The following course list is not a complete list of courses offered by the Continuing Education Program at UMass for the Summer of 2000. This is meant as a guide to show those particular courses that have Women's Studies content. Contact Continuing Education at 545-0530 for more information.
Session I dates: 6/6 - 7/14
Session II dates: 7/18 - 8/24

All 100-level departmental courses automatically count towards the Women's Studies minor but do not count towards the major.

WOST 187 - INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN'S STUDIES (I D), Session I - T, W, Th 9:30 - 12:00 pm

Basic concepts and perspectives in Women's Studies, with women's experiences at the center of interpretation. Critical reading and thinking about gender and its interaction with race and class. Focus on women's history and contemporary issues for women.

Session I - T, W, Th 4:00-6:30 p.m.

An in depth study of the history of African American Women from their origins from West Africa to the present. Examines the "unique" history of Black women using the lens of the intersection of race, class, and sex as constructed in American society. Slavery, free domestic labor, northern migration, the birth of the blues, the civil rights movement, and the development of contemporary black feminism are some of the issues addressed in the seminar. Designed to allow African American women to speak for themselves; reading materials are primarily works by African American women reporting and analyzing their own life experiences.

CS 610 - FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION, Variable Session (7/10-7/21) 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Analysis of the practical skills essential for the development of primary relationships. The course helps professionals and paraprofessionals to prepare for a career in education and social service, as well as to upgrade their professional skills as educators, social workers, and counselors and gain CEUs for certification. The process of primary prevention will be involved in such topics as self esteem and sexuality, addiction and depression, marriage and divorce, family values and parenting, disabilities and AIDS, death and dying. Prerequisites: Basic course in family studies or psychology or human development.

ENGL 132 - MAN AND WOMAN IN LITERATURE (AL D) Session II - T, W, Th 6:30-9 p.m.

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.

HIST 389 - U.S. WOMEN'S HISTORY SINCE 1890 (HS D) Session I - T, W, Th 6:30-9 p.m.

Explore the relationship of women to the social, cultural, economic, and political developments shaping American society from 1890 to the present. Examine women's paid and unpaid labor, family life and sexuality, feminist movements and women's consciousness; emphasis on how class, race, ethnicity, and sexual choice have affected women's historical experience. Sophomore level and above.

SOCIOL 106 - RACE, GENDER, AND CLASS ETHNICITY (SB D) Session II - T, W, Th 6:30-9 p.m.

Introduction to sociology. Discussion of the effects and experiences of race, gender, and social class on social and economic processes and their relationship to family, occupation, and other aspects of social life.

SOCIOL 222 - THE FAMILY (SB D), Session I - T, W, Th 9:30 a.m.-noon, Session II - T, W, Th 6:30-9 p.m.

First part: historical transformations in family life (relationships between husbands and wives, position and treatment of children, importance of kinship ties); second part: the contemporary family through life course (choice of a mate, relations in marriage, parenthood, breakup of the family unit).

SOCIOL 383 - GENDER AND SOCIETY , Sessions I and II - T, W, Th 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Analysis of: 1) historical and cross-cultural variation in positions and relationships of women and men; 2) contemporary creation and internalization of gender and maintenance of gender differences in adult life; 3) recent social movements to transform or maintain "traditional" positions of women and men.

SOCIOL 387 - SEXUALITY AND SOCIETY (SB D), Session I - T, W, Th 1:00-3:30 p.m.

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.

COMPONENT COURSES Students who would like the following courses to count towards their major or minor must focus their paper(s) or project(s) on Women's Studies. All 100-level departmental courses automatically count towards the Women's Studies minor but do not count towards the major.

AFROAM 132 - AFRO-AMERICAN HISTORY, 1619-1860 (HS D) Session I & II - T, W, Th 6:30-9 p.m.

Overview of the history of African-Americans from development of colonial slavery and the rise of African -American communities and culture. African background; Black protest tradition including abolitionism; the distinct experience of Black women.

