Social Inquiry - Academic Departments - 2012-14 Catalog - UW-Superior

2012-2014 Catalog

2012-14 Undergraduate Catalog

Social Inquiry

Mission Statement Top of Page

The Department of Social Inquiry fosters intellectual growth and career preparation within a liberal arts tradition that emphasizes individual attention and embodies respect for divers cultures and multiple voices.  through its contribution to the University's general education program and its major and minor curricula, the department helps students to become life-long learners who seek understanding as a valuable end in its own right.  In particular, the department encourages students to apply reflective and systematic through to the social world using the methodological tools of the social sciences and humanities.  our goal is to produce graduates who approach their lives, both as professionals and as responsible members of local and global communities, with reason and creativity.  The Department offers majors and minors in Sociology, Political Science, History and Broadfield Social Studies, along with minors in Anthropology, Global Studies, Philosophy and Women and Gender Studies.

Faculty and Staff Top of Page

Adams, Sarah LaChance - Asst. Professor of Philosophy

Augsburger, Deborah - Asst Prof, Anthropology

Bahm, Karl - Professor, History

Christian, Cindy - Sr Lecturer, Political Science

Dalpiaz, Brenda - Academic Dept Associate

Dokhanchi, Khalil (Haji) - Professor, Political Science

Edwards, Eric - Asst Professor, Sociology

Evans, Brianna - Senior Lecturer - SI

Gan, Cheong Soon - Assistant Professor

Gilbert, Greg - Senior Lecturer - SI

Johnson, Marshall - Professor, Sociology

Leopold, Theresa - Senior Lecturer, Sociology

Mansbach, Daniela - Assistant Professor, Poli Sci

Mulholland, Susan - Sr Lecturer, Anthropology

Prescott, Jill - Lecturer, Social Studies

Riker-Coleman, Erik - Senior Lectures

Shonk Jr, Kenneth - Asst Professor, Social Studies

Sipress, Joel - Professor, History

Smith, Robert - Senior Lecturer

Starratt, Priscilla - Professor, History

Trine, Mari - Senior Lecturer

Von Hagel, Alisa - Asst. Professor

Majors Top of Page

Minors Top of Page

Course Descriptions Top of Page

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ANTH - AnthropologyTop of Page
Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
ANTH 101The Human Experience3.00
Introduction to the principles, concepts and methods of cultural anthropology. Consideration of the ways in which cultural anthropology contributes to the understanding of human diversity.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
SS Social Sciences
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
ANTH 175Superior Historic Archeology1.00
Students will learn about historic archaeological methodology by taking part in an archaeological excavation of the Old "Firehouse and Police Museum in Superior, WI. The goal of the course is to expose students to archaeological excavation methods and theory in conjunction with study of the historic archeology of Superior. Student findings will be kept on file with the Superior Public Museum.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
ANTH 189Anthropology Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
ANTH 205Language, Culture, and Society3.00
What is language? Is animal communication language? How are human beings adapted to learn language, and does this vary from culture to culture? Does the language you speak affect the way you think and look at the world? How do gender, region, class, ethnicity, and other identities influence how people speak, and vice versa? What is at stake in debates over official languages and bilingual education? How is language used to control and disadvantage people, and can anything be done about it? Using the approaches of linguistic anthropology and sociolinguistics, this course explores language as an essential and powerful part of human culture and interaction.
General Education Attributes:
SS Social Sciences
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
ANTH 289Anthropology Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
ANTH 301Study Abroad0.00 - 6.00
Field trips designed by the faculty.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
ANTH 306African Archeology3.00
Introduces the main concepts of archaeological study of African excavations, ruins, material objects, and dating methods and examines how historians move from this scientific evidence to historical interpretations. Examples are drawn from many African regions and sites like Kerma, Meroe, Mapungubwe, Great Zimbabwe, Igbo Ukwu, Akan Gold weights or Yoruba carved doors and may change from year to year. Many films. Cross-listed as ANTH/HIST 306. Code 3.
General Education Attributes:
NW Non-Western
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
ANTH 310Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective3.00
Examines the cultural construction of gender from an anthropological, cross-cultural perspective. Attention is paid to sociocultural factors such as kinship, colonialism, industrialism, and economic development which influence gender definitions, roles, and the structure of gender relations. Cross-listed as ANTH/WST 310.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of ANTH 101 or consent of instructor.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
ANTH 315Cultural Anthropology3.00
Detailed study of the human condition by focusing on a selection of specific cultures. Reading ,film, lecture, and discussed-based.
General Education Attributes:
NW Non-Western
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of ANTH 101 or consent of instructor.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
ANTH 320Environmental Anthropology3.00
Exploration of the impact of environmental issues on indigenous and Third World cultures. Such issues as how humans have adapted physically to differing environments as well as how environmental problems affect cultural survival. Reading, discussion and lecture course. Some student research required. Recommended for any student with an interest in environmental issues on a global level.
General Education Attributes:
NW Non-Western
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of ANTH 101.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
ANTH 368Cultures of Mesoamerica3.00
Investigates current and past cultures of Mesoamerica such as Nahua/Aztec, Zapotec and Mayan. Employs archaeological, historical, and ethnographic data in a lecture, readings, film and discussion format. Cross-listed as ANTH/HIST/FNS 368. ANTH 101 highly recommended. Code 4.
General Education Attributes:
NW Non-Western
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
ANTH 389Anthropology Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
ANTH 489Anthropology Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-S course.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of ANTH 101.
ANTH 490Selected Topics in Anthropology3.00
In-depth study of specialized current topics in Anthropology selected by the instructor. May be repeated once for credit when instructor and/or topics are different.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of ANTH 101, or ANTH 315, or consent of the instructor.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
ANTH 491Anthropology in the Community3.00
A course in ethnographic, qualitative research methods, grounded in anthropology and useful in a range of disciplines. Students will engage in a semester-long collaborative class research project, on an issue and/or group of significance to local communities.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of ANTH 315 or instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
ANTH 499Independent Study1.00 - 4.00
Supervised independent study and/or research in Anthropology. Prior contract with instructor is required.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of ANTH 101 and instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
 
