UMASS DEPARTMENTAL COURSES - Spring 2003

Afro-American
Anthropology
Commnications
Community Health
Comparative Literature
Economics
English
French
History
Judaic Studies
Labor STudies
Political Science
Psychology
Sociology


AFROAM 326 Black Women in U.S. History
Tuesday, Thursday 11:15-12:30 p.m.
John Bracey

The history of African American women from the experience of slavery to the present. Emphasis on the effect of racist institutions and practices on women. The ways in which women organized themselves to address the needs of African Americans in general and their own in particular. The achievements of such leaders as Mary Church Terrell, Harriet Tubman, Ella Baker, and Mary McLeod Bethune as well as lesser known women. Fulfills Women of Color requirement inside the U.S. for Women's Studies majors and minors.

ANTHRO 397A Gender and Post-Socialist Transformations
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:45 a.m.
Julie Hemment

In this course we will examine the transforming states of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union from the perspective of gender. The so-called "collapse of Communism" in the late 1980s paved the way for ambitious projects for social and political change. However, policies aimed at democratization and economic liberalization led to increased stratification and impoverishment. Women have borne the brunt of many of these changes. Bringing together ethnographic and theoretical accounts of the former East bloc, this course examines the gender realignments of the post-socialist period and women's responses to these changes.

COMM 397G Public Sexual Culture
Tuesday, Thursday 11:15-12:30 p.m.
tba

This course will examine the production and circulation of sexual meanings, identities, values, and knowledge across a variety of popular cultural forms and spaces. We will investigate pornography and different forms of sexual culture from the perspective of history, economics, fantasy, sexual education, labor relations, "taste" culture, and public policy considerations.. Recommended prerequisites: Comm 121, 297E. For Junior and Senior Communications majors only.

COMM 497V
Communications and Gender
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:45 a.m.
Sally Freeman

Analysis of how our own gender and our cultures general understanding of gender is communicatively constructed, and how gender does or does not affect the structure and content of interpersonal interactions, among other possible topics. Regular assigned readings, a paper, essay exams and class presentations are assigned. For Communications majors only.

COM-HLTH 213 Peer Health Educ.I
Tuesday 4:00-6:30 p.m. (contact instructor to add course)
Sally Linowski

Training course. Students participate in campus outreach projects while learning specific information on the primary health issues for college students: alcohol and other drug use, sexual decision-making, contraception, prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, eating disorders and stress management techniques. Class involves personal health assessment such as personal alcohol and drug survey, small group discussions, guest lectures, role playing, team building and public speaking exercises. Class size limited to 20. Stuidents must complete an application and process for admission to the Peer Health Education Program. This course is the first course in a year long academic course.

COM-HLTH 214 Peer Health Educ.II
Wednesday 4:00-6:30 p.m. (contact instructor to add course)
tba

Utilizing the skills and information from EDUC/ComHl 213, students are prepared to conduct educational programs in the residence halls and Greek areas. Significant group faciliation, workshop presentation and health education program planning training. Campus outreach projects include World AIDS Day, Safe Spring Break, Designated Driver, and Safe Sex Campaigns. Advanced peers serve as mentors to the first semester peer health educators, and may elect to continue in the program through independent study credits. Consent of instructor required. Prerequisite: EDUC/ComHl 213.

COM-HLTH 582 Women's Health
Tuesday 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Kathryn Tracey

Introduction to public health policy. The policy-making process, policy analysis, and policy development. Emphasis on community perspectives on state-level public health policies. Includes individual and small group assignments and presentations. Prerequisite: COM HL 601 or 620, or consent of instructor.

COMP-LIT 204 Woman, Man, and Myth: The Female hero
Lecture: Monday, Wednesday 12:20-1:10
Film screenings approximately every other Tuesday 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Alissandra Paschkowiak

This course will examine the representations of women warriors that proliferate in Europe and Asia during the Middle Ages. Although we will first situate the Amazon figure in her classical context, we will engage primarily with medieval texts and images that construct the myth of the female hero. This class will explore how myths of the female hero in particular are reconstructed in popular culture, especially in fantasy literature and contemporary action cinema. We will consider how issues of gender, sexuality, race, and class further complicate this troubled, yet nonetheless popular, figure in literature, art, and film. As a contrast to the fighting woman, we will discuss the construction of more traditional models of femininity and of the male hero.

