Course Offerings - Women's Studies
98-224 Women in Literature (HU) 3 cr.
Representations of women and female experiences in literature. A variety of genres and historical periods may be covered from American, British, and/or colonial literatures. Prerequisites: 38-101 or 38-110. Cross-listed with English 38-224. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.
98-225 Images of Women (SS) 3 cr.
Introductory course for Women's Studies Minors, or for those interested in the field. Inter-disciplinary approach to the study of women past, present, and future.
The study of human sexual functioning which will include social, political, biological, and aesthetic components and application of these components in developing a mature understanding of ones own sexuality and the responsible use of sex in ones life. Cross-listed with Physical Education and Health Promotion 55-240. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.98-265 Women and Religion (NW-ES) 3 cr.
A course on the role of women and the feminine in the religions of the world. Using sacred textual traditions as a base, we will examine the place of women and the feminine in 1) mythology, 2) social and family relations, and 3) religious ritual and organization, including monasticism. Attention will also be given to the significance of the gendered nature of deity for women's spirituality and experience in the world's religions. Cross listed with Religious Studies 87-265. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.98-268 Gender, Communication and Relationships 3 cr.
This course focuses on the relationship between gender and communication within the context of interpersonal relationships. Topics covered include hetero/homoaffective relationships, friendships, and professional relationships. Prerequisites: Communication students are encouraged to have taken 96-111 or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with Communication 96-268. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.
98-302 Civil Liberties in the United States 3 cr.
Philosophy of civil liberties; constitutional basis, rights of conscience and expression; rights of persons accused of crime; political rights; equal protection of the laws. Cross-listed with Political Science 84-302. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: 84-105.98-303 Women and Politics 3 cr.
This course is intended to be an examination of the status of women in the American political system. This examination will explore the history and current status of women's rights, women as voters, political activists, and officeholders, and current issues surrounding the role and status of women in the United States. Cross-listed with Political Science 84-303. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: 84-105.98-307 Discrimination, Gender, and the Economy 3 cr.
Analysis of the experiences of women and ethnic minorities in the economy, extending the traditional interpretations of economic issues to the unique experiences of these groups. Economic tools will be developed, and then applied to such topics as Comparable Worth, Wage Determination, Occupational Choice and Segregation, Poverty, and the Criminal Justice System. Cross-listed with Economics 36-307. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: 36-106 or 36-206 or 36-208.98-316 Gender and Language 3 cr.
Gender and Language focuses on a broad range of readings surrounding gender, language and communication issues including the creation and maintenance of gender roles through languages, language and power, and reality and language. As a writing emphasis course, the student will be expected to be able to digest a great deal of reading material and articulately summarize and discuss (through writing and class discussions) the essential elements of each reading and her/his thoughts regarding the reading. Prerequisites: 96-214 (for Communication students) or permission of the instructor. Cross-listed with Communication 96-316. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.98-324 Gender in Literature: optional content 3 cr.
This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the director. A study of literature from various periods illustrating gender roles in their cultural and social contexts. Cross-listed with English 38-324. Prerequisite: 200 Level literature (38) course.98-330 Discrimination and Legal Remedies 3 cr.
This course is an examination of issues of discrimination in American society against groups and individuals and how the system responds to these problems. Issues of race, ethnicity, gender, economic class, sexual orientation, and physical disability are among those examined. Cross-listed with Political Science 84-330. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.98-332 Early Women Writers: optional content 3 cr.
This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the director. A study of women writers before 1900. The content will vary from semester to semester, and may include such subjects as Ancient Women Writers, Medieval Women Writers, Renaissance Women Writers, Early American Women Writers, and Nineteenth-Century Women Writers. Cross-listed English 38-332. Prerequisites: 38-281.
A study of the developmental tasks of early, middle and late adulthood. Work, marriage, parenthood, retirement, death and other issues will be examined with regard to cognitive, emotional, motivational and psycho-social functioning through the adult years. Cross-listed with Psychology 86-338. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: 86-201 or 86-204.98-344 Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Gender 3 cr.