HIST - HistoryTop of Page
Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
HIST 111Modern World History3.00
Examines forces that bring areas of the world together, including Chinese and Ottoman trade and conquest, the consolidation of nation states like Portugal, Spain and Japan and their interactions with trade and colonization, the Columbian exchange and the impact of the New World, the slave trades from Africa and migrations to the Americas, revolutions in Europe and the Americas, colonization in Asia and Africa and nationalist movements, wars of ideology and resources: world wars, cold wars, and Middle Eastern wars. Emphasis on learning to think globally. Code 7.
General Education Attributes:
HH Humanities-History
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
HIST 115History of World Religions3.00
An introduction to the history of religions and how they are related with examples of Abrahamic, Dharmic, Taoic and indigenous religions. Includes visits and films. Code 7; World History.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
HH Humanities-History
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
HIST 151History of the United States Through 18773.00
Examination of a series of questions and controversies in United States history from the European conquest to the Civil War and Reconstruction. Explores issues such as the nature of the U.S. Constitution, immigration and industrialization, slavery and emancipation. Provides general education students and majors with an introduction to history as a field of study. Code 1.
General Education Attributes:
HH Humanities-History
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
HIST 152The United States Since 18773.00
Examination of a series of questions and controversies in United States history from the late 19th Century through the present. Explores such issues as labor and social class, race and civil rights, gender and women's rights, the U.S. as global superpower, the Great Depression and social reform. Provides general education students and majors with an introduction to history as a field of study. Code 1.
General Education Attributes:
HH Humanities-History
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
HIST 160Arab Identities3.00
Explores the construction of Arab identities through language, culture, the spread of Islam and historical events: the birth of Islam, the colonial experience, Arab nationalism, Pan Arabism, the Palestinian conflict. Examines forces that brought Arabs together and those that have been divisive: social class, religions and sects, ethnicities in the Lebanese Civil War and Iraqi conflicts. Films. No prior knowledge needed. Code 6. RE.
General Education Attributes:
HH Humanities-History
NW Non-Western
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
HIST 161African Peoples and Issues3.00
Introductory course on modern Africa which covers major historical trends. Particularly useful for future high school teachers. Covers topics like the slave trade, the impact of colonialism, nationalist resistance movements, African aspirations at independence and political unity and disunity. Many films are shown and all texts are written by Africans, including autobiography, drama and novels. Code 3.
General Education Attributes:
HH Humanities-History
NW Non-Western
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
HIST 189History elective1.00 - 14.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent ot a UW-Superior course.
HIST 212The Ancient Mediterranean World3.00
General-education-level course introducing students to the basic outlines of the history of the Mediterranean region -- including Greece, Rome, Spain, northern Africa, and Palestine -- from the earliest times to the Middle Ages. While investigating some key events and stories from these places and times, students learn to critically evaluate the ways these stories are re-told in our time, using actual texts and documents from the times in comparison to books and movies about those times from our day. Code 2.
General Education Attributes:
HH Humanities-History
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
HIST 219History of Premodern East Asia3.00
Examination of “premodern” East Asia with emphasis on: East Asian philosophical and spiritual traditions and how these traditions affected the development of East Asian civilizations; the contribution East Asia played in the development of European and world history; and to challenge Euro-centric perspectives that often view East Asia civilization as monolithic, static, and backward. Some particular themes include how Confucianism created a self-regulated society, how Chinese civilization developed and implemented a democratic ethos in government, Genghis Khan and the making of the modern world, the great treasure fleets of the Ming Dynasty, and Japanese samurai (warrior) culture. Course uses several East Asian films and documentaries as a means to understand and analyze the past through a film medium. Course centers on active-dynamic learning such as focused in-class discussion, critical thinking, and analytical essay. Code 5.
General Education Attributes:
HH Humanities-History
NW Non-Western
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
HIST 220History of Modern Asia3.00
Examination of Asia in the modern period (1600 to present). Requires no prior knowledge of the region. Emphasizes how the rise of the West affected the historical development of Asia and how Asia responded to Western dominance. Themes include: why the powerful Chinese tributary system failed to meet the challenge of Western colonialism and conversely, how Japan became the first Asian nation to utilize western-style gunboat diplomacy to expand its empire; why race played a significant role in the Asian Pacific Theater during World War II; the communist revolutions throughout Asia; and how Southeast Asian countries have struggled for national sovereignty since the Cold War. Uses several Asian films and documentaries as a means to understand and analyze the past through a film medium. Centers on active-dynamic learning such as focused in-class discussion, critical thinking, and analytical essays. Code 5.
General Education Attributes:
HH Humanities-History
NW Non-Western
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
HIST 223First Nations History I3.00
Examination of the history and culture of the First Nations people from their origin to the Dawes Act of 1887. Cross-listed as HIST/FNS 223. Code 1.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
HH Humanities-History
HIST 224First Nations History II3.00
Examination of the history and culture of the First Nations people from 1887 to the present. Special attention given to the federal government's role in administering Indian policy. Cross-listed as FNS/HIST 224. Code 1.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
HH Humanities-History
HIST 225Latin America Since Independence3.00
Introduction to major themes and issues in modern Latin American history. Focus is on issues of development and underdevelopment. Students consider various theories of underdevelopment and weigh their relative merits using Latin America as a case study. Code 4.
General Education Attributes:
HH Humanities-History
NW Non-Western
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
HIST 230Modern Europe-1500 to 1800 CE3.00
Introductory course tracing development of European societies from the great artistic, economic, and scientific transformations at the end of the Middle Ages up to the full flowering of the “modern age” at the end of the 18th century. While the basic structure is a broad survey covering 300 years and all regions of Europe, a focus on selected key issues -- such as the Protestant Reformation, Galileo to the Scientific Revolution, the Columbian Exchange to the emergence of Capitalism -- allows students to delve more deeply into history while also introducing them to basic questions and methods of the historical discipline. Code 2.
General Education Attributes:
HH Humanities-History
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
HIST 231Contemporary Europe 1800 to 2000 CE3.00
Introductory course surveying the past two centuries of “Modern” Europe. Close attention to key episodes -- like the Industrial Revolution, the artistic revolts of Romanticism and Modernism, the rise of Fascism and other “totalitarian” ideologies, and the recent collapse of the Berlin Wall -- will afford a broad overview of European developments from 1800 to the present from a variety of methodological perspectives: economic, political, social, and cultural. As an introductory level, General Education course, it introduces students to the basic questions and methods of the historical discipline. Code 2.
General Education Attributes:
HH Humanities-History
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
HIST 240Africa In Early Times3.00
How do we know early African history? Looks at archaeology in South Africa, oral traditions in Mali, written documents in West and East Africa, ethnography of the East African coast and a fictional treatment of the slave trade between Dahomey and Brazil. Many films. Code 3.
General Education Attributes:
HH Humanities-History
NW Non-Western
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
HIST 241Africa In Modern Times3.00
A topics course that looks at modern trends in African history, including the slave trade, colonialism, independence movements, challenges of national unity and economic and social progress. Several films. Code 3.
General Education Attributes:
HH Humanities-History
NW Non-Western
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
HIST 254African-American Voices3.00
Explores the African-American experience over the past two centuries with an emphasis on social and political discourse. The ideas of major political, literary, cultural and intellectual figures, as well as the content of black folk and popular culture, will be examined in a social and historical context. Authors include Douglass, DuBois, Hurston, Garvey, King, Malcolm X, and bell hooks. Code 1.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
HH Humanities-History
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
HIST 256Introduction to Historical Research and Writing-History of Wisconsin3.00
Introduction to basic methods of research and writing in the discipline of history using the History of Wisconsin as a subject matter. Either HIST 256 or HIST 257 is required of all history majors and minors. HIST 256 is required of all students seeking secondary certification in history. Should ordinarily be taken in the sophomore year. Enrollment limited to students majoring or minoring in History or Social Studies, or by permission of instructor. Code 1.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
HIST 257Introduction to Historical Research and Writing3.00
Introduction to basic methods of research and writing the discipline of history. Each time the course is offered it will have a specific thematic focus to be chosen by the instructor. Students produce a series of short research papers on topics of their choosing that are related to the focus of the course. Either HIST 256 or HIST 257 is required of all history majors and minors. Should ordinarily be taken in the sophomore year. Enrollment limited to students majoring or minoring in History and Social Studies, or by permission of instructor. Code will depend on topic selected.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
HIST 281The Muslim World3.00
Survey-level course introduces students to a variety of topics about the Muslim world from multidisciplinary perspectives. The time and life of the prophet Muhammad, the rise of great Islamic empires, Islam and women, the spread of Islam in America and the explosion of Islamic resurgence and extremism are all topics for consideration. Code 6.
General Education Attributes:
HH Humanities-History
NW Non-Western
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
HIST 289History Elective1.00 - 14.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
HIST 301Study Abroad0.00 - 6.00