COMP-LIT 691 Female Subject
Monday 2:30-5:00 p.m.
Elizabeth Petroff

See department for description.

ECON 348/
WOMENSST 391E
Political Economy of Women
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:45 p.m.
tba

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.

ECON 397C Sexuality and Economics
Tuesday, Thursday 11:15-12:30 p.m.
Lee Badgett

Economic theory used to explore dimensions of inequality related to sexual orientation and topics such as fertility, abortion, and other state regulation of sexuality.

ECON 797B Family Policy
Monday, Wednesday 3:35-4:50 p.m.
Nancy Folbre

See department for description.

ENGLISH 132 Man and Woman in Literature (ALD)
Lecture 1 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:05
Lecture 2 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:10
Lecture 3 Tuesday, Thursday 9:30
Lecture 4 Tuesday, Thursday 2:30-3:45 (SW residents only)
Lecture 5 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:10
Lecture 6 Tuesday, Thursday 9:30
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Ismet Ozkilic
Laura Wright
Claire Schomp
Jeff Insko
Ann Higgins
Lauren Rosenberg

Literature treating the relationship between man and woman. Topics may include the nature of love, the image of the hero and of the heroine, and definitions, past and present, of the masculine and feminine. 100 level courses do not count toward Women's Studies major.

ENGLISH 297F Unwrapping the Myth of the Female Poet: A Creative Workshop and Critical Analysis
Wednesday 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Dorothea Laskey

Experimental writing workshop - see department for details.

ENGLISH 378 American Women Writers
Tuesday, Thursday 11:15 a.m.
Margo Culley

Fiction "rediscovered" by scholars in the last 10 years exploring the social and sexual arrangements of American culture. The perspective brought by women writers to the American Literature canon of traditional literature. Prerequisite: ENGLWP 112 or equivalent.

ENGLISH 481 Fiction & Criticism of Toni Morrison
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00 p.m.
Margo Culley

A study of the complete works of Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison, focusing on both the literary artistry and cultural contexts of her work. We will read her seven novels: The Bluest Eye, Sula, Song of Solomon, Tar Baby, Beloved, Jazz, and Paradise. As time allows, we will also study The Black Book a project she edited at Random House; her literary criticism, Playing in the Dark; and her essays of social and cultural criticism. All this will be supplemented by her printed and taped interviews and by selected Morrison criticism. Prerequisite: Gen. Ed. CW. Engl Junior and Senior, Grad TECS, IX, NX majors only. Fulfills Women of Color requirement inside the U.S. for Women's Studies majors and minors.

ENGLISH 491 Writing and Gender
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00 p.m.
Donna LeCourt

Do men and women write differently? Do they read different kinds of texts? Apply different interpretive strategies? Do men and women prefer to write in different kinds of genres? Do school writing assignments privilege one gender over another? These are some of the questions this course will take up by looking at theories of gender and literacy as well as wresaerch on literacy practices both in and outside of school. The "writing" we will study will range from published novels and "school" writing for courses to television and video games. Gender will also be defined complexly, looking beyond easy definitions of gender according to sexual difference. The primary goal of the course will be to examine how literacy practices become caught up in questions of gender as part of the way our culture reproduces itself through notions of identity, "correct" language use, and access to public voice.

ENGLISH 497 Asian Americans/Latinas in the Borderlands: Gender, Sexuality and (Trans)nationalism
Monday 11:15 a.m.
Sunaina Maira

The discourses used to discuss experiences of displacement in the diaspora often center on questions of authenticity and belonging that are deeply gendered and sexualized. This course will examine the ways in which notions of womanhood and masculinity are used to negotiate the politics of nationalism and ethnicity in immigrant or transnational communities in the US. The course will also allow students a comparative framework for discussing the experiences of Asian American and Latina women in relation to these questions, particularly since both these communities have grown rapidly since 1965 and have also sparked important debates about feminism, racialization, and nationalism. The notion of border cultures has particular meanings for bot Asian American and Latino(a) feminists, and is one we will question as we think about other concepts, such as diaspora and transnationalism. The course draws on post-colonial and feminist theory as well as on Asian American and Latina imigrant fiction.

