Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies
Summer 2013
Continuing and Professional Education at UMass Amherst

Session 1 – May 20 – June 28
Session 2 – July 8 – August 16

(100-level courses count towards the WGSS minor, but not the WGSS major with the exception of our own WOMENSST 187)

WOMENSST 187 – Gender, Sexuality and Culture
Session 1 – Christie Barcelos

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 inter-disciplinary, 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 395SB – Sex, Gender and Health
Session 1 – Josefa Scherer

We will use the creative and scholarly resources we have at our disposal to think critically about the medical encounter and its impact on embodiment and subjectivity as it is brought to bear on sex/gender, sexuality, race and class.  This class is designed for students interested social science approaches to biomedical and allied health topics. Through readings, lectures, discussions, films and writing we will broaden our understandings of the body (the material body) and the social life of that body (identity and subjectivity). We will discuss potential answers to questions about the relationship between health and medicine and the construction of health, wellness, illness and disease. We will use the creative and scholarly resources we have at our disposal to think critically about the medical encounter and its impact on embodiment and subjectivity as it is brought to bear on sex/gender, sexuality, race and class.

WOMENSST 397DD – Pornography, Gender and the State
Session 2 – Tonia St. Germain

This course analyzes one type of mass communication that tells stories about what sex is, can, and should be--pornography. For the purposes of this course, pornography is defined 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 considers the legal struggle for control presented in the obscenity debates: What happens when two deeply held American values, freedom of expression and freedom from discrimination, clash? People have the right to free speech as well as the right to equal treatment and protection under the law. But when one person's pornographic free speech harms another person on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or sexual orientation, does it become hate speech and subject to regulation? Are such harms the price we pay for a commitment to free speech in America? Who is paying and who is profiting? The course considers the answers by exploring the production and consumption of pornography in a legal, social, economic, and political context and challenges us to consider the effect of the use of pornography in society. Formerly LEGAL 397DD.

WOMENSST 397G – Girls in the System:  Gender and Juvenile Justice
Session 2 – Adina Giannelli

This upper-level, interdisciplinary seminar offers students the opportunity to engage an in-depth analysis of gender, race, class, and sexuality in juvenile justice through the frame of the "girls" (and others) who are subject to its constraints. Students will draw on sociological literature, critiques, policy papers, case law, documentary film, personal narratives, and even fiction to learn about life within the juvenile justice system.

ANTHRO 205 – Inequality and Oppression
Session 1 - Boone Shear

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
Session 2 - Sut Jhally

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).

ENGLISH 132 – Gender, Sexuality, Literature and Culture
Session 1 – Emma Howes
Session 2 – Jessica Ouellette
Session 2 – Amanda Waugh

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.

PSYCH 391ZZ – Psychology of the Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Experience
Session 2 – John Bickford

Students in this course will expire psychological theory and research pertaining to gay, lesbian, and bisexual people. Topics include sexual orientation, sexual identity development, stigma management, heterosexism and homonegativity, gender roles, same-sex relationships, LGB families, LGB diversity, and LGB mental health.

PUBHLTH 160 – My body/My Health
Session 1 – Christie Barcelos

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.

PUBHLTH 690WH – Fundamentals of Women’s Health
Session 1 – Sara Sabelawski, Elizabeth Bertone-Johnson

This course will provide a comprehensive overview of issues related to health in women, addressing areas including but not limited to biology, psychology, geography, economics, health policy, and social issues. Part of the Online MPH-PHP program. Open to MPH-PHP, MPH in Nutrition, DNP, AUD Program students and Worcester MPH program students only. Open to all Grad students as of April 15th.

PUBP&ADM 397LB/697LB – LGBT Social Science and Policy Issues
Session 1 – M. Badgett

This course analyzes the use of social science research in public policy debates and court cases related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in the U.S. and other countries. In particular, the course will focus on the role of social science research on debates about employment discrimination against LGBT people, LGBT parenting, the legal recognition of same-sex couples, and the process of social and policy change. Class meets with PUBP&ADM 697LB.

Moved from Component
SOC 222 – The Family
Session 1 – Melissa Hodges

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 387 – Sexuality and Society
Session 2 – Sarah Miller
The many ways in which social factors shape sexuality. Focus on cultural diversity, including such factors as race/ethnicity, gender, and sexual identity in organizing sexuality in both individuals and social groups. Recommended: 100-level Sociology course.

SOCIOL 395K – Domestic Violence
Session 2 – Laura Hickman

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.


(WGSS majors and minors must concentrate their work on gender.  100-level courses count towards the WGSS minor but NOT the WGSS major). 

ANTHRO 106 – Culture Through Film
Session 1 - Sofia Kalo
Session 2 – Grace Cleary

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.

