WOMEN'S STUDIES PROGRAM CORE COURSES
Spring 2004

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

Placing women's experiences at the center of interpretation, this class introduces basic concepts and key areas of women's lives both historically and contemporaneously. It is an inter-disciplinary, trans-disciplinary, and cross cultural study of women's roles and relations but it is also an overview of theoretical perspectives on gender and its intersection with other social constructs of difference (race/ethnicity, class, sexuality, and age). The central aim is to foster critical reading and thinking about these interlocking systems which have shaped and influenced the historical, cultural, social, political, and economical contexts of our lives. Specific attention will be given to women's resistance of those gendered inequalities, and the various ways they have worked to create new systems of change by engaging in national and global transformational politics. Lecture, discussion.

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 #2 - Tuesday, Thursday 11:15-12:30 p.m.
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Miliann Kang

Introduction to fundamental questions and concepts of feminist thought 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 201H Critical Perspectives in Women's Studies
Section #2 - Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:45 a.m.
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Viera Wallace-Lorencova

Honors section. Same description as WOMENSST 201 above.

WOMENSST 295C Career and Life Choices
Monday 2:30-4:10 p.m.
Karen Lederer

Women's Studies teaches critical thinking skills. How can students use these skills to make informed career choices? How is it possible to engage in planning one's career while conscious of the realities of race, sex, and class in today's corporate economy? What are career options for students whose values include working for a better society? Is it possible to put together a balanced life and pay the bills besides? How can pressured college seniors, particularly activists, get all the career tasks they need to do done (resume writing, budgeting, researching career opportunities, networking, informational interviews) while finishing out their college degree? Students will formulate their own career questions and choices. The first part of the semester is self awareness, articulating interests, skills and values. The 2nd part of the semester focuses on workforce information and practical job search skills. Assignments include: self awareness exercises, informational interviews, budget, resume, cover letter and more.

WOMENSST 297B Race, Gender & Science
Tuesday, Thursday 11:15-12:30 p.m.
Chaia Heller

Explores the intersections of gender, race, sexuality, and science. The role science has played in shaping these categories. Also examines the cultural studies of science to understand the centrality of science in the world today. What science is, who gets to practice science, and how science is related to the larger political, cultural and social contexts.

WOMENSST 301 Theorizing Women's Issues
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:45 p.m.
Dayo Gore

Ways of analyzing and reflecting on current issues and controversies in feminist thought within an international context sensitive to class, race, and sexual power concerns. Topics may include work and international economic development, violence against women, racism, class and poverty, heterosexism, the social construction of gender, race and sexuality, global feminism, women, nationalism and the state, reproductive issues, pornography and media representations of women. Prerequisite: WOST 201 or consent of instructor.

WOMENSST 391M/
African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement
Tuesday 1:00-2:15 p.m.
Dayo F. Gore

This course examines black women's participation in and influence on the civil rights movement from the 1940s to the 1970s as well as the impact of these civil rights struggles on black women's daily lives, status and politics in the United States. Centering black women's experiences as grassroots organizers, political leadership and civil rights activists this course explores significant events, organizations and political debates that helped to form and transform the civil rights movement during latter part of the Twentieth Century. In addition we will examine debates over leadership styles and political goals, the dynamics of class, sexuality, race, gender and region that shaped civil rights activism, and the cultural politics of the movement. From this vantage point we will begin the process of exploring a range of issues that have plagued activists and theorist alike including building solidarity and sustaining political commitments, creating viable organizations, and developing strategies for long-term social change.

WOMENSST 394A
Women in Islam
Tuesday, Thursday 4:00-5:15 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 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 Theory
Thursday 2:30-5:15 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.


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