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AFROAM 326 Black Women in U.S. History
Monday 7:00-9:30 pm
John Bracey

African-American women from the experience of slavery to the present. Special attention to the way in which racist institutions and practices affected women because of their gender. Examination of the ways African-Americans in general and African-American women in particular organized themselves to address their needs. Includes the achievements of such leaders as Mary Church Terrell, Harriet Tubman, Ella Baker, Mary McLeod Bethune, and lesser known yet accomplished African-American women. This course will satisfy the Woman of Color requirement inside the U.S. for Women's Studies majors and minors.

ANTHRO 597C Women's Health
Wednesday 1:00-3:30 pm
Lynnette Leidy

See Department for description.

ARTHIS 582 Contemporary Women's Art & Criticism
Wednesday 2:30-5:15 pm
Ann Mochon

See Department for description.

COMHL 213 Peer Health Education I
Wednesday 4:00-6:30 pm
(contact instructor to add course)
Kimberly Mueller

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.

COMHL 214 Peer Health Education II
Wednesday 4:00-6:30 pm
(contact instructor to add course)
Sally Linowski

Utilizing the skills and information from EDUC/ComHl 213, students are prepared to conduct educational programs in the residence halls and Greek areas. Significant group facilitation, workshop presentation and health education program planning training. Campus outreach projects include World AIDS Day, Safe Spring Break, Designated Driver, and Safe Sex Campaigns. Advanced peers serve as mentors to the first semester peer health educators, and may elect to continue in the program through independent study credits. Consent of instructor required. Prerequisite: EDUC/ComHl 213.

ComHl 233 Sex, Drugs and AIDS
Tuesday, Thursday 8:00-9:15 am
Discussions Thursday 10:10,11:15,12:20,1:25,2:30 and 3:35
Kimberly Mueller

Global perspective on relationships between sexual behavior, drug use and AIDS. Approaches to prevention, including education, HIV testing, control of sexually transmitted disease, drug abuse treatment, and needle exchanges will be discussed.

COMM 497V Gender & Communications
Monday, Wednesday 3:35-5:00 pm
C. Nelson

See Department for description.

CONS 597B Dress, Gender & Culture
Wednesday 2:30-5:15 pm
Susan Michelman

An interdisciplinary and cross-cultural exploration of dress as one of the most significant markers of gender identity. Students will analyze this relationship by studying ethnographic areas ranging from Asia, Europe, Africa, to North and South America. Current research will be examined as well as studies on historical data. Prerequisite CS 155. Juniors, seniors, and graduate students only.

ECON 348/
Political Economy of Women
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:45 am
Lisa Saunders

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.

ECON 397B Sexuality and Economics
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:15 pm
Lee Badgett

Economic theory used to explore dimensions of inequality related to sexual orientation and topics such as fertility, abortion, and other state regulation of sexuality.

EDUC 392E Sexism (1 credit)
Mandatory mtg. 9/7/00 + 1 weekend by arrangement
Barbara Love

EDUC 395L Peer Educ. & Sexual Harassment (2 credit)
Tuesday 4:00-6:30
Diane Fordham

ENGL 132 Man and Woman in Literature (ALD) #1 Wednesday, Friday 11:15-12:30 pm
#2 Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:15 pm
#3 Tuesday, Thursday 2:30-3:45 pm

Lecture 1 Tuesday, Thursday 2:30-3:45 pm
Lecture 1 Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:15 pm

Literature treating the relationship between man and woman. Topics may include the nature of love, the image of the hero and of the heroine, and definitions, past and present, of the masculine and feminine. 100 level courses do not count toward Women's Studies major.

ENGL 378 American Women Writers
Monday, Wednesday 1:25 pm
Margo Culley

See Department for description.

