Spring Courses 2012
AIS 315 Women's Issues in the Workplace & the Community ( Instructor TBA)
This course will examine contemporary issues faced by women in the workplace and the community from an interdisciplinary perspective. Some of the topics to be covered are gender communication issues, developing a leadership plan, playing the game, power talk, conflict management from a woman's point of view, international development, and women, sexuality and labor.
CJ 390 Sexual Violence (Sarah Koon-Magnin)
EH 476 The Vietnam War in American Literature & Film (Steven Trout)
This course will consider, among other things, the many ways in which the Vietnam War created a crisis in American masculinity, one which reverberated throughout American culture from the 1970s through the 1990s, influencing everything from the Hollywood film *The Deer Hunter* to the Men's Movement. In particular, we will examine the implications of the MIA/POW myth, within which male bodies (enervated and feminized in the case of the prisoners, powerfully muscled and hyper-masculine in the case of their rescuers) play a central role.
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.
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 Black Women and Nationalism (Betty Trout-Kelly)
This course provides an overview of how African-American women have fought social, political, and economic oppression through the ideologies and practices of Black nationalism, and how their activism and leadership sought to uplift Black America in the 20th century.
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.
HY 457 History of Sex, Celibacy & Marriage in the Christian West (Claire Cage)
This course surveys Western attitudes toward sexuality, marriage, and celibacy from late antiquity to the modern era, with a focus on the medieval and early modern periods. It examines how Christianity has shaped sexual norms and gender relations from ancient times to the present. After first examining the biblical, theological, and legal
foundations of Christian sexual ethics, this course will then explore how competing ideas about sexual impurity, procreation, and conjugal love shaped medieval and early modern notions of deviant sexuality and the regulation of illicit sexual practices, which were defined in opposition to procreative heterosexual acts within marriage. Students
will also acquire a conceptual framework to analyze contemporary debates, including controversies over gay marriage and priestly celibacy.
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.
SY 428 Gender & Society (Nicole Carr)
Description and analysis of gender roles and inequality in contemporary Western societies in cross-cultural and historical context
Open the original version of this page.