WOMEN'S STUDIES PROGRAM CORE COURSES - Spring 2003


Budget Cuts and Course Availability

As you are probably aware, the University has undergone serious budget cutbacks. The Women's Studies Course Description Guide is compiled in November of 2002, and because the funding picture is uncertain, courses may be eliminated, changed, or restricted in enrollment. For up to date information contact the department or program offering the course to verify information. For more on the budget cuts, www.saveumass.org, www.umass.edu/actnow. The Women's Studies web page will be updated on budget and course information www.umass.edu/wost.

WOMENSST 187 Introduction to Women's Studies (ID)
Monday, Wednesday 10:10-11:00 a.m. with Friday discussion
Banu Subramaniam

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.

WOMENSST 187H Introduction to Women's Studies (ID)
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:45 a.m.
Alexandrina Deschamps

Honors course with community service project. Same general description as WOMENSST 187.

WOMENSST 201 Critical Perspectives in Women's Studies
Section #1 - Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:45 a.m.
Section #2 - Tuesday, Thursday 2:30-3:45 p.m.
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Sima Fahid
A. Deschamps

Introduction to the fundamental questions and concepts of Women's Studies and to the basic intellectual tools of analysis integrating economic and cultural imperialism, gender, class, race, and sexual orientation. Also addresses the multifaceted dimensions of women's lived experiences within a global context.

WOMENSST 297B Race, Gender and Science
Monday, Wednesday 3:35-4:50 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.

WOMENSST 301 Theorizing Women's Issues
Tuesday, Thursday 11:15-12:30 p.m.
Kreimild Saunders

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. Feminist theories of the construction of gender, race, class, and sexuality will be considered. 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.

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

WOMENSST 391L Globalization: Gender, Race, Class, Nation
Tuesday, Thursday 4:00-5:15 p.m.
Kreimild Saunders

Course will begin with a fundamental question--what is globalization. It will subsequently proceed to an overview of the socioeconomic processes of globalization in the North (major industrialized countries, with a focus on the USA) and South (developing countries). Special attention will be paid to gender, class, race and spatial dynamics of inequality in the global economy in the post World War II period.

WOMENSST 394A Women in Islam
Tuesday, Thursday 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Sima Fahid

The aim of this course is to analyze Muslim women's lives in the modern period within a post-colonial context and beyond an orientalist outlook. By exploring historical, economic, political and socio-cultural issues (including sexuality), the transformation in women's lives will be examined and women's resistance to these changes will be investigated. Fulfills Women of Color requirement outside the U.S. for Women's Studies majors and minors. First year students not eligible.

WOMENSST 394H Theorizing Black Feminisms
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:15 p.m.
Alex 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 WOMENSST 201.

WOMENSST 397L 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.

WOMENSST 691B Issues in Feminist Research
Tuesday, Thursday 4:00-5:15 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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