Examination of comparative gender roles and the behavior, status, and economic position of the sexes in cultural groups other than contemporary U.S. society. Cross-listed with Anthropology 21-344. Students may receive credit for only one of the cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: 21-102 or 21-122 or 92-101 or 92-151.
This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the director. Studies in literature written by women in the 20th century, with emphasis on works by contemporary authors. Cross-listed with English 38-345. Prerequisite: 38-281 or consent of instructor.98-347 Women and Minorities in American Film (ES) 3 cr.
A study of the problems and issues of depicting women and minorities on film. Individual sections of the course will analyze the depiction of women, African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans, with a progression from one-dimensional racial stereotypes to three-dimensionality. Films made by women and minorities are included in the study. Cross-listed with Communication 96-347. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: 96-201 for Radio-TV-Film majors; consent of instructor for other majors.98-353 Domestic Violence 3 cr.
The course will familiarize students with the problem of domestic violence. Special emphasis will be given to spouse abuse, the cycle of violence, alternatives available to the victim, legal options, and counseling approaches used. Aspects of prevention, community intervention will be explored, along with the historical perspective and contributory factors such as sex-role stereotypes, social violence, and cultural norms. Cross-listed with Human Services 18-353. Students may receive credit for only one of the cross-listed courses.98-357 Sex Differences in Society 3 cr.
A study of behavior and social inequalities based on sex differences. Interdisciplinary perspectives on sex roles in the family and at work. Historical and cross-cultural perspectives on the position of women in society.98-370 Women and the Law 3 cr.
Constitutional status of women, the proposed Equal Rights Amendment, symbolic discrimination, social status of women (family, law, pregnancy, educational status), economic status, women and the political system, comparative status of women.98-371/571 African-American Women Writers: optional content (ES) 3 cr.
This course may be offered with different content: with a different subtitle it may be taken twice with the signature of the director. An examination of work by African-American women writers such as Toni Morrison, Gloria Naylor, Alice Walker, Paule Marshall, and others. Cross-listed with English 38-371. Prerequisite: 38-281 or consent of instructor.98-380 Women's Health: Issues and Nursing Practice 2-3 cr.
An overview of the health care of women from a nursing perspective. The status of women as health care professionals, as well as clients in the health care system, is explored. Aspects of health promotion and female health related problems are studied with the incorporation of psycho-socio-political aspects. Content related to child-bearing will not be addressed. Cross-listed with Nursing 74-380. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: 74-335, Non-nursing major requires consent of Program Director.98-386 Women in the United States 3 cr.
The status, work, role, and leadership activities of white, Native American and African American women in United States history. Exceptional women, and the feminist, suffrage, and liberation movements examined within the perspective of the life and attitudes of the mass of women in the United States. Cross-listed with History 57-386. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: 57-201 or 57-202.98-387 German Witch Craze of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries 3 cr.
The origins of the witch craze, study of selected witch hunts; the factors that caused the witch craze to decline in the late 17th century. Cross-listed with History 57-387. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.98-390 Feminist Theory 3 cr.
An exploration of the distinct but intersecting explanations for women's personal, professional, and political conditions, as well as the differing recommendations for improving or transforming those conditions.98-391/591 Gay and Lesbian Literature: optional content 3 cr.
This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle it may be taken twice with the signature of the director. An examination of lesbian and gay literature, with emphasis on work by contemporary authors. Readings will be arranged thematically, with particular attention to identity politics and to the AIDS epidemic. Cross-listed with English 38-391. Prequisite: 38-281.98-395 Special Topics: optional content 3 cr.
A course on a topic not normally covered in the curriculum. Each time it is offered, the topic will be announced in the timetable. May be repeated with different content.
A capstone seminar for the Women's Studies minor program, designed for exploration of topics from a feminist perspective. Multi-disciplinary approach, allowing students to combine work in their major field with Women's Studies research, if they wish, using both primary and secondary sources. Prerequisites: A background of women's studies courses.
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