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Women's and Gender Studies (WST)


2010-2012 Catalog

Women's and Gender Studies (WST)

150 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies (3) 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. F10, S10, F11, S11 

210 Introduction to the Social Construction of Gender (3) Focuses on diversity and equity, with special attention to the intersections with class, race, nation, and other social categories. Cross-listed as SOCI 210.

229 Literature by Women (3) Survey of British and American women's literature from the Middle Ages to the Contemporary period. Women's writing across cultures, genres, and time periods. Cross-listed as ENGL 229.

255 Gender and Sexuality in Writing (3) Explores writing on gender and sexuality. Focuses on fiction and nonfiction by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) writers from diverse cultures, classes, races, and ethnicities. Students discover and deepen their own perspectives through writing, as well as reading. Students of all genders, gender identities, and sexual identities are welcome. Cross-listed as WRIT 255. S12

258 Introduction to Psychology of Women (3) 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. Cross-listed as PSYC 258. 

PSYC 270 Psychology of Men (3) Introduction to the study of men's lives. Topics include boyhood, the privileges and perils of collegiate masculinities, fears about men's friendships, men and work, men and health, intimacy and power issues with women, male sexualities, male violence, and men in families. A course for both women and men about men's issues. 

301 Study Abroad (0-6) Field trips designed by the 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 content is different.

310 Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3) 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 WST 310. Prerequisite: ANTH 101 or instructor's permission. F10

CJUS 312 Gender, Crime and Justice (3) 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, 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.

SPAN 315 Voices of Hispanic Women (3) Course taught in English focusing on the lives and experiences of Hispanic women writers and artists from Latin America and the United States. Examines the present status of women as they leave the traditional setting of home and emerge into the public sphere of influence and power. Studies the effects of poverty, war, and revolution on women and their families as well as the impact of immigration on identity and self. Cross-listed as SPAN 315. Students registering under SPAN 315 will be required to write all papers and examinations in Spanish.

317 Men and Women in Nazi Germany (3) 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 will take as its central focus the issue of gender. Changes in the roles 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 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. Cross-listed as HIST 317. F10

322 Women and Men in American Society (3) 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. Cross-listed as HIST 322. Code 1. G.

325 Writing Women, Women Writing (3) Women's non-fiction writing from a variety of time periods and cultures as models for the students' own writing projects. Prerequisites: ENGL 102 or consent of instructor. Cross-listed as ENGL 325. S11

329 Women in Art (3) Women's expression in painting and sculpture, primarily of the 19th and 20th centuries. Research required. Cross-listed as ART 329/529/729. F10

348 Women's Autobiography (3) Study of contemporary and/or classic works of women's autobiography. Writing of autobiographical and analytic essays related to gender by both female and male students. Study of theoretical perspectives on gender and autobiography. Prerequisites: ENGL/WRIT 102 or consent of instructor. Cross-listed as WRIT 348. F12

403 African Voices on Gender (3) Seminar-style reading course 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 403. Code 3, G. S12 

404 Arab Voices on Gender (3) 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 404. Code 6. G. S11

406 Construction of Gender in East Asia (3) 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.

456 Feminist Theory and Action (3) 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. Prerequisites: WST 150 or permission of instructor. Cross-listed as PHIL 456. S11

460 The Study of First Nations Women (3) 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 460. 

475 Gender and Globalization in Transnational Asia (3) 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 the shifting practices and ideology of gender. Prerequisites: SOCI 101 or equivalent. Cross-listed as SOCI 475.

490 Special Topics in Women's Studies (1-4) 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.

499 Independent Study (1-4) Supervised independent study and/or research in Women's Studies. May be supervised by any current member of the Women's Studies faculty. Prerequisite: At least three previous credits in Women's Studies and permission of instructor. Open only to students registered in the Women's Studies minor. Arranged.


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