Spring 1996 Women's Studies Courses
WOST 187 Introduction to Women's Studies (ID) Renee Heberle
Lecture: Monday, Wednesday 10:10-11:00 am
Section: Fri. 9:05, 10:10, or 11:15 am

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. Course Requirements: Class attendance, journal, one short paper, midterm & final.

WOST 201 Critical Perspectives in Women's Studies Alex Deschamps
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30 - 10:45 am

Introduction to the fundamental questions and concepts of feminist thought and to the basic intellectual tools of analysis by which women's experience may be reviewed and analyzed across race, class, and sexuality and within the structures of contemporary global power and in the context of North American domination and the "new world order".

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:15 - 12:05 pm

Check with department for course title, description, and instructor.

WOST 295C Career and Life Choices for Women (2 credits) Karen Lederer
Monday 12:20 - 2:00 pm

Development of a systematic approach to career, educational, and life planning. Emphasis on prioritization of values and subsequent life choices. Elements of self exploration include: distinguishing between choosing a major and a career; identifying and expanding areas of career interest; identifying current skills and skills necessary for career of choice; relating knowledge, interests and skills to career goals; and current issues for women in the workforce. Career planning skills include budgeting, writing resumes and cover letters, interviewing and use of various resources. Women's Studies students or seniors only. Mandatory Pass/Fail.

WOST 296Q Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Studies Brown Bag Lunch Seminar Series
Thursdays, 1 credit, pass/fail

Mandatory attendance at Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Studies Brown Bag Series, every Thursday in the Campus Center. To receive credit, students must participate in discussion at the Brown Bags and complete response sheets on three of the presentations. Registration at first Brown Bag. For more information, call the Stonewall Center at 545-4824.

WOST 301 Theorizing Women's Issues Renee Heberle
Monday, Wednesday 4:00 - 5:15 pm

Examination of how different theories approach women's issues and problems. The primary aim of this course is to familiarize ourselves with the main theoretical traditions and approaches that are used to understand women's experiences and positions in society. We will concentrate on the differences and diversity of approaches, paying attention both to the context in which these theories arose, and their ability to analyze the issues we face today. The idea is to gain a critical perspective on these theories, so that we can appreciate both their diversity and the contexts in which they can be deployed, without losing sight of their strengths and limitations.

WOST 391E/ Political Economy of Women Lois Yachetta
ECON 348 Tuesday, Thursday 9:30 - 10:45 am

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. Requirements: Two midterms and a paper. [This course is also cross-listed as ECON 348.]

WOST 393DGender and Agency in Theory and Practice: Third World Women's Activism
Alex Deschamps
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00 - 2:15 pm

Course provides a critical theoretical framework for the diversity of views and activities related to the complex roles of women in the Third World. Comparative approach to crucial issues faced by women in the 20th century and the place of gender in international issues. Emphasis on Third World women with main focus on Africa, Asia, Latin America. Analysis of what women do in homes, communities, national and international groups, particular focus on epistemological studies of women academics and feminist theorists. Case studies on urban and rural development, household reproduction and production and community organization. Focus on connecting theory with action, seeking bridges between women in the industrialized and developing nations, and building coalitions. Students work in small research groups. This course may be counted toward the UMass Women of Color Requirement for Women's Studies majors and minors.

WOST 395A/ Women in Journalism Karen List
JOURN 395A Tuesday, Thursday 11:15 - 12:30 pm

This course looks at issues surrounding the participation and portrayal of women in American journalism from colonial to contemporary times. It will focus on women journalists and the obstacles they have faced as well as on coverage of women from the 18th century through today, largely in the context of the news/editorial aspect of newspapers, magazines, and broadcasting. [This course is also cross-listed as JOURN 395A]

WOST 395H US Women's Lives in Contexts: Reading and Creating Political Autobiography(Honors - 4 credits)
Arlene Avakian
Tuesday, Thursday 2:30 - 3:45 pm

A course in which students will both read 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 within their social, political and cultural contexts and the ways in which people construct their 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 contexts, students will create autobiographical work which could take a variety of forms; e.g. written, oral, visual, or dramatic. Readings will focus on contemporary US women; public figures, and "ordinary" women.

WOST 395M/ Feminist Theory and Politics Pat Mills
POLSCI 375 Monday, Wednesday 12:20
Section: Friday 10:10, 11:15, 12:20, or 1:25
Honors section: Thursday 11:15 am

Lecture, discussion. A theoretical consideration of different feminisms including liberal-feminism, socialist-feminism, anarcha-feminism, radical feminism, and eco-feminism. Also examines: the relation between feminist theory and practice; the historical development of feminism; feminist issues within the canon of political theory; the problem of identity and difference(s) as related to race, class, and gender. [This course is also cross-listed as PolSci 375.]

WOST 793A Seminar: Freud & Interpretation Jennifer Stone
COMLIT 793A Tuesday 2:30 - 5:30 pm

The course will examine Freud's theories of sexuality and will pose the question of whether it is possible for women/men to subscribe to them today. We shall read the records of women analyzed by Freud in order to assess the value of an orthodox psychoanalysis. A study will be made of the way these writers later develop psychoanalytic theory. Through close readings of papers on psychoanalytic technique, we will begin to understand the aetiology or process of formation of neuroses and perversions. With an understanding which arises out of a clinical context, the course will critique misreadings of psychoanalysis in contemporary literary, film, and feminist theory. Writers to be studied include: Marie Bonaparte, Helen Deutsch, H.D. (Hilda Doolittle), Anna Freud, Jeanne Lampl de Groot, Lou Andreas Salmone, Sigmund Freud, Jacques Derrida, Jacques Lacan, Alan Bass, K.R. Weissler, Louise Kaplan, Juliet Mitchell, Julia Kristeva and Adam Phillips.