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Department of Women's Studies

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WMNST 400W: Feminist Theory: Consideration of feminist theories of women's experience in transforming understanding, conceptualizing old problems, raising new ones, and expanding traditional disciplines. This is a diversity focused course. This course meets a writing intensive course requirement. Prerequisite: WMNST 001.

WMNST 401: Feminist Perspectives on Research and Teaching: Feminist approaches to methodological issues in research and teaching in the social sciences and the humanities. Prerequisite: WMNST 001, or WMNST 003; WMNST 400W.

WMNST 407: (DF) (THEA) WOMEN AND THEATRE ( 3) A study of theatre practice and dramatic literature as informed by issues of gender, race, and ethnic background. Prerequisite: THEA 100

WMNST 410: (AAA S) SPIRIT, SPACE, SURVIVAL: CONTEMPORARY BLACK WOMEN ( 3) How recent Black women have used spirit and space to survive. Prerequisite: WMNST 101

WMNST 412: (DF) (EDTHP) EDUCATION AND THE STATUS OF WOMEN ( 3) An examination of the relationship of education to the status of women in American society.

WMNST 415W: (DF) (GEOG) GENDER AND GEOGRAPHY ( 3) Description and explanation of the links between gender relations and spatial structures; gender and work, social services, and neighborhood activism. Prerequisite: GEOG 020 , GEOG 100 , GEOG 120 , WMNST 001 , OR WMNST 187

WMNST/HIST 419: The History of Feminist Thought: A critical analysis of European and United States feminist thought from Renaissance to the present. Prerequisite: WMNST 001, WMNST 003, WMNST 116, or WMNST 117.

WMNST/RLSOC 420: Women in Developing Countries: This course gives an inside look at the lives of women in developing countries

WMNST/HIST 421: The History of European Women: European women's lives from the Middle Ages to the present. Prerequisite: WMNST 001, WMNST 003, WMNST 116, or WMNST 117.

WMNST/ADMJ 423: Rape and Sexual Violence: Study of legal, sociological, and psychological perspectives on sexual crimes; examining victims experiences and social reactions to sexual violence. Prerequisite: ADMJ 111 or WMNST 001.

WMNST 424: (DF) (KINES) WOMEN AND SPORT ( 3) An interdisciplinary approach to contemporary issues related to women and sport from historical, physiological, psychological, and sociological perspectives. Prerequisite: PSY 002 , PSY 170 , PSY 471 , SOC 001 , or WMNST 001

WMNST/PLSC 428:  Gender and Politics: An overview for the field of women and politics in the United States and around the world. Examines the extent women in politics from men and quest for feminist polices. That 'This course satisfies the Social and Behavioral Sciences general education requirement for the bachelor of arts degree of Women's Studies.

WMNST/BBH 452: Women's Health Issues: Exploration of major health issues concerning women today, with an emphasis on social, cultural, and medical influences.

WMNST/ADMJ 453:  Women and The Criminal Justice System: The experience of women as offenders and professionals in the criminal justice system. Prerequisite: ADMJ 111 or WMNST 001.

WMNST/HIST 455: Gender Roles in Communication: Gender-related communication in intimate, casual, and occupational situations. Creating and changing human relationships through interpersonal bargaining and public discourse. Prerequisite: SPCOM 230.

WMNST 456: (SOC) GENDER, OCCUPATIONS, AND PROFESSIONS ( 3) The role of gender in shaping contemporary North American patterns of employment, occupational roles, and statuses. Prerequisite: SOC 001 OR WMNST 001

WMNST/HIST 457: The History of Women in Science: Critical analysis of the roles women, gender, and minorities have played in the natural sciences. Prerequisite: WMNST 001, WMNST 003, or WMNST 005.

WMNST/HIST 458: Critical Issues in Reproduction: This course examines four main aspects of reproduction: reproductive choices (birth control, sterilization, abortion) infertility and new reproductive technologies, pregnancy (screening and fetal rights, and childbirth options.

WMNST 462: (DF) (ENGL) READING BLACK, READING FEMINIST (3) Female identity and its construction in textual representations of gender, class, color, and cultural difference in English-language literatures. Prerequisite: ENGL 015 or ENGL 030

WMNST 466: (GI) (HIST) LESBIAN AND GAY HISTORY ( 3) Critical exploration of the history of sexuality, focusing especially on the emergence of modern lesbian and gay identities. Prerequisite: WMNST 001 , WMNST 117

WMNST 471: (DF) (PSY) THE PSYCHOLOGY OF GENDER ( 3) Theories and research on gender differences and gender roles. Emphasis on women's and men's current positions in society. Prerequisite: PSY 002 ; 3 credits of statistics; 3 credits of research methodology

WMNST 476W: (ANTH) ANTHROPOLOGY OF GENDER (3) Cross-cultural construction of gender and sex roles; theories of gender construction; case studies and practical effects. Prerequisite: 3 credits in women's studies or anthropology

WMNST/ENGL 490: Women Writers: Studies the works of several women writers over the course of the semester. This course satisfies the Humanities general education requirement for the bachelor of arts degree of Women's Studies.

