Course Descriptions

Summer 2014

 WMST 200: Issues in Feminism

Prof. Linda Markowitz

MTWR 11:00 AM-1:10 PM, July Session

This course will consider the beliefs, values, and commitments of the Women’s Movement and their implications for the lives of women and men.

WMST/PSYCH 308: Psychology of Gender

Prof. Michael Dudley

MW 11:15 AM-1:40 PM, Jun Session

After taking this course, students should be able to understand, identify and describe the following concepts: the significance of gender; the biological/sociological foundations of gender; how gender affects cognition; Theories on gender development and gender stereotypes; how emotions and relationships are influenced by gender; and the impact of gender on physical and mental health.

WMST/SPC 331: Gender and Communication

Prof. Wai Hsein Cheah

TBA, June Session

This course is an investigation of the influences of gender on the communication process.  Activities, exercises and presentations, sensitize students to gender influence on verbal and nonverbal communication.

MWST/SOC 391: Marriage and Family

Instructor: Elizabeth Stygar

MTWR 6:00-8:50 PM, July Session

In this course we will examine the family as an institution that shapes and “is shaped” by society.  We will focus on marriage and the family in U.S. society.  We will also discuss behavioral change including gender roles; dating and mate selection; love and intimacy; alternative family forms; communication/conflict; and divorce/remarriage. We will locate the family within a socio-cultural framework—understanding the social forces that influence the family.  Our course is designed to understand the family (as public and private) and its relationship with other social institutions found in contemporary American society.

WMST/POLS 441: Women and Politics in America

Prof. Carly Hayden Foster

MTWRF 11:00 AM-1:45 PM , May Session

In this three week summer course we will examine a broad range of subjects related to women and politics: women’s political behavior and activism, feminist political theory, campaigns and elections, women’s roles in creating public policy, and ways that women are affected by public policy. We will investigate ways that gender operates as an organizational structure in the US political system.  Most of the course will focus on contemporary political realities for women in the US, but we will also examine women’s politics in historical and international contexts.

HED 300: Women’s Health

Prof. Nicole Klein

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 11;15- 2:15 PM, July Session

This course explores women’s health at a national and international level. While we address biological factors, the focus is mainly on the psychosocial influences on health with particular emphasis on the link between wealth and health. All students will select and read a non-fiction book and view several excellent documentaries.

This course can be used to meet the requirements of the Women’s Studies Minor.  See the Director of Women’s Studies, Prof. Catherine Seltzer, for a waiver.

Fall 2014

 WMST200: Issues in Feminism

Prof. Catherine Seltzer

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00 AM-12:15 PM

Over the course of this semester, we will explore feminism from a number of different perspectives, focusing on the history of the American women’s movement, the key components of feminist theory, and the role of activism in American culture.  We will find ourselves regularly revisiting a number of larger questions: How can we define various modes of feminism?  How has feminist thought and practice shaped American society over the last seventy-five years?  How is feminism evolving to respond to the concerns of twenty-first century men and women?  How does a focus on gender oppression address other kinds of oppression—racism, classism, homophobia, etc..  Readings and discussions are intended to be multidisciplinary in nature, touching on issues of science, religion, law, politics, and contemporary culture.

WMST/PSYC 305: Psychology of Gender

Prof. Michael Dudley

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3;30-4:45 PM

After taking this course, students should be able to understand, identify and describe the following concepts: the significance of gender; the biological/sociological foundations of gender; how gender affects cognition; Theories on gender development and gender stereotypes; how emotions and relationships are influenced by gender; and the impact of gender on physical and mental health.

WMST/SOC 308: Women, Gender and Society

Section 01, Prof.  Linda Markowitz

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 10:00-10:50

Section 02, Prof.  Linda Markowitz

Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:30-2:45

Section  03, TBA

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30-1:45

This course examines the concept of gender from the sociological perspective. Thus, we will be looking at the social causes and consequences of breaking gender into rigid dichotomies. We will focus on how society’s organization results in different treatment for women and men and how this different treatment often times benefits men at the expense of women. Society’s structure imposes different rules, regulations and benefits on men and women. Thus, our main objectives are twofold. First, we will analyze the ramifications society’s organization has for women and men. Second, we will expose how problematic it is to assume that all men and all women are alike.

