UMASS DEPARTMENTAL COURSES - FALL 2002

Afro-American
Community Health
Commnications
Comparative Literature
Economics
Education
English
French
German
History
Judaic Studies
Philosophy
Political Science
Psychology
Sociology

AFROAM 391B Modern AfroAm Women's Novel
Monday, Wednesday 9:05-11:00
J. Smethurst

In this course we will examine novels written by African American women from the Harlem Renaissance to the present. The course will engage a simple, but fundamental issue: is there such a thing as modern African American women's literature? Some of the ways that we come at this issue will be from the point of genre (e.g., the novel of manners, the slave narrative, the sentimental novel, the gothic romance, the historical novel, and so on.), audience reception, and the relation of the novels to popular culture. We will also consider the historical contexts of the novels and the impact of various artistic, intellectual, and social movements (e.g., the Civil Rights, Black Power/Black Arts, First and Second Wave Feminism, and Gay Liberation) on the formal and thematic choices of the authors we study.

COMM 497D International Women Filmmakers and Feminist Theory
Lec Monday, Wednesday 1:25-2:40 Lab Tuesday 6:30-8:30 Jr. and sr. comm majors only
A. Ciecko

See Department for description.

COMHL 213 Peer Health Educ.I
Wednesday 4:00-6:30 (contact instructor to add course)
Collings

Students participate in campus outreach projects while learning about the primary health issues for college students: alcohol and drug use, sexual decision-making, contraception, prevent of sexually transmitted diseases, eating disorders, and stress management techniques. Class involves personal health assessment, small group discussions, guest lectures, role playing, team building and public speaking exercises. Class size limited to 20. Students must complete an application and interview process for admission to the Peer Health Education Program. This is the first course of a two-semester sequence.

COMHL 214 Peer Health Educ.II
Tuesday 4:00-6:30 (contact instructor to add course)
S. Linowski

Utilizing skills and information from COM HL 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 Safer Sex campaigns. Advanced peers serve as mentors to the first-semester peer health educators.

COMLIT 387 Myths of the Feminine
Monday, Wednesday 2:30 Discussion Wednesday 3:35
E. Petroff

Lecture, discussion. A survey of the ancient and medieval stories of women and men and their goddesses. We'll begin in the ancient Near East, with the stories of Inanna and Ishtar and their devotees, and then turn to the classical world of Greece and Rome, with the Homeric Hymns and the tale of Cupid and Psyche. We'll then survey the images of women in the three 'religions of the book'-Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, as well as Taoism and Buddhism. The medieval world inherited all these traditions, and we'll read stories from The Arabian Nights, The Canterbury Tales, and the Decameron that illustrate these themes. We'll learn about the complexity of images of the feminine, including women as goddesses and priestesses, as leaders of their people, as the embodiment of sexuality and fertility, as pious housewives and cunning deceivers. This is a 4 credit Honors course. Readings: Baring and Cashford, The Myth of the Goddess; Young, An Anthology of Sacred Texts by and about Women; Kinsley, The Goddesses Mirror; Wolkstein and Kramer, Inanna; Rayor, Sappho's Lyre; selections from the Arabian Nights, Canterbury Tales, and Decameron. Requirements: Journal every two weeks, three five-page papers, class participation.

ECON 348/ WOST 391E Political Economy of Women
Tuesday, Thursday 11:15-12:30
tba

Focus on the economic status of American women from diverse class and racial backgrounds. Examines economic and political history, historical demography, and labor economics with an emphasis on economic policy in the U.S. Takes a critical look at traditional and nontraditional theories.

EDUC 392E Sexism (1 credit)
Mandatory mtg. 9/12/02 + 1 weekend tba
tba

ENGL 132 Man and Woman in Literature (ALD)
Lecture 1 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:05 Lecture 2 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:15
tba

ENGL 132R Lecture 1 Tuesday, Thursday 2:30-3:45pm RAP Central
ENGL 132W Lecture 1 Tuesday, Thursday 2:30
RAP

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? Residential Area sections: ENGL 132R is reserved for Central Area residents only.

FRENCH 280O Love and Sex in French Culture
Tuesday, Thursday 6:00-7:30
P. Mensah

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 497F French Women Writers
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:45
D. Maddox

Featuring important fiction by French women writers, this course includes three prize-winning novels - Marguerite Duras, L'Amant (Prix Goncourt, 1984); Nancy Huston, L'Empreinte de l'ange (Le Prix des Lectrices de Elle, 1999); Amélie Nothomb, Stupeur et tremblements (Grand Prix du roman de l'Académie française, 1999) - as well as three works of short fiction by Marguerite Yourcenar. From earlier periods, selected writings by Marie de France, Christine de Pizan, Marguerite de Navarre, Madame de Lafayette, and George Sand. Readings and discussions in French. Recommended for students in Comparative Literature, English, French and Francophone Studies, History, and Women's Studies.

