Women's and Gender Studies

Spring 2011 Courses

ANTH 3326/WGST 3328: Gender Violence: What does Culture Have to do with it?

TuTh, 8:00 - 9:20 AM, N. Parson
This course examines how gender based violence shapes individual subjectivities and collective experiences, material realities, and psychological states and the impacts of interventions on intimate, interpersonal, local, and global issues.

ANTH 3310/CFB 3310: Gender and Sex Roles: A Global Perspective

MWF, 12:00 – 12:50, L. Gulbas
Cross-cultural and historical comparison of women’s and men’s life experiences in the areas of family, marriage and kinship, economic and political participation, sexuality, reproduction, ritual and religion.

ANTH 4351/ANTH 6317: Gender Embodiment

Tu, 2:00 – 4:50, S. Willen
We will use the lens of gender to explore human experiences of embodiment: the senses; time and space; embodied training (boxing, dance, etc.); disease and illness; disability; and social exclusion and disenfranchisement. The capstone experience of the course will be an independent ethnographic research study on a topic of each student’s choice.

ANTH 4386/ANTH 6386: The Archaeology of Gender and Sexuality

MW 2:00 – 3:20, B. Kovacevich
This course will explore how and why archaeologists study gender and sexual identities in the past and discover the diversity in these institutions across cultures through time.

CF 3311: Sex in America

MF 2:00 - 3:20, D. Doyle
For the last generation, writers and scholars have been arguing that gender and sexuality are two separate but overlapping categories that change over time. This course tests that hypothesis by looking at these categories in American life. Our inquiry this semester will focus on marriage: how has it changed over the course of American history? How has it remained the same? We will consider race, social class, region, and sexual orientation, through readings in such fields as anthropology, feminist theory, literature and literary criticism, history, psychology, and sociology.

CCJN 4360: Women and Minorities in Mass Media

TuTh, 11:00 – 12:20, C. Kraeplin
How do the media influence the way women and minorities view themselves and the way they are viewed by others?  This course examines the representation and impact of women and minority groups in the mass media from a historical and critical perspective.

ECO 4351: Labor Economics

MWF, 11:00 – 11:50, E. Wheaton
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.

ENGL 1360: The American Heroine: Fiction and Fact

MWF, 1:00 - 2:00, 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, 10:00 – 10:50, M. Satz
This course will examine 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 6375: Sex, Gender, and Literature

Tu, 2:00 – 4:50, B. Newman
This course will use literary texts to anchor a survey of feminist, gender, and queer literary criticism and theory.   In order to avoid setting up white feminism as the norm, it will not seek to provide a chronological history but will cover (and likely be organized by) topics that mark persistent or important preoccupations, such as the canon; identities and their construction; intersectional vs. monist models of feminist theory; marginality, power, and agency. Graduate students only.

HIST 3312: Women in American History

TuTh, 9:30 - 10:50, C. DeLuzio
Explores the changes and continuities in ideologies of gender and women’s experiences in the U.S. from the colonial period to the present. We are interested in the ways in which women have shaped and been shaped by the forces of political, economic, and cultural change. We pay particular attention to the relationship between meanings and experiences of gender and the categories of race, class, ethnicity, age, and sexual orientation.

HIST 3301: Human Rights: America’s Dilemma

Tu, 6:30 – 9:30 & W 6:30 – 9:30, 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 3380: Problems in Ibero-American History: Women in Latin America

TuTh, 12:30 - 1:50, M. Medrano
This course will examine the issues facing women in Latin America from the late colonial through the modern periods.  We will look at major themes in women’s and social history including economic development, political participation, and sexuality.  We will also evaluate the complex interaction of race, class, and gender in the transformation of women’s roles in Latin America with an emphasis on agency and resistance.  Other topics will include the representations of women in art, music, literature, and films. Special studies course eligible for minor credit by petition.

PLSC 4340: Special Studies in Comparative Politics: Gender and Politics from a Comparative Perspective

Tu, 6:30 – 9:20, 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. Eligible for minor credit by petition.

PSYC 3371: Psychology of Women

W, 6:00 - 9:20, C. Soutter
This course offers both men and women students a deeper understanding of women as individuals. It 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, 8:00 – 8:50, 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.

SOCI 3371: Sociology of Gender

MWF, 10:00 – 10:50, D. Branch
Roles of men and women in American Society; analysis of the acquisition, content, and consequences of sex roles; social movements and implications for social change.

SOCI 4373: Class, Race and Gender Inequalities

MWF, 2:00 – 2:50, S. Kunovich
Unequal distribution of power, prestige and opportunity within society; causes and consequences.

WGST 2322/CFA 3302: Gender: Images and Perspectives

M, 6:30 – 9:20, J. Caldwell-Ryan
This course introduces men and women students to issues relating to women today and prepares them for more specialized courses on women offered within the separate departments. Constant and changing aspects of women will be examined from the perspective of anthropology, psychology, sociology, biology, history, economics, business, religion, and literature.

WGST 2380/CFA 3303: Human Sexuality

TuTh, 11:00 – 12:20 & 2:00 – 3:20, J. Caldwell-Ryan
This course explores the biosocial aspects of human sexuality and sex behaviors. A multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural perspective will be used to address a wide range or theoretical and pragmatic social issues.

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’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.