Women's and Gender Studies

Spring 2013 Courses

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ANTH 4386: The Archaeology of Gender and Sexuality

MW 3:00 – 4:20, M. Callaghan
This course explores how and why archaeologists study gender and sexual identities of the past and how they detect the diversity in these institutions across cultures through time.

CCJN 4360: Women and Minorities in Mass Media

TuTh 9:30 – 10:50, K. Thomas
How do the media influence the way women and minorities view themselves and the way they are viewed by others?  This course examines the representation and impact of women and minority groups in the mass media from a historical and critical perspective.

COMM 3341/CFB 3341: Ethnicity, Culture, and Gender: Introduction to Critical Studies in Communication

W 6:30 – 9:20, M. Dixon
Explores the impact of culture on the understanding and practice of human communication in interpersonal, organizational, and mass media contexts. Strong emphasis is placed on the role of globalization, race, and socio-economic dynamics as impediments and conduits of crosscultural collaboration and interaction. Prerequisites: C or better in COMM 2308, 2310, 2327, and 2375 or 3375.

ECO 4351: Labor Economics

Th 6:30 – 9:20, H. Reynolds
Within the framework of various market theories, this course explores 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.

ENGL 1360: The American Heroine: Fiction and Fact

TuTh 12:30 – 1:50, N. Schwartz
Images of the American heroine in popular and traditional literature, studied in terms of their reflection of the evolving roles of American women.

ENGL 3344: Victorian Gender

MWF 1:00 – 1:50, B. Newman
The literature of Victorian England still speaks meaningfully and directly to us about what it means to be a man or woman. We will explore why, looking at the ways writing from the period constructs, questions, and protests the gender distinctions that Victorians understood as the foundation of the social world. 

ENGL 3377: Literature and the Construction of Homosexuality

MWF 11:00 – 11:50, R. Bozorth
A historical exploration of how same-sex desire has been represented and understood in modern literature, as considered in the context of philosophical, religious, and scientific texts since the ancient world.

FILM 2362/CFA 3362: Diversity and American Film: Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality

WF 10:00-10:50, F 2:00 – 3:50, D. Kompare
Historical survey of representations of race/ethnicity, class structure, gender and sexual orientation in American cinema, as well as the opportunities for minorities within the industry.

HIST 3327: Women in American History from 1900

TuTh 12:20 – 2:00, C. DeLuzio
Surveys the history of American women from 1900 to the present, with attention to changes and continuity in women’s sense of self and identity, their private and public experiences, and their power and status in American society. We will pay careful attention to the ways in which gender shaped and was shaped by social, cultural, economic, and political developments during this period in U.S. history.

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

Tu 6:30 – 9:30 & W 6:30 – 9:30, 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 3398: Women in Chinese History

MW 3:00 – 4:20, L. Shiao
Were Chinese women meek and submissive, immobilized by bound feet and patriarchal norms? In this course we will meet women from all periods of Chinese history: empresses and goddesses, writers and workers, mothers and nuns, midwives and prostitutes, artists and con artists, pirates and rebels. We will consider how historical formations affected women and how women made history. No prior knowledge of China is needed. The course stresses reading, writing, and class discussion.

PLSC 4344: Gender in World Politics

Tu 6:30 – 9:20, K. Cloward
Survey of classic and contemporary scholarship on women and gender in world politics.  The course will introduce students to feminist theoretical frameworks for thinking about politics, as well as to empirical explorations of a variety of key topics within the larger field of gender and politics.  Topics include women’s political participation and representation, their role in the family and the state, and their experiences with war, human rights, and globalization.

PSYC 3371: Psychology of Women

W 6:00 - 9:20, C. Soutter
Investigates personality theories as they relate particularly to women. Against this theoretical backdrop the course examines contemporary women’s options and conflicts, motives and values, and their perceptions of their individuality in the face of rapid social change.

*RELI 3381: Religion, Gender, and Economic Development

TuTh 9:30-10:50, DeTemple
A consideration of gender and religion in the context of international economic development with a particular emphasis on "tradition" as a category of analysis and evaluation. The course will explore the rise of Women in Development and Gender in Development programs, Capabilities approaches to economic development, and the role of Faith-based organizations in local and international development efforts.

SOCI 3351: Marriage and Family

MWF 10:00 – 10:50, A. Tan
Using sociological theories and concepts, this course studies 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 12:30 – 1:50, S. Kunovich
Provides a foundation in sociological ways of thinking about gender in our everyday lives by examining the social and cultural construction of gender within various contexts, such as relationships, friendships, families, schools, the media, and the workplace.   Explores the intersectionality of gender with race, ethnicity, social class, and sexuality.

SOCI 4373: Class, Race, and Gender Inequalities

TuTh 3:30 - 4:50, S. Kunovich
Class, Race, and Gender Inequalities-- Unequal distribution of power, prestige and opportunity within society, causes and consequences.

THEA 4382: Gender in Performance

TuTh 3:30 – 4:50, G. Smith
An examination of gender in theatre and other performance genres including film and opera. Using dramatic texts, performances and articles, the social trope of gender will be considered as performance/performed onstage and off, in both historic and contemporary situations.

WGST 2322/CFA 3302: Gender: Images and Perspectives

MW 4:00 – 5:20, J. Lott
TuTh 2:00 – 3:20, J. Mavity Maddalena
Tu 6:30 – 9:20, J. Caldwell-Ryan (Honors section)

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/HRTS 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 & 2:00 – 3:20, J. Caldwell-Ryan
This course explores the biosocial aspects of human sexuality and sex behaviors. A multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural perspective will be used to address a wide range or theoretical and pragmatic social issues.

WGST 4303: Women’s 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.