ENGLISH 891 Queer Theory
Tuesday 1:00 p.m.
Deborah Carlin

This course will examine critically the substantive and growing body of writing which classifies itself as queer theory. Queer theory organizes itself around certain primary assumptions: first, that all sexuality is a construct and second, that the hegemony of heteronormativity in Western culture is based upon the fallacious belief that heterosexuality itself is innate or normal. As both a political and a deconstructive methodology, queer theory seeks to disrupt the binarisms which contribute to the regime of the normative in intellectual thought and in social institutions. The course will be organized into several distinct areas of inquiry: 1) What is Queer Theory? (Epstein, Seidman, Duggan, Smyth, Foucault, Sedgwick, Walters and Goldman); 2) The Sociopolitical Origins of Queer (Bérubé and Escoffier, Berlant and Freeman, Wolf, Signorile, Crimp); 3) Queer Formulations and the Politics of Identity (Browning, Stein, Delany, Moraga, Hanawa, Vaid, Inness, Powers, Gamson); 4) (De)/(Re)Gendering Sexualities (Rubin, Roscoe, Butler, Hollibaigh, Young, Queen, Cromwell, Stryker, Valentine and Wilchins, Hilbert); 5) Cinema Queerité and Queer Pop Culture (Doty, Burston, White, Pramaggiore, Straayer, Arroyo, Rich, Helford, Cooper, Barnard, Dittmar); 6) Queer Fictions of the Past (Maynard, Doan and aters, McRuer, Bravmann, Laprovsky and Davis, Mackenzie, Chauncey, Somerville, Sinfield, Castle, Trumbach, Jones and Stallybrass, Halperin); and 7) Queer Theories/Social Realities (Tucker, Lehr, Phelan, D'Emilio, Badgett, ennessy, Dollimore, Crain Warner). Readings will be drawn from the disciplines of literature, history, sociology, economics, political science, anthropology, art history, and media studies. Each student will make one in-class presentation of between 15 to 20 minutes on a specific essay or topic, and will also be expected to compose both an abstract for a conference paper and an 8-10 page paper to be delivered in front of the class at the end of the semester. The text we will use will be an anthology and textbook I have recently edited, "Queer Cultures: Readings Across Disciplines." Prentice-Hall has agreed to supply proof copies to each student in the course at no charge. Other essays may be placed on reserve, if necessary, to expand our core of readings.

FRENCH 280 Love and Sex in French Culture
Lecture: Tuesday 7:15-8:30
Discussion: Thursday 4:15-5:30 p.m.
Patrick Mensah

This course offers a broad historical overview of the ways in which love and erotic behavior in French culture have been represented and understood in the arts, especially in Literature and, more recently, in film, from the middle ages to the twentieth century. Readings from authors such as Cretien de Troyes, Beroul, Moliere, Sade, Flaubert, Gide, Bataille, and Duras will be supplemented with screenings of films from French directors such as Truffaut, Lecomte, Godard, Kurys, Chabrol, and Vadim. The course is entirely conducted in English.

HISTORY 389 US Women's History Since 1890
Tuesday, Thursday 1:25 p.m.
Discussions Friday 10:10 a.m.,12:20 p.m.,1:25 p.m.
Joyce Berkman

Explores the relationship of women to the social, cultural, economic and political developments shaping American society from 1890 to the present. Examines women's paid and unpaid labor, family life and sexuality, feminist movements and women's consciousness; emphasis on how class, race, ethnicity, and sexual choice have affected women's historical experience. Sophomore level and above.

HISTORY 791B Women and Gender
Wednesday 7:00-10:00 p.m.
Joyce Berkman

See department for description.

The following 1-credit enrichment courses are offered in cooperation with the UMass Hillel. For more information about these 1-credit courses, please call 549-1710.

