AFROAM 326 - Black Women in U.S. History
John Bracey
Tuesday, Thursday 7:00-9:30 p.m.

The history of African American women from the experience of slavery to the present. Emphasis on the effect of racist institutions and practices on women. The ways in which women organized themselves to address the needs of African Americans in general and their own in particular. The achievements of such leaders as Mary Church Terrell, Harriet Tubman, Ella Baker, and Mary McLeod Bethune as well as lesser known women.  (Gen.Ed. HS, U)

AFROAM 392C - Songbirds, Blues Women, and Soul Women
A Jimoh
Tuesday, Thursday 11:15AM -12:30 p.m.

See department for description.

AFROAM 591A - Gender in PanAfrican Studies
Karen Morrison
Wednesday 12:00-2:30 p.m.

See department for description.


Anthropology Department 215 Machmer Hall 545-5939

ANTHRO 205 – Inequality and Oppression (SB, U)
Linda Ziegenbien
Wednesday 6:30-9:30 p.m.

The roots of racism and sexism and the issues they raise. The cultural, biological, and social contexts of race and gender and examination of biological variation, genetic determinism, human adaptation, and the bases of human behavior.

ANTHRO 597U - Gender, Nation and Body Politics
Amanda Johnson
Wednesday 12:15-3:15 p.m.

In this seminar, we will examine feminist theorizations, critiques and accounts of gender and sexuality in the context of nation‐state formations, colonization, globalization, and migration, specifically interrogating "the body" as a marker of nation identity, a target of power, a site of resistance, an "object" of inscription and commodification, as well as a locus for generating knowledge, both "scientific" and "experiential". We will discuss works on issues such as racialization, labor, citizenship, heteronormativity, reproduction, schooling, and incarceration, as well as consider the role anthropology and ethnography in both understanding and enacting political engagements with these issues.


Asian Languages and Literature 440 Herter Hall   545-0886

CHINESE 390B - Women in Chinese Culture
Suet-Ying Chiu
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:45 a.m.

This course introduces the representation of women and the constitution of gender in Chinese culture as seen through literature, popular culture, film, and folklore.  We will also employ a number of media including not only literature, but also paintings, posters, advertisements, films, slides and materials on the world wide web to explore how women's role evolved from pre-modern China to the present.

Communications 407 Machmer Hall      545-1311

COMM 288 - Gender, Sex and Representation
Sut Jhally

This course will examine the relationship between commercialized systems of representation and the way that gender and sexuality are thought of and organized in the culture. In particular, we will look at how commercial imagery impacts upon gender identity and the process of gender socialization. Central to this discussion will be the related issues of sexuality and sexual representation (and the key role played by advertising).

COMM 397NN - Race, Gender and the Sitcom
Demetria Shabazz
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:15 p.m.

Lecture, discussion. This course examines the situation comedy from sociological and artistic perspectives. We will seek, first of all, to understand how situation-comedy is a rich and dynamic meaning-producing genre within the medium of television. Secondly we will work to dissect narrative structures, and the genre’s uses of mise-en-scene, cinematography/videography, editing, and sound to create specific images of the family through social constructions of race, class, and gender. In addition we will use various critical methods such as semiotics, genre study, ideological criticism, cultural studies, and so on to interrogate why the sitcom form since its inception in the 1950s has remained one of the most popular genres for audiences and industry personnel alike and assess what the genre might offer us in terms of a larger commentary on notions of difference and identity in the US and beyond.


Comparative Literature 430 Herter Hall      545-0929

COMP LIT 387H - Myths of the Feminine
Elizabeth Petroff
Lecture:  Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:15-12:05 p.m.
Discussion:  Wednesday 12:20-1:10 p.m.

Myths about women and the life cycle from many cultures: ancient near east, classical antiquity, Old Europe, India, Asia, the Islamic world. Women writers from those same cultures, showing the interplay between the cultural construction of the feminine and personal voices.


Economics 1004 Thompson Hall      545-2590

ECON 348 - The Political Economy of Women
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:15-12:05 p.m.

A critical review of neoclassical, Marxist, and feminist economic theories pertaining to inequality between men and women in both the family and the firm.


School of Education  430 Herter Hall      545-0929

EDUC 392E - Social Issues Workshop: Sexism (1 credit)
Richard Lapan
September 21, 6:00-10:00 p.m., plus weekend tba

Workshop addresses the dynamics of sexism on personal and institutional levels.

