Women's and Gender Studies

Fall 2017 

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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 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.

FREN 5334: Genre Studies: In their Place: French Women Writers and Society
TuTh 11:00 – 12:30, M. Foerster
Survey of women’s writing and its principal themes from the Middle Ages to the present. We will examine the major characteristics of women’s lives both in society and within the family structure. For each author studied, we will determine in what ways she was extraordinary (or ordinary) in her own time and her impact on today’s society. In French. WGS Credit by petition to director.

HIST 1321-H: America’s Most Wanted: Sex, Race, and the Punitive Turn
TuTh 9:30 – 10:50, P. Renfro
This course examines the phenomenon of punishment in the United States, focusing specifically on the emergence of mass incarceration since the 1960s and 1970s while also exploring the wider historical and cultural processes which produced the twenty-first-century carceral state and welfare state. The class pays special attention to the ways in which various behaviors and identity markers—mainly those pertaining to race and sex—have subjected certain populations to punishment throughout the American past and present. Honors course, enrollment by instructor approval.

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 3312: Women in American History to 1900
TuTh 9:30 – 11:00, 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 3329: Women in Early Modern Europe
Tu 6:00 – 8:50, K. Wellman
A study of the influence of women in European society and intellectual movements from the Renaissance through the Enlightenment.

JOUR 4360: Women and Minorities in the Media
TuTh 12:30 – 1:50, 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.

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 3381: Religion, Gender, and Economic Development
TuTh 12:30 – 1:50, J. 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 and approaches to economic development, and the role of Faith-based organizations in local and international development efforts. 

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
TuTh 11:00 – 12:20, H. Feuerbacher
Tu 6:30 – 9:20, K. Boswell
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 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 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. 

WL 4345/HRTS 4345: Women’s Rights and Human Rights in Literature by Latin American Women
MW 3:00 – 4:20, E. Russ
This course introduces students to key moments in Latin American history and literature by focusing on writings by women from the Colonial Period to the present century.