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    Women's and Gender Studies

    Course Descriptions

    Women's and Gender Studies Courses

    INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN'S STUDIES (GE)

    Women's Studies 100, Credits: 3

    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.

    WOMEN AND WORK (GE)

    Women's Studies 240, Credits: 3

    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.

    GENDER AND GEOGRAPHY (GS)

    Women's Studies 245, Credits: 3

    Human geographies will be studied through the lens of gender along with gender relations at home and abroad. Content is organized according to a variety of spatial scales including the body, home, city, and world. Cases investigated at the global scale include gendered livelihoods and migration, nationalism and war, and environmental issues.

    WOMEN IN AMERICAN CULTURE (GE)

    Women's Studies 250, Credits: 3

    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.

    FEMINIST THEORIES

    Women's Studies 280, Credits: 3

    An introduction to historical and contemporary feminist theories, with emphasis on critical reading and analysis of original works by major feminist writers.

    WOMEN'S VOICES/WOMEN'S LIVES

    Women's Studies 303, Credits: 3

    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.

    WOMEN AND THE SHAPING OF LATIN AMERICAN CULTURE

    Women's Studies 310, Credits: 3

    This course critically examines roles of women in shaping Latin American culture and society through exploration of individual and collective action. Through the lenses of film, essay, and objective studies students encounter ways in which women create, maintain and restore cultures often viewed by the outside as strongly male-dominated.

    LESBIAN STUDIES

    Women's Studies 320, Credits: 3

    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.

    WOMEN IN MUSIC

    Women's Studies 345, Credits: 3

    A survey of women musicians in Western European art music and twentieth-century popular musical styles. Historical, cultural, and philosophical issues surrounding the contributions of female performers, composers, conductors, patrons, teachers, musicologists, and other musical professions will be explored, as well as the portrayal of women in opera, musical theater, and music videos.

    STAGES AND TRANSITIONS IN WOMEN'S LIVES

    Women's Studies 350, Credits: 3

    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.

    WOMEN, SCIENCE & SOCIETY

    Women's Studies 365, Credits: 3

    Historical survey of women's contributions to science; case studies of modern women scientists; feminism and scientific knowledge.

    WOMEN: RACE AND ETHNICITY (DV)(GE)

    Women's Studies 370, Credits: 3

    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.

    GENDER LAW AND POLICY (GS)

    Women's Studies 380, Credits: 3

    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.

    ISSUES AND TOPICS IN WOMEN AND GENDER STUDIES

    Women's Studies 455, Credits: 3

    This course provides intensive study of important issues in Women's Studies, with special emphasis on courses that reflect the most contemporary thought in our discipline and that correspond to faculty research interests. Topics include Women's Human Rights, Gender and AIDS, and Women, Militarism and War.

    WOMEN IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

    Women's Studies 464, Credits: 3

    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.

    GENDER, ETHNICITY, AND THE ENVIROMENT

    Women's Studies 481, Credits: 3

    An examination of the ways that sexism, racism, ethnic/class exploitation and environmental destruction are interrelated. Considers social and cultural forces that lead to limited and/or gendered concepts of nature, and explores alternative theoretical and activist perspectives (deep ecology, bioregionalism, ecofemisim, environmental justice, etc.) and responses to the environmental crisis.

    ADVANCED SEMINAR IN WOMEN'S STUDIES

    Women's Studies 489, Credits: 3

    An intensive, integrative study of selected issues in Women's Studies, emphasizing critical thinking and research techniques. A substantial research paper is required.

    WORKSHOP IN WOMEN'S STUDIES

    Women's Studies 490, Credits: 1-6

    Variable topics. Group activity oriented presentations emphasizing `hands on` and participatory instructional techniques. Repeatable

    INTERNSHIP IN WOMEN'S STUDIES

    Women's Studies 493, Credits: 3

    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.

    SPECIAL STUDIES

    Women's Studies 496, Credits: 1-4

    Variable topics. Group activity. Not offered regularly in the curriculum but offered on topics selected on the basis of timeliness, need, and interest, and generally in the format of regularly scheduled Catalog offerings. Repeatable. Instructor Consent required.

    INDEPENDENT STUDY

    Women's Studies 498, Credits: 1-3

    Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member.

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    Whitewater, WI 53190-1790

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