EDUC 392L – Social Issues Workshop: Heterosexism (1 credit)
Richard Lapan
September 21, 6:00-10:00 p.m., plus weekend tba

Workshop addresses the dynamics of heterosexism on personal and institutional levels.

EDUC 697A - Women in Higher Education
Benita Barnes
Wednesday 4:00-6:30 p.m.

Women now comprise a majority of all American undergraduate students, but only a minority of senior professors, senior administrators, or presidents. This course is an introduction to the issue affecting women in the academy as students, educators, leaders, and scholars. Some of the topics include: barriers to women's full participation in higher education, including sexual harassment and racism; the question of coeducation vs. single-sex education; conditions for women undergraduates including the so-called "chilly climate." In addition, the course will explore issues germane to female faculty members, barriers to institutional leadership, and the goals and contributions of women's studies as well as the current attack on feminist scholarship. This is a seminar style course where students are expected to participate fully.


English 170 Bartlett Hall      545-2332

ENGLISH 132 - Gender, Sexuality, Literature and Culture
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:45 a.m.

This course investigates images of men and women in poetry, drama, and fiction. It aims at appreciating the literature itself, with increasing awareness of the ways in which men and women grow up, seek identity, mature, love, marry, and during different historical times, relate in families, classes, races, ethnic groups, societies, cultures. What are the conventional perspectives and relationships of “Man” and “Woman”? How does literature accept or question these conventions? What alternative perspectives and relationships are imagined in literature? (Gen Ed. AL, G)

ENGLISH 491M - The Irish Female Imagination
Margaret O’Brien
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:15 p.m.

The purpose of this course will be to read the work of a number of contemporary, women poets from Ireland. The syllabus will include not just the established voices of Eavan Boland, Eilean Ni Chuilleanain, Medbh McGuckian and Nuala NiDhomhnaill but also of the less well known Rita Ann Higgins, Paula Meehan, Mary O’Malley, Kerry Hardie and Moya Cannon. We will also consider the work of newcomers Catriona O'Reilly and Sinead Morrissey, and the posthumously published poems of Dorothy Molloy. Our first and abiding aim will be to read the work of each poet closely. We will pay detailed attention to language, noting the choices these writers make with regard to diction and form in order to accommodate unique, often subversive visions. While each one of these voices is distinctive, they all share certain cultural concerns and inherit a history. The second part of our job, therefore, will be to establish that context. Regular, selected reading will be required from the recently published and ground-breaking Field Day Anthology of Irish Women's Writing and Traditions, a work in two volumes which will be on reserve in the library. Two essays will be required.

Germanic and Scandinavian Studies 513 Herter Hall      545-2350

 GERMAN 363 – Witches: Myth and Reality
Susan Cocalis
Tuesday, Thursday 4:00-5:15PM

This course focuses on various aspects of witches/witchcraft in order to examine the historical construction of the witch in the context of the social realities of women (and men) labeled as witches. The main areas covered are: European pagan religions and  the spread of Christianity; the "Burning Times" in early modern Europe, with an emphasis on the German situation; 17th-century New England and the Salem witch trials; the images of witches in folk lore and fairy tales in the context of the historical persecutions; and contemporary Wiccan/witch practices in their historical context. The goal of the course is to deconstruct the stereotypes that many of us have about witches/witchcraft, especially concerning sexuality, gender, age, physical appearance, occult powers, and Satanism. Readings are drawn from documentary records of the witch persecutions and witch trials, literary representations, scholarly analyses of witch-related phenomena, and essays examining witches, witchcraft, and the witch persecutions from a contemporary feminist or neo-pagan perspective. The lectures will be supplemented by related material taken from current events in addition to visual material (videos, slides) drawn from art history, early modern witch literature, popular culture, and documentary sources. Conducted in English.


History Department 612 Herter Hall      545-1330

HISTORY 388 - US Women’s History to 1890 (HSU)
Joyce Berkman
Lecture  Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-1:50
Discussions Wednesdays  9:05, 10:10, or 12:20 p.m.

