WOMEN'S STUDIES PROGRAM CORE COURSES
Fall 2003

WOMENSST 187 Introduction to Women's Studies (ID)
Monday, Wednesday 10:10-11:00 a.m. with Friday discussion
Alexandrina Deschamps

Lecture, discussion. Placing women's experiences at the center of interpretation, course introduces basic concepts and perspectives in Women's Studies. Focusing on women's lives with a particular emphasis on the ways in which gender interacts with race, class, sexual orientation and ethnicity. Central aim is to foster critical reading and thinking about women's lives, the ways in which the interlocking systems of colonialism, racism, sexism, ethnocentrism and heterosexism shape women's lives, and how women have resisted them.

WOMENSST 187C Introduction to Women's Studies (ID)
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:10-11:00 a.m.
Sima Fahid

Same description as WOST 187.

WOMENSST 187H Introduction to Women's Studies (ID)
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:45 a.m.
Alexandrina Deschamps

Honors course with community service project. Same general description as WOMENSST 187.

WOMENSST 201 Critical Perspectives in Women's Studies
Section #2 - Tuesday, Thursday 11:15-12:30 p.m.
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Miliann Kang
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Introduction to the fundamental questions and concepts of Women's Studies and to the basic intellectual tools of analysis integrating economic and cultural imperialism, gender, class, race, and sexual orientation. Also addresses the multifaceted dimensions of women's lived experiences within a global context.

WOMENSST 201H Critical Perspectives in Women's Studies
Section #2 - Tuesday, Thursday 2:30-3:45 p.m.
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Viera Wallace-Lorencova

Honors section. Same description as WOMENSST 201 above.

WOMENSST 295B Asian American Women: Gender, Race, and Immigration
Tuesday, Thursday 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Miliann Kang

This course explores the histories, politics and identities of Asian American women and draws comparisons between their experiences and those of other women of color, white women, and Asian American men. It examines the intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, class, nation and sexuality in Asian American women's lives in five distinct but inter-related areas: 1) feminist debates; 2) immigration experience; 3) the family; 4) gender and work; and 5) sexual politics. Topics will include: immigration and settlement; labor history and contemporary employment patterns; patriarchy in the family and inter-generational relations; Asian American women's sexuality; the representation and exploitation of Asian female bodies; violence against women; militarized prostitution and sex tourism; and movements for social change. Fulfills the Women of Color inside the U.S. requirement.

WOMENSST 295C Career and Life Choices
Monday 2:30-4:10 p.m.
Karen Lederer

Women's Studies teaches students critical thinking skills. How can students use these skills to make informed career choices? How is it possible to engage in planning one's career while conscious of the realities of race, sex, and class in today's corporate economy? What are career options for students whose values include working for a better society? Is it possible to put together a balanced life and pay the bills besides? How can pressured college seniors, particularly activists, get all the career tasks they need to do done (resume writing, budgeting, researching career opportunities, networking, informational interviews) while finishing out their college degree? Students will formulate their own career questions and choices. The first part of the semester is self awareness, articulating interests, skills and values. The 2nd part of the semester focuses on workforce information and practical job search skills. Assignments include: self awareness exercises, informational interviews, budget, resume, cover letter and more.

WOST 296Q Analyzing Today's Feminism
Wednesday 2:00-4:30 p.m.
Amy Ferrer
Julia Becker

This course is not available for pre-registration through SPIRE. It is a discussion-based course taught by two senior Women's Studies majors. Two-credit mandatory pass/fail with a pre-requisite of Women's Studies 201 or equivalent (contact instructors for special permission). We will analyze issues including but not limited to popular culture, politics, current events on campus, reproductive rights, and other topics relevant to feminism today. Grading to be based on attendance, journals, a major project, and a short paper. To enroll, attend the first class meeting in Herter 112, or contact the instructors.

