890 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

890-100 INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN STUDIES GE 3 cr
An investigation of women's experience from the perspective of various disciplines. The course examines the ways gender interacts with ethnicity, race, class and sexuality and explores contemporary and historical issues related to women's lives. Included are such subjects as health and body image, violence against women, and women's achievements.

890-240 WOMEN AND WORK GE 3 cr
This course focuses on the recent successes as well as the problems women face in the work force. It provides as overview of the changing nature of work in the United States and of the history of women from diverse groups and backgrounds.
Prereq: Sophomore standing or consent of instructor.

890-250 WOMEN IN AMERICAN CULTURE GE 3 cr
This course is a study of women's contributions and their representation in such areas of American culture as literature, art, crafts, music, film, letters and diaries--from the mid-Nineteenth Century to contemporary times. Students will also explore how the dominant ideas and images of American culture interact with the real lives of diverse groups of women.
Prereq: Sophomore standing or consent of instructor.

890-280 FEMINIST THEORIES 3 cr
An introduction to historical and contemporary feminist theories, with emphasis on critical reading and analysis of original works by major feminist writers.
Prereq: 890-100 and sophomore standing.

890-303/503 WOMEN'S VOICES/WOMEN'S LIVES 3 cr
A study of the lives of women in different ages and cultures. Women's roles in society as revealed in diaries, autobiography and biography are explored.
Prereq: Sophomore standing.

890-320/520 LESBIAN STUDIES 3 cr
This course will introduce students to an array of interdisciplinary texts that present issues relevant to perceiving lesbian lives. Readings will include legal, scientific, and philosophic theory, studies by social scientists and historians, multicultural perspectives and literary works. There will be four units; 1) Defining our Terms, 2) Idea(l)s of Community, 3) Life-Cycle Choices, 4) Research on Current Issues.
Prereq: Completion of Introduction to Women's Studies (890-100) and sophomore standing.

890-350/550 STAGES AND TRANSITIONS IN WOMEN'S LIVES 3 cr
A study of identity issues that women may face in their adult lives, including specific transitions such as entering and/or leaving relationships; work patterns; parenting; caregiving; coping with loss; retirement; and facing the challenges of aging.
Prereq: Sophomore standing.

890-360/560 WOMEN, SCIENCE, AND SOCIETY 3 cr
Historical survey of women's contributions to science; case studies of modern women scientists; feminism and scientific knowledge.
Prereq: Junior standing or 890-100.

890-370/570 WOMEN: RACE AND ETHNICITY GE/Diversity 3 cr
This course will provide an examination of Native American, African American, Hispanic, and Asian American women in the broad areas of work, family/community relationships, creativity, and social action.
Prereq: Junior standing or 890-100.

890-380/580 GENDER AND THE LAW GE 3 cr
A study of legal, social, and moral issues related to gender, such as the definition of sexual difference, inequality in the workplace, lesbian and gay rights. How those issues have been handled historically and normatively within the legal system will be investigated.
Prereq: Junior standing or consent of instructor.

890-392/592 WOMEN AND VIOLENCE         3 cr
This course will analyze causes and effects of violence against women, forces and conditions that lead women to perpetrate violence, treatment of women as both victims and perpetrators by the criminal justice system, and strategies for ending violence.
Prereq: 890-100 or 880-345.

WOMENST 464/664  WOMEN  IN  INTERNATIONAL                 3 u
 RELATIONS
This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to study and analyze international relations from a multi-disciplinary perspective. It will examine current understandings of the causes, processes and structures of international relations, violent conflict, as well as resolution of those conflicts and peace within the context of Feminist theories. The goal is to examine the role of women in international relations, international security, conflict and peace through different approaches to the study of conflict and how it is understood. The course will consider both the strength and limitations of various disciplinary approaches.

The traditional approaches to international relations, international security, international conflict and peace reflect viewpoints consistent with masculine perspectives on power and security. The goal is to consider how the limitations of the approaches can be effectively challenged and what alternatives might be offered. Themes for discussion will include gender, race, ethnicity, nationalism, state, community, conflict  and peace.
Prereq: Three units of political science or three units of women's studies.

890-489 ADVANCED SEMINAR IN WOMEN'S STUDIES 3 cr
An intensive, integrative study of selected issues in Women's Studies, emphasizing critical thinking and research techniques. A substantial research paper is required.
Prereq: 890-100 and either 890-280 or 782-390.

890-490/690 WORKSHOP IN WOMEN'S STUDIES 1-6 cr
Repeatable.
Prereq: Consent of instructor.

890-493 INTERNSHIP IN WOMEN'S STUDIES 3 cr
Work and study with an agency or institution related to women's issues. Students working under faculty supervision will combine academic learning with practical experience.
Prereq: 12 credits in courses approved for the Women's Studies Minor and approval of Women's Studies Internship Committee.

890-496/696 SPECIAL STUDIES 1-4 cr
Repeatable.
Prereq: Consent of instructor.

890-498 INDEPENDENT STUDY 1-3 cr
Repeatable.
Prereq: Cons instr and 6 cr. from the approved course list or approval of the Women's Studies Chairperson.

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