WMNST 492W: CURRENT FEMINIST ISSUES (3) Critical analysis of major contemporary feminist research and writing in the arts, humanities, social and natural sciences. Prerequisite: WMNST 301 , WMNST 302

WMNST 494: Research Projects

WMNST 495: Internship

WMNST 496: Independent Study

WMNST 497A: Women, Work, and Careers: This course examines the roles and experiences of women in the workforce from organizational and social psychological perspectives. Special attention is given to factors that influence women in their career decision-making and the impact of gender and racial ethnicity in career-planning and advancement. These issues are addressed within the context of the changing nature of the work environment in post-industrial societies, primarily in the U.S. Specific topics may include women in management, leadership, perceptions of competence, work styles and values, and cultural boundaries of the workplace.

WMNST 497A: International Perspectives on Women's Writing: This course approaches women's narratives through interdisciplinary feminist questions such as: what is woman; what is feminism; what are the implications of historical factors which have served to divide First World women form Third World women; and finally, what is the relationship between such questions and written narrative? In the spirit of Adrienne Rich's concept of "disobedience" as a stance fundamental to women's studies, canonical works of literature are ready side-by-side with lesser known and even presumably "non-literary" works, and special attention is paid to writers of color, lesbian writers, lower-class writers, and even via the inclusion of texts which have been orally dictated to narrators who are illiterate.

WMNST 497B: Gender/Nation/Identity: This course will examine the construction of gender identity in the context of nationalism and Western global expansion from the 18th century to the present. Topics include: harem girls and roman matrons; metaphors of women and slavery; trans-racial romances; "going native," or desire abd sites of violence; orientalism and women's representations of Western and non-Western women and sexuality; empire and domesticity; nationalism and "respectable" sexuality. The course will draw upon primary and secondary resources from film, travel literature, fiction, art, history, and cultural theory.

WMNST 501:  Feminist Perspectives in Research: Explores feminist approaches to research and teaching in different fields in humanities, social science, and natural science.

WMNST 502: Global Feminism: This course examines some of the principal themes related to the articulation, growth and spread of feminism in a global context. The class focuses explicitly upon issues pertinent to women's experiences in different cultural and national contexts and upon political formulations about the nature of feminist practice in these contexts. One of the course’s key aims is to critique the notion that feminism is a coherent, "Western" movement by origin that has been exported to the "Third World." By studying how feminism, as both theory and praxis, is constituted in different contexts, this course investigates the often conflicting meanings for the term "feminism" that cut across international feminist politics. An example of evaluation methods would be: course presented in a seminar format with grades based on class participation, brief analytical papers and a longer research paper.

WMNST/HDFS 507:  Feminist Theory: Graduate level introduction to interdisciplinary feminist theory.

WMNST 515: Gender and Geography: (3) Explanation of links between gender relations and spatial structures.

WMNST/HIST 516: Gender History: (3) A critical analysis of gender and theories of gender in selected contexts.

WMNST 536: Gender and Science: (3)This course explores the productive intersection between gender and science. Students will learn to examine scientific culture, technological developments, and popular narratives of science through the concepts and methodologies of feminist science studies. A portion of the course will be devoted to the foundations of science studies, including critical examinations of the production of scientific knowledge and methodologies for examining science as culture. Students will use concepts from feminist science studies to resituate the possibilities of objectivity, materiality, and practice for science. Students will also consider the implications of scientific institutions, practices, and technologies for sex and gender. The course will take up both historical and contemporary technoscientific practices as case studies, including biotechnologies, reproductive technologies, bioart, animal husbandry and reproduction, eugenics, and risk assessment, management and mitigation.

WMNST 541: (ADTED) Women and Minorites in Adult Education: (3) Seminar on women and minority adults as learners and leaders in various contexts of adult education. Prerequisite: ADTED 460

WMNST 594 -- Research Topics (1-15)

WMNST 595 -- Internship (1-18)

WMNST 595A -- Internship in Teaching Women's Studies

WMNST 596 -- Independent Study

WMNST 597A -- Gender/Nation/Identity: This course will examine the construction of gender identity in the context of nationalism and Western global expansion from the 18th century to the present. Topics include: harem girls and roman matrons; metaphors of women and slavery; trans-racial romances; "going native," or desire abd sites of violence; orientalism and women's representations of Western and non-Western women and sexuality; empire and domesticity; nationalism and "respectable" sexuality. The course will draw upon primary and secondary resources from film, travel literature, fiction, art, history, and cultural theory.

WMNST 602 -- Supervised Experience/College Teaching