WOST 187
Introduction to Women's Studies (ID)
Monday, Wednesday 10:10
Friday discussion sections at 9:05, 10:10 and 11:15
Lisa Robinson

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.

Introduction to Women's Studies (ID)
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:45
Alexandrina Deschamps

Orchard Hill residential education course. Same description as WOST 187. 4 credit honors.

WOST 201
Critical Perspectives in Women's Studies
Section #1 - 11:15 - 12:30 p.m.
Section #2 - 1:00-2:15 p.m.
Arlene Avakian
Sima Fahid

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 297
Women of Color & the Legal System
Monday, Wednesday 3:35-4:50 p.m.
Lisa Robinson

Through a critical race feminist lens, this course will examine the relationship between women of color and the legal system. During the course we will address how women of color have been treated as victims, advocates, employees and as offenders by the legal system. Some of the topics covered will include sexual harassment, child custody, domestic violence, crime, and the prison system. The following questions will be explored: What are the connections between women's involvement in crime and women's victimization? Is there a relationship between "gender roles" and involvement in the legal system? What connection is there between issues of class, race, gender and the legal system? Through discussions, case studies, video clips, documentaries, and articles, the course will specifically examine the effects of public policies such as welfare, affirmative action and anti-immigration laws and the impact these policies have on women of color. Fulfills the Women of Color requirement for the Women's Studies major and minor.

WOST 301
Theorizing Women's Issues
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:15 p.m.
Alexandrina Deschamps

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.

WOST 391E/
ECON 348
Political Economy of Women
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30 - 10:45
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 U.S. 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 U.S. and other countries. Reconsideration of traditional issues of political economy, comparative economic history, and labor economics.

Sex/Sexuality and Asian/Pacific/American Women
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:15 p.m.
Kathleen Zane

The course examines how Asian/Pacific/American women are "made" as sexual commodities in institutions of tourism, prostitution, war, bride sales and how these practices are reproduced in representations of them/us as hypersexualized icons in popular culture. The examination of their resistance to these representations and their recovery of sexual agency in the work of Asian/Pacific-identified women writers, artists, film and video-makers, activists and cultural critics will be an essential part of this course. Topics of special focus are issues of miscengenation and hybridity and lesbian/bisexual/transgender identities. Fulfills the Women of Color requirement for the Women's Studies major and minor.

WOST 392H/
Philosophy of Women
Tuesday, Thursday 11:15 - 12:30 p.m.
Ann Ferguson

This honors course will investigate the ways that women and their bodies have been viewed by some important Western philosophers, as well as writings by contemporary feminist theorists on female embodiment. Issues will include: the relation between sex, gender and sexuality, dichotomies between ideals of masculinity/femininity, reason/emotion, subject/object, connection between oppression by race, class, sexuality and gender, feminist visions and knowledge, representations of women and theories of self, identity and subjectivity. Texts will include: (1) Conboy, Medina and Stanbury, eds. Writing on the Body: Female Embodiment and Feminist Theory, (2) De Beauvoir The Second Sex, and (3) either Mahowald, ed. Philosophy of Woman or Osborne ed. Woman in Western Thought, and selected readings. Prerequisites include either a 100 level Philosophy class or WOST 201 or permission of the instructor. Phil 381 satisfies I and D gen.ed. requirements. Course requirements include individual class reports and reading questions, 3 short papers, a mid term exam and an 8-10 page term paper. Short papers carry a re-write option. Course receives 4 credits.

Gender Debates & Caribbean Development
Wednesday 3:35-6:05 p.m.
Alexandrina Deschamps

The aim of this course is to provide an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary (history, sociology, anthropology with particular emphasis on the family, development studies and labor studies) introduction to the field of gender and development from a Caribbean perspective. Critical analyses of case studies will bring to the forefront the necessity for a holistic and decompartmentalized study of gender in the Caribbean, where it is impossible to separate the influence of class, caste, race, ethnicity and gender from the development process given the ongoing debate between two opposing view points - profit-oriented and people-oriented. This gendered analysis will further examine public policy, political activity, the global economics of work, the rise of multinational corporations, the need for cooperation of all Caribbean Nation States, the effect of recent trends toward globalization and the pressures to conform to the new rules of the global economy, and where and how have women been able to challenge and transform development and current economic politics and policies. Fulfills the Women of Color requirement for the Women's Studies major and minor.

WOST 395M/
Feminist Theory and Politics
Lecture #1 - Tuesday, Thursday 1:00 p.m.
Discussion on Friday at 10:10, 11:15 and 1:25
Pat Mills

A theoretical consideration of the varieties of feminism (liberal feminism, socialist-feminism, anarcha-feminism, radical feminism, eco-feminism). Also examines the relation between feminist theory and practice, the historical development of feminism and political theory, and current feminist issues.

The Impact of Globalization on Women
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30 - 10:45
Sima Fahid

The focus of this course will be on the interrelations between the local and the global, the particular and the universal, and the national and the transnational. The following issues will be emphasized in the course: (1) political and economic analyses and reorganization of local/global configuration in relation to women's lives; (2) the cultural aspects of gender construction through the impact of the process of globalizing the local and localizing the global; (3) the key dimensions of gender construction in relation to nationalism and transnationalism. Fulfills the Women of Color requirement for the Women's Studies major and minor.

The Social Construction of Whiteness and Women
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30 - 10:45 a.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. Co-registration in one-credit practicum required. Register for practicum in the first class.

The Medicalized Woman
Tuesday, Thursday 4:00-5:15
Kathleen Zane

Beginning with ways in which medical models of the body operate in the formation of women's identities and the definition of their lives, this course views contrastive systems of medicalizing women's life cycles. The impact on women's lives of the intersection of legal, medical, and technological systems of discourse is examined in relation to issues such as reproductive and contraceptive technology, birthing methodology, plastic surgery, sexuality, aging, psychological health, healing professions, alternative and traditional medicine, and race/class/ethnic identity.

Issues in Feminist Research
Wednesday 11:15 - 1:45 p.m.
Ann Ferguson

This seminar will investigate some general questions of feminist methodology and ethics of research. Besides readings on these topics, the course is organized around graduate student presentations of their own research which will be open to the public at lunchtime during the seminar in the Campus Center. This is a required course for Women's Studies Graduate Certificate students but is open to all graduate students. In addition to student presentations, lectures may include visiting faculty talks on issues of feminist research. Enrolled students will be expected to give an oral and written presentation on actual or proposed research that includes reflections on ethics and/or methodology, to revise this paper in the light of seminar comments to become a term paper, and to write two short papers on issues raised in the reading and seminar discussion.

Women of Color
Graduate Level
Winter 2000
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Mount Holyoke
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