Women's and Gender Studies

Fall 2013 Courses

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

MWF 8:00 – 8:50, J. Lott
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 3336: Gender and Globalization: Cultural and Ethical Issues

TuTh 2:00 – 4:50, 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

New Course! TuTh 11:00 – 12:20, B. Balanta
This course explores the complex interconnections among race, gender, and politics in visual culture. The main objective is to analyze how these identities, locations, and markers are constructed and deployed in various media, including painting, photography, and TV.

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

TuTh 11:00 – 12:20, D. Millimet
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 3379/CFA 3379: Literary And Cultural Contexts Of Disability: Gender, Care, And Justice

MWF 11:00 – 11:50, 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.

ENGL 4343 - 001: Studies in British Literature in the Age of Revolutions: Gender at the Fin de Siècle

TuTh 11:00 – 12:20, B. Newman
Explores the challenges to settled gender ideology and sexual mores of Victorian society through the literature and culture of the late nineteenth century. Topics include the “New Woman,” aestheticism and decadence, and the emergence of alternative sexual identities.

ENGL 4343-002: Studies in British Literature in the Age of Revolutions: Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, and George Eliot

MWF 9:00 – 9:50, M. Satz
A consideration of these eminent 19th century novelists' works against a background of women's and gender issues as well as other considerations.

ENGL 4369-001 (6186): Trans-Atlantic Studies III: Contemporary LGBT Writing

TuTh 2:00 - 3:20, R. Bozorth
We’ll be reading some of the most influential novels, plays, and memoirs by British and US queer writers from the 1960s to the present, considering the aesthetic, psychological, social, political and other elements of their work. This course requires an adult capacity to think, talk, and write about explicitly about sex and the body in an intellectual context.

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.

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 2:00 – 2:50, 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.

THEA 4381/CF 3378H (Honors CF): 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 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 2322/CFA 3302: Gender: Images and Perspectives

MW 3:00 – 4:20, J. Mavity Maddalena
M 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: 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 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.