Courses - Fall 2014

 

 

WMST 130 - GENDER, POWER & DIFFERENCE
Introduces methods and approaches of women's and gender 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)
MWF   11:00-11:50     Jorge Estrada
MWF   12:00-12:50     Jorge Estrada
TTh     10:00-11:15      Kathy Ashe
TTh      4:00-5:15         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   9:00-9:50         Diana Nicols
MWF   10:00-10:50     Diana Nicols
MWF   11:00-11:50     Diana Nicols

 

WMST 212 – WOMEN OF RESISTANCE
This course studies women in history, literature, popular culture, and real life who fought against exploitation, subjugation and repression. Readings and discussions focus on literary characters from fairy tales to the Bible, Greek plays, contemporary fiction, arguments and philosophies found in feminist writings, and autobiographical writings such as diaries and memiors. We will address topics such as contemporary struggles for reproductive, civil, and political rights, as well as ongoing challenges regarding beauty, sexuality, and power.  (LA) Prerequisites: SoS and 3 s.h. Humanities.
TTh   1:00-2:15           Bambi Lobdell

 

WMST/POLS 215 – GENDER POLITICS
Examines how politics and government affect women and women’s interests, as well as how women affect government and politics. Topics include political culture and definitions of female roles; views of women in political theory; female political participation and protest movements; women and the law; and public policy and women. Prerequisites: SoS or 3.sh. POLS.
MWF   1:00-1:50         Janet Day

 

WLIT 227 – SEX AND GENDER IN GREEK LITERATURE
This course explores gender in ancient Greek literature by examining the roles of men and women in Greek society, how the Greeks defined the categories of male and female, and how concepts of masculinity and femininity shaped Greek literature, mythology, and daily life.  (LA, AH2)
Prerequisites: COMP 100; LITR 100 or LITR 150.
TTh   11:30-12:45     AkiraYatsuhashi

 

ANTH 238 – ANTHROPOLOGY OF REPRODUCTION
This course examines women's and men's experiences of reproduction in anthropological perspective, including childbearing, childbirth, menarche, and menopause across cultures and societies. Emphasizes reproduction as a cultural and social experience.  (LA, S2)  Prerequisites: ANTH 100.
MWF   3:00-3:50   Sally Han

WMST/EHIS 240:01 – BOYS TO MEN: EUROPEAN MASCULINITIES
This course will analyze the roles of boys and men in European society, politics and war, as well as investigate representations of men and maleness in the European past.  It aims at directing students’ attention to gender history as a useful tool for approaching European history, sharpening their research, analytical and writing skills, and encouraging reflections on social and cultural aspects of early modern and modern Europe.  Students will investigate developments in the domestic, societal, political and military roles of men as part of wider trends in European history, such as the growth of the European middle classes, changes to family and state structures, transformations in education, and the rise of European empires.  There will also be sessions on developments in male manners and fashions, and on transformations in male sociability, friendship and sexuality.  (LA)
Prerequisite: Sophmore standing or 3 s.h. 100-level HIST course
MWF   12:00-12:50     Mette Harder

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
TTh   2:30-3:45           Amanda Connell
TTh   4:00-5:15           Amanda Connell

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: C or better in PSYC 100

TTh      1:00-2:15     Cynthia Miller

WMST/ANTH 253 – WOMEN & GENDER IN PREHISTORY
Introduces students to archaeological research and perspectives on women and gender in prehistoric societies and ancient civilizations, emphasizing cross-cultural variation in the past. Outlines the historical development of gender archaeology and contemporary approaches to engendering the past. Examines facets of gender (ideology, relations, sexuality, age, class, alternative genders, etc.) in past cultures and in a range of prehistoric cultural contexts (early hunter-gatherers, farmers & pastoralists, states & empires). Select ancient cultures (Andean, Mesoamerican, Egyptian, etc.) are examined in more detail. (Emphasis is on non-Western ancient cultures.)  Prerequisite: 100 level ANTH or WMST 130, SoS
MWF 12:00-12:50     Cynthia Klink

WMST/ALS 255 – MARKED BODIES
This intermediate level class in Women’s and Gender Studies as well as Africana and Latino Studies will work to trace the relationship between power and bodies. Specifically, this course will be interested in sexed, gendered and ethno-raced bodies. The course shall seek to discuss the ways oppressive inequalities, deviance and crime are constructed around particular bodies as power acts on them. It also considers the human and structural consequence of this, as power manifests itself in oppression, privilege and inequalities constructed by and around embodiment. Our discussions will include an attempt at a theoretical understanding of power and of violence, the inclusion/exclusion of certain bodies, the normalization/abnormalization of some bodies, the production of structures that favor and promote certain bodies and not others, old and emerging practices of body modification and sculpting, the visibility/invisibility of various body types, the relationship of our bodies to new sciences and technologies as well as to institutions such as the police, legislature and judiciary.  (LA)
MW   4:00-5:15           Betty Wambui

 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 Africana 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, HO2)
MWF   1:00-1:50         E. Alvarez 

WMST/FREN/WLIT 394-01  – SPTP: FEMALE VOICE: FRENCH LITERATURE
This course is designed to familiarize students with the female voice in French literature and society through the ages.  Students will explore the various challenges raised by the issues of gender, literary merit, values and philosophy in the contributions of women in French literature.  They will also learn how to assess feminist, anti-feminist, and ambivalent attitudes in treatments of female character and feminist concerns.  Finally, they will study French feminist criticism in the discussion of women’s feminist philosophy and literature in the twentieth century, from Marie de France to Marguerite Duras.  Class discussions, readings, and papers will be in English for WMST and ENGL students, while French majors will read primary texts in French and write their papers in French.  (LA)
Prerequisite: One of the following: FREN 208 or 209 or COMP 200 or 290 or WMST 130
TTh   2:30-3:45           Loli Tsan

 

WMST 397 - WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES INTERNSHIP
Working, reading and/or research in all areas of Women’s and Gender Studies under faculty supervision (e.g., government agency, publishers, reproductive health).  Approval of the advisor and Department chair required.
Susan Bernardin