WMST/ENG 341: African-American Women’s Writing

Prof. Tisha Brooks

Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:00-1:15

In this class, we will consider the varying purposes for which black women have written in the face of tremendous obstacles and challenges.  Focusing primarily on novels in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, we will explore the continuities of theme across time periods, while analyzing changing strategies and approaches that black women writers have employed in their writing. To enhance our discussions and deepen our understanding of these texts, we will also read several critical essays written by scholars and intellectuals who are central to the study of African American women’s literature. This class is collaborative in nature. As a result, you are expected to contribute actively to our class discussions.

WMST/PHIL 345: Women, Knowledge, and Reality

Prof. Sue Cataldi

Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:00-1:15

This course examines whether and how gender impacts our ways of understanding and investigating the world and ourselves.  Special attention will be paid to gender’s influence on our claims to knowledge, our worldviews and our understanding of human selves as conscious and embodied beings.

WMST/SOC 391: Marriage and Family

Section 01, Prof.  Flo Maatita

Mondays and Wednesdays 12:00-1:15

Section 02, Elizabeth Stygar

Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:30-2:45

This course provides a sociological examination of families in the US.  Such an understanding involves three primary components:  (1) Attention to the family as an institution rooted in an historical and social context; (2) An investigation of the relationships within the family and how these relationships change over time; and (3) A critical analysis of the interdependent relationship between the family and other social institutions.  We will discuss a range of topics, which includes:  the diversity of family forms; race-ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality and power dynamics; marriage; parenthood; divorce and repartnering; family violence; and family law.

WMST/ENG 478: Studies in Women, Language, and Literature: Ancient and Medieval

Prof. Nancy Ruff

Wednesdays 6:00-8:50 PM

This course examines the role of women as subject, author and audience of western literature written from 800 BC – 1500 AD. The course aims to provide a broad view of the nature of women’s lives, thought, and accomplishments as seen through their writings as well as through those of others, both contemporary and modern.

Spring 2014

WMST 200-01:  Issues in Feminism

Prof. Catherine Seltzer

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30-1:45

Over the course of this semester, we will explore feminism from a number of different perspectives, focusing on the history of the American women’s movement, the key components of feminist theory, and the role of activism in American culture.  We will find ourselves regularly revisiting a number of larger questions: How can we define various modes of feminism?  How has feminist thought and practice shaped American society over the last seventy-five years?  How is feminism evolving to respond to the concerns of twenty-first century men and women?  How does a focus on gender oppression address other kinds of oppression—racism, classism, homophobia, etc.

We will take a multidisciplinary approach to our study of feminism, touching on issues of science, religion, law, politics, and contemporary culture.  You’ll find that there are no easy answers to any of the issues that we’ll discuss and that, indeed, there is rarely a definitive “feminist response” to the issues we’ll encounter.  It’s my hope that you will approach these “grey zones” with an open mind, and even find potential in the opportunities for change that they suggest.

WMST/SOC 308-01 Women, Gender, & Society

Elizabeth Stygar

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 11:00-11:50

This course examines the concept of gender from the sociological perspective. Thus, we will be looking at the social causes and consequences of breaking gender into rigid dichotomies. We will focus on how society’s organization results in different treatment for women and men and how this different treatment often times benefits men at the expense of women. Society’s structure imposes different rules, regulations and benefits on men and women. Thus, our main objectives are twofold. First, we will analyze the ramifications society’s organization has for women and men. Second, we will expose how problematic it is to assume that all men and all women are alike.

WMST/SOC 308-02 Women, Gender, & Society

Instructor: TBA

Wednesdays, 6:00-8:50 PM

Description forthcoming.

WMST/SPC 331-01 Gender & Communication

 Duff Wrobbel

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30-1:45

The goal of this course is to provide students with both a clear understanding of and concrete practice in inter-gender communication such that they may more effectively engage in inter-gender exchange in both personal and professional contexts.

