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Spring 2014 Approved Courses

women's and gender studies program

Below are course titles, numbers, and descriptions for  approved Spring 2014 elective courses.

Department Title Course Code Professor Meeting Time
Colloquium: Teaching Women's Studies SC664 (EN603/HS665) McWilliams
T 5:30-7
Description: This course is for the "Introduction to Feminisms" Teaching Assistants. Students meet weekly with the faculty adviser to discuss assigned readings--interdisciplinary feminist pedagogy--and with their respective seminar groups from SC 255. This is a Pass/Fail course. It can be counted as an elective toward the WGS minor. It cannot be counted toward a major.
African and African Diaspora Studies
Versions in Black: Genres of Black Women's Writing
BK201 (EN201)
Frederick T TH 1:30
Description: The phrase "Black Women's Writing" implies that such writing is a fixed, if not homogenous, thing that can be neatly defined and represented. Our course constitutes itself against this idea; rather than experiencing writing by black women as easily definable, we seek to represent Black Women's Writing as diverse, complicated, and contradictory. Reading these works will encourage us to re-examine notions of blackness, gender, sexuality, community, and history. We will examine the varied genres black women writers use to articulate their experiences.
African and African Diaspora Studies Women Writers of Africa & the African Diaspora BK518 Ndlovu MWF 2
Description: This course will comparatively look at portrayals of girlhood, womanhood, sisterhood and motherhood in the works of women writers in Africa and the African Diaspora. We will closely examine how issues of identity such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class and nationality intersect and create very particular positions for the characters within the texts. We will use the characters' particular positionality to think critically about issues concerning black women. The historical breadth covered by the novels will encourage us to compare women's issues not only in terms of identity construction and geographical location, but across different eras as well.
Communication in Family Relationships
T TH 12
Description: This course explores communication occurring in family relationships, including marital pairs, siblings, parents and children, divorced families, stepfamilies, and gay and lesbian families. Through reading, discussion, and research, the class will examine definitions of family, family roles and types, theories of family communication, and communication patterns in families (e.g., conflict, stress, coping, secrets, disclosure, intimacy, and support). (Major Restricted)
Media in Culture and Society
Description: This course will analyze the many ways power is consolidated, negotiated, or resisted through popular media, especially advertising, television, film, and social media. We will examine how correspondences between mass communication and economic structures impact cultural, political, and ideological processes in society, including (but not limited to) the construction of gender roles, sexual norms, racial and ethnic identities, class affiliations, and attitudes towards violence. This course will be theoretically rooted in the critical tradition of media studies, with particular emphasis on 20th century continental and American cultural and social theory.
Communication Gender Roles and Communication CO451 Cuklanz T TH  1:30
Description: This course is both a writing-intensive seminar and a Women's and Gender Studies minor course. Focus is on the social construction of gender through communication. The early section of the course compares historical and theoretical approaches to representations of gender in communication texts. Then, building on these comparisons, students read about, examine, and analyze texts, focusing particularly on television programming and advertising.
Educational Psychology  
Gender Roles PY248 Kozan W 4:30-6:50
Description: This course examines biological, social, and psychological factors that interact in contributing to men's and women's gender roles. Within the social domain, particular attention will be given to how culture affects the social construction of gender, and how factors such as racism and homophobia interact with societally prescribed norms for men and women. The second half of the class will focus on the effects of gender roles on mental and physical health, social problems like aggression, and issues in education, work, and relationships including family life.
Modern American Women
Description: This lecture-discussion course explores American women from the Civil War to the present. Themes include sexuality, the media, work, women in public life, suffrage and women's rights, and the diversity of women's experience.
Islamic Civilization and Societies
Women and Gender in Islam
IC310 (TH500)
