Mount Holyoke College Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies courses, Fall 2011

African American and
African Studies                                        312 Skinner Hall                                               538-2377

AFRAM 210 – African American Culture and Society
Lucas Wilson
Friday 1:15-4:05 p.m.

Reviews theory and policy research that targets durable (race, gender, and class) inequalities. How has recent policy (especially involving schools and prisons) shaped public life and private sector capacity in communities of color from 1976 to the present? What are the consequences of governing through crime and punishment? Is poor discipline a viable approach to strengthening the social fabric? Data and personal narrative will be used. Brings together Mount Holyoke students and women in the final stages of their sentences in Hampden County, who collaborate as peers in a semester-long exploration of these issues. The semester culminates with a reading and completion ceremony.

Anthropology                                                          15 Wright Hall                                         585-3500

ANTHR 222 – Making Class Visible
Debbora Battaglia
Wednesday  1:15-4:05 p.m.

This course examines questions of social class within the Mount Holyoke community, at critical intersections with race, gender, and disability. Drawing upon readings in anthropology and film studies that critique the notion of a homogeneous "community" and offer alternative theoretical models, students will focus reflexively on three projects. the co-production of an ethnographic film, the creation of an advertising campaign for the film, creation of a website, for extending the conversation about class, Among the questions we explore at all three sites are: What is your idea of work? Where and when do you notice class? Is class a topic of conversation and/or storytelling in your family?

 

Complex Organizations                       115 Skinner Hall                                               538-2432

COMOR 220/POL 225 - Winners and Losers: Taxation, Social Justice, and Economic Choices
John Fox
Monday, Wednesday  11:00-12:15 p.m.

The maze of laws that make up the U.S. tax system shape and define what our nation is and will be; they also create winners and losers. Who benefits from special relief provisions such as for housing, health care, education, retirement savings, charitable giving, and child care? What are the economic consequences? How are families taxed? Women? The poor? Capital gains? Should we have an estate tax, reform the income tax, or adopt a consumption tax? How can we save Social Security? All these issues and more are addressed, including a review of federal tax history from the Constitution to the present.

 

Critical Social Thought                        118 Shattuck Hall                                             538-3466

CST 100/GERMAN 100 – War and Memory
Karen Remmler
Tuesday, Thursday  1:15-2:30 p.m.

How do nations, groups, and individuals remember war? We explore the conflicting narratives of war that emerge at memorial sites, in museums, in film and other visual media, and in oral testimony. With an emphasis on case studies of actual national and transnational controversies arising out of competing versions of the past by the multiple participants in war, we investigate the impact of war in the last century up to the present for defining national, ethnic, gender, and racial identities; for establishing responsibility and rendering justice; and for remembering the dead. Cases focus on the remembrance of WW II and its legacies in Germany, Japan, and the USA.

Gender Studies                                       109 Shattuck Hall                                             538-2257

GNDST 204/ENG 239 – Worthy Hearts & Saucy Wits
K. Singer
Monday, Wednesday  2:40-3:55 p.m.

Eighteenth-century England witnessed the birth of the novel, a genre that in its formative years was both lauded for its originality and condemned as intellectually and morally dangerous, especially for young women. We will trace the numerous prose genres that influenced early novelists, including conduct manuals, epistolary writing, conversion narratives, travelogues, romance, and the gothic. In doing so, we will concomitantly examine the novel's immense formal experimentation alongside debates about developing notions of gender and class as well as the feeling, thinking individual. Authors may include Richardson, Fielding, Sterne, Walpole, Burney, and others.

GNDST 204-01/FLMST 260 – Film Genre and Gender
Robin Blaetz
Tuesday, Thursday  2:40-3:55 p.m., Screening Tuesday 7:00-9:00 p.m.

This course examines the development of Hollywood film genres largely in the post-studio era, particularly the musical, the melodrama, the horror film, and the science fiction film. We will consider the evolution of these four genres in relation to changes in the film industry and in American society, especially in relation to gender.

GNDST 206-01/HIST 257 – 18th and 19th Century Women
K. Singer
Tuesday, Thursday  1:15-2:30 p.m.

Introduction to major themes in U.S. history through the lens of women's history. Located both near the centers of power in American society and at its margins, the history of women as a social group is one of conflict and diversity. While women do not make up a coherent group, all share the unique experience of being "women" in class, racial, and religiously specific ways. Themes include Native American and Hispanic women during European contact and settlement; the impact of the American Revolution; benevolent women and the "fallen" women they hoped to help; enslaved women and the plantation mistress; women in the multicultural west; women's involvement in the Civil War and Reconstruction.

GNDST 206-02/HIST 283-02 – Culture of AIDS in U.S.
J. Gerhard
Tuesday, Thursday  1:15-2:30 p.m.

An examination of the powerful unleashing of literary and political activism in the wake of the AIDS outbreak. We will look at literary texts such as Tony Kurshner's play Angels in America, Larry Kramer's novel Faggots and play, The Normal Heart, Sarah Shulman's novel People in Trouble, and Jonathan Larson's play, Rent. We will look at the AIDS quilt and other memorializing efforts, political groups such as The Gay Men's Health Crisis, ACT UP and Queer Nation for the ways that it redefined activism and recrafted the politics of medical trials and drug distribution, and will conclude with the role AIDS played in the consolidation of the Christian New Right.