This course is designed to enable students to:

• Investigate how gender influences communication.

• Investigate how the perception of gender influences communication

• Become knowledgeable about the current study of gender communication.

• Gain understanding of communication styles/strategies employed by women and men in different contexts

• Expand one’s own communication repertoire such that inter-gender communication exchange is improved.

WMST/CJ 367-01: Gender and Justice

Prof. Trish Oberweis

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:00-3:15

In this course, students learn how gender matters as we behave as citizens.  We will examine the ways the gender informs every element of the criminal justice system, from how laws are conceived, enacted and enforced, to how behaviors and statutes are interpreted.  We will examine how gender impacts offenders, enforcers, prosecutors, judges, correctional personnel and even how we, as everyday people, react to understand events and crimes in a gendered way.  This is a woman-centered class, in which the focus will be on women in the CJS.

WMST/SOC 391-01 Marriage & Family

Elizabeth Stygar

Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:00-1:15

In this course we will examine the family as an institution that shapes and “is shaped” by society.  We will focus on marriage and the family in U.S. society.  We will also discuss behavioral change including gender roles; dating and mate selection; love and intimacy; alternative family forms; communication/conflict; and divorce/remarriage. We will locate the family within a socio-cultural framework—understanding the social forces that influence the family.  Our course is designed to understand the family (as public and private) and its relationship with other social institutions found in contemporary American society.

WMST/EPFR 451-01: Gender and Education

Prof. Jennifer Logue

Wednesdays, 5:30-8:15 PM

In this course we will examine gender as a social construct, critically analyzing the ways that social inequalities are reproduced and resisted in schools, popular culture, and other social institutions. We will consider the ways in which gender intersects with other aspects of identity including race and sexuality in educational settings and explore their larger social and global implications. We will consider issues such as adolescent culture, school policies on sex education, harassment, and bullying with a particular focus on how gender and sexuality are fundamental bases of social inequality. Readings, lectures, assignments and discussions will examine how gender is fashioned, resisted, reformed, and continually in process.

WMST/HIST 452:Native American Women

Prof. Rowena McClinton

Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:30-2:45

This course provides students with ways to examine how Native Women lived, thought, and interacted with “newcomers,” later called Americans but preserved their own life ways.  Opening up vistas to the lives of Native women, this course concentrates on Indian idea of gender that focused on labor.  In many Native societies, women were female because they produced vegetables; men were male because they produced meat. For example, Cherokees inquired at birthing: Is it a bow or a sifter?  Bow, the weapon of war and hunting, epitomized masculinity, and sifter, tool for bread making, symbolized femininity.  In most Native societies, social and economic roles determined gender.  This opportunity affords students to investigate multiple perspectives through literature, history, philosophy, and lengthy discussions.

WMST ART 473-01: Women in Art

Prof. Katherine Poole Jones

Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00-3:15

 This course introduces students to women artists throughout history and the ideological issues critical to understanding the history of women in the arts. We will examine the social and cultural context in which women artists worked as well as the ways that women have been represented in art throughout the ages.  Although our main focus will be women as image-makers and as subject matter, we also will occasionally consider art commissioned by women. The course will consist of lectures as well as frequent seminar style discussions of readings.

WMST/ENG 478: Studies in Women, Language and Literature

Prof. Nancy Ruff

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30-4:45

This course examines the role of women as subject, author and audience of western literature written from 800 BC – 1500 AD. The course aims to provide a broad view of the nature of women’s lives, thought, and accomplishments as seen through their writings as well as through those of others, both contemporary and modern.

Fall 2013

WMST 200: Issues in Feminism

Prof. Jennifer Logue

Tuesdays, 5:30-8:20 PM

Over the course of this semester, we will explore feminism(s) from a number of different perspectives, focusing on the history of the women’s movement, key components of different feminist theories and activist strategies. We will revisit a number of larger questions throughout the semester: What is at stake in the nature vs. nurture debate? How are taken for granted categories like, “normal,” “natural,” “masculine” and “feminine” invested with power? What does it mean to think of concepts and identities as socially constructed? How can we define various modes of feminism?  How has feminist thought and practice shaped society over time and how is feminism evolving to respond to the concerns of the twenty-first century?