This course examines the major political, social, economic and cultural patterns of change and continuity that characterize the lives of American women from the colonial era to 1890. Topics covered include: European, African, and Native American women's experiences; religious conformity and dissent; the gendered nature and consequences of the American Revolution; developments in women's education, the impact of ruling scientific and medical ideas on views of women's bodies and sexuality; women's movements for social reform and the abolition of slavery, women's rights advocacy and issues of citizenship and the impact of the Civil War and Reconstruction on women's experience. Course requirements: a variety of readings, debates and panel discussions, reflection papers and one position paper. Extra credit and Honors credit are options.

HISTORY 594BB - Feminist and Social Justice Movements 1945-Present
Joyce Berkman
Tuesday, Thursday 2:30-3:45 p.m.

For the past half century a range of organized movements to expand the meaning of freedom, equality and justice to encompass multiple categories of population previously marginalized and subordinated in American society have developed and succeeded to varying degrees.  Students will select one movement among the array of movements, e.g. women’s liberation, gay liberation, black power, red power, grey panthers, to examine closely. Within each movement diverse and conflicting subgroups formed, issues of social class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and myriad other intersecting identities and affiliations complicated the movement’s goals. Crucially, these movements’ rationale, goals, strategies and tactics took shape in response to opposition movements to them. In addition to reading in selective scholarship on their subject, each student will undertake research in local and state libraries and archives to gather sources useful for their understanding the manifestations of their movement. The course end product is an analytic research paper. These papers can vary from biographical to group or organizational studies. Additionally, throughout the semester I will assign reading and exercises to develop skills in analysis and writing.

HISTORY 697I – Topics in US Women’s History
Laura Lovett
Wednesday 1:30-4:00 p.m.

This course will focus on selected topics in U. S. women’s and gender history from the colonial era to the present. Our focus will be on how interpretations of women’s experience have been influenced by changing conceptions of race, ethnicity, sexuality, family, class, religion, region, immigration, economics, and politics. We will consider and compare the lives of Native American women, African American women, Asian American women, Latina women, and European American women from the colonial period through industrialization and into the twentieth century. We may also give special consideration to different forms of women’s political participation, to the influence of different conceptions of masculinity and femininity on political and cultural discourse, and to changing scientific constructions of body norms, ability and disability, reproduction, race, and eugenics, womanhood and motherhood, heterosexuality and homosexuality.

Judaic and Near Eastern Studies 744 Herter Hall      545-2550

JUDAIC 395A – Family and Sexuality in Judaism
Jay Berkovitz
Tuesday, Thursday 11:15-12:30PM

An examination of transformations in the Jewish family and attitudes toward sexuality in Judaism, from antiquity to the present. Topics include love, sexuality, and desire in the Bible and Talmud; marriage and divorce through the ages; position and treatment of children; sexuality and spirituality in the Kabbalah; sexual stereotypes in American Jewish culture and Israeli society. Interdisciplinary readings draw on biblical and rabbinic literature, comparative Christian and Islamic sources, historical and scientific research on family and sexuality, and contemporary fiction.


Labor Center 203 Gordon Hall      545-4875

LABOR 201 – Issues of Women and Work
Dale Melcher
Tuesday 1:00-2:15 p.m., plus disc Thursday 1:00-2:15 p.m.

The role of women at a variety of workplaces from historical, economic, sociological, and political points of view. Among areas considered: discrimination, health care, women in the labor movement and in management, and civil rights legislation.


Legal Studies 102 Gordon Hall      545-0021

LEGAL 491W – Muslim Women and the Law
Iza Hussain
Wednesday 2:30-5:00 p.m.

See department for description.


Philosophy 352 Bartlett Hall      545-2330

PHIL 381- Philosophy of Women                                     
Louise Antony
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:45AM

Philosophical Perspectives on Gender. This course will offer systematic examination of a variety of philosophical issues raised by the existence of gender roles in human society:  Is the existence or content of such roles determined by nature?   Are they inherently oppressive?  How does the category gender interact with other socially significant categories, like race, class, and sexual orientation?  What would gender equality look like?  How do differences among women complicate attempts to generalize about gender? In the last part of the course, we will bring our theoretical insights to bear on some topical issue related to gender, chosen by the class, such as: is affirmative action morally justifiable?  Should pornography be regulated? Is abortion morally permissible? Readings will be drawn from historical and contemporary sources.  Methods of analytical philosophy, particularly the construction and critical evaluation of arguments, will be emphasized throughout.


