Women's and Gender Studies 14 Grosvenor 542-5781

WAGS 10/ARHA 85/EUST 70 – Witches, Vampires, and Other Monsters
Natasha Staller
Tuesday, Thursday  2:00-3:20 p.m.

This course will explore the construction of the monstrous, over cultures, centuries and disciplines. With the greatest possible historical and cultural specificity, we will investigate the varied forms of monstrous creatures, their putative powers, and the explanations given for their existence-as we attempt to articulate the kindred qualities they share. Among the artists to be considered are Bosch, Valdés Leal, Velázquez, Goya, Munch, Ensor, Redon, Nolde, Picasso, Dalí, Kiki Smith, and Cindy Sherman.

WAGS 11 – The Cross-Cultural Construction of Gender
Margaret Hunt/Krupa Shandilya
Tuesday, Thursday  2:00-3:20 p.m.

This course introduces students to the issues involved in the social and historical construction of gender and gender roles from a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary perspective. Topics change from year-to-year and have included women and social change; male and female sexualities including homosexualities; the uses and limits of biology in explaining human gender differences; women’s participation in production and reproduction; the relationship among gender, race and class as intertwining oppressions; women, men and globalization; and gender and warfare.

WAGS 39/RELI 39 – Women and Judaism
Susan Niditch
Monday  4:00-6:30 p.m.

A study of the portrayal of women in Jewish tradition. Readings will include biblical and apocryphal texts; Rabbinic legal (halakic) and non-legal (aggadic) material; selections from medieval commentaries; letters, diaries, and autobiographies written by Jewish women of various periods and settings; and works of fiction and non-fiction concerning the woman in modern Judaism. Employing an inter-disciplinary and cross-cultural approach, we will examine not only the actual roles played by women in particular historical periods and cultural contexts, but also the roles they assume in traditional literary patterns and religious symbol systems.

WAGS 63 – Women’s History, America:  1607-1865
Martha Saxton
Tuesday, Thursday  11:30-12:50 p.m.

This course looks at the experiences of Native American, European and African women from the colonial period through the Civil War. The course will explore economic change over time and its impact on women, family structure, and work. It will also consider varieties of Christianity, the First and Second Awakenings and their consequences for various groups of women. Through secondary and primary sources and discussions students will look at changing educational and cultural opportunities for some women, the forces creating antebellum reform movements, especially abolition and feminism, and women’s participation in the Civil War.

WAGS 66 – ASLC 51 – Mother India:  Reading Gender and Nation in South Asia
Krupa Shandilya
Tuesday  Thursday  10:00-11:20 a.m.

Do you often wonder why some countries are referred to as the “motherland” and others as the “fatherland”? What and who decides how we refer to a country? In this course, we will examine seismic changes over time in gendered imaginings of the Indian subcontinent. As women stepped out of the domestic sphere to participate in the nationalist struggle of the late 19th century, the idea of the nation swayed dramatically between the nation as wife and the nation as mother in the Indian popular imagination. Readings will include novels such as Rabindranath Tagore’s Home and the World and Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things. We will also study a range of cinematic texts from the classic Mother India to the recent feminist film Silent Waters.

WAGS 68 – Globalization, Social Movements and Human Rights
Amrita Basu
Wednesday  2:00-4:00 p.m.

This seminar will explore the changing trajectories of social movements amidst economic, political and cultural globalization. Social movements have organized in opposition to the environmental destruction, increased class inequalities and diminished accountability of nation states that have often accompanied the global spread of capitalism. Globalization from above has given rise to globalization from below as activists have organized transnationally, employing new technologies of communication and appealing to universal human rights. However, in organizing transnationally and appealing to universal principles, activists may find their energies displaced from local to transnational arenas, from substantive to procedural inequalities, and from grass roots activism to routinized activity within the judicial process. We will consider the extent to which globalization heightens divisions between universalistic and particularistic movements or contributes to the creation of a global civil society which can protect and extend human rights. We will examine women’s movements, environmental movements, and democracy movements in several regions of the world.

WAGS 95-01/ENGL 95-04 – Memory, Haunting, and Migration in Contemporary American Novels by Women
Marisa Parham
Tuesday, Thursday  10:00-11:20 a.m.

See department for description.

Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought 208 Clark House 542-2380

LJST 74/POSC 74 – Norms, Rights and Social Justice:  Feminists, Disability Rights Activists and the Poor at the Boundaries of the Law
Kristin Bumiller
Tuesday  2:00-4:00 p.m.

This seminar explores how the civil rights movement began a process of social change and identity-based activism. We evaluate the successes and failures of “excluded” groups’ efforts to use the law. We primarily focus on the recent scholarship of theorists, legal professionals, and activists to define “post-identity politics” strategies and to counteract the social processes that “normalize” persons on the basis of gender, sexuality, disability, and class.


Psychology 321 Merrill 542-2318

PSYC 40 – Sex Role Socialization
Rose Olver
Wednesday 2:00-4:30 p.m.

An examination of the processes throughout life that produce and maintain sex-typed behaviors. The focus is on the development of the psychological characteristics of males and females and the implications of that development for participation in social roles. Consideration of the biological and cultural determinants of masculine and feminine behaviors will form the basis for an exploration of alternative developmental possibilities. Careful attention will be given to the adequacy of the assumptions underlying psychological constructs and research in the study of sex differences.

Sociology/Anthropology 205 Morgan Hall 542-2193

SOC 34 – Social Class
Ronald Lembo
Tuesday, Thursday  10:00-11:20 a.m.

This course will consider various ways that class matters in the United States. Historical accounts will be used in conjunction with sociological theories to discuss the formation of classes, including the formation of discourses and myths of class, in American society. Class will then serve as a lens to examine the origins and characteristics of social stratification and inequality in the U.S. The bulk of the course will focus on more contemporary issues of class formation, class structure, class relations, and class culture, paying particular attention to how social class is actually lived out in American culture. Emphasis will be placed on the role class plays in the formation of identity and the ways class cultures give coherence to daily life. In this regard, the following will figure importantly in the course: the formation of upper class culture and the role it plays in the reproduction of power and privilege; the formation of working class culture and the role it plays in leading people to both accept and challenge class power and privilege; the formation of the professional middle class and the importance that status anxiety carries for those who compose it. Wherever possible, attention will be paid to the intersection of class relations and practices with those of other social characteristics, such as race, gender and ethnicity. The course will use sociological and anthropological studies, literature, autobiographies, and films, among other kinds of accounts, to discuss these issues.

SOC 36 – Incarceration and the Family
Anna Curtis
Wednesday  2:00-4:30 p.m.

The number of incarcerated persons in the United States has increased dramatically, almost tripling over the past twenty years.  According to the Bureau of Justice, as of 2007, 762 per 100,000 United States residents are in custody; an incarceration rate higher than any other nation in the world.  The penal system has, almost without public acknowledgment, become a central feature of our social order.  Given this, the ways in which the penal system has become linked to and intertwined with other central institutions, not the least of which is the family, in our society has become increasingly important.  We will examine policies and practices within penal institutions dealing with motherhood and fatherhood, as well as the connection between the penal system and the welfare system, in order to consider the following questions: How are fatherhood and motherhood constructed in penal colonies?  In what ways do cultural assumptions about masculinity and femininity filter in, and out of, the penal system?  What are the consequences for such assumptions?