AFROAM 133 - AFRO-AMERICAN HISTORY, CIVIL WAR TO 1954 (HS D) Session I & II - T, W, Th 9:30 a.m.-noon

Major issues and actions from the beginning of the Civil War to the 1954 Supreme Court decision. Focus on political and social history: transition from slavery to emancipation and Reconstruction; the Age of Booker T. Washington; urban migrations, rise of the ghettoes; the ideologies and movements from integrationism to black nationalism.

AFROAM 151 - CULTURE AND LITERATURE (AL D) Session I - T, W, Th 6:30-9 p.m.

Relevant forms of Black cultural expressions contributing to the shape and character of contemporary Black culture; the application of these in traditional Black writers. Includes: West African cultural patterns and the Black past; the transition-slavery, the culture of survival; the cultural patterns through literature; and Black perceptions versus white perceptions.

AFROAM 236 - HISTORY OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT (HS D) Session I & II - T, W, Th 6:30-9 p.m.

Examination of the civil rights movement from the Brown v. Topeka decision to the rise of Black power. All the major organizations of the period, e.g., SCLC, SNCC, CORE, NAACP, and the Urban League. The impact on white students and the antiwar movement. 3 credits.

AFROAM 254 - INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN STUDIES (HS D) Session I - T, W, Th 1:00-3:30 p.m.

Introduction to Africa from an interdisciplinary perspective. The chronological sequence from pre-history to contemporary times. Political development and processes, the arts, ethnography, social structures, and economies.


Comprehensive exploration of the African-American musical genre known as the blues. Definitions; African and African-American roots; social, psychological and spirititual uses; common and uncommon themes and images; music and lyric structures; regional and chronological stylistic variations; and use in African-American literature. Includes live performances and a wide variety of recordings, films, and videos. No prior knowledge of the blues or reading knowledge of music required.

ANTH 100 - HUMAN NATURE (SB D) Session I - T, W, Th 9:30 a.m.-noon

Introduces the full range of human cultural and biological diversity. Human evolution, rise and fall of civilizations, non-Western cultures, and the human condition in different societies today. Emphasis on the relationships among biological, environmental, and cultural factors. For nonmajors only.

ANTH 103 - HUMAN ORIGINS AND VARIATION (BS) Session I - M - F 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Session II - M - F 9:30-11 a.m.

The biological aspects of being human. Evolution, how and where the human species originated, and biological similarities and dissimilarities among contemporary human groups. The nature of scientific and anthropological inquiry. With lab.

ANTH 104 - CULTURE, SOCIETY, AND PEOPLE (SB D) Session II - M, T, W 6:00-8:30 p.m.

The nature of culture and its role in creating forms of social, economic, and political life in diverse historical and geographical contexts. Readings drawn from contemporary ethnographies of various peoples, analyzing the persistence of cultural diversity in the midst of global social and socioeconomic forces.

ANTH 106 - CULTURE THROUGH FILM (SB D) Session I - T, W, Th 6:30-9 p.m.

Exploration of different societies and cultures, and of the field of cultural anthropology through the medium of film. Ethnographic and documentary films; focus on non-Western cultures and ecological adaptations, gender roles, ethnicity, race, class, religion, politics, and social change.

ANTH 270 - NORTH AMERICAN INDIANS (SB D) Session II - T, W, Th 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Survey of the indigenous people of America north of Mexico; their regional variations and adaptations, their relationship to each other, and the changes taking place in their lifeways, integrating nature and non-nature information.

ARTHIS 522 - MODERN ART 1880 TO PRESENT Session I - M, T, W 6:30-9:00 p.m.

Introduction to directions and major issues in 20th-century art. Focus on movements from Post-Impressionism, Symbolism, Expressionism, Cubism, Dada, Surrealism, to post-World War II and contemporary directions from Abstract Expressionism to Post-Modernism. Prerequisite: ARTHIS 110 or 115 or consent of instructor.

COMM 226 - SOCIAL IMPACT OF MASS MEDIA Session I - T, W, Th 6:30-9 p.m.

The correlates, consequences, and functions of mass communication from a variety of traditional and contemporary perspectives. Theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches that have been applied to the field; emphasis on how institutions, technology, messages, and audiences contribute to the social and cultural impact of the mass communication process.