Field trips designed by the Social Inquiry faculty to give students direct experiences in foreign countries. Each program includes preparatory reading, orientation meetings, a faculty-supervised study tour, and a detailed written evaluation of learning situations associated with the course. With consent of the relevant program and content adaptation, programs provided by other agencies can be considered for this credit. Students must obtain approval for taking these courses prior to participation. Otherwise the course may not count. For specific degree requirements consult your advisor. Course can be repeated only if the content is different. (Regular ongoing topics: War and Peace in Bosnia.) Code will depend on the specific program.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
HIST 306African Archeology3.00
Introduces the main concepts of archaeological study of African excavations, ruins, material objects, and dating methods and examines how historians move from this scientific evidence to historical interpretations. Examples are drawn from many African regions and sites like Kerma, Meroe, Mapungubwe, Great Zimbabwe, Igbo Ukwu, Akan Gold weights or Yoruba carved doors and may change from year to year. Many films. Cross-listed as ANTH/HIST 306. Code 3.
General Education Attributes:
NW Non-Western
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
HIST 315War and Peace in the Former Yugoslavia3.00
An attempt to understand in historical perspective the recent conflicts in Yugoslavia. With those events and the questions they raise in the forefront, and attempting to get beyond the simplistic stereotypes which too often fill the media, the course aims to examine the historical antecedents for the warfare, the ways in which history (both real and mythical) is used to explain and justify it, and also the ways in which the conflicts are fueled not by "ancient hatreds" but rather by purely contemporary political and economic competition. A main goal is to understand the conflicts among the peoples of Yugoslavia within the context of their centuries of fruitful coexistence. Required for all participants in the War and Peace in Bosnia Study Abroad course. Code 2. RE.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
HIST 317Men and Women in Nazi Germany3.00
Engages one of the central debates about Nazism and Fascism: How "Modern" was Fascism? Was it a reactionary repudiation of all that modern society stood for - liberalism, democracy, equality, progress? Or was it instead another version of the revolutionary vision of the Modern? In examining this debate, the course takes as its central focus the issue of gender. Changes in the role afforded to men and women, and in beliefs about what it means to be male and female, were at the very center of the revolutionary changes that constituted the shift to the "Modern Era." Investigating how those kinds of gendered roles and beliefs played out in Germany during the crisis of the early 20th Century - from the excitement of High Modernity after the First World War to the attempt to realize a German version of fascism in the Third Reich - should tell us a great deal not only about the essence of fascism and Nazism, but also of Modernity itself. Through extensive reading, discussion, and writing, students will gain a much broader, more complex understanding of the idea of "modern society," of the nature of fascism as both ideology and state form, and of social ideas about masculinity and femininity, and how all of these interact with each other. Code 2. G. Cross-listed as HIST/WST 317.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
HIST 320Workers in Industrial America3.00
An examination of workers and work in the modern United States. Topics range from the nature of the modern workplace to the impact of the labor movement. Examines the impact of industrialization on workers and work, and the efforts of working men and women to shape their working lives. Issues of Political Economy, including but not limited to collective bargaining, are emphasized. Code 1. DIV.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
HIST 321The Sixties3.00
Examines the interlocking series of social and political crises that erupted in the United States in the 1960s. Topics include: civil rights and black power, urban unrest, the Vietnam War and the anti-war movement, the youth rebellion, the rebirth of feminism, and the conservative backlash. Studies the underlying causes of upheaval as well as the decade's legacy. Code 1.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
HIST 322Women and Men in American Society3.00
Evolution of gender roles in the United States from colonial times to present. Explores the changing roles of men and women in American society and investigates social, economic, and political factors that produce these changes. Code 1. G. Cross-listed as HIST/WST 322.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
HIST 323The Asian-American Experience3.00
Examines the historical experience of Asian immigrants and how they developed into "Asian-Americans." Addresses the problem of the essentialization of Asian-Americans and instead seeks to show the complexities and conflict involved in the image or construction of Asian-Americans. Deconstructs notions of race, ethnicity and discrimination and uses other categories of analysis, such as gender and class, to understand the historical experience of Asian-Americans. Code 1. RE.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
HIST 324First Nations Wisconsin History3.00
History of the native peoples of Wisconsin from prehistoric times to the present. Major emphasis on the six federally recognized tribes in Wisconsin. Cross-listed as FNS/HIST 324. Code 1.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
HIST 340History of Modern Ireland,1600-Present3.00
This course will cover Irish history from the early modern period through the present. The course will focus on themes including gender and sexuality, society and popular culture, nationalism, identity, and memory. Particular emphasis will be placed on historiographical debates unique to Ireland's history. Code 2. RE
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is Junior or Senior class standing.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
HIST 363Civil War and Reconstruction3.00
Examination of the American Civil War and its aftermath emphasizing social and political history. Organized around three main questions: Why did civil war erupt in the United States in 1861? What effect did the wartime experience have on American society? What was at stake in the struggles of the Reconstruction period? Code 1.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
HIST 368Cultures of Mesoamerica3.00
Investigates current and past cultures of Mesoamerica such as Nahua/Aztec, Zapotec and Mayan. Employs archaeological, historical, and ethnographic data in a lecture, readings, film and discussion format. Cross-listed as ANTH/HIST/FNS 368. ANTH 101 highly recommended. Code 4.
General Education Attributes:
NW Non-Western
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
HIST 369The Shadow Of Mexican Revolution3.00
The revolution of 1910-1920 was the central event of modern Mexican history. Examines the revolution and its legacy with particular emphasis upon the ways in which the culture, politics, and society of contemporary Mexico have evolved in the revolution's shadow. Code 4.
General Education Attributes:
NW Non-Western
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
HIST 371The Modern Middle East3.00
Topics in Middle East history such as the Ottoman Empire, the Armenian genocide, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Iranian revolution and the Gulf conflicts. Several films. Code 6.
General Education Attributes:
NW Non-Western
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
HIST 382East Asia and U.S. Interactions in Historical Context3.00
Examines East Asian (including Southeast Asia) and U.S. interactions at multiple levels (state-to-state, social, cultural and economic). Begins with the rise of Western imperialism in Asia in the mid-19th Century, to examining the major East Asia-U.S. wars in East Asia in the 20th Century (Philippines, Japan, China, Korea, and Vietnam), the decision to use atomic bombs against Japan, and concluding with East Asia's development as a major economic power. Uses several East Asian films and documentaries as a means to understand and analyze the past through a film medium. Centers on active-dynamic learning such as focused in-class discussion, critical thinking, and analytical essays. Codes 1 or 5.
General Education Attributes:
NW Non-Western
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
HIST 383The History of Modern Korea3.00
This course examines the historical causes for North and South Korea to develop into two extremely different countries on the world stage: South Korea, becoming the most technologically networked country in the world, and North Korea becoming America's "axis of evil." This course will present a general overview of the latter half of the Chosen Dynasty (1700) to the present focusing on topics such as peasant land and labor disputes, neo-Confucian statecraft reform debates, gunboat diplomacy, imperialist and nationalist movements, national division and Cold War ideologies, South Korean democracy movements and the global phenomenon of Hallyu media products. Some prevalent themes in this course will be Orientalism, modernity, postcolonial identities, class, gender, and transregional identity. We will be using Korean literature, (documentary and fictional) film and visual media to understand and analyze the past through a variety of mediums. This course centers on active-dynamic learning such as oral presentation, peer evaluation, student facilitated discussion, critical reading reflection, and analytical essays. Code 5, RE, G.
General Education Attributes:
NW Non-Western
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
HIST 384History of Modern China3.00
Examines how China, as one of the most powerful, wealthy, and technologically advanced premodern civilizations, buckled under Western imperialism and encountered a 20th Century history filled with peasant revolts, western modernization reforms, fractious nationalist movements, and revolution. Themes include: an examination of Europe's rising power in the East, the Opium Wars, Qing Dynasty's isolation policies and eventual collapse, why the Communists, under Mao Zedong, won the civil war, how China's communist and Cold War era affected the Chinese diaspora. Code 5.
General Education Attributes:
NW Non-Western
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
HIST 385History Of Modern Japan3.00
Examines how Japan emerged from a feudal society to a modernized country that challenged Western domination in several arenas (militarily, economically, etc.) Focuses on four key questions: How did Tokugawa feudalism ironically spur on Japan’s imperialism and modernization? Why was race/racism central to the Asian Pacific War/World War II? How did Japan emerge as an economic and technological superpower after its total defeat in World War II? And, ho w have the economic bubble and the Asian Debt Crisis affected contemporary Japanese society? Themes include: the role of warrior and peasant communities in feudal Japan, the rise of a strong centralized state and Japanese modernization reform movements, the global theatre of W.W.II war trials, and Japan's remarkable economic development. Uses several East Asian films and documentaries as a means to understand and analyze the past through a film medium. Centers on active-dynamic learning such as focused in-class discussion, critical thinking, and analytical essays. Code 5.
General Education Attributes:
NW Non-Western
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
HIST 389History Elective1.00 - 14.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
HIST 392Topics in World History3.00
Required for History and Broad Field Social Studies education majors. Looks at several topics, controversies and strategies to help prepare for teaching world history. Topics range from human evolution, urbanization, world religions, and great empires and includes new perspectives on what world history ought to involve. Normally taken junior year. Especially for EAA prospective teachers. Code 7.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
HIST 393Topics in Modern Southeast Asia3.00