WOMENSST 297L Politics of Reproductive Cloning
Tuesday, Thursday 11:15-12:30 p.m.
Banu Subramaniam

In recent years, we have seen a proliferation of reproductive technologies. Who uses these technologies, who do they impact and who benefits from them? How does cloning fit into this history of reproductive technology? In particular, in what ways is it similar and how is it different? How does it impact women? Which women? This course will explore the biology of cloning as well as its social, political, ethical, economic, and cultural implications.

WOMENSST 301 Theorizing Women's Issues
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:45 p.m.
Dayo Gore

The objective of this course is to introduce ways of analyzing and reflecting on current issues and controversies in feminist thought within an international context. Main subject areas are: feminism and nationalism; culture as revolution and reaction; the construction of gender, race and sexuality; perspectives on pornography and racial hatred propaganda/speech/acts; and international sex trafficking and prostitution. Questions addressed are: What constitutes theory in Women's Studies? How does theory reflect, critique, challenge and change dominant sex/race/class power structures? What is theory's relationship to practice? What are the contemporary issues important to feminist/womanist theory? The common thread of this course is to provide students with some tools of analysis for addressing these issues.

WOMENSST 391D/
JUDAIC 391D
Women, Gender Judaism
Tuesday 2:30-5:15 a.m.
Susan Shapiro

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 interpretive texts.

WOMENSST 391E/
ECON 348
Political Economy of Women
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:45 a.m.
Tony Guglielmi

This course 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 U.S. and other countries; and race and class differences in the economic opportunities of women. Empirical assessment of women's work in the market and the home, in the U.S. and other countries. Reconsideration of traditional issues of political economy, comparative economic history, and labor economics.

WOMENSST 391H
U.S. Women's Lives in Context: Reading and Creating Political Autobiography
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:15 a.m.
Arlene Avakian

A course in which students will read both women's autobiographies and oral histories as well as do some of their own autobiographical work. The class will explore the ways in which lives are embedded with their social, political and cultural contexts and the ways in which people construct 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. Focusing on their own lives in their context, students will create autobiographical work which could take a variety of forms; e.g. written, oral, visual, or dramatic. Readings will focus on contemporary U.S. women, public figures, and "ordinary" women.

WOMENSST 391W/
Writing for Women's Studies Majors
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:10-11:00
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Fulfills University's Junior Year Writing Requirement. Offered fall semester only. Course acquaints students with the many genres of writing within Women's Studies and is structured around a set of readings selected to represent a large variety of stylist approaches including scholarly writings in a number of fields, book and film reviews, journal writing, letters to the editor, zines, web pages, personal and self-reflexive prose, newsletter prose, and conference reports. The readings will be short, and each will be intended to serve as a model of it's kind to be analyzed, emulated, and/or critiqued. The course allows students to hone skills on modes of expository writing and argumentation useful for research and writing in a variety of fields.

WOMENSST 393H/
PHIL 381H
Philosophy of Gender and Sexuality
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:15 p.m.
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.

WOMENSST 491H/591H/
Gender and Development in Cuba and Anglophone Caribbean
Tuesday 2:30-5:00
Ann Ferguson
Alex Deschamps

This course will provide an interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary lens of analysis to the field of The Politics and issues of Gender and Development in the Caribbean with emphasis on Cuba and the Anglophone Caribbean. With respect to Cuba, emphasis will be on the role of the Cuban revolution and its treatment of women against a history of colonial and neo-liberal development policies. A gendered analysis of the Anglophone Caribbean will focus on the resistance and responsibility of Caribbean Women in the interplay of economic globalization and 'post' colonial development policies. Some of the discourse will be centered on but not limited to women's employment; education and health; women's movements versus feminist movements; the public/private dichotomy; family, sexuality and gendered violence; race/ethnicity and class/caste systems; gender justice and economic justice. The course is open to juniors, seniors, and Graduate Students.

WOMENSST 791B/
POLSCI 675
Feminist Theory
Thursday 3:00-5:30 p.m.
Barbara Cruikshank

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