WOMEN'S STUDIES COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

WOMENST 100     INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN STUDIES   GE         3 u
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.

 WOMENST 240     WOMEN AND WORK    GE         3 u
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.

 WOMENST 250     WOMEN IN AMERICAN CULTURE   GE         3 u
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.

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

 WOMENST 303/503     WOMEN'S VOICES/WOMEN'S  LIVES        3 u
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.

 WOMENST 320/520     LESBIAN STUDIES         3 u
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 (WOMENST 100) and sophomore standing.

 WOMENST 350/550     STAGES AND TRANSITIONS IN WOMEN'S LIVES        3 u
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.

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

 WOMENST 370/570     WOMEN: RACE AND ETHNICITY   GE/Diversity         3 u
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 WOMENST 100.

WOMENST 380/580     GENDER AND THE LAW      GE         3 u
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.

 WOMENST 392/592     WOMEN AND VIOLENCE         3 u
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: WOMENST 100 or SOCIOLGY 345.

 WOMENST 464/664     WOMEN IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS        3 u
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.

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

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

 WOMENST 493     INTERNSHIP IN WOMEN'S STUDIES         3 u
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 units in courses approved for the Women's Studies Minor and approval of Women's Studies Internship Committee.

 WOMENST 496/696     SPECIAL STUDIES         1-4 u
Repeatable. Prereq: Consent of instructor.

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

APPROVED COURSES IN OTHER DEPARTMENTS:

ART         GA      ARTHIST 305/505 History of Women in Art                                      3 u

SPCH                  SPEECH 326/526 Communication and Gender                                   3 u.

ENGL      GH     ENGLISH 264 Women in Literature: A Feminist Re-evaluation              3 u

ENGL     GH      ENGLISH 368/568 American Minority Women  Writers (Diversity)      3 u

ENGL                 ENGLISH 463/663 Nineteenth Century Women Writers                         3 u

ENGL                 ENGLISH 464/664 Twentieth Century Women Writers                           3 u

HIST     GH        HISTRY 315 Women in American History                                                3 u

HIST                   HISTRY 325/525 Women in the Western World                                      3 u

HIST                   HISTRY 326/526 History of Contemporary Women from 1800                3 u

PHIL                   PHILSPHY 390/590 Feminist Philosophy                                                  3 u

 RELG     GH       RELIGST 330 Women and Religion                                                          3 u

PSCI                    POLISCI 315  Women in Politics                                                             3 u

 PSCI                    POLISCI 464/646  Women in International Relations                                      3 u

 PSYCH     GS     PSYCH 202 Psychology of Women                                                           3 u

 SOCW                 SOCWORK 341/541 Sexuality for Professional Growth                            3 u

 SOC                     SOCIOLGY 345 Sociology of Gender Roles                                             3 u

SOC                      SOCIOLGY 379/579 Women and Crime                                                        3 u

SOC                     SOCIOLGY 410/610 Sociology of Health and Illness                                3 u

 ANTH     GS         ANTHROPL 334/534 Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective                    3 u

 ANTH                 ANTHROPL 494/694 Seminar: Selected Topics in Gender Issues                3 u

 ANTH                 ANTHROPL 494/694 Seminar: Women and Social Change                        3 u

 ANTH                 ANTHROPL 496/696 Special Study: Women and the Life Cycle                3 u

Special Studies, workshops, internships, and seminars having a specific focus on women may be approved for a single term. For more information consult the current schedule of classes.
 
 
 

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