Courses - Spring 2015

 

WMST 130 - GENDER, POWER & DIFFERENCE
Introduces methods and approaches of women's and genderĀ· studies from a variety of feminist perspectives. Surveys what is happening to women and men in the modern world; reviews various feminist theories, the social construction of gender, and the intersections of different social and cultural markers such as race, class and sexuality in the construction. The course also examines social movements, and issues of critical importance within the discipline - including popular culture, pornography, the family, representation and reproductive rights vs. birth control -that impact women's lives and their experiences. (LA, WS2)
  TTh
TTh
10:00-11:15
11:30-12:45
Bambi Lobdell
Bambi Lobdell
 
 
WMST/PHED 150 - SELF DEFENSE FOR WOMEN
Students will be informed of the numerous ways they or members of their family may be criminally threatened. Students will learn a variety of physical and non-physical techniques that can be used to avoid or respond to such situations. Judo and Karate techniques of throwing and striking an attacker and dealing with physical force will be taught.
  MWF
MWF
MWF
9:00- 9:50
10:00-10:50
11:00-11:50
Diana Nicols
Diana Nicols
Diana Nicols
 
 
WMST/ALS/HIST 205 - LGBTQ U.S. COMMUNITIES OF COLOR
This course draws on the history of Sexuality, Women's and Gender, Whiteness, Latino/as and Chicano/as, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, People Indigenous to the Americas, Arab Americans, and African Americans in order to explore lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex people's (lgbtqi) experiences in the United. States from the colonial era to the present. In this course, students examine the ways in which discourses on sexuality and gender are fundamentally and inextricably enmeshed with race, class, ability, ethnicity, national identity, immigration status, and religion. Students also explore lgbtqi identity and community formation, racial, class, and ethnic conflict among lgbtqi people, the use of illegal and extra-legal violence to repress homoeroticism and gender nonconformity, and the ways in which lgbtqi communities of color endured in a context of oppression. (LA) Prerequisites: SoS or 3 s.h. 100-/evel HIST course
  TTh 2:30-3:45 Leigh-Anne Francis  
 
WMST 210 - WOMEN'S HEALTH
This course will explore a range of medical and psychosocial health issues across the lifespan that are of special concern to women; identify risk and protective factors and issues of gender roles in women's health. Consideration is given to racial/ethnic, sexual and socio-economic diversity. (LA) Prerequisite: SoS
  TTh 10:00 - 11:15 Kathy Ashe  
 
SOCL 236 - SOCIOLOGY OF SEXUALITY
In this course, we will look at sexual desire, behavior, romance, and identity from a sociological perspective. We are not interested in acts but in the social, cultural, and political significance attached to the acts. Topics will include hierarchies of behavior; how different ethnic, cultural, and religious groups conceptualize sexual identity the history of heterosexual, gay/lesbian, and other sexual subcultures; the commercialization of sexual practices; and how globalization is affecting contemporary sexual behaviors. We will pay special attention to criminalized or stigmatized behaviors, such as sexual assault, fetishes, and prostitution. Prerequisite: SOCL 100 or SOCL 110
  TTh 10:00-11:15 Elizabeth Seale  
 
WMST/COMM 241 - GENDER COMMUNICATION
This elective for graduate or undergraduate students explores the sexual biases which affect male-female communication in the rhetorical discourse of the every- day and literary market place. The distinct verbal and non-verbal vocabularies of men and women affect the way people interact in education, politics, marriage and family, business, and broadcasting. The modern attitudinal remnants of one historical pattern for male-female role playing-- the courtly love tradition--will be explored. The course will consider empirical studies which prove or disprove these and other traditional myths about male/female communication. Consideration will be given to the way that sex affects credibility or status in discussion, debate, mass media portraits, and other realms of both public and private discourse. (LA) Prerequisite: SoS or 3 s.h. COMM
  MWF
MWF
12:00-12:50
1:00- 1:50
Kristen Blinne
Kristen Blinne
 

WMST/PSYC 243 - PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN
A feminist perspective is used to explore the influence of social and psychological factors in shaping women's attitudes and behavior and in shaping the attitudes and behavior of people toward women. The role played by psychology in creating scientific myths about women and, more recently, psychology's interest in correcting these misconceptions, are examined. Topic areas include sex-role stereotyping and androgyny, traditional and non-traditional roles of women, women and mental health issues, sexuality, culture and language, and health. (LA) Prerequisite: Cor better in PSYC. 100
  TTh 2:30-3:45 Cynthia Miller  

WMST/PSYC 257 - PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN SEXUALITY
An overview of human sexual behavior. Topics include sex and gender, biological factors, sexual development, interpersonal relationships, intimacy and love, communication, sexual orientation, pregnancy and birth, contraception, abortion, sexual dysfunction, sexual diseases, sexual exploitation, legal and ethical issues. Gender differences and sex role behavior will be dis-cussed, with special attention to the question of whether male and female behaviors differ, and how best to explain such differences. (LA) Prerequisite: "C" or better in PSYC 100.
  MWF 12:00-12:50 Michael Brown  
 
