WS 101
Introduction to Women's Studies
Time: TBA (please call Department)

Course offers an overview of women’s position in society and culture by examining women’s lives from a variety of experiential and theoretical perspectives. The first section examines works by women that illuminate both the shared and the diverse social, psychological, political, and economic realities of their experience; the second section introduces analyses of sexism and oppression, with a focus on different frameworks for making and evaluating feminist arguments. Concludes with visionary feminist views of women recreating their lives.

WS 200 (01)/HIST 296 (01)
Women in History: African Women's Work 1880-1980
Holly Hanson
Tuesday, Thursday 1:10 - 2:25 p.m.

Transformations in gendered divisions of labor and in women's access to resources are fundamental to understanding contemporary African societies. We wxplore how African women have created contexts for productivity using strategies such as marriage, pledged female friendship, voluntary dependency. Our main texts will be recorded life histories from Tanzania in the 1890s, Nigeria in the 1940s, and South Africa inthe 1960s. Fiction, film, and primary sources such as the testimony of participants in the Ibo Women's War of 1929 will also be used.

WS 200 (02)/HIST 296 (02)
Women in Chinese History
Jonathan Lipman
Tuesday, Thursday 2:35 - 3:50 p.m.

An exploration of the roles and values of Chinese women in traditional and modern times. Topics will include the structure of the family and women's productive work, rules for female behavior, women's literature and the relationship between feminism and other political and social movements in evolutionary China. Readings from biographies, classical literature, feminist scholarship, and modern fiction.

WS 233/POL 233
Invitation to Feminist Theory
Christine Filkohazi
Tuesday 1:00-3:50 p.m.

On the complexities and tensions between sex, gender, and power. We explore the overlapping dualities of the feminine and the masculine, the private and the public, the home and the world. We examine different forms of power over the body; the ways gender and sexual identities reinforce or challenge the established order; and the historical forces behind the current upheavals in sexual relations. Finally, we probe the cultural determinants of "women's emancipation."

WS 250
Global Feminism
Asoka Bandarage
Tuesday, Thursday 10:50 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.

This course offers an intensive study of the worldwide subordination of women, looking at women as producers and consumers, as survivors of male violence, as child rearers and food producers, and as creators of culture and life-support systems. It studies cultural, economic, and structural differences in women’s experience and includes presentations by faculty who are expert on women’s lives in different regions. The course aims at a critical perspective on existing systems of thought and the creation of s system of thought compatible with women’s experience and knowledge.

WS 270
Asian American Women
Asoka Bandarage
Tuesday, Thursday 1:10 - 2:20 p.m.

This course explores the similarities and differences in the lives of contemporary Asian American women, focusing on their roles within Asian sub- cultures, American society and the global political economy and culture. Writings, audio-visual works, performance art and social change activism of Asian American women will be explored. Students are encouraged to use participant observation, oral history and Asian cultural forms in their research projects.

WS 300
Buddhism, Feminism and Ecology
Asoka Bandarage
Wednesday 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Buddhism, feminism,and ecology are seemingly disparate philosophies of life, yet they share fundamental similarities in how they conceptualize the interconnectedness of human and nonhuman nature. We examine these similarities, as well as differences, in relation to such categories as self and other, unity in diversity and nonviolence. Particular attention is given to the works of theorists working within ecofeminism and “engaged Buddhism.”

WS 333 (01)
Emily Dickinson: In Her Times
Martha Ackmann
Tuesday 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

This course will examine the writing of Emily Dickinson, both her poetry and her letters. We will consider the cultural, historical and familial environment in which she wrote, with special attention paid to Dickinson's place as a woman artist in the nineteenth century. Students will be asked to complete a community-based learning project in which some aspect of Dickinson's life and work is interpreted for the general public and incorporated into an ongoing display at the Dickinson Homestead. The class will meet at THE DICKINSON HOMESTEAD IN AMHERST. Enrollment limited to fifteen (15). Students must apply during pre-registration for enrollment in the courst at the Women's Studies Office, 109 Dickinson House.

WS 333 (02)
The Sociology of Gender
Eleanor Townsley
Wednesday 1:00 - 3:50 p.m.

This course focuses on the social production and reproduction of gender relationships across a range of institutional, interactional, intellectual and cultural contexts. The syllabus is structured around selections from major social, political, economic and cultural theories of gender in addition to several exemplary empirical studies. Weekly topics include kinship and socialization, the contemporary moral orders of masculinity and feminity, issues in sexuality, paid work, housework and family organization, legal systems and nation-states, war and rape, and the gendered organization and deployment of "expert" authority in a range of settings.

French 311 (02)
Camelot's Heroines: Women in Arthurian
Romance (in French)
Margaret Switten

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French 370
Literary Politics: Traditions, Contestations and Canons (in French)
Elissa Gelfand

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Jewish Studies 350
Women's Ways of Knowing God: Views from the Jewish Experience
C. Madsen

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Psychology 211
Psychology of Women
Sherry Turner

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