This course focuses on one or two major themes in Southeast Asian history through both a regional lens as well as through national histories of Burma/Myanmar, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia and Vietnam. Some of the theses include European colonization and the indigenous response; the shaping of a modern colonial plural society; the effects of economic transformation; anti-colonialism and nationalism, decolonization, the Cold War and nation-building; race and racism; the history of marginalized and everyday groups; women and gender in the construction of social and political identities; and so on. Code 5; Asian History.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
NW Non-Western
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
HIST 403African Voices on Gender3.00
Seminar-style reading class with autobiography, history, anthropology and fiction about gender issues in Africa. Topics vary from year to year and may include the legacy of slavery and race prejudice, health and gender, the impact of colonialism, environmental causes, African gender identities, the impact of war, and women as peacemakers. Cross-listed as HIST/WST 403. Code 3, G.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
NW Non-Western
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
HIST 404Arab Voices on Gender3.00
Seminar-style reading class with autobiography, fiction, history and ethnography about gender issues in the Arab World. Topics vary from year to year and may include topics like women and nationalism, progress through education and ideology, the Arab feminist movement, gender identities in Arab societies, gender in Islam. Cross-listed as HIST/WST 404. Code 6, G.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
NW Non-Western
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
HIST 406Construction of Gender in East Asia3.00
Advanced seminar course examining the construction of gender in East/Southeast Asia. The construction of gender is placed into a historical context of East Asia, with emphasis on how the nation-state, the family, and war/imperialism affected gender roles and norms. Although primarily focused on the modern period, the course examines the pre-modern context as means to assess the continuities and ruptures in gender roles. In addition, the course devotes more time to women's perspectives because women's voices historically have been marginalized; however, the course examines the construction of masculinity. Strong theoretical focus: construction of gender, the ideology of Orientalism, and the relationship of nationalism and gender. Extensive use of feature films and documentaries, primarily from East Asia, that complement the readings, and how to analyze film as a means to understand the construction of gender. Cross-listed as HIST/WST 406.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
HIST 407History of Women and Work in the Pacific Rim3.00
Images of factory girls in sweat shops, under-aged prostitutes, and foreign nannies are prominent in portrayals of East Asia. This course investigates the history behind the how Asian women are racialized through a labor-class nexus, starting in the 19th century and continuing to the present. Some crucial questions will be: How did the state and media transform Asian concepts of gendered ethics to establish a cheap labor pool for emerging industries? How did mechanized wage labor change the status of women as workers? How did laborers mobilize and negotiate for better working and living conditions without unions? What types of subcultures emerged around “factory girl” communities? How did the trafficking of women’s bodies change over time? This course is designed to read East Asian films, history texts and fiction as a means to understand and analyze the past through aesthetic mediums. This course centers on active-dynamic learning such as focused in-class discussion, critical thinking, and analytical essays. Code 5, RE, G. Cross-listed as HIST/WST 407.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
HIST 412Socialism in the West: Theory and Practice3.00
Introduction to the history of socialism in modern Europe and North America, both as radical theoretical critique of the existing social and political orders, and as mass movements of working people seeking immediate political and economic benefit. The primary goal is to understand -- critically, but without Cold War blinders -- the socialist idea in all its variety and diversity, how it has evolved over the course of the past two or three centuries, and its central importance in the development of today's society and government. Code 2.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
HIST 415The History of Nationalism in Europe3.00
Introduction to the phenomenon of nationalism and its roles in the history of modern Europe. One of the two main foci is on in-depth examinations of key nationalist movements in European history like the Irish, German, and Serbian. These case studies are paired with an examination of the evolution of Western social scientists’ attempts to understand the nature of the phenomenon, from political-intellectual to sociological and anthropological perspectives. Code 2. RE.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
HIST 421Slavery and Prejudice3.00
Reading seminar explores the relationship between the institution of slavery and race prejudice in different time periods and regions of the world. May include the United States; the Caribbean, especially Cuba; Brazil, Africa, and the Middle East. No prerequisites but students need to be strong readers. Code 7. RE.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
HIST 440Ireland and World History3.00
Though a small nation in western Europe, Ireland has played a significant role in the grand scope of world history. The course will focus on Ireland as a locus of global historical phenomena, including the Irish Diaspora,Ireland's role in the colonization and decolonization of the British Empire, perceptions of Ireland throughout the world, and Ireland's international cultural influence. Code 7, RE.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is Junior or Senior class standing.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
HIST 450The Construction of Race and Nationality3.00
In recent years scholarship on race and nationality has been revolutionized by a growing realization that racial and national identities are not fixed, but rather are social constructions that are fluid and changeable. This team-taught seminar examines the social, political and cultural processes through which race and nationality are formed. Cross-listed as HIST/SOCI 450. RE.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
HIST 460The Holocaust in Modern Memory3.00
The Holocaust, which took place over half a century ago, has never been more present than it is today. From the United States to France to Germany, Poland, Russia and Bosnia, the incantation to “Never Forget!” exercises more power today than ever before; even more than in the immediate aftermath of the war. But why should that be true? Why is it that the memory of this particular event should have such power over generations so far removed in both time and space -- particularly when other episodes of genocidal violence, similar in scale and historical importance, play almost no role in our collective memories and consciousness? In part, this course brings to students a fuller appreciation of just what “the Holocaust” was; to understand precisely what the attempted genocide of European Jews, Roma, Poles, homosexuals, mentally ill, and others involved, and how and why it happened. While investigating those kinds of factual questions, however, the main focus is on the memory of the Holocaust as memory. Why is the Holocaust remembered? What is remembered, and what is forgotten? What are the ways in which the memories of the Holocaust are used by various societies, and how/why do they differ? Much reading and discussion focuses on different ways in which facts and memories of the Holocaust are used to draw meanings -- about Germany, about Jews, about mankind, about history -- and how those types of decisions can have profound consequences for the way a given society or group behaves and feels in the present. Code 2, RE.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
HIST 470Watersheds in Global History3.00
This course will examine watershed moments in history, focusing on a particular year or trend. Students will be challenged to draw connections between regions so as to best understand cause and effect of seminal moments in history. Offerings will differ and courses may include studies various event , themes, and/or global phenomena.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is Junior or Senior class standing.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
HIST 489History Elective1.00 - 14.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
HIST 490Public History Internship3.00
A structured field experience. Students provide 150 hours of museum, archival, or other public history work to a local organization. Students receive training and experience under the supervision of a public history professional. Permission of a supervising faculty member required. See the History Program coordinator for information. No Code
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
HIST 495Special and Student Initiated Seminar1.00 - 3.00
This department offers a specially designed seminar or student-initiated seminar when interest warrants. In certain circumstances this course can be adapted to serve as the capstone experience. For further information see Special or Student-Initiated Seminar in the index of this catalog. Code will depend on topic selected.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
HIST 496Historiographical Research Theories and Methodologies3.00
Advanced seminar in current methodological and historiographical debates and trends in the historical profession. Introduces students both to the ways in which the writing of history has evolved and changed over time, and to the wide variety of theories and methods that dominate approaches to historical research and writing today. Through focused readings and discussions, students learn to recognize and critically evaluate the underlying assumptions, starting questions, methodologies and theoretical models at work in some of the most important historical debates of the past few decades. Individual historiographical research projects serve as the first step toward the students' primary research for their senior theses in HIST 497. Required of all History majors, and ordinarily taken in the fall of a student’s senior year.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of 6 credits of History at the 300-level or above, or with instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
HIST 497Senior Thesis3.00
Guided research on a selected historical topic resulting in a thesis paper. Working closely with history faculty, students move beyond engagement with the existing secondary literature on their topic to conduct their own primary research and arrive at their own findings and argument. Individual work in cooperation with a faculty thesis advisor will be balanced with collaborative discussions among all students writing theses. The capstone will be a mini-conference in which each student presents her or his research findings to peers and guests.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of HIST 496.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
HIST 498Study Abroad1.00 - 5.00
Field trips designed to give students direct experiences in foreign countries. Each program includes preparatory reading, orientation meetings, a faculty-supervised study tour, and a detailed written evaluation of learning situations associated with the instructor. With consent of the department chair and content adaptation, programs provided by other agencies can be considered for this credit. Code depends on region visited.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
HIST 499Independent Study1.00 - 3.00
For advanced students majoring or minoring in History who have shown themselves capable of independent work. Each student is directed by a faculty member chosen by the student. Prerequisite: Approval of the department chair. Code will depend on topic selected.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
 