COMP-LIT 122 – Spiritual Autobiography
Session 2 – Madelina Meirosu

Exploration of the individual psyche, growth of self-consciousness; the dark night of the soul and the role of suffering in personal growth. Reading from a variety of spiritual diaries, autobiographies, from East and West, written by women and men, believers and heretics. Ancient and modern examples.

COMM 287 – Advertising as Social Communication
Session 1 - Sut Jhally

Advertising from the viewpoint of social theory. Advertising's broad political, economic, social, and cultural role in modern society. The social role of advertising in consumer societies; focus on advertising's mediation of the modern person/object relationship, the satisfaction of needs, the constitution of popular culture, and the process of socialization.

EDUC 210 – Social Diversity in Education
Session 2 – Keri DeJong

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.

FRENCHST 280 – Love and Sex in French Culture
Session 1 - Patrick Mensa

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.

HISTORY 170 – Indigenous Peoples of North America
Session 1 - Alice Nash

The diverse histories of Indian peoples of North America from their origins to the present. Focus on indigenous perspectives, examining social, economic, and political issues experienced by indigenous peoples. Emphasis on diversity, continuity, change, and self-determination.

LEGAL 391S – Islamaphobia, Multiculturalism and the Law
Session 2 – Christopher Sweetapple

Multiculturalism has become both highly contested and deeply entrenched in contemporary societies in North America, Australia and Western Europe. As a political strategy to manage the social friction between minorities and majorities in increasingly diverse nation-states, multiculturalism has come under attack from both the right and left poles of the political spectrum throughout the world for its ostensible failures. Muslims have occupied a central place in these local, national and international debates. The threat of Islamic terrorism has provoked a measurable rise among European and North American nationals of what scholars and activists have somewhat controversially named "Islamophobia". This course surveys scholarship about this vexed role of Muslim minorities in what is conventionally called "the West", paying special attention to how the domain of law has become the defining terrain in which these debates play out and are contested. Drawing on anthropology, sociology, history and legal studies scholarship, we will explore such topics as: the links between anti-Muslim attitudes and racism, anti-Semitism and xenophobia; legacies of colonialism and the impacts of transnational migration; the history of multicultural policies; contemporary gender and sexual politics; secularism, blasphemy and the limits of free speech; the interpenetration of immigration and criminal justice; profiling and terrorism.

POLISCI 201 – Politics Through Film
Session 1 – Melinda Tarsi

Movies are used to explore the development of American politics. The forces that shaped our politics early in the century (immigration, reform, religion), the rise of "big" government in the depression and World War II years (the new roles of the federal government, the enhanced presidency, internationalism, and anti-communism), and selected issues (race, gender, modern campaigns) prominent since the 1960s. The meaning of political democracy in America and how our understanding of it has adapted to changing times and conditions.

PSYCH 391DA – Diversity Among Contemporary American Families
Session 1 – Rachel Farr

The notion of the "traditional American family" is transforming. With new historical circumstances, American families have become more diverse. This course will provide students with an overview and analysis of a variety of contemporary family systems in the United States, such as single-parent families, adoptive family systems, and families with lesbian and gay parents. Students will gain understanding in family systems theory and in research methods for studying family systems. Course material will be considered from the perspective of social issues, questions, and public controversies, both current and historical - e.g., "Is the traditional family disappearing?", "Is the institution of marriage dying or changing?".  The course will address factors that contribute to optimal family functioning and positive outcomes for children and parents.  Implications for future research, public policy, and law surrounding parenting and families (e.g., custody and placement decisions) will be covered.

PUBPB&ADM 397SM/697SM – Social Movement and Public Policy
Session 2 – Steven Boutcher

Protess are a common feature of American political and social life, and they have increasingly become a common vehicle for social change. Although social movements are often conceived as political outsiders, they play an influential role in the policy process. In this course, we will examine the dynamics of social movements analyzing the conditions that give rise to them, shape their development, and the ultimate impact that they have on politics and American society. In examining a variety of social movements, we will focus on answering a number of important questions, including: what conditions give rise to movements at various historical times?; how do individuals become activists and get involved with protest movements?; what types of tactics and strategies do activists use in pressing for change?; and how do social movements affect the political process? We will also explore the methods or tools that scholars have used to understand social movement dynamics. Class meets with PUBP&ADM 697SM.

Moved to departmental
SOC 222 – The Family

Session 1 – Melissa Hodges

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 224 – Social Class Inequality
Session 2 – Ryan Turner

The nature of social classes in society from the viewpoint of differences in economic power, political power, and social status. Why stratification exists, its internal dynamics, and its effects on individuals, subgroups, and the society as a whole. Problems of poverty and the uses of power.