WOMEN'S STUDIES
MOUNT HOLYOKE COLLEGE COURSES
SPRING 1997

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WOMEN’S STUDIES PROGRAM	
109 Dickinson House
538-2156
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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.