SOCL 267 - GENDER AND CRIME
This course sociologically anaiyzes and deconstructs the common sense of the social world with regards to gender and crime. Stu-dents will develop their sociological imagination and critical thinking skills as they explore a variety of substantive issues within criminology. Topics include but are not limited to violence and sex work, domestic violence, and street and white collar crime. The course explores ways in which crime and deviance interface with women and gender studies, and feminist theory and methods. To the extent that gender intersects with other axes of social inequality, we deal with other aspects of social location within the scope of the course. (LA) Prerequisite: 3 s.h. SOCL
  MWF 1:00 - 1:50 Melissa Lavin  
 
WMST/AHIS 268 - HISTORY OF WOMEN AND WOMEN'S MOVEMENTS IN THE U.S.
Survey of the changing status and role of women in American society. Maih emphasis will be the origin and development of feminism from 19th century to the present, its ideology, and leadership and organization problems within the context of broader social change. (LA) Prerequisite: SoS or 3 s.h. 100-/eve/ HIST course
  TTh 4:00-5:15 Leigh-Anne Francis  
 
ALS 273 - RACE, GENDER, CLASS AND CULTURE
This course will use a multidisciplinary approach to examine some of the ways race, gender, class and culture intersect in the lives of women and men in various African a and Latino societies and cultures in the Americas (including the Caribbean and the United States). Attention is focused on the historical, economic, and political context that underlie race-, gender-, class- and ethnic~based inequalities that persist in contemporary societies. By exploring individual and community experiences, we will assess the dynamic variation in women and men's racial-ethnic, class and gender identity formation. Method: ISSUE/Topic Centered. (LA, H02)
  MWF 9:00-9:50 Aminah Wallace  
 
WMST/PHED 280 - WOMEN IN SPORTS
This course is a survey of American women's experience in sports from the 1860's to the present. History, philosophy, and gender theory will be discussed along with current issues such as Title IX, women as sports professionals, the media and its influence, and governance of competitive sports. (LA) Prerequisite: SoS
  TTh
TTh
10:00-11:15
11:30-12:45
Sandra Smith
Colleen Cashman
 
 
LITR 286 - GENDER AND GEOGRAPHY: WOMEN'S ENVIRONMENTAL WRITING
Examines selected writings of women writers and their relation-ship to the natural world. Readings in memoir, personal essay, fiction, and poetry will address the varied social, cultural, and historical influences on "reading" the natural environment. Theoretical and critical texts will complement the course's emphasis of such topics as ecofeminism and environmental justice. (LA) Prerequisites: COMP 100; and LITR 100 or LITR 150
  TTh 11:30-12:45 Susan Bernardin  
 
WMST/ALS 291 - GENDER, RACE, AND SEXUALITY IN POPULAR CULTURE
This course addresses how popular culture -film, television, mu-sic, mass and digital media - reinforces conceptions of gender and sexuality, race, and class. Using methodologies of' gender, sexuality, and media studies, as well as critical race theory, we will examine the popular production, consumption, and reception of gendered social relations and roles. The course emphasizes critical inquiry regarding the production of normative and alternative gender and sexual identities, while noting their intersection with. multiple, complex categories of identity, including most notably race, ethnicity, class, and nationality. (LA)
  TTh 1:00 - 2:15 Jorge Estrada  

WMST/PSYC 294 - SPTP: CRISIS INTERVENTION DOMESTIC VIOLENCE &SEXUAL ASSAULT
This course is the equivalent of a state-certified rape and family violence crisis intervention training. The instructor, with a series of speakers, will provide didactic information about patriarchal violence and crisis intervention. You will be able to practice the application of the information through role plays, followed by 60 hours of service-learning at the Violence Intervention Program (VIP) at Opportunities for Otsego (OFO) during the spring semester. It's a great way to apply your college education to real-life situations and help our community.
  SaSu (Jan. 24&25)
SaSu (Feb. 7&8)
F (May 1)
9:00am-5:00pm
9:00am-5:00pm
4:00am-6:00pm
Susan Turel1
Susan Turel1
Susan Turel1
 
 
LITR/WMST 308 - QUEER LITERATURE
This course will look at literature spanning the last three hundred years to investigate attitudes and concepts pertaining to queer identities and Jives, the queer struggle for identity creation, social legitimacy, acceptance and the fight for equality- and the corresponding heteronormative backlash. Critical exploration of literature will follow an intersectional approach that examines the connections among race, sexed embodiment, gender, class, and sexual orientation in relation to the concepts that frame the meanings of bodies within social contexts. Students will have opportunities to do queer readings of some traditional texts, to see how the meaning changes when characters are not assumed to be heterosexual, gender normative, or cis-gendered. In addition to essays, letters, diaries, memoirs, poems, short stories, songs, plays, and novels, students will also read selections on queer theory to guide their readings. Pre-requisites: SoS, and LITR 250 or 3 s.h. of any WMST course
  TTh 2:30-3:45 Bambi Lobdell  
 
WMST/ALS 394 - TRANSNATIONAL FEMINISMS: GLOBAL WOMEN AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
This course explores the gender dynamics of racial, ethnic, and economic relations of power in domestic, international, and transnational settings. Through an interdisciplinary approach, we will examine feminist scholarship produced by and about U.S. women of color and Third World women addressing issues such as gender, sexuality, human rights, race, economics, labor rights, colonialism, imperialism, and nationalism. Course readings draw from different fields in the humanities and social sciences.
  TTh 11:30-12:45 Jorge Estrada