WOMEN'S STUDIES PROGRAM COURSES

WOST 187 Introduction to Women's Studies (ID)
Monday, Wednesday 10:10 a.m., Friday discussion
Karen Garcia
Lecture, discussion. 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.

WOST 187O Introduction to Women's Studies
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:45 a.m.
Alexandrina Deschamps

Orchard Hill residential education course. Same description as WOST 187.

WOST 201 Critical Perspectives in Women's Studies
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:45 a.m.
Tuesday, Thursday 11:15-12:30 p.m.
Instructors:
Arlene Avakian
Leila Ahmed

Introduction to the fundamental questions and concepts of Women's Studies and to the basic intellectual tools of analysis integrating gender, class, race, and sexual orientation. Also addresses the multifaceted dimensions of women's lived experiences primarily in North America, with some comparative connections to women globally.

WOST 291A Japanese Women Writers
Tuesday 2:30-5:15 p.m.
Doris Bargen

This seminar is designed to engage students in the fabulous achievements of Japanese women writers. Murasaki Shikibu wrote The Tale of Genji (ca.1010), the supreme masterpiece of Japanese literature and the only world classic written by a woman. Many other outstanding women writers left their mark on the cultural fabric of Japan. The course is organized into a classical and modern unit, separated by an astonishing 500-year hiatus in women's literary productivity, from the early fourteenth to the early nineteenth century. This provocative gap cannot remain undiscussed. What caused women to fall silent and why did they suddenly take up their writing brush again? Among the topics of discussion for the classical and modern periods of excellence will be the place of women writers and their largely female audience in Japanese society; female eroticism, women's marital and reproductive problems, and their gendered mode of self-expression. Class participation and oral presentations (40%), term research paper (60%). No prerequisites. Honors colloquium upon request. FULFILLS WOMEN OF COLOR REQUIREMENT.

WOST 297D Women and Health Care
Tuesday, Thursday 11:15-12:30 p.m.
Janice Raymond

Survey course examining five areas: women and the professionalization of medicine emphasizing critical medieval and modern case histories; environmental health and cancer; violence against women; menstruation and menopause; and women, health and development with a focus on global women's health issues. Course locates women's health issues within a larger context of basic health science, feminist theory, medical ethics and the sociology of the professions. Key questions are: what has produced, and continues to produce women's current health status in different parts of the world? What are the political, economic and cultural values and structures that mediate women's health? How do these combine to structure medicine as an institution? What is the impact of gender, race and culture on women's health and disease and on institutions and practices of medicine? What are strategies for change? Active class participation; journal on readings; 4 short papers on each area of study; final take-home exam.

WOST 301 Theorizing Women's Issues
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:45 a.m.
Jana Evans-Braziel

The objective of this course is to introduce ways of analyzing and reflecting on current issues and controversies in feminist thought within an international context. Main subject areas are: feminism and nationalism; culture as revolution and reaction; the construction of gender, race and sexuality; perspectives on pornography and racial hatred propaganda/speech/acts; and international sex trafficking and prostitution. Questions addressed are: What constitutes theory in Women's Studies? How does theory reflect, critique, challenge and change dominant sex/race/class power structures? What is theory's relationship to practice? What are the contemporary issues important to feminist/womanist theory? The common thread of this course is to provide students with some tools of analysis for addressing these issues. Oral class presentations, two short papers and one take-home exam.

WOST391E/ECON 348 Political Economy of Women
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:15 p.m.
Lisa Saunders

This course uses a wide range of women's issues to teach varied economic principles and theories. Popular women's topics in past semesters include women's increasing labor force participation; gender differences in hiring, promotions, and earnings; the growing poverty rate for female headed households; trade policy effects on women in the US and other countries; and race and class differences in the economic opportunities of women. 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.

WOST 394E The Intersection of Gender, Sexuality and Ethnicity in modern Middle Eastern History
Wednesday 2:30-5:00 p.m.
Sima Fahid

The aim of this course is to analyze the intersection of gender, sexuality and ethnicity in modern Middle Eastern history. The following issues will be dealt with in this course: the impact of the articulation of modern state in different countries of the Middle East, the impact of the articulation of modern state on the lives of the subaltern groups such as women and gypsies in different countries of the Middle East, the replacement of subsistence production with cash crop as a result of the rise of domestic and foreign capital and its repercussion in women's lives, and the process through which gypsies remained outside the state apparatus and became an outcast group. FULFILLS WOMEN OF COLOR REQUIRMENT.

WOST 397L The Social Construction of Whiteness and Women
Tuesday, Thursday 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Arlene Avakian

Exploration of the social construction of whiteness, its interaction with gender, and the historical and contemporary political resistance to white privilege focusing primarily on the US. Course goals: (1) understanding of the historical, economic and political forces responsible for the construction and maintenance of whiteness; (2) exploration of the mechanisms which insure that whiteness is experienced as the norm and not as a race; (3) exploration of the critical role of gender in the construction of whiteness; (4) foster students' ability to position themselves on the multiple axes of race, gender and class and to help them gain an understanding of the role they play in maintaining the privileges they have; (5) exploration of effective action to challenge white privilege. Prerequisites: Course work in race and gender or permission of instructor. STUDENTS MUST ALSO ENROLL IN A MANDATORY 1-CREDIT P/F PRACTICUM. Register for practicum in the first class.

WOST 493I Latinas in the U.S.
Monday 3:35-6:35 p.m.
Karen Garcia

We will review the experiences of the principal Latino groups in this country (Mexican, Puerto Rican and Cuban) in terms of their similarities and differences; with a focus on the experience of Puerto Rican women. The course will provide an interdisciplinary review of social science theories about Latinas, integrating class, ethnicity, race, and gender as forces serving to promote and/or hinder their social participation. Economic and psychosocial factors generally used to explain oppression and cultural inequity will be reviewed, as well as how these forces influence Latinas inter-personal experiences of ethnic differentiation and group strength within the women's movement. FULFILLS WOMEN OF COLOR REQUIREMENT.

WOST 496B Resources in Women's Studies Research
Wednesday 3:35-5:00 p.m.
Emily Silverman

In this two credit independent study, we will focus on research methods and resources in Women's Studies, with opportunities to explore primary and secondary sources from Web sites to CD-ROMS, from printed materials to microfilm. Class meetings will permit time for demonstration and hands-on practice with both electronic and paper resources. Recommended for juniors and seniors. Please contact Emily Silverman to sign up at 545-0995 or click to e-mail

WOST 691B Feminist Research Seminar
Wednesday 11:15-1:45 p.m.
Marta Calas

This seminar is organized around graduate student presentations of their own research and will include some readings on general questions of feminist methodology and ethics of research. The seminar will include a public lecture series where research will be presented and discussion will include issues of feminist research. Enrolled students will be expected to do the reading, present their research and discuss others, and keep an intellectual journal recording their reactions to the research presented in the lecture series.

WOST 692A Arab & Muslim Women
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:15 p.m.
Leila Ahmed

We will be reading a combination of literary and theoretical texts (the former mainly autobiographical, and chiefly by women of Arab and Muslim background among them Mernissi, Djebbar, Ba, Suleri, and Saadawi) and also viewing some films such as the Battle of Algiers and exploring issues of identity, gender, class, colonialism and post-colonialism. Upper-level undergraduates may take this class with permission of the instructor. FULFILLS WOMEN OF COLOR REQUIREMENT.

Departmental
Component
Women of Color
Graduate Level
Winter 1999
Amherst College
Hampshire College
Mount Holyoke
Smith College