PHIL - PhilosophyTop of Page
Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
PHIL 151Introduction To Philosophy3.00
How do we become wise? What does it mean to be a lover of wisdom? How can human beings have knowledge of reality? In this course, we ask the question "what is philosophy?" with a special concern for the relationship between knowledge (or wisdom) and reality. This will include a beginning look at some key canonical figures in the history of philosophy such as Plato, Aristotle, Kant, and Hegel. Next, we will consider the historical presence of European philosophy by reading several non-canonical movements in philosophy by reading several non-canonical movements in philosophy including: feminist , Latin American, and Japanese philosophy.
General Education Attributes:
HHE World Lang, Culture, Philos
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
PHIL 160Philosophy and Film3.00
In this course we will view films with philosophical themes and pair them with readings that help us to consider those themes more deeply. Readings will be at the introductory level; and films will include everything from the artsy to the absurd.
General Education Attributes:
HHE World Lang, Culture, Philos
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
PHIL 175Philosophy Of Religion3.00
Examination of the religious dimension of human experience. Topics include the nature of religion as an aspect of human experience, an introductory study of the major religious traditions (Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity and others), and traditional philosophical problems, such as the existence of God, the problem of evil, and the possibility of immortality.
General Education Attributes:
NW Non-Western
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
PHIL 189Philosophy Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
PHIL 211Contemporary Moral Problems3.00
Are all acts inherently selfish? Should everyone follow the same moral laws? Do we need God to tell us how to behave? Why should we be good and what does that even mean? Should all living creatures be treated equally? In this course we will entertain questions like these as we apply moral theories to a selection of contemporary issues (for example, human rights, environmental ethics, the global sex trade, the death penalty). A key concern will be our ethical responsibilities in the diverse contemporary global theater.
General Education Attributes:
HHE World Lang, Culture, Philos
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
PHIL 212Critical Thinking3.00
Basic elements and common patterns of argument. Inductive and deductive modes of thought are explored with emphasis on the concepts and principles of correct reasoning. Designed to assist students to understand and evaluate ordinary arguments and to develop skills in constructing arguments in the spoken and written word. Cross-listed PHIL/PSYC 212.
General Education Attributes:
HHE World Lang, Culture, Philos
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
PHIL 250The Philosophy of Children3.00
In this course, we will both cultivate our wonder about children, and their wonder about the world. This will be achieved by first considering children and childhood through a philosophical lens, and second, by exploring the manner in which children themselves philosophize. Our ultimate purpose will be to take this knowledge into local elementary classrooms and to engage children in philosophical thought, encouraging their inherent sense of wonder, and cultivating an appreciation for their unique perspectives on life.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of PHIL 151, or PHIL 211, or consent of instructor.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
PHIL 262Introduction to Political Theory3.00
This course exposes students to some of the classic pieces in this field of political theory and teaches them how to work with theoretical and philosophical texts that continue to shape, inform, and challenge the analysis of current political phenomena today. Through these texts, the course introduces questions about the nature of human beings, the roots of government authority, the best regime, and the circumstances of legitimate revolution as well as ideals such as liberty, equality, rights, and justice. Cross-listed as PHIL/POLS 262.
General Education Attributes:
HHE World Lang, Culture, Philos
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
PHIL 289Philosophy Elective1.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
PHIL 300History and Philosophy of Science3.00
Examines the nature of science, the history of science, and the nature and history of the impact of science on human life and thought. Provides some understanding of the methods of science, the difference between science and pseudo science, the political and ideological uses of science, and the moral responsibilities of scientists and science educators. Cross listed as PHIL/PHYS 300.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
PHIL 301Study Abroad0.00 - 6.00
Field trips designed by the department faculty to give students direct experiences in foreign countries. Each program includes preparatory reading, orientation meetings, a faculty-supervised study tour, and a detailed written evaluation of learning situations associated with the course. With consent of the relevant program and content adaptation, programs provided by other agencies can be considered for this credit. Students must obtain approval for taking these courses prior to participation. Otherwise the course may not count. Also, for specific degree requirements, please consult your advisor. Course can be repeated only if the content is different.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
PHIL 330Teaching for Social Justice3.00
Students will investigate what it means to be a teacher who is concerned with social justice. Central concerns will include: identifying and addressing inequalities of power within the classroom; making the classroom a liberating (rather than oppressive) place; the self-reflective classroom; and how to respond to students' (latent and manifest) sexism, racism, classism and homophobia. This course will be relevant to those with interests in philosophy, women's and gender studies, and for those planning to work in education, social service, non-profits, or community activism.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
PHIL 340Enlightenment, Freedom and Alienation (19th Century Philosophy)3.00
In this course we will read philosophers who are concerned with our liberation from inherited, imprisoning beliefs systems. As such, special attention will be given to the philosophical question of freedom, its limits, and its use as a basis for rationality, morality, and politics. This course will focus primarily on philosophers from the Enlightenment (Kant) through German Idealism (Hegel) and Marxism.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of PHIL 151, or POLS 262, or instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
PHIL 350The Self-Unconcealed (20th Century Philosophy)3.00
"Know thyself" seems like good advice. But what does it mean to know yourself? Aren't some aspects of ourselves hidden from us? Do others know us in ways that we can never know ourselves? This course is an exploration of (mostly 20th Century Continental) philosophers notions of the self/subjectivity. Interestingly, they consider the self as something fundamentally concealed/hidden/absent from oneself. Our ongoing question will be; how can we have any self-knowledge in light of these ideas? Philosophers we will consider may include: Husserl, Sartre,Levinas, and Derrida.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of PHIL 151, or PHIL 211, or consent of instructor.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
PHIL 351Selected Topics3.00
In-depth study of a particular problem, philosopher or period of current interest. May be repeated for up to nine credits provided topics are different.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
PHIL 365Philosophy of Love and Sex3.00
In this course we will begin with the assumption that love and sex cannot be reduced to "a commotion of one's anatomy." Instead we will consider them as two of the most meaningful aspects of human existence, as our most intimate and profound ways of relating to others and to ourselves. Cross-listed as PHIL/WST 365.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
PHIL 389Philosophy Elective1.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
PHIL 456Feminist Theory and Action3.00
Seminar course providing a deeper look at feminist thought, building on the introduction provided in WST 150. Through readings and films, examines conversations, controversies, and connections among a range of feminist thinkers. Students explore the intersections of feminist thought and action, reading a variety of calls to action and articulating their own. Cross-listed as PHIL/WST 456.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
PHIL 459Philosophies of Pregnancy, Childbirth and Mothering3.00
This course will explore pregnancy, childbirth, and mothering from two perspectives-the embodied experience of women and its political-social context. We will consider how women's firsthand experiences of motherhood are responses to a broader social milieu. This approach will enable us to think about a variety of philosophical themes and questions with regard to our topic including: philosophical method, embodiment, sex and gender, the origins of ethics, moral obligation, virtue, moral luck, intersubjectivity, and oppression. Cross-listed as PHIL/WST 459.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
PHIL 489Philosophy Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
PHIL 490Independent Study1.00 - 3.00
Individually supervised reading and study of a topic or problem of student interest. A paper is required.
Prerequisites:
Consent of cooperating Instructor and Department Chair.
Typically Offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms
 
