UMASS DEPARTMENTAL COURSES - Fall 2003

Afro-American
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English
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AFRO-AM 691E Modern African American Women Novelists
Monday 12:00-2:30PM
James Smethurst

See department for description.

COMM 794U Politics of Sexual Representation
Tuesday 4:00-7:00PM
Lisa Henderson

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COMHL 213 Peer Health Educ.I
Tuesday 10:00-12:30 (contact instructor to add course)
Amanda Collings

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. Stuidents 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 Educ.II
Tuesday 4:00-6:30 (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 faciliation, 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. Prerequisite: EDUC/ComHl 213.

COMPLIT 387 Myths of the Feminine
Lec Monday, Wednesday
Elizabeth Petroff

Myths about women and the life cycle from many cultures: ancient near east, classical antiquity, Old Europe, India, Asia, the Islamic world. Women writers from those same cultures, showing the interplay between the cultural construction of the feminine and personal voices.

ECON 348/ WOST 391E Political Economy of Women
Tuesday, Thursday 9:15-10:30 p.m.
Anthony Guglielmi

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.

EDUC 392E Sexism (1 credit)
Tba
Barbara Love

EDUC 392L Heterosexism (1 credit)
tba
Barbara Love

ENGL 132 Man and Woman in Literature
Lecture 1 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:05-9:55
Lecture 2 Tuesday, Thursday 2:30-3:45
Lecture 3 Tuesday, Thursday 2:30-3:45
tba

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 491D American Women's Autobiography
Thursday 1:00-3:30
Margo Culley

See department for description.

ENGL 891F Writing and Gender
Wednesday 1:00-3:30
Donna LeCourt

Do men and women write differently? Do they read different kinds of texts? Apply different interpretive strategies? Do men and women prefer to write in different kinds of genres? Do school writing assignments privilege one gender over another? These are some of the questions this course will take up by looking at theories of gender and literacy as well as research on literacy practices both in and outside of school. The "writing" we will study will range from published novels and "school" writing for courses to television and video games. Gender will also be defined complexly, looking beyond easy definitions of gender according to sexual difference. The primary goal of the course will be to examine how literacy practices become caught up in questions of gender as part of the way our culture reproduces itself through notions of identity, "correct" language use, and access to public voice.

GERMAN 363 Witches: Myth and Historical Reality
Tuesday, Thursday 4:00-5:15
Susan Cocalis

The image of the witch in witchcraft trials; what kind of women were accused of being witches in early modern Europe and North America. Mythological texts, studies on popular magic, prosecution records of witch trials, theories about female witchcraft, the social role of women, early dramas and poems about witches, woodcuts and paintings of witches. Conducted in English. (Gen.Ed. I, G)

GERMAN 372 Vienna 1890-1914
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:15
Susan Cocalis

Examines art, literature, and music in turn-of-the-century Vienna in a social-historical cultural context with a focus on gender. Multimedia presentations. Conducted in English. (Gen.Ed. AL)

GERMAN 377H Politics and Culture
Monday 4:00-6:30 PM
Bi-weekly film screenings Thursday 6:00 PM
Maria Stehle

This class is designed as an introductory seminar to Cultural Studies. The course will focus on the 1970's in East and West Germany, a time of crisis and contradiction. We will compare the meanings of political democracy and personal freedom in the two states, investigate the changes in gender roles and family politics, and discuss the meanings and politics of fear and terror in pop culture, media, film and literature. We will examine the relevance of these debates and developments for today's politics and cultural identifications in the unified Germany, in Europe, and in the US. No knowledge of German is required.

HIST 389 US Women's History to 1890
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:25-2:15
tba

See department for description.

HIST 594C History of Abortion Controversy
Tuesday, Thursday 2:30-3:45
Joyce Berkman

See department for description.

JUDAIC 391D/
WOMENSST 391D
Women, Gender and Judaism
Tuesday 2:30-5:15 PM
Susan Shapiro

The ways in which the categories "woman/man," "feminine/masculine" and "gender" differently construe the character of Judaism as understood in religious, cultural and social terms. Focus on historical constructions of women's gender roles and identities in Judaism and their cultural and social consequences, using three types in literature: 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 readings of primary and interpretative texts.

LEGAL 391G Women and the Law
Tuesday 7:00-9:30 PM
tba

This course will explore how women have been defined and constructed by American legal institutions. We will examine the transformation of women from property to property owners, and their acquisition of full citizenhood; the evolution of the rights of bodily integrity, including reproductive rights and freedom from domestic violence; and how the development of these rights has reinforced or created divisions among women.

PHIL 381H/
WOST 393H
Philosophy of Gender & Sexuality
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:15
Ann 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 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. Since the class is an honors course, it requires additional class preparation and discussion, as well as extra written work, and receives 4 credits.

PHIL 591W Seminar: 17th Century Women's Philosophy
Wednesday 7:00-9:30PM
Eileen O'Neil

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POLSCI 675 Feminist Theory
Thursday 3:00-5:30PM
Barbara Cruikshank

Examination of the foundation of different forms of feminism in relation to classical and contemporary political theory. The distinction between public and private, production and reproduction, and "difference" as an issue of race, class, sexual preference, religious and ethnic identity.

PSYCH 308 Psychology of Women
Tuesday, Thursday 11:15-12:30
Carol Beale

A general introduction. Two sections: a) the issue of sex differences, including evidence for and explanation of such differences; b) "women's issues," topics of particular interest to women in contemporary society (e.g., violence against women, work and achievement). Prerequisite: elementary psychology.

SOCIOL 106 Race, Gender, and Social Class (SBD)
Monday, Wednesday 12:20-1:10 plus discussion sections Friday
tba

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 106H Race, Gender and Social Class (honors)
Wednesday 6:00-8:30PM
Joya Misra

See description above.

SOCIOL 222 The Family (SBD)
Monday, Wednesday, 1:25-2:15PM
plus discussion sections Friday
Naomi Gerstel

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
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:20-1:10
tba

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. Prerequisite: 100-level Sociology course.

SOCIOL 792B Gender Seminar
Monday 2:30-5:00
Michelle Budig

See department for description.


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