COMM 297F - MEDIA AND CULTURE Session II - T, W, Th 1:00-3:30 p.m.

Introduction to the social role of mass media in advanced industrial Western societies, focusing on how relationships between mass communications and the surrounding economic framework affect cultural, political, and ideological processes in society. Examination of social and historical context within which newspapers, radio and television developed.


A practical and theoretical overview of the fundamentals of local arts agencies and programs, media coverage of the arts, and multiculturalism. Students will also be introduced to basic written professional communication in the arts (press releases, grant proposal narratives) and journalistic approaches to art-writing (reviews, feature), as well as modes of media analysis and relevant cultural studies issues. Topics such as: community cultural planning; identity politics; local/state/national organizational structures and institutional links; audience development and multiculturalism; labor (personnel and volunteers); art and education; public art and festivals; fund-raising; advocacy; law, government control/support of the arts, and controversies (censorship, etc.) will be considered.

COMLIT 131 - BRAVE NEW WORLD (AL D) Session II - M, T, W, Th, F 9:30-11:00 a.m.

Utopian and dystopian novels. The ability of literature to generate social critique. Readings include works by Huxley, Orwell, Kafka, Atwood, Burgess, Gibson, Piercy, Gilman, Dick, and others. 3 credits.

COMLIT 141 - GOOD AND EVIL, EAST AND WEST (AL D) Session II - M, T, W 6:30-9:00 p.m.

The imaginative representation of good and evil in Western and Eastern classics, folktales, children's stories, and 20th-century literature. Cross-cultural comparison of ethical approaches to moral problems such as the suffering of the innocent, the existence of evil, the development of a moral consciousness and social responsibility, and the role of faith in a broken world. Contemporary issues of nuclear war, holocaust, AIDS, abortion, marginal persons, anawim, unwanted children.

EDUC 210 - SOCIAL DIVERSITY IN EDUCATION (I D) Session I - T, Th 5:00-8:00 p.m., Session II - T, Th 11:00 a.m.-2 p.m.

Focus on issues of social identity, social and cultural diversity, and societal manifestations of oppression. Draws on interdisciplinary perspectives of social identity development, social learning theory, and sociological analyses of power and privilege within broad social contexts.

EDUC 377 - INTRODUCTION TO MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION Variable Session (6/6 - 6/23) - M, T, W, Th, F 9:30 a.m.-noon
Variable Session (7/18 - 8/4) - M, T, W, Th, F 4:00-6:30 p.m.

Introduction to the sociohistorical, philosophical, and pedagogical foundations of cultural pluralism and multicultural education. Topics include experiences of radical minorities, white ethnic groups and women; intergroup relations in American society, sociocultural influences and biases in schools; and philosophies of cultural pluralism.

HIST 100 - WESTERN THOUGHT TO 1600 (HS) Session I - M, T, W, Th, F 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Survey of the history and culture of Western Civilization through the age of the Reformation. Topics: Greece and Rome; rise of Christianity; "decline and fall" of the Roman Empire; formation of the Medieval World; Renaissance and Reformation.

HIST 101 - WESTERN THOUGHT SINCE 1600 (HS) Session II - M, T, W, Th, F 6:30-9 p.m.

Major historical developments from the beginning of secular state systems in the 17th century, with emphasis on Europe. Topics include the Scientific Revolution, Enlightenment, nationalism, socialism, diplomacy and war. Coverage extends to the declining role of Europe in world affairs since World War II.


General view of the cultural, economic, and political development of Latin America, 1492 to 1824. Topics include the Iberian and Indian backgrounds; Spanish and Portuguese Iberian organization; role of Indians, Blacks, and Europeans in the New World; the coming of independence.


A survey of the political, economic, and cultural development of Latin America from 1824 to the present. Emphasis on Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, and Cuba. Topics include social and economic change, 20th-century revolutions, and Latin American-U.S. relations.

HIST 141 - EUROPEAN HISTORY 1815 TO PRESENT (HS) Variable Session (6/27-7/27)- T, Th 9:00 a.m.-noon

Industrialism, liberalism, socialism, the unifications of Italy and Germany, political and social change, imperialism, the Russian Revolution, the two world wars, and postwar trends. 3 credits.