We will take a multidisciplinary approach to our study of feminism, touching on issues of philosophy, science, law, politics, education, and popular culture.  You’ll find that there are no easy answers to any of the issues that we’ll discuss and that, indeed, there is rarely a definitive “feminist response” to the issues and problems we’ll encounter.

WMST/PSYCH 305: Psychology of Gender

Prof. Michael Dudley

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:00-3:15 PM

After taking this course, students should be able to understand, identify and describe the following concepts: the significance of gender; the biological/sociological foundations of gender; how gender affects cognition; Theories on gender development and gender stereotypes; how emotions and relationships are influenced by gender; and the impact of gender on physical and mental health.

WMST/SOC 308: Women, Gender, and Society

Section 1: Ms. Elizabeth Stygar, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 AM-9:15 AM

Section 2:  Prof. Georgiann Davis, Wednesdays, 6:00-8:50 PM

Section 3: Prof. Linda Markowitz, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00-12:15 PM

This course examines the concept of gender from the sociological perspective. Thus, we will be looking at the social causes and consequences of breaking gender into rigid dichotomies. We will focus on how society’s organization results in different treatment for women and men and how this different treatment often times benefits men at the expense of women. Society’s structure imposes different rules, regulations and benefits on men and women. Thus, our main objectives are twofold. First, we will analyze the ramifications society’s organization has for women and men. Second, we will expose how problematic it is to assume that all men and all women are alike.

WMST/ENG 341: African American Women’s Writing

TBA

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:00-3:15

Poems, novels, short stories, essays, dramas, autobiography, and other texts by African American women writers during various periods from Colonial to Contemporary times.

 WMST/PHIL 344: Women in Philosophy

Prof. Alison Reiheld

Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:30-5:45

This course will address both how women have contributed critically to philosophical theories of value, and how theories of value can affect the lives of women.  These values can be moral, religious, political, cultural, or otherwise.  Because the category women includes individuals with different preferences, different goals, different educational backgrounds, different natural and acquired skills, and of different racial, ethnic, economic, and national backgrounds, we will be careful about generalizing to all women.

In this class, we will use the term feminism, and learn about a variety of feminisms.  We will discuss some feminist theories.  However, this is not a class restricted to feminist philosophy.  Our main goal is to think carefully about the connection between women and values, generally, and to that end, we will also consider value systems not generally thought to be feminist.

Concrete issues already touched on in the readings include human relationships, marriage, reproduction, domestic labor, globalization, the intersection of race and gender, and legal and human rights.

 WMST/POLS 354: Women and Cross-National Politics

Prof. Lynn Mauer

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:00-3:15

This course considers women as citizens and as political leaders in the areas of politics, labor, peace, war, and violence

WMST/SOC 391: Marriage and Family

Prof. Flo Maatita

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 10:00-10:50

This course provides a sociological examination of families in the US.  Such an understanding involves three primary components:  (1) Attention to the family as an institution rooted in an historical and social context; (2) An investigation of the relationships within the family and how these relationships change over time; and (3) A critical analysis of the interdependent relationship between the family and other social institutions.  We will discuss a range of topics, which includes:  the diversity of family forms; race-ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality and power dynamics; marriage; parenthood; divorce and repartnering; family violence; and family law.

WMST/HIST 428: Topics in European Women’s Studies

Details Forthcoming

WMST/ENG 478: Studies in Women, Language, and Literature:

Wilderness vs. Providence in Contemporary American Poetry

Prof. Allison Funk

Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00-3:15

The poet Louise Bogan wrote in her poem “Women”: “Women have no wilderness in them, / They are provident instead, / Content in the tight hot cell of their hearts / To eat dusty bread.”  Do you agree or disagree?  Have the conflicts and choices for women changed since Bogan wrote her poem in the 20th century? Do the poets of our time suggest that women are still torn between taking risks and staying at home to provide for others?  In this course, we’ll explore the implications of Bogan’s provocative idea as we read contemporary poetry written by American women.

