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General Bulletin 2008-2010

Courses of Instruction

WOMEN'S STUDIES (WMS-Arts and Science)

Note: The following cross-listed courses are available in Women's Studies. For more information, consult the listing in the appropriate department.

ATH/BWS/ LAS 325 Identity: Race, Gender, Class (MPT)
BWS 370E Feminism and the Diaspora: U.S. Women of Color (MPC)
CLS 235 Women in Antiquity (MPT)
COM 461 Gender and the Media
ENG 232 American Women Writers (MPT)
ENG 233 British Women Writers (MPT)
ENG/FST 350B Women in Film (MPT)
ENG 368 Feminist Literary Theory and Practice (MPT)
ENG 435 Queer Theory
ENG 468 Gender and Genre (MPT)
FSW 361 Couple Relationships: Diversity and Change (MPT)
GEO 436 Women, Gender, and the Environment
HST 250B Gender and Third-World Film
HST 323 Women and Gender in Modern Europe
HST 381 Women in Pre-Industrial Europe (MPT)
HST 382 Women in American History (MPT)
HST 383 Women in Chinese History (MPT)
HST 384 Contemporary Women's World History
HST 450 Topics in Women's History (MPT)
KNH 243 Women's Health Care: Problems and Practices
KNH 475 Women, Gender Relations, and Sport
MUS 287 Enter the Diva: American Women in Music from 1900-Present
PHL 355 Feminist Theory (MPT)
POL 346 Women in Politics
POL 347 Women and the Law
POR/ENG/ BWS 383 By or About (Afro-) Brazilian Women
PSY 326 Psychology of Women
REL 333 Religion, Dress, and Status
REL 334 Women's Religious Experience in the Ancient Mediterranean World (MPT)
SOC 203 Sociology of Gender Roles (MPT)
SOC/ FSW 221 Human Sexuality
SOC 272 Women in Popular Culture (MPT)
SOC/ FSW 451 Family Violence

MPF, MPT 201 Introduction to Women's Studies (3)

Interdisciplinary introduction to the study of women which focuses on determinants and expressions of women's roles. IIC, IIIA. CAS-C.

202 Introduction to GLBT Studies (3)

Introduction to the scholarly field of GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender) Studies. Provides the intellectual foundation for the further study of non-normative genders and sexualities.

MPT 232 American Women Writers (3)

Survey of American Women's writing from Anne Bradstreet to the present. Cross-listed with ENG 232. CAS-B-LIT.

MPT 233 British Women Writers (3)

Works by British women, from the 19th century to the present. Cross-listed with ENG 233. CAS-B-LIT.

MPT 235 Women in Antiquity (3)

Study of the status of women in the Greek and Roman world from Bronze age through early centuries of Christianity conducted in light of literary, artistic, and archaeological evidence in order to increase knowledge and understanding of Greek and Roman family and social life and of our own society as well. Cross-listed with CLS 235.

282 Art and Politics (3)

Explores relationship between art and politics as manifested in images and monuments of different time periods. Emphasis is not on chronological development, but on the shifting relationship between art and politics. Cross-listed with ART.

301 Women and Difference: Intersections of Race, Class, and Sexuality (3)

Investigation of the interdisciplinary theoretical approaches to the interplay of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and other aspects of social identity in women's lives; analysis of the ways social difference is defined, used, and experienced. Emphasis on feminist and womanist theories that take into account the interdependence of multiple categories of social difference. Prerequisite: WMS 201. Open to majors and minors or other students with permission of instructor.

MPT 325 Identity, Race, Gender, Class (3)

Develops conceptual tools and critical perspectives that enable students to better understand and analyze the processes through which identities are constructed and experienced. Learning activities facilitate analysis of individual identities as experienced through the life cycle and across diverse cultural and subcultural contexts, and build a systematic understanding of the processes and dynamics through which identities and identity groups develop and interact. Cross-listed with ATH, BWS and LAS 325.

361 Couple Relationships: Diversity and Change (3)

Investigation of intimate couple relationships in their many diverse forms. Focuses on social and psychological factors influencing development and maintenance of such couple relationships as dating, cohabitation, and marriage. General principles are discussed as well as factors that are more specific to certain age groups, relationship types, or sociocultural settings. Prerequisite: three hours of social science. Cross-listed with FSW 361.

