Fall 2016

Fall 2016 Courses

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

MWF 8:00 – 8:50, Staff
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

MWF 2:00 – 2:50, N. Parson
Fulfills: IIC2, CE, HD, OC
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.

ANTH 3336: Gender and Globalization: Cultural and Ethical Issues

TuTh 9:30 – 10:50, V. Lockwood
Examines how the forces of globalization and the expansion of capitalism and increasing westernization are transforming gender relations and ideologies around the world. Analyzes case studies from the developing world using theoretical approaches from anthropology, political economy, and gender studies. 

ARHS 3365: Race and Gender in Visual Culture

TuTh 2:00 – 3:20, B. Balanta
This course explores the complex interconnections among race, gender, and politics in visual culture. Analyzes how these identities, locations, and markers are constructed and deployed in various media, including painting, photography, and TV.

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 3367: Ethical Implications of Children’s Literature

MWF 11:00 - 11:50, 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.

ENGL 3377: Literature and the Construction of Homosexuality

MWF 10:00 – 10:50, 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.

ENGL 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 1322: First Year Seminar in European History: Queens and Mistresses of Renaissance France

TuTh 11:00 – 12:30, K. Wellman
This course is designed to introduce first year students to the history of early modern France, the history of women, and the discipline of history by focusing on a series of French queens and royal mistresses as a way to explore these issues.

HIST 3301/HRTS 3301: 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 3316: History of Sex in America

TuTh 2:00 – 3:20, D. Doyle (Honors)
This course will test the hypothesis that gender and sexuality are constructed categories.  Readings drawn from anthropology, history, literary criticism, and psychiatry.

JOUR 4360: Women and Minorities in the Media

TuTh 11:00 – 12:20, K. Thomas
TuTh 3:30 – 4:50, C. Kraeplin
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.

PHIL 3305: Philosophy and Gender

TuTh 11:00 – 12:20, J. Matey
Considers whether or not there are differences between the sexes and whether or not Western science, philosophy, and ethics have been dominated by male thinking. Also, current issues such as pornography, censorship, rape, and reproductive technologies. Students examine writings by feminist philosophers and their critics.

PLSC 4344: Gender in World Politics

MW 3:00 – 4:20, 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 6:30 – 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 3330: Constructed Social Identities

MWF 2:00 – 2:50, D. Branch
“Who am I? How did I become who I am?” These questions are more complex than they seem.  Our identities (yes, we do not possess one singular identity) are socially constructed in our interactions with each other and social ties such as family, school, a community, religion, and the mass media. This course gives students a foundation in Sociological ways of thinking about our gendered identities.  

SOCI 3351: Sociology of the Family

MWF 3:00 – 3:50, B. Andercheck
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.

THEA 4381: 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: Gender: Images and Perspectives

MWF 10:00 – 10:50, H. Feuerbacher
Tu 6:30 – 9:20, J. Caldwell-Ryan (Honors)
Fulfills: WoK, IIC1, HD
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

Wed 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: Human Sexuality

TuTh 11:00 – 12:20, J. Caldwell-Ryan
TuTh 3:30 - 4:50, J. Caldwell-Ryan
Fulfills: WoK, IIC1, HD
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 6300/TC 8375: Advanced Feminist Theory

Wed 3:00 – 5:20, B. Newman and T. Lewis
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.

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.