HIST 300: Black Women in the 20th Century

PLEASE NOTE: THIS CLASS IS NOT CROSS-LISTED WITH WOMEN’S STUDIES BUT CAN BE USED AS CREDIT TOWARD THE MINOR

Prof. Jessica Haris

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:00-3:15

This course examines how family, work and activism have influenced the lives of black women in the 20th century. The course pays particular attention to the intersection of race, class, and gender and examines how these rubrics have functioned to create divergent experiences.

Summer 2013

WMST 200: Issues in Feminism

Prof. Carole Frick

June session, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, 6:00-8:50

Issues in Feminism is a required course for Women’s Studies minors, and also can satisfy General Education credit hours.  Here, we will discuss the major issues surrounding feminism at the beginning of the twenty-first century.  We look at the historical basis of commonly-held notions about women and the feminine gender, reaching back into the past to examine the structures of patriarchy and its evil offspring, misogyny (fear of women).  We read on a wide array of topics, analyze films, and examine the world in which we live from a feminist point-of-view, in an attempt to develop a new topography of conscious engagement.  This class is designed to provide you an opportunity for personal reflection, discussion and growth.  Welcome!

WMST/PSYCH 305: Psychology of Gender

Prof. Michael Dudley

Section 1: May session, Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:00-1:45

Section 2: May session, Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:00-4:45

After taking this course, students should be able to understand, identify and describe the following concepts: the significance of gender; the biological/sociological foundations of gender; how gender affects cognition; Theories on gender development and gender stereotypes; how emotions and relationships are influenced by gender; and the impact of gender on physical and mental health.

WMST/SOC 308: Women, Gender and Society

Prof. Linda Markowitz

May session, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 11:00 AM-1:10 PM

This course examines the concept of gender from the sociological perspective. Thus, we will be looking at the social causes and consequences of breaking gender into rigid dichotomies. We will focus on how society’s organization results in different treatment for women and men and how this different treatment often times benefits men at the expense of women. Society’s structure imposes different rules, regulations and benefits on men and women. Thus, our main objectives are twofold. First, we will analyze the ramifications society’s organization has for women and men. Second, we will expose how problematic it is to assume that all men and all women are alike.

 WMST/IS 353: Representing Women’s Bodies

Profs. Elza Ibroscheva and Audrey Tallant

May session, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00-3:30

This course looks at the experiences, problems and various issues that women face today in our fast-paced, technology-driven and media-rich environment. The aim of the course is to introduce the students to various critical approaches of feminist criticism and theories of representation that have been developed. The course will also introduce some recent feminist theories of the body, sex, gender and sexuality. The classes include group discussions, film viewing as well as introductions to various areas of critical and feminist theory.

SOC 390: Masculinities

PLEASE NOTE: THIS CLASS IS NOT CROSS-LISTED WITH WOMEN’S STUDIES BUT CAN BE USED AS CREDIT TOWARD THE MINOR

Prof. Georgiann Davis

June session, 11:00-1:10 PM

In this special topics course we examine the complexities of men and masculinities from a sociological perspective. We will focus on the institutionalized power and privilege that resides within masculinities, paying close attention to how such may vary across multiple axes of oppression including sexuality, race, ethnicity, and social class. We will also look at the social consequences of masculinity that impact all of our lives, regardless of our gender identity. As we study masculinities, we will be conceptualizing gender as a multidimensional stratification system that has consequences and implications at the individual, interactional, and institutional levels of society. We will approach our study of masculinities with this framework in mind in an attempt to guide us throughout our explorations.

HED 462: Women’s Health-02

PLEASE NOTE: THIS CLASS IS NOT CROSS-LISTED WITH WOMEN’S STUDIES BUT CAN BE USED AS CREDIT TOWARD THE MINOR

Prof. Nicole Klein

MWF 10:00-1:00

This course explores women’s health at a national and international level. While we address biological factors, the focus is mainly on the psychosocial influences on health with particular emphasis on the link between wealth and health. All students will select and read a non-fiction book (last time students chose between Nickel and Dimed, Schoolgirls and Female Chauvinist Pigs–this time we may add The Means of Reproduction), and view several excellent documentaries (Iron Jawed Women, Waging a Living, The Business of Being Born, When the Bough Breaks: Women in Prison).

