Women's & Gender Studies
315 Milne Library
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Courses - Fall 2017

 

WMST 130 - GENDER, POWER & DIFFERENCE
Introduces approaches of women's and gender studies from a variety of feminist perspectives, across the social sciences and humanities.  Surveys feminist theorizing of sex, gender, and sexuality, the social construction of gender and sexuality, and the intersections of social and cultural markers, such as class, dis/ability, and nation across diverse historical and community formations. The course also examines social justice movements, and the issues of critical importance within the discipline – relationships and intimacy, power and difference, reproductive health and bodily issues, representation of marginalized groups, structural inequalities– that impact daily life and experience as vectors of the political. (LA, BC3, WS2)
130-01
130-02
130-03
130-04
130-04
  MWF
MWF
WWF
TTh
TTh
9:00-9:50
10:00-10:50
3:00-3:50
10:00-11:15
4:00-5:15
Melinda Brennan
Melinda Brennan
Bambi Lobdell
Kathy Ashe
Gorge Estrada
SCHU 214
SCHU 214
SCHU 109
LEEH 012
SCHU 214

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.
150-01
150-02
150-03
  MWF
MWF
MWF
9:00 - 9:50
10:00-10:50
11:00-11:50
Diana Nicols
Diana Nicols
Diana Nicols
PHED 119/216
PHED 119/216
PHED 119/216

WMST 214 - WITCHES, HARLOTS, WILD WOMEN
This course studies women in history, literature, popular culture, and real life who fought against exploitation, subjugation and repression.  Reading 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 memoirs.  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) Prerequisite: 3 s.h. Humanities
214-01   MWF 2:00-2:50 Bambi Lobdell SCHU 109

WMST/EHIS 204 - BOYS-MEN: EURO MASCULINITIES
This course will analyse 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: SoS or 3 s.h. 100-level HIST course.
240-01   MWF 2:00-2:50 Mette Harder SCHU 209

WMST/COMM 241 - GENDER COMMUNICATION
Explores the relationship between gender and communication, analyzing multiple and varying gender theories and the available public vocabularies for understanding gender dynamics and issues. This course further investigates gender stereotypes and "gendered" cultural patterns of interaction within personal, professional, and social relationships.  (LA)
Prerequisite: SoS or 3 s.h. COMM
241-01
241-02
241-03
  MWF
MWF
MW
10:00-10:50
12:00-12:50
4:00-5:15
TBA
TBA
Rahul Rastogi
SCHU 109
SCHU 209
SCHU 100

WMST/PSYC 243 - PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN
Feminist and intersectional perspectives are 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 others toward women.  The role of psychology in creating scientific myths about women and, more recently, psychology's interest in correcting these misconceptions, are examined.  Topic areas include gender socialization, 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
243-01   MWF 11:00-11:50 Ursula Sanborne-Overby FITZ 205

WMST/ANTH 253 - WOMEN & GENDER IN PREHISTORY
Introduces students to archeological 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 archeology 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 culture contexts (early hunter-gatherers, farmers and pastoralists, states and empires). Select ancient cultures (Andean, Mesoamerican, Egyptian, etc.) are examined in more detail. (Emphasis is on non-Western ancient cultures.)  (LA)
Prerequisite: SoS, 100 level ANTH or WMST 130
253-01   TTH 2:30-3:45 Cynthia Clink PSCI 246

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 bhth, contraception, abortion, sexual dysfunction, sexual diseases, sexual exploitation, legal and ethical issues. Gender differences and sex role behavior will be discussed, 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
257-01   TTh 11:30-12:45 Michael Brown FITZ 304

WMST 267/CRJ 267 - GENDER AND CRIME
This course sociologically analyzes and deconstructs the common sense of the social world with regards to gender and crime. Students will develop their sociological imagination and critical thinking skills as they explore a variety of substantive issues with criminology. Topics include but are not limited to violence and sex work, domestic violence, and street and white collar crime. The course explore 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
267-01
267-02
  MWF
MWF
9:00-9:50
12:00-12:50
Melissa Lavin
Melissa Lavin
SCHU 203
SCHU 203

WMST 275 - FEMINIST THEORIES
The purpose of this course is to provide an opportunity to develop a thorough understanding of feminist theory and gain exposure to the writings of a range of several contemporary feminists. By the end of this course, you will be knowledgeable about the varieties of feminist thought and methodologies. You will be able to identify different feminist theories and theorists. You will also be able to apply theoretical ideas to actions. You will be exposed to these ideas through both primary texts and a secondary text which provides an overview. (LA) Prerequisite: WMST 130
268-01 MWF 12:00-12:50 Melinda Brennan SCHU 214

WMST/PHED 280 - WOMEN IN SPORTS
This course is a survey of American women's experience in sports from the 1860s 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
280-01   TTh 11:30-12:45 Andrea Korb-Fallon PHED 216

WMST 294 - SPECIAL TOPICS: QUEER FILM
This course examines the representation of LGBT and queer identities, lives, and communities in mainstream, independent, and transnational cinema. Through intersectional feminist and queer theoretical perspectives, it will look at historical trends, aesthetics, representations of multiple social identities, categorizations, stereotypes, and spectatorship in queer video and film. It will also explore cultural and social contexts, including queer responses to inequality, violence, persecution, censorship, migration, war, and the AIDS epidemic. (LA)
294-01   TTH 5:30-6:45 Jorge Estrada SCHU 214

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, embodiments, and lives, and 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 a social context. 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 better understand the literature. (LA) Prerequistes: SoS, and LITR 250 or 3 s.h. in Women's and Gender Studies recommended.
308-01   MW 4:00-5:15 Bambi Lobdell SCHU 109

WMST 390 - TRANSNATIONAL FEMINISMS
This course examines feminist scholarship and activism produced by and about U.S. women of color and Third world women. Main foci of the course include gender, race, sexuality, human rights, economics, labor rights, colonialism, imperialism, and nationalism as relations of power across and throughout national settings. Course will draw from different fields in the social sciences and humanities, culminating in the ability for cross-cultural feminist analysis. (LA)
Prerequisites: WMST 130, and WMST 275 or permission of instructor
390-01   MWF 1:00-1:50 Melinda Brennan SCHU 214

WMST/ALS 398 - SEMINAR IN WOMEN'S & GENDER STUDIES
Group discussions and independent research studies in gender, race, class, and sexuality. (LA, BC3)
Prerequisite: JrS required, 3 s.h. in Women's and Gender Studies recommended.
398-01   MW 5:00-6:15 Betty Wambui FITZ 203