Fall 2012 course syllabi
WGS 263S Introduction to Womens and Gender Studies TR 12:40-2:00
WGS 295 Media Representations of Women, Men, and Sexuality MWF 10:10-11:00
Spring 2013 course syllabi
WGS 851H (Formerly PHIL151H/LS/WGS 119H) Philosophical Perspectives on Women TR 9:40-11:00
WGS 363 Feminist Theory and Methods TR 12:40-2:00
WGS 463 Women and Gender Studies Capstone R 2:10-4:00
Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) Course Offerings
U 851H (Formerly PHIL/LS 151H / WGS 119H) Philosophical Perspectives on Women in the Western Hemisphere 3 cr.Offered autumn. Same as LS and PHL 151H (PHIL 119H). Introduction to the discipline and scope of Western philosophy focusing on women as the subject rather than men. A chronological study following the ideological development in the West of social attitudes and scientific theses.
U 263S Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies 3 cr. Offered autumn. Broad overview of gender and women's issues from a social science perspective. Relevant topics related to the sociological and psychological aspects of gender across culture are explored, including masculinity, femininity, violence, reproductive health, cultural diversity in the expression of gender, issues in sexual orientation, and media contributions to these issues.
U 275S Gender and Society 3 cr. Offered annually. Same as SOCI 275S (SOC 275S). Exploration of the social construction of gender, especially in western, post-industrial societies such as the U.S. How gender ideologies affect the social definition and position of men and women in work, family, sexual relationship, sexual divisions of labor, and social movements.
U 294 Seminar 1-6 cr. (R-6) Offered intermittently.
U 295 Special Topics 1-6 cr. (R-6) Offered intermittently. Experimental offerings of visiting professors, experimental offerings of new courses, or one-time offerings of current topics.
U 320 Women in Antiquity 3 cr. Offered intermittently. Same as MCLG and LS 320. Examination of varied sources from Ancient Greece, the Hellenistic World, and republican and imperial Rome to clarify the place of women in communities. Women's contribution to community and the mechanisms by which communities attempted to socialize female populations.
U 323 Women and Social Action in the Americas 3 cr. Offered intermittently. Prereq., one of SW 100, SOCI 101S (SOC 110S), or ANTY 103H (ANTH 101H) or consent of instr. Same as SW 323. Focus on women's experiences of and contributions to social change in North, South and Central America in the mid- to late-20th century. Through case studies, testimonials, discussions with activists and Internet connections examine social constructions of gender, compare forms of social action in diverse cultural, political and historical contexts, link practice to theories of social participation, and reflect on lessons learned from women's experiences.
U 324 Gender and the Politics of Welfare 3 cr. Offered intermittently. Prereq., SW 100 or consent of instr. Same as SW 324. Exploration of the relationship between gender ideologies and the development of social welfare policies. Examination of historic and contemporary social welfare policies, practices and debates in the United States through a gender lens.
U 327 Anthropology of Gender 3 cr. Offered spring even-numbered years. Same as ANTH 327. Prereq., ANTH 201 or consent of instructor. Comparative study of the history and significance of gender in social life.
U 329 Fathers & Daughters in Western Literary Traditions 3 cr. Same as LS 329. Prereq., WRIT 101 (ENEX 101). Examines how relationships between fathers and daughters have been represented, celebrated and critiqued in literature in the Western world, from antiquity to the present.
U 336 American Women Writers 3 cr. Offered spring odd-numbered years. Prereq., LIT 300 (ENLT 301) or consent of instr. Same as LIT 335 (ENLT 336). Consideration of political and aesthetic purposes in women's fiction through a progression of 19th century literary forms: a cautionary seduction novel, sentimental and domestic novels, realism, naturalism, and utopianism.
U 342H Gender Studies in Native American Studies 3 cr. Offered intermittently. Same as NAS 342H. Focus on American Indian gender relations and their cultural continuity and historical evolution. National in scope with concentration on certain tribes. Group analysis of contemporary gender issues relevant to Native American peoples.
U 343 African-American Literature 3 cr.Offered alternate years. Prereq., LIT 300 (ENLT 301) or consent of instr. Same as LIT 343 (ENLT 337). Selected works by African-American authors. Course may define a narrowed focus such as poetry, women writers, etc.
U 360 Gender and Global Development 3 cr. Offered every other year. Prereq. SOCI 101S (SOC 110S). Same as WGS 360. Intermediate level perspectives on colonization, international development, and globalization, with an emphasis on gender issues and impacts.
U 363 Theories and Methods of Feminist Inquiry 3 cr. Offered spring. In-depth exposure to feminist views and critique of the ethics and methods of scientific, social, and literary inquiry. Includes exposure to primary sources and current societal and global issues and movements, research finding, and literature exemplifying these methods of inquiry and the gendered dimensions of such inquiry.
U 370H Women in America: to the Civil War 3 cr. Offered autumn. Same as HSTA 387 (HIST 370). Interpretive overview of women's experiences in America before the Civil War. Exploration of new definitions of womanhood and "women's sphere" emerging from women's varied experiences in the American colonies and the American Revolution; how immigrant, poor, slave, and western women transgressed the boundaries of their sphere; and how women-from both inside and outside their assigned sphere-reshaped their roles in American society.
U 371H Women in America: from the Civil War 3 cr. Offered spring. Same as HSTA 388 (HIST 371). Interpretive overview of women's experiences in America after the Civil War. Exploration of such topics as women's associations, the battle for suffrage, organized feminism and its opponents, the industrialization of housework, women in the workforce, reproductive rights, and welfare. Particular attention to women's experiences shaped by class and race as well as by gender.
U 379L Gender and Sexuality in English Fiction 3 cr. Offered yearly. Same as LIT 379L (ENLT 375L) and LS 379. Major 19th or 20th century novels and short stories written in English in different parts of the world and how these texts explore changing concepts of gender and sexuality.
U 380 Gender and Communication 3 cr. Offered spring. Same as COMM 380. The meaning of gender in our culture and how gender is displayed and perpetuated through our private and public verbal and nonverbal interactions.
U 396 Independent Study Variable cr. (R-12) Offered intermittently.
U 397 Research Variable cr. (R-6) Offered intermittently.
U 395 Special Topics 1-6 cr. (R-6) Offered intermittently. Experimental offerings of visiting professors, experimental offerings of new courses, or one-time offerings of current topics.
U 398 Internship Variable cr.(R-6) Offered intermittently. Prereq., consent of director. Extended classroom experience which provides practical application of classroom learning during placements off campus. Prior approval must be obtained from the faculty supervisor and the Internship Services office. A maximum of 6 credits of Internship (198, 298, 398, 498) may count toward graduation.
U 463 Women's and Gender Studies Capstone 2 cr. Offered spring. Prereq., WGS 119H, WGS 263S, WS 275S. Capstone course for the Women's and Gender Studies minor.
U 495 Special Topics 1-6 cr. (R-6) Offered intermittently. Experimental offerings of visiting professors, experimental offerings of new courses, or one-time offerings of current topics.
U 496 Independent Study Variable cr. (R-9) Offered intermittently.
U 497 Research Variable cr. (R-6) Offered intermittently.
G 595 Special Topics Variable cr. (R-12) Offered intermittently. Experimental offerings of visiting professors, experimental offerings of new courses, or one-time offerings of current topics.
G 596 Independent Study 1-6 cr.(R-6) Offered intermittently. Prereq., consent of instr.