POLS - Political ScienceTop of Page
Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
POLS 100Introduction to Political Science3.00
Politics is often perceived as cynical and subsidiary from the normative interaction of society. But what is politics? What is the role of politics in society? What is the relationship between politics and government? To what extent does politics influence human relations and the ways in which government and its institutions function? The course will examine these questions by focusing on one topic each semester. Each of these topics--such as the concept of borders, citizenship, globalization, immigration, etc.--represents a central debate in politics, and introduces some of the current concerns in our world today.
General Education Attributes:
SS Social Sciences
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
POLS 101Introduction to Comparative Politics3.00
The recent history of Afghanistan has highlighted the complexities of national and state building. This course explores these two terms and what they mean. Is there a single universal definition and a singular path to modernity or are there multiple definitions and pathways to modernity? The first part of the course will examine the various theories of development with this question in mind. The second part of the course will focus on one developing country. By concentrating on their development pattern we draw out some lessons about tensions and contradictions that accompany development.
General Education Attributes:
HHE World Lang, Culture, Philos
NW Non-Western
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
POLS 150American National Government3.00
Theory and practice of American national government; the Constitution as an instrument of change through interpretation and action by the executive, legislative and judicial branches as well as through the development of informal custom and usage.
General Education Attributes:
SS Social Sciences
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
POLS 175The Making of the Modern Global System3.00
Is another world possible? Could we have inherited a different global order? We examine the pillars of current global order, such as the rise of capitalism, emergence of state, violence, imperialism, rise and fall of dominant states, and emergence of democratic values and institutions. We particularly examine how we as individuals interact and help maintain the current global order with an understanding that we can change the current order for a better order in the future. The second part of the course examines various theories of how to understand the global order ranging from realism, liberalism, Marxism, to globalization, human security and feminism.
General Education Attributes:
HH Humanities-History
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
POLS 189Political Science Elective1.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
POLS 230U.S. National,State and Local Government3.00
Structure of American government on the national, state and local levels; federalism; behavior patterns of public officials; modes of citizen participation. Meets DPI requirements. Not open to Political Science majors.
General Education Attributes:
SS Social Sciences
Typically Offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms
POLS 260Contemporary Issues in American Politics3.00
Same-sex marriage, welfare reform, stem cell research, urban poverty, the legalization of medical marijuana...these and other contemporary issues incite tremendous passion among the public, leading to policy debates, disputes over the role of government in American society and controversial social policy. This course goes beyond the surface-level debates and explores the political and social context of contemporary political controversies as well as the ramifications of government policies.
General Education Attributes:
SS Social Sciences
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
POLS 262Introduction to Political Theory3.00
This course exposes students to some of the classic pieces in this field of political theory and teaches them how to work with theoretical and philosophical texts that continue to shape, inform, and challenge the analysis of current political phenomena today. Through these texts, the course introduces questions about the nature of human beings, the roots of government authority, the best regime, and the circumstances of legitimate revolution as well as ideals such as liberty, equality, rights, and justice. Cross-listed as PHIL/POLS 262.
General Education Attributes:
HHE World Lang, Culture, Philos
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
POLS 263Contemporary Issues in World Politics3.00
Examines issues such as nationalism, nuclear proliferation, terrorism, war on drugs, land mines, diplomacy, global poverty, globalization, regionalization, regional development, European Union, global market, human rights, women's rights, right of refugees, minority rights, rise of religious fundamentalism, population, consumption, citizenship, global warning, ozone layer, biodiversity, rain forests, and conservation. Deals with basic understanding of the nature and scope of global problems and emphasizes the legal, political, economic, social and moral dimensions of these issues.
General Education Attributes:
SS Social Sciences
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
POLS 265Contemporary Issues in Political Theory3.00
Introduces students to the origin and theoretical background of some of the central debates within political theory. Focus is on topics such as power and authority, nation-state in a global world, sovereignty and control, gender and identity and human rights. By analyzing and understanding some of the common underlying assumptions and beliefs about human nature, society, and state, we will learn about the forces that shape our economic, social and political systems today.
General Education Attributes:
HHE World Lang, Culture, Philos
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
POLS 289Political Science Elective1.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
POLS 296Research Design3.00
Application of the scientific method in the social sciences with emphasis on basic survey research methods. Completion of MATH 130 or PSYC 301, though not required, is recommended before enrolling in this course. Cross-listed as CJUS 296.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
POLS 299Wisconsin in Scotland1.00 - 17.00
Study Abroad
POLS 301Study Abroad0.00 - 6.00
Field trips designed by the department faculty to give students direct experiences in foreign countries. Each program includes preparatory reading, orientation meetings, a faculty-supervised study tour, and a detailed written evaluation of learning situations associated with the course. With consent of the relevant program and content adaptation, programs provided by other agencies can be considered for this credit. Students must obtain approval for taking these courses prior to participation. Otherwise the course may not count. For specific degree requirements, consult your advisor. The course can be repeated only if content is different.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
POLS 330U.S. State and Local Government3.00
Comparative study of the political behavior and institutions of the state and local governments in the United States; current structural and functional problems confronting these political systems.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
POLS 345Theories of War and Peace3.00
This course examines various political theories in terms of their relevance to the question of war and peace. Specially, how does each theory define peace (negative or positive) what should be done to preserve and maintain peace; whether war is inevitable; and under what conditions is it legitimate to resort to war. The following "traditions" will be covered in the course; realism, liberalism, Marxism, globalization, feminism, post-colonialism, post-colonialism, post-modernism, constructivism, international justice, green, globalization and human security.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
POLS 352Paths to Peace3.00
The first part of the course examines how economic, social, political, environmental and legal policies facilitate movement towards peace in a broad context. The emphasis will be to link policies that enable us to move towards a more just world. The second part of this course examines various approaches to peace from simple peacekeeping to peacebuilding.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
POLS 353International Law3.00
The first part of this course examines how we define human rights by examining the treaties that serve as the foundation of human rights such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. This section also examines the various institutions that have been created to monitor and enforce these treaties such as the UN Human Rights Council and the European Court of Human Rights. The second part of the course examines the text of various international treaties that relate to subjects such as war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide, torture, gender discrimination, racial discrimination, and refugees. The course will conclude with an evaluation of the emerging institutional framework to better monitor and enforce these laws, most notably the International Criminal Court.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
POLS 356Seminar in Peacebuilding3.00
This course examines how to approach a conflict and develop a strategy to not only end war but also enable the parties to live together. The war in Bosnia will be used as a case study to examine the roots of the conflict, examine the peace process , and its aftermath. Students will critically examine each part of the process and identify alternatives that result in a more robust peace in the region. Students are encouraged to apply what they learn about peacebuilding in Bosnia to resolve other conflicts.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
POLS 361Campaigns and Elections3.00
In a representative democracy, active participation in elections is essential to ensure elected officials remain faithful to constituent interests. Does this ideal adequately reflect the nature of elections in the current political system? This course is designed to expose students to the contemporary state of Congressional and Presidential campaigns in the American political system with focus on campaign strategy, the role of the media and campaign finance. The course also investigates contemporary elections, examining who votes and why, and the mechanics of the electoral process.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
POLS 372Power and Resistance3.00
This course explores the politics of power and resistance. It introduces different concepts of modern and pre-modern power and control, and examines instances of resistance from around the world, traversing different time periods, geographies, and cultures. Examples range from peasant revolts to labor movements, feminist struggles to antiwar mobilizations, prisoner uprisings to popular wars. The course inquires into the social forces involved, what they seek to resist, the methods and goals of resistance, and the reception of this resistance by its purported audience. This course incorporates theoretical and historical texts as well as visual material and movies.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
POLS 374Women and Politics3.00
In the United States, women hold 18% of the seats in the 112th Congress, marking the nation 85th in its level of representation for women. Globally, women constitute 15% of all members of parliament, although significant regional variation persists. How do gendered hierarchies continue to shape and structure political systems? Why have women not yet reached parity in elected office? Should women be represented as women? What difference do women bring to elective office? These and other questions are explored throughout the course, with particular attention to the historical exclusion of women from the public arena, the methods used by women to enter electoral and activist politics, and the current political status of women in the United States and globally. Cross-listed as POLS/WST 374.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
POLS 376Theories of Human Rights3.00
This course examines the nature and origin of human rights, as well as the conflicts and debates that result from the different understanding of the concept. We will explore questions such as; Are human rights individual or collective? Are they universal or should instead be understood as culturally sensitive? Do they include positive rights or only negative rights? And what about economic and social rights? Providing answers to these questions will allow us to understand our own political, economic, and social beliefs, as well as approaches that are different from ours. In order to answer these questions, the course will combine discussions about the concept of human rights with analyses of current cases of human rights violations around the world, including the origin of these violations, desired changes, politics, and effective actions.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
POLS 381Theories of Justice3.00
The course examines the different approaches to the concept of justice, in the attempt to help students develop their own critical thinking about the topic. The course overviews the leading contemporary conceptions and theories of justice - including utilitarian, libertarian, communitarian, deliberative-democratic, and feminist theories -, and focuses on the relationship between theories of justice and concepts of liberty and equality. The aim of this course is to examine the ways in which each of these different approaches to justice provides a different vision for the political, economic, and social life, and shapes different institutions and values.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
POLS 389Political Science Elective1.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
POLS 397American Conservative Thought3.00
The political debates between liberalism and conservatism are ardent. However, while these two terms are used freely and are attached to varied themes, their meaning is uncertain. Hence this class aims to introduce the students to the meaning of American conservatism. While defining conservatism, students will become familiar with the most relevant topics in the American Conservative Thought. The class introduces the political and philosophical heritage of conservatism, as well as examines themes that are relevant to contemporary American politics today. The focus will be on principles of conservatism, not on analyzing policies or proposals. Moreover, aiming to give a balanced view, a variety of perspectives that support and criticize American Conservatism will be presented.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
POLS 420Biotechnology Policy and Ethics3.00
Human reproductive cloning,genetic modification and alteration, personalized genomics, synthetic biology...these are only some of the areas of inquiry in the life sciences that have attracted public interest for their societal, ethical and policy implications. This course examines the political and ethical implications of selected areas of biotechnology that are now a part of the contemporary public debate with particular emphasis on the impact of these technologies on women. Some of the principles examined are legalistic, while others require ethical reasoning evaluating concepts such as human nature, personhood and autonomy. Key questions considered in this course include: Who benefits from these biotechnologies? Who re the primary actors engaged in policy creation? How can emerging technologies best be managed to balance individual freedom and scientific advancement with adequate protections for vulnerable classes? Finally, how do these technologies fit into our belief systems regarding the desirability of emerging biotechnologies in our individual lives and for society more generally?
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
POLS 465Congress and the Presidency3.00
How have the contemporary Congress and President changed over the past two hundred years? Are these changes consistent with the intent of the Founding Fathers? Do we have an imperial Presidency? Why do Americans consistently approve of their member of Congress yet revile Congress as an institution? This course is designed to explore the historical evolution of the Executive and Legislative branches of government, while simultaneously considering the intention of the Founding Fathers. The nature of this interbranch relationship is evaluated through examination of the political parties, elections and the changing electoral and partisan environments.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
POLS 485Internship2.00 - 10.00
Structured and focused field experience in a public agency. Students will be assigned duties in various agencies. Prerequisites: Only students with a Political Science major or minor may enroll in this course. Written consent of the instructor must be obtained before registering for this course. Since the internship is an independent learning experience involving the cooperation and assistance of an outside agency, students should notify the instructor in writing of their interest in doing an internship early in the semester before the semester of the actual field experience.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
POLS 489Political Science Elective1.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
POLS 497Student Initiated Seminar1.00 - 3.00
The program offers a specially designed seminar or student-initiated seminar when there is sufficient interest. For further information, see the program coordinator.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
POLS 499Senior Seminar3.00
Either supervised research in selected subfields of the discipline, resulting in the submission of a formal research paper, or development and execution of a project designed to apply political or administrative concepts and skills to a particular situation, drawing upon the relevant professional literature and resulting in submission of a formal research and experience-evaluation paper. Projects devoted to the demonstration of skills may include, but need not be limited to: direct participation in a national, state or local political campaign; other activity on behalf of a political party or political interest group; involvement in university governance; service as an intern with a government agency or a private organization with a public interest; or an active leadership role in a campus or community organization. May be repeated once for a total of six credits. A minimum of three credits is required for Political Science majors in Liberal Arts or in Secondary Education. Other students may elect POLS 499 with the permission of the program coordinator. Consultation with the instructor must take place within the first two weeks of the semester. General Education requirements: Since Individualized Research or Applied Skills is both an independent learning and a capstone experience, the course satisfies the requirements of Category C, Co-requisites.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
 