GNDST 210-01/PHIL 249 – Women and Philosophy
S. Hawthorne
Tuesday, Thursday  2:40-3:55 p.m.

Some say that philosophers pursue objective knowledge. Feminist philosophy is a body of scholarship that questions the extent to which traditional philosophy has pursued or can pursue knowledge in an objective way. This course is an introduction to issues in feminist philosophy, including its critique of traditional Western philosophy and its contributions to major areas of philosophy such as metaphysics, ethics, epistemology, social and political philosophy, and the philosophy of language.

GNDST 212-01/PSYCH 208 – Women and Gender in the Social Sciences:  What is Memory?
Amber Douglas
Tuesday, Thursday  1:15-4:05 p.m.

Memory has a wide range of meanings and applications in many different contexts. What, for example, is the difference between artificial intelligence and human memory? How are national identities constructed around the commemoration of great events? What is the importance of memory in relation to concepts like justice and progress? How do rituals and performances work to determine gender and other identities? How can we understand the differences in episodic, implicit, long term, short term or working memory? For individuals and societies, what are the implications of the absence of memory? In this course, we examine psychological, social, political, and cultural approaches to memory.

GNDST 250-01 – Politics of Abortion in the Americas
TBA
Tuesday, Thursday  8:35-9:50 a.m.

The Americas have been characterized by the strictness of their laws in the criminalization of abortion. In some countries abortion is criminalized even when the woman's life is at risk. What role have women's movements played in advancing abortion rights? What has mattered most for a movement's success, its internal characteristics or external forces? Has the way the movement framed its demands mattered? How has the political influence of the Catholic and Evangelical churches influenced policies in this area? We will answer these questions by exploring examples from across the region through primary and secondary sources.

GNDST 333-01/PSYCH 392 – Psychology of Trauma
Amber Douglas
Thursday  1:15-4:05 p.m.

What happens after a traumatic event? Why do some people develop psychological disorders and others do not? This course will explore the psychological theories and research on trauma and stress. Topics covered will include childhood abuse, domestic violence, combat violence, community violence, and interpersonal violence. The seminar will explore psychological dysfunction, disorders, as well as adaptation and coping following exposure to traumatic stress. In addition, the course will explore the concept of "cultural trauma."

GNDST 333-2 – Emily Dickinson/Her Times
Martha Ackmann
Tuesday  1:15-4:05 p.m.

This course will examine the writing of Emily Dickinson, both her poetry and her letters. We will consider the cultural, historical, political, religious, and familial environment in which she lived. Special attention will be paid to Dickinson's place as a woman artist in the nineteenth century. The class will meet at the Dickinson Museum (280 Main Street in Amherst and accessible by Five College bus).

GNDST 333-03/ASIAN 340 – The Story of the The Stone
Ying Wang
Monday 1:15-4:05 p.m.

A seminar on the eighteenth-century Chinese masterpiece The Story of the Stone and selected literary criticism in response to this work. Discussions will focus on love, gender-crossing, and women's supremacy and the paradoxical treatments of these themes in the novel. We will explore multiple aspects of these themes, including the sociopolitical, philosophical, and literary milieus of eighteenth-century China. We will also examine this novel in its relation to Chinese literary tradition in general and the generic conventions of premodern Chinese vernacular fiction in particular.

GNDST 333-04/GERMAN 315 – “Uncommon Women” Conquer the World: Archival Memories Come to Life
Gabriele Wittig Davis
Tuesday  1:15-4:05 p.m.

Taught in German.  A gift of a voluminous scrapbook by an alumna (1909) studying German at MHC serves as the basis for this hands-on investigative course about global learning and daily life at MHC, in Germany, and Europe. Each student researches her individual area of interest to explore this crucial era when women in Europe pushed open all doors to higher education (1908); when women scientists, artists, and public leaders achieved prominence. Key question: how did women's education support women in defining and constructing their own paths to professional success, commitment to global public service, and desire for pleasure and personal happiness? Research outcome: bilingual media project.

GNDST 333-05/POL 328 – Liberalism and It’s Critics
Lena Zuckerwise
Monday  1:15-4:05 p.m.

This course is designed to engage students in central questions of liberalism, as well as critical responses to it. We will explore the development of liberal thinking, drawing from classic 17th century texts, as well as contemporary works. Together we will consider concepts such as rights, individualism, choice and equality with particular attention to liberal feminism and feminist critiques of liberalism.

GNDST 333-06/ENG 386 – Eliot, Woolf, Lessing
William Quillian
Tuesday, Thursday  1:15-2:30 p.m.

This seminar will focus on major works of fiction by each of these three writers and will be particularly concerned with their response to the social and cultural worlds around them. Considering each as a major voice for the concerns of women of her time, the course will examine their critical and theoretical prose as well as their fiction.

GNDST 333-07/PSYCH 330 – Math Path of Women
Charlene Morrow
Monday, Wednesday  11:00-12:15 p.m.

This course is a study of research methods in educational settings, focusing on observational, survey, and interview techniques and using as a context adolescent girls' educational experiences in mathematics. Students will be working directly with the SummerMath database, which spans more than 25 years. Students will develop skills in formulating research questions, designing research, and finding appropriate methods (both qualitative and quantitative) by which to analyze the data. Each student will complete a major research project.