MPT 368 Feminist Literary Theory and Practice (3)

Introduction to feminist literary theory; deals with how feminism has shaped reading and interpretive practices, and develops some practical strategies for literary study. Cross-listed with ENG 368. CAS-B-LIT.

370 Selected Topics in Women's Studies (3)

Examines specific aspects of women's roles, status, and experiences.

MPC 370E Feminism and the Diaspora: U.S. Women of Color (3)

Concerns issues of language, history, geography, social-psychology, and culture for U.S. women of color (black, Asian-American, Latina, American Indian, and others). Includes works by and about women on gender, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and other differences. Cross-listed with BWS 370E.

MPT 381 Women in Pre-Industrial Europe (3)

Survey of the history of women's lives and roles in Western society from the beginning of the Middle Ages to the eve of the Industrial Revolution. Emphasis on determining women's experiences and actual roles as compared to the cultural and legal image presented and on examining effects of historical trends on women's lives. Cross-listed with HST 381. Offered infrequently.

MPT 382 Women in American History (3)

Survey of the history of women's lives and roles in American society from colonial period to present. Emphasis on examining women's individual and collective roles in private and public spheres and on exploring how specific economic and political transformations have affected women's lives. Cross-listed with AMS and HST 382.

MPC 401 The Role of Women in a Transforming Society (3)

Review of current and historically significant feminist writings on the ways in which patriarchal structures of authority affect what students know about women's experiences. Students position themselves as creators of knowledge about women's experiences and as members of self-critical communities of activists who are transforming society and women's positions in that society. Includes readings, discussions, and individual and group projects. Students learn to celebrate similarities in experiences and perspectives, and to understand and appreciate differences. Prerequisite: WMS 201 and at least 12 semester hours in WMS courses, or permission of instructor.

410A Black Feminist Theory (3)

Examines black feminist theory from a variety of perspectives. Samples diversity of texts by theorists in the U.S. and the African Diaspora. Readings include both well known and lesser known thinkers/scholars as well as classic texts and newly published works. Cross-listed with WMS 410A and ENG 470A.

425 Black Feminist Theory (3)

Seminar examines black feminist theory from a variety of perspectives. Course samples a diversity of texts by theorists in the U.S. and African Diaspora. Readings include both well known and lesser known thinkers/scholars as well as classic texts and newly published works. Cross-listed with BWS 425.

436/536 Women, Gender and the Environment (3)

Seminar discussing literature on the role of women in their relationships with natural resources as advocates, practitioners, and scholars. Ideas on ecofeminism will be introduced from more-developed "north" and developing "south" perspectives, and then directed toward the study of gender and development, and participatory tools in gender analysis.

MPT 468 Gender and Genre (3)

Includes a variety of areas within the disciplines of English and American literary and linguistic studies. Subject material varies with instructor's area of expertise, but focus is on the relation between gender and genre in the reading and/or writing process. Cross-listed with ENG 468. Offered infrequently.

470 Senior Thesis in Women's Studies (3-4)

Focuses on the production of the senior thesis. Senior theses may report the results of original research, critical analysis, activist work and/or creation of art, music, performance, fiction, or other forms. Periodic meetings provide a forum to discuss progress and problems, share with peers the process of framing and implementing a project, research, and writing, and practice presenting results. The course culminates in a public presentation of results. Prerequisite: Senior capstone in WMS ( WMS 401 or WMS 370E)

601 Introduction To Women's Studies (3)

A seminar that focuses on Women's Studies as an academic project and a force for social change in the U.S., tracing its historical development and identifying some of its central issues. Readings, discussion, and assignments help students understand the impact of Women's Studies upon academia and upon their own lives.

602 Feminist Theory & Methodology (3)

A seminar that investigates major research methods (empirical studies, case studies, ethnographies, rhetorical analyses, textual and historical studies) as they are theorized and practiced within contemporary feminism. As an interdisciplinary project, feminist academic research includes work from psychology, sociology, literary studies, languages, the arts, anthropology, philosophy, education, mathematics, political science and law, and the sciences. This seminar highlights the ways in which research methodology and theorizing are informed by feminist analyses of institutional power, social difference, and position of the researcher.


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