Women's and Gender Studies

Fall 2014

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ECO 4351: Labor Economics

MWF 8:00 - 8:50, E. Wheaton
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 3379/CFA 3379: Literary and Cultural Contexts Of Disability: Gender, Care, And Justice  

MWF 10:00 – 10:50, M. Satz
This course explores issues of disability from literary, cultural, and philosophical perspectives.  It grapples with current debates in disability studies providing the student with a variety of contexts to examine them.

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.

OT 8317: Queer Bible Hermeneutics

W 6:30 – 8:50, S. Scholz
Advanced undergraduates may take this course with instructor permission.

Study of the historical, political, cultural, and religious-theological discourses about gender and sexuality in the context of the interpretation of the Hebrew Bible.  Grounded in an interdisciplinary approach, the course develops self-critical perspectives about the influence of biblical meanings on hermeneutically dynamic, politically and religiously charged conversations over socio-cultural practices related to LGBTQ communities.

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.

RELI 3380: Women in American Religion

MWF 9:00 – 9:50, K. Engel
A historical introduction to the role of women in American religious history with special attention to the interplay between women and wider religious and cultural values.

SOCI 3371: Sociology of Gender

TuTh 12:30 – 1:50, A. Lincoln
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.

SOCI 4373: Class, Race, and Gender Inequalities

TuTh 11:00 – 12:20, A. Cortese
Class, Race, and Gender Inequalities-- Unequal distribution of power, prestige and opportunity within society, causes and consequences.

THEA 4381/CF 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

MWF 10:00 – 11:00, H. Feuerbacher
MWF 12:00 – 1:00, L. Miskin
MW 3:00 – 4:20, K. Boswell
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 & 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

Wed 3:00 – 5:20, M. Satz and K. Baker-Fletcher
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.