 001 Women and Careers.
The goal of this course is to explore the emerging and shifting role of women in the workplace from both historical and current perspectives. Emphasis will be placed on multicultural viewpoints and life experiences of women as they approach and influence the world of work. Discussion of current issues including leadership, job search issues and strategies, career negotiation and decisions, networking, "the glass ceiling," sexism in the workplace, and images of women in work will enable students to increase their understanding and build skills necessary to effectively impact the world of work. The course will include discussion, guest speakers, films, readings (course pack), and Internet/library research. Requirements: active class participation, written discussion questions, project/presentation, final paper. Cost:2 WL:1 (Taylor)
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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 participation in class discussion. Some understanding of the history of women of color in the United States is also strongly recommended. Cost:3 WL:1
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312/RC Interdiv. 310. Gender and Science. An introductory course in natural science, engineering, social sciences, or women's studies. (4). (Excl).
See RC Interdivisional 310. (Sloat)
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315/English 315. Women and Literature. (3). (HU). May be repeated for a total of six credits.
See English 315.
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342. Gender and Society: Hierarchies in Social Organization. WS 240. (3). (Excl).
Section 001 Gender and Feminist Legal Scholarship.
This seminar will explore how feminist legal scholars' conceptions of gender inform their writing about the law. We will discuss such topics as intersectionality, essentialism, and critical race theory, and the work of theorists such as Kimberle' Crenshaw, Catharine MacKinnon, and Robin West. Cost:2 WL:1 (Hackett)
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343. Gender Consciousness and Social Change. WS 240. (3). (Excl).
Section 001 ender Consciousness and Oral History.
In this course we will try to decipher aspects of the process by which women become conscious of their identities as women, with interests that may be different from or opposed to those of other societal groups. In addition to extensive reading of theoretical and primary source material, students will learn to isolate a topic, prepare a bibliography and list of interview questions, and solicit structured testimonies. Meets the interdisciplinary requirements for the Women's Studies Concentration. Cost:3 WL:1 (Hart)
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351. Women and the Community II. WS 350 and permission of instructor. (2). (Excl). (EXPERIENTIAL).
Section 001.
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. Cost:1 (Hackett)

Section 002 Alternative Spring Break. This course offers to students who wish to participate on an Alternative Spring Break (ASB) an experiential learning experience working with women's issues. The course will involve readings, service projects, and group meetings. If you are interested in working on women's issues through community service, throughout the year, you are invited to attend ASB mass meeting. Cost:3 WL:1 (Hackett)
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360/Hist. 368/Amer. Cult. 342. History of the Family in the U.S. (4). (SS).
See History 368. (Morantz-Sanchez)
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371/Hist. 371. Women in American History Since 1870. (4). (Excl).
See History 371. (DuPuis)
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400(320). Women's Reproductive Health. WS 220. (3). (Excl).
This course merges current biomedical understanding of major conditions and the sociopolitical factors affecting the reproductive health of women. We will explore such topics as menstruation, sexuality, pregnancy and birth, domestic violence and violence in pregnancy, infertility, abortion, HIV and cervical carcinoma, menopause, and hysterectomy. Class discussions will develop with attention to feminist issues, with consideration of the interface of physical and sociopolitical factors. Learning experiences focus upon women's reproductive health issues and include an expository paper, a critique of published research, attendance at and a report of a public presentation, and a longer review paper. Major emphasis will be on student development of critical thinking skills and self care capabilities in order to educate and empower students to become proactive within the health care system. Cost:3 WL:1 (Johnson, Sampselle)
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419/Psych. 411. Gender and Group Process in a Multicultural Context. One course in women's studies or psychology. (3). (SS).
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:1 (Tirado)
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420. Group Facilitation in Women's Studies. WS 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). Cost:3 WL:1 (Hassinger)
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430/Amer. Cult. 430. Feminist Thought. WS 240 and one 340-level course. (3). (Excl).
Section 001 Philosophical Topics in the Study of Gender.
For Winter Term, 1998, this course is jointly offered with Philosophy 372. Cost:3 WL:1 (Haslanger)
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483. Special Topics. WS 240. (3). (Excl). Degree credit is granted for a combined total of seven credits elected through WS 480, 481, 482, 483, and 484.
Section 001 Women in Prison: Gender and Crime Among Blacks and Latinas.
For Winter Term, 1998, this section is jointly offered with American Culture 410.001. Meets the Interdisciplinary Requirement for Women's Studies concentrators. Cost:2 WL:1 (Jose-Kampfner)

Section 002 Asian American Women's History. For Winter Term, 1998, this section is offered jointly with RC Social Science 460.001. (Nomura)

Section 003 Engendering Imperialism: America in the Pacific, 1898. For Winter Term, 1998, this section is offered jointly with History 593.002. (DuPuis)
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487/ACABS 487. Gender and Society in Ancient Egypt. Some familiarity with Egypt is helpful. (3). (Excl).
See ACABS 487. (Wilfong)
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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).

Prerequisite: 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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