Women's and Gender Studies

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ARHS 3358: Gender and Sexuality in the Visual Arts
TuTh 1:00-2:20, A. Delahunty
Considers the representation of gender and sexuality in the visual arts, as well as the gendering of art production, patronage, and viewership. Topics may include the work of female artists, representations of male and female bodies, the role of the visual arts in constructing, subverting, norms of gender and sexuality, and the gendering of art theory and the art historical canon.

CCPA 3341: Ethnicity, Culture, and Gender: Introduction to Critical Studies in Communication
Tu 6:30 – 9:20, M. Dixon
Explores the impact of culture on the understanding and practice of human communication in interpersonal, organizational, and mass media contexts. Strong emphasis is placed on the role of globalization, race, and socio-economic dynamics as impediments and conduits of crosscultural collaboration and interaction. 

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
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.

HIST 1322H: First-Year Seminar in European History: Queens and Mistresses of Renaissance France (Honors)
TuTh 11:00-12:20, 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
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 3327: Women in American History from 1865
TuTh 2:00 – 3:20, C. DeLuzio
Surveys the history of American women from 1900 to the present, with attention to changes and continuity in women’s sense of self and identity, their private and public experiences, and their power and status in American society. We will pay careful attention to the ways in which gender shaped and was shaped by social, cultural, economic, and political developments during this period in U.S. history. 

HIST 3329: Women in Early Modern Europe
Tu 6:00 – 8:50, K. Wellman
In this course we will study the influence of women in the intellectual movements of the early modern period, i.e., the Renaissance, the Reformation, the high culture of the seventeenth century, and the Enlightenment.  We will also investigate the conditions of family life and work for women and the role women played in popular culture, political revolution, and literary and artistic production.

JOUR 4360: Women and Minorities in the Media
TuTh 11:00-12:20, 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. 

PHIL 3305: Philosophy and Gender
TuTh 12:30 – 1:50, 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. 

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 3375: The Feminine Divine
MW 6:30 – 7:50, S. Frolov
Comparative study of the images of feminine divine in India, Mesopotamia, Syro-Palestine, Egypt, ancient Israel and Greece.  Special attention will be paid to the paradox of a powerful female deity in a male-dominated culture, the role of such deities in the empowerment of women, both in the past and today, and the problem of divine masculinity in monotheism.

SOCI 3330: Constructed Social Identities
MWF 10:00 – 10:50, 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: Marriage and Family
MW 3:00 – 4:20, 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.

WL 4345/HRTS 4345: Women’s Rights and Human Rights in Literature by Latin American Women
TuTh 2:00 – 3:20, 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. (This course will by listed on My.SMU in time for registration.)

WGST 2322: Gender: Images and Perspectives
TuTh 3:30 – 4:50, K. Boswell
Tu 6:30 – 9:20, H. Feuerbacher
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
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.