FRENCH 280O Love and Sex in French Culture
Tuesday, Thursday 4:00-5:15 pm
Patrick Mensah

Orchard Hill residents only. This course offers a broad historical overview of the ways in which love and erotic behavior in French culture have been represented and understood in the arts, especially in Literature and, more recently, in film, from the middle ages to the twentieth century. Readings from authors such as Cretien de Troyes, Beroul, Moliere, Sade, Flaubert, Gide, Bataille, and Duras will be supplemented with screenings of films from French directors such as Truffaut, Lecomte, Godard, Kurys, Chabrol, and Vadim. The course is entirely conducted in English

FRENCH 490C Heroines French Novels
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:45 am
D. Maddox

Initial comparison of a recent short novel, L'Amant by Marguerite Duras, with its film adaptation will help to set the parameters for study of a few major works by women writers from different periods. Prerequisite: a keen interest in French fiction. Short paper; mid-semester and final.

FRENCH 497S The Quarrel About Women: Rabelais, Marguerite De Navarre, Montaigne
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:15 pm

The world we live in (how we live, love, work, and play) can best be understood by a return to the Renaissance. We will examine the relationship between men and women through a variety of selected readings. These texts may be read in English or in French. Requirements: Class discussions, mid term and a paper. No final.

GERMAN 363 Witches: Myth and Historical Reality
Tuesday, Thursday 4:00-5:15 pm
Honors colloq. Wednesday 12:20 pm
Susan Cocalis

The image of the witch and the historical situation of women tried as witches in early modern Europe and colonial New England with reference to contemporary pagan practice. Mythological texts, documentation of witch trials, theories about witchcraft, as well as literary and graphic representation of witches and witch trials.

HIST 388 U.S. Women's History to 1890
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30 am
Discussions Friday 10:10 am,12:20 pm,1:25 pm
Kathy Peiss

Surveys the social, cultural, economic and political developments shaping American women's lives from the colonial period to 1890, and explores women's participation in and responses to those changes. Topics include: transformation of work and family life, women's culture, the emergence of the feminist movement, sexuality and women's health.

HIST 397A Gender & Sexuality in Latin America
Wednesday 9:05-12:05 pm
Kathy Bliss

See Department for description.

PHIL 591 Early Modern Women Philosophers
Thursday 4:00 pm
Eileen O'Neill

See department for description.

POLSCI 297C Cultural Politics
Tuesday, Thursday 2:30-3:45 pm
Barbara Cruikshank

Approaches the traditional topics of political inquiry: (freedom, power, conflict and change, equality) in the domain of culture. The politicization of culture (culture wars, sex wars, English-only, to name a few) comes out of the political commitments of both the left and the right. At the same time that cultural conflicts are proliferating, our ability to subject cultural conflict to political solutions is questionable. Culture will be treated as a domain of politics and power, a domain constituted by politics and power, even though it is a domain resistant to deliberate political reform. Will examine how the location and conceptualization of politics itself is transfigured into cultural politics (e.g., "family values" policy, "politics of representation," "culture of poverty").

POLSCI 374 Issues in Political Theory - Politics of Sex
Tuesday, Thursday 11:15-12:30 pm
Barbara Cruikshank

This course covers the politics of sex and sexual acts (rather than gender politics). We will ask, how does the tradition of political theory deal with the act of sex? How does sex become political? How is sex made governable? What are the roots of the contemporary politics of sex? Is the body politic a sexual body? What is the relation between sexual passion and political passion? Issues will include the incest taboo, prostitution, sexual violence, sexuality, pleasure, disease and resistance.

PSYCH 306 Psychology of Exclusion: The Lesbian Experience
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:45 am
B. Strickland

An exploration of lesbian life and contemporary lesbian issues. Same sex intimacy and female friendships through history will be covered as will "causes" of lesbianism, coming out, and the development of lesbian identities. Stereotypes and prejudice against homosexuality examined.

