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 Betty Wambui
MWF 1:00-1:50 Betty Wambui
MWF 2:00-2:50 Bambi Lobdell
TTh 11:30-12:45 Xhercis Mendez
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.
TTh 8:30-9:45 Diana Nicols
TTh 10:00-11:15 Diana Nicols
WMST/EHIS 206 – MEDIEVAL SEXUALITY
This course will take students through the changing definitions of gender, sexuality and marriage from late antiquity through the 14th century. We will use literature, law codes, philosophy, theology, medical texts and art to examine definitions of sexuality, gender, health care, and life-cycle in the period as well as the historical impact of these ideas and controversies.
Prerequisites: HIST 100 or SoS
T 5:30-8:00 April Harper
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)
MWF 12:00-12:50 Kathy Ashe
SOCL 237 – SOCIOLOGY OF WOMEN
An examination of the roles of women in society. This will include: a description of past and present roles of women in the family, the economy, and the other social insti- tutions; an analysis of the causes and consequences of change in women's roles; an analysis of the social sources of feminism; and a discussion of the prospects and possibilities for change. (LA)
Prerequisite: 3 s.h. SOCL
TTh 1:00-2:15 Elizabeth Seale
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
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 2:30-3:45 Cynthia Miller
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)
M 6:00-8:30 Leigh Anne Francis
T 6:00-8:30 Leigh Anne Francis
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)
MWF 12:00-12:50 Elizabeth McGrail
LITR 285 – AUTOBIOGRAPHY, GENDER & CULTURE
This course will consider diverse life writings from a variety of cultural backgrounds, exploring the relationship between gender, culture, and the representation of the self in autobiography. We will combine close attention to how these autobiographies function as literary texts with how they challenge the generic and cultural conventions of traditional autobiography. To do so, we will pair texts to examine varying strategies of self-representation, including visual and graphic texts; postmodern and resistance narratives. We will ask why autobiography has proved such a quintessentially “American” form of writing, while serving as an especially appealing (and enduring) form for writers from marginalized positions both within and outside the United States. We will especially address questions of generations, gender, and genre, as well as conceptions of identity, family, home, and belonging.
Prerequisite: COMP 100; LITR 100 or LITR 150; or permission of instructor.
MWF 12:00-12:50 Susan Bernardin
WMST 294:81 – SPTP: INTRO TO 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 several contemporary feminists. By the end of the course, you will be knowledgeable about the varieties of feminist thought and methodologies. You will be exposed to these ideas through both primary texts and a secondary text which provides an overview. (LA) Prerequisite: WMST 130 or permission of instructor
T 4:00-6:30 Susan Turell
WMST 294:01 – SPTP: AMERICAN MASCULINITIES
This course will trace the changing social construction of various masculinities in America over the last 200 years to examine the different meanings and expectations that have been attached to the male body. This examination will focus on shifts in meaning linked to sexuality, race, class, age, and religion. We will also explore masculinity as a quality that is granted privilege and denied to female-bodied persons, and the effect this has on embodied female masculinity and transgender masculinity. Gender theory pertaining to masculinity studies will first be introduced to the student, and then used to inform investigation of different ways masculinities have been presented in literature, science, law, and film. We will explore how men have understood their identity as men in relation to their race, class, sexuality, and sex. (LA)
MWF 1:00-1:50 Bambi Lobdell
WMST 294:02 – SPTP: RE-IMAGINING BODIES
Over the past two decades, “the body” has emerged as a vital site of feminist analysis, with scholars raising questions about how bodies are produced as socially meaningful, how bodies are read, and in what embodiment consists. This course introduces students to an array of theories focused on the body, which allow us to examine how power is produced and possibly transformed. The course will include topics such as discourses on criminal and deviant bodies, "fat" bodies, intersexed bodies, and racialized bodies. We will ask questions such as, how do we think about bodies in the digital age? How do we understand issues such as “cyber-rape” or other violences that take place in virtual spaces? The course will also engage non-western cosmologies in order to examine the relationship between how we think about bodies and the difference that makes for how we think gender and sexuality, racialization, and class formation in a resistant vein. The course will explore theories from a range of interdisciplinary scholarship including feminisms, anthropology & religion. (LA)
TTh 2:30-3:45 Xhercis Mendez
WMST/ALS/HIST 294-03 – SPTP: LGBTQ U.S. COMMUNITIES OF COLOR
This course draws on the historical study of Sexuality, Gender, Whiteness, Latina/as and Chicano/as, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, People Indigenous to the Americas, Arab Americans, and African Americans in order to engage students in an inclusive exploration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex people’s (LGBTQ) experiences in the United States from the colonial era to the present. Students will 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. (LA) Prerequisite: SoS or 3 s.h. 100-level HIST course.
MW 4:00-5:15 Leigh Ann Francis
WMST/EHIS 394-81 – SPTP: FROM BOYS TO MEN: EUROPE, C. 1600-1945
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. Students will learn about 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.
Prerequisite: SoS or 3 s.h. 100-level HIST course
M 5:00-7:30 Mette Harder
SOCL 294-02 – SPTP: SOCIOLOGY OF THE BODY
This course will examine major themes in current sociology of the body and embodiment, including: how the body is represented in nearly all areas of cultural life; marginalized populations; embodied experience and phenomenology; transembodiment and queer embodiment; fat studies; and a rethinking of the materiality of the body in studies of work and labor, disability, science, health and illness, and medicine/biotechnology. Some of the influential theories in sociology of the body that will be covered are feminist theory, cultural studies, queer theory, and critical race studies. (LA)
TTH 10:00-11:15 Elizabeth Seale
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.
WMST/ALS 398 – SEMINAR: SEX, RACE IN SCIENCE & TECH.
Science and technology can lead to societal development and progress. Simultaneously, technology and science, used without regard for social justice can lead to individual and social harm. In this class, we consider how science and technology have treated sexed, gendered, ethno-raced, dis-abled individuals and groups and how they are transforming the workings of science and technology. Topics include the politics of health and normalcy, science and technologies as alienating or constitutive/disconnecting or empowering, science and technology as producers of materiality and meaning, hormones, genes and productions of gender and identity, language of and in science and technology, Feminist and Critical Race Critiques of Science and Technology, controversies over transplants and implants, conception and reproduction, surrogacy, immunity, and contested illnesses. (LA, WS2)
Prerequisite: JrS required, 3 s.h. in Women’s & Gender Studies recommended
MW 4:00-5:15 Betty Wambui