Spring Courses 2014
GS 101 Introduction to Gender Studies (Becky McLaughlin)
This course provides an interdisciplinary, multicultural overview of the concept of gender and gender roles in patriarchal society. The course examines the social construction of gender in our society and how that construction has shaped such areas as economics, politics, cultural/social values, and the impact upon women in historical and contemporary terms.
GS 290 Understanding Our World: American Social and Cultural Life (Betty Trout-Kelly) This course will examine various historical and contemporary aspects of American social and cultural life with an emphasis on diversity and an examination of the intersection of race, class, gender, sexuality, religion, ability and other identifiers.
GS 490 Women in Islam (Rebecca Williams)
This course will examine the role of women in Islamic religion and society, beginning with the Qur’ān and the reports by and about the women associated with the Prophet Muḥammad – both of which are used as models for current debates on the subject – but focusing on the challenges Muslim women face
GS 490/PHL 490 Feminism & Gender Theory (Kristina Busse)
This course provides an overview of feminist theory from the late eighteenth century to the present. The course not only introduces famous feminist figures, texts, and themes, but also situates these texts in their cultural context, thus offering a comprehensive overview of the feminist debates of the last 200 years.
GS 492/REL 492 Black Women and Religion (Betty Trout-Kelly)
This course examines Black women’s contributions in the religious arena including but not limited to Black liberation theology, leadership, and historical and contemporary social and religious issues in America.
AIS 320 Cultural Diversity (Jenny Manders)
An interdisciplinary exploration of issues related to interactions between diverse groups in teams, communities, and organizations. Reviews research from a variety of disciplines, introduces the history and law of equal opportunity in the U.S., and examines the costs and benefits of diversity. Topics include prejudice, stereotyping, affirmative action, barriers to mobility, discrimination, marginalization, mentoring, cooperative teamwork, and international issues.
ARH 480 Women & Art (Elizabeth Rivenbark)
A study of women throughout art history as both the subject and the creator of art
CJ 390 Sexual Violence (Sarah Koon-Magnin)
This course focuses on sexual violence. Although this course focuses on this phenomenon primarily in the United States, sexual violence as a broader global construct will also be discussed. This course will incorporate perspectives from several disciplines including criminal justice, gender studies, psychology, and sociology. Credit cannot be received for both GS 490 and CJ 390 Sexual Violence.
EH 478 Studies in Film: Dialectics of the Eye (Becky McLaughlin)
Film is a visual medium, and thus one of the chief concerns of this class will be to explore the role the eye plays in Western culture, particularly vis-à-vis gender roles, sexual identity, memory, and imagination. One of the aims of this class will be to get acquainted with our “I” (what has traditionally been called the “self” but what most contemporary film theory refers to as the “subject”) by getting acquainted with our eye. This will entail an effort to think more reflectively about how and why we see what we see; to understand how sight manipulates and is manipulated by the world in which it operates; and to develop a critical and self-aware eye. If our more grandiose aim is to understand looking as a cultural practice, our more modest but no less important aim is to learn how to “read” movies. Of course, these two aims are clearly dialectical, for in reading movies we read our culture. Important Note from Dr. McLaughlin Concerning the Filmic Content of this Class: We will (I use the emphatic purposely, here) be watching films that are disturbingly sexual and frequently violent in their content. If you are uncomfortable watching and discussing films that show explicit sex (not simply heterosexual but homosexual), nudity (male as well as female), and violence (men hurting women, women hurting men, and men hurting men), you will probably be very uncomfortable in this class, and thus you should learn to live with your discomfort or avoid signing up for the class altogether.
GRN 290 Gender & Aging (Susan Nelson)
This course examines the dynamics of gender and aging within society from an interdisciplinary perspective.
PSC 340 Race, Gender & Politics (Corina Schulze)
This course is designed to provide students with a critical examination of race and gender in the political system. From the founding to the present, politics and government reflect ideological judgments about who gets what, when, and how. As such, government has legitimized only certain individuals as political actors, certain identities as politically relevant, certain relationships as important, and certain practices as the means by which one might change political status. This course looks at the interlinked social processes that make gender and race in the United States. How have social relations like colonization,slavery, civil rights, and migration shaped social institutions like the courts, media, education, and health care? How have people fought back against gender and racial subordination? We examine particular historical contexts and contemporary issues to answer these questions. Thus, the entire course asks you to reflect on the ethics of building a society that is free of racial and gender discrimination. In doing, so we come to realize that concepts of race and gender change over time and that people do not experience their racial and gender identities apart from each other. Furthermore, one’s race and gender also send out messages about one’s sexuality and economic class.
SY 200 Social Factors in Sexual Behavior (Marc Matre, Harvey Joanning)
An analysis of social patterns in sexual behavior including theories of sexuality and gender, gender similarities and differences in sexual behavior, sexual orientation, sexual violence, teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
SY 220 Marriage & The Family (Gloria Palileo, Sara McAfee)
The organization, function, and present status of the family, primarily in the United States. Problems of mate selection, marital adjustment, and parent-child relations treated on the basis of recent and current social change.
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