Spring 2016

Spring 2016 Courses


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

Th 2:00 – 4:50, Staff
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.

COMM 3341: Ethnicity, Culture, and Gender: Introduction to Critical Studies in Communication 

MWF 11:00 – 11:50, S. Martin
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 3344: Victorian Gender

MWF 1:00 – 1:50, B. Newman
The literature of Victorian England still speaks meaningfully and directly to us about what it means to be a man or woman. We will explore why, looking at the ways writing from the period constructs, questions, and protests the gender distinctions that Victorians understood as the foundation of the social world.  

HIST 3301/CF 3317/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 3317: Persecution to Affirmation: Sexual Minorities and Human Rights (Honors)

TuTh 2:00 – 3:20, M. Foerster and D. Doyle
This course attempts to trace how same sex attractions and transgender subjects are understood, and have been understood historically in various cultures across the globe—and further documents some of the cases of hostility or persecution by the state, or the larger society.

HIST 3327: Women in American History from 1900

TuTh 12:30 – 1:50, 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.

JOUR 4360: Women and Minorities in the Media

TuTh 9:30 – 10:50, K. Thomas
TuTh 12:30 – 1:50, 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.

PHIL 3305: Philosophy and Gender

TuTh 11:00 – 12:20, 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 3380: Women in American Religion

MWF 12:00 - 12:50, R. Cogley
A historical introduction to the role of women in American religious history with special attention to the interplay between women and wider religious and cultural values.

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.

SOCI 3371: Sociology of Gender

TuTh 2:00 – 3:20, 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 4384/CF 3323

TuTh 3:30 - 4:50, G. Smith

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 2322/CFA 3302: Gender: Images and Perspectives

TuTh 2:00 – 3:20, J. Lott
Tu6:30 – 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 3380/CFA 3303: Human Sexuality

TuTh 11:00 – 12:20, J. Caldwell-Ryan
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.