Elective Courses (totaling 12 cr.)
with approval of Program Director
Following is a partial list of courses offered by the Women's Studies Program. Please check the current Schedule of Classes for a listing of the courses offered each semester, including new electives.
INTRODUCTORY AND CORE COURSES
WS 10000: Women's & Gender Roles in Contemporary Society (3 cr.)
Fulfills General Education requirement for a Perspectives Course, under the category Self and Society.
An introduction to issues that arise when women's lives and gender roles become the focus of critical inquiry. How do different societies and academic disciplines define women? How do women's experiences vary in relation to factors such as race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, age, nationality? How have women resisted, adapted to, and transformed "women's space" in the United States and elsewhere?
This introductory, interdisciplinary course will present and problematize traditional and contemporary perspectives about women's and gender roles in society, both in the United States and abroad. Based on instructor selections, students may analyze and examine the history of women's struggles, oppressions, and resistance through the work force and the economy, education, home and family life, government and other political arenas, and religious life. Other focus topics may include, but are not limited to health and sexuality, law and social control, and constructions of race, nationality, ethnicity, and identity.
INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED COURSES
31000: Independent Study (1-4 hr/wk; 1-4 cr.)
The student will pursue a program of independent study under the direction of a WS faculty member. With the approval of the Program Director.
31100-32000: Selected Topics in Women's Studies (1-4 hr/wk; 1-4 cr.)
Topics not covered in the usual program offerings, which will vary each semester. Credits and hours will be determined by the Program.
WS 31258: Women & Work
Women have been a part of the human productive forces throughout history; yet often their contributions are neglected and diminished. This class will look at the roles gender plays in both access to various types of labor and compensation received from that labor. We will ask why some types of work are not recognized as work (i.e. bearing children, cooking, doing dishes) and why other types of work are criminalized (i.e. sexwork). Further, the class will look at current globalization patterns and their connection to gender oppression from historical, cultural and economic perspectives. Students will be asked to observe and share their own experiences and research as well as reflect on readings assigned for this class.
WS 31255: Women, Peace, & Security
This class examines women, war, and peace making. Globally, women are recognized for their ability to prevent and resolve conflict as well as to restore civil society in post conflict situations. Cases such as Liberia, the Balkans and Northern Ireland will be examined. Women also feel the impact of violence during wartime as caregivers, civil society creators, and victims of sexual violence. We will study women's historical and cultural experiences in the development of peace and security processes. We will ask why there has been no substantial data collection, evaluation and measurement of women's roles in international security. We will also look at women as violent actors and ways that gender sensitive active nonviolence can be realized.
ELECTIVE COURSES IN OTHER DEPARTMENTS
Below is a partial listing of courses accepted for credit in the Women's Studies Program. Please consult an advisor for all applicable courses each semester.
22500: Class, Ethnicity, & Gender
22600: Culture, Personality, & Gender
23200: Witchcraft, Magic, & Religion
23600: Sex, Marriage, & the Family in Cross-Cultural Perspective
25500: The Anthropology of Health & Healing
25600: Women/Cross Cultural Perspective
31107: Anthropology for Reproduction
31403: Women and the Violation of Human Rights
32400: Violation of Human Rights
29204: Women & Art II
20700: Asian Women
31160: Women of the African Diaspora
31706: The Black Woman
31713: Latina Writers
31746: Women's Literature
37501: Women Writers of the Middle Ages & the Renaissance
37502: Women Novelists of the 19th Century
37503: 20th Century Women Writers
37517: 19th Century Women Writers
41313: Gender Issues in Victorian Literature
41476: Feminist Theory
Foreign Languages and Literatures
31500: Selected Topics: French Women in Literature (in English)
40103: Women of Antiquity
45300: Gender Issues in Hispanic Letters
31129: U.S. Family
31610: History of Childhood in America
31613: Women & Medicine
31706: The Black Woman
31910: Women in the Middle East
35900: Women in World History through the Middle Ages
36000: Women in Modern History
43100: History of Sexuality
44400: Women in U.S. History
48200: Women & Gender in Latin America
48500: Women and Gender in the Middle East
31108: Transnational Feminism
31510: Culture, Gender, & Class: Morocco (Study Abroad Course)
27300: The Jewish Woman
31500: Jewish Woman in Literature
Latin American and Latino Studies
13100: Urban Hispanic Child
31200: Women/Health: Latinas & Other Women of Color
31304: Gender & Sexuality in the Latino Community
34600: Feminist Philosophy
22900: Women & Politics
31108: Feminist Political Theory
31117: Politics, Law, Families
31544: Family Law
31823: Psychology of Women and Violence
35100: Psychology of Human Sexual Behavior
36500/36504: Family Psychology
38800: Psychology of Women
B9506: Gender Psychopathy (Graduate level course, requires professor's permission to register)
26600: Family Relationships
27700: Ethnic Families in the United States
31701: Work & Family
38207: Sex Roles & Social Change
38209: Sociology of Sexualities
38210: Sociology of Gender
31126: Queer Theater
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