HIST 150 - DEVELOPMENT OF AMERICAN CIVILIZATION TO 1876 (HS) Session I - M, T, W, Th, F 9:30-11:00 a.m.

The development of social, political, economic, and intellectual life in the United States from Native American settlements to 1876. Topics include Puritanism, slavery and antislavery, Indian relations, religious reform as well as such events as the Revolution and Civil War.

HIST 151 - DEVELOPMENT OF AMERICAN CIVILIZATION TO 1876 (HS) Session I - M, T, W, Th, F 1:00-2:30 p.m., Session II - T, Th 6:30-9 p.m.

The development of social, political, economic, and intellectual life in the United States from 1876 to the 1980s. Topics include late 19th-century industrialization, the farm crisis, urbanization; emergence as a world power; the Progressive Era; the 1920s, the Depression, World War II; domestic problems and foreign relations since 1945.

HIST 154 - SOCIAL CHANGE AND THE 1960s (HS D) Session I - M, T, W 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Beginning with the Supreme Court school desegregation decision in 1954 and ending with the death of Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1968, a year-by-year examination of events and persons that created the period known as the Sixties.

HIST 170 - THE INDIAN PEOPLES OF NORTH AMERICA (HS D) Session I - M, T, W, Th 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m.

The diverse histories of Indian Peoples of North America from their origins to the present. The Indian perspective on events through understandings of native culture and self-determination, examining social, economic, and political issues Indian people have experienced. Emphasis on diversity, continuity, and change, and emerging pan-Indianism.

HIST 369 - THE U.S. SINCE PEARL HARBOR , Session II - M, T, W, Th, F 9:30-11:00 a.m.

The Cold War, from Hiroshima through Vietnam, the New Politics of post-New Deal era; multiple crises of American society and culture in postwar years. Some knowledge of postwar history, politics, or culture desirable.

HIST 397A - HISTORY AND THEORIES OF DISABILITY Session I - M, T, W 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Investigate how people in the United States have responded to disability over the last two hundred years. Also examines how people with disabilities have represented themselves during the same period. How have ideas about disability changed? How does attention to the history of disability help us to better understand American history in general?

PHIL 164 - MEDICAL ETHICS (AT) Session I & II- Tu - Th 6-8:30 p.m.

An introduction to ethics through issues of medicine and health care. Topics include abortion, euthanasia, truth-telling, medical experimentation, and the allocation of scarce medical resources.

SOCIOL 110 - GENERAL INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY (SB D) Session I - T, W, Th 1:00-3:30 p.m.

Introduction to sociology. Theory, methods, and approaches to the study of society. The use of several key sociological perspectives such as culture, social class, social psychology, and organizational power to analyze contemporary social issues.

SOCIOL 220 - SOCIOLOGY OF AMERICAN CULTURE Session I - T, W, Th 6:30-9 p.m.

The elements and dynamics of culture everywhere; special reference to Americana. Topics include culture as a set of historically grounded values and beliefs; culture's role in both expressing and subverting ideals; the frequent gap between ideals and reality. Case studies range from politics to religion, gender to social class, and high art to low funk.

SOCIOL 241 - CRIMINOLOGY Session II, T, W, Th, 9:30 am - noon

Introduction to the study of criminology; definitions of crime, criminals' and delinquents; demographics of crime and criminals; the work of the courts, law, police, and punishment in the production and administration of crime and criminals; society and crime; problems of prevention and control.

SOCIOL 242 - DRUGS AND SOCIETY (SB) Session I - T, W, Th 9:30 - noon

Aspects of drugs (alcohol, cannabis, stimulants, psychedelics, depressants, opiates): historical and cross-cultural perspectives; behavioral effects; social and cultural factors affecting use; addiction (including alcoholism); political economy of drugs; drugs and social reality.

SOCIOL 322 - SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION (SB D) Session I, T, W, Th 1:00-3:30 p.m.

Sociological perspectives on educational issues; social class differences in school achievement, the crisis in educational credentials, school reform movements, the erosion of public support for education, schools, and jobs.

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Women of Color
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