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    Course Offerings for Summer & Fall 2014

    Department of Women’s and Gender Studies: Course Offerings for Summer and Fall 2014

     

    Please Note: Students may register for cross-listed Women’s and Gender Studies courses under either department. If the course is closed under one option, students should try the other. Students may use cross-listed courses toward a major or minor in Women’s and Gender Studies even if they have officially registered for the course under the other department.

    MayMester

    WMST 283

    Gender and Imperialism

    MTWRF 11:30-2:45

    Focuses on feminist perspectives on imperialism; the effects of imperialism on colonized and European women; women’s participation in anti-imperialist movements; and the legacies of imperialism for feminism today.

    PREREQUISITE: One course in gender or non-Western societies

    Instructor: Emily Burrill, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.

    WMST 277/ANTH 277

    Gender and Culture

    MTWRF 9:00-12:15

    Examines what it means to be male, female, and other gendered categories in different societies. Focus on institutions, groups, and individuals that both shape and challenge how gender is understood, organized, and enacted.

    Instructor: Karla Slocum, Department of Anthropology.

    Summer I

    WMST 101

    Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies

    MTWR 3:00-5:00

    Explores the intersections between gender, race, class, and sexuality using perspectives from multiple academic disciplines. Topics include: work; sexuality and sexual identity; health; gender relations and images of women and gender in literature, religion, art, and science; and the history of feminist movements. Course readings are drawn from the humanities and the social sciences. This course includes lecture and small discussion sections led by teaching assistants.

    Instructor: Laurel Bradley, Department of Anthropology.

    WMST 140/ENGL 140

    Introduction to Gay and Lesbian Culture and Literature

    TBA

    Introduces literary and cultural topics such as the AIDS crisis, gender stereotypes, aging in queer communities, racial politics and gay/lesbian sexuality, and representations of political activism and queer politics.

    Instructor: Wendy Weber, Department of English and Comparative Literature.

    WMST 219/POLI 219

    Violence Against Women: The Legal Perspective

    MTWRF 11:30-1:00

    Examines violence against women by examining theories, causes, and contributing factors surrounding violence against women.

    Instructor: Donna Lefebvre, Department of Political Science.

    WMST 260/ EXSS 260

    American Women in Sports

    MTWRF 11:30-1:00

    Presents a broad based perspective of women’s participation in sport including history of participation, physiological differences, and socio-cultural influences including work, politics, family, economics, and gender roles and identity.

    Instructor: Barbara Osborne, Department of Exercise and Sport Science.

    WMST 275/PHIL 275

    Moral and Philosophical Issues of Gender in Society

    MTWRF 11:30-1:00

    Surveys feminist perspectives on topics such as the meaning of oppression, sexism and racism, sex roles and stereotypes, ideals of female beauty, women in the workplace, pornography, rape.

    Instructor: Dan Layman, Department of Philosophy.

    WMST 442/JOMC 442

    Gender and Mass Communication

    Online

    Examines gender as it relates to media producers, subjects, and audiences with a focus on current practices and possibilities for change.

    Instructor: Anne Johnston, School of Journalism and Mass Communication

    WMST 444/SOCI 444

    Race, Class, and Gender

    MTR 3:15-5:50

    Conceptualizes gender, race, and class and how, separately and in combination, they are interpreted by the wider society. Emphasis on how black and working-class women make sense of their experiences at work and within the family.

    Instructor: Holly Eppsteiner, Department of Sociology

    Summer II

    WMST 101

    Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies

    MTWR 3:00-5:00

    Explores the intersections between gender, race, class, and sexuality using perspectives from multiple academic disciplines. Topics include: work; sexuality and sexual identity; health; gender relations and images of women and gender in literature, religion, art, and science; and the history of feminist movements. Course readings are drawn from the humanities and the social sciences. This course includes lecture and small discussion sections led by teaching assistants.

    Instructor: Taylor Livingston, Department of Anthropology.

    WMST 124/SOCI 124

    Sex and Gender in Society

    MTWRF 3:00-5:00

    Examines the social differentiation between men and women. Attention to the extent, causes, and consequences of sexual inequality and to changes in sex roles and their impact on interpersonal relations.

    Instructor: Rosemary Russo, Department of Sociology.

    WMST 140/ENGL 140

    Introduction to Gay and Lesbian Culture and Literature

    TBA

    Introduces literary and cultural topics such as the AIDS crisis, gender stereotypes, aging in queer communities, racial politics and gay/lesbian sexuality, and representations of political activism and queer politics.

    Instructor: Wendy Weber, Department of English and Comparative Literature.

    WMST 188/MUSC 188

    Introduction to Women and Music

    MTWRF 11:30-1:00

    Explores the role of women in performance, composition, patronage, and the music business across a wide range of repertories.

    Instructor: Erin Maher, Department of Music.

    WMST 224

    Introduction to Gender and Communication

    MTWRF 11:30-1:00

    Examines multiple relationships among gender, communication and culture. Explores how communication creates gender and shapes relationships and how communication reflects, sustains, and alters cultural views of gender.

    Instructor: Jessica Rich, Department of Communication Studies.