SOCI - SociologyTop of Page
Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
SOCI 101Introduction to Sociology3.00
General introduction to the study of human relationships, group aspects of behavior and social institutions. Considers basic concepts and theories. Meets Wisconsin certification requirements for cooperative marketing and consumer's cooperatives.
General Education Attributes:
SS Social Sciences
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
SOCI 189Sociology Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
SOCI 200Social Problems3.00
Critical survey of social institutions and social processes which conflict with or contradict human interests. Contemporary social issues (crime, inequality, economic and ecological crisis) are analyzed from a critical rather than utilitarian viewpoint.
General Education Attributes:
SS Social Sciences
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
SOCI 201Global Social Problems3.00
Explores and analyzes selected contemporary social issues relevant to the global community from a historical and sociological perspective. In the course of the investigation, students cultivate empathetic imagination about peoples unlike "us," learn basic sociological concepts and perspectives, and develop reflective and critical thinking skills.
General Education Attributes:
SS Social Sciences
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
SOCI 210Sociology of Gender3.00
Introduces the social construction of sex and gender. It focuses on both local and international materials, with particular attention to gender inequality in contemporary societies. Intersections with class, race, nation and other social categories are also explored. Cross listed with SOCI/WST 210.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
SS Social Sciences
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
SOCI 270Understanding and Appreciating Youth At-risk3.00
Provides a social science based foundation for understanding the social production of educational and social risk among young people. The foundation will in turn provide context and opportunities for students to learn about and work proficiently and effectively with youth who are at-risk. Students will examine, synthesize, internalize, and apply evidence-based techniques to work successfully with this population. As an Academic Service-Learning course, knowledge acquired through readings, mentoring, tutoring, and projects will be used to further understand, and then assist, the at-risk youth enrolled in the after school Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness in Superior (GEARS) program. Experiences acquired in the field (at Superior Middle School in the GEARS program) will be used to deepen, authenticate, and enhance the academics presented throughout the course. A strong, holistic understanding of adolescent development will be examined and applied. Impacts and implications at the micro, macro, and mezzo levels will be discussed. The on-going importance of citizenship involvement and its role for public policy for this population will be considered.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
SOCI 273Race and Ethnicity3.00
Examines the social production of racial and ethnic categories as well as the practices that enact these categories. After examining the representation of these categories as "natural," the course uses local and global evidence to investigate the institutional and representational processes that historically create and modify race and ethnicity.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
SS Social Sciences
Typically Offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms
SOCI 289Sociology Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
SOCI 300Chinese Societies3.00
Applies basic sociological concepts and theories to understand Chinese societies in different historical and spatial contexts. Compares and contrasts institutions and systems of meaning between and within these societies and concludes with social questions in contemporary Chinese societies. Required for SOCI 301 and ANTH 301 Study Abroad China Workshop.
General Education Attributes:
NW Non-Western
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of SOCI 101 or ANTH 101.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
SOCI 301Study Abroad0.00 - 6.00
Field trips designed by the department faculty to give students direct experiences in foreign countries. Each program includes preparatory reading, orientation meetings, a faculty-supervised study tour, and a detailed written evaluation of learning situations associated with the course. With consent of the relevant program and content adaptation, programs provided by other agencies can be considered for this credit. Students must obtain approval for taking these courses prior to participation. Otherwise the course may not count. For specific degree requirements, consult your advisor. Course can be repeated only if content is different.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of SOCI 101 and instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Summer Only
SOCI 303Sociology Of The Community3.00
Examines social changes, processes and institutions that contribute to the formation of human community. Emphasis given to emerging communities that promotes transformative ideas and practices at the local and global level. Involves a research project. Prerequisite: SOCI 101 or instructor's approval.
Prerequisites:
SOCI 101 is a pre-requisite for this class
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
SOCI 369Sociology of Work3.00
Investigate the meaning, opportunities and conditions of work in relation to social processes and institutions. Special attention will be given to the impact of global capitalism and corporate dominance on the value of labor, workplace culture and labor organization. Also explores class implications of work. A research or academic service learning project is expected.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of SOCI 101.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
SOCI 371Social Theory3.00
Inquiry into how social factors influence the thought of human beings; major trends and theorists contributing to the rise of sociological thought. Critically examines the work of classical, progressive, minority, and feminist theorists, looking not only at their conclusions, but also their assumptions, and their applicability to contemporary issues. Required for all majors and minors.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of SOCI 101 and 3 additional credits of Sociology.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
SOCI 389Sociology Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
SOCI 395Sociological Research Methods3.00
Introduction to social science epistemology, the design of research, conduct of research and the analysis of findings. Explores the use of survey, ethnography, in-depth interview, and archival, symbolic, and statistical analytic tools. This course is a prerequisite for the sociology capstone (SOCI 498).
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of SOCI 101 and a 3 additional credits in Sociology.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
SOCI 423Environmental Sociology3.00
Investigation of the relationship between the natural world and social systems. We will place particular emphasis on the effect of growth-based economic systems on ecosystems, environmental social movements, and the structural nature of environmental problems and solutions.
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of SOCI 101 is prerequistie for enrolling in this course.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
SOCI 424Sociology of Education3.00
Exploration of how primary, secondary, and higher education systems in the United States are influenced by social, political, and economic factors. We will pay special attention to the role of education in reproducing class, gender, and racial inequality.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of SOCI 101.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
SOCI 427Sociology of Time3.00
Examination of the ways in which social activity creates kinds of time, experiences of time, as well as the consequences of social time. Emphasizes the ways in which institutions and systems of meaning incorporate ways of being into the body. Students explore time-keeping, calendars, social memory, planning and accounting as a means of understanding how the experiences of past, present and future are created. Students majoring in other disciplines are welcome.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of SOCI 101.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
SOCI 450The Construction of Race and Nationality3.00
In recent years scholarship on race and nationality has been revolutionized by a growing realization that racial and national identities are not fixed, but rather are social constructions that are fluid and changeable. This team-taught seminar examines the social, political and cultural processes through which race and nationality are formed. Cross-listed as HIST/SOCI 450. RE.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of SOCI 101 and instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
SOCI 460Social Class3.00
Global examination of systematic social inequality. Core topics include causes, trends and contemporary patterns of social stratification, their effects upon social life, and philosophical perspectives on inequality.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
Prerequisites:
Completion of SOCI 101 is prerequisite for taking this course.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
SOCI 464Social Change3.00
Survey of current sociology thinking concerning the nature and causes of global social change with a focus on the breakdown of the post-WWII compromise and the rise of corporate power. Course counts as a Global Studies Minor elective.
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of SOCI 101 is prerequisite for taking this course.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
SOCI 466Social Psychology-Sociology3.00
Examines the social production of perception, cognition, emotion and identity with an emphasis on cultural variation and institutional foundations.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of SOCI 101.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
SOCI 475Gender and Globalization in Transnational Asia3.00
Investigates the impact of global capitalism on gender constructions in selected communities in/of Asia. Employing transnational feminist perspectives, course examines local and global social processes and consequences of shifting practices and ideology of gender. Cross-listed as SOCI/WST 475.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of SOCI 101 and a 3 additional credits in Sociology.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
SOCI 489Sociology Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior.
SOCI 490Selected Topics in Sociology3.00
In-depth study of specialized current topics in sociology selected by the instructor. May be repeated for credit when instructor and/or topics are different.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of SOCI 101.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
SOCI 497Practice in Applied Sociology1.00 - 4.00
Integrates and extends classroom learning through a community-based service or work internship. Credit is granted when the student successfully completes an academic-service/work relationship. The academic component is crucial and credit will not be granted for service/work alone. For every one (1) credit, three (3) hours of service/work per week is expected.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of SOCI 101 and instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
SOCI 498Thesis3.00
Guided research on a selected sociological topic. Each student produces a formal written research paper based on systematic investigation of sociological question. Individual work in consultation with a faculty thesis advisor will be balanced with collaborative discussions among all students writing theses. The capstone will be a public presentation of each student's research findings. Required of all Sociology majors.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of 24 credits of Sociology including SOCI 101, SOCI 371, SOCI 395.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
SOCI 499Independent Study1.00 - 4.00
Supervised independent study and/or research in Sociology. Requires prior contract with instructor.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of SOCI 101 and instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
 
