WOST 187 Introduction to Women's Studies (ID)
Monday, Wednesday 10:10
Mandatory Friday discussions at 9:05, 10:10 and 11:15 a.m.
Eileen Walsh

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 187H Introduction to Women's Studies (ID)
Monday, Wednesday 11:15 - 12:30 p.m.
Alexandrina Deschamps

Honors course with Community Service Project. Same general description as WOST 187.

WOST 187B
Schedule #400621
Introduction to Women's Studies (ID)
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:15-12:05
Viera Wallace-Lorencova

Same general description as WOST 187.

WOST 201 Critical Perspectives in Women's Studies
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:45 a.m. #1
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:15 p.m. #2
Banu Subramaniam Jeannine Marks

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 291B
Schedule #400635
Gender Politics of the Muslim World in Mass Media
Monday, Wednesday 11:15 - 12:30 p.m.
Nafisa Hoodbhoy

The course will examine the onset of Islamic fundamentalism in Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan in the 1970's with reference to its impact on women. It will look at how the ideologically oriented regimes which took over in that period, starting with Pakistan in 1977, Iran in 1979 and Afghanistan in 1992, used Islamic jurisprudence to roll back women's rights. One focus will be the prevalence of customary practices and discriminatory laws passed against women in this period. The course will further examine the manner in which the mass media in the region and the West cover Islamic movements and Muslim women. The issues will be studied in the context of the Cold War and oil crisis, examining how U.S. support for Islamists in Afghanistan boomeranged into a movement against the West. The course will look at the changed situation in Afghanistan from a current, journalistic perspective, including the impact it will have for Muslim women in the region. Fulfills Women of Color requirement for Women's studies outside the U.S. for majors and minors.

WOST 295C Career and Life Choices (2 credits)
Monday 12:20-2:00 p.m.
Karen Lederer

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 297B Race, Gender & Science
Tuesday, Thursday 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Banu Subramaniam,

This course is designed to explore the intersections of gender, race, sexuality and science. What role has science played in shaping these categories? We will explore the cultural studies of science to understand the centrality of science in the world today. What is science? Who gets to practice science? How does the institution of science function? How is science related to the larger political, cultural and social contexts? We will examine how science has grown to be the center of our cultural visions and imaginations and what that means for our futures.

WOST 297D Women and the Health System
Tuesday, Thursday 11:15-12:30
Janice Raymond

A survey course on women and health that will examine five areas: 1) Women and the Professionalization of Medicine: Critical Medieval and Modern Case Histories 2) The Politics of Women's Health: Focus on Cancer; 3) Violence Against Women; 4) Menstruation and Menopause 5) Women, Health, and Development: Inter-national Women's Health Issues. This is not only a course about women and health issues. It is an attempt to locate such issues in a larger context of feminist theory, basic health science, medical ethics, and the sociology of the professions. The emphasis of the course, however, is ethical and political; i.e., the course constantly asks why. 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 have an enormous impact on women's health? And how do these factors 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. Finally, from a feminist perspective(s), what ought to be?

WOST 301 Theorizing Women's Issues
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:45 a.m.
Sima Fahid

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 392C Women in China
Monday, Wednesday 3:35-4:50 p.m.
Eileen Walsh

The People's Republic of China has experienced decades of social engineering projects and political movements. From its inception, the PRC has seen modernizing women as intrinsic to creating a modern Chinese state. This course looks at Chinese women through the prism of the project of creating a modern China. While the course assumes no prior knowledge of the PRC, readings will move quickly through ethnographies and historical discussions of the Maoist project, the era of reform, issues of identity and nationalism, as well as a discussion of current social issues. Some of the questions we will consider include - How have Chinese women been represented by the state? How does gender play into the relationship between culture and politics? What does a "modern" China mean to its citizenry? For its female citizenry? How has China returned to "tradition", and how is China using forms of traditions in new ways? How do different Chinese imagine themselves as being modern? Why have some gender relations persisted "despite" state attempts to change them? Readings will include: Gilmartin, Christina and Hershatter, Gail, Rafel, Lisa, White, Tyrene, eds. - Engendering China: Women, Culture and the State; Rafel, Lisa - Other Modernities: Gendered Yearnings in China After Socialism; Anagnost, Ann - National Past-Times: Narrative, Representation, and Power in Modern China; Massonnet, Phillippe - The New China: Money, Sex and Power, as well as a course packet. Fulfills Women of Color requirement for Women's Studies outside the U.S. for majors and minors.

WOST 394H Theorizing Black Feminisms
Tuesday, Thursday 11:15-12:30 p.m.
Alexandrina Deschamps

To understand Black Feminist Thinking, it is important to explore the context out of which it emerges. We will analyze the evolution of Black Feminist Consciousness and Thought in the U.S. as far back as the 1930's to contemporary time, since the struggle for black women's liberation which emerged in the mid-1960's is a construction of both intellectual and activist tradition during slavery and during the anti-slavery movement. This course will also be an interpretive analysis of the work and thought produced by a range of leading Black Women writers, scholars and intellectuals in everyday and alternative locations for knowledge production. Fulfills Women of Color requirement for Women's Studies inside or outside the U.S. for majors and minors or the theory requirement for Women's Studies majors. Must have taken WOST 187 or WOST 201.

WOST 395H Agency, Resistance & Gender Violence in Caribbean Development
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:45 a.m.
Alexandrina Deschamps

This course will provide an interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary lens of analysis to the field of The Politics of Gender and Development Policies in the Caribbean with emphasis on the Anglophone Caribbean and Organization of East Caribbean States (OECS), and specific Latin American case studies. Some themes to be covered in this gendered analysis will include: public policy, political restructuring and social transformation; education reform initiatives; the public/private dichotomy; the intersection of culture, gender and imperialism; Caribbean feminist activism; gender justice and economic justice; the interplay of economic globalization, structural adjustment and patriarchy; the north/south connection, resistance and responsibility; and the Caribbean Tribunal on Violence Against Women. Fulfills the Women of Color requirement outside the U.S. for the Women's Studies major and minor. Prerequisite: Must have taken at least one WOST course.

WOST 397B Impact of Globalization on Women
Tuesday, Thursday 4:00-5:15 p.m.
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 outside the U.S. for the Women's Studies major and minor.

WOST 397L The Social Construction of Whiteness and Women
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:15 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 691B Issues in Feminist Reseach
Wednesday 11:15-2:15 p.m.
Ann Ferguson

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.

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