Women's and Gender Studies

Spring 2015

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

TuTh 2:00 – 3:20, S. Cannedy
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/CFA 3336: Gender and Globalization: Cultural and Ethical Issues

TuTh 2:00 – 3:20, 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.

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 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 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

TuTh 12:30 – 1:50, 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. 

FILM 3395: Dumb White Guy Cinema

Th 6:30 – 9:20, K. Heffernan

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 3316/CF 3311: History of Sex in America (Honors)

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

HIST 3398: Women in Chinese History

TuTh 12:30 – 1:50, L. Shiao
Were Chinese women meek and submissive, immobilized by bound feet and patriarchal norms? In this course we will meet women from all periods of Chinese history: empresses and goddesses, writers and workers, mothers and nuns, midwives and prostitutes, artists and con artists, pirates and rebels. We will consider how historical formations affected women and how women made history. No prior knowledge of China is needed. The course stresses reading, writing, and class discussion.

JOUR 4360: Women and Minorities in the Media

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.

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.

RELI 3381: Religion, Gender, and Economic Development

MWF 1:00 – 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 approaches to economic development, and the role of Faith-based organizations in local and international development efforts. 

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.

THEA 4382/CF 3323: Gender in Performance

TuTh 3:30 – 4:50, G. Smith
An examination of gender in theatre and other performance genres including film and opera. Using dramatic texts, performances and articles, the social trope of gender will be considered as performance/performed onstage and off, in both historic and contemporary situations. 

WGST 2322/CFA 3302: Gender: Images and Perspectives

TuTh 9:30 – 10:50, K. Boswell
TuTh 12:30 – 1:50, J. Mavity Maddalena
MW 4:00 – 5:20, L. Miskin
Tu 6:30 – 9:20, J. Caldwell-Ryan (Honors)
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’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.