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Spring Courses 2015

Spring Courses

SPRING 2015

GS 101 Introduction to Gender Studies (Karen Smith)
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 and men in historical and contemporary terms.

GS 290 Understanding Our World: American Social and Cultural Life (Brenda Juarez)
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 490-101 Gender & Self-Representation (Karen Smith)
Gender and Self-Representation explores how writers and artists have used the genres of self-representation, including autobiography, confession, memoir, and self-portraiture, to challenge gender norms, construct alternative self-images, and highlight intersections between gender, race, class, sexuality, and/or other categories of identity. The course will include historical and theoretical overview, but will focus on modern and contemporary works that engage the problem of representing gender. The course will also consider gender issues in popular, digital modes of self-representation, such as blogs and social media.

GS 490-102 International Development & Education (Laureen Fregeau)
A study of international development and education in global and gender contexts. Will include an examination of policy, structure, sociological issues (gender, religion, social class), and formal, adult and non-formal education.

GS 490-801 Minority Women’s Health & Health Disparities (Alethea Hill)
The purpose of this online course is to provide students the opportunity to observe, review and discuss how political, environmental, race/discrimination, and socioeconomic factors contribute to racial/ ethnic health disparities in minority women. In addition, the students will engage in thoughtful debate through an interpretation and inference of their own thoughts on these issues supporting their statements with the literature. This course will also discuss the interdependent role that built environments, neighborhoods and communities have on access to quality healthcare, health outcomes, and observed health disparities of minority women in pursuit of equitable health.

GS 492 Ultra-Cool, Super-Swag, Beyond Love: Exploring Masculinity and the Mass Incarceration Connection in Contemporary U.S. (Brenda Juarez)
This course examines masculinity and influences of race and socio-economic class within US society’s penal system and K-12 public schools and the implications for families and communities identified as racial minorities and economically poor.

AIS 320 Cultural Diversity (Joycelyn Finley-Hervey)
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.

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.

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.

HY 457 Medieval Women (Leanne Good)
The medieval era played a critical role in the construction of modern Western sexual and gendered identities. This course will reflect on that development, focusing specifically on the experiences and contributions of women in medieval Western Europe from late antiquity to the fifteenth century. We will explore the religious, political, demographic, economic, and medical issues which defined and affected the lives of medieval women from different walks of life. Through our readings, we will encounter women who influenced the world around them, as educators, saints, queens, military leaders, travelers and authors, while recognizing the contributions of less famous medieval women who made their mark on society primarily as laborers and mothers.

PSC 345 Women and Politics (Corina Schulze)
The central premise of this course is that politics cannot be fully understood without including gender as an analytical construct. 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 and certain identities as politically relevant. This course sets out to discover how gender "matters" in U.S. politics.

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 Halstead)
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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