PSYCH 392C Gender, Families, Relations
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:45 am
M. Perry-Jenkins

The objective in this class is to explore how intimate relationships change and develop over time. At a micro level we will attempt to 1) identify the features (both cognitive and behavioral) of opposite-sex and same sex relationships; 2) assess the impact of the social environment on relationships; 3) explore how relationships change as couples become closer or move farther apart over time; 4) and examine factors that make for satisfying relationships. At a more macro level, we will discuss how changing social and economic trends in the U.S. have served to support as well as undermine close relationships. Using both ecological and feminist perspectives, we will examine how issues of race, class, and gender shape our understanding of close relationships. Since this is a junior writing seminar, heavy emphasis will be placed on short and long term writing projects on issues relating to close relationships.

SOCIOL 106 Race, Sex, and Social Class (SBD)
Tuesday, Thursday 8:00-9:15 am plus discussion
Monday, Wednesday 11:15 am plus discussion
Model Lao

An overview of sociological approach to race, class and gender inequalities--especially economic inequalities--in the contemporary United States. Some attention will also be devoted to the presidential election and its potential impact on the future of race, class and gender inequalities. Within the segment devoted to race, African Americans receive most emphasis. Readings consist of one book and selection of copied articles.

SOCIOL 222 The Family (SBD)
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:25 pm
Naomi Gerstel

Lecture, discussion. Historical development of the family: changes in household structure, in relations between husband and wife, between parents and children and among extended kin. Social forces shaping the contemporary family, from the choice of a mate, to marriage (both his and hers) and kinship, to parenting (from the perspective of both parents and children), to the diverse endings of marriage. Three exams.

SOC 383 Gender and Society
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:25 pm

Historical and cross-cultural variation in positions and relationships of women and men. Contemporary creation and internalization of gender and maintenance of gender differences in adult life. Recent social movements to transform or maintain "traditional" positions of women and men.

SPAN 497C Early Spanish American Women Writers
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:15 pm
Nina Scott

Prerequisites: Spanish 311, and two of the 320-323 series, or permission of the instructor. This is an advanced course, and students must be able to speak and write the language fluently and accurately. Course description: In this course you will become acquainted with the writing of some real wild women of colonial and post-independence Spanish America. We will look at a conquistadora (Isabel de Guevara); a transvestite nun (Catalina de Erauso); Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, the greatest writer of the colonial era; a mystic nun (Madre Castillo); a Cuban firebrand and poet (Gertrudis Gomez de Avellaneda); three friends in Lima (Juana Manuela Gorriti, Mercedes Cabello de Carbonera, Teresa Gonzalez de Fanning); and Soledad Acosta de Samper from Colombia, who wrote a novel about a beautiful young woman who contracts leprosy. Students will be asked to do two research papers and some oral presentations.

PORT 597B Contemporary Women Writers of Portugal
Wednesday 4:00-6:30 pm
Jose Ornelas

This course, open to both undergraduate and graduate students, focuses on female voices of contemporary Portugal as they explore through new discursive strategies, issues related to gender construction and the ever changing socio-historical space. The influence of women writers in shaping the Portuguese literary canon. Readings by Augustina Bessa Luis, Fernanda Botelho, Lidia Jorge, Olga Goncalves, Teolinda Gersao, Clara Pinto Correia, Maria Velho da Costa, Maria Gabriela Llansol. Prerequisites: a reading knowledge of Portuguese or consent of instructor.

STPEC 491H Senior Seminar - US Women's Lives in Contexts: Reading and Creating Political Autobiography
Tuesday, Thursday 2:30-3:45
Arlene Avakian

Senior Seminar: All seminars are 4 credit honors courses. STPEC majors only. Prerequisite for all senior seminars - completion of STPEC 391H. This class will explore ways in which lives are embedded within their social, political and cultural contexts, how those contexts change over time and the ways in which people construct their lives. We will have a particular focus on the ways in which gender, race, class, ethnicity and sexual orientation impact on lives and the ways these social forces interact with each other. Examining their own lives in their contexts, students will create autobiographical work which could take a variety of forms; e.g. written, oral, visual, or dramatic.

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Summer 2000
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