    FALL 2014

    Women’s and Gender Studies Courses

    WMST 068

    Assumed Identities: Performance in Photography

    M 3:00-5:45

    Uses photography to understand the construction of identity. We will look at historical and contemporary photographers who use assumed personas to comment on and explore their changing identity roles and challenge stereotypes. Explores identity and its representation through individual and group projects working with still photography, video and the internet.

    Instructor: Susan Page, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.

    WMST 101

    Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies

    TR 2:00-3:15

    Explores the intersections between gender, race, class, and sexuality using perspectives from multiple academic disciplines. Topics include: work; sexuality and sexual identity; health; gender relations and images of women and gender in literature, religion, art, and science; and the history of feminist movements. Course readings are drawn from the humanities and the social sciences. This course includes lecture and small discussion sections led by teaching assistants.

    Instructor: Ariana Vigil, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.


    WMST 202

    Introduction to Feminist Thought

    TR 2:00-3:15

    Examines feminist theorizing on debates over gender-based and intersectional oppressions. Gives students tools to pursue academic work in women’s and gender studies and to understand relations between concepts, activism, and change. Required for majors.  PREREQUISITE: WMST 101 and permission of instructor.

    Instructor: Karen Booth, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.

    WMST 233

    Introduction to Latina Literature

    TR 9:30-10:45

    Provides an introduction to Latina literature. We will read a wide variety of genres from a range of ethno/national perspectives and examine such topics as immigration, identity, mother-daughter relationships, and sexuality. PREREQUISITE: WMST 101

    Instructor: Ariana Vigil, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.

    WMST 237

    African Gender History

    W 1:00-3:30

    Seeks to familiarize students with scholarly debates on the importance of gender as a category of analysis, while gaining a greater sense of the African past.

    Instructor: Emily Burrill, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.

    WMST 283

    Gender and Imperialism

    TR 2:00-3:15

    Focuses on feminist perspectives on imperialism; the effects of imperialism on colonized and European women; imperialism and masculinity; women's participation in anti-imperialist movements; and the legacies of imperialism for feminism today. PREREQUISITE: WMST 101 and instructor permission

    Instructor: Emily Burrill, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.

    WMST 290

    Special Topics: Encountering Art in the Unexpected: Borderlands

    T 3:30-6:15

    Focuses on the contemporary “Art and Social Change Movement.”  We will learn how to use site-specific and performative art interventions to make invisible borders, boundaries and issues visible and to create innovative, engaged and sustained dialogue.

    Instructor: Susan Page, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.

     

    WMST 340

    Leadership in Violence Prevention for Peer Educators

    TR 3:30-4:45

    Examines violence and violence prevention, with a particular focus on issues related to men’s violence against women. We look at violence from individual to structural levels, considering both perpetrators and victims. This course trains students to educate their peers about issues of interpersonal violence including sexual and relationship violence and stalking.  We focus on strategies of intervention and prevention. PREREQUISITE: instructor permission.

    Instructor: Robert Pleasants, Interpersonal Violence Prevention and Department of Health Behavior/Health Education.

    WMST 350

    Spitting into the Wind: “American” Women, Art, and Activism

    TR 11:00-12:15

    Uses films, novels, and essays to engage with various notions of activism (as represented in art on social justice issues) at play in hemispheric America.

    Instructor: Tanya Shields, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.


     

    WMST 352

    Rahtid Rebel Women: An Introduction to Caribbean Women

    TR 9:30-10:45

    Uses films, novels, and essays to move beyond sun, sand, and sex representations of Caribbean women to examine how they negotiate imperial and national definitions of their place.

    Instructor: Tanya Shields, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.

    WMST 393

    Practicum in Women’s and Gender Studies

    TBD

    Supervised internship designed to provide experience working in organizations concerned with women’s or gender issues. Must be arranged with a faculty advisor during the semester prior to the internship. See the department’s Web site for important information.  PREREQUISITE: WMST 101 and instructor permission.

    Instructor: Staff.

    WMST 396

    Independent Reading and Research

    TBD

    Independent reading and research.  A student can repeat eh course as long as they work on a different topic each time they enroll.  Permission of the department chair and faculty supervision required.

    Instructor: Staff.

    WMST 410

    Comparative Queer Politics

    W 3:00-5:45

    Compares the histories and practices of local- and national-level queer movements in Asia, Native America, subSaharan Africa and elsewhere. Also examines “global” institutions and issues such as human rights, HIV/AIDS, and gay tourism.  PREREQUISITE: WMST 101 or WMST 111, instructor permission.

    Instructor: Karen Booth, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.

     

    WMST 550

    The Social Construction of Women’s Bodies

    TR 12:30-1:45

    Looks at the social and cultural construction of women’s bodies and considers the ways in which biological difference is imbued with social significance. PREREQUISITE: WMST 101

    Instructor: Joanne Hershfield, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.

    WMST 695/691H

    Senior Capstone Seminar: Principles of Feminist Inquiry

    T 3:30-6:15

    Required for majors; strongly recommend for minors.  An advanced writing-intensive course drawing on a student’s interests and background and requiring major research on a specific topic utilizing feminist perspectives. PREREQUISITES: WMST 101, 202, one additional WMST course, senior standing, and instructor’s permission.