Spring 2013

WMST 200-01  Issues in Feminism

Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:30-2:45

Prof. Carly Hayden-Foster

Over the course of this semester, we will explore feminism(s) from a number of different perspectives, focusing on the history of the women’s movement, key components of different feminist theories and activist strategies. We will revisit a number of larger questions throughout the semester: What is at stake in the nature vs. nurture debate? How are taken for granted categories like, “normal,” “natural,” “masculine” and “feminine” invested with power? What does it mean to think of concepts and identities as socially constructed? How can we define various modes of feminism?  How has feminist thought and practice shaped society over time and how is feminism evolving to respond to the concerns of the twenty-first century?

We will take a multidisciplinary approach to our study of feminism, touching on issues of philosophy, science, law, politics, education, and popular culture.  You’ll find that there are no easy answers to any of the issues that we’ll discuss and that, indeed, there is rarely a definitive “feminist response” to the issues and problems we’ll encounter.

 

WMST/SOC 308: Women, Gender and Society

Section 1: Mondays, 6:00-8:50 PM

Section 2: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30-4:45 PM

This course examines the concept of gender from the sociological perspective. Thus, we will be looking at the social causes and consequences of breaking gender into rigid dichotomies. We will focus on how society’s organization results in different treatment for women and men and how this different treatment often times benefits men at the expense of women. Society’s structure imposes different rules, regulations and benefits on men and women. Thus, our main objectives are twofold. First, we will analyze the ramifications society’s organization has for women and men. Second, we will expose how problematic it is to assume that all men and all women are alike.

 

WMST/ANTH 313: Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective

Prof. Nancy Lutz

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 1:00-1:50

This course examines women’s lives and issues affecting women in different cultures around the world. Specific topics include women’s experiences and forms of expression (songs, writing, etc.) and current issues like education, poverty, violence against women, HIV/AIDS, and human trafficking.

 

WMST/SPC 331: Gender and Communication

Prof. Wai Cheah

Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:00-1:15 PM

Investigation of the influences of gender on the communication process. Activities, exercises and presentations, sensitize students to gender influence on verbal and nonverbal communication.

 

WMST/PHIL 346-01: Feminist Theory

Prof. Sue Cataldi

Thursdays, 6:00-8:50 PM

This course explores local and global perspectives on feminist theorizing.  Feminist theory consists of an expanding body of knowledge that has persisted over time with the practical and political aims of improving women’s lives and ending women’s subordination.  What this means and how to accomplish these goals are matters of lively debate and conversation, particularly in light of the multiplicity of women’s historical backgrounds and social locations.  Paying attention to the diversity of feminist visions and the incorporations of class, race, sexuality and nation as feminist concerns, we will examine assumptions, limitations and political implications of various theoretical perspectives.  Our comparative feminist analyses will challenge us to think and rethink multiracial and transnational women’s and gender movements through feminist discourses on globalization, colonialism and imperialism.  A central goal of the course is an enhanced understanding of links between global and local feminist theorizing and between feminist theory and practice.

 

WMST/CJ 367: Gender and Justice

Prof. Trish Oberweis

Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:00 AM-12:15 PM

Have you ever wondered whether gender matters in our Criminal Justice System?  Have you ever considered how men and women are different in their criminal offending and in how crime impacts our gendered lives?  Should men and women be punished in the same ways?  In Gender and Justice, we explore these and other questions  as we think about the American Criminal Justice System.  In this course, students will learn how gender shapes our lives as citizens,  as well as how gender informs every element of the criminal justice system, from how laws are conceived, enacted, enforced, and interpreted, to how gender impacts offenders, enforcers, prosecutors, judges, correctional personnel, and even how we react to and understand events and crimes in a gendered way.