WST - Women's StudiesTop of Page
Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
WST 150Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies3.00
Focuses on how we experience gender, particularly women's experiences, and how we can work toward gender equity. Students encounter diverse voices and perspectives, including those of gay, lesbian, bisexual, heterosexual, transgender, and intersex people. Discussion, small-group work, readings, films, and a hands-on project
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
SS Social Sciences
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
WST 189Women's Studies Elective1.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
WST 210Sociology of Gender3.00
Introduces the social construction of sex and gender. It focuses on both local and international materials, with particular attention to gender inequality in contemporary societies. Intersections with class, race, nation and other social categories are also explored. Cross listed with SOCI/WST 210.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
SS Social Sciences
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
WST 255Gender and Sexuality in Writing3.00
Explores writing on gender and sexuality with a focus on texts by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex (LGBTQI) and allied writers from diverse cultures, classes, races, and ethnicities. Students discover and deepen their own perspectives through writing and reading. Students of all genders and gender identities are welcome. Cross listed as WRIT/WST 255.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
WST 258Psychology Of Women3.00
Discussion and study of development of women's roles and personality across the lifespan. Topics include the social construction of sex and gender differences, images of women, status and power, childhood and adolescence, womanhood, love and romance, commitments and relationships, mothering, work and achievement, midlife and beyond, and violence against women. Meets a requirement for the Women's Studies minor and General Education diversity credit. Qualifies as an Academic Service-Learning course (see Academic Service-Learning for more details). Cross-listed as PSYC/WST 258.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
WST 289Women's Studies Elective1.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
WST 301Study Abroad0.00 - 6.00
Field trips designed by the department faculty to give students direct experiences in foreign countries. Each program includes preparatory reading, orientation meetings, a faculty-supervised study tour, and a detailed written evaluation of learning situations associated with the course. With consent of the relevant program and content adaptation, programs provided by other agencies can be considered for this credit. Students must obtain approval for taking these courses prior to participation. Otherwise the course may not count. For specific degree requirements,consult your advisor. The course can be repeated only if the content is different.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
WST 310Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective3.00
Examines the cultural construction of gender from an anthropological, cross-cultural perspective. Attention is paid to sociocultural factors such as kinship, colonialism, industrialism, and economic development which influence gender definitions, roles, and the structure of gender relations. Cross-listed as ANTH/WST 310.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of ANTH 101 or consent of instructor.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
WST 312Gender,Crime,and Justice3.00
Exploration of the social construction of gender in crime and delinquency as well as in justice systems; analysis of how assumptions about female and male natures, as well as appropriate roles and positions in society affect the interpretation and application of law; comparison of women/girls and men/boys as offenders, victims and practitioners. Cross-listed as CJUS/WST 312.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
WST 317Men and Women in Nazi Germany3.00
Engages one of the central debates about Nazism and Fascism: How "Modern" was Fascism? Was it a reactionary repudiation of all that modern society stood for - liberalism, democracy, equality, progress? Or was it instead another version of the revolutionary vision of the Modern? In examining this debate, the course takes as its central focus the issue of gender. Changes in the role afforded to men and women, and in beliefs about what it means to be male and female, were at the very center of the revolutionary changes that constituted the shift to the "Modern Era." Investigating how those kinds of gendered roles and beliefs played out in Germany during the crisis of the early 20th Century - from the excitement of High Modernity after the First World War to the attempt to realize a German version of fascism in the Third Reich - should tell us a great deal not only about the essence of fascism and Nazism, but also of Modernity itself. Through extensive reading, discussion, and writing, students will gain a much broader, more complex understanding of the idea of "modern society," of the nature of fascism as both ideology and state form, and of social ideas about masculinity and femininity, and how all of these interact with each other. Code 2. G. Cross-listed as HIST/WST 317.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
WST 322Women and Men in American Society3.00
Evolution of gender roles in the United States from colonial times to present. Explores the changing roles of men and women in American society and investigates social, economic, and political factors that produce these changes. Code 1. G. Cross-listed as HIST/WST 322.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
WST 325Writing Women, Women Writing3.00
Women's non-fiction writing from a variety of time periods and cultures as models for the students' own writing projects. Cross-listed as ENGL/WST 325.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
WST 329Women In Art3.00
Women's expression in painting and sculpture, primarily of the 19th and 20th Centuries. Cross listed as ART/WST 329.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
WST 365Philosophy of Love and Sex3.00
In this course we will begin with the assumption that love and sex cannot be reduced to "a commotion of one's anatomy." Instead we will consider them as two of the most meaningful aspects of human existence, as our most intimate and profound ways of relating to others and to ourselves. Cross-listed as PHIL/WST 365.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
WST 374Women and Politics3.00
In the United States, women hold 18% of the seats in the 112th Congress, marking the nation 85th in its level of representation for women. Globally, women constitute 15% of all members of parliament, although significant regional variation persists. How do gendered hierarchies continue to shape and structure political systems? Why have women not yet reached parity in elected office? Should women be represented as women? What difference do women bring to elective office? These and other questions are explored throughout the course, with particular attention to the historical exclusion of women from the public arena, the methods used by women to enter electoral and activist politics, and the current political status of women in the United States and globally. Cross-listed as POLS/WST 374.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
WST 389Women's Studies Elective1.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
WST 403African Voices on Gender3.00
Seminar-style reading class with autobiography, history, anthropology and fiction about gender issues in Africa. Topics vary from year to year and may include the legacy of slavery and race prejudice, health and gender, the impact of colonialism, environmental causes, African gender identities, the impact of war, and women as peacemakers. Cross-listed as HIST/WST 403. Code 3, G.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
NW Non-Western
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
WST 404Arab Voices on Gender3.00
Seminar-style reading class with autobiography, fiction, history and ethnography about gender issues in the Arab World. Topics vary from year to year and may include topics like women and nationalism, progress through education and ideology, the Arab feminist movement, gender identities in Arab societies, gender in Islam. Cross-listed as HIST/WST 404. Code 6, G.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
NW Non-Western
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
WST 406Construction of Gender in East Asia3.00
Advanced seminar course examining the construction of gender in East/Southeast Asia. The construction of gender is placed into a historical context of East Asia, with emphasis on how the nation-state, the family, and war/imperialism affected gender roles and norms. Although primarily focused on the modern period, the course examines the pre-modern context as means to assess the continuities and ruptures in gender roles. In addition, the course devotes more time to women's perspectives because women's voices historically have been marginalized; however, the course examines the construction of masculinity. Strong theoretical focus: construction of gender, the ideology of Orientalism, and the relationship of nationalism and gender. Extensive use of feature films and documentaries, primarily from East Asia, that complement the readings, and how to analyze film as a means to understand the construction of gender. Cross-listed as HIST/WST 406.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
WST 407History of Women and Work in the Pacific Rim3.00
Images of factory girls in sweat shops, under-aged prostitutes, and foreign nannies are prominent in portrayals of East Asia. This course investigates the history behind the how Asian women are racialized through a labor-class nexus, starting in the 19th century and continuing to the present. Some crucial questions will be: How did the state and media transform Asian concepts of gendered ethics to establish a cheap labor pool for emerging industries? How did mechanized wage labor change the status of women as workers? How did laborers mobilize and negotiate for better working and living conditions without unions? What types of subcultures emerged around “factory girl” communities? How did the trafficking of women’s bodies change over time? This course is designed to read East Asian films, history texts and fiction as a means to understand and analyze the past through aesthetic mediums. This course centers on active-dynamic learning such as focused in-class discussion, critical thinking, and analytical essays. Code 5, RE, G. Cross-listed as HIST/WST 407.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
WST 456Feminist Theory and Action3.00
Seminar course providing a deeper look at feminist thought, building on the introduction provided in WST 150. Through readings and films, examines conversations, controversies, and connections among a range of feminist thinkers. Students explore the intersections of feminist thought and action, reading a variety of calls to action and articulating their own. Cross-listed as PHIL/WST 456.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of WST 150 or instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
WST 459Philosophies of Pregnancy, Childbirth and Mothering3.00
This course will explore pregnancy, childbirth, and mothering from two perspectives-the embodied experience of women and its political-social context. We will consider how women's firsthand experiences of motherhood are responses to a broader social milieu. This approach will enable us to think about a variety of philosophical themes and questions with regard to our topic including: philosophical method, embodiment, sex and gender, the origins of ethics, moral obligation, virtue, moral luck, intersubjectivity, and oppression. Cross-listed as PHIL/WST 459.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
WST 460The Study of First Nations Women3.00
Exploration of the First Nations woman's social roles and lifestyles from a variety of tribal cultures in North America. Focuses on traditional and contemporary values and roles of First Nations women. Cross-listed as FNS/WST 460.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
WST 475Gender and Globalization in Transnational Asia3.00
Investigates the impact of global capitalism on gender constructions in selected communities in/of Asia. Employing transnational feminist perspectives, course examines local and global social processes and consequences of shifting practices and ideology of gender. Cross-listed as SOCI/WST 475.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of SOCI 101 and a 3 additional credits in Sociology.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
WST 489Women's Studies Elective1.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
WST 490Special Topics in Women's Studies1.00 - 4.00
In-depth study of specialized current topics in Women's Studies selected by the instructor. Course may be repeated for credit when instructor and/or topics are different.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
WST 499Independent Study1.00 - 4.00
Supervised independent study and/or research in Women's Studies. May be supervised by any current member of the Women's Studies faculty.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is Women's Study minor, and completion of at least 3 credits in WST and instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand

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Social Inquiry
University of Wisconsin - Superior
Swenson Hall 3061
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P.O. Box 2000
Superior, WI 54880
Phone: 715-394-8465
Email: jblair@uwsuper.edu


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