Womens Studies Core Courses |
Departmental Courses |
----------------------------------------------------- WOMEN’S STUDIES PROGRAM 109 Dickinson House 538-2156 ----------------------------------------------------- WS 101 Introduction to Women's Studies Alex Deschamps Monday-Wednesday 9:25-10:40 am The course offers an overview of women’s position in society and culture by examining women’s lives from a variety of experiential and theoretical perspectives. The first section examines works by women that illuminate both the shared and the diverse social, psychological, political, and economic realities of their experience;; the second section introduces analyses of sexism and oppression,with a focus on different frameworks for making and evaluating feminist arguments. The course concludes with visionary feminist views of women recreating their lives. WS 200 (01)/HIST D101 Women, Spirituality and Power Eugenia Hebert /Harold Garrett-Goodyear Tuesday, Thursday 9:25-10:40 am fourth hour held 12:00-12:50 pm How are the changing and varied experiences of women related to notions of the sacred? How are the very distinctions between “women” and “men” affected by such notions? In what ways is spirituality a source of power for women, or a limit to their power? Can we develop a vocabulary for understanding women’s experience in societies that know no distinction between sacred and profane? The critical and self-reflective use of historical analysis and interpretation are central to this inquiry into the relationshps between women’s experiences and the boundaries between sacred and profane in various cultures. Case studies include African and African American women and European women during the transition from medieval to modern society. WS 200 (02)/HIST 276 American Women Since 1890 Mary Renda Tuesday, Thursday 9:25-10:40 am This course examines the history of women and cultural construction of gender in the United States since the end of the last century. How have class, race, and ethnicity shaped the history of women’s work, debates over female sexuality, women’s attempts at social change, and representations of women in cultural and political contexts? In what ways has gender contributed to racial consciousness and class formation in the United States? Using primary and secondary materials, we will examine “women’s experience” in the realms of work, politics, sexuality, and reproduction. WS 203 (01)/ENGL 272 Caribbean Women Writers Roberto Marquez Tuesday, Thursday 2:35-3:50 pm A comparative examination of contemporary Caribbean women writers with particular emphasis on their engagement with issues of history, cultural articulation, race, class, gender, and nationality. Attention to form, style, voice and audience. WS 220/POL 220 Sex and Politics Jean Grossholtz Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:50-12:05 pm Explores the nature and extent of violence against women, explanations of the causes of such violence, society’s use of sexual categories as the basis for the distribution of social and political roles, the effects of race and class on women’s lives, the translation of sex differences into restrictions on political and social life, and patriarchal power and women’s struggle for change. WS 250 Global Feminism Kanthie Athukorala Monday-Wednesday 10:50am - 12:05 pm This course offers an intensive study of the worldwide subordination of women, looking at women as producers and consumers, as survivors of male violence, as child rearers and food producers, and as creators of culture and life-support systems. It studies cultural, economic, and structural differences in women’s experience and includes presentations by faculty who are expert on women’s lives in different regions. The course aims at a critical perspective on existing systems of thought and the creation of a system of thought compatible with women’s experience and knowledge. WS 333 (01)/ENGL 371 Feminist Theory & Film Carol Donelan Thursday 1:00-3:50 pm Monday screening This seminar investigates contemporary feminist theory - including but not limited to feminist film theory - in relation to film. It examines the influential formulations of the cinematic “male gaze” and “women’s film”; recent theorizations of race and sexuality in cinema and in cluture; gender complexities in popular Hollywood genres; and critical issues emerging from films made by women. Students undertake extensive theoretical readings and attend mandatory weekly film screenings. WS 333 (02)/PSYCH 319 Gender & Domestic Labor Francine Deutsch Wednesday 1:00-2:50 pm This course examines social psychology and sociological theories and research addressing why women do more housework and child care than men. It pays special attention to the situation of dual-earner families and considers class and ethnic differences on the nature of this inequality and the barriers to full equality at home. WS 333 (03)/POL 390 Women and Development Jean Grossholtz Monday 3:00-4:50 pm A detailed study of development policies and projects, national and international, as they relate to women. Students engage in individual research on the effect of particular projects on women. WS 333 (04)/REL 323 Feminist Theologies Jane Crosthwaite Tuesday, Thursday 10:50-12:05 pm MaryDaly, Elisabeth Schussler Ffiorenza, Phyllis Trible, and Naomi Goldenberg, among others, have argued that traditional Jewish and Christian theological systems have overlooked the needs, concerns, histories, and contributions of women. Their challenges range from the historical modification of a presumably unbiased religious system to the outright rejection of a so-called patriarchal establishment. Whatever their approach, feminist theologies offer diverse and incisive tools for understanding how a theological system operates, how transitory cultural assumptions become embedded in ongoing doctrines, and how apparently minor adjustments can have significant ripple effects. WS 333 (05) Indigenous Women in Contemporary Struggles Deidre Almeida Thursday 1:00-2:50 pm This course is designed to introduce students to the role of Indigenous women in the struggles for national self-determination from a historical/cultural/spiritual political context. Historically, Indigenous women have always played a very prominent and power role within all spheres of Indigenous social/political/cultural and economic issues affecting Indigenous nations from a contemporary context. The breadth and scope of this course will examine Indigenous nations such as the Lakota/Dakota, Navajo, Wampanoag, Kanienkehaka Mohawk and Cree nations. Also to be discussed will be Indigenous women from other countries such as Bolivia, Salvador, Australia and New Zealand. Prereq: 8 cr in D including WS 101 or 250 WS 390 Internship/Fieldwork Project M. Ackmann Wednesday 1:00-4:00 pm Prereq: Women's Studies 101, 250, 251 and permission of instructor.