Public Health & Health Sciences 408 Arnold House      545-4603

PUBHLTH 213 - Peer Health Educ. I
Amanda Vann, April McNally
Tuesday, Thursday 11:15-12:30 p.m.

Training course.  Students participate in campus outreach projects while learning specific information on the primary health issues for college students: alcohol and other drug use, sexual decision-making, contraception, prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, eating disorders and stress management techniques.  Class involves personal health assessment such as personal alcohol and drug survey, small group discussions, guest lectures, role playing, team building and public speaking exercises.  Class size limited to 20.  Students must complete an application and process for admission to the Peer Health Education Program.  This course is the first course in a year long academic course.

PUBHLTH 214 - Peer Health Education II
April McNally, Amanda Vann
Tues, Thurs 9:30-10:45 a.m.

Using skills and knowledge from PUBHLTH 213, students will plan events, use technology and facilitate programs on contemporary health issues.  Advanced skills in facilitation, public speaking, program planning and group dynamics will be put into practice through various class assignments.  Some evening work required.  Prerequisites:  PUBHLTH 213 and consent of instructor.

PUBHLTH 582 - Family Planning/Women’s Health
Aline Gubrium
Tuesday 4:00-6:30PM

See department for description.


Psychology 441 Tobin Hall   545-2383

PSYCH 391ZZ - Psychology of the Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Experience
John Bickford
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:15-12:05PM

Students in this course will explore psychological theory and research pertaining to gay, lesbian, and bisexual people. Topics include sexual orientation, sexual identity development, stigma management, heterosexism & homonegativity, gender roles, same-sex relationships, LGB families, LGB diversity, and LGB mental health.

PSYCH 591SD – Sexual Differentiation
Geert de Vries
Thursday 4:00-6:30PM

See department for description.


Sociology 710 Thompson Hall      545-0577

SOCIOL 106 - Race, Gender, Class and Ethnicity  (SBU)                       
Noriko Milman - Tuesday, Thursday 8:00-9:15 a.m.
Staff - Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:05-9:55 a.m.
Staff – Tuesday, Thursday 4:00-5:15 p.m.

Introduction to sociology. Analysis of how the intersections of race/ethnicity, gender, and social class affect people's lives in relation to political power, social status, economic mobility, interactions with various subgroups in American society, etc. Emphasis on the role of social institutions and structural-level dynamics in maintaining these identities and areas of inequality.

SOCIOL 222 - The Family  (SBU)                                                                     
Tuesday, Thursday 11:15-12:05 plus discs Friday

Using lectures and discussion groups, we will explore how we define family, the ways we construct families, and the relationship between our families and larger social forces. Beginning with an examination of the history of families, we will look at changes in seemingly impersonal forces that are associated with changes in personal relations--between partners and spouses, between parents and children, among extended kin. Then we will turn to contemporary families across the life course, looking at the choice of a partner and experiences in marriage, parenting and childhood, and marital dissolution. Throughout, we will discuss differences--by gender, by race, and by class. Throughout we will attend to the social forces that shape these personal experiences.

SOCIOL 383 - Gender and Society

  1. Naomi Gerstel - Tuesday, Thursday 2:30-3:45PM
  2. Staff - Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:10-11:00AM

Sociological analyses of women's and men's gendered experiences, through examination of: 1) historical and cross-cultural variations in gender systems; 2) contemporary interactional and institutional creation and internalization of gender and maintenance of gender differences; 3) how gender experiences vary by race/ethnicity, social class and other differences. Biological, psychological, sociological and feminist theories are examined.

SOCIOL 387 - Sexuality and Society (SB U)
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:10-11:00AM

The many ways in which social factors shape sexuality. Focus on cultural diversity, including such factors as race/ethnicity, gender, and sexual identity in organizing sexuality in both individuals and social groups. Also includes adolescent sexuality; the invention of heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality; the medicalization of sexuality; and social theories about how people become sexual. 

SOCIOL 792B - Gender Seminar
Joya Misra
Wednesday 4:00-6:30 p.m.

See department for description.

SOCIOL 795R – Race, Gender and Work
Enobong Branch
Thursday 1:30-4:00 p.m.

See department for description.


Social Thought and Political Economy (STPEC) E 27 Machmer Hall      545-0043

STPEC 493H  - Senior Seminar III:  The Battle Between Science and Religion in Sexual Reproductive Health
Marlene Fried
Monday 3:35-6:05 p.m.

See department for description.