Undergraduate Women's and Gender Studies
2015 Fall Term
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INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN'S STUDIES (GE)
Women's and Gender Studies 100
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.
GENDER IN FILM (GE)
Women's and Gender Studies 266
Students will learn to critically view, consider, and describe films, with special attention to representations of sexuality and gender. The course will include instruction in gender theory and methods for deploying gender analysis in the context of film studies.
Women's and Gender Studies 280
An introduction to historical and contemporary feminist theories, with emphasis on critical reading and analysis of original works by major feminist writers.
RELIGION, SEXUALITY AND GENDER (GH)
Women's and Gender Studies 330
This course will trace changing conceptions of gender roles and the functions of women in various religious traditions. Feminine and masculine images of divinity will be compared and recent scholarship in feminist theology on questions such as the nature of divinity, immortality, and religious devotion will be examined.
STAGES AND TRANSITIONS IN WOMEN'S LIVES
Women's and Gender Studies 350
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.
ARCHAEOLOGY OF WOMEN
Women's and Gender Studies 367
This course presents theory, methods and case studies examining the role of women in human societies from our earliest origins through the beginning of the modern period. The dominant discipline in this inquiry is archaeological anthropology, but relevant material from sociology, biology, history and other fields will also be covered. No previous knowledge of any one field is expected, but exposure to the social sciences is desirable. My goal for this course is that you will leave with a better understanding of the role of women in past human societies, envision some of the trajectories that have led to contemporary social formations and be able to envision how the past, present and future are connected.
WOMEN: RACE AND ETHNICITY (DV) (GE)
Women's and Gender Studies 370
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, ETHNICITY, AND THE ENVIRONMENT (DV)
Women's and Gender Studies 481
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 and Gender Studies 489
An intensive, integrative study of selected issues in Women's Studies, emphasizing critical thinking and research techniques. A substantial research paper is required.
INTERNSHIP IN WOMEN'S STUDIES
Women's and Gender Studies 493
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.
Women's and Gender Studies 498
Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member.