Women's and Gender Studies

Spring 2014 Courses

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ANTH 3310/CFB 3310: Gender and Sex Roles: A Cross-Cultural Perspective

M 6:30 – 9:20, L. Jarvis
A comparison of the life experiences of women and men throughout the world. We will discuss women's and men's relative power and influence, personality attributes, roles and responsibilities as shaped by both biology and culture.

ANTH 3328/WGST 3328: Gender Violence: What Does Culture Have to do with It?

MWF  10:00 – 10:50, N. Parson
Examines how gender-based violence shapes individual subjectivities, collective experiences, material realities, and psychological states.  Also assesses the impacts of interventions on intimate, interpersonal, local, and global issues.

CCJN 4360: Women and Minorities in the Media

MW 2:00  – 3:20, 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 8:00 – 8:50, 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 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 3367/CF 3364: Ethical Implications of Children's Literature

MWF 9:00 – 9:50, M. Satz
An examination of children’s literature from an ethical perspective, particularly notions of morality and evil with emphasis upon issues of colonialism, race, ethnicity, gender, and class.

FILM 3395: Feminism and the Pornographic Moving Image

MW 6:30 – 8:20, K. Heffernan
A course on the history of sexually explicit moving-image pornography from the first theatrically-exhibited hard core features in 1969-70 to the present day.  We will outline the technological, aesthetic, economic, and social histories of the pornographic film genre and examine how this form of popular culture intersects with other discourses on gender, the body, sexuality, and power.  We will examine a wide range of films and videos of feminist responses to them, including the efforts of women who participate in the feminist critique of mainstream pornography and attempt to rework moving-image pornography along new lines.

HIST 1321-H: First Year Seminar in American History: Marriage and Sexuality (credit by petition)

MWF 11:00 – 11:50, D. Doyle
This course explores American history through the lens of marriage—primarily by studying changes in gender and sexuality over time.  Among the issues to be studied: how marriage has changed through the years as a result of a corresponding cultural context; how our understanding of race has shifted over time; the defined roles of women and men in society; and the radically different ways same sex relationships have been understood. 

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

Tu 6:30 – 9:20 & W 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 3327: Women in American History from 1900

TuTh 9:30 – 11:00, 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.

PHIL 3375: Topics in Moral Philosophy: Procreation and Parenthood

MWF 1:00- 1:50, J. Kazez
This course explores questions about becoming and being parents:  whether and how to have children, how selective to be, gestational surrogacy, gender selection, etc.;  whether to circumcise, religious education, roles of mothers and fathers, teaching gender roles, lying to kids, corporal punishment, etc.  Course materials span philosophy, journalism, and film.

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 1:00 – 1:50, 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 12:30 – 1:50, A. Lincoln
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.

WGST 2322/CFA 3302: Gender: Images and Perspectives

MW 4:00 – 5:20, J. Mavity Maddalena

Tu 6:30 – 9:20, J. Caldwell-Ryan
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/CFB 3308H: Gender and Human Rights (note that CFB seats are honors)

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.