Courses - Spring 2017

 

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)
130-01
130-02
130-03
130-04
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MWF
TTh
MW
1:00 – 1:50
2:00 – 2:50
10:00 – 11:15
3:00 – 4:15
Bambi Lobdell
Bambi Lobdell
Kathy Ashe
Melinda Brennan
HECO 127
HECO 127
HECO 203
SCHU 201

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
10:00-10:50
11:00-11:50
12:00-12:50
Diana Nicols
Diana Nicols
Diana Nicols
PHED 119/216
PHED 119/216
PHED 119/216

WMST 212 - WOMEN OF RESISTANCE
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
212-01   MW 4:00-5:15 Bambi Lobdell SCHU 110

WMST/COMM 241 - GENDER COMMUNICATION
This elective for graduate 01~ 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
241-01   MW 4:00-5:15 Rahul Rastogi HIRC 7

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
243-01   TTh 8:30-9:45 Cynthia Miller FITZ 205

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 8:30-9:45 Michael Brown FITZ 131

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   MWF 12:00-12:50 Kirsten Kemmerer SCHU 201

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. Main 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-level HIST course.
268-01   TTh 1:00-2:15 Susan Goodier 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 1:00-2:15 Colleen Cashman PHED 215

WMST 289 - FEMINIST RESEARCH METHODS
This course will examine feminist epistemologies and methodologies within a contextual and intersectional framework. Students will learn about the theoretical and historical underpinnings of feminist theory and research (e.g., how feminist scholars in the sciences and humanities have challenged the traditional androcentric and heteronormative theory and research methods of their disciplines), how identity diversity, privilege, gender theory and feminist politics inform question asking and answering, and how feminist research is conceptualized and implemented. Students will also learn how to design and execute a feminist research project. Extensive reading and writing assignments will be required. Prerequisites: WMST 130
289-01   MW 11:30-12:45 Melinda Brennan SCHU 100

WMST 291/ALS 291 - GENDER, RACE & SEXUALITY, POP CULTURE 3
This course addresses how popular culture – film, television, music, mass media 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)
291-01   TTH 4:00-5:15 Jorge Estrada SCHU 112

WMST 365 - QUEER MIGRATIONS
Queer Migrations examines the relationship between LGBTQ identities, communities, and bodies as they migrate across borders. Readings span the macro and the personal, including narratives of queer migrants, structures of the state that define citizenship, how communities and borders are policed, global trends in policy, acceptance and rejection of asylum claims, and survival strategies of queer migrants. How does the language of human rights resonate against immigration policies? How are personal narratives and identifications subject to state approval? How do the chances of a successful migration vary by culture, class, skin tone and family structure? Prerequisites: WMST 130 or Instructor Permission
365-01   MW 1:00-2:15 Melinda Brennan SCHU 100

LITR 286 - WOMEN'S ENVIRONMENTAL WRITING
This course will grapple with such questions by taking gender as a central lens through which to examine human relations with—and representations of--the natural world. Through personal essays, creative nonfiction, films, and novels, we will trace the complicated relationship between the status of nature and the status of women. At the same time, diverse texts by Native American, African, and Latina writers, as well as by urban and rural-based intellectuals and environmental activists, will put into question the very assumptions governing the “nature” of nature. Theoretical and critical readings from scholars who write at the intersections of science and literature will complement the course’s focus on how contemporary women writers connect their writing of place with attention to toxicity and women’s health; the global climate crisis and current activism against fracking and pipelines; ecofeminism; indigenous activism; environmental racism.? (LA)
286-01   TTH 10:00-11:15 Susan Bernardin HIRC 8

SOC 226 - SEXUALITY STUDIES
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. (LA)
226-01   TTH 10:00-11:15 Elizabeth Seale SCHU 210