GERMAN 363 Witches: Myth and Historical Reality
Tuesday, Thursday 4:00-5:15
S. 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. No prerequisites.

GERMAN 372 Vienna 1890-1914
Tuesday, Thursday 11:15-12:30
S. Cocalis

Course examines art, literature, music, dance, dress codes, and material culture in turn-of-the-century Vienna in a social historical context with a focus on gender. Multimedia presentations.

GERMAN 497A/ HIST 497A/WOST 497A Women in Cold War
lec Tuesday, Thursday 11:15-12:30 lab Tuesday 6-8pm
U. Schmidt

Changes in the status of women were a major step in the transition from war to peace in all countries which had taken part in the Second World War. In post-war Germany, motherhood, marriage, family and equal rights were particularly hard-fought areas in developing two contrasting concepts of social order. In the competition between democratic West Germany and communist East Germany - on the front lines of the Cold War - gender became an explicitly political category. Thus, the social position which women had been allotted in the two states did not mark the transition from war to peace, but rather the transition from a hot to a Cold War order.

GERMAN 697G/ HIST 697G/ WOST 697G Gender in Socialism
lec Thursday 6-8:30pm lab Tuesday 6-8:30pm
U. Schmidt

See Department for description.

HIST 388 US Women's History to 1890
Tuesday, Thursday 11:15-12:30
V. Wilson

Lecture. This course broadly outlines the major events and cultural trends for American women from the colonial era to the end of the 19th century. Topics covered include: European, African, and Native American women's experiences during white colonialization and the American Revolution; religion and the witchcraft scare; women's educational, moral reform, suffrage, and abolitionist activism in the mid-to-late 19th century; family structures and gender roles; race relations, slavery, the Civil War and Reconstruction; and evolving theories of women's sexuality, social value, and citizenship. The course will require you to read several (5-7) books and articles. There will be two essay exams and one or two short papers.

HIST 397A Gender & Sexuality in Latin America
Tuesday, Thursday 2:30-3:45
K. Bliss

This upper-level undergraduate seminar will explore social debates over the relationship of sex and gender to such issues as work, political rights, family and reproduction, health care, religion, crime and deviance, and education in national period Latin America. This year the course will focus on Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico. Weekly readings and class meetings will address the following questions: In what ways have social spaces in these nations been gender-segregated? What logic has historically underpinned legal restrictions on women's rights to work outside the home, vote, receive higher education or live on their own? How is it that activities considered "normal" for men were long considered "deviant" for women, and vice versa? And in what contexts did social attitudes toward marriage, paternity and divorce change? Over the course of the semester, students will study and discuss popular literature, reform tracts, films, criminological studies, and political manifestoes from the period. They will assume responsibility for helping to lead class discussions and will prepare several short papers as well as a longer final project for course completion.

HIST 497A/ WOST 497A/ GERMAN 497A Women in Cold War
Lec Tuesday, Thursday 11:15-12:30 Lab Tuesday 6-8:00pm
U. Schmidt

See German 497A for course description.

HIST 593A History of Abortion Controversy
Tuesday, Thursday 2:30-3:45 Jr, sr, history majors only
J. Berkman

See Department for description.

JUDAIC 191Z Love, Sex and Family (1 credit)
Monday 3:35
S. Perlmutter M. Schwartz

What is falling in love? How is love related to sex? How can we foster healthy families? This course is designed to help make choices about intimate partners, become better parents and form strong families. We will explore Jewish values and teachings as well as personal and psychological perspectives.

JUDAIC 192D Jewish Women in America (1 credit)
Wednesday 2:30
D. Fitzig

From judges to journalists, union-organizers to congresswomen: find out about incredible and inspiring Jewish women and the impact they have had on history. We will also explore stereotypes of American Jewish women.

JUDAIC 391D/ WOST 391D Women, Gender, Judaism
Tuesday 2:30-5:15
S. Shapiro

Seminar. This course examines the ways in which the categories "woman/man", "feminine/masculine" and "gender" differently construe the character of Judaism. "Judaism" is here understood in religious, cultural and social terms. This is not a course that focuses primarily on questioning contemporary forms of Jewish women's identities, nor on filling-in the blanks of the "missing women" of Jewish history and tradition, although some attention will be paid to these matters. Rather, our main focus will be on historical constructions of women's gender roles and identities in Judaism and their cultural and social consequences. Three types of literature, therefore, will be important in this course: (1) primary religious texts about women and gender in Judaism; (2) interpretations and historical accounts of different periods and aspects of women's (and men's) gender roles in Judaism and Jewish culture; (3) current critical, feminist theories of discourse, culture and politics through which to problematize our readings of both primary and interpretative texts.