Description: This course explores women and gender roles in Islamic history, civilization, and societies, beginning with the pre-Islamic period and continuing through the present. The goal is to present women and women's issues as central to the main narrative of Islamic history, rather than as a side story. This course explores questions related to both historical and contemporary religious interpretation and practice, Sunni, Shi'a and Sufi, as well as the impact of religion and gender constructs on women's access to the public sphere, positions of leadership, and legal status.
International Studies
Globalization, Gender and Development
IN574 (SC574)
T 3:30-5
Description: Over the past two decades the concept of "globalization" has taken academia by storm. The movement of people, capital, and cultures across borders has profoundly reshaped local structures transforming the everyday lives of people in every corner of the globe. In this course we will explore several factors that shape a global world include the role of nation states, economic capital, and laws that permit or inhibit the movement of people across borders. We consider theory and policy oriented towards addressing not just material deprivations but also gender, racial and ethnic disparities, health status, education, human rights, and political freedoms.
Psychology of Gender
Dempewolff T TH 12
Description: This course involves a multi-faceted and critical look at how gender shapes identities, beliefs, and behavior. Rather than concentrating on questions of sex differences, we will explore how females and males do gender in their everyday lives. We will review competing theoretical models and scrutinize empirical findings that support and fail to support common sense ideas about gender. Topics include a number of controversial issues such as violence in intimate relationships, sexual orientation, media constructions of femininity and masculinity, ethnic/racial/cultural critiques of feminist psychology, and gender harassment.
Romance Languages and Literatures
Love, Sexuality, and Gender (in English)
RL373 Mormando T TH 1:30
Description: This course explores the modern conception of "romantic love" by examining its birth and development in prominent literary works (by men and women) of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. We will also investigate allied notions of sexuality, gender, and marriage, in both a heterosexual and same-sex ("homosexual") context. For contrast and comparison, the course begins with a study of the Bible and ancient Greek and Roman texts and ends with a look at the depiction of our themes in contemporary cinema as well as a discussion of the current debate in American society over the nature and purpose of marriage.
Romance Languages and Literatures
Marriage & Modernity (in French)
Ravalico W 3-5:30
Description: In this course we will study the role of marriage in French culture. Starting with comic theater in the 17th century, we will work our way up to recent debates about marriage laws in France. Our goal is to come to a better understanding of how representations of marriage in literature, art, popular media, and film function to define, challenge, and subvert what it means to be a French man and a French woman throughout the ages. We will meet a diverse cast of characters in our survey: wives and husbands, cheaters, cuckolds, desperate housewives, nuns, closeted gays, and prostitutes.
Romance Languages and Literatures
Warrior Women of Spain (in Spanish)
RL607 Tang MWF 12
Description: This course examines the portrayal of strong female figures in Spanish literature and film from the nineteenth century to the present. Beginning with the writings of outspoken nineteenth-century authors such as Concepcion Arenal and Emilia Pardo Bazon, we move towards literary and filmic depictions of female involvement in the Spanish Civil War, and feminist narrative of recent decades from authors such as Montserrat Roig and Almudena Grandes. This course focuses on the variety of ways in which literature and film have defied gender stereotypes.
From Poor Law to Working Poor: Low-Income America SC591
T 12-2:30
Description: The course focuses on concepts associated with the unique responses of families during the childbearing cycle, normal and high risk pregnancies, and normal and abnormal events in women's health. Current multidisciplinary research in women's health with a focus on the childbearing cycle, including genetics and cultural competence, is presented. Evidenced based nursing practice for the childbearing family is discussed. The nursing implications of attending to both the physiologic and the psychosocial needs of the childbearing family are reviewed. Emphasis will be placed on AWHONN and ACOG standards of care.
Theology Classics of Christian Spirituallity TH244 Prevot T Th 3
Description: This course will foreground women's voices and gender analysis in its examination of the conversion stories, ascetical practices, prayerful devotions, mystical encounters, and works of mercy and justice that have shaped Christian spirituality throughout the ages. The course will reflect on the ways in which Christian spiritual traditions have been deeply shaped by the contemplative and active lives of women and by structures of gender and power.