Women's and Gender Studies

Summer 2013 Courses

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Summer I

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

M-F 10:00 – 11:50, 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.

ECO 5357: Economics of Human Resources

M-F 2:00 – 3:50, 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

HIST 3301/CF 3317: Human Rights: America's Dilemma

MTuW 2:00 – 5:00 & MTuW 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.

RELI 3375/ CF 3343: Wives, Mothers, Lovers, Queens: Expressions of the Feminine Divine in World Religions and Cultures

M-F 3:00 – 4:50, 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.

WGST 2322/CFA 3302: Gender: Images and Perspectives

M-F 10:00 – 11:50, J. Mavity Maddalena
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

M-F 2:00 - 3:50, 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.

Summer II

ECO 4351: Labor Economics

M-F 10:00 – 11:50 AM, 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.

ENGL 3367/CF 3364: Ethical Implications of Children's Literature

M-F 10:00 – 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 3379/CFA 3379: Literary And Cultural Contexts Of Disability: Gender, Care, And Justice

M-F 12:00 – 1:50, 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.

SOCI 3351: Marriage and Family

M-F 2:00 – 3:50, A. Tan
Using sociological theories and concepts, this course studies the historical development of the family, variations in the American family, and current issues and changes affecting the family.