PHIL 381H Philosophy of Women (4 credit honors)
Tuesday, Thursday 11:15-12:30
A. Ferguson

A comparison of philosophical theories of gender and sexuality, including Natural purpose theory (ancient Greek and Christian thought), biological determinism, Freudianism and Foucault. We will investigate the ways that women and their bodies have been viewed by feminist theorists on female embodiment such as Beauvoir, Rich, Wittig and Butler. Issues will include: the relation between sex, gender and sexuality, dichotomies between ideals of masculinity/femininity, reason/emotion, subject/object, connection between oppression by race, class, sexuality and gender, representations of women and theories of self, identity and subjectivity. Texts will include Conboy, Medina and Stanbury, eds., Writing on the Body: Female Embodiment and Feminist Theory; Freud, Sexuality and the Psychology of Love; Foucault, History of Sexuality; v.1; Feinberg, Stone Butch Blues and selected photocopied readings. Prerequisites include either a 100 level Philosophy class or WOST 201 or permission of the instructor. Course requirements include class participation, 2 short papers, a mid-term exam and an 8-10 page term paper.

POLISCI 374 Issues in Political Theory - Three Thinkers I Think You Should Know
Tuesday, Thursday 11:15-12:30
P. Mills

The course will focus on the work of Rosa Luxemburg, Simone Weil, and Hannah Arendt, three major women thinkers of the 20th century. What these thinkers share is a commitment to theory that is in continual contact with experienced reality. Thinking through and about the changes and horrors of their times they reflect on the issues of justice, knowledge, and the self giving us a perspective on the human condition that reveals a "love of the world."

PSYCH 308 Psychology of Women (SBD)
Tuesday, Thursday 11:15-12:30
C. Beal

The course is an introduction to psychological theories and research regarding gender, with a particular focus on female development, gender comparisons in major areas of cognition and social behavior, and experiences that primarily affect girls and women.

SOCIOL 106 Race, Gender and Social Class (SBD)
Monday, Wednesday 11:15 plus Friday discussion
D. Clawson

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.

SOC 106 Race, Gender and Social Class (SBD)
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:45 plus Friday discussion
S. Model

Overview of the sociological approach to race, class, and gender inequalities (especially economic inequalities) in the contemporary United States. In segment devoted to race, African Americans receive most emphasis. Readings consist of one book and a selection of articles. Evaluation is based on several pop quizzes, three exams (two during the semester and a final), as well as two five-page papers.

SOCIOL 106C, R, X Race, Gender and Social Class RAP sections
Monday, Wednesday 11:15
106C discussion Friday 10:10
106R discussion Friday 1:25
106X discussion (1) Friday 11:15, (2) Friday 12:20
D. Clawson

SOCIOL 222 The Family (SBD)
Monday, Wednesday 1:25 + discussion
S. Gupta

Lecture, discussion. Historical development of the family: changes in household structure, in relations between partners, between parents and children and among extended kin. Social forces shaping contemporary stages of the 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 relationships.

SOC 222 The Family
Tuesday, Thursday 11:15-12:30 p.m.
Naomi Gerstel

Shattering myths about our past and present, the course will begin with an analysis of the history of families, looking at changing relationships between partners and spouses, between parents and children, among extended kin. Having established "roots," we will turn to the contemporary family across the life course to first examine the choice of a mate, marriage, and kinship in all its modern diversity. Focusing on gender, readings and lectures will analyze "his" and "her" experience of love, communication, sexuality, violence, and the ways in which paid work shapes families, with special attention to variations associated with race and class. Then we turn to the conditions that shape parenting both from the perspective of mothers and fathers and from the perspective of daughters and sons. Then we turn to the end of life-the family experiences of the elderly, the separated, divorced, and widowed, showing how gender (in interaction with race) shape these endings. Lecture and Discussion groups.

SOC 383 Gender and Society
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:20
M. Budig

Sociological analyses of women's and men's gendered experiences, and how these vary by race, ethnicity, class, and sexual orientation. The focus is on contemporary U.S. society but there are some cross-cultural and historical emphases. Feminist theories and methods; sociological, psychological, and biological theories of gender; analyses of sexuality, gender violence, education, childhood, family and work.

SOC 383 Gender and Society
Tuesday, Thursday 2:30-3:45
Naomi Gerstel

This course explore gender difference and gender inequality. We will ask: what are the sources of difference? of inequality? Is difference necessarily equivalent to inequality? Throughout, we will examine femininities and masculinities, with special attention to racialized gender. The course beings with cross-cultural and historical material and then turns to the contemporary experience--by examining first he early creation of difference and inequality of girls and boys--in the body, early socialization, and education, through language, schools and the media, then to the maintenance of difference between and inequality of adult women and men--in the economy and labor force as well as in intimacy, sexuality and families.


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