 

WMST/SOC 391: Marriage and Family-01

Instructor: Liz Stygar

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:00-3:15

In this course we will examine the family as an institution that shapes and “is shaped” by society.  We will focus on marriage and the family in U.S. society.  We will also discuss behavioral change including gender roles; dating and mate selection; love and intimacy; alternative family forms; communication/conflict; and divorce/remarriage. We will locate the family within a socio-cultural framework—understanding the social forces that influence the family.  Our course is designed to understand the family (as public and private) and its relationship with other social institutions found in contemporary American society.

 

WMST/EPFR 451: Gender and Education

Prof. Jennifer Logue

Wednesdays 5:30-8:20 PM

In this course we will examine gender as a social construct, critically analyzing the ways that social inequalities are reproduced and resisted in schools, popular culture, and other social institutions. We will consider the ways in which gender intersects with other aspects of identity including race and sexuality in educational settings and explore their larger social and global implications. We will consider issues such as adolescent culture, school policies on sex education, harassment, and bullying with a particular focus on how gender and sexuality are fundamental bases of social inequality. Readings, lectures, assignments and discussions will examine how gender is fashioned, resisted, reformed, and continually in process.

 

WMST/ENG 478-01: Studies in Women, Language, and Literature

Topic: The Ties That Bind: Daughters, Mothers, Wives, and Lovers

in American Women’s Fiction

Prof. Catherine Seltzer

Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:00-12:15

During the ninetieth and early twentieth century, the image of American women was shaped in large part by what historian Barbara Welter has termed “the Cult of True Womanhood,” in which women were valorized for their sacrifices to their families.  Yet, at the same time that women were being celebrated their selfless commitment to their fathers, husbands, and children, they were necessarily excluded from the vital public life in which the men that they supported participated.  As we might imagine, many women resisted these “separate spheres” even as they were promoted by women’s magazines and self-help books, and we may trace the women’s movement to the eighteenth century in this country; however, we might also argue the domestic ideal that operated as the foundation of the Cult of True Womanhood—and its inherent assumption that women are often defined in relationship to others—still persists today.  In this course we will be reading works by American women authors that probe cultural expectations of dutiful daughters, devoted mothers, supportive wives, and loyal lovers, and we will link these works to an ongoing critical discourse.  Our course’s title, then, refers not only to the “ties that bind” us together as families and communities, but those that bind in more violent ways and become restrictive in women’s searches for autonomous selves.

Representative writers include Kate Chopin, Edith Wharton, Toni Morrision, Lee Smith, and Natasha Trethewey.  Grades will be based on a series of short papers, a seminar-length paper, and a formal class facilitation.

 

WMST 490-02/ POLS 449: Women and Lawmaking

Prof. Carly Hayden Foster

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30-10:45

In this course we will examinewomen’s roles in the process of making law. This will include learning about activism, lobbying, staff work, local governments, the judiciary, state legislatures, executive offices, and the US Congress. We will read academic studies on women and lawmaking, and we will also have the opportunity to meet with women directly involved in the legislative process. Class will include a mock congressional session, and a field trip to the Illinois Capital Building in Springfield.

The course prerequisite for POLS 449 may be waived for minors wishing to enroll in this course.

 

WMST 490-01: ART 471: Topics in Early Modern Art: Renaissance and Baroque Women

Prof.  Katherine Poole

Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:00-11:15

This course will investigate the role of women as artists, as patrons/collectors, and as subjects of art during the fifteenth through seventeenth centuries, primarily in Italy. We will consider the ideological issues critical to understanding the history of women during this period, focusing on the social, religious, economic, and cultural factors that shaped the art that women produced and commissioned, paying special attention to the obstacles and struggles they faced that were not experienced by their male counterparts. A wide variety of images will be explored, from the erotic to the domestic, and the mythological to the religious, as we familiarize ourselves with the wives, widows, nuns, rulers, goddesses, saints, courtesans, heroines, and artists of the early modern period.

The course will consist of lectures as well as frequent seminar-style discussions of readings. The semester will culminate with a group project revolving around the proposal of a commission typical for an early modern woman, such as the design of a studiolo or a tomb complex, the patronage of a church or convent.

The course prerequisite for ART 471 may be waived for minors wishing to enroll in this course.

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