JUDAIC 192C Food, Speech, Sex, Sabbath (1 credit)
Monday 3:35-4:25 p.m.
Rabbi Saul Perlmutter

What ethical teachings does Judaism offer about eating, talking and sex? How can we find a spritual dimention to these and other aspects of everyday living? We will also look at how Judaism finds personal meaning in the flow of time through the cycle of the week and the year.

JUDAIC 192D Women in the Torah (1 credit)
Thursday 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Alicia Chana Rabins

Come encounter seven women of the Hebrew Bible in their natural habitat: the words of the Torah. These women aren't idealized in the text but are portrayed as real complicated humans. We will focus on a different woman each week, from matriarchs to madams to murderesses, reading closely (and between the lines) to explore these extraordinary personalities. There will be one independent project.

LABOR 679 Women and Work
Monday 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Stephanie Luce

The role of women in the work force and in the trade union movement with historical, social, and economic emphasis.

POLISCI 374 Issues in Political Theory - Politics of Sex
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:15 a.m.
Barbara Cruikshank

This course covers the politics of sex and sexual acts (rather than gender politics). We will ask, how does the tradition of political theory deal with the act of sex? How does sex become political? How is sex made governable? What are the roots of the contemporary politics of sex? Is the body politic a sexual body? What is the relation between sexual passion and political passion? Issues will include the incest taboo, prostitution, sexual violence, sexuality, pleasure, disease and resistance.

PSYCH 213 Human Sexuality
Tuesday, Thursday 4:00-5:15 p.m.
Harmatz

Introduction to the psychological study of human sexual behavior. Methods of investigating sexual behavior and the research findings. Review of basic biology and anatomy of the human sexual system; emphasis on the nature of sexual expression. Topics include: development of sexuality, forming of attachments, varieties of sexual expression, homosexuality, sexual problems and their treatment, legal aspects of sexuality. Prerequisite: elementary psychology.

PSYCH 308 Psychology of Women
Tuesday, Thursday 11:15-12:30 p.m.
Ronnie Janoff-Bulman

A general introduction. Two sections: a) the issue of sex differences, including evidence for and explanation of such differences; b) "women's issues," topics of particular interest to women in contemporary society (e.g., violence against women, work and achievement). Prerequisite: elementary psychology.

SOCIOL 106 Race, Gender, and Social Class (SBD)
Tuesday, Thursday 11:15 plus discussion
Augustin Lao

An overview of sociological approach to race, class and gender inequalities--especially economic inequalities--in the contemporary United States. Some attention will also be devoted to the presidential election and its potential impact on the future of race, class and gender inequalities. Within the segment devoted to race, African Americans receive most emphasis. Readings consist of one book and selection of copied articles.

SOCIOL 222 The Family (SBD)
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:25 p.m.
Gupta

Lecture, discussion. Historical development of the family: changes in household structure, in relations between husband and wife, between parents and children and among extended kin. Social forces shaping the contemporary family, from the choice of a mate, to marriage (both his and hers) and kinship, to parenting (from the perspective of both parents and children), to the diverse endings of marriage. Three exams.

SOCIOL 383 Gender and Society
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00 p.m.
Joya Misra

Historical and cross-cultural variation in positions and relationships of women and men. Contemporary creation and internalization of gender and maintenance of gender differences in adult life. Recent social movements to transform or maintain "traditional" positions of women and men.

SOCIOL 387 Sexuality & Society
Monday, Wednesday 10:10 a.m. plus discussion
Janice Irvine

The many ways in which social factors shape sexuality. Focus on cultural diversity, including such factors as race/ethnicity, gender, and sexual identity in organizing sexuality in both individuals and social groups. Also includes adolescent sexuality; the invention of heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality; the medicalization of sexuality; and social theories about how people become sexual.

SOCIOL 722 The Family
Thursday 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Gupta

Examines trends and changes in U.S. family lifemarriage, divorce, childbearing, gender roles from a variety of theoretical perspectives, using demographic, historical, and ethnographic research sources.

SOCIOL 794D Gender and Employment
Tuesday, Thursday 8:00-9:15 p.m.
Michelle Budig

See department for description.


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