    Instructor: Michele Berger, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.

    WMST 890

    Graduate Seminar: Exploring Intersectionality

    M 3:00-5:45

    Examines “intersectionality” – the interlocking of forms of oppression and privilege, particularly race, class, gender, ability, nation and sexual orientation -- which has become an interpretive tool in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. We will discuss: 1) diverse interpretative frameworks of intersectionality; 2) the development of intersectionality as a tool across many fields of study; 3) methodological innovations in the study of intersectionality; and 4) efforts to ‘bridge theory and praxis’ in pursuit of social justice. Graduate students from all fields are welcome.

    Instructor: Michele Berger, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.

    Cross-listed Courses

    WMST 124/SOCI 124

    Sex and Gender in Society

    TR 8:00-9:15

    Examines social differentiation between men and women with attention to the extent, causes and consequences of gender inequality, and the changes in gender roles and their impact on interpersonal relations.

    Instructors: Allison Matthews, Department of Sociology.


     

    WMST 140/ENGL 140

    Introduction to Gay and Lesbian Culture and Literature

    MW 5:00-6:15

    TR 11:00-12:15

    Introduces literary and cultural topics such as the AIDS crisis, gender stereotypes, aging in queer communities, racial politics and gay/lesbian sexuality, and representations of political activism and queer politics.

    Instructors: Wendy Weber (MW)/Tyler Curtain (TR), Department of English and Comparative Literature.

     

    WMST 224/COMM 224

    Introduction to Gender and Communication

    MWF 12:00-12:50

    Examines multiple relationships between communication and gender. Emphasizes how communication creates gender and power roles and how communicative patterns reflect, sustain, and alter social conceptions of gender.

    Instructor: Staff.

    WMST 225/GEOG 225

    Space, Place, and Difference

    TR 11:00-12:15

    Examines gender, race, and class in terms of the spatial patters of everyday life, regional patterns, and global patterns.

    Instructor: Altha Cravey, Department of Geography.

    WMST 248/MUSC 248

    Women in Opera

    MWF 11:00-11:50

    Explores women’s changing roles and influence, onstage and behind the scenes, in the history of opera.

    Instructor: Anne Macneil, Department of Music.

    WMST 259/HIST 259

    Women and Gender in Europe Since 1750

    TR 12:30-1:45

    Examines and compares women’s and men’s lives and the history of women’s struggle for emancipation in modern Europe, roughly from the era of the late Enlightenment and the French Revolution to the period after World War II.

    Instructor: Karen Hagemann, Department of History.

    WMST 263/ENGL 263

    Literature and Gender

    MWF 11:00-11:50

    Studies gender issues in criticism and writing.

    Instructor: Jamie Rosenthal, Department of English and Comparative Literature.

    WMST 266/AAAD 232

    Black Women in America

    TR 9:30-10:45

    Examines the individual and collective experiences of Black women in America from slavery to the present and the evolution of feminist consciousness.

    Instructor: Kia Caldwell, Department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies.

     

    WMST 275/PHIL 275

    Moral and Philosophical Issues of Gender in Society

    TR 11:00-12:15

    Examines questions such as: what are biological sex and gender and how are they related? How do we distinguish between genders and how is this related to men’s oppression of women? How is sexism related to other forms of oppression, including homophobia and species-ism? We learn to think philosophically about  concrete ethical issues involving gender, such as sex, marriage, and the body.

    Instructor: Megan Mitchell, Department of Philosophy.

    WMST 415/JOMC 442

    Gender and Mass Communication

    TR 11:00-12:15

    Examines gender as it relates to media producers, subjects, and audiences with a focus on current practices and possibilities for change.

    Instructor: Barbara Friedman, School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

     

    WMST 451/ART 451

    Women in the Visual Arts II

    TR 12:30-1:45

    Discusses topics related to the representation of women in Western art and/or women as producers of art.  PREREQUISITE: ARTH 151 or 254.

    Instructor: Mary Sheriff, Department of Art.

    WMST 458/ANTH 458

    The Archeology of Sex and Gender

    MWF 10:00-10:50

    Explores gender relations in past and gendered archaeological practice in present, including relevance of gender to general social theory in archaeology, and development of research designs addressing gender meanings and practices, childhood, identity, sexuality.

    Instructor: Silvia Tomaskova, Departments of Women’s and Gender Studies and Anthropology.

    WMST 562/COMM/HIST/FOLK 562

    Oral History and Performance

    TR 2:00-3:15

    Combines readings and field work in oral history with study of performance as a means of interpreting and conveying oral history texts.

    Instructor: Della Pollock, Department of Communication Studies.

    WMST 620/ SPAN 620

    Women in Hispanic Literature

    TR 2:00-3:15

    Examines the image of women in 16th- and 17th0century Hispanic literature.  Studies texts by Spanish and Spanish American authors.  Readings in Spanish or in English translation.  Lectures are in English.  PREREQUISITES: SPAN 371 or 372, and 373.

    Instructor: Rosa Perelmuter, Department of Romance Languages.

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