Lecture, discussion. Placing women’s experiences at the center of interpretation, this course introduces basic concepts and perspectives in Women’s Studies. Focusing on women’s lives with a particular emphasis on the ways in which gender interacts with race, class, sexual orientation and ethnicity. Central aim is to foster critical reading and thinking about women’s lives, the ways in which the interlocking systems of colonialism, racism, sexism, ethnocentrism and heterosexism shape women’s lives and how women have resisted them.
Introduction to Women’s Studies
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30 a.m.
Same description as WOST 187. For students in residential first-year programs. Registration available through residential academic programs.
Critical Perspectives in Women’s Studies
Lecture #1: Tuesday, Thursday 2:30 p.m. --- Leila Ahmed
Lecture #2: Tuesday, Thursday 11:15 a.m. --- Karen Garcia
Introduction to the fundamental questions and concepts of Women’s Studies and to the basic intellectual tools of analysis integrating gender, class, race, and sexual orientation. Also addresses the multifaceted dimensions of women’s lived experiences primarily in North America, with some comparative connections to women globally.
WOST 294C -- CANCELLED
Black Women and Work in the US
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:15 p.m.
Latinas and Work
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:15 p.m.
This course explores Latinas' participation in the labor force, particularly focusing on Puerto Rican women. We will examine the historical, social and cultural factors that affect this group's participation in North American society and the extent to which current feminist thought acknowledges Latinas achievement. Understandings, personal meanings, and consequences for our own careers and life options will be explored throughout the course. Fulfills Women of Color requirement for majors and minors.
Career and Life Choices for Women
Monday 12:20-2:00 p.m.
Development of a systematic approach to career, educational, and life planning. Emphasis on prioritization of values and subsequent life choices. Elements of self exploration include: distinguishing between choosing a major and a career; identifying current skills and skills necessary for career of choice; relating knowledge, interests and skills to career goals; and current issues for women in the workforce. Career planning skills include budgeting, writing resumes and cover letters, interviewing and use of various resources. Women Studies students or seniors only. Mandatory Pass/Fail only. 2 credits.
WOST 298 et al
Fieldwork placements available on-campus or at local agencies. Opportunity for develop.m.ent of skills, and practical application of knowledge. Agencies include human services, local government, and local business. See opening page on Women’s Studies for details. Additional information available in the Women’s Studies Office, 208 Bartlett Hall. Credit approved by a faculty sponsor. Pass/fail or graded option available. Everywomen’s Center (EWC) practicums also available.
Practicum: Everywoman’s Center Educator/Advocate Program
Students serve as educator/advocates in the Everywoman’s Center Educator/Advocate Program, offering community organizing, workshops and trainings to colleges, high schools, and community groups on isues of violence against women and women’s empowerment. Involves two-semester commitment and 70 hours of training. Admission selective. Contact person: Joanne Land-Kazlauskas, 545-0883.
Practicum: Everywoman’s Center Counselor/Advocate Program
Students serve as counselor/advocates in the Everywoman’s Center Counselor Advocate Program, helping survivors of rape, battering, incest, sexual harassment, and related violence. Duties include staffing a 24-hour hotline, providing short-term counseling, and advocating for victims and their families with police, courts, social service agencies, etc. Involves two-semester commitment and requires 70 hour training, four on-call shifts per month, weekly staff meetings, short-term counseling for up to two participants, arranging appropriate follow-up, adherence to confidentiality policy, completion of required Ppaperwork, and access to car and phone. Admission selective. Contact Rachel Thorburn, 545-0883.
Tuesday, Thursday 11:15 a.m.
The objective of this course is to introduce ways of analyzing and reflecting on current issues and controversies in feminist thought within an international context. Main subject areas are: feminism and nationalism; culture as revolution and reaction; the construction of gender, race and sexuality; perspectives on pornography and racial hatred propaganda/speech/acts; and international sex trafficking and prostitution. Questions addressed are: What constitutes theory in Women’s Studies? How does theory reflect, critique, challenge and change dominant sex/race/class power structures? What is theory’s relationship to practice? What are the contemporary issues important to feminist/womanist theory? The common thread of this course is to provide students with some tools of analysis for addressing these issues. Oral class presentations, two short papers and one take-home exam. Prerequisite: WOST 201
WOST 391E/ECON 348
Women in Political Economy
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30 a.m.
This course uses a wide range of women’s issues to teach varied economic principles and theories. Popular women’s topics in past semesters include women’s increasing labor force participation; gender differences in hiring, promotions, and earnings; the growing poverty rate for female headed households; trade policy effects on women in the US and other countries; and race and class differences in the economic opportunities of women. Empirical assessment of women’s work in the market and in the home in the US and other countries. Reconsideration of traditional issues of political economy, comparative economic history, and labor economics
Women and Human Rights: An International Perspective
Tuesday 2:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Facts and concepts to understanding a range of international issues affecting women within a human rights context. What constitutes basic human rights? The debate over universality. International efforts to have women’s rights recognized as human rights. Topics include migration, refugees and asylum; women as political prisoners; sexual violence, sex trafficking and prostitution; urbanization, cities and settlements; economic inclusion, micro-lending projects and credit; land, agriculture and food; situations of armed conflict and war crimes; and health and environment. Examining a range of national and international strategies and solutions, from governmental and intergovernmental instruments such as UN Conventions, Declarations, and agreements, to the interventions, programs and activism of non-governmental human rights groups. Class presentations, participation in class discussion, one short paper, and one final paper or project.
Writing for Women’s Studies Majors
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:15 a.m.
Fulfills University’s Junior Year Writing Requirement. Offered fall semester only. Course acquaints students with the many genres of writing within Women’s Studies and is structured around a set of readings selected to represent a large variety of stylist approaches including scholarly writings in a number of fields, book and film reviews, polemical journalistic writing, letters to the editor, zines, web pages, personal and self-reflexive prose, newsletter prose, and conference reports. The readings will be short, and each will be intended to serve as a model of its kind to be analyzed, emulated, and/or critiqued. The course allows students to hone skills in modes of expository writing and argumentation useful for research and writing in a variety of fields.
WOST 492/692 - CANCELLED
History of the Female Body
Clara Pinto-Correia Monday, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Description forthcoming. Check with Program.
Resources in Women’s Studies Research (2 credits)
Emily Silverman, Women’s Studies Librarian Wednesday 3:35-5:00 p.m.
In this two credit independent study, we will focus on research methods and resources in Women’s Studies, with opportunities to explore primary and secondary sources from Web sites to CD-ROMSs, from printed materials to microfilm. Class meetings will permit time for demonstration and hands-on practice with both electronic and paper resources. Recommended for juniors and seniors. Please contact Emily Silverman to sign up or give her a call at 545-0995.
WOST 792/SOM 792
Feminist Theory: Organization and Diversity
Ann Ferguson and Marta Calas
Monday 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Seminar will provide an overview of the current debates in feminist theory, particularly with regard to intersectionalities between gender, race, class and sexual domination systems and their effects in organizational contexts. Epistemological and postmodern concerns will be addressed, as well as the implications for analyzing organizational develop.m.ent and change. Some background in feminist theory and/or social theory required.