Continuing Education

This listing is meant as a guide to courses offered that have content on gender and/or sexuality through Continuing Education. For a full listing of courses offered, please refer to the www.umassulearn.net website. Courses are online unless otherwise stated.

FALL 2011

DEPARTMENTAL
(100-level courses count towards the minor but NOT the major)

ANTHRO 205 – Inequality & Oppression
The roots of racism and sexism and the issues they raise. The cultural, biological, and social contexts of race and gender and examination of biological variation, genetic determinism, human adaptation, and the bases of human behavior.

ENG 132 – Gender, Sexuality and Culture
Literature treating the relationship between man and woman. Topics may include: the nature of love, the image of the hero and heroine, and definitions, past and present, of the masculine and feminine. Please check our website for updated textbooks information. Please order the correct textbooks based on your section.

SOC 395K – Domestic Violence (Session 2)
Prior to the 1970s, domestic violence in America was widely viewed as a private matter in which public intervention was inappropriate except under the most extreme circumstances. Over the past several decades, however, domestic violence has been increasingly perceived and responded to by the public as a criminal matter. Take a detailed look at patterns and trends in domestic violence in contemporary America, explore theoretical perspectives about its causes, and examine the domestic violence reform movement, paying special attention to research that tries to assess the actual effectiveness of criminal justice reforms in reducing domestic violence. Elective course in Criminal Justice Studies Certificate Online Program but open to all.

EDUC 591W - Recognizing Family Values and Initiating Interventions
This course will allow school counselors, teachers, and criminal justice professionals to look at the impact of family violence as it relates to their work. This course will focus on the treatment issues, as well as the impact of adults and children living in that home. The course will examine some of the signs of this and will allow for those working in a school setting to gain a greater understanding of the issues. May be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit. Part of the School Counseling Series but open to all.

COMPONENT
(100-level courses do count towards the minor but NOT the major)

BIOLOGY 105 - Biology of Social Issues - Thursday 6:30-9:30 (in person)
For non-science majors; not for Biology major credit. Designed to provide non-science majors with the basic scientific knowledge that an informed citizen requires to develop thoughtful positions on sometimes controversial questions related to medical ethics, environmental degradation, cloning, biotechnology, STDs, and education.

ANTHRO 106 – Culture Through Film  (Session 1 and 3)
Exploration of different societies and cultures, and of the field of cultural anthropology, through the medium of film. Ethnographic and documentary films; focus on gender roles, ethnicity, race, class, religion, politics and social change.

COMPLIT 141 – Good and Evil:  East & West (Sessions 1,2,3)
The imaginative representation of good and evil in Western and Eastern classics, folktales, childrens 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 and unwanted children.

EDUC 210 – Social Diversity in Education (Sessions 1,2,3)
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.

 

 

SUMMER 2011

DEPARTMENTAL
(100-level courses count towards the minor but NOT the major)

ANTHRO 205 – Inequality & Oppression
The roots of racism and sexism and the issues they raise. The cultural, biological, and social contexts of race and gender and examination of biological variation, genetic determinism, human adaptation, and the bases of human behavior.

COMM 288 – Gender, Sex and Representation (5/16-6/17)
This course will examine the relationship between commercialized systems of representation and the way that gender and sexuality are thought of and organized in the culture. In particular, we will look at how commercial imagery impacts upon gender identity and the process of gender socialization. Central to this discussion will be the related issues of sexuality and sexual representation (and the key role played by advertising).

EDUC 591W – Recognizing Family Values & Initiating Interventions (Session 2)
This course will allow school counselors, teachers, and criminal justice professionals to look at the impact of family violence as it relates to their work. This course will focus on the treatment issues, as well as the impact of adults and children living in that home. The course will examine some of the signs of this and will allow for those working in a school setting to gain a greater understanding of the issues. May be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit.

ENG 132 – Gender, Sexuality and Culture (Session 1,2,3)
Literature treating the relationship between man and woman. Topics may include: the nature of love, the image of the hero and heroine, and definitions, past and present, of the masculine and feminine. Please check our website for updated textbooks information. Please order the correct textbooks based on your section.

FRENCHST 280 – Love and Sex in French Culture (Session 2)
Course taught in English. 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.

LEGAL 397DD – Pornography, Gender and the State (Session 3)
This course analyzes one type of mass communication that tells stories about what sex is, can, and should be. It examines the production, text, and consumption of pornography in a social, legal, and political context. For the purposes of this course, I define pornography as material sold in stores, presented as movies or videos, and offered by telephone or over the Internet for the purpose of producing sexual arousal for mostly male customers. The course treats pornography as struggle for control of how issues are framed and how terms are defined in law. It includes an overview of the legal, social and political history of the anti-pornography movement; examines opposing feminist analyses of contemporary pornography; and studies the legal, social and political effects of the use of pornography in society.

PSYCH 392K – Junior Year Writing:  Writing Gender, Race & Labor
In this writing-intensive seminar, we will explore how gender and race influence individuals' work experiences. Some of the topics we will focus on include how gender and race influence classroom experiences, the workplace, and the distribution of domestic labor. Register early as space is limited.

PUBHLTH 160 – My Body/My Health (Session 2,3)
Principles of health promotion and personal wellness with emphasis on stress management, nutrition, physical fitness, substance abuse prevention, prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases, and human sexuality.

SOC 222 – The Family (Session 3)
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).

SOC 395K – Domestic Violence (Session 2)
Prior to the 1970s, domestic violence in America was widely viewed as a private matter in which public intervention was inappropriate except under the most extreme circumstances. Over the past several decades, however, domestic violence has been increasingly perceived and responded to by the public as a criminal matter. Take a detailed look at patterns and trends in domestic violence in contemporary America, explore theoretical perspectives about its causes, and examine the domestic violence reform movement, paying special attention to research that tries to assess the actual effectiveness of criminal justice reforms in reducing domestic violence. Elective course in Criminal Justice Studies Certificate Online Program but open to all.

WOMENSST 187 – Gender, Sexuality & Culture (Session 2)
Placing women's experiences at the center of interpretation, this class introduces basic concepts and key areas of gender both historically and contemporaneously. It is an interdisciplinary, trans-disciplinary, and cross cultural study of gender as well as an overview of theoretical perspectives of its intersection with other social constructs of difference (race/ethnicity, class, sexuality, and age). We will move beyond the theme of "gender difference" and examine the ongoing debate about the politics of gender inequality and inequity in our societies and cultures. Students will engage in critical reading and thinking about these interlocking systems which have shaped and influenced the historical, cultural, social, political, and economical contexts of our lives. Specific attention will be given to resistance of those gendered inequalities, and the various ways that social movements have created new systems of change by engaging in national and global transformational politics.

WOMENSST 297N – Sex, Gender and Pop Culture (Session 3)
Examines some of the relationships between the media in the U. S. and the social constructions of race, class, and gender. Four related concerns are at the heart of many of these relationships: 1) media representations of race, class, and gender, 2) audience interpretations of media portrayals, 3) critical analyses of media culture and media content, and 4) what to do about these concerns: media literacy, activism and advocacy.

COMPONENT
(100-level courses do count towards the minor but NOT the major)

 

ANTHRO 104 – Culture Society and People (Session I)
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday  9:00-12:00 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.

ANTHRO 106 – Culture Through Film  (Session 1 and 3)
Exploration of different societies and cultures, and of the field of cultural anthropology, through the medium of film. Ethnographic and documentary films; focus on gender roles, ethnicity, race, class, religion, politics and social change.

COMPLIT 141 – Good and Evil:  East & West (Sessions 1,2,3)
The imaginative representation of good and evil in Western and Eastern classics, folktales, childrens 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 and unwanted children.

EDUC 210 – Social Diversity in Education (Sessions 1,2,3)
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.

HISTORY 297T – Bread and Roses:  An American Tapestry (Session 2)
American labor history features many long, bloody strikes but none as startling or emblematic as the 1912 textile strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Sparked by a mere 32-cent a week pay cut, 30,000 workers from 50 nationalities, led by the Industrial Workers of the World, challenged the giant American Woolen Company in a strike that featured a dynamite plot, trumped up murder charges, and a poignant exodus of strikers’ children sent to sympathetic families in New York. Yet still the strike went on. This class will explore the strike’s personalities (Big Bill Haywood, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, mill tycoon William Wood), its chess-like strategies, and its impact on America in the Progressive Era. Readings will participants’ memoirs, and online newspapers and magazines from 1912.

SOC 103 – Social Problems (Session 2)
Introduction to sociology. America's major social problems--past and present--are examined. These include crime, mental health, drug addiction, family tensions and inequalities based on race, gender, ethnicity and social class.