Women's and Gender Studies

Fall 2012 Courses

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CCJN 4360: Women and Minorities in the Media

TuTh 9:30 – 10:50, K. Thomas
How do the mass media influence the way women and minorities view themselves and the way they are viewed by others? This course critically examines that question from a historical perspective.

ECO 4351: Labor Economics

MW 5:00 – 6:20, I. Mbiti
Within the framework of various market theories, this course will explore wages, discrimination, effects of unions, unemployment rates, international labor migration and the changes wrought in recent years by the influx of women in the labor force, including subsequent effects on economic theory and policy.

ECO 5357: Economics of Human Resources

MWF 12:00 – 12:50, E. Wheaton
Examines in detail the labor supply decisions of women and the impact of gender discrimination on the labor market. Gender pay differentials have been one outcome of that and the course will also consider the resulting differences in pay between men and women and explore ways of rectifying them.

ENGL 4343: Studies in British Literature in the Age of Revolutions: “Gender at the Fin de Siècle”

TuTh 2:00 – 3:20, B. Newman
Explores the challenges to settled gender ideology and sexual mores of Victorian society through the literature and culture of the late nineteenth century. Topics include the “New Woman,” aestheticism and decadence, and the emergence of alternative sexual identities.

HIST 3301/CF 3317: Human Rights: America's Dilemma

Tu 6:30 – 9:20, R. Halperin
No society has been totally innocent of human rights abuses. This course will examine certain violations of human rights within their context, and will highlight crimes based upon race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and religion of both perpetrators and the victims.

HIST 3312: Women in American History to 1900

TuTh 11:00 – 12:20, C. DeLuzio
Surveys the history of American women from the colonial era to 1900, with attention to women’s sense of self, their private and public experiences, and their power and status in American society. We will study these issues in the context of social, cultural, economic, and political developments of this period.

HIST 3355: Class and Gender in Ancient Society

MWF 1:00 – 1:50, M. Dowling
An examination of class and gender in the ancient world with special emphases on changing definitions of masculinity and femininity in Greek and Roman culture and the position, rights, and interaction of different groups (e.g. free and slave, citizen and foreigner, soldier and civilian).

PHIL 3375: Applied Feminist Ethics

MWF 1:00 – 1:50, S. Cherones
Applied ethics is concerned with the application of ethical philosophy (regarding fairness, justice, responsibility, duty, rights, and care) to ethical dilemmas encountered in everyday life. This course explores applied ethics from a variety of philosophies informed by women’s experiences.

PSYC 3371: Psychology of Women

W 6:30 – 9:20, C. Soutter
This course will investigate personality theories as they relate particularly to women. Against this theoretical backdrop it will examine modern women’s options and conflicts, motives and values, and their perceptions of their individuality in the face of rapid social change.

SOCI 3351: Marriage and Family

MWF 12:00 – 12:50, A. Tan
MWF 3:00 – 3:50, A. Tan

The purpose of this course is to enhance understanding of the relationship between social structure and the family. We will use sociological theories and concepts to describe/explain the historical development of the family, variations in the American family, and current issues and changes affecting the family.

SOCI 3371: Sociology of Gender

TuTh 9:30 – 10:50, S. Kunovich
Roles of men and women in American Society; analysis of the acquisition, content, and consequences of sex roles; social movements and implications for social change.

THEA 4381/CF-H 3378: Studies in Contemporary Performance: Solo Performance

TuTh 3:30 – 4:50, R. Blair
Surveys selected figures and issues in contemporary performance art and solo performance, ranging from the “mainstream” to the “alternative,” with special attention given to gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and class. Each student makes a short original performance piece.

WGST 2322/CFA 3302: Gender: Images and Perspectives

MW 3:00 – 4:20, A. Luttrell
MW 4:00 – 5:20, J. Lott
M 6:30 – 9:20, J. Caldwell-Ryan (Honors or By Approval)

An introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies, taking an interdisciplinary approach to the study of gender as a category for social and cultural analysis. The course explores the way femininity and masculinity are represented and experienced in relation to one another, as well as to other categories of identity (e.g., race, class). It prepares students to take other more specialized courses offered by the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.

WGST 3310: Gender and Human Rights

Th 6:30 – 9:20, J. Caldwell-Ryan
Introduction to global women’s human rights and other intersections of human rights and gender such as abuse of children’s rights, gender-based violence, health and reproductive rights and evolving concepts of sexual rights.

WGST 3380/CFA 3303: Human Sexuality

TuTh 11:00 – 12:20 & TuTh 3:30 - 4:50, J. Caldwell-Ryan
This course explores the biosocial aspects of human sexuality and sex behaviors from a multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural perspective, addressing a wide range or theoretical and pragmatic social issues.

WGST 4303: Women Studies Internship

This course offers students experience with organizations serving women or addressing women's and gender issues, as well as with varied potential careers or volunteer opportunities in the community.

WGST 4309: Independent Studies

A supervised practicum and/or directed readings on specific problems or themes under faculty guidance. Approval of Coordinator is required.

WGST 6300/TC 8375:Advanced Feminist Theory

Tu 9:00 - 11:20, E. Parker and B. Newman
Explores feminist theories that seek to explain women's subordination historically and cross-culturally, examines gender as a principle of social organization, and addresses the linkages among gender